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What Bionicle pieces did you think appeared as most overused in sets?

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Staff of light piece ended up being pretty overused, and I can't say its even that brilliant a piece. Lewa Nuva's Air Katana are also used quite a lot, but they are awesome.

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The black and blue pins along with the black, gray, and red axles.

 

LMAO just kidding, to me it was the bohrok feet along with the piraka lower legs and yup that black ruru was a bit annoying to see after it being used on Whenua.

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Lewa's katana, Bordahk staffs, and the Staff of Light blades. Particularly egregious in that trap thingy in the Karzahni set. Those three have just become generic blades for any occasion.


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The black and blue pins along with the black, gray, and red axles.

 

 

I was gunna say that D:


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probably the bordahk staves, and also the toa metru/hordika leg platings

I was going say the same thing.....Karz......

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Lehvak-Kal shield. It should have stayed Lehvak-Kal. Pewku could have used normal Lehvak claws.


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Lehvak-Kal shield. It should have stayed Lehvak-Kal. Pewku could have used normal Lehvak claws.

Normal Lehvak claws are a-symmetrical. Maybe the designers had OCD.


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anything the Inika had, really. they all became old by the time 2008 rolled around. seriously, 3 years with nothing different whatsoever?


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Lehvak-Kal shield. It should have stayed Lehvak-Kal. Pewku could have used normal Lehvak claws.

Normal Lehvak claws are a-symmetrical. Maybe the designers had OCD.

 

.....DEATH THE KID OCD!

 

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Umbra's long axle piece that connected his whole weapon together, obviously. :P

 

Takanuva SoL piece, Lewa Nuva's blades, Zamor Spheres (ugh, waaay too much), Inika and Piraka lower legs, etc. Bordakh blades were overused between 2004-2006/7. From my memory, they seem to have disappeared nearly in 2008. lol

 

Also, the Hau. Think about it. Not only have we seen repeats of the same model (2001), but even different incarnations of it.


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Green and orange metru eyes (I mean seriously did they forget that they had different colors once upon a time?)And inika everything appeared way too much after 06 that was all we got.


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I've never had a problem with Inika torsos, mainly because they were so much more versatile than people give them credit. As far as pre-made torso parts go it was pretty much the best one we got - if I had to choose which torso to overuse I'd take the Inika torso any day. Not to say it's not overused, but it didn't become used to the point of utter redundancy. Bordahk staffs were always the most annoying to me, because of all the Vahki staffs I thought they were the least interesting. Didn't stop them from being crammed on to any larger set, though - it was almost if they had a bet to cram them on every playset that they could, and as such there were a few instances where they looked far out of place. Not only that, but we didn't even get some recolors - I know they probably would have looked pretty good in black.


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The reason why Inika pieces were so overused is because they're useful for people who aren't good with custom bodies and stuff. And Lego can't go around selling stuff with bodies like Chro's MoCs, the 4 year olds would be too confuzzled.


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Guurahk staffs, av matoran heads, multi resistant shields, and inika heads

How were Inika heads over used? They only came out once if I remember correctly, and that was with the Inika.


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I can't think of any parts that were overused, myself. Some parts were used a lot, like Takanuva's Staff of Light, Lewa's Air Katana, the Toa Inika torsos, or the various blades from 2007. But I think calling these parts "overused" is looking at things entirely wrong. Rather, they kept being used because they kept being useful.You don't just discontinue and replace a piece because you think people might be tired of it. It's bad business, especially since a lot of your profits might be coming from people who have never owned a BIONICLE set, or at least people who haven't owned enough BIONICLE sets to really grow tired of any particular piece. Plus, the more use a particular piece gets in sets, the more profitable the mold is.Think of it in terms of classic LEGO. Is the minifigure "overused"? How about the 1x2 brick? The 2x4 plate? The 1x1 round plate? The Technic pin? Of course not. These are iconic elements of the building system. Eliminating them to replace them with something that looks different but performs more or less the same function (or, alternatively, something more specialized that performs the same function, but not as well) would be folly of the highest degree.This is part of why I really like Hero Factory's tendency to reuse pieces, and to design them with years of potential use in mind. It's more in line with proper LEGO design philosophy than to release a bunch of parts with specialized shapes and textures for variety's sake alone.

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I can't think of any parts that were overused, myself. Some parts were used a lot, like Takanuva's Staff of Light, Lewa's Air Katana, the Toa Inika torsos, or the various blades from 2007. But I think calling these parts "overused" is looking at things entirely wrong. Rather, they kept being used because they kept being useful.You don't just discontinue and replace a piece because you think people might be tired of it. It's bad business, especially since a lot of your profits might be coming from people who have never owned a BIONICLE set, or at least people who haven't owned enough BIONICLE sets to really grow tired of any particular piece. Plus, the more use a particular piece gets in sets, the more profitable the mold is.Think of it in terms of classic LEGO. Is the minifigure "overused"? How about the 1x2 brick? The 2x4 plate? The 1x1 round plate? The Technic pin? Of course not. These are iconic elements of the building system. Eliminating them to replace them with something that looks different but performs more or less the same function (or, alternatively, something more specialized that performs the same function, but not as well) would be folly of the highest degree.This is part of why I really like Hero Factory's tendency to reuse pieces, and to design them with years of potential use in mind. It's more in line with proper LEGO design philosophy than to release a bunch of parts with specialized shapes and textures for variety's sake alone.

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I guess what was wrong with the Inika bodies was that I started buying around 2007, right when they were starting to become commonplace.


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The reason why Inika pieces were so overused is because they're useful for people who aren't good with custom bodies and stuff. And Lego can't go around selling stuff with bodies like Chro's MoCs, the 4 year olds would be too confuzzled.

A Chro moc as a Lego set..... My god that would be beautiful. Anyways back on topic. We had new body types almost every year. We had mata then mata again, metru, hordika, and then inika and piraka. Only once we got to karda nui did we get new torso's in the form of the Makuta.

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The reason why Inika pieces were so overused is because they're useful for people who aren't good with custom bodies and stuff. And Lego can't go around selling stuff with bodies like Chro's MoCs, the 4 year olds would be too confuzzled.

We had mata then mata again, metru, hordika, and then inika and piraka. Only once we got to karda nui did we get new torso's in the form of the Makuta.

 

What you said and not only that, but we also got the Bohrok Bodies in 2002, Rahkshi bodies in 2003, Kongu's body in 2007, and what you said about 2008. 2009 and 2010 were really the only years where nothing new torso-wise came into being, well, that is, at least from what I can remember.

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The reason why Inika pieces were so overused is because they're useful for people who aren't good with custom bodies and stuff. And Lego can't go around selling stuff with bodies like Chro's MoCs, the 4 year olds would be too confuzzled.

We had mata then mata again, metru, hordika, and then inika and piraka. Only once we got to karda nui did we get new torso's in the form of the Makuta.

 

What you said and not only that, but we also got the Bohrok Bodies in 2002, Rahkshi bodies in 2003, Kongu's body in 2007, and what you said about 2008. 2009 and 2010 were really the only years where nothing new torso-wise came into being, well, that is, at least from what I can remember.

 

2009 still had Inika and Metru hip bodies, but connected by different ways.


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anything the Inika had, really. they all became old by the time 2008 rolled around. seriously, 3 years with nothing different whatsoever?

That's a bit of an overstatement. Only one non-Inika set had their light-up weapons and none had their heads or their masks. Also, their leg armor (and shoulder armor to a certain extent) may have been used a lot, but they're great pieces that lend themselves well to MOCing.

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I'm going to cover sets and mocs.

 

Sets: taka staffs, metru lower leg, metru upper arm, mata feet, orange metru eye light, and everything the inika ever used.

 

Moc: grey avohkii, and taka blades


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Guurahk staffs, av matoran heads, multi resistant shields, and inika heads

How were Inika heads over used? They only came out once if I remember correctly, and that was with the Inika.

 

Sorry. Meant to say metru heads.


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I agree with the Avohkii being overused in MOCs. The Hau is another common one too. Set-wise, the Chronicler's Staff was used alot as well: Iruini, Garan, Brutaka, Photok, it was used so much that its not really a "rare piece" anymore.


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Plus rods and friction pins. Come on Lego, give us something different! :P

 

Seriously though? These things:

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The tiny black axel pieces.

 

 

Plus rods and friction pins. Come on Lego, give us something different! :P

 

 

Oh, the little blue peg/pin combination.

 

 

Ball sockets. Particularly the standard ball-to-axle.

 

 

The black and blue pins along with the black, gray, and red axles.

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