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2008 is the eighth year of BIONICLE sets.

History

Banner featuring the winter wave
Banner featuring the summer wave

Small sets returned to their typical release schedule, with six Matoran corresponding to the six canister sets released for the winter; for the first time, the Matoran packaging used more than cardboard, mixing it with plastic stalagmite/stalactite pieces.

Canister sets for the winter divided the heroes and villains unlike previous years, with three Toa (half of the returning Toa Nuva) facing off against three Makuta, all marketed under the same banner of "Phantoka". A large boxed set also saw wide release, depicting the "Toa" Ignika riding a Skyboard.

Two special-edition large box sets were also released in the winter, both villain characters: Icarax, with an geared action-feature arm, and Mutran & Vican, a Makuta with a Matoran that could attach like the canister and small sets did.

In the summer, the canister sets contained the same hero/villain divide, with the other three Toa Nuva returning to face off against three more Makuta, this time known collectively as "Mistika".The Matoran sets were advertised to connect to the canister sets like in the winter wave, although with no story significance.

Though playsets did not make a return, the summer box sets depicted large battle vehicles, with a canister-sized figure riding a large machine of some kind. Three vehicles - Vultraz, a Matoran figure and his included Skyfighter, Jetrax T6, and Axalara T9 - each included a Midak Skyblaster; another set, Rockoh T3, came with a repurposed Zamor Launcher. The last of the wide-release Titan sets depicted Takanuva, in an enlarged form, and came with a Skyblaster and new Avohkii mold.

Two special-edition box sets were additionally released in the summer. The first was a brand-new model depicting the Matoran Mazeka and his turret vehicle the Swamp Strider, which utilized a Zamor Launcher with multiple clips of ammunition. The second was a recolor of the Jetrax T6 set, with yellow elements replacing the blue and silver ones.

A small promotional set also was included in the LEGO Magazine's "Brickmaster" initiative, featuring the Rahi Klakk.

2008 saw the largest increase of price in sets (the cost of the canister sets rose from $9.99 USD to $12.99 USD during the year) since the line began. While the U.S. typically had the lowest prices of LEGO worldwide,[1] rising costs of oil and plastic contributed to the cost change.[citation needed]

Featured Elements

All of the Matoran used larger, prebuilt pieces (resulting in fewer parts overall), and utilized new head pieces for their Kanohi masks. Each Matoran could physically connect to one of the canister sets (both winter and summer) with an included pin piece.

All four winter Toa characters wielded a new projectile launcher, the Midak Skyblaster, while the Makuta were built with ribcages housing Tridax Pods and Shadow Leeches.

The summer Makuta carried Nynrah Ghost Blasters, and the Toa Nuva carried similar Adaptive Weapons that had slight differences in-story but were functionally identical in the sets. These launchers had a pump that could be compressed to launch plastic dart ammunition.

List of sets

Small


2008 Small Sets
CGI Tanma.png CGI Solek.png CGI Photok.png Radiak in Karda Nui.JPG CGI Gavla.png CGI Kirop.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
Tanma 14 8944 Solek 14 8945 Photok 14 8946 Radiak 14 8947 Gavla 14 8948 Kirop 14 8949

Canister


2008 Canister Sets (Winter)
CGI Toa Nuva Kopaka Phantoka.png CGI Toa Nuva Lewa Phantoka.png CGI Toa Nuva Pohatu Phantoka.png CGI Makuta Antroz.png CGI Makuta Vamprah.png CGI Makuta Chirox.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
Toa Kopaka 54 8685 Toa Lewa 52 8686 Toa Pohatu 68 8687 Antroz 53 8691 Vamprah 49 8692 Chirox 49 8693


2008 Canister Sets (Summer)
Set Toa Nuva Gali Mistika.png Set Toa Nuva Tahu Mistika.png Set Toa Nuva Onua Mistika.png Set Makuta Krika.png Set Makuta Gorast.png Set Makuta Bitil.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
Toa Gali 60 8688 Toa Tahu 73 8689 Toa Onua 62 8690 Krika 40 8694 Gorast 51 8695 Bitil 54 8696

Large


2008 Large Sets
Set Toa Ignika.jpg Vultraz Vehicle.png Set Toa Takanuva 2008.jpg Rockoh T3 2.png 175px CGI Axalara T9 with Pilot Lewa.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
Toa Ignika 140 8697 Vultraz 133 8698 Takanuva 267 8699 Rockoh T3 390 8941 Jetrax T6 422 8942 Axalara T9 693 8943


2008 Large Sets (Special Edition)
Set Charged Jetrax T6.png CGI Mutran and Vican.png CGI Icarax.png Mazeka SS.png
Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number
Jetrax T6 (Special Edition) 422 8942 Mutran & Vican 90 8952 Makuta Icarax 159 8953 Mazeka 301 8954

Promotional


2008 Promotional Sets
6126.jpg 6127.jpg 6128.jpg Klakk.png
Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number
Good Guy 2008 ??? 6126 Bad Guy 2008 ??? 6127 "Function" 2008 ??? 6128 Klakk 38 20005

Collections


2008 Set Collections
CGI Toa Nuva Kopaka Phantoka.png
CGI Toa Nuva Lewa Phantoka.png
CGI Toa Nuva Pohatu Phantoka.png
CGI Makuta Antroz.png
CGI Makuta Vamprah.png
CGI Makuta Chirox.png
Set Toa Nuva Gali Mistika.png
Set Toa Nuva Tahu Mistika.png
Set Toa Nuva Onua Mistika.png
Set Makuta Krika.png
Set Makuta Gorast.png
Set Makuta Bitil.png
Set Toa Nuva Gali Mistika.png
Set Toa Nuva Tahu Mistika.png
Rockoh T3 2.png
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CGI Tanma.png
CGI Solek.png
CGI Photok.png
Radiak in Karda Nui.JPG
CGI Gavla.png
CGI Kirop.png
Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number
Phantoka Collection ??? K8685 Mistika Collection ??? K8688 The Ultimate BIONICLE Collection ??? K8942 Matoran of Light Collection ??? K8944


2008 Set Collections
Set Toa Nuva Gali Mistika.png
Set Makuta Krika.png
Set Toa Nuva Tahu Mistika.png
Set Makuta Gorast.png
Set Toa Nuva Onua Mistika.png
Set Makuta Bitil.png
Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number Name Pieces Set Number
Costco Canada CoPack A ??? 66272 Costco Canada CoPack B ??? 66273 Costco Canada CoPack C ??? 66274

References

See also