BrickList: BIONICLE Canisters 2 - Bionicle, the Metru Nui Era
BIONICLE Canisters 2 - Bionicle, the Metru Nui Era
To Celebrate the 10th year of Bionicle products (and its end), I'll be doing my own classification for the Bionicle sets instead of the official sources, making it easier to check their history through the years.
This list shows one set per Canister series, featuring each different construction or design style. The Canister included in this list are from 2004-2005.
Although there were practically four different forms of construction (Toa Metru, Vahki, Toa Hordika and Visorak), they share common characteristics to be in the same list, as all or almost all of them:
- Usually featured darker tones of the original colors.
- Were the first ones to introduce the newest "pelvis" pieces which are used in recent sets.
- Reducted the number of gears in order to get more playability through balljoints.
- All in all, it was the transition between "Technic Bionicle" to "Balljoint Bionicle", and those equalized very well building to playability and useability to design.
Link for Part 1: http://www.brickset.com/brickLists/?617
Created by Gus263. Last updated on 20 Nov 2009.
1. 8603: Whenua
An example of a Toa Metru Set.
Their body could support the same number of gears as the Toa Mata/Nuva, and it was even easier to choose if the figure would move its arms through gears or not, as there were three sections to place the technic axles (to connect body and pelvis), and then, to place a gear blocking the action of the other
The arms were placed through Technic axles in size 4 to the dual sides connectors. If there were balljoints to place in the top of those connectors, then we could have the best system for medium sized Technic-based buildable Action Figures ever.
Whenua was my choice to represent this series of canister as he was the smallest in size (but strongest looking) of them all. He also had the most different weapon. Two Earthshock drills, while connected in his hands, can make a bigger drill through a Technic angle connector between the hands. This bigger drill can fit very well in any Toa Metru-like figure.
The useability of some tools of those sets got influence from the Toa Nuva (just compare Nuju's Crystal Spikes to Kopaka Nuva's Ice blades: both of them are supposed to connect in the feet).
There are a lot of new and useful pieces in all the Toa Metru. Complete this collection worth indeed, as they can perfom the following Combiner models:
Kraawa (8902, 8903, 8906)
Kralhi (8901, 8904, 8905)
As I said in the summary of the list, the colors of those sets are usually darker tones (the only exception is Onewa's Dark Tan, that is more clear than the previously used brown color) which fits very well to their City environments.
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2. 8619: Keerakh
An example of a Vahki set.
The Vahki partially reused some concepts from the Rahkshi. Their arms swings in the same position, and the main part of their body consists in the same piece, though their chest is the same as 03' Matoran. Instead of a Spine, they have a simple piece to support their head. They were the first Canister to shot projectiles (besides Toa Metru Vakama). It became posteriorly usual in each Canister set.
They started with another piece for the pelvis, which can connect very well to any set based in the construction of a Rahkshi.
Besides swing their blades, they can shift into quadrupedal forms, an interesting transformation.
It is also interesting to see the meeting of the other 2 parts of Bionicle sets' history in all of the vahki sets:
While their arms includes free poseable arms (from 2001), their legs incudes vertically poseable legs (which was just too much used after their release).
Keerakh was my choice to represent his series of canisters as his simple designed (while very-well designed) blades were used as wings for Nivawk & Dume's set, and it was included even in an Exo-Force set, in a repaint. He is also my personal favorite of all the Vahki, and yet one of the most unique of them all.
Just like all the supposedly "clone sets", they have many differences that makes each of them unique, while the Vahki combiner models are awesome, due to the well explored compatibility between the common pieces:
Kranua (8614, 8616, 8618)
Kraahu (8615, 8617, 8619)
Their color schemes follow the same ways of the toa metru, making it something like a mark to the Metru Nui era.
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3. 8736: Toa Hordika Vakama
An Example of a Toa Hordika set.
The body of the Toa Hordika never has been used after them, though they offer a great MOCability. Those sets also had a very well designed armor (which have been used later in 2007), new limbs, feet (used in a different way) and they returned with the use of silver parts in the body (previously common in the Bohrok-Kal and Toa Nuva subthemes).
Their style of building is planly different in comparison with the Toa Metru and Vahki styles, as they have no gear functions in their bodies, but a small sample of gear functions in their right arm. As usual, however, they still using the "pelvis" piece to connect the legs.
A very characteristic detail of the Toa Hordika, which has been followed by the Piraka subtheme (released in 2006) is the disporportion of the arms, one is bigger than another. Another characteristic detail are the launching weapons, the "Rhotuka Spinner Launcher" present in their back.
Vakama Hordika was my choice to represent his series because of his popularity among the fans, and because his weapon's well done design.
The official combiner models of the Toa Hordika line are:
Cable Crawler (8736, 8738)
Rock Raptor (8739, 8740)
Sea Spider (8737, 8741)
It's interesting to note that the Toa Hordika subtheme has three official combiner models (with instructions included in the instruction booklets of the respective sets), instead of commonly two combiner models per subtheme, because these combiner models mixes two sets, instead of three. This concept have been common also in 2005, with the Visorak subtheme.
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4. 8744: Visorak Oohnorak
An example of a Visorak set.
The Visorak subtheme is one of the most characteristic lines of Bionicle, mainly because they were the first medium-sized (or canister, in other words) sets to include none gears, and then, none signal of gear functions. They included many new pieces, and a very useful one, that have been used since then, until 2007 (the long dual side connectors). The Visorak are basically four legged big spiders with silver coloured and metallic looking pincers. Their quadrupedal shape and absence of humanoid looking makes the Visorak some of the most unique Bionicle canister sets ever.
Despite the simple looking of their big head/body/carapace piece, they have a partially complex structure (hidden under the big piece), and still having manual functions, though not through gears anymore. Once you press the back of the big piece, the Visorak fold its pincers. Once you loose the piece, the Visorak unfolds the pincers. This subheme is nearest to the "balljoint system" than the "gear functions system", but the building system is not yet so simple as the balljoint system's canister sets.
Just like the Toa Hordika, the Visorak includes Rhotuka Spinner Launchers in their back.
Oohnorak was my choice to represent his series because of the formerly new color scheme mixing yellow and black, and because its the only set to include yellow Bohrok eyes, besides 8990. In other words, Oohnorak is the most original Visorak set.
The official combiner models of the Visorak subtheme are:
Chute Lurker (8745, 8746)
Gate Guardian (8742, 8744)
Kahgarak (8743, 8747)
Overall, the Visorak sets are very unique sets with many useful pieces to increase Bionicle themed MOCs, and composed the last subtheme of the "second era" of Bionicle. The Metru Nui era ends here.
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