Random set of the day: Toa Hordika Nuju

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Toa Hordika Nuju

Toa Hordika Nuju

©2005 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 8741 Toa Hordika Nuju, released in 2005. It's one of 46 Bionicle sets produced that year. It contains 48 pieces, and its retail price was US$9/£5.99.

It's owned by 1901 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


 

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13 comments on this article

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By in United States,

So I fought really hard to get BIONICLE in the Random Set of the Day pull, and we get two sets from 2005, one of the worst years to most fans. That said, and while I do not own any Hordika, Nuju's Hordika mask is my favorite of the designs because it still keeps that asymmetry while being almost completely symmetrical.

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By in United States,

^Looking at the 2005 sets from a detached perspective now, I don't think they're so bad - but it is true that 2005 was the year that I stopped liking Bionicle. In large part that was because the Hordika seemed to go out of their way to look intentionally ugly instead of being stylized people in snazzy armor. I guess that was the point, wasn't it?

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By in Canada,

The first few years of Bionicle were awesome, probably 2002 was the best. I never cared much for the cannister sets, but 2002's Bohrok were the most clever. 2002 also had the best Titans, with the Boxor, Exo-Toa and Cahdok and Gahdok. After about 2004 it all went downhill.

But my kids and I have many good memories of Bionicle, and of course of the early Mata Nui online game.
http://biomediaproject.com/bmp/files/gms/online/hahli/

The early Bionicle movies were fun too.

Memories...

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By in United States,

Having come into the Bionicle theme in 2007 with the Mahri, I personally don't mind 2005 on the whole. Sure, they were kinda odd, but they seemed different and special compared to the Inika build that was then in use. On the whole I think they were interesting sets and part of me wants to "catch them all"... if only my wallet would say so.

Hordika Nuju has been my only experience with the hordika, and even then it was a friend's set, but I always thought he looked cool enough. The biggest con with these guys was the lackluster function and arm with only two ball joints; I think the hordika would have looked a bit more unique if they had diversified them a bit more, rather than reusing the same build for each one.

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By in United States,

Have that set. It's an odd one for sure, definitely not one of my favorite Bionicle years. Cool character though with his bird speak, etc. Just an odd set design.

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By in Australia,

Back to Bionicle, and it's one of the odder ones. I think mostly what turned me off Bionicle was that the main six heroic characters got a redesign every year, or so. It all just started to get too transparent. It's the reason I don't buy any fire or police sets, these days. After a while, it's all just the same thing.

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By in Australia,

Bionicle is easily my favourite theme, especially the 2004-2005 arc. The books were far more complex and dealt in relatively mature topics like self-confidence on top of leadership, friendship and heroism. The sets were great as well, while the colours are darker, I like the fact that there was greater articulation, especially in the knees and shoulders. The titans of 2005 are the best Bionicle has ever produced, boasting the best articulation and really different designs.

The Toa Hordika were a nice departure from the other Toa of the time, the proportions were more bestial, and as a group, all six look awesome.

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By in United States,

That mask...those weapons...among a number of parts we only ever got in one color.

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By in United States,

I regret getting almost no Bionicle sets during 2005. It was more to due with money than the quality of the sets themselves. Looking back, there's a bunch of cool pieces in there (especially in the limbs).

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By in United Kingdom,

I had this 1
Ya 2005 worst for bionicle but they were better than the 2015 ones !

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By in United States,

Aw sweet, BIONICLE's in this now!
'05 was definitely a low point for the franchise *cough cough* Rahaga *cough cough*

Fun fact, in one of the books Kualus told Nuju that "Gukko" is not the proper name of the birds and that it's an insult on their language. This is a reference to how in the first few years of BIONICLE the giant birds where called "Kewa" and "Kahu" but the names had to be changed after the Maori lawsuit. It was also a big part of Nuju's inspiration to only speak in Rahi.

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By in United States,

@TheLegoFan: Certainly have to disagree with you there; 2015 brought together a lot of the best aspects of past Bionicle sets IMO! Gear functions, elaborate dual-function weapons, bright colors, gorgeously redesigned masks (including golden masks), great proportions, varied armor and physiques, and awesome elemental motifs. The 2015 version of Gali remains my favorite Toa set of all time!

I'm not nearly so fond of the Toa Hordika in hindsight — even at the time I don't think they really measured up to the Toa Metru before them, especially since they all had the same proportions and play features. A lot of their new parts were also fairly specialized and difficult to make good use of, though of course they did give us their neck joint piece which remains a fantastically useful connector. I don't remember doing a whole lot of MOCing with my Toa Hordika sets.

I do think the blended color of Toa Hordika Nuju's weapons was kind of cool, with Tr. Light Blue instead of Silver like most of the others used. And it was cool how they seemed to be inspired by different sorts of animals, with Nuju in particular being iguana-like, though I would have liked to see those animal motifs echoed in other parts of the builds like they were for the Barraki in 2007 or the Makuta in 2008. Rhotuka spinners were also a fun play feature as well, one that LEGO has sort of called back to on a bigger scale with the Airjitzu launchers from LEGO Ninjago.

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By in United States,

Hordika Nuju was the first Bionicle I purchased, but not the first I owned. Received the white Rahaga from brickmaster magazine, then wanted to get what I called his "big brother" back before I knew any of the story.

Since 2005 was the year I got into Bionicle, I have extremely fond memories of that year. I ended up going all out, getting super involved in the story, and bought up every Hordika and Visorak, as well as managing to snag the entire Metru team and a few Rahkshi and Vahki that year.

I still need to pick up Toa Hagah Norik from bricklink one of these days to complete my 05 collection (minus the Titans)...

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