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As you know, the matorans only came in a happy meal in 2001 with only a polybag, or did they?20200602_233227.thumb.jpg.a64c1e248104ac9797ad69af0d40e589.jpg20200603_130227.thumb.jpg.a70ef67c7b8afd19132d044a8ee4b8e2.jpg

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13 minutes ago, Toa Lhikan Hordika said:

Where on earth did you find this?!

I bought it when I was kid in Lithuania. The company named "Voita" had a distribution agreement with LEGO and this set is the result of that. This is the only "special" LEGO set that I could find from that era, as all the other sets that I own have normal boxes like the ones you would find in the US. Also, the Matoran text at the bottom left says Ga Koro which is inconsistent with the lore, meaning this might be made before the happy meal polybag sets and the lore got changed later?

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Makes me wonder if there are any other countries that had unique packaging like this.


~In monochrome melodies~
~Our tears are painted in red~
~Deep inside we're nothing more~
~Than scions and sinners~

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~Do light and darkness fade~

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If this thing didn't came as a Happy Mean promo, that means it was just sold individually with that unique packaging?

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1 hour ago, Taria Pakari said:

Makes me wonder if there are any other countries that had unique packaging like this.

I'm pretty certain that the company that I mentioned before was also distributing LEGO sets in the Kaliningrad region

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10 minutes ago, Lego David said:

If this thing didn't came as a Happy Mean promo, that means it was just sold individually with that unique packaging?

Well, you can see the price tag of 5,49 litai, roughly around 2 dollars, which means it was probably sold in a toy store. There's no specific information that I could find on this packaging. Searching for the serial number doesn't get you anywhere. Also the age range of the happy meal polybag is 3+, on this box it says 7+

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Whoa, this is a fascinating find! :ohmy: :D  I wonder what other sets got this treatment.

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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.


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3 hours ago, Illuminatus said:

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.

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Man this discovery is going to make a few collector completionists start to sweat. :D

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1 hour ago, Laval- Master of Energy said:

Wait, does this mean that the other McToran were packaged this way in Lithuania?

Congratulations on your find!

Most likely, like I said before there's no information about it and the box itself is nearly 20 years old, hence I can't confirm anything specific. It would be interesting to know how many of these exist today or how many were made. I can only confirm that I did get four other Matorans in a Lithuanian McDonald's that did come in polybags without any other special packaging.

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I didn't know these Matoran were sold in box sets. Seeing the comments in this topic, it seems a lot of people didn't know. 

It is a really cool find. 


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It really humbles me knowing that that box is 20 years old and no one on the world's largest BIONICLE forum fansite ever mentioned it.

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21 hours ago, Master Inika said:

It really humbles me knowing that that box is 20 years old and no one on the world's largest BIONICLE forum fansite ever mentioned it.

There really is so much out there left to discover, it's so cool.

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4 hours ago, AZBlue said:

Wow! This needs submitted to Brickset and Bricklink's databases. The 2001 completionist in me would love to track down a full set of the boxes at the minimum!

I honestly doubt that a full set exists, most people (at least in my country) throw lego boxes out the moment they empty them, even the large ones.

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dude, that is awesome! let us know if you find any other Bionicle rarities like this one! there has got to be more! :) 

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Yeah, with this discovery it makes me wonder what could show up 5, 10 or maybe even 15 years down the line. Despite Bionicle being cancelled/ending twice, the community keeps finding things to talk about. Very impressive, really.

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This is fascinating! I can't believe it's been almost 20 years and most of us never knew about these boxed McToran!

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Now to find a sealed version of this type of Huki! That will be the real clincher, I think, concerning how widespread this little oddity was in that corner of Eastern Europe.

Like others, I too hope the other five McToran will show up in this boxed form from Lithuania or the Kalingrad enclave.


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On 6/6/2020 at 7:48 AM, RememberPerditus? said:

There really is so much out there left to discover, it's so cool.

BZPower article 20 years from now: "Turkish BZPower member discovers LEGO released Mutated Brutaka in 2011!"

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11 hours ago, Master Inika said:

BZPower article 20 years from now: "Turkish BZPower member discovers LEGO released Mutated Brutaka in 2011!"

Haha, wow, I get that reference!

Even better: BZPower exclusive BIONICLE 20th Anniversary Roundtable Interview with Greg Farshtey, Bob Thompson, and Christian Faber reveals "Voriki was always intended to be the REAL seventh Toa" and point to limited release in Luxembourg as proof.


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11 hours ago, Bionicle Guru said:

Haha, wow, I get that reference!

Even better: BZPower exclusive BIONICLE 20th Anniversary Roundtable Interview with Greg Farshtey, Bob Thompson, and Christian Faber reveals "Voriki was always intended to be the REAL seventh Toa" and point to limited release in Luxembourg as proof.

Or: Great Spirit Robot set officially released in 1995 in the former USSR.


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On 8/7/2020 at 11:54 PM, Master Inika said:

Or: Great Spirit Robot set officially released in 1995 in the former USSR.

The ultimate revelation will come when oceanographers detect a massive metal anomaly stretching the entire breadth of the Pacific Ocean floor, with a roughly humanoid form. Suddenly, the news reports that New Zealand has started experiencing massive earthquakes as a giant, metal...face...starts to emerge from within it.

BIONICLE: It's been here the entire time!

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On 8/7/2020 at 11:54 PM, Master Inika said:

Or: Great Spirit Robot set officially released in 1995 in the former USSR.

The ultimate revelation will come when oceanographers detect a massive metal anomaly stretching the entire breadth of the Pacific Ocean floor, with a roughly humanoid form. Suddenly, the news reports that New Zealand has started experiencing massive earthquakes as a giant, metal...face...starts to emerge from within it.

BIONICLE: It's been here the entire time!


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On 8/7/2020 at 11:54 PM, Master Inika said:

Or: Great Spirit Robot set officially released in 1995 in the former USSR.

The ultimate revelation will come when oceanographers detect a massive metal anomaly stretching the entire breadth of the Pacific Ocean floor, with a roughly humanoid form. Suddenly, the news reports that New Zealand has started experiencing massive earthquakes as a giant, metal...face...starts to emerge from within it.

BIONICLE: It's been here the entire time!


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On 8/7/2020 at 11:54 PM, Master Inika said:

Or: Great Spirit Robot set officially released in 1995 in the former USSR.

The ultimate revelation will come when oceanographers detect a massive metal anomaly stretching the entire breadth of the Pacific Ocean floor, with a roughly humanoid form. Suddenly, the news reports that New Zealand has started experiencing massive earthquakes as a giant, metal...face...starts to emerge from within it.

BIONICLE: It's been here the entire time!

EDIT: Wow, a quadruple post! Haven't seen (or performed) one of those in a very long time! Sorry about that; it seems the forums kept fritzing when I went to post this reply, and it never showed up after refreshing the page. Guess I was bamboozled!

 

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