Random set of the day: Lehvak-Kal

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Lehvak-Kal

Lehvak-Kal

©2003 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 8576 Lehvak-Kal, released in 2003. It's one of 39 Bionicle sets produced that year. It contains 41 pieces, and its retail price was US$8/£4.99.

It's owned by 1785 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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18 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I think the fact that I've had this nickname since 2003 across various sites is the best summary of how awesome the Kal were when they came on the scene.

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By in United States,

No

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By in Australia,

I liked these guys, at first, but this line was the second set of these figures, and they were pretty much exactly the same as the first batch with minor changes in colour and hand-design. But now there were six more of them to collect.

I think, personally, these guys were the point that started turning me away from Bionicle. It was just such an obvious cash-grab. I could never get Waylon Smithers' excited cry of, "But she's wearing a new hat!" out of my head. New line of figures, they're wearing new hats, rush out and buy them all!

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By in United States,

I had all six of the first Bohrok but only two of the Kal. Would be fun to Bricklink now for completionist's sake; but it would be kind of silly since the build is the same as the ones that came out a year before!

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By in Germany,

The Kal really were a lazy thing to do design wise, but they got quite a heavy storyline support, especially since they were the evil counterparts to the Toa Nuva in many aspects. The problem was that they were not only copies of the original Bohrok but also copies amongst each other (much like the original Bohrok...)
Since Bionicle tended to follow that trend throughout most of of the Metru Nui line (2004-2005), I heavily lost interest in the theme as a whole.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love how people have such different opinions in life, it would be very dull if everyone liked the same things.
On that note, I personally think Bionacle was the worst theme ever created.

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By in Australia,

This set was cool the first eleven times they did it.

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By in Netherlands,

Design-wise they look good, but any kid that already obtained all 6 Bohrok had a hard time convincing their parents to get another set of these

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By in United Kingdom,

There's been a touch of annoyance at Brickheadz lately (which I haven't been immune from joining in with) and it's not just because they look weird, but because they suffer the same issue as these Bionicle sets: they're all quite similar.
BUT... at least Brickheadz are built out of bricks.
Bionicle was barely LEGO.

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By in United States,

These comments are so much fun to read.

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By in United Kingdom,

I remember thinking these guys were pretty damn cool when they came out, but back then they'd already shown off the Rahkshi at a toy fair and that was what we were all waiting for. The Bohrok Kal were just a stopgap to keep the shelves occupied.

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By in Netherlands,

Loved these as a kid. I don't know how I managed go get all the Bohrok at the age of 6. But I know I never cared they were copies of eachother. It helped knowing there were multiple of each in the story (saw that on pictures on the Bionicle website). And they were a lot of fun to play with too.

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By in United States,

As far as sets go, I didn't like the Kal, they just seemed like rehashes of the Bohrok (which to this day I consider the best BIONICLE villains.) In the story however they were fantastic! I loved how focused and mechanical they seemed at first, but the longer they stayed on Mata Nui the more human they started to get, until they eventually betrayed their masters and met their downfall by their own greed.

Funnily enough, I think Lehvak Kal was the only Kal to survive the onslaught. Kohrak and Nuhvok were completely destroyed, Gahlok and Tahnok were contained and ran out of power, and Pahrak was sent to the planet's core were he presumably melted. Lehvak on the other hand was just shot into space, and I think Greg confirmed their still stuck in Spherous Magna's orbit with Tahnok swarm Nuhvok Kal sent up there. There's something so comical about an all powerfull war machine just floating in space in absolute boredom.

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By in United States,

The Bohrok and Bohrok-Kal were good sets individually — packed with playability, and very unique in their spherical shape! I do agree with some of the other commenters that the major drawback of the Bohrok and even more so of the Bohrok-Kal was that they had identical builds and play features. I suppose this was partly so LEGO could get their money’s worth out of some of the specialized molds that made them so incredibly playable in the first place. It also didn’t help that the Bohrok-Kal story arc screamed “filler”.

Notably, some of their parts were a lot less specialized than others. The face shields, eyes, and arms continued to be used for years across multiple themes. The feet, too, were used extensively in G1 Bionicle sets.

So yeah! My memory of the Bohrok and Bohrok-Kai sets is both good and bad, in a way. I greatly prefer the G2 Bionicle sets in terms of their more varied builds and play features, but I think this kind of early experimentation was a necessary step to get to that point. And considering these sets came out the year that LEGO was in crisis and Bionicle was their saving grace, I think there’s certainly something there that ought to be respected, even if the sets weren’t the greatest in hindsight.

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By in United Kingdom,

Honestly the coolest thing about these and the original Bohroks was how you could tear off the container's label, fold the figure up and hang 'em from the bottom of the lid like a large, spherical wingless bat.

Good times, good times indeed.

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By in United States,

I freaking love Bionicle my dudes. I still have Jaller, Matoro, and Nuparu from the Mahri line. I also thought the Cryoshell 'Creeping in my soul' song was super sick and I still listen to it today.

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By in Denmark,

Each Bohrok is owned by approx. 3.300 Bricksetters and each Bohrok-Kal is owned by approx. 1.750 Bricksetters.

So approx. half as popular.

This said, in 2003 the six collectable Bohrok-Kal had to compete with the six collectable Rahkshi at approx. the same price.

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