Sets/Collectibles

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Collectibles have been a key element of both generations of BIONICLE toy lines.

2001

From the inception of the BIONICLE line, Kanohi Masks of Power held a central of both the sets and the storyline. The Toa's quest to find the Masks of Power was a major focus of the story in 2001. To coincide with this "collect the masks" theme, collectible mask packs were released under the set numbers 8525 and 8530 in the United States and European markets, respectively. These packs contained two random masks from a series of seventy-two, as well as a light gray head, an eyepiece in one of six colors, and two Technic axles. The six Great Masks in the shapes worn by the Toa Mata in each Toa's primary color and the six Noble Masks worn by the Turaga in each Turaga's primary color form the initial series of 72 masks.

Each set released in 2001 included one or more masks to collect, as well. Some of the sets, such as 8534 Tahu, included masks that could be found in the mask packs, while other sets, like 8537 Nui-Rama, included masks that could only be obtained by purchasing that set. One particularly unique mask made available in this way was a chrome-colored Rua, shaped like a Hau, included in 8546 Power Pack.

Advertising on the packaging of 8525 and 8530 and elsewhere suggested the existence of additional masks with a cryptic monochromatic image of the Kanohi Vahi, the Mask of Time, and the caption "72 + ?". Indeed, a hand-painted Infected Kanohi Hau was a rare seventy-third mask that could be found within the mask packs. This mask could was also included in 8538 Muaka & Kane-Ra. Despite the advertisements, the Vahi was not made available publicly in 2001. Originally, it was intended that the mask be released with the BIONICLE: The Legend of Mata Nui video game. However, that game was ultimately cancelled, and distribution of the Mask of Time was delayed until 2002.

Fourteen additional masks (the Kanohi Ruru and Kanohi Matatu each in colors of the six Toa and the Kanohi Kaukau in transparent-yellow and light transparent-blue), known collectively as the "European misprints", could infrequently be found in 8530 due to a production mishap. Two of these masks were made available via other means; the black Ruru was released in the Power Pack and again in 2003 in 8585 Hafu, and the red Ruru was released with a Bionicle-themed clock in 2002.

A few other special masks were made available through other promotional events. A transparent neon-green Miru could be obtained at LEGOLAND California. Copper Masks of Victory in two shapes were also made available. A copper Huna was distributed at Toys 'R Us promotions in the United States, at LEGOLAND Windsor in England, and a Nestle promotion in Germany. Promotions to distribute the copper Huna continued into future years, such as a Blockbuster promotion in 2003. At LEGOAND Billund, a package containing both a Copper Huna and a Copper Komau could be obtained. Slight coloration differences existed between the US and UK versions of the Copper Huna. Finally, a 14-karat solid gold Kanohi Hau and was distributed as a grand prize for various contests, including a Golden Mask-themed sweepstakes and the Build Your Own BIONICLE Website contest. This mask differed slightly in shape from the standard Hau; it had two additional holes on the sides for a chain. Only about thirty of these masks were ever produced.

Great Masks

Hau Kaukau Miru Kakama Pakari Akaku
Hau Tahu.png Kaukau Tahu.png Miru Tahu.png Kakama Tahu.png Pakari Tahu.png Akaku Tahu.png
Hau Gali.png Kaukau Gali.png Miru Gali.png Kakama Gali.png Pakari Gali.png Akaku Gali.png
Hau Lewa.png Kaukau Lewa.png Miru Lewa.png Kakama Lewa.png Pakari Lewa.png Akaku Lewa.png
Hau Pohatu.png Kaukau Pohatu.png Miru Pohatu.png Kakama Pohatu.png Pakari Pohatu.png Akaku Pohatu.png
Hau Onua.png Kaukau Onua.png Miru Onua.png Kakama Onua.png Pakari Onua.png Akaku Onua.png
Hau Kopaka.png Kaukau Kopaka.png Miru Kopaka.png Kakama Kopaka.png Pakari Kopaka.png Akaku Kopaka.png

Noble Masks

Huna Rau Mahiki Komau Ruru Matatu
HunaNoble.png Kaukau Tahu.png Miru Tahu.png Kakama Tahu.png Pakari Tahu.png Akaku Tahu.png
Hau Gali.png RauNoble.png Miru Gali.png Kakama Gali.png Pakari Gali.png Akaku Gali.png
Hau Lewa.png Kaukau Lewa.png MahikiNoble.png Kakama Lewa.png Pakari Lewa.png Akaku Lewa.png
Hau Pohatu.png Kaukau Pohatu.png Miru Pohatu.png KomauNoble.png Pakari Pohatu.png Akaku Pohatu.png
Hau Onua.png Kaukau Onua.png Miru Onua.png Kakama Onua.png RuruNoble.png Akaku Onua.png
Hau Kopaka.png Kaukau Kopaka.png Miru Kopaka.png Kakama Kopaka.png Pakari Kopaka.png MatatuNoble.png

Masks in Sets

1388.jpg Kaukau Tahu.png
1388 Huki Kakama
1389.jpg Kaukau Tahu.png
1389 Onepu Pakari
1390.jpg Kaukau Tahu.png
1390 Maku Huna
1391.jpg Kaukau Tahu.png
1391 Jala Hau
1392.jpg Kaukau Tahu.png
1392 Kongu Miru
1393.jpg Kaukau Tahu.png
1393 Matoro Akaku
8531.png Kakama Pohatu.png
8531 Pohatu Kakama
8532.png Pakari Onua.png
8532 Onua Pakari
8533.png Kaukau Gali.png
8533 Gali Kaukau
8534.png Hau Tahu.png
8534 Tahu Hau
8535.jpg Miru Lewa.png
8535 Lewa Miru
8536.png Akaku Kopaka.png
8536 Kopaka Akaku
8537.jpg RuruNoble.png RuruNoble.png RuruNoble.png RuruNoble.png
8537 Nui-Rama Ruru Ruru Ruru Ruru
8538.png HunaNoble.png HunaNoble.png Set Infected Kanohi.png Set Infected Kanohi.png
8538 Muaka & Kane-Ra Huna Huna Infected Hau Infected Hau
8539.jpg RuruNoble.png RuruNoble.png KomauNoble.png KomauNoble.png
8539 Manas Ruru Ruru Komau Komau
8540.png HunaNoble.png
8540 Vakama Huna
8541.jpg MahikiNoble.png
8541 Matau Mahiki
8542.jpg 0x50px
8542 Onewa Komau
8543.jpg RauNoble.png
8543 Nokama Rau
8544.png MatatuNoble.png
8544 Nuju Matatu
8545.jpg RuruNoble.png
8545 Whenua Ruru
Power Pack.PNG RuruNoble.png Power Pack Rua.png
8546 Power Pack Ruru Rua (Chrome Hau)
8548.png Pakari Onua.png Pakari Onua.png Pakari Gali.png Pakari Gali.png
8548 Nui-Jaga Pakari Pakari Pakari Pakari
8549.jpg Pakari Gali.png Kakama Lewa.png
8549 Tarakava Pakari Kakama

Special Masks

Miru Lewa.png Set Copper Masks of Victory.png Set Copper Masks of Victory.png Set Copper Masks of Victory.png Hau Tahu.png
Transparent Neon-Green Miru Copper Huna (US) Copper Huna (UK) Copper Komau 14k Solid Gold Hau