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Hey everyone, I'm looking for a bunch of instructions that I hope shouldn't be too hard to come by: 8539 Manas—just the instructions for the yellow crab with #4162043 8540 Turaga Vakama (#4159407), 8542 Turaga Onewa (#4159409) and 8543 Turaga Nokama (#4159410)—would rather buy these as a bundle 8811 Toa Lhikan & Kikanalo—with #4267275 I already have all of them but they all have various problems so I'm looking to replace them with better kept copies. I'd rather buy within Europe. Thanks.
I recently purchased a seemingly complete Toa Lhikan & Kikanalo set. It had a few missing pieces and a few more in the wrong color; I've already ordered replacements. Bad news is, one of the "Greatswords" has a snapped axle, which I fastidiously glued and now it's barely noticeable, but considering I went on a buying spree not long ago specifically to get every broken piece I owned replaced, this one exception will probably get on my nerves pretty soon. BrickLink has a few Greatswords available that are either up for sale by overseas sellers that don't ship to Europe or just a bit too expensive for me to feel too great about placing an order. Hence the reason I decided to go ahead and ask if anyone around here might have one or more of those pieces lying around. I think I'd feel okay paying around $5 for a single piece (although that's negotiable, of course) and I'd also rather have it shipped from within Europe so that it's less expensive and traceable. But honestly, I'm open to anything. Let me know.
It recently occurred to me that LEGO may have attempted to replicate the original trope—if it can be called that—of the 7th Toa for 2004; not in the storyline, but in set-wise. Takanuva was essentially the 7th Toa Nuva in terms of build; analogically, Lhikan was the 7th Toa Metru. Both were visibly more exclusive than the rest of their teams and came in titan sets. What I'm trying to remember right now is when precisely Toa Lhikan was released in each country. What I remember from the old days was that fan sites seemed to omit the set or character entirely until after Legends of Metru Nui came out. I've had no access to any of the books, but I distinctly remember there wasn't a trace of Toa Lhikan on BIONICLE.com throughout at least the first half of 2004, nor was he present in any of the comic books, which is fairly strange, considering he was a major character from the get-go. I can't seem to find a lot of information online, but this BZP news piece seems to indicate the set was released no sooner than November 2004, which confirms what I recall personally. The set was not available in Bulgaria; I cannot attest for the rest of Europe; he was in fact featured in the first (winter) LEGO catalog of 2005, so perhaps he was released in Europe then? There definitely is a European release of the box, though; I can tell from the distinct designs. So what is the deal with that? Was he supposed to be a surprise set of sorts? My hypothesis is basically that the "7th Toa" trope (along with the general character/creature combo titan sets) became a solid sales strategy after 2002, the Boxor with its Nuparu being the very first instance. The approach peaked in 2003, subsided in 2004, then disappeared until it started once more in 2007 and was particularly strong until 2009, the difference being that the characters were no longer "exceptional" but rather an accessory to a vessel. What's peculiar about 2003 and 2004 is that it almost looks like LEGO attempted to "seduce" fans into purchasing titan sets for the characters alone. I often think that it would've been fair if characters like Takanuva, Lhikan and Dume were re-released, say, a year later as standard sets, not unlike a blockbuster takes a while to get to DVD. Everyone wants the special sets but not everyone can afford the cash grab.