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    Toy Fair 2016: Bionicle
    Hot Bionicle NewsSunday, February 14th, 2016 at 12:04pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager

    Twelve of the seventeen Bionicle sets for 2016 have already been released, so unfortunately there wasn't as much to see at Toy Fair as we all might have liked. We did our best though to get an in-depth look at each of the upcoming sets. We also learned that the first two Bionicle Netflix episodes will be premiering in March and the next two in July. To check out the upcoming sets to see what Bionicle has in store for us, read on!

    Bionicle

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 01

    71312 Ekimu the Mask Maker

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 35 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 36 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 37 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 38 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 39

    94 pieces. Age 7+
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in June

    I apologize for the main picture coming out blurry here, but hopefully the others allow you to see enough detail. Ekimu is quite the upgrade from last year's Mask Maker with a trans-light blue Mask of Creation and a ton of that color overall. He retains a similar shield design, but his hammer no longer incorporates a stud-shooter. The new chest armor in trans-light blue is printed. On the back, you can see that he has both a waist swiveling function and an arm-swinging function, combining the 2015 and 2016 features into one build. He also includes Umarak the Hunter's mask in a new color combination, which has a very evil look with the trans-neon orange.

    71313 Lava Beast

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 21 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 22 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 23 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 24 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 25 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 26 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 27

    114 pieces. Age 7+
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in June

    Enough of the creatures - bring on the beasts! The things that stood out most to me about Lava Beast is the new rocky or crystalline shell piece in trans-black and the new head. All of the beasts use the same mask and jaw, the latter of which attaches to the head using the same hole as the eye stalk. I'm not a huge fan of the design, but it certainly looks monstrous. Lava Beast does have a cool printed torso armor and the straight Hordika necks in Dark Orange, which I believe is a first. His head is also recolored in trans-neon green, which is nice for adding some variety. His fingers have some poseability, which is a plus, and there's also some sort of gear function on the weapons which I wasn't able to check out. Finally, he has the same swiveling waist as the Uniters. All-in-all I see some nice pieces even if I'm not a fan of the whole.

    71314 Storm Beast

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 28 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 29 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 30 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 31 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 32 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 33 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 34

    109 pieces. Age 7+
    $14.99 (USD)$17.99 (CAD)
    Available in June

    I already went over the new mask and armor shell the beasts all have, so at first there's not a whole lot that seems exciting about Storm Beast aside from the colors. He does have a new printed torso armor, and I like the use of feet as hands, although the empty socket is a little distracting. When you turn around Storm Beast though, the real fun begins. Using some rather ingenious Technic construction, he's set up so that if you pull the tail in different directions you can raise the right arm, the left arm, or both. They won't stay where you put them like with last year's gears, butI found this to be a really cool, unique, and innovative play feature that makes this set possibly my favorite of the summer wave.

    71315 Quake Beast

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 14 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 15 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 16 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 17 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 18 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 19 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 20

    102 pieces. Age 7+
    $14.99 (USD)$17.99 (CAD)
    Available in June

    Finally we have Quake Beast, the last monstrosity of the summer wave. While I like the printing on his chest armor, it does seem like it would be difficult to reuse. Trans-purple has been one of LEGO's favorite colors lately, and we get a whole bunch more of it here. As far as play features go, the Quake Beast uses last year's new gearbox piece on its side to allow you to swing his arm forward and back like he's giving a right-hook versus a karate chop. It's a bit clunky, but I applaud the designers for trying something different.

    71316 Umarak the Destroyer

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 40 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 41 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 42 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 43 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 44 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 45 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 46 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 47 Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 48

    191 pieces. Age 8+
    $24.99 (USD) $29.99 (CAD)
    Available in June

    Umarak is back in the summer wave with a big upgrade. While he uses the same jaw as the beasts, he gets a new mask, which is very nice and undead-looking. The chest armor is stickered, much like 2015 Onua. The legs are once again very Technic-heavy, which some love and others hate. The hands have gears in them, so that if you move one finger the others move as well. It's a nice addition but with no lever or knob to activate it, I'm not sure how different it is from just using ball joints. His other play feature is a swiveling waist like the winter sets have. There's a lot of Techniic that goes in here, as you can see on the back, making this set quite a bit more complex than your average constraction figure.

    71300 Uxar Creature of Jungle

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 02

    89 pieces. Age 6+
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    See our full review of the Uxar Creature of Jungle here.

    71301 Ketar Creature of Stone

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 03

    80 pieces. Age 6+
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    See our full review of the Ketar Creature of Stone here.

    71302 Akida Creature of Water

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 04

    120 pieces. Age 6+
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    See our full review of the Akida Creature of Water here.

    71303 Ikir Creature of Fire

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 05

    77 pieces. Age 6+
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    See our full review of the Ikir Creature of Fire here.

    71304 Terak Creature of Earth

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 06

    74 pieces. Age 6+
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    See our full review of the Terak Creature of Earth here.

    71305 Lewa Uniter of Jungle

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 07

    79 pieces. Age 7+
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    See our full review of the Lewa Uniter of Jungle here.

    71306 Pohatu Uniter of Stone

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 08

    90 pieces. Age 7+
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    See our full review of the Pohatu Uniter of Stone here.

    71307 Gali Uniter of Water

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 09

    87 pieces. Age 7+
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    See our full review of the Gali Uniter of Water here.

    71308 Tahu Uniter of Fire

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 11

    132 pieces. Age 8+
    $19.99 (USD)$24.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    See our full review of the Tahu Uniter of Fire here.

    71309 Onua Uniter of Earth

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 12

    143 pieces. Age 8+
    $19.99 (USD)$24.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    See our full review of the Onua Uniter of Earth here.

    71310 Umarak the Hunter

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 10

    172 pieces. Age 8+
    $19.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    See our full review of the Umarak the Hunter here.

    71311 Kopaka and Melum - Unity set

    Toy Fair 2016 Bionicle 13

    171 pieces. Age 8+
    $24.99 (USD) $29.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    See our full review of the Kopaka and Melum - Unity set here.

    And that's what we can expect for Bionicle for the rest of the year. If you have any questions about the sets, please post them in the Talkback and I'll do my best to answer them. To help pick what theme we cover next, make sure you go vote here and check out all of our Toy Fair 2016 coverage right here. There's a lot more to come, so stay tuned to BZPower!

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