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#1 Offline Hapori Tohu

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Posted Feb 01 2012 - 06:02 PM

The popular Pick-A-Brick section of LEGO Shop at Home has been updated with a number of new elements, including some from Hero Factory sets. The update has also removed Hero Factory parts not appearing in the current set lineup. Presumably these changes will soon be reflected in the parts available for Recon Team custom builds, so fans interested in old-style heads should order now; otherwise, browse the online <a href="http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Pick-A-Brick-11998">Pick-A-Brick wall</a>.

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Posted Feb 01 2012 - 09:13 PM

Too bad they're removing the old parts. I'm sure there's still a market for them.
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Posted Feb 01 2012 - 09:37 PM

Too bad they're removing the old parts. I'm sure there's still a market for them.

Something that has to be kept in mind is that Pick-A-Brick orders are hand-packed, just like Design byME and Hero Recon Team orders were. This is a complex process (that's part of the reason why Design byME did not prove economical in the long run), and the more parts are on the palette, the more complex (and thus, costly) it is. Only so many new parts can be added without older parts being taken away.Additionally, it's probably costly to keep certain older parts in production when they're no longer appearing in sets.

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Posted Feb 01 2012 - 09:50 PM

Still, it's basically LEGO saying "hey, we're never going to make these parts again." They don't seem to exhibit any intention of re-utilizing the molds in the future, and they could. Heck, it's not like the system's incompatible.
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Posted Feb 01 2012 - 09:58 PM

And Bionicle got like 5 parts before in this. Shameful, Lego. :talk2hand:
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Posted Feb 01 2012 - 10:04 PM

Still, it's basically LEGO saying "hey, we're never going to make these parts again." They don't seem to exhibit any intention of re-utilizing the molds in the future, and they could. Heck, it's not like the system's incompatible.

They're not saying they're never going to make them again. It's not like LEGO is throwing away the molds. The designers had no need for those pieces in the 2012 sets so they're no longer available. Maybe we'll see them again in 2013.

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 03:10 AM

They removed the 2011 pieces :(I hope they will bring them back one day.

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 06:07 AM

This would be good news if I could add any thing to my Pick a Brick bag...
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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 08:05 AM

Heh, they have the hex "sheilds". I'm not alone in with my terrible spelling!Also, "voodoo balls". Strange choice in name, why whould they call them that?

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 08:20 AM

Heh, they have the hex "sheilds". I'm not alone in with my terrible spelling!Also, "voodoo balls". Strange choice in name, why whould they call them that?

Remember how one preliminary name for BIONICLE was "Bone Heads of Voodoo Island?" You see that referenced in a lot of 2001 BIONICLE part names. Tahu's weapon is "Voodoo Flame", Kopaka's is "Voodoo Sword", Pohatu's is "Voodoo Spur," etc. The Hau is just "Voodoo Mask, Tahu (4-CR)".

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 08:52 AM

This is great this means more replacement parts YAY!!!!!!
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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 09:06 AM

Good to see the new parts are online, bad to see the old are gone. However, I am sure they can still be ordered via phone, although that will probably only be possible while the supplies last.~Gata. ;)

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 10:39 AM

This is great this means more replacement parts YAY!!!!!!

Well, replacement parts for broken, lost, missing, or defective parts aren't really affected by this-- for those, you can still use the LEGO replacement parts service whether or not the items are available for individual sale on Pick-A-Brick. If a part was defective or missing from the original package, or if it broke during building, they might even replace it free-of-charge, although they may also request that you send them any broken parts so they can examine them and find out why they broke.But if, for instance, you wanted to give back armor to some of the Hero Factory sets this year that lack it, that's something that Pick-A-Brick could be useful for. I certainly plan on possibly placing some orders for modifications I have planned for some of this year's sets.

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 11:17 AM

This is great this means more replacement parts YAY!!!!!!

Well, replacement parts for broken, lost, missing, or defective parts aren't really affected by this-- for those, you can still use the LEGO replacement parts service whether or not the items are available for individual sale on Pick-A-Brick. If a part was defective or missing from the original package, or if it broke during building, they might even replace it free-of-charge, although they may also request that you send them any broken parts so they can examine them and find out why they broke.But if, for instance, you wanted to give back armor to some of the Hero Factory sets this year that lack it, that's something that Pick-A-Brick could be useful for. I certainly plan on possibly placing some orders for modifications I have planned for some of this year's sets.

That is True there always is the replacement parts service.

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 12:25 PM

Still, it's basically LEGO saying "hey, we're never going to make these parts again." They don't seem to exhibit any intention of re-utilizing the molds in the future, and they could. Heck, it's not like the system's incompatible.

They're not saying they're never going to make them again. It's not like LEGO is throwing away the molds. The designers had no need for those pieces in the 2012 sets so they're no longer available. Maybe we'll see them again in 2013.

I was under the impression that Lego has some manner of 'Vault' where they kept a bunch of old molds, which is why you see Fabuland elements creep into the system every so often.Either way, you can't discount any piece as being 'gone'.I, personally, would not miss most of the pieces that were removed.

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 01:54 PM

I've never used the online Pick-A-Brick. I'm probably going to soon, because I'm clean out of balljoints.
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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 02:30 PM

Still, it's basically LEGO saying "hey, we're never going to make these parts again." They don't seem to exhibit any intention of re-utilizing the molds in the future, and they could. Heck, it's not like the system's incompatible.

They're not saying they're never going to make them again. It's not like LEGO is throwing away the molds. The designers had no need for those pieces in the 2012 sets so they're no longer available. Maybe we'll see them again in 2013.

I was under the impression that Lego has some manner of 'Vault' where they kept a bunch of old molds, which is why you see Fabuland elements creep into the system every so often.Either way, you can't discount any piece as being 'gone'.I, personally, would not miss most of the pieces that were removed.

2011 peices are gone?! Well then Darth Vader take it away "Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!". :pakarinu: :pakarinu: :pakarinu: :rau: :haunu: :haunu:

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 03:17 PM

First, i didn't even know HF had pick-a-brick so i fell like i missed something ._.'Second, this is going to make MOCing some break-out characters easy because i can get the parts i need and use the one i already have instead of buying a bunch of repeats. I better order now so it makes it on my birthday :P
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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 03:59 PM

First, i didn't even know HF had pick-a-brick so i fell like i missed something ._.'Second, this is going to make MOCing some break-out characters easy because i can get the parts i need and use the one i already have instead of buying a bunch of repeats. I better order now so it makes it on my birthday :P

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 04:43 PM

First, i didn't even know HF had pick-a-brick so i fell like i missed something ._.'Second, this is going to make MOCing some break-out characters easy because i can get the parts i need and use the one i already have instead of buying a bunch of repeats. I better order now so it makes it on my birthday :P

Yes Pick a Brick is a dream come true for most MOCers. :pakari: :pakari: :pakari: :pakari: :pakari: :pakari: :pakari: :pakari:

except for the price, they want 3 bucks for a hero core.....

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 04:46 PM

First, i didn't even know HF had pick-a-brick so i fell like i missed something ._.'Second, this is going to make MOCing some break-out characters easy because i can get the parts i need and use the one i already have instead of buying a bunch of repeats. I better order now so it makes it on my birthday :P

Yes Pick a Brick is a dream come true for most MOCers. :pakari: :pakari: :pakari: :pakari: :pakari: :pakari: :pakari: :pakari:

except for the price, they want 3 bucks for a hero core.....

3 BUCKS THAT IS OUTRAGES. (Sry I posted in capitols I was not meaning to offend any body.)

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 05:51 PM

i really like the update and honestly, i do not miss the 2011 hero heads. The only dissapointment is that they dont have purple! (do i really have to get that wierd joker set for purple? :cry: )
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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 06:14 PM

i really like the update and honestly, i do not miss the 2011 hero heads. The only dissapointment is that they dont have purple! (do i really have to get that wierd joker set for purple? :cry: )

Well yes Joker has a purple jacket.

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 06:32 PM

Since they took the 2011 Head,Chests ETC will we still be able to get them from Hero Recon? :???:
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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 07:41 PM

I remember Lego once said they were considering adding Bionicle elements to Pick-a-Brick. It was actually mentioned in an e-mail conversation I had with LEGO a couple of years ago (the second reply mentions it).A heads-up: that link goes to the archive, and the logging out issue has not been resolved at time of writing.
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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 08:09 PM

Since they took the 2011 Head,Chests ETC will we still be able to get them from Hero Recon? :???:

They are probably going to update HFR soon so they will not have to do the 2011 molds. :pahrak: :pahrak: :pahrak: :pahrak: :pahrak: :pahrak: :pahrak: :pahrak: :pahrak: :pahrak: :pahrak:

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 08:44 PM

Heh, they have the hex "sheilds". I'm not alone in with my terrible spelling!Also, "voodoo balls". Strange choice in name, why whould they call them that?

Remember how one preliminary name for BIONICLE was "Bone Heads of Voodoo Island?" You see that referenced in a lot of 2001 BIONICLE part names. Tahu's weapon is "Voodoo Flame", Kopaka's is "Voodoo Sword", Pohatu's is "Voodoo Spur," etc. The Hau is just "Voodoo Mask, Tahu (4-CR)".

Really? Wow, I didn't know that. I'm glad we avoided that name.

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 08:47 PM

Heh, they have the hex "sheilds". I'm not alone in with my terrible spelling!Also, "voodoo balls". Strange choice in name, why whould they call them that?

Remember how one preliminary name for BIONICLE was "Bone Heads of Voodoo Island?" You see that referenced in a lot of 2001 BIONICLE part names. Tahu's weapon is "Voodoo Flame", Kopaka's is "Voodoo Sword", Pohatu's is "Voodoo Spur," etc. The Hau is just "Voodoo Mask, Tahu (4-CR)".

Really? Wow, I didn't know that. I'm glad we avoided that name.

oh thank goodness! if they had named bionicle that, i would have never been interested!

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 08:49 PM

Heh, they have the hex "sheilds". I'm not alone in with my terrible spelling!Also, "voodoo balls". Strange choice in name, why whould they call them that?

Remember how one preliminary name for BIONICLE was "Bone Heads of Voodoo Island?" You see that referenced in a lot of 2001 BIONICLE part names. Tahu's weapon is "Voodoo Flame", Kopaka's is "Voodoo Sword", Pohatu's is "Voodoo Spur," etc. The Hau is just "Voodoo Mask, Tahu (4-CR)".

Really? Wow, I didn't know that. I'm glad we avoided that name.

oh thank goodness! if they had named bionicle that, i would have never been interested!

Bone Heads of Voodoo Island????? :komau: :komau: :komau: :komau: :komau: :komau: :komau: :komau: :komau:

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 09:18 PM

Heh, they have the hex "sheilds". I'm not alone in with my terrible spelling!Also, "voodoo balls". Strange choice in name, why whould they call them that?

Remember how one preliminary name for BIONICLE was "Bone Heads of Voodoo Island?" You see that referenced in a lot of 2001 BIONICLE part names. Tahu's weapon is "Voodoo Flame", Kopaka's is "Voodoo Sword", Pohatu's is "Voodoo Spur," etc. The Hau is just "Voodoo Mask, Tahu (4-CR)".

Really? Wow, I didn't know that. I'm glad we avoided that name.

oh thank goodness! if they had named bionicle that, i would have never been interested!

Bone Heads of Voodoo Island??? :komau: :komau: :komau: :komau: :komau: :komau: :komau: :komau: :komau:

There's probably a good reason the name was dropped, although it may be a slightly accurate reflection of Bionicle's early years. All those ten-year-long franchises, they get picked apart.

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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 09:32 PM

Well if any one wants Breakout Breez her past will run you close to $30 on Pick a Brick. I'm at $21 and I did not get all her parts in my bag yet...
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Posted Feb 02 2012 - 10:24 PM

Hmm...all the MOCing potential here. It'll be nice to pick up some older parts.
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Posted Feb 03 2012 - 07:37 AM

Hmm...all the MOCing potential here. It'll be nice to pick up some older parts.

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Posted Feb 03 2012 - 12:59 PM

While that's a bummer, you'll always be able to acquire retro parts if you browse around. I'm sure our own B/S/T forum is one such place.Have always grooved the build-a-hero program. Wish Bionicle had had something similar. Might've kept me buying sets between 2005 and 2009.- Heir
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Posted Feb 03 2012 - 01:09 PM

Well if any one wants Breakout Breez her past will run you close to $30 on Pick a Brick. I'm at $21 and I did not get all her parts in my bag yet...

Yeah, buying a full set in Pick-A-Brick parts isn't usually practical. Even if you're buying the same parts, there's a difference in cost between mass-producing a set on a semi-automated assembly line and packing the parts to that set by hand on an individual, on-demand basis. And that's reflected by a steep difference in price (although not as much as was the case with Design byME, which added 25% to the cost of each individual part plus a ten-dollar flat rate for each complete order). You'd probably get Breez cheaper just by ordering her from a seller overseas.I believe Hero Recon Team can be more economical than Pick-A-Brick, depending on what parts you get, but of course that's partly because the parts you order follow a more consistent pattern, and so packing is probably far simpler. And even Hero Recon Team charges you the price of a medium-price-range set (i.e. a 2011 villain set) for a model just slightly larger than the biggest 2011 Hero sets (35 pieces versus 31).

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Posted Feb 04 2012 - 01:19 AM

Well if any one wants Breakout Breez her past will run you close to $30 on Pick a Brick. I'm at $21 and I did not get all her parts in my bag yet...

Yeah, buying a full set in Pick-A-Brick parts isn't usually practical. Even if you're buying the same parts, there's a difference in cost between mass-producing a set on a semi-automated assembly line and packing the parts to that set by hand on an individual, on-demand basis. And that's reflected by a steep difference in price (although not as much as was the case with Design byME, which added 25% to the cost of each individual part plus a ten-dollar flat rate for each complete order). You'd probably get Breez cheaper just by ordering her from a seller overseas.I believe Hero Recon Team can be more economical than Pick-A-Brick, depending on what parts you get, but of course that's partly because the parts you order follow a more consistent pattern, and so packing is probably far simpler. And even Hero Recon Team charges you the price of a medium-price-range set (i.e. a 2011 villain set) for a model just slightly larger than the biggest 2011 Hero sets (35 pieces versus 31).

I big part of that cost came from the new Hero Core $3.00 US!

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Posted Feb 05 2012 - 12:36 PM

Since Lego Pick-A-Brick are now selling the Breakout pieces...Why isn't there a Gold, Orange, trans Green or Metallic Silver version of this piece? http://www.bzpower.c...tyle_emoticons/default/mad.gifPosted ImageIt only has Black, White and Lime Green.I hope they will add those colours in the future.

Edited by Matoran Oneker, Feb 05 2012 - 12:40 PM.

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#38 Offline Damaracx Caratas Xarian

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Posted Feb 06 2012 - 08:02 PM

This topic makes me want to go to pick a brick and buy some bricks right now. I hope they add more brick soon.
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