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LEGO Bionicle (2001) - Brickology 50th Episode Special

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On a special event episode of Brickology, LegoLee finally discusses the inception of the beloved Bioncile theme, articulating the lines legacy for LEGO and how it saved the Danish company from going bankrupt. 

Thank you all so much for helping me reach 50 episodes! I hope you enjoy this special event episode and kickoff to a new miniseries. Stay tuned for more! 

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever wherever you are listening. Thank you so much for making me a part of your day. My name is the party. Might know me as Legolie or Lego leath, three to nine from facebook, instagram, twitter, Youtube, Patren name it, I'm all over the Internet and this is the brick Ology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. Thank you so much for joining me today. It's absolutely gorgeous outside, preak, peak, peak spring weather, and I'm in a closet recording a podcast just because I care so much about you and this is a huge, special event episode of Brick Ecology. I keep pointing to say this is my fifty anniversary. Obviously the word anniversary implies years. No, I've not been recording this podcast for fifty years because it's more than twice my actual age, but this is the fifty episode of brick ecology. We're halfway to one hundred. Fifty is a lot, I feel like. When you get to fifty episodes, like your show has made it to some extent, and I'd like to believe that brick ology has made it to some extent as well, and we're doing something awesome this week. I have an amazing episode planning for all of you, a theme that I truly think is worthy of being this special of an episode out of Brick Ology. But of course, before I even talk about the theme, I got a shamelessly plug myself. I always do this every single week. Let's get out of the way here real quick. Find me online facebook. You can follow me on Facebook, you can follow me in Instagram, you can follow me on twitter, you can subscribe to my Youtube Channel, you can make consider supporting me on Patreon. Literally, a donation of like one buck a month goes a long way to getting more content like this. Also, I have another podcast called are you not, where I talk about entertainment, pop culture, movies, TV show music. I love that podcast. I'm really happy with how that podcast is going right now and it's only growing from here. So go check out that podcast as also streaming on spotify and apple, and if you're listening on spotify, consider following me on spotify or subscribing on apple podcast. And if you're an apple podcast listener, thank you for joining me today as well, and consider leaving a review. That would be greatly appreciated. Okay, shameless plugs out of the way. That was quick. That was easy. Let's jump into this week's topic now. This is the fifty episode of Brick Ology. Man, this had to be a special topic. I need to consider all of my options. Just couldn't just been another random episode, like sure, I could have done acorators this week. That was actually the original thing I had planned. And I was like wait, a second episode fifty of brick Oology, aquarators. No, no, no, no, we can't do a random theme like that. That's going to be in a few weeks. It's going to be a fun episode. Sure, it's like, you know, a thirty minute episode. This needs to be something that the fans of Lego and the fans of this podcast will get behind and enjoy. Now, obviously I've done tons of episodes of the show already. This is the fifth episode, for Pete's sake. So I've already done a lots of Lego, star wars episodes, Harry Potter episodes, lots of very special lego themes that could be worthy. So I really had to think a little bit harder about this. And there's one theme I almost consider doing, but I love that theme so much that I might say it for seventy five or one hundred, if we hopefully get to that point at some point, like the next year or so. And really, to me there was only one viable answer. A theme that means a lot to me personally, a thing that means a lot to Lego as a brand, and it's something that I know means a lot to a ton of people because it's huge online, and that is Lego biotical. I am so excited to finally be talking about this legendary theme. I have sat on this theme on purpose because of this episode. I...

...didn't think that starting off my bionical miniseries, and yes, there will be a bionical mini series, more on that in just a minute, but I didn't want to start off the bionical mini series as just, you know, episode thirty seven or something. I was like no, bionicle needs to be special when we begin, and obviously the fifty episode, Spectacular Special Event Episode is clearly the right way to go. And bionicle has a lot of sets. According to brick said, there's nearly four hundred total bionical sets. Of course, I'll not be covering the entirety of the bionical theme in this week's episode. So like Star Wars, Ninjago Adventures Harry Potter before it, Bionicle, I'm happy to announce, is the next mini series within brick ology. There will be an episode about bionicle every season from here on out. So not only is this a fifty episode special, it's also the beginning of a brand new, exciting series that I get to announce for Y'all today, and I am stoked because I freaking love bionicle and I cannot wait to talk more and more about this theme on Brick Ology. Now we're going to start off the bionicle miniseries by talking about the inception of Bionical, obviously giving some backstory to how the theme was created, and we're only going to talk about one year in biotical particular, and that is the first year of bionicle ever, in two thousand and one, which also just so happens to be the twenty anniversary of bionicle this year, which is literally blowing my mind because that means I'm like in my mid twenties, because I remember when these sets came out back in two thousand and one. The fact that it's been twenty years, twenty two decades since bionical came out is just crazy and me. I know people say that all the time, but for real, I feel incredibly old because bionicle is now twenty years old. So, further ado, let's dive deep into the history of Lego bionicle. Now. Something I really love to do here brick oology is give you a brief history of the theme and how it kind of relates to Lego before talking about the actual products they made from said theme. And bionicle has a very rich history and it's very important for the overall grander history and story of the Lego Group. So let's talk about that right now. So giving you some context for Lego. When bionicle was about to come out, we were in the late S, in the early S, and I've touched on this and episodes of brick cology in the past, especially the Harry Potter and Star Wars episodes. At this point in time Lego was struggling. Lego was seriously struggling. Yeah, this seems really weird to talking about now because Lego is like the biggest and most successful toy company in the world. They're pretty much an empire at this point, but it's a couple of decades ago, when I was still alive, Lego was really struggling and pretty much the entire s every single year of the S Legos sales dip. That is actually a fact. They went down every single year. This company was plummeting like a considered selling themselves a bigger wig toy companies like Hasbro or Mattel. I mean seriously, it was not a good time for Lego and obviously when a company is struggling they want to reinvent themselves in a little bit. So they were open to trying new things and they did try a lot of new things and all of them honestly failed, like things like galador, was a humongous failure. They made weird like Barbie Doll sets, these we'RE MICKEY MOUSE SETS, Fabulam, which is kind of like how a cult following now, but a lot of these things that came out in the s and the early s were just weird and whack and very UN Lego like. And one of the big things that lego tried at this point in time, obviously in one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine, and something I've talked about endlessly on the brick Ology podcast is making Lego Star Wars happen. So...

...the release of the original Lego Star Wars was an unprecedented licensing deal for Lego and obviously it was huge because star wars is a merchandizing gold mine. It was humongous for Lego. However, Star Wars is a licensed theme and that means like it doesn't get all the profits for their star wars sets. They have to pay major royalties to Lucas Film. So while Star Wars was big for Lego, it wasn't big enough to completely save the company because they weren't able to reap all the profits from the sales of those sets, which made Lego want to seek out doing very story driven content, but that was original and inhouse and from lego themselves. Because if you make up your own stories there's still a cool story for kids and adult fans of Lego to follow along with. But at the same time, since you made it up, you ain't got to pay royalties to Disney or Lucasfilm or warner brothers or whoever. It's a great win win situation if they make their own stories. So obviously, now, looking back on it now there are plenty of lego themes. Pretty much every original lego theme, like Ninjago and stuff like that, has a very rich story, but the stories for lego themes before this time, like castle and space and all that stuff, we're fairly mundane. It was like we had pirates and the pirates are fighting and there's Ninja's and they fight other Ninjas. There's evil nights and there's good nights, there's space and there's aliens. It wasn't really developed in any way. The products were cool. They're really cool sets and I think it was kind of like a just imagine that, you know, make your own story kind of thing from it, but there wasn't like a lore that we're used to from original lego themes. And one of the themes that pioneered kind of Lego having just a rich storyline to go with their products is, of course, Lego bionical, and this actual reminds me a lot of the lauunch of the masters of the universe action figures in the s. If you have not already there is a fantastic documentary series on Netflix called the toys that made us and they do an episode about Lego deps about massive universe transformers, all the toys that you grew up with and the kind of explain how masters of the Universe was trying to compete with themes like Gi Joe and Star Wars. And basically what they did is they created a line of action figures and from those action figures they made an entire cartoon TV series and all of this fantastic storytelling to go along with the action figures. But the figures themselves actually came first. So he man, skiletor, all those characters you know and love from masters of the universe came before the actual cartoon show, which is probably not more iconic than the actual action figures themselves. So I find that very interesting and I think bionical kind of had the same approach where essentially they make these toys and then build a story from the toys and market it across different platforms, which is very cool. And lego again was trying to diversify themselves at this point in time, which is where biotical comes into play. Now it is still Lego. It is still, of course, a building toy, uses the iconic ABS lego plastic, but it's not the LEGO system. The LEGO system of course, is bricks. Bionicle. Well, there are a couple of bionical sets that feature normal lego pieces kind of thrown in there whatnot. It's made from the technic system of Lego. Now, technic existed before bionicle at some point in time. I'm sure I'll dive into the history of Lego technic on this show. I honestly don't know that much about technique and never been a huge Leo technic Fan. I have very few Lego technic sets in my collection, but technique does have these very interesting style of pieces where, instead of using bricks they have all of these like pins and all of these connection points which are different from normal lego pieces. And for bionical they eventually introduced what now pinkuple would...

...call the iconic ball and socket joint system, but it actually wasn't from bionical. It was introduced with a different theme from Lego technic in one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine, and that is known as throwbots or slicer's, depending on what country you live in, and throw bots is what I remembered them as. Are these weird looking creatures that have specialized discs that could throws. They had these disc cool printing. You could pull on their arms, you know, throw these discs and each every one of them had kind of like a printed face and they had all these different elemental powers. They were pretty cool. They were amazing. I don't have Super Fun Memories and I was very young when these sets were released, but they looked pretty cool and someday I'll probably talk about this theme on Brick Ology. And these were followed up by Robo riders later in one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine. A robot writers did not have the same deal with actually using any of the ball and so I could joint pieces. Robo riders were pretty much just sentient motorcycles, kind of weird. I don't really know how to explain robot riders and honestly they don't matter. And neither of these themes or shipper successful. I've oviously as experimental for Lego and I lot people have tons of nostalgia for these themes, but they were not super successful. However, robot riders did introduce one iconic thing, and that is that they came in a plastic canister that you could put the robot rider character back into to store, which is something we'll talk about later on in this episode. But they weren't action figures. So basically they introduced this kind of style of making these buildable characters from a technic base, style of pieces for Lego. But neither of them really caught on and they were canceled very quickly and we're back to square one. Legos woes are continuing, and they continue for another couple years. But, like I said that when to tap into a big, original story, nothing was clicking yet until the year two thousand and one and we have the birth of bionical and unlike previous lego themes, bionicle was accompanied by an original story told across a multi media spectrum. Like it depicts the story of the Toa who, of course, we will talk about throughout the day's episode, and they are these heroic biomechanical beings with innate elemental abilities whose duty is to maintain piece throughout their universe. bionical success also prompted subsequent Lego themes to utilize, like I said, the same storytelling method. And it's needless to say, but by Hannockle was freaking massive. This theme was huge. It lasted and entire decade now. It was eventually canceled in the year two thousand and ten, and I'm sure we'll cover that at some point in the future of brick ecology, but it honestly define an entire generation of fans and extended LETGO's growth as a company and kind of resurrected them from their dark age. Now there are plenty of other things that also helped Lego at this point in time, but bionical I think, as one of the things people always point back to the like. Yes, bionicle is what helped save Lego in the early from almost going bankrupt, which is amazing, and bionicle is iconic. The IP, the intellectual property of Bionicle, is iconic. I have talked to so many people who have fond memories of growing up and playing with bionicles, and these are people that didn't really care that much about lego growing up. Sometimes they weren't even aware that bioticle was actually made by Lego. It seems clear to me, but honestly I don't think people even realize that bionicle is Lego is to you kind of a more casual audience, and I find very interesting and I see means about biotical all the time. One meme I love is the guy, the fish guy from spongebob, who has like a photoshop bionicle canister in his hand and says here, King you drop this, and he's handing someone a bionicle canister. That mean gets me every time I see it. People...

...said it to me all the time. I love of this stuff and clearly it is lasted with kids from my generation who grew up with it, and obviously I've talked to all these people who have fond, awesome nostalgic memories racked around bionicle. I drawn bonnycle movies and all of that stuff, which is so, so great. And now I think it's time to talk about kind of what bionical means to me personally. Easily, bionicle was my favorite lego theme growing up. Now, if you'd ask me now what my favorite Lego theme of all time is, I would say Star Wars, because I love star wars and I still collect Lego Star Wars sets. A buncle doesn't even exist anymore. However, when I was growing up, I cared way more about bionicle then I did star wars. I still like Lego Star Wars, but I wasn't a rapid Lego Star Wars Fan and lots Lego Star Wars sets were big and expensive. Bionicle sets work cheap, very affordable. I would get my allowance and go buy a bionicle that target or toys are us. I loved it and I collected pretty much every single one of the normal bionicle sets that came in the canst like I maintain my collection for every single wave. I was certifiably obsessed with bionicle and when I say that I literally mean I have every single chemistr bionicle set ever. I clicked it, all of them, for an entire decade. I literally bought them all. I don't have every single bonnicle set, ever. I skipped on some of the box sets because there are bigger and more expensive and I wasn't quite as interested in building like the bigger technic stuff, but the small bionicle sets that were cheap and affordable, I got every single one of them, which is just very nostalgic to me and I don't think I would be here today if it weren't for bionical the reason I started making lego youtube videos all the way back in two thousand and nine is because of Lego bionicle. The GLUTORIAN new Lectorian legends had just come out and I made reviews of those sets on my Youtube Channel twelve years ago, and bionicle's a humanngers part of my childhood. I absolutely loved bionicle. I love the story, I love the Lore, I love everything about this theme and I am so excited to now talk to you about the first ever year of Lego bionicle in two thousand and one. Now. I saw no other way of introducing Lego bionical dupric oology rather than talking about the Toa Mata first. So essentially, the TOA third the avengers. They're the big wigs, are the main characters, the power rangers, if you will, of the bionical universe. And here are the original six Toa Mata who, of course, came in those iconic canisters. One of the cool things is in the story the to a motto show up on the island of Matanui in canisters that are shaped like the Lego ones. Just obviously the packaging stickers very, very fun and creative. There actually work two different versions of of these guys sold there was one that came in the canister was just the character, and then we also had ones that came in the canister and included a mini CD. I loved these many CDs. I love getting them. It literally blew my mind that these came with Lego sets back in the dam. Remember putting them into like my old, old, old windows computer and watching the fun videos they had. And these mini CDs were the exact same size as Gamecube discs and I always thought that they were like Gamecube Games and I would put them into the Gamecube and then be very disappointed that it actually was not a Gamecube game. But that's kind of besides the point. Just know that they actually included CDs with Lego sets back in the day, and these sets were fairly cheap and it just shows how good of a deal these things were. Now I will say one thing. Normally, when sets have price for part ratios like the ones were about to hear, I would complain bionicle priced apart ratios. If you don't know priced apart, it's when you divide the number of pieces and a Lego set by the price of the set and dollars and then you get a ratio and normally you want to shoot for...

...about ten cents per piece. Bionicle, I would say, is about double. Honestly, twenty cents her piece is a good priced apart ratio for a Lego set because the bionicle pizzas, admittedly, are much bigger than your average every day normal lego piece. So let's jump right in and start talking about the original to Amada, starting off here with how much is said potato. His name is Pohat, but it kind of looks like potato here we arrange some the letters, you almost could even spell potato. But POHATU, who is the Toa of stone. All of these original Toa retailed for six honey nine. They were a very nice price, or seven dollars, which I will say. And POHATU here had forty nine pieces, by far the most of any the original Towa Mata, and obviously none of these sets had figures. No figures for any of these sets. Eventually bacle sets did include figures and then some herefntry sets had figures, but for right now there are no figures in these sets. So going to jump in and talk about the build. So kind of for Pohat to hear, I will introduce the style of build for each of the Toa. They all kind of have the same base style of build and then each one has their own little different variations on that. So essentially the Toa were all built around the exact same torso piece. It was thinner around their waist and then had kind of broad shoulders and it had places where you could set connect technic pins and rods to add on the ball and socket pieces for their arms and legs, and then the middle of the torso at the top had a pin connection that could connect the head to the character as well, and the shoulder section actually had kind of like deep socket kind of holes where you could put specialized gear pieces in there to give them their unique gear mechanism and that it is one of the most iconic things about the original biuncal figures. They all had a gear mechanism of some sort and usually that gear mechanism was literally just like an arm chopping. You could twist the gear in the back and their arm would chop up and down. It was very, very simple but really effective and incredibly fun to play with, or in this case with POHATU. It was not his arm that chopped, it was actually his legs, because he had probably the most unique build of any original Toa, because it's entire torso was actually flipped upside down and one of his legs was geared rather than one of his arms. Now, unfortunately the gears were very loose and his leg was kind of loose and turned. The other leg was fairly stable, but this one was loose and, especially over time, the more used it, the more loose it got. He kind of struggled to stand at some point, which is definitely a flaw with this figure, but it does kind of lead us into his weapon. Each of the TOA have their own unique weapon, and his weapon here is actually just kind of an extension of his shoes. You get these pieces, you put in the bionical feet piece and makes his shoes a little bit bigger, which is very, very interesting, and they also include one of those rock pieces, so normal lego system piece that we saw in the rock raiders theme for him to kick around, which is a pretty cool feature and very unique for this set. But, like I said, unfortunately he did struggle to stand because of how loose it was. Now, another iconic thing about the Toa is they all have a unique mask and po hat to here is given the Brown mask that's also known as the mascot speed. Now I know all of these masks have these creative fun names. They are hard to pronounce and harp me to keep a track of, so I'm just not going to say them throughout the day's episode. But just so you know, there is a deeper lure to the names of these masks and biotical I'm just going to use the very easy English translation. Like the mask of speed, this one was a very cool looking math and it was in Brown, and Brown was the main base color for this character. So all the TOA had a different base color and then they also had a different accent color and from the most...

...part the accent colors were just the lighter version of the base color. So we have Poha to here. He is Brown, and his accent color, so his limbs and the parts on his shoes are made in Tan, which makes a lot of sense. And because this one had an inverted torso, his neck attachment was actually we're like his hips would normally be, which made him look a little bit weird, but it was also very unique and cool. So that is Pohat, probably the most unique design of all these original TOA and probably the second most unique design of the original TOA. It's the next character we're going to talk about here, who is a Newa, the Toa of earth. I just city see in my notes I read one this was a seventy dollar set. This is a seven dollar set, not seventy, but only had thirty pieces. The color scheme here, he is black with accents of dark gray. He has the mask of strength, of course, which is in black, and he also has a very unique head attachment. His head sticks out kind of like a hunch so he is shorter than the rest of the Toa and he looks like a hunchback, which I think gives some a very unique appearance that I really do like. In the weapons he has here are these cloth pieces and these clock pieces of appeared and a number of Lego sets across a number of different themes for nearly two decades now, which is very cool, and the clock pieces of always kind of reminded me of the Wolverine Character, which is really nice to see. And both of his arms actually had gears here. Now some of them only one arm has a gear. This one in particular. Both of them have gears and since he has too two claws on either hand, it kind of looks like he's digging through the Earth, which is what he does in the shows and movies. So a very, very cool character in Anua and unlike all the rest of the Toa, this one is unique. POHATU is unique. The rest of them, besides Koppaka, who is the last one we'll talk about here, have very, very eerily similar designs, besides, of course, the colors, the mass and the weapons. And our next TOA is Golly, the Toa of water and our only female TOA of the group. She was seven dollars with thirty five pieces, and for some reason bionical female characters were always synonymous with water. I never really understood this and it also kind of made me mad when I was a dumb, ignorant child, because I was a boy and I always wanted the male characters, but my favorite color was blue, so I wanted the blue bionicle, but getting the blue bionicle meant I had to get the female bionicle and that wasn't as attractive to me back in the day. Obviously, now I couldn't care less. With the Ginger of my bionical characters were, but when I was a dumb little kid, I wanted the male bionicles, but I had to kind of a decision of whether or not I would get the blue one or not. Eventually I just bought all of them. What you know, mix up for it, but I remember this being a decision that had to make what I could only buy like one bionicle at a time. And as for Golly, of course, like I said, her main color is blue with accent colors of light blue and she has the mask of water breathing. Now, these mask powers are very inconsistent. Like we just talked about Ohnewa having the mask of strength. That makes sense. We also had POHATU has the mask of speed, but then Godley's power is mask of water breathing, a lot more specific, and then, I think a couple the other master and talk about here get even more specific, which I find very interesting. But the cool thing about this mask, which mean it very unique, is that it wasn't an opaque color. This is actually a transparent mask piece, molded and Trans Blue, and I think it looked fantastic and it really set her apart from the rest of the Toa which made her a more attractive character to get, which was really the cool to see, and it kind of looks like a diver mask, which I also really like. And her weapons here, they're kind of like these hook hands. It look very interesting, kind of like a pirate hook hand kind of thing, and there are used in the storyline for grabbing onto rocks. And she, like Anwa, also has two weapons meeting.

Both of her arms had the gear feature, so both of them moved up and down at different times when you twisted the gears, which was pretty cool. Our next Toa here is Tahoo, the Toa of fire, who is seven dollars with thirty three pieces, and he is the leader of the bunch. You know him well, the leader of the toe of the guy who's always at the front of the posters and You oftentimes see him surfing on fire. But they never included that piece with this version of the set. Now I'm looking to toe ANUVA. The next year you do get something for him to surf on the fire with, which was cool, but this version did not have that. Now his color scheme was read with accents of Orange and he has the great mask of shielding, which was a very cool looking mask, although he doesn't have any shields on his actual character, which I find very interesting. And this is the iconic bionical mask, the iconic bionical mask shape. It's kind of like the bionical logo for a long time. A very cool looking mask. And as for his weapon, he has a flame sore, so he only has one arm with the flame sword and it's a very cool looking molded piece in red. And this was voted on by you guys, my fans on Instagram, the best buncle set from two thousand and one. No shock here. He's the most iconic of all these characters. He's not my personal favorite, but he is blood by many and he is kind of the face of Lego bionicle, so I get why he was voted the best bionicle set from two thousand and one. The next set, who, my brother Preston, loves this guy. This is his personal favorite. TOA Is Leawa, the Towa of air against seven dollars, with thirty six pieces and he has the color scheme of green with accents of a lime green and he has the mask of levitation of very cool design, maybe my favorite mask besides the next one I'm going to talk about here in just a minute. For COPACCA, one of the better looking mass for sure, and I love his color scheme. I think green is probably my second favorite color behind blue, and his colors looked really, really awesome. As for his weapon, you have a green axe piece, which this is probably the coolest weapon that any of these towa got. This wie beans awesome, the biggest of all of them. It can use to swing through the vines of the jungle. Awesome, awesome looking weapon piece. I loved the weapon here for Laywa, he is a really cool looking Toah and probably my second favorite Toa, behind the next one we're going to talk about, and that is Kopaca, the Toba of ice, the final TOA on our list, who was seven dollars with thirty three pieces. His color scheme is white with light gray. This is the only one of the Toa where the inverse color is actually darker than the normal color, which makes sense because you can't really get in a lighter than the white color, so they had to make the inverse accent color darker with light gray. He has the mask of x Ray Vision, so specific of a power compared to the rest of these, and his mask looks awesome. I love the look at this mask. He has one big kind of scope eye that in the movies and stuff, can move up and down. I loved his eye and easily my favorite looking mask and definitely an iconic mask for this character. As for weapons, here he has an eye sword. That is kind of a mundane looking sword, not my favorite design, but it was still a pretty cool looking piece. But he also used that radar dish piece that I mentioned a lot in my empire strikes back episodes of the show the past couple weeks, as a shield, and I love the fact this guy had not only a sword but he had a shield and of course the sword did have the gear mechanism, so I love that. He looked like a proper night with this crazy scope thing on his eyeball. He was easily my favorite Toa and I ended up falling in love with pretty much all of the I space biuncle characters from here on on, even into hero factory, I always loved the icy guys. For some reason, the ice characters were always my number one. I love those characters. So those are...

...the original six TOA. Of course they are iconic, they're rate characters, they are symbols of bionical and Lego for years to come. But there's actually a lot more to talk about. There are tons of bionicle sets from the year two thousand and one. So let's continue along and start talking about the Taraga next. So our next so the characters here are the Taraga and these are the elders of Matanui and must anew we again, is the island where all of this takes place, and usually the Taraga are older Toa who have given up their Toa power now become elders. are kind of like retire Toa and you actually see these guys as Towa in the bionical sequel lines, are actually more like Prequel liarns that come out later on that the chors will talk about eventually on brick ology. And all of these characters featured similar color schemes, that are, to a counterparts, but had unique weapons and mass and their color schemes were always flipped. So like the main color for Tahoo was red, and his Tarago counterpart of a comma, who will talk about here in just a second, his main color was orange and then his accent color was tat who's main color, and that is red and the accent color is now the main color for the Taraga. That was a really stupid way of explaining that, but I think you guys get the gist. And they actually had very similar piece counts to the Toa, but they were very, very small and their bodies were built from just a few small technic pieces and they also still had an ability where you could move their arms up and down and do the chopping things a little bit not quite as effective as the gears, but it's still got the point across and they're only three dollars. So our first TARACA set here is but comma the fire Taraga, a three dollar set with twenty eight pieces, and this is a really, really fun little set. The build here, like I said, same colors as Tahoo and very cool looking. They didn't use any of the ball joint pieces, they still had articulation and actually their feet were made from the piece used that attached the mass onto the heads, which I always found very interesting. He has a really cool looking mask and of has like a goatee looking design, kind of looks Egyptian if you ask me, in orange and his weapon was a fighter staff made in red that looked very, very cool. The next one here is Matau, who is the Air Taraga. Three dollars of twenty six pieces. The colors here were the same as Leylah, again reverse, so his mask is in lime green and I don't particularly love the look of his mask. It kind of has these weird like wire design that looks very like old timy, like the s robot, which is very stylized and interesting but not my personal cup of tea. But I loved his weapon. He has a green staff with a SOB blade at the end. That was a really, really cool weapon, and he has a slightly different design. We're kind of like Onnwa in the last wave. He's a little bit hunched as compared to the rest of the Taraga, making him the shortest of all of these characters. The next character here is a o Ne Wa, not Oh newah. This is one Wa, but is actually not even the TARUCA counterpart to a new this is the Truga comp part two Po hot to mean that he has the color scheme of Tan with accents of Brown. And he was three dollars with thirty pieces, so actually a perfect pressure piece of ten cents for a bionical set. And his mask here kind of some of the last one, it's ten. It has kind of those weird wires. Again, not a big fan of that wire look. But his weapon is a brown staff that kind of has like a hammer at the end, and oddly enough, this one was super tall. They really extended the legs of this character, so he is the tallest of all of these Tarraga. The next one here is no comma, the Water Tarraga, which is three dollars of twenty seven pieces. And of course she has the inverse colors of Godi, so her mask is in light blue and her accent is kind of the normal blue in this mask looks very cool. I really liked the look of this mask and particular...

...and her weapon is probably the least creative these weapons because it's literally just a trident. She literally just holds a small Trident, which of course makes sense for a water based character, but it seems a little bit lazy at the same time, because the rest of these weapons, I think, are pretty creative. And then she just actually has a trident, which is very interesting. And of course again she's the water character, meaning she is the only female character of the bunch. Now moving onto the ice character, we have NWJ, who is three dollars with twenty nine pieces. I don't know how many Lego sets exist that are three dollars with twenty nine pieces, but of course is three to nine my moniker on my account, which is my birthday, by the way. If you did not know, I get that question all the time. What does three, two hundred and nine mean? And it's really cool to see this three dollar character with twenty nine pieces. And of course this is the ice one. So he has the inverse color scheme of COPACA, which unfortunately means his mask here is light gray and, like gracious, kind of a dull color. So definitely one of the most boring looking characters and even though I have a bias towards the ice characters, this one in particular, I don't know, just doesn't really do it for me. But I do like his weapon with the pick axe style attachment at the end. The weapon looked pretty cool. His mask, though, always look kind of evil to me. Wasn't a huge fan of this one. So, oddly enough, I think the ice so might be my least favorite of the bunch, even though I'm kind of biased towards the ice characters. Normally from let go bionicle. And finally, for these characters, here we have when Nwah, who is three dollars with twenty eight pieces, so very close again to have another three to nine set here. And the build here is the same as a new one. So his main color is dark gray, which is a little bit more attracted than light gray, but still not great. But he does make up for it with a really cool looking mask and he has a great looking weapon, which is a staff with a drill piece of the end. That one looks very cool. And again this one is hunched over like his bigger to account apart in Bonua. So those are all of the Taraga characters. So we've talked about the heroic characters of bionical. Now let's move on to the villains. Now the future of bionicle has some great villains. Two thousand two gives us the bow rock and then eventually we get like the rocks she and all of these fun bionocal villain characters. Unfortunately, this year's villains are pretty much just called the ray and then not really even villains. Are just kind of like these crazy wild creatures that live on the island. And these sets are very different they do not come in Canissaaris. They are much, much bigger and they are technic based builds and they don't really feel quite as much like bionicle and I put they could kind of get forgotten from the first way of bionicle as compared to the rest of these sets. And I actually don't own any of these. Oddly enough, I never got any of these rocky set. I got everything else we've talked about up to this point, but the rocky are can't just question marks for me. So I had to do a little bit more research on these and then do have some cool stuff going for them, but I don't love them as much and had as much nostalgia for these characters in particular. Now the smallest rocky set, and excuse me if I mispronounce these names, these names do get a little bit crazy here. The first one going to talk about here is called Newi Rama. It's a fifteen dollar set with a hundred forty six pieces, so a really good pressure piece for a bionical technic base set. And the build here is two flying bug looking creatures. Now all of the rocky sets come in Pairs. There are two of each creature in each and every one of these sets and sometimes they're almost the exact same design, but usually they have a couple of small little variances between the characters and each of these used. Oh new was claus and orange and lime green, so fun little recolors here on their arms that should have the biotical ball, it's like a joint pieces and one actually has that clock piece on its mouth, while the other one is actually an orange version of the goal, the kind of Hook cloth piece, which I found very interesting. And they also have transparent blue way new a mask used for their eyes, which is very, very...

...odd. And they have handles on the bottom where you had this mechanism where they have these very skinny, almost wing looking builds and if you pull the mechanism that use these rubber band pieces, that essentially activated this play feature where they are just kind of move forward. And the idea here is you have a friend and you find your friend and you try to knock off those masks pieces and all of the rock he have this same feature with different styles of Gimmick. Not The best play feature in the world, but it got the job done okay for the time. The next rock he set is thirty five dollars has two hundred and twenty six pieces, and this is Nui Jaga. And this one comes with to Scorpion like creatures. One and purple. They don't want is light blue. They have an inaccurate amount of legs. I have six legs. Scorpion should have eight legs, but I digress. Who really cares? And their claws where recolored. A new man asks, not really sure why masks where their claws. That's a very strange decision, if you ask me. And this Stinger had a similar function, for essentially you pulled on it and the Stinger goes down like an actual Scorpion, a very simple and effective playability feature. And of course you're trying to knock off those mass on the other Scorpion, which is fun to play with. Admittedly, these ones where the exact same build, literally carbon copy builds of one another, just in different colors. The next one is a fifty dollar set with four hundred and it lis in pieces known as Tara Kava. The builds here are two creatures, and these are kind of hard to explain. They are tall and skinny. They have big tread pieces that help them move around. They have arms, but the ends of their arms are those big spring loaded launcher piece of the have rubber end, so they look very odd and essentially these things were Rockham socking robots. They could punch each other. You pulled on a piece and they are arms would punch and you try to knock off again the masks, and these were actually very cool colors. One had a blue mass that was a new was mass. The other one actually had a teal version of POHATU's mask, and of course you try to knock off the mask from the other one. This is probably my favorite of the rocky sets. They're so weird and unique and I think the punching feature makes a little bit more sense for this style playability they're going for. So I actually quite like these ones that if I had to get a rocky set for myself, it would probably be the Tara Kva here year. The next set, which is the highest piece count of any bionicle set from this first year, six hundred thirty three pieces for seven dollars, is Muwaka and Kane Ra. Hopefully I pronounced that right. I looked at the pronunciation and hopefully I got it right. And these are two creatures again and again it's kind of hard to tell what these things are. The kind of look like dragons, but I don't really know. One of them's red, other ones yellow. Good colors and the mass included here. One actually had these dual molden mass where one was tat whoo's mask and black with like Reddish Brown accents. Love the look of that mass. The other one just gets a black of a common mass, which is not nearly as exciting, and the play features here again. They have treads and they have arms that could reach out and ropoff mass with the arms that also come up. But I found like a weird addition to this play feature and honestly I don't really like these ones in particular. They're kind of ugly looking. It's hard to explain. was just talking. To look it up if you're more curious. I do not particularly like the look of these creatures and probably might least heart set from this entire first year of bionicle. Now I said I don't have any the rocky sets, but I have that Tathoo mask in my collection, but I don't know if I actually had this set or not or if we got that Tathoo mask me accessory packed I'll talk about later on this episode. I really don't know, but just know I do have that crazy dual mode of Tahoo mask in my collection for some reason. And finally, for the raw, he kind of excited to not talking about the rock. He definitely, I think, a low point for the first year bionicle are the man has now this set was ninety dollars with four hundred forty two pieces. You probably like, wait, what the heck? Is a horrible price to part ratio, and I'll talk why this has such a bad price of pace ratio here in just a second. These are two creatures very clearly look like crabs. Nice to see them actually resemble...

...something on like the last two sets. Ones in yellow and black, the ones in orange and white's a pretty cool color schemes for these characters. In the courser playability function is to try and get the mass off with the crab clause, but these ones had OURC remote control functions, which was very cool. They had treads. They can move on the ground and play with one another. That made this a much more attractive set and obviously the RC function made the price of this set way, way, way more expensive than you would normally see. As for the mass, include be here, you yellow and new one mask and an orange when new a mass. So those are the rocky. I personally don't love the rocky. I think some people have nostalgia for them. I'm not one of those people. I care way more about the other sets and I care way more. But the sets were and continue talking about here and just a second. The rocky to me are kind of ugly and forgettable. Now this is where things get very different for Lego. By on a Cole, and I am excited to talk about them. These sets are, or at least normally, these are the Matoran. Now thematoria are kind of like the villagers on Montenui. And the way these sets were releases. They were McDonald's happy meal toys. Now lego has done partner ships, something don old before, and all of them have been awful. They're these weird, cheap Chinese plastic versions of Lego characters that actually were not real lego bricks, and I've never understood that. However, this is an exception. These were legitimate lego sets. They had very few pieces, they had like eight pieces, but they were Lego sets used real lego plastic. You could build them and they looked great and had a great playability, play feature and really cool pieces, which made them awesome and they're probably the greatest happy meal toys of all time. Now each of them had eight pieces. They came in a polybag and they have the exact same base build. Literally all of them had the exact same base. They have two arms, two legs, minimal articulation. That all the same head piece and they each have different colors and a different mask piece and a printed disc piece. They could throw and the kind of borrowed the throwbots play feature here. So the aforementioned throwbots, they had the same as I play feature where you pull in the arm, it's kind of rubbery and it can throw the disc, which is really, really fun, and the disc had great printing on them as well, and bionical and disc kind of go synonymous together and I keep making these things and adding cold new details of them in the future. Now here are the Maturan sets. The first one here is hookie, who would Tan and Light Brown and has POHATU's mask. The next one here is a net woo, who was purple and Black, which I love, and he has onew as mask and purple, which was really cool to see. Next up we have Maku, who is blue and sand blue. Uses the Comma's mass. Is actually the only one that doesn't use a Towa mass is when he's one of the Taraga mats. All the rest of the use to it mats, and this is actually a male water character, which is interesting. Is kind of cool to get one of the blue characters a water character that is a male and oddly note there are no females in among these muturum, but obviously this was kind of targeted as the boy happy the old toy at the time. Next up we have Jallah, who, of course, is red and yellow. Uses Taho's mass and yellow, and Jalla becomes a very important character later on in bionicle's lure. Next Up, here we have Congo, who was teal and Lime Green. Love his color scheme, and he has lay was mask here and teal. That was one of the better colors of any of these bionical characters. And finally we have maturo, who was white, insane blue. Uses that awesome COPACA mask, and it's actually the one that I got. I remember getting this going to McDonald's with my grandma and Nationale Tennessee in like two thousand and one and getting this Matros set in particular. Oly Enough, his name is motor and these are the motor in sounds very, very similar, but these are great. These are great. I think people have tons of memories about these and I love these things in particular. And these things are super expensive. Now let's an ebanking one of these things seeled. It's like fifty bucks for a freaking happy meal toy. Some that's...

...worth like two dollars of plastic. Crazy, crazy stuff, but I love these. And finally, as we kind of wrap up Bi Nicle two thousand and one, we had a miscellaneous set, which is a random mask pack, and this included all the mass, but that could be indifferent random colors, which was fun. It was two dollars and you got six masks included and these made the mass highly collectible. That's one of the best things bionicle did back in the day is they made the mass very desirable and highly collectible, which was really, really fun to make them in that way out of the chase items of bionicle. And that is all. That is all she wrote for bionical year one. That was a lot that's thirty sets. In the first year of Bionicle Lego had a major, Major, major release. You can probably see why I'm only doing one year. So two dozen two will be covered on next season of brick Ology, so probably in a few months. So look forward to that and thank you so much for listening and thank you so much for fifty episodes of this show. I hope this was a sufficient fifteen episode special. I am so happy with how this show is going. Season five is in full for us. We have great episodes coming out for the rest of this season. I'm loving the show so much. Thank you all so much for listening to a brick oology and helping me get this far and hope with the show just continues to grow on from this point. Thank you all so much. I love you all. Peace Out, God bless have an amazing rest of your day, but by.

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