|70788 Kopaka – Master of Ice|
|Release date||January 2015|
Kopaka was first revealed on October 9th, 2014 during the BIONICLE 2015 panel at the New York Comic Con. The set was first released on January 1st, 2015 in the United States, as well as certain European territories.
The packaging of the Kopaka set features a comic that depicts the set in a scenario with the Protector of Ice. The comic also advertises the "power up" feature of Kopaka combining with 70782 Protector of Ice, instructions for which are included in the back of Kopaka's instruction booklet.
The set features a rotating arm; turning the gear located on his back will make his right arm move up and down. His Avalanche Ski can be formed by splitting apart his Frost Shield and attaching the pieces used in the shield to his feet.
Kopaka, like most sets in 2015's first wave, is able to detach any Mask of Power or Skull Spider from his face by pressing down on his eyestalk.
The Mask of Ice, the Golden Mask of Ice, and a silver Skull Spider are included with the set.
Kopaka - Master of Ice has received positive reviews from the community, with many comparing the design favorably to the original 8536 Kopaka set from 2001, though also noting the increased price. Writing for BZPower, News Manager Andrew Bulthaupt (Black Six), praised the set for its interesting new pieces while capturing the spirit of the 2001 Kopaka set, as well as the good value it offered by including a villain character to fight. However, he took issue with the use of stickers and additionally disliked the printed chest piece. Scott Barnick (Aanchir), in his review for The New Elementary, also contrasted the set to its first counterpart and came away with positive impressions. He specifically liked the finished product and its "imposing" look, and concluded that the set actually offers a good value for its parts, despite being markedly increased in price.
Alex Stanglewicz (VBBN), Action Figure Moderator for LEGO forum site Eurobricks, gave the set a moderately positive review, singling out the inclusion of interesting pieces (such as the blades) as his favorite aspect, though he disliked the "busy" color scheme and how the set used the sword pieces as a shield; like Black Six, he was also not a fan of the stickers.
Both reviews for BIONICLEsector01 came away positive impressions of the set, and ultimately recommended it as a "buy". Steven Wert (BS01 owner Swert) liked the well-armored look, and enjoyed the variety of parts that went into the set. Aeden O'Neil-Dunne (BS01 General Manager Dorek) noted the construction and gearbox as one of his favorite elements of the set, and similarly liked the resemblance to the old Kopaka, though he found the weapons to be comparatively uninteresting.
70788 has also been viewed approvingly by the BIONICLE community. Stanglewicz's review also included a community poll; with 63 respondents, 31 voted the set as "Outstanding", while 28 selected "Above Average". In the comments section of BZP's review, many users reacted positively to the set, though many also mentioned the stickers as an unfavorable element.
Likewise, the LEGO.com community also had good views of the set, with an aggregate score of 4.9 out of 5 and 100% of reviewers recommending it on LEGO's shop site. The overall play experience and value for money were voted at 4.4 and 4.5, respectively, while the level of difficulty was described as "easy".
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