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2001 was the first year of BIONICLE sets.

History

The Toa

When released, the 2001 sets established a pattern that would later be adhered to by most future waves. Six small sets, generally marketed as "impulse buys", featuring the Turaga were released. They accompanied the six medium sized sets representing the Toa, which were released in canisters. In the United States, the inaugural wave was released in July of 2001, though European territories saw an earlier release in January.

Alongside the Toa and Turaga, large boxed sets called Rahi were released. These Rahi had intensive Technic builds, and action features based on levers.

Later on in the year, in September, fast-food restaurant chain McDonald's released six "Tohunga" character sets in their Happy Meals. Each Tohunga came with a Kanohi and a Disk, which could be thrown by pulling back on the arm (a similar action feature to BIONICLE's predecessor, the Throwbots).

Four of the Turaga sets were also released as a promotional sets by Japanese candy maker Kabaya.

Tahu's gear function

Featured Elements

See also: Collectibles § 2001

The canisters sets were built around geared action features, for heavy play purposes, and came with unique Kanohi masks that affixed to the face pieces via a loose connection representing a single LEGO stud. These Kanohi masks were the focal point of the year; knocking the masks off would "win" the game, and different colored masks were available in supplemental packs.

Reception

BIONICLE's launch year was well received, both critically and commercially. The sales generated by BIONICLE would later be considered a turning point for LEGO,[1] while the sets were lauded for their innovative features.

The toyline was named as the U.S. Toy Association's "Toy of the Year" in their Boy Toy of the Year category.[2]

List of Sets

Small


2001 Small Sets
Turaga Vakama Set.PNG Turaga Matau Set.PNG Turaga Onewa Set.PNG Turaga Nokama Set.PNG Turaga Nuju Set.PNG Turaga Whenua Set.PNG
Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number
Vakama 26 8540 Matau 25 8541 Onewa 29 8542 Nokama 27 8543 Nuju 29 8544 Whenua 28 8545

Canister


2001 Canister Sets
Pohatu Mata Set.PNG Onua Mata Set.PNG Gali Mata Set.PNG Tahu Mata Set.PNG Lewa Mata Set.png Kopaka Mata.png
Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number
Pohatu 49 8531 Onua 30 8532 Gali 35 8533 Tahu 33 8534 Lewa 36 8535 Kopaka 33 8536

Large


2001 Large Box Sets
Set Nui-Rama.png Set Muaka and Kane-Ra.png Set Manas.PNG Set Nui-Jaga.png Set Rahi Tarakava.PNG
Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number
Nui-Rama 146 8537 Muaka & Kane-Ra 633 8538 Manas 454 8539 Nui-Jaga 224 8548 Tarakava 401 8549

Collectibles


2001 Collectible Sets
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Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number
Kanohi 6 8525 Kanohi 6 8530

Promotional


2001 Promotional McDonald's Sets
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Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number
Huki 8 1388 Onepu 8 1389 Jala 8 1390 Maku 8 1391 Kongu 8 1392 Matoro 8 1393


2001 Small Sets
Turaga Vakama Set.PNG Turaga Matau Set.PNG Turaga Nokama Set.PNG Turaga Nuju Set.PNG
Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number
Vakama (Kabaya version) 26 1417 Matau (Kabaya version) 25 1418 Nokama (Kabaya version) 27 1419 Nuju (Kabaya version) 29 1420

Special Edition


2001 Special Edition Sets
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Name Pieces Set Number
Power Pack 10 8546

Collections


2001 Set Collections
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Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number
Mata Nui Collector Pack 188 65021 Find the Power Kit 301 K8533

References

See also