Hello, everybody. In this topic, I'll be reviewing the 2009 Glatorian Legends canister set, Kiina. This is the first review I've ever conducted, so try to bare with me XD.
I'll have to admit- the only reason that I bought Kiina was because she was on sale on Lego Shop-at-Home for around nine dollars. Since the first Bionicle I ever purchased was a Toa of water, why not have the last Bionicle I ever buy be a water Toa, right?
Ok, on to the actual review:Initial Impressions:
Two days after my order, my doorbell rang. Just as the UPS truck drove away, I peeked outside my door (a rather humorous sight: I'm very tall and sixteen years old) and lo and behold: a small cardboard box was sitting on the doorstep. Upon snatching up the package, I noticed something odd- the box almost seemed weightless. No way
I think to myself, giving it a shake. To my relief, I was greeted with the all too familiar sound of rattling Bionicle pieces.
Running up to my room, I prepared all of the equipment needed to take pictures for this review and ripped open the Lego Shop-at-Home box to reveal a pretty impressively sized canister:Kiina's CanisterHey! Copying BIO Codes online is cheating!
As you can see, the front of the image shows Kiina standing in front of a bright white pattern wielding a "Dual-Headed Vapor Trident" and a Thornax Launcher. The back shows all of the Glatorian Legends sets, some (including Kiina herself) of which starred in "The Legend Reborn," as well as the usual legal mumbo-jumbo and the BIO Code.
The image of Kiina on the canister didn't impress me much; because of her overall oddness and lankiness, she wasn't very appealing as a water Toa (or Glatorian)... Or practically anything. Kind of looked like a hybrid between a Toa and a Matoran: too skinny and small-framed to be a Toa and too tall and well-armed to be a Matoran... So judging from the front, what would we call her? A Moa? I dunno...
To make things even worse, my eyes fell upon something that lessened my interest even more: 43 pieces. For a thirteen dollar price tag, that's a pretty hefty price, so I'm really glad that I only bought her for $9. Usually also means a short and unexciting building experience as well. I supposed that only time could tell. Unboxing:And what do we have here?
After observing the impressive canister with a not-very-impressive depiction of our only female Glatorian, I pried the lid off and dumped out the pieces. I was initially pretty surprised, because I haven't been "loyal" to the Bionicle franchise since the Mistika. Included with the box were actual hands
Also included with the hands were a healthy assortment of new-ish parts from what I could tell. The upper "leg" and "arm" now had a plus-rod connection located on the part's side with two pin holes to either side of it. Also included were recolored Inika feet, (now in light blue
) her Vapor Tridents, helmet, fin-like armor pieces, the "power wheel" accessory for the new battle game, and the new Thornax Launcher with one
rubbery projectile with a plastic band around it. Come on, Lego. If you're going to make a set with only 43 pieces, at least give us two of the darn things; I almost lost mine twice, and I've only had the set for a couple of hours (or maybe I'm just klutzy).The bundle of bluishness The newer pieces (Thornax not included XD)Kiina's mask, complete with a color fail beneath her right eye
Upon dumping out the set's parts 'n such, I also noticed how tiny
the head was. I mean, really: this think would have looked more at home perched on the shoulders of a 2001 McToran, let alone a Toa about five times its size. It also kind of reminds me of Iron Man. A very stern Iron Man."I am the head of the long-lost Green Iron Man! Fear me and my stern-ness!"Building Experience
From the box, it's obvious that Kiina isn't built around the over-over-over-over abused Inika Torso, but it was still surprising, almost shocking, to be building a Bionicle that didn't have that all too common part. Just that fact alone made building the rather small torso piece about ten times as enjoyable as it should have been for some odd reason, but hey, you have to admit that it would be refreshing just to build something that was new... Right?Hmm... Now what might this odd contraption turn out to be?It's a new torso design!!! *head explodes*
Unfortunately for us, the rest of the build is basically the same thing that you've been building for the past four (five?) years. But the new armor parts and the previous refreshing build may potentially lessen the impact of the monotony. At least it did for me.A Toa in progress...Kiina's basic structure, without any spiffy accessories"I'm gonna kill Doctor Bob for making fun of my head!"
...And before too long, you'll have one completed Kiina on your desk... or table... or car seat... or maybe even your bathroom sink. I don't know where you guys like to build your new Bionicles, but I prefer my desk... Or was it my bathtub? Toa (or Glatorian) Kiina in her finished formCloseupBackSidePlayability:
Right now you may be thinking, "Screw you, Doctor Bob; I don't want your worthless opinions! Just tell me if I can actually play with my new toy!".
If that is what's going through your mind right now, then yes, I'm sure that one could find many ways to play with Kiina ranging from chucking her from your second story window (not recommended) to playing the new "Bionicle Battle Game". A boy I babysit enjoys creating his own storylines and pitting them against each other in "epic battles". The last time I lent him a Bionicle, poor Matoro Mahri got dented and dinged pretty bad, so don't lend a brand-spank'in-new Kiina to little kids, folks!
She's also pretty posable, so it would be fun for some to put her in a variety of poses. I don't find it very enjoyable, but for your viewing, here it goes:"You wanna fight, punk?"Ready to fireStalemate
There's one minor issue that may affect playability, though. On Kiina, there are a variety of long and thin plastic parts that I imagine would be fairly easy to break if you're not careful, especially if you actually "battle" with your Bionicles (ie.- smack them roughly against each other until one 'wins' like the kid I babysit does). These specific parts are her fin-like shoulder and leg armor pieces, her Vapor Trident, and the back section of her mask.
So make sure to be careful when handling your brand new precious Bionicle, especially if you're playing rough. You don't want to break this awesome set from the last line of full-size Bionicles.Conclusion
To finish this whole thing off, I'm more than ecstatic to report that I happily ate my own words when dealing with the initial impressions! Kiina is by far the most awesome set that I bought in a while, effectively hammering my previous favorite canister set, Onua Mistika, into the ground. I'd even go as far to say that I'd most definitely purchase this set at its normal price of $13. Luckily for you, (assuming you don't have Kiina) Lego Shop-at-Home has lowered her price to $8.98, so what are you waiting for? Buy Kiina!
But you don't have to take my word for it..."Purchase me... NOW!"
Right now, I'd say that the only things that I dislike about the set are the hideous red plus-rods that appear on her torso and her left hand, screaming out against her otherwise awesome color scheme; the piece count is also rather disappointing and many of the parts seem very fragile. Other than those few (minor) cons, I wholeheartedly recommend the set.
And regarding that earlier comment on her unimpressive presentation on the front of the canister... I don't know. It's almost like what's presented on the cover and what's actually included is completely different in my opinion. I suppose it's just that pictures can't justify an otherwise awesome set (even the 'awesome' pictures that I took
While on the topic of criticism, I also don't understand why so many people are complaining about the proportions on so many of these models. It's not like they're human or anything, so our proportions don't apply at all to an otherwise fictional world and toy line. And don't call my a hypocrite for not liking the red on the torso; clearly this topic has nothing to do about colors XD.
So, in conclusion, follow Kiina's advice: buy her now while you still can. It really is a shame that the Bionicle line got axed; too bad they didn't get any fans involved with some of the designs. But hey, what can you do?PROS
*Neat Thornax Laucher
*NO INIKA TORSO!!!
*Actual 'game' that you can play
*Just looks flat-out awesome
*Recolored and new piecesCONS
*Red plus-rods make my blood boil
*Very fragile-looking parts"Bye-bye!"
Thanks for reading!
~Doctor Bob This post has been edited by Doctor Bob on Jul 17 2010, 02:40 PM