BrickList: PRE-BIONICLE Canister Sets, Slizers and Roboriders
PRE-BIONICLE Canister Sets, Slizers and Roboriders
To Celebrate the 12th year of TECHNIC Based Action Figures, I'll be doing my own classification of the sets instead of the official sources, making it easier to analyze their history through the years.
Before the Bionicle product line release, Lego has been doing other Technic-based action figures sold in plastic package commonly referred to as "canisters", especially with the release of the first Bionicle wave of sets. This list will unite Throwbots/Slizers and Roborider "canister sets" with different style of construction.
BIONICLE Canisters 1 - Technic Bionicle, The Mata Nui Era is a direct continuity to this list. To check it, go to: http://www.brickset.com/brickLists/?617
Created by Gus263. Last updated on 07 Aug 2010.
1. 8500: Torch
Torch, alongside many other Throwbots canister sets, has a functional style of construction based in the movement of gears which composes it's body. This system would later suffer soft modifications and become the simpler "Toa Mata" construction style.
In the case of the Throwbots, the movement of the gears makes the head and arms (or legs, in Torch's case) moves simultaneously.
The instruction booklet of Torch contains instructions for a fusion called "Robotops" composed of him; of 8501 Ski; 8502 Turbo and 8503 Scuba
I chose Torch to represent this style of building because he's the one with most differenciated design.
|784 members own this set||90 members want this set|
2. 8502: Turbo
Turbo follows the same construction style as Torch and other Throwbots, but he's even more unconventional: instead of arms or legs, he has wheels. In his case, the movement of gears makes his head and front wheels' position change simultaneously.
The instruction booklet of Turbo contains instructions for a fusion called "Robotops" composed of him; of 8500 Torch; 8501 Ski and 8503 Scuba
|774 members own this set||87 members want this set|
3. 8504: Jet
Jet is one of the three Throwbots (being the other two 8506 Granite and 8507 Electro) with a different style of construction. The body of those three is composed by two halves with a knurled piece crossing its middle. Outside the body's structure, there are two small gears that are responsible for the movement of the propellers' positions, once the neck of the figure is moved backward or forward.
The instruction booklet of Jet contains instructions for a fusion called "Ultra Rex" composed of him; of 8505 Amazon; 8506 Granite and 8507 Electro
I chose Jet to represent this style of building because Jet's the only Throwbot Canister set with two disc launching arms. However, Electro and Granite are the only quadrupedal Throwbots.
|783 members own this set||95 members want this set|
4. 8509: Swamp
The Roboriders line represents the third year of the Technic based action figures. The Roboriders are not exactly figures, they're more like battle vehicles, but they have some movement functions which remembers the Throwbots, making them be commonly referred to as action figures.
The six Roboriders canister sets released have three distinct construction styles, and each six sets have their own design.
8509 Swamp and 8510 Lava have their construction based in upper and lower parts composed by different Technic axle connector blocks. The upper level have their "heads" connected in and the lower has the front wheel with the structure responsible for launching it.
There are lateral liftarms that acts as their "arms", where the minifig weapons are connected, and those connects both upper and lower structures of the body. By pressing the upper part forward, the liftarms moves the weapons forward as well. In Swamp's case, unlike Lava, Technic rubber bands are involved in the construction of the lateral structures.
The instruction booklet of Swamp contains instructions for a fusion of him and 8510 Lava
I chose Swamp to represent this style of building because Swamp was the first Lime green colored Technic based figure.
|610 members own this set||79 members want this set|
5. 8511: Frost
Frost inherited the Throwbots' most common style of building, based in the movement of the legs or arms connected to the gear which is linked to the head. But in Frost's case, the head is not connected in the gear.
The body has a medium-sized gear inserted in the middle of the structure, and a Throwbot body in it's back, what creates a movement which can turn Frost's back structure from 90 to 180 degrees. This movement can make him more gun-like when the front wheel is ready to be shot, and is a very functional additional articulation.
The instruction booklet of Frost contains instructions for a fusion of him and 8513 Dust
Frost is the only Roboriders set with this style of construction.
|657 members own this set||89 members want this set|
6. 8513: Dust
Dust shares the same construction styles of 8512 Onyx and 8513 Power. This construction consists of a Technic axle and pin connector block with a 10' sized axles crossing through its middle. By pressing down the block, the frontal weapons will eventually be extended forward. The angle of both frontal and back parts also change with the movement.
The instruction booklet of Dust contains instructions for a fusion of him and 8511 Frost. 8512 Onyx and 8513 Power have a fusion of them in their instruction booklets as well.
I chose Dust to represent this style of construction because Dust is the only among them that includes three wheels.
|580 members own this set||87 members want this set|