The ethics of cloning is an issue that comes up often these days, and the cloning of BIONICLE sets is no exception. Whether you are an MOCist, an artist, or a stockholder, you have no doubt noticed a significant change in BIONICLE since the phasing out of clone sets. In this post, however, you will find a tedious degree of math and basic counting which serves to confirm that, while it may seem that the sets for 2006-2008 have been repetitive, many things have not changed. Among the discoveries in this post are that the third story book has more Toa torsos than any other story book has ever had, that the number of new parts in each series of canister sets has been between 20 and 24 with the exception of four lines, all of which were clones, that the price of steel, not the price of oil, is the primary determining factor in whether new molds can be produced, that Aanchir should really spend his time on more important things, and that some later-posting members are wise enough not to read the excruciatingly, a word which here means "torturously," long posts that Aanchir is accustomed to make.
At the dawn of the Toa Mahri I found myself disappointed, in that there was no longer standardization among a team of Toa, a severe impediment to my drawing. However, I gradually came to understand with which the Mahri endowed us, and while they are still very difficult to draw as an instantly recogniseable team I have learned that they showed the sort of innovation that good BIONICLE sets call for.
Thus I hope we have reached a concensus in that it is much more effective to have a clone read my posts in your place, and thereby save you a great deal of stress and time.
With all due respect,
Aanchir: Rachira of Time