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Do not fill this in! === 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. 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! 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