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  1. It looks to me like the printer was out of yellow ink (and only had cyan, magenta and black) at the time of printing. I reckon this must've happened to a good few disks and wheels back in the day, although I've never personally seen one where the difference was so striking. Neat find.
  2. Here's something I've wanted to do since 2002.
  3. Hi, Letholdus. If you're willing to go at them individually, I recommend compiling a wanted list on BrickLink. Some of the discs surface only once in a while but you will have a full set within the next half year, realistically. If you're certain you'd prefer to buy a full set in a single go, there is an eBay seller called teresaslegos who regularly assembles full sets of all sorts of things and I have seen them list full sets of Slizer discs on more than one occasion throughout the years, so that's one lead you can follow. Even if they don't have one listed currently, you can always contact them to see what they have in stock. Good luck. :)
  4. Hoho, wait till you hear about the trans-gold Kaukau. Some good stuff posted on here while I wasn't looking. This is the first time I'm seeing the glow-in-the-dark eye stalk on the instructions. Great stuff.
  5. Illuminatus

    Hello

    Happy to see you around. I wish more of the old gang would sporadically log on like you do. PS: I entirely support your quest to find the Free the Band videos. PPS: Did you play The Legend of Mata Nui?
  6. Well then, that explains the confusion and all of the conflicting information I found. Thanks so much for your thorough response. In all honesty I'm disappointed his mask doesn't in fact resemble a Hau, as the Suletu design is quite frankly one of the least visually attractive Kanohi produced in the entirety of Bionicle in my opinion. On the other hand, the fact that Kanohi masks generally have specific designs to match their powers but they can also be made to look like any other Kanohi (yet don't most of the time) has always bothered me beyond belief. Just say Krakua was wearing a Hau, end of story. While we're on the subject, does anyone know which character traits came from John Dexter and which came from LEGO?
  7. LOL, the fact this is the first time you're hearing this is just proof of how convoluted this whole retcon is. I've seen it stated in the forums as far back as 2006 (someone must've asked GregF, I suppose) and you can currently find this statement on BS01.
  8. Okay, so I want to clear up something that's been confusing me for a while. When Toa Krakua "came out" in 2005, i.e. was shown for the first time and simultaneously canonized, he was obviously wearing a Kanohi Hau (and generally resembled a cyberpunk Tahu but that's another story). At the time, that was explained away as him having a "Hau-shaped Kanohi Suletu" and I believe the Kanohi Suletu was in fact introduced with Toa Krakua (was that LEGO's idea, btw, or was it all John Dexter's head canon made real canon?). After the Toa Inika came out in 2006 and we were shown that Toa Kongu wears a Kanohi Suletu, albeit organic, Toa Krakua was almost immediately retconned to wear a regular (non-organic) Kanohi Suletu and not a Hau-shaped one. So up until maybe a year ago, I was under the impression that the latter statement was considered canon, until I started finding conflicting information and at a certain point I even thought Toa Krakua's mask was re-retconned to a Hau-shaped Suletu once again. So... which is it, in the end? Thanks. :)
  9. I know, that's why I said "I can imagine a scenario where the Toa Mata had Toa Metru eye colors" as in my opinion those were overall better looking than the original ones. It's a proof of concept is all. I do also know that Pohatu's mask matches his eye color; that's partly the reason this topic occurred to me in the first place. Personally I think the main reason Pohatu's Kaukau is disliked is because it's the only major discrepancy. If the all of the Kaukau were to follow the same logic, perhaps they would've looked more harmonious. Of course for this to work, there would have to be very good eye colors for all of the Toa Mata. Clearly it's just me though. What you suggested for the visor may have been an interesting concept to explore.
  10. I've been thinking recently that it looks like LEGO may not have had an entirely clear idea on how to handle the different variations of the Kanohi Kaukau from the get go and I suspect they may have even experimented with matching the mask color to the color on at least some Toa Mata, which might explain why we got a trans-yellow Kaukau even though none of the Toa are even remotely yellow. Considering how only some of the solid Toa colors can be approximated with transparent plastic (looking at you, Pohatu) and also considering the fact that the six Kaukau are already the odd six out of thirty-six by design, do any of you think that it may have been a better idea to just match those to the eye color of each Toa instead? Of course, that would've required that some Toa have better eye colors to begin with (looking at you, Tahu), but does anyone agree that that would've been an overall interesting and perhaps more consistent approach? If we consider the eye color of each Toa their "tertiary color," then that decision would've made sense in terms of uniformity and consistency. Personally, I can easily imagine a scenario where the Toa Mata had Toa Metru eye colors and each Kaukau matched each Toa's eyes. Here's how that would've looked: Lewa with a trans dark red Kaukau Kopaka with a trans medium/light blue Kaukau Gali with a trans orange Kaukau Tahu with a trans light green Kaukau Onua with a trans dark green Kaukau Pohatu with a trans dark blue Kaukau Perhaps it's a little counter-intuitive, but I do see a great deal of appeal in this approach. What do you guys think?
  11. That is super awesome. Can we maybe see the other four sides of the box? I'm really curious to see what kind of images and legal texts are on those.
  12. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that 2005 was the only year we got 14 canister sets instead of just 12? While we've gotten canister-sized sets on more than one occasion throughout the years, we never actually got bonus canister sets outside of the Toa Hagah, and that is super special when you think about it. I read some complaints recently as to how the Toa Hagah are an "incomplete series" and were also clearly meant to be Toa Dume and Toa Nidhiki. The former statement is downright absurd for the aforementioned reason; did you expect that LEGO would produce 6 extra sets one year for no reason? No, that would've been at the expense at either the Toa Hordika or the Visorak and we would've gotten 2 sets less, not 4 more. Also, while I somewhat enjoy the notion that Iruini could've been Nidhiki (because of his mask shape), if we're being completely honest, Norik would've been a lazy Dume. No change of mask type from Noble to Great? Lazy. Besides, Dume and Nidhiki were from two different "generations" of Toa and they'd have had to be marketed as having lived and worked separately. And they would've had to be given different tools from one another. Given the circumstances, they were handled well enough. What I'm basically saying is that we got a treat and I for one loved it. Especially considering the pair wasn't available in Bulgaria and I had to seek them out abroad; it felt like a treasure hunt.
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