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  1. March 2001 AU issue of LEGO World Club Magazine LEGO World Club Magazine (AU) – March 2001 : LEGO World Club : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive On pages 12-13 we get images and descriptions of the new Bionicle Toa, as well as some information on collectible masks. Notice the masks that are included here. Each of the Toa's respective masks are shown, as well as a ghostly Matatu and Ruru. It's strange that these specifically are included here, and not depictions of the other 4 noble masks. Both the Matatu and Ruru were found to have "misprint" colors in EU mask packs. They were the only noble masks to also have Toa colors, rather than just Turaga colors, in the mask packs. Was the magazine publisher aware of this, and is this the reason these 2 masks are included in the line-up? It's also important to note the information at the bottom of page 12. While there was some debate across multiple Bionicle media as to whether or not the Toa had to collect 6 noble masks, we know that they collected the 6 great masks. There were indeed 72 masks available in the mask packs: 36 great masks (six masks in six colors) and 36 noble masks (six other masks in six other colors). However, the writer then states there are 12 masks in 6 colors. This could be an oversight/typo, but it seems to imply that the 72 masks were initially both the noble and great masks in only 6 colors, presumably the Toa's colors. However, the last line: This could refer to a number of things. It could reference the ultra rare gold contest masks, the rare promo masks, the infected Hau (which, despite not being counted among the 72 masks in the mask packs, was indeed included), or the EU misprints (Matatu, Ruru, and possibly the Kaukau). What do you think?
  2. I'm open to this translation. I think the only reason the two events seem tied together is because of the line "It is said ..." like it's a local hearsay. If they were not related, I feel like the author could have worded the two ideas differently.
  3. This has confused me for years. In Huki's old bio it reads: So, I am aware of Maku and Huki's playful/romantic relationship. I'm also aware that Po-Matoran / Po-Koronan (this must have been before the word "Tohunga" was dropped for "Matoran") relate to their elemental theme of sinking like a rock. What I do not understand is the nature of Maku's prank on Huki, and how this led to his ability of crushing boulders with his feet and hands. Did soaking Huki's mask lead to his talent of strength? If so, how? Is there some cultural reference I am overlooking?
  4. I agree, Makuta's dialog in MNOG is arguably the best. There's 2 lines from Mask of Light that carry a lot of weight, and bring a tear to my eye today: Jala: No, the duty was mine. You know who you are. You were always different... Hahli: It's time someone was YOUR chronicler!
  5. I thought it was always interesting that all of the McDonald's Tohunga had the kanohi of their respective Toa in a new color, except Maku. She didn't have a Kaukau like Gali, and her color was blue, just like Gali. The reason for this? I'm not entirely sure. My theory is that Maku was supposed to have blue-violet feet (2002 Jango Fett, Galidor Egg vehicle color) with a transparent blue-violet Kaukau, based on an old LEGO part inventory list. Why they never went with this color and mask? Perhaps it was one of the many items canned during the mid-late 2001 production line (not sure if it had to do with new management, LEGO putting more materials towards other themes in case Bionicle failed to save them from bankrupty, or the economic/social disruption of the September 11th terrorist attacks). Why Hahli replaced Maku? I believe that, initially, Maku was meant to go on the Mask of Light quest with Jala and Takua in the movie because early drafts of MOL had Hahli traveling with Jala and Takua as well. She was one of the first Tohunga introduced to us in MNOG, so it would only be fitting that Takua's closest/oldest friends would go on his quest with him. Between the Miramax producers, the script writers, and perhaps LEGO designers, it became clear that it was easier/better to create a new Ga-matoran character in place of Maku. The reason for this? Again, no clear idea. Hahli literally "pops up" in the last couple 2002 Bohrok animations, and then gets put through tests with kids under the Templar Studios staff to see if they would still play a MNOG sequel if the player was a girl "with a purse or satchel". Understanding why Hahli exists as a character you need to also understand why Takua, Ahkmou, and Nuparu exist. I think the initial plan with the Tohunga was that there were only 2 named characters per tribe: Kapura and Jala, Kotu and Maku, Hafu and Huki, Taipu and Onepu, Kopeke and Matoro, Tamaru and Kongu. All of these names are based on Pacific islander languages like Maori, Hawaiian and Rotuman. Takua, Ahkmou, and *arguably* Hahli and Nuparu are not, since their names were introduced after the Maori lawsuit with LEGO. Takua exists because of MNOG and the GBA game; he was a player character that became a character. Ahkmou was retconned as the unamed Koli ball salesman in MNOG much later. Nuparu was made for the Boxor set, which is why his colors are unique compared to early depicitons of Onu-matoran. Also, according to the LEGO inventory list I mentioned earlier, there could have been 2 additionally named/unnamed matoran in sand green and sand violet that were never produced. The prodcut comes first, the story and name of the character is second, and everything else follows after. I think Hahli may be the exception though. It possibly hinges on the idea that the writers/producers wanted a female character that was "sweet on Jala" and since Maku and Huki were already an item, a new character or a rewrite was in order. It could also be since LEGO and Miramax planned to turn Takua into the 7th Toa, that a new Chronicler was needed, and that Hahli was created to fill that role. I highly doubt that LEGO planned to do anything major with the Inika matoran back in 2001-03, since the initial plan was to end the Bionicle story in 2003. And then even when the decision to continue the story after the Mask of Light was decided, they focused on Vakama and the other Turaga for the next 2 years. You have to remember that while one toy is being released, the next one is already well into development. When the time came to continue the story moving forward, Hahli and Nuparu were fresh on everyone's mind at LEGO. The mask colors may have had some play in this too (especially with Nuparu, since Onepu's old purple color was discontinued).
  6. You could ask Peri, they've done some pretty awesome animation using the files from the flash game
  7. The others are Carlos D'anda and Randy Elliot, the comic artist and inker respectively. They actually talk about this event in their Bionicle Day 2021 stream
  8. If you're speed running the game you may have missed a task. Possibly in Onu-Koro, there are a lot of hoops and back and forth with that area of the game. Also, I am not sure if having the book of Chronicles and the golden chisel are required to beat the game, but best to make sure you go through every bit of dialouge with every Turaga. It also could just be a bad load and rebooting the game might fix it. Or you could try visiting Nuju again and see what he says. Which version of the game are you playing? If it's the one with the chapters you could replay a previous chapter, a little time consuming, but at least you wouldn't be starting over.
  9. The irony is, this is how I remember playing the game on dial-up back in 2001-02. From my understanding, the game was designed for those older computers with slower internet speeds. If you play the game today on modern systems it runs super fast. The Nui-Rama battle is nearly impossible to beat. Did you try looking into the player settings? (Right-clicking?)
  10. Yes. That's pretty lucky. I just assumed the Kaukau being transparent was manufactured in such a way that it affected mask distribution. I haven't seen a single one from multiple brand new decks
  11. Oh I'm not talking about the cards, I'm talking about the plastic Kanohi masks included in the boxed starter decks (same masks found in the Kanohi blind bags/boxes). They were used as game pieces/tokens
  12. By secondhand do you mean it had been opened and used before you bought it? All of the masks I've seen so far have come from sealed decks.
  13. Recently I purchased Toa and Bohrok decks for the Bionicle Trading Card Game. Each deck comes with 2 Kanohi, one for each respective Toa/Color of that deck (eg. A red and white Kanohi for the Tahu and Kopaka deck). I watched a few YouTube videos of fans opening TCG decks because I was curious about mask distribution. Fortunately, I did not receive common colored Kanohi --or base masks-- for the Toa, as I've seen some people had. I did however, get doubles of the green and blue Akaku from both the Toa and Bohrok decks. Coincidently, I got EXACTLY the same 6 Kanohi from the 3 Bohrok decks as another person on YouTube who had opened 3 different Bohrok decks. So it appears from my own purchases, and others, that the only colors available are blue, brown, black, green, red and white. But the only Kanohi I have seen are the Great Kakamas, Pakaris, Mirus, Haus and Akakus. No noble masks, but more importantly, no Kaukaus. Has anyone received a Kaukau in any of their Toa or Bohrok TCG decks? If not, why do you think this is?
  14. Any chance someone has or knows where we can find images of the colored concept paintings from Mask of Light? You can see them in the behind the scenes video https://youtu.be/nKV9v5tqVeE&t=415s
  15. The Lego copyright and mold machine numbers are printed on the sides, so they are not knockoffs. Misprint is kind of a misused term in the Bionicle community. We call the Trans-Yellow Kaukau and the Blue Ruru, for example, misprints when they really shouldn't be. A misprint is a part that has a defect or unique fault about it that wasn't intended by the factory. The production of the "European misprints" wasn't an accident, it was just limited in production (for what reason we may never know). However, those masks made it past production and into retail sets (the mask packs). These green Nuva parts did not. There are also several of these Nuva parts in green, most likely for testing the molds (a prototype). Prototypes can be rough clay sculpts, rough plastic molds, or even final production molded plastic in an available color (like green or yellow or red). The prototypes for the 2003 Gukko and Pewku sets, as well as Nuva armor, also featured parts in the same green color. Prototypes, much like deleted scenes in movies, are really not meant to be seen by the public. They're not bonus items meant to be given away. Because of this there's a long list of lego prototypes we may never see or have seen because no one bothered to photograph or share them outside the design office. Why people have these and why they're in fairly good condition? Probably because they sat in a desk or bin at Lego for years until an employee took them home or threw them into a box of other parts and gave/sold them away. Most lego prototypes are destroyed by recycling them back into the mold process or just tossing them. These parts always seem to come out of Germany or Scandinavia, closer to where Lego factories are. I've seen these for sale from bricklink and eBay sellers for the last 2 or 3 years, mostly from Europe.
  16. I agree as well. Granted, I let Bionicle go around 2006 because I was done with it. Had to move onto other things. Eventually I came back to it in my own way that didn't need Lego to do it for me.
  17. The simplest answer is its a lazy writing tactic for exposition and moving the plot forward. If Vakama didn't have visions of impending doom he would have to uncover the plot through his own investigation, which would take time. It's easier to just have him suddenly aware that something is wrong. On the other hand, it's also a hero/sage trope to have visions. Why they are never explained? Who knows, who cares, and we move onto the next thing. Star Wars does it all the time and we waiver it as The Force speaking to the character. In MNOG Gali suddenly has a telepathic link with Takua so we the player can see what is happening under ground. Since the game was focused on the Tohunga perspective, we wouldn't have actually seen the Toa battle Makuta unless someone other than the Toa witnessed it. Having Takua down there the whole time would have been a bit much, so they show us the Kaita transformation and the battle with the Manas through a vision, leaving the final battle with Makuta to be seen by his own eyes. Otherwise, the game might have just ended with the Kini battle, which would have been somewhat anticlimactic. And seeing as we didn't have LOMN or the comics to show us the final Toa battle, that responsibility fell to MNOG.
  18. The little lore booklet that came with the Quest for the Masks trading card game says the Kanohi Kakama "triples the speed of its wearer". So whatever speed Pohatu is on foot multiplied by 3 is his speed with the Kakama. Granted, what is and isn't canon in Bionicle isn't always clear, especially if it's from a game. This might sound weird, but I think Pohatu is the slowest Toa. Watch footage of him walking in the 2001 QuickTime animation, MNOG, or Legend of Mata Nui PC game. He's slow and very heavy (the earth shakes with every step) until he uses his Kakama. If his Kakama speed is his normal speed tripled, he would still be very fast, but perhaps not as fast as the other Toa also using their Kakama powers.
  19. I was in my lego dark ages during this time so I never had to deal with the fragile lime parts. I did come across some brittle dark red and the new reddish brown lego parts a few years later, which were produced around the same time
  20. At first I thought that the Ga-matoran were just a matriarchy. After I learned that everyone in Ga-koro was female, I still would see some characters as their opposite gender or just aesexual. Every matoran with a Kaukau looks female to me, while characters like Kai the sailor I picture as male. Not sure why. I do like how Onepu refers to Hahli and the others as "water maidens", tying into the ocean myths of sirens and mermaids.
  21. Nice find! Those yellow claws would be highly sought after for Ussal crab legs. I have several Bionicle and Technic prototypes myself. Red and Yellow are the most common colors used for Lego prototypes because they produce parts daily in those colors (red bricks, yellow minifigure heads, etc.). This way they can recycle the prototypes and put the shredded plastic back into the production line for new parts. Sometimes other common colors are used like Green or Blue or Black or White. Transparent prototype parts are very rare because that is a different type of plastic that (to my knowledge) can't be recycled back into the production line. The Rahi were indeed released after the Toa. They were not, however, designed after the release of the Toa. Despite the high speed design process at Lego in 1999-2001, 3 months is not a lot of time to pitch, design, test, approve, retest, and finalize 5 technic sets. It would have been while the new Bionicle parts were still being manufactured, but after the new parts had been approved. The designers didn't wait for the new parts to be put into circulation, they would have used prototype parts from the Toa to design the Rahi. As for the colors, it's possible they were intended to be red and yellow solely on the basis that they also molded those technic "turbo/electro slizer wings" in red and yellow for a presentation. I don't think they have any connection to KaneRa and Muaka (there's footage of a blue KaneRa prototype). The final colors of the Rahi do intrigue me though. Has anyone noticed it's all the Toa/Turaga/Tohunga colors with the exception of Green, all the Browns, and Sand Blue? The sandtarakava was a name given by the early community (possibly Mask of Destiny?). So you're welcome to call them whatever you like. If you're ever forced to part with these, please let me know. They would be in good, safe hands. Looking forward to videos/posts on Throwbots/Slizer. Thanks for sharing and Happy Bionicle Day!
  22. Anyone know if ccso35 is still active? I would be very interested in their White Huna, if they decided to sell.
  23. I know right? I purchased a trans-yellow Kaukau on Bricklink 3 years ago for $75, which I thought was kinda steep at the time. The price has nearly tripled.
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