Zamor Sphere Launcher

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"Jaller triggered the launcher. The sphere flew straight and true, striking one of the Matoran in the chest and passing harmlessly through his body."
— Narrator, Power Play

Zamor Sphere Launcher
Comic Zamor Launcher.png
Tool
Manufacturer Nynrah Ghosts
Avak
Velika
Users Jovan (formerly)
Protodax
Piraka (formerly)
Toa Inika (formerly)
Voya Nui Resistance Team (formerly)
Irnakk
Function Fire Zamor Spheres
Status In use
Pronunciation ZAY-more[1]


Zamor Sphere Launchers,[2] also called Zamor Launchers,[3] are the primary launching mechanisms for Zamor Spheres.

History

The Zamor Launchers were first created by the Nynrah Ghosts[4] roughly 78,000 years prior to the Great Cataclysm. Toa Jovan and his team used these Zamor Launchers.[2]

Approximately 2,999 years before the Great Cataclysm, the ancient weapons were redesigned by the Nynrah Ghosts.[2] As one of their first team missions, the Dark Hunter duo of Nidhiki and Krekka worked with Lariska to steal the prototypes and destroy the machinery used to make them.[5] While Nidhiki and Krekka were instructed to keep the Dark Hunters' involvement in the mission a secret, the Order of Mata Nui learned of the thieves' affiliations regardless. News reached Xia as well, and the Dark Hunters were unwelcome on the island for a while.[6]

Hewkii launching a Zamor Sphere

1,000 years after the Great Cataclysm, a group of Dark Hunters abandoned the organization and named themselves the Piraka. They traveled to Voya Nui to search for the Ignika, where Avak constructed seven Zamor Launchers from materials salvaged from the Toa Canisters that they had stolen to reach the island. The Piraka used these to fire Zamor Spheres and enslaved the Matoran on Voya Nui with Antidermis.[7]

A group of Matoran soon stole one of the Piraka's Zamor Launchers.[7] After studying it, the group's inventor, Velika, built a set of launchers of his own and gave them to the Matoran's new allies, the Toa Inika, filling it with Energized Protodermis to counteract the Antidermis. The Inika's launchers were upgraded from the Piraka's, able to hold up to four spheres instead of just one.[8] Balta built another set of launchers, which the Matoran used to free the enslaved Toa Nuva from the effects of the Antidermis virus.[9]

As the Piraka underwent mutations due to exposure to Pit Mutagen, they were rendered incapable of using their weapons and subsequently lost them on Voya Nui. Similarly, when the Toa Inika were transformed into Toa Mahri by the power of the Ignika, they were granted new tools and their Zamor Launchers were lost.[10]

Alternate Universes

Toa Empire Alternate Universe

In a different reality, a Zamor Launcher was placed inside the Archives as one of the many trophies of the Toa Empire's conquest.[11]

Users

A regular Zamor Launcher

Set Information

Toa Inika Jaller's Zamor Launcher

The set version of the Zamor launcher is a four-piece construction. It is operated by pushing a piece on the back, which pushes a launcher that extends to the Zamor sphere's resting place. The Zamor forces apart the section of the base holding it in, then emerges as the base recompresses and increases the sphere's velocity. A Zamor Launcher was included in each of the Piraka and Toa Inika canister sets, featuring a fifth piece acting as a cartridge for extra Zamor spheres in the latter series.

A life-sized Zamor Launcher was also produced by the LEGO Group in 2006 and 2007 which fired foam balls, six of which were included with it in a lime green and bright green pattern intended to mimic Antidermis Zamor spheres. A pack of five spare orange and red-patterned Zamor Spheres for this launcher was also released.[13][14][15]

Trivia

  • The Zamor Launcher is the default weapon of the "Silver Toa" in the Nintendo DS version of BIONICLE Heroes.
  • Toa Inika Nuparu modified his Zamor Launcher to be shoulder-mounted.[16] He triggered this launcher mentally.[17]

References

  1. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 9605. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Zamor Sphere Launcher." Encyclopedia Updated, p. 159.
  3. "Chapter 4." Island of Doom. BIONICLE Legends 1, p. 48.
  4. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 2762. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  5. "Birth of a Dark Hunter." Encyclopedia.
  6. "Chapter 7: Xia." "History." World, p. 56.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Island of Doom. BIONICLE Legends 1.
  8. Power Play. BIONICLE Legends 3.
  9. Inferno. BIONICLE Legends 5.
  10. Prisoners of the Pit. BIONICLE Legends 7.
  11. "Chapter 3." Dark Mirror.
  12. Protodax, LEGO BrickMaster
  13. "LEGO 4293263: Piraka Ball Shooter". Brickset.com.
  14. "LEGO 851591: Piraka Ball Shooter". Brickset.com.
  15. "LEGO 4490471: Piraka Ball Shooter Accessory Pack". Brickset.com.
  16. "Official Greg Discussion", post 5087. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  17. "Official Greg Discussion", post 7741. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)

See also