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Do not fill this in! === 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 []. 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