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Hello, everybody.  Late last year, while playing around with Kalmah, I suddenly sent a squid flying really far with the launcher!  Eventually, I figured out how I had done it, and I refined the practice.  Now, I've made a video so that you can launch your squids nicely too!

 

Here is the link: 

 

Best of luck!

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One time I tried to launch it as instructed, and somehow the squid flung back at me right between the eyes.

 

Too bad this tutorial wasn't around back then  :tounge:

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squid launcher is honestly my favorite launcher for A: being a crossbow, and B: being a cephalopod-slinging crossbow.

 

i managed to get them to fly pretty far once or twice two, but didn't figure out how. i'll have to dig out my launcher and my 1-2 remaining squids and test this myself. o:

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I agree that it was the weakest Bionicle launcher, but I really liked those little squid. All of mine broke and were lost though.


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I dunno, the squishyness of it just didn't mesh with me, and the handle for a human-sized finger just looked silly and awkward on a Toa-sized set.

 

-NotS

 

well yeah, Mata-Nui only knows why it was made out of soft-plastc. :t

 

also, Update: i have juste tried it and that is the most fun i have had with thisa launcher since i got it years ago, too bad i lost all but one squid. :c

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I dunno, the squishyness of it just didn't mesh with me, and the handle for a human-sized finger just looked silly and awkward on a Toa-sized set.

 

-NotS

 

well yeah, Mata-Nui only knows why it was made out of soft-plastc. :t

 

also, Update: i have juste tried it and that is the most fun i have had with thisa launcher since i got it years ago, too bad i lost all but one squid. :c

 

So my technique worked for you?  Great!  At least you still have one squid. :P


~Daler

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I haven't tried it myself, but there's proof that it works with the technique you used and that's great. I'll be sure to try this out soon. 

 

Congratulations on finding a solution to a major problem, Daler99. Your newly founded technique is the cure to ending the reign of stress that this launcher caused eight years ago.

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A squid launcher actually firing properly?!

 

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But seriously though, nice work on finally coming up with a solution to it! Maybe now the squid launcher wont suck as much.

 

 

 

Edit: Please use spoiler tags for storyline spoilers only.

-Wind-

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I was able to get them to work back in 2007, but they're definitely one of the least intuitive Bionicle launchers... there's a reason they're the only one the LEGO Group had to make a tutorial video for. I think since then the LEGO Group has learned their lesson. The launchers these days are much less prone to misfiring, and the only ones that take any particular care or dexterity to fire are ordinary flick missiles.

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I don't find any practicality in using toys with launchers. Even as a kid, I never used them because there was too much running and retrieving projectiles, and losing them, etc.

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Wow, after 8 years, Bionicle's biggest mystery has finally been solved: how to actually use the squid launcher :P

 

Now all we need to do is find a cure for G.P.S. ((Lime) Green Plastic Syndrome)...

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R.I.P. Hahli, Lesovikk, and Ehlek. Died of Green Plastic Syndrome.


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I seem to be one of the few that could actually use these things properly. I didn't need a darn video, that's for sure. 

 

Even then, easily the worst launcher Lego could ever make, I can see why many struggle. It's just so awkward. 

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So my technique worked for you?  Great!  At least you still have one squid. :P

 

and much like a hero of the old west....

 

I only need one.

 

Nice. :P

 

I haven't tried it myself, but there's proof that it works with the technique you used and that's great. I'll be sure to try this out soon. 

 

Congratulations on finding a solution to a major problem, Daler99. Your newly founded technique is the cure to ending the reign of stress that this launcher caused eight years ago.

Thanks, Rooster Nui! :D

 

A squid launcher actually firing properly?!

 

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But seriously though, nice work on finally coming up with a solution to it! Maybe now the squid launcher wont suck as much.

 

LOL. :P  Since I've figured it out, the launcher hasn't sucked as much for me. :P

 

Wow, after 8 years, Bionicle's biggest mystery has finally been solved: how to actually use the squid launcher :P

 

Now all we need to do is find a cure for G.P.S. ((Lime) Green Plastic Syndrome)...

Green Plastic Syndrome?  I think you mean...  LIME Disease... :evilbiggrin: :dontgetit: :lookaround:  (Lime as in the color of the joints... :P)


~Daler

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I figured out the same solution in 2007, but I didn't find it necessary to position the squid at an angle like you recommend. The quickness of motion is key.

 

The reason being, of course, that the longer you pull back on the squid, the tighter it gets jammed into the holder, and the more friction it has to overcome when you let go. Pulling and releasing as quickly as possible remedies this.

 

-Letagi

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Well, I guess that the quickness of motion thing does make sense, but I've only had it work when I tilt the squid like I show in the video.


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Wow, after 8 years, Bionicle's biggest mystery has finally been solved: how to actually use the squid launcher :P

 

Now all we need to do is find a cure for G.P.S. ((Lime) Green Plastic Syndrome)...

You put the ball in the socket, and then don't touch it ever again.

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Wow, after 8 years, Bionicle's biggest mystery has finally been solved: how to actually use the squid launcher :P

 

Now all we need to do is find a cure for G.P.S. ((Lime) Green Plastic Syndrome)...

You put the ball in the socket, and then don't touch it ever again.

At least two of Ehlek's sockets broke the first time I built him.

 

Strangely, I've got a couple 2007 lime-greens I was able to reuse several times...


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Wow, after 8 years, Bionicle's biggest mystery has finally been solved: how to actually use the squid launcher :P

 

Now all we need to do is find a cure for G.P.S. ((Lime) Green Plastic Syndrome)...

You put the ball in the socket, and then don't touch it ever again.

At least two of Ehlek's sockets broke the first time I built him.

 

Strangely, I've got a couple 2007 lime-greens I was able to reuse several times...

 

For my sets, I'm planning on getting tons of Keeleraks so I can use the nice 05 joints for my Ehlek and Hahli. ^_^  If I ever get around to it, that is.


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Quick question now - where did that squid colour come from? I remember red and yellow squids, but not lovely blue ones.

The light-blue squids came in Squid Ammo packs.

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Wow, after 8 years, Bionicle's biggest mystery has finally been solved: how to actually use the squid launcher :P

 

Now all we need to do is find a cure for G.P.S. ((Lime) Green Plastic Syndrome)...

You put the ball in the socket, and then don't touch it ever again.

At least two of Ehlek's sockets broke the first time I built him.

 

Strangely, I've got a couple 2007 lime-greens I was able to reuse several times...

 

Two of my Ehlek pieces broke when I rebuilt him two or three times. I Bricklinked the pieces--and they were also cracked X_x

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Well, there goes that mystery - are you a god or something?

 

Quick question now - where did that squid colour come from? I remember red and yellow squids, but not lovely blue ones.

I got the blue squids in the Squid Ammo Pack from 2007.  It's probably the least purchased BIONICLE ammo pack of all time. :P

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I agree that it was the weakest Bionicle launcher, but I really liked those little squid. All of mine broke and were lost though.

I agree. They were pretty cool collectibles. Shame they only came in a small range of colours. Plus, they pretty much killed off the collectible market. :(

 

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Well, there goes that mystery - are you a god or something?

 

Quick question now - where did that squid colour come from? I remember red and yellow squids, but not lovely blue ones.

I got the blue squids in the Squid Ammo Pack from 2007.  It's probably the least purchased BIONICLE ammo pack of all time. :P

 

I literally bought them because Toys R Us was having a buy one get one half off sale, and it was the only Bionicle product I didn't have from that year. So I got it for $1 and scattered them around my Mahri Nui display. They've been sitting there since 2007, but it's too hard to get dust off them at this point. Are they worth anything out of package?

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Well, there goes that mystery - are you a god or something?

 

Quick question now - where did that squid colour come from? I remember red and yellow squids, but not lovely blue ones.

I got the blue squids in the Squid Ammo Pack from 2007.  It's probably the least purchased BIONICLE ammo pack of all time. :P

 

I literally bought them because Toys R Us was having a buy one get one half off sale, and it was the only Bionicle product I didn't have from that year. So I got it for $1 and scattered them around my Mahri Nui display. They've been sitting there since 2007, but it's too hard to get dust off them at this point. Are they worth anything out of package?

 

I would think that since we only just now realized how to use the things properly 8 years later, I would reckon no.

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Doesn't really work for me, although my squids are very dusty and actually harder then I remember them being 8 years ago, I think lego shouldn't have bothered with shooters when it came to the barraki. 


It's time to move on.

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I knew how to shoot them back when I was younger in '07. But after I returned to collecting Bionicle I had forgotten. 

Thank you for this video! Now I can finally have fun with these bad boys again. 

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I knew how to shoot them back when I was younger in '07. But after I returned to collecting Bionicle I had forgotten. 

Thank you for this video! Now I can finally have fun with these bad boys again. 

You are most welcome! :D

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