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What most elusive set you ever bough.


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#1 Offline necross hordika

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Posted Jul 10 2017 - 04:33 AM

Like the title says, this thread is dedicated for sets that you guys had difficulty finding during bionicle G1 and G2.

I remember Turaga Matau was quite troublesome to find when the series first started. Took me at least 3 stores over the course of a whole month to track down. :mahiki:

What are your stories. Remember to keep things civilized and keep things here to only bionicle sets. (The summer fire chima sets of 2013, and hero factory belong in their respective forums.)

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Posted Jul 10 2017 - 10:41 AM

Interesting. It's not so much that I had trouble finding a lot of Bionicle products, its just that I couldn't afford them at the time. Plus, as years went on and I was better connected, it made it much simpler to order and get the sets I was after. Even the SDCC mask I bought off ebay was an easy find, if not a cheap one.

I do remember back in the day I had lots of trouble finding Kopaka Mata, since the few stores that we visited regularly never seemed to have him in stock, and he was the last Toa I needed. (And I was too young to shop around on my own or make an online / catalogue purchase.) I guess I also had some trouble finished my original Kanohi collection... only got maybe 20 when the mask packs were out in stores, and then a decade later I started buying them off BrickLink, and it still took a year or so to find them all. More recently, I had been planning to pick up Umarak the Destroyer when I found him in store... but I never saw him on any shelves, and ended up ordering him online. Tahu Uniter was another difficult one... by the time I went searching for him, he was sold out online, and I eventually found him at a ToysRUs (but not the first one I visited either.)

And there's a slight chance I may be a bit obsessive about this toy line...

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Posted Jul 10 2017 - 11:30 AM

The mctoran! It's been my aim for a long time to get 4 from each tribe, but in the UK, they aren't the easiest sets to come across!


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Posted Jul 10 2017 - 11:50 AM

I had a crazy story in 2007 with the Toa Terrian Crawler playset.

 

I would check every week to see if they had it in stock but they never did until one week, they had a single box in stock, but some other lucky kid took it and bought it right in front of me.

 

I wasn't particularly happy and I never got the set in the end.


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Posted Jul 10 2017 - 12:42 PM

I had a crazy story in 2007 with the Toa Terrian Crawler playset.

 

I would check every week to see if they had it in stock but they never did until one week, they had a single box in stock, but some other lucky kid took it and bought it right in front of me.

 

I wasn't particularly happy and I never got the set in the end.

That's definitely too bad, but this is what happens with big sets, either they are shelfwarmers (sitting forever selling poorly) or in irregular supply


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Posted Jul 10 2017 - 12:42 PM

Probably McToran Kongu. He was the only one I couldn't grab when they were available, so I ended up buying him for $15 when I discovered Bricklink for the first time in 2004 or 2005.

 

I missed out on most of the original Rahi sets too, so the Tarakava and Nui-Jaga sets eluded me for a long time. I finally found them for sale in a rinky-dink educational toy store in early 2004, apparently untouched for years. It was a pretty amazing find.


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Posted Jul 10 2017 - 01:34 PM

Back in 2001 I didn't end up getting Tahu until after I'd gotten the other 5 Toa.  I'd started with Lewa and then went for Gali and Kopaka to make Wairuha, but after that the next few times I looked in some stores their stocks were low and I only found, like, a single Onua or Pohatu.  Pretty sure a similar thing happened with Tahnok, because I remember wanting to emulate the scene from the comics where they were climbing up a cliff by melting handholds into it but not having one.

 

Not particularly "elusive" but at 8 or 9 I wasn't particularly able or versed in the ways of finding products.  Nowadays the aftermarket has made it fairly easy to find things.

 

I did end up getting a foam Onua claw from BrickLink once though, and I don't remember seeing anything else about it elsewhere.


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Posted Jul 10 2017 - 10:12 PM

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was a tough one to find.
Every time I go to a store or online its was sold out.
(This is one reason I thought G2 was doing pretty good.)
Then one day I saw it on Wal-Mart.com under men's clothing.
I was looking up t-shirts and there it was.
I was confused but happy.

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Posted Jul 11 2017 - 01:56 AM

Of the ones I actively sought out and "had to have", probably Takanuva. Wanted him back in 2004, but by then the Metru dominated the shelves and Takanuva was gone.

 

Was lucky enough to find him on a trip to my grandma's in Illinois. My mom bought him for me after I convinced her how important he was LOL.

 

My mom's great. Dad too, he was able to find a Tahu Nuva in 2004 when my brother lost his in 2003.


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Posted Jul 13 2017 - 11:09 AM

I remember Nidhiki was the set which the search for frustrated me for a while. It was back near the end of '04, I'd just got around to deciding I wanted him, and he didn't seem to be anywhere. I remember getting my parents to drive me to quite a few local towns with toy shops, and he just wasn't in any of them, even if they had other Bionicle sets. As a thirteen-year-old who had only recently decided to try and be a completionist collector, I recall that being an incredibly frustrating experience; eventually I just gave up the search and bought him off Lego Shop At Home instead.

 

At that point, I wasn't the experienced ebay / amazon shopper that I am today, or I would have bought him off one of them without all the hassle xD


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Posted Jul 13 2017 - 03:13 PM

I can't really thing of one specific one that was hard to find. Lesovikk maybe? He was the only one of the 07 titans I never saw in stores. I know the set had a recall because of missing parts, so maybe the stores in my area just never restocked them afterwards? Or maybe they just never had them to begin with. Guess I'll never know. Though I still have yet to get the set so I'm not sure it really counts.


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Posted Jul 14 2017 - 12:04 PM

My acquisition of 4 sealed Rahaga and a Fikou polybag this year, whom were missing from my collection, is the only one I have that would count. Someone posted all six Rahaga, the Fikou and a Visorak (Vohtarak I believe) in sealed condition on an auction website some time ago. I hit the auctions for the four Rahaga I was missing (Pouks, Kualus, Gaaki, Bomonga) and the Fikou. The price was dirt cheap, under 1000 Ft (our local currency) since the guy probably didn't know the worth of discontinued sealed sets. So, a bidding war ensued among the others while I sat patiently, waiting to snipe in the last 10-5 seconds. I won Pouks and Kulaus, but someone else sniped the other three sets. 

 

Now, the site does not have any kind of messaging system, and the seller was the only person I could contact. As such, I asked him to relay a message to whoever won those three to get into contact with me so we can work out a deal. I had little faith that it would work, because obviously someone sniping sealed Bionicle sets has to be a collector like me, right?

 

Luckily, the person contacted me, and I proposed either a trade for much larger used Bionicle sets I own duplicates of (I specifically offered 2004 titans) or to buy them from them. At first the person seemed open, but then I got a reply that was even more dreadful than a straight rejection.

 

Turns out the buyer was a non-collector parent of kids who aren't even fans of Bionicle, she just wanted to get the kids some cheap Easter presents. To my offer of trading larger sets, she said "there is no point in giving them bigger toys, because they destroy everything anyway" and that the Rahaga and Fikou "won't last a month either".

 

Until now I was just eager to get sets for my collection, but now the stakes were high. I had to save these guys from the little monsters. This is Bionicle history we're talking about, sets that remained sealed since 2003 and 2005. I'm not going to let that be destroyed.

 

So after an enthusiastic e-mail detailing the worth of these sealed sets in this condition, we finally settled. I ended up paying a whole lot more for these than I did for the ones I won on the auction, but it was very, very worth it.

 

Not only were they elusive sets that I acquired, but I saved them too!

 

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Posted Jul 14 2017 - 12:26 PM

My acquisition of 4 sealed Rahaga and a Fikou polybag this year, whom were missing from my collection, is the only one I have that would count. Someone posted all six Rahaga, the Fikou and a Visorak (Vohtarak I believe) in sealed condition on an auction website some time ago. I hit the auctions for the four Rahaga I was missing (Pouks, Kualus, Gaaki, Bomonga) and the Fikou. The price was dirt cheap, under 1000 Ft (our local currency) since the guy probably didn't know the worth of discontinued sealed sets. So, a bidding war ensued among the others while I sat patiently, waiting to snipe in the last 10-5 seconds. I won Pouks and Kulaus, but someone else sniped the other three sets. 

 

Now, the site does not have any kind of messaging system, and the seller was the only person I could contact. As such, I asked him to relay a message to whoever won those three to get into contact with me so we can work out a deal. I had little faith that it would work, because obviously someone sniping sealed Bionicle sets has to be a collector like me, right?

 

Luckily, the person contacted me, and I proposed either a trade for much larger used Bionicle sets I own duplicates of (I specifically offered 2004 titans) or to buy them from them. At first the person seemed open, but then I got a reply that was even more dreadful than a straight rejection.

 

Turns out the buyer was a non-collector parent of kids who aren't even fans of Bionicle, she just wanted to get the kids some cheap Easter presents. To my offer of trading larger sets, she said "there is no point in giving them bigger toys, because they destroy everything anyway" and that the Rahaga and Fikou "won't last a month either".

 

Until now I was just eager to get sets for my collection, but now the stakes were high. I had to save these guys from the little monsters. This is Bionicle history we're talking about, sets that remained sealed since 2003 and 2005. I'm not going to let that be destroyed.

 

So after an enthusiastic e-mail detailing the worth of these sealed sets in this condition, we finally settled. I ended up paying a whole lot more for these than I did for the ones I won on the auction, but it was very, very worth it.

 

Not only were they elusive sets that I acquired, but I saved them too!

 

Thank goodness you saved them!


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Posted Jul 15 2017 - 03:06 PM

It wasn't necessarily hard for me to obtain Hydraxon in '07, but it was very difficult to get one that actually satisfied me.

 

I bought him once in '07, but returned him because the Cordak blaster didn't work. By that time I owned all of the other 07 sets and (probably just by luck) all of the Cordak Blasters worked very well for me. So I thought it was defective and returned it.

 

Fast forward to Christmas where I received a second Hydraxon and the same problem existed with the Cordak blaster. It bothered me that no other set I had with that blaster had a problem shooting to the extent that his did; 1 or 2 of the rounds wouldn't fire on most of the toa which was ok with me, but to have only 1 out of 6 actually fire consistently on both Hydraxon blasters was upsetting to say the least...

 

I still don't own any Hydraxon set and he remains the only 2007 set I don't own


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Posted Jul 16 2017 - 10:02 AM

It wasn't necessarily hard for me to obtain Hydraxon in '07, but it was very difficult to get one that actually satisfied me.

 

I bought him once in '07, but returned him because the Cordak blaster didn't work. By that time I owned all of the other 07 sets and (probably just by luck) all of the Cordak Blasters worked very well for me. So I thought it was defective and returned it.

 

Fast forward to Christmas where I received a second Hydraxon and the same problem existed with the Cordak blaster. It bothered me that no other set I had with that blaster had a problem shooting to the extent that his did; 1 or 2 of the rounds wouldn't fire on most of the toa which was ok with me, but to have only 1 out of 6 actually fire consistently on both Hydraxon blasters was upsetting to say the least...

 

I still don't own any Hydraxon set and he remains the only 2007 set I don't own

 

That is a common problem with the Cordak Blasters. It is not the blaster's fault it is the individual rockets. Guess you just had some awful luck.


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Posted Jul 17 2017 - 09:37 AM

It wasn't necessarily hard for me to obtain Hydraxon in '07, but it was very difficult to get one that actually satisfied me.

 

I bought him once in '07, but returned him because the Cordak blaster didn't work. By that time I owned all of the other 07 sets and (probably just by luck) all of the Cordak Blasters worked very well for me. So I thought it was defective and returned it.

 

Fast forward to Christmas where I received a second Hydraxon and the same problem existed with the Cordak blaster. It bothered me that no other set I had with that blaster had a problem shooting to the extent that his did; 1 or 2 of the rounds wouldn't fire on most of the toa which was ok with me, but to have only 1 out of 6 actually fire consistently on both Hydraxon blasters was upsetting to say the least...

 

I still don't own any Hydraxon set and he remains the only 2007 set I don't own

I think the cordak blaster is just a waste on him, he looks fine without it if you ask me. He has plenty of other weapons.

The matoro hooks are supposed to be used as Exploding Boomerangs, he has his wrist blade thing, and the mahri blades are back mounted spears that he can fire. So effectively he has 3 weapons.


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