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For a list of sets, see [[List of BIONICLE sets]].'' === Early years: 2001 - 2003 === BIONICLE's initial wave consisted of a range of monsters called Rahi who, despite being more TECHNIC intensive than many other sets, still brandished hallmarks of the theme featuring specially moulded parts for claws and Kanohi Masks. Each Rahi set featured two beasts, usually of the same species and often with differing colourschemes. Through the use of TECHNIC functions, each Rahi could battle its partner or a creature from another set by lurching forward, punching, or some other action. The objective was to knock off an opponent's mask, which had storyline significance. The Rahi featured [[8539 Manas]], which held the title of most expensive BIONICLE set for years, also included a motorized function in addition to the crabs being able to attack with their claws. [[File:Mckongu.png|thumb|left|200px|[[1392 Kongu]], one of the first [[Matoran]]]] The next wave of sets featured were "[[Impulse set|impulse buys]]" which featured the much smaller Turaga. The Turaga were humanoid and again featured mostly TECHNIC parts, though they still included Kanohi Masks, and special staffs. By pulling a lever on the Turaga's back, the model would raise its staff. They featured the same function as the Rahi in that their masks could be knocked off. Though each Turaga featured a similar build, they different in colour scheme, eye colour, mask and weapon, and subtle differences in the build such as neck position, arm length, and leg length. Every Turaga had a black torso and a two-toned colour scheme. The most prominent colour would be used by the mask, arms, and legs while the second would be used on the face, staff, and feet. A collection of Tohunga (later renamed Matoran due to a lawsuit) villagers were released via a promotion with [[McDonald's]]. The six Matoran, sometimes nicknamed McToran, were all made from new parts introduced for the BIONICLE line, including two-toed feet, a torso, an arm for throwing disks, an arm poised downwards, a face, a mask, and a "bamboo" disk. Though each Matoran was identical in build, they again had unique colour schemes and different masks, making them easily identifiable. With the exception of [[1390 Maku]], they all featured the same Kanohi as the Toa from their respective tribe, but in a different colour. A seventh Matoran, [[Hafu]], was made available with [[8546 BIONICLE Power Pack]]. [[File:NokamaGali.png|thumb|250px|[[8543 Nokama]], a Turaga, with [[8533 Gali]], a Toa]] The first collection of Toa, later specified as the Toa Mata, were released near year's end. The Toa dwarf the Matoran and Turaga in stature. They each feature variations on the same design with some deviating more than others. The set is built from a bulky torso which houses gear functions. Some Toa used their gear function for one or both arms, or in the case of [[8531 Pohatu]] who used the torso piece upside down from the other Toa, for his legs. Though some of the Rahi did make usage of the new ball and socket system, the Toa due so more prominently and it is included to articulate their legs, feet, arms, and if it is not holding a weapon, their hands. Each Toa again has a two-toned colour scheme, which is the reverse of what the Turaga of their respective tribe has. The Toas' masks continued to feature a loose connection so that they could be knocked off in battle. [[8532 Onua]] also featured a slight variation on the Toas' design in that his neck was placed at the front of the torso to give him a hunched over appearance. The original colour schemes for each Toa and Turaga were: * Fire: [[Bright Red|Bright red]] and [[Bright Orange|bright orange]] * Water: [[Bright Blue|Bright blue]] and [[Medium Blue|medium blue]] * Earth: [[Black]] and [[Dark Grey|dark grey]] * Ice: [[White]] and [[Light Grey|light grey]] * Air: [[Dark Green|Dark green]] and [[Bright Yellowish-Green|bright yellowish-green]] * Stone: [[Earth Orange|Earth orange]] and [[Brick Yellow|brick yellow]] While some Matoran did stick to these colours, most deviated. For example, [[1391 Jala]] adds [[Bright Yellow|bright yellow]] to the fire palette. Incidentally, Maku was the only one from the original run who matched her Toa's tones. Though there are exceptions, Matoran released after 2003 would generally use the same hues as whatever the Toa of their respective tribe happened to be in during that particular year. Throughout the year, collectable Kanohi were released via [[8525 Masks]] in the United States and parts of Europe and [[8530 Masks]] in the rest of Europe. Each set would include two masks, the two parts required for making the head (one of which, used to simulate eye colour, could be one of six different colours), and an axle to attach the head to the top of a Toa's canister. Storywise, the Toa needed to collect six masks of power in their own colour, one of which they had when they washed ashore and is included in their respective set. The others, however, can be found only in these mask packs and the six shapes could be any of the five colours used by another Toa. The Turaga's masks could also be found in the mask packs in colours used by the Turaga. [[File:Tahnok.jpg|thumb|right|150px|[[8563 Tahnok]]]] 2002 featured two breeds of mechanical creatures; the [[Bohrok]] and the [[Bohrok Va]]. Of the two, the Bohrok Va are simpler with bodies similar to the Turaga, but their bodies are hunched over and they have two-toed feet that rotate cannot swivel. Rather than a mask, the Bohrok Va feature articulated heads with a pair of long eyes and a shield repurposed from the Bohrok as a forehead. They do not have the mask knocking off feature, but can launch a rubbery Krana "brain" from their backs. The Krana are smaller than the masks and have a more organic appearance, but they can fit on a character/creature in place of their Kanohi and have the same loose connection so that they can be knocked off in battle. [[File:8568.jpg|thumb|left|250px|[[8568 Pohatu Nuva]]]] The Bohrok themselves have a mechanical insectoid appearance with arched bodies and round heads, jagged eyes, and fanged under bites. The Bohrok introduced a number of new pieces for the arms/legs, feet, forehead, shields (which are shared by the Bohrok Va), eyes, functions, and more. Through the usage of gear systems and new pieces, the Bohrok's head will fly forward to attack. By pressing on their eyes, their Krana can also be revealed. Each Bohrok is armed with two shields and, as the Toa do, have arms and legs which can be posed via ball joints. The Bohrok are also able to roll up into balls by positioning their legs behind their heads and pulling their shields into the sides. 2002 also replaced the Rahi line with a collection of [[BIONICLE Titans|Titans]], which would feature larger figures as well as the occasional Rahi. These included battle machines for the Matoran and Toa, respectively [[8556 Boxor]] and [[8557 Exo-Toa]], which were naturally bigger than their pilots to accommodate them. The flagship of the year, however, was [[8558 Cahdok and Gahdok]], the twin queens of the Bohrok swarms. The queens are considerably larger than the Bohrok and resemble reptiles, but they use TECHNIC pieces to replicate the functions that the Bohrok's did with new pieces. At the end of the year, the Toa Mata were upgraded into the Toa Nuva and received new sets to match. Their builds were mostly the same, but their chests were now outfitted with silver chest plates, shoulder pads, and larger, more versatile weapons which can serve a second purpose, such as being turned into a lava board, a pair of skis, or a ball to kick at opponents. Their new Kanohi Masks were more organic in appearance and they also received new pieces for their legs, which [[8570 Gali Nuva]] also uses for her arms. The gear systems, colour schemes, and loose mask connections all remain consistent with their last appearances. The collectable mask packs were also updated for the new story arc. [[8559 Krana]] and [[8569 Krana]] included two Masks of Power, one coloured gold and the other silver, plus three collectable Krana. The Krana could come in any of twelve colors used by the Bohrok or Bohrok Kal and eight shapes for a total of 96 Krana to collect. When the Toa were upgraded, the Mask packs released earlier that year were replaced by [[8597 Krana Nuva]] and [[8598 Krana Nuva]]. The metallic masks were replaced by shapes used by the Toa Nuva in six colours. Three Krana were still included per set. This year also saw the first release of a collection of BIONICLE pieces released to make characters or creatures. This was the [[10023 BIONICLE Master Builder Set]] which featured 113 pieces and instructions to create a total of 15 Rahi. The Toa Nuva were not the only ones to receive upgrades, and the first wave of 2003 featured the [[Bohrok-Kal]]. They utilized the same build and functions as their predecessors, but received new, more detailed shields with silver colouring, silver feet, and silver foreheads with special printing. The collectables were also updated to [[8599 Krana-Kal]] and [[8600 Krana-Kal]] to include the new Krana-Kal in place of the Krana. There were eight shapes in six colours for 48 possibilities. [[File:Screen shot 2009-11-29 at 12.04.10 PM.png|thumb|250px|left|[[8594 Jaller and Gukko]]]] 2003 also saw the return of the Matoran through store shelves (as opposed to Happy Meals) with new builds which used the Bohrok arms and a new torso piece. The Matoran not only had a wider range of motion for their arms, but their torso could rotate because of a new gear function. The six Matoran sets were not as tribally diverse as they had been previously, featuring six Matoran from only the ice, water, and stone tribes, but two more, Jaller and Takua, were included with Titan sets. All eight Matoran from 2003 included a [[Kolhii Stick]] and a "ball" (which is in actuality closer to a puck). The [[Rahkshi]] were released in the second half of the year and included a new feature which would become the norm for BIONICLE sets in future years: bendable knees. Each Rahkshi was a spindly, hunched creature with a bug like head. They were differentiated by colour, spine type, and the heads used on their staffs. A Rahkshi's back could be opened up to launch their Kraata, a slug like creature which, in-story, control the warrior. The Kraata could connect of the faces of the other characters, though they are not as mask-like as the Krana. The Kraata became the subject of the collectables offered through [[8580 Kraata]], which included three randomly selected Kraata which had over 200 varieties. Additional "Shadow Kraata" were released in later copies of the Rahkshi sets. This year's Titans included the aforementioned [[8594 Jaller and Gukko]] and [[8595 Takua and Pewku]] which included a Matoran riding a friendly Rahi. One of the other two Titans saw the manifestation of a set for Makuta, who had been the main villain since the theme began, in [[8593 Makuta]]. The final Titan was the mysterious seventh Toa who was included alongside a vehicle made from pieces of the fallen Rahkshi in [[8596 Takanuva]]. Takanuva featured the same build as the Toa Nuva did. A combiner set made from pieces of both 8593 and 8596 was released through [[3287 Takutanuva]] which also boasted an exclusive version of Makuta's mask as it appeared in ''[[BIONICLE: Mask of Light]]''. Both Makuta and Takanuva's masks ended the practice of using loose masks, replacing the dot with a longer axle. === Flashbacks and a redesign: 2004 - 2005 === [[File:1798.jpg|thumb|250px|right|[[8601 Toa Vakama]] sports a disk launcher and a new way to build Toa]] As the setting moves from the tropical island of Mata Nui to the sprawling city of Metru Nui in the past, the sets received a revamp. This year's Toa, the [[Toa Metru]], implemented not only the concept of bendable knees from the Rahkshi, but also elbows. They also received thinner torsos than the Toa Nuva had with more discreet armour. The torso still held a gear system which could be used to swing the Toas' arms. This meant that their shoulders could only move back and forth and in relation with each other. Previous Toa sets had a limited range of motion in the arm, even though they could be swung. Though the Toa of Ice and the Toa of Earth retained their respective white and black colouring, the Toa of Stone had [[brown]] and the other three Toa Metru had darker colouring. All six were monochromatic, aside from structural parts which were [[Dark Stone Grey|dark stone grey]], and nearly identical except for eye colour, mask, weapon, subtle build variations such as a longer neck, and the aforementioned colour schemes. The Toa's masks were new in design, featuring an axle and a return from the Nuvas' organic look. A new head was also moulded to accommodate neck articulation, and a new eye piece to fit into it. Despite the Toa Metru being younger versions of the Turaga, their eye colours are mostly inconsistent with the sets from 2001. All six Toa also feature new weapons which, like the Toa Nuva, could be refitted for a second purpose. For example, a pair of spiked clubs could become snowshoes or shovels could be combined to make a drill. [[File:8609.jpg|thumb|left|150px|[[8609 Tehutti]], one of the Matoran from Metru Nui]] The Matoran also received an update with a taller form. They were all built around a new body plate piece in the colour of their respective Toa and had grey appendages. They reuse the Bohroks' feet, though in mostly new colours, and also the older head design. These Matoran also have the Turagas' masks, but with silver moulded onto their foreheads. Each Matoran carried a Kanoka Disk launcher (the same shape of disk previously used on the first wave of Matoran and with Slizer/Throwbot). The disks would glow in the dark and were printed with the symbol of each Matoran's city district. A silver disk launcher was also included. 2004's collectable was [[8613 Kanoka Disk Launcher Pack]] which included a disk launcher in a different colour, two [[Part:43093|crossaxles]], and two new disks. The Toa Metru were pitted against the similarly sized Vahki, robots with disk launching mandibles, two staffs, and wide stances. The Vahki are the same colours as the Toa, but feature grey more prominently and have a striking splash of colour on their elongated heads. The Vahki did not have bendable elbows, but they did have gear functions to swing their upper body, similar to the Matoran of yesteryear. Later runs of the Vahki included the Kanoka Disk of Time and the golden Kanohi Mask of Time. 2004's Titans featured a new Turaga, Dume, with a build similar to the Matoran of the same year. [], the set which included Dume, was one of two sets that introduced new Rahi creatures for the year, also sporting his spying hawk, Nivawk. The other was [[8811 Toa Lhikan and Kikanalo]]. Lhikan used the same build as the Toa Metru, but his colourscheme was diversified by golden mask, feet, and armour, while his hands and hips are also black. The other two Titans for the year were two members of the Dark Hunters; the spindly [[8622 Nidhiki|Nidhiki]] with spider-like legs and huge claws and his partner, [[8623 Krekka|Krekka]], a bulky being clad in [[earth blue]] and white. Similar to Takutanuva, a combiner set using pieces from 8621, 8622, and 8623 was released in [[10202 Ultimate Dume]]. The set was not actually the same character as Dume, but the name was given to retailers to hide the figure's true identity as Makuta Teridax. The combiner set also included another exclusive version of Makuta's mask, this time as it appeared in ''[[BIONICLE 2: Legends of Metru Nui]]''. [[File:Roodaka.png|thumb|250px|left|[[8761 Roodaka]], the only humanoid female in the BIONICLE Titans range]] A limited edition tub that included 702 parts for only 20 USD was released at Toys R Us as [[8711 Master Accessory Kit]]. 2005 transformed the Toa Metru into the beastly Toa Hordika. The Hordika are all hunched over with a silver Rhotuka Spinner poised on their back which could be flown upwards. Their colourschemes are less monochromatic because some of their armour is now silver and they all include two-toned weapons. The disk functions are removed from their torsos and moved to their arms. Turning the sprocket on their shoulder will cause their arm to move upward. This did not come at the cost of elbow articulation, though they could only move up and down, but it did return a range of motion in their shoulder and actually increase it from previous Toa. All six Toa Hordika included precisely 48 pieces. The similarly sized enemies for the year were the four-legged spider-like [[Visorak]] which, again, all included 48 pieces, except for [[8744 Oohnorak]] which had 47. The Visorak each have unique mandibles and heads, but other than the usual colour deviations, they are only differentiated by small nuances like the piece used for their forelegs. Each one has a Rhotuka on its back. The Visorak also bring back a two-toned colour scheme by using accent colours on their legs. The small sets for the year were not Matoran, but the mutated Rahaga. Tiny Rahkshi headed characters who are bent over with a Rhotuka on their back. Each carried a staff, had orange eyes, and a colour corresponding to a Toa Hordika. This brought about Rahkshi heads in four new shades for collectors. [[File:8757box.jpg|thumb|right|150px|[[8757 Visorak Battle Ram]]]] Titan sets for the year were all tall, bipedal characters. There were only three, those being [[8755 Keetongu]], [[8756 Sidorak]], and [[8761 Roodaka]]. Special sets featuring two of the Toa Hahaga, the Rahagas' previous and conventionally heroic forms. Though they used the Metru style build, they did not adhere to the uniform look of the Toa Metru and reused other armour, leg, and arm parts plus metallic armour, staffs, and unique Rhotuka launching shields to make them unique. Additionally, [[8762 Toa Iruini]] introduced a new mask piece, though [[8763 Toa Norik]] reused Dume's in a new colour. Originally, these sets were going to be Nidhiki and Dume's forms as Toa, but they were changed to the Rahagas' for whatever reason. 2005 was also the year BIONICLE Playsets were introduced. The sets featured mini, nonposeable versions of the Toa Hordika and Visorak plus of a blend of BIONICLE and System pieces. Each set included a full team of six Toa and at least all of the Visorak. The collectable for the year was the Rhotuka. Five randomly coloured Rhotuka could be found in [[8748 Rhotuka Spinners]]. Several more jars filled with BIONICLE parts were also released through the year, though there was nothing as extraneous as 702 elements for $20. === Another revamp: 2006 - 2008 === [[File:Hakann.jpg|thumb|left|200px|[[8901 Hakann]], featuring a [[Piraka]]]] As BIONICLE's story returned from the past to the present, the story took a quite noticeable darker turn, with characters sacrificing themselves to save the universe and enslaved Matoran falling into the lava of a volcano. Thus, 2006 - 2007 is known as the "Dark Years" by many fans. In addition, the sets received another creative overhaul pushing the system further from the Mata figures. The first release of 2006 were the [[Piraka]] who had gangly bodies, spiked spines, scowling faces with huge grimaces, and clawed or webbed feet. The Piraka did away with gear systems entirely and in the future they would become an anomaly among BIONICLE sets. They featured a new torso piece which was thinner than the previous ones and had ball joints built into it so arms could be snapped on. The Piraka came in the same shades as the Toa Metru and Hordika, except [[8904 Avak]], the brown Piraka, used the newer [[Reddish Brown|reddish brown]]. Each Piraka had an exclusive weapon which was designed to be versatile for a number of different situations or attacks. They also had a Zamor Sphere launcher. Among the Piraka in the first wave were 2006's Matoran who were designed to have a patchwork design. Each Matoran had a unique build and used no new parts, reusing the Toa Metrus' masks and various older weapons. Of the six, only [[8722 Kazi]] stood up straight. [[File:8729-1.jpg|thumb|right|250px|[[8729 Toa Nuparu]]]] The Toa Inika came in the second half of the year with a new torso piece similar to the Piraka one, but allowed larger pieces of armour to be connected to it. The Toa Inika are made less standardized than their predecessors by using two different chest plates and various pieces for forearms and forelegs, both new and introduced in previous waves. The Inika also introduced new pieces for shoulder pads. Every Inika had a unique "organic" Kanohi made from rubber which could only attach to a special headpiece exclusive to them. The Inika were armed with a sword which would light-up with a blue, red, or green streak and a Zamor Launcher with an attachment that would allow it to hold three extra spheres. The Toa's spheres were again either blue, red, or green to match the colour of their sword's light. The Inika used the same darker shades as the Metru, but most of the Inika made heavier use of secondary colours and did more experimentation; for example, the primarily earth blue Toa of Water, represented by [[8728 Toa Hahli]], used white as a secondary colour rather than dark grey or another shade of blue, as her predecessors had. [[8729 Toa Nuparu]], however, was almost entirely clad in black, though even he used [[Medium Stone Grey|medium stone grey]] bones instead of the dark ones the Metru did. The colour scheme of the Toa of Stone, included in [[8730 Toa Hewkii]], was again changed. This time his primary colour was [[Metallic Dark Grey|metallic dark grey]] while he also used plenty of [[Flame Yellowish Orange|flame yellowish orange]] accents. The four titans for the year were [[8625 Umbra]], [[8733 Axonn]], [[8734 Brutaka]], and [[8764 Vezon and Fenrakk]]. Umbara, Axonn, and Brutaka were all large, mask-wearing warriors clad in a plethora of armour and with large weapons, but 8764 featured the seventh Piraka, Vezon, as a normal sized figure (though with a cape and no Zamor Launcher) as he rides on Fenrakk, a spindly four-legged "spider" with a toothy jaw. Two of the combiner models were also released as sets. [[8626 Irnakk]] was made from the parts of [[8900 Reidak]], [[8902 Vezok]], and [[8905 Thok]], but included a golden version of Thok's face/spines piece and a bundle of extra green Zamor Spheres. [[10204 Vezon and Kardas]] contained 8733, 8734, and 8764. The combiner model built Vezon with a shield in addition to his staff and the colossal Kardas Dragon. Extra Zamor Spheres were available in [[8719 Zamor Spheres]] which included a total of 10 spheres in gold, silver, and bronze. Unlike past collectable packs, they were not randomized. The final two accessory sets with jars filled with parts were also released this year. A few of simple "good guys" and "bad guys" were also given away as promotions. Some of them featured Rhotuka spinners and other pieces left over from the previous arc, while others did not even have masks. The playsets line continued from 2005. The minifigures were remastered and now had moveable arms and heads, though their legs remained static. Each character had a unique piece for their head, and the Piraka also received tails. The mini Toa Inika and Piraka were also dispersed through several sets, rather than a full collection being included in each set. [[File:Ehlek.png|thumb|left|200px|[[8920 Ehlek]], a [[Barraki]]]] 2007's arc featured a setting under the sea in the region around Mahri Nui. The regular sized villains were the [[Barraki]], mutated warlords with the features of marine wildlife. Though they have some unifying factors, such as the same silver mandibles and a crossbow-like weapon used to fire rubbery "vampire squids," the Barraki come in a wide variety of shapes and builds. The squids were either orange or yellow. [[8934 Squid Ammo]] included seven bluish-green squids. Only two Matoran were released as separate sets; one flame yellowish orange and one [[Earth Green|earth green]]. They both feature larger builds than the year before with the scaly Hordika armour as breastplates and recolours of the Toa Hagah masks. Both of them are armed with two short blades and a shoulder mounted Zamor Launcher, which fires a "solidified air bubble" (really an orange zamor sphere). Two small, quadrupedal Rahi called Hydruka with Rahkshi heads, jagged fangs, and a tail which ends in a Zamor Launcher were also released under the Matoran subtheme. An additional two Matoran, one [[Dark Red|dark red]] and one earth blue, were included in the Titan set [[8940 Karzahni]]. Though they are similar to the two stand alone Matoran, they have larger feet, air tubes, and different weapons. [[File:8922.jpg|thumb|right|250px|[[8922 Gadunka]], a Titan from 2007]] The Toa Inika were rebranded as the Toa Mahri in the second half of the year and received more deep sea friendly designs and motifs. Their Kanohi implemented features such as visors and air tubes. Unlike the Inika and Hordika masks, these new ones were compatible with the Metru heads. Though they had not been phased out entirely, the Metru heads had been less prominent up to this point. The Mahri kept the same build features introduced in 2006, but they were further variegated with different types and amounts of armour. Some of them also reused torsos from the Hordika and Piraka. Most of their colour schemes continued to evolve, too, by replacing a secondary colour with another or including less of the primary shade. Each Toa had a Cordak Blaster, a rotating barrel that fires red darts. [[8910 Kongu]] included a second blaster rather than a different weapon as his contemporaries did. With a total of six, 2007 featured more Titans than any other wave. This included larger humanoids such as [[8923 Hydraxon]] and [[8924 Maxilos and Spinax]], or to a lesser extent [[8935 Nocturn]], a four-armed figure with glow-in-the-dark elements who had much in common with the Barraki. 8923 and 8924 also deviated from the usual axle technique used in masks since the 2003 Titans. Their masks had an axle hole which would be connected to a Metru head via a separate red axle piece. [[8939 Lesovikk]] included a bright yellowish-green Toa riding on a sled which could convert into a turret. The previously mentioned 8940 Karzahni included the titular figure as the centerpiece, plus two Matoran adversaries and a trap they had set for him. The most unconventional, however, was [[8922 Gadunka]], a creature with a huge head, spiky teeth, a tiny body, powerful legs, and thin arms ending in large claws. The three playsets included mini Barraki and Toa Mahri used the same style as the previous year's sets. However, rather than each character having a unique head mould, each faction was relegated to three. Only five of the six Barraki were converted into minifigures; [[8918 Carapar|Carapar]] was excluded. The sets also moved from mostly being location based to centering around vehicles and mounts for the characters. Poly bag sets in 2007 were [], [], and []. [[File:Kopakaclose.jpg|thumb|right|150px|Kopaka and his teammates returned in 2008]] 2008 splits the six canister sets for the two halves of the year with three villains and three heroes in each, rather than a wave of heroes and a wave of villains. The first release, the [[Phantoka]] includes three skeletal [[Makuta]] with rib cages that burst open to launch [[Transparent Fluorescent Reddish-Orange|transparent fluorescent reddish-orange]] [[Tridax Pod]]s filled with rubber shadow leeches. These Makuta take inspiration from bats and all three include black and [[silver]] in their colour schemes. The Phantoka Toa are reintroductions of the Toa Nuva wearing adaptive armour. They are updated with the newer build style and pieces, as well as new masks. All three have their colour schemes modified, though [[8685 Toa Kopaka]] only switches light grey out for dark stone grey. [[8686 Toa Lewa]] uses bright yellowish-green, and [[8687 Toa Pohatu]] alters the Stone colour yet again, this time to bright orange. Each of the three Toa have a mean of flying which is unique from the others, be it wings, jet packs, or rotors, and carries a [[Midak Skyblaster]], a part which packs silver Zamor Spheres, this time referred to as balls of solid light, and shoots them back out. The six Matoran released alongside the Phantoka are also split along the lines of good and evil. These Matoran are the largest yet, but they use new specialized moulds for their torsos, legs, arms, and head, giving them the smallest part counts since the original ones included in McDonald's Happy Meals. Each Matoran has a colour scheme and a mask which corresponds with a Toa or Makuta. While the good Matoran have jet packs and green eyes, the bad ones have bat wings and orange eyes. The Matoran are able to connect to the back of a Toa or Makuta to "team-up." [[File:Bitilgavla.png|200px|thumb|left|[[8696 Bitil]] teams-up with [[8948 Gavla]]]] [[Mistika]] included the other half of the Toa Nuva and three more Makuta. These Makuta are insectoid with long, thin bodies and plenty of claws and some extra appendages. [[8688 Toa Gali]] and [[8689 Toa Tahu]] keep inline with the palette updates and swap their previous brighter shades for the darker earth blue and dark red, respectively. [[8690 Toa Onua]] also adds bright red to his colour scheme as an accent. None of the three Toa have a unique propulsion system, but a combination of smaller jets and wings. While the Phantoka Toa used dark stone grey as a secondary colour, the Mistika use silver. All six Mistika figures carry a Nynrah Ghost Blaster, a pump which fires a dart. The Toa had grey pumps and [[Metallic Dark Grey|metallic dark grey]] darts while the Makuta had red pumps with bright yellowish-green darts. Four Titans were released in 2008, also two Toa and two Makuta. [[8697 Toa Ignika]] consisted of a Toa styled similarly to the Phantoka with a colour scheme of flame yellowish orange, dark stone grey, and silver. It included the first issue of the Mask of Life, having only been available previously grafted to the back of Vezon's headpiece. 8697 also includes a sky board. Takanuva returns with the rest of the Toa Nuva in [[8699 Takanuva]] at a larger size than before and with his gold replaced with [[Metallic Dark Grey|metallic dark grey]], the story explanation being that a shadow leech sucked out half of his light energy. Takanuva includes a three-pronged lance, a new version of the Mask of Light, and a Midak Skyblaster. [[8952 Mutran and Vican]] includes a Makuta with bright yellowish green and black pieces and his matching Matoran partner. [[8953 Makuta Icarax]] has a larger sized Makuta with a minimally different version of the Mask of Shaddows. Makuta Icarax uses gear functions minimally to make his shield spin. [[File:8941.jpg|thumb|right|300px|[[8941 Rockoh T3]]]] The second half of 2008 launched the [[BIONICLE Vehicles]] subtheme with a collection of battle machines used by Toa, Makuta, and Matoran. [[8698 Vultraz]] included a Matoran that was entirely red aside from some blending on the top of his exclusive mask and riding what is essentially an enlarged Midak Skyblaster with wings. [[8954 Mazeka]] is a walking turret piloted by a white Matoran. [[8941 Rockoh T3]] and [[8943 Axalara T9]] are both rounded flying machines driven by a Toa variations of Pohatu and Lewa, respectively. [[8942 Jetrax T6]] is flatter than those two with a nose and engines on its wings. A cockpit is in the back where the pilot, an alternate version of the Makuta Antroz (who appeared in [[8691 Antroz]]). 8942 was available both in its widely released colour scheme of bright blue and silver, or a special edition with bright yellow. Poly bags and promotional sets included [], [], [], and []. === Glatorian, Stars, and the end: 2009 - 2010 === In 2009, BIONICLE moved away from the Matoran universe to the barren and desolate world of Bara Magna. The Toa sized sets were the [[Glatorian]] in the first wave, and the [[Glatorian Legends]] in the second, and like 2008's sets, the different characters in each subtheme have varying allegiances. While the Glatorian do use the Inika build and related pieces, they also took further steps to differ colours among sets. The Glatorian also introduce a new head piece which attaches helmets and masks via the top of the head, not from an opened mouth. Another notable piece introduced here is a hand with moulded fingers. In story, the Glatorian have less mechanical parts than Toa, and the sets are designed to reflect that. Every Glatorian carries a [[Thornax Launcher]] which can be squeezed to propel a spiky ball called a Thornax Fruit. The Agori released at the same time as the Glatorian follow similar design standards. While they mostly use the 2008 Matoran parts, they are generally more colourful. [[File:8987 Kiina.png|thumb|left|150px|[[8987 Kiina]]]] The Glatorian Legends more or less followed the same style as the previous Glatorian. [[8987 Kiina]] did innovate what is usually used as a lower arm/leg as a torso, to give her a more petite appearance than the dominantly male Glatorian. As in 2008, the larger sets for 2009 were split between Titans and Vehicles. [[8990 Fero and Skirmix]] featured an Agori-styled character called a Bone Hunter riding on a Rock Steed which has a pair of powerful hind legs and practically useless arms, causing it to pose like a Tyrannosaurus Rex. [[8991 Tuma]] was comprised of a larger figure that is black with green highlights and carries a huge sword. [[8998 Toa Mata Nui]] is a scaled up version of [[8989 Mata Nui]], but with different weapons. 8998 is the last appearance of the Metru head. Whereas 2008's vehicles were mostly fitted for battle in the skies, 2009's feature vehicles designed for the desert landscape with treads and large wheels. These included motorcycles, rollers, and a chariot. Between the three smaller vehicles, four more Agori were released, while the two larger vehicles had Glatorian pilots. [[8996 Skopio XV-1]] is a treaded roller which can transform into a four-legged walker. It ties with 8539 Manas as the most expensive BIONICLE set. The sole poly bag was [], which included Click the Scarabax Beetle. Every Glatorian, Glatorian Legend, 8990 Fero and Skirmix, and [[8992 Cendox V1]] had a wheel somewhere on their back called a life counter for playing a game where a hit on their canister from a Thornax causes them to lose one life, a direct hit reduces the counter by two, and wherever the Thornax lands is where the shooter must move. The larger Titans and Vehicles each had two. [[File:Poiu.jpg|thumb|right|The BIONICLE Stars]] 2010 downsized from 30 sets to a measly six for the end of the theme. The [[BIONICLE Stars]] line included six characters - [[7116 Tahu]], [[7117 Gresh]], [[7135 Takanuva]], [[7136 Skrall]], [[7137 Piraka]], and [[7138 Rahkshi]] - from various BIONICLE sets throughout the years. Each Star was stylized, using the 2008 Matoran torsos and limbs rather than a larger build. In canon, they are all the same size as usual. They all deviated from the original set which they most resemble, but storyline excuses were provided. However, new armour pieces were introduced to bulk up the bodies a little. Each set included a piece of golden armour which could be placed on the Tahu figure. === Hiatus: Late 2010 - 2014 === As BIONICLE's last wave was considerably smaller than usual, it shared constraction shelves with a ''[[Ben 10: Alien Force]]'' theme which only lasted one wave. After new sets stopped going into production, BIONICLE was succeeded by [[Hero Factory]]. Hero Factory originally featured a style similar to the system used in BIONICLE sets and their canisters boasted logos featuring "From the makers of BIONICLE" before Hero Factory entered its second year and introduced a replacement for BIONICLE's TECHNIC integrated system, called the [[Creature and Character Building System|CCBS]], which relies more heavily on ball joints. The "From the Makers of BIONICLE" tag also disappeared, and as Hero Factory began its third year, the canisters were also replaced by resealable bags. Other constraction lines released since 2011 have opted to use Hero Factory's newer system with versatile bones and snap on armour. Most of the LEGO elements used in BIONICLE have since been destroyed or remoulded because the ball joints are not as sturdy as the CCBS joints or new constraction sets simply do not require them. Unlike its predecessor, Hero Factory does not feature an in depth story, but rather an episodic structure where a team of robotic heroes upgrade to battle a new villain in what is generally a new environment. However, though they are not as dark or convoluted as BIONICLE was, LEGO has since released several in-house themes which do feature ongoing stories that are more involved than Hero Factory in [[Ninjago]] and [[Legends of Chima]]. Legends of Chima itself has had two waves of constraction figures ([[Ultrabuild]]s) to compliment that year's system sets. === Return: 2015 === [[File:Bionicle2015Mask.png|right|152px|Art for the [[LEGO.com]] products section]] Part designer Erland Nielsen implied that the BIONICLE reintroduction will use the CCBS, the same system as Hero Factory, having said "CCBS is not going anywhere. Balls are the new black."<ref name="ballsareblack">[http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=97374&st=150#entry1819484 2015 Rumors & Discussion, reply 159 - Eurobricks]</ref> A leaked image later proved this to be true, with the figures using a variety of older Hero Factory parts and newer ones. The colour schemes use mostly bright shades, with gold and transparent colours also in use on some figures. There were at least 13 sets released, including remakes of the six original Toa, with [[70787 Tahu - Master of Fire]], [[70788 Kopaka - Master of Ice]], and [[70789 Onua - Master of Earth]] being somewhat larger than [[70784 Lewa - Master of Jungle]], [[70785 Pohatu - Master of Stone]], and [[70786 Gali - Master of Water]]. Each Toa also includes a collectable golden Kanohi, in addition to one in their primary colour. The masks are updated versions of the ones from the original six sets. All six protectors, the smaller sets, have a colour scheme analogous to the Toa of their respective biome, and they share the same mask as the other five protectors, though in a different colour. Each protector also comes equipped with a new form of launcher, which can fire up to six studs at a time with the rotation of the element's rotatable portion. These launchers are used as weapons against the skull spiders packaged in their sets. According to an analysis of LEGO's reveal of the Mask of Creation,<ref name="BIO2015FBReveal" /> the Toas' and protectors' heads via clips, similar to a minifigure visor, as opposed to using an axle as in older BIONICLE sets, as well has Hero Factory sets. Each Toa and protector also includes a much more miniscule four-legged "spider" with what resembles a mask for a body. The sole dedicated villain set of the winter wave is [[70790 Lord of Skull Spiders]], which also includes a golden version of the piece used for the smaller spiders' body. An image of an unidentified golden mask, pictured right, surfaced in [[September]] [], reportedly to be used as the icon for BIONICLE's product page on LEGO.com.<ref name="MysteryMask">[http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/14523-bionicle-confirmed-for-2015/ BIONICLE Confirmed for 2015 - BZPower]</ref> On [[September 19]], 2014, LEGO officially revealed the theme's revival, and included in the reveal was confirmation that the mask included was the Mask of Creation.<ref name="BIO2015FBReveal" /> A list of set names relating to the summer 2015 wave of sets was leaked on Eurobricks on December 25th, 2014, which indicates the arrival of new skull-themed villains and a Mask Maker<ref name="demitri">[http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=103678&st=9300#entry2085591]</ref>. In addition, the January 2015 LEGO Club Magazine featured a preview of an unknown mask to be released in one of the summer sets<ref name="GrooveBricks">[http://www.groovebricks.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/BIONICLE-Lego-Club-7.jpg]</ref>. Summary: Please note that all contributions to Brickipedia are considered to be released under the a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license. If you do not want your writing to be edited mercilessly and redistributed at will, then do not submit it here. You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource. Do not submit copyrighted work without permission! Cancel | Editing help (opens in new window) This page is a member of 3 hidden categories: Category:Articles that use descriptions from LEGO.com Category:Pages that link to shop.lego.com Category:Pages using duplicate arguments in template calls Retrieved from "http://en.brickimedia.org/wiki/BIONICLE"