Random set of the day: Vhisola

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Vhisola

Vhisola

©2004 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 8608 Vhisola, released in 2004. It's one of 54 Bionicle sets produced that year. It contains 27 pieces, and its retail price was US$4/£2.99.

It's owned by 1565 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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19 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Wow! Another Bionicle set! I like the color on this one.

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By in United States,

Hey look, another Bionicle Set that just so happened to be a clone of the other five sets just like it and will undoubtedly be mentioned in the following comments.

I still have no regrets fighting for Bionicle and Constraction as a whole to be included in the Random Set of the Day lottery. I await your hate mail below.

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By in Australia,

Still a better PPP ratio than today's sets.

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By in United States,

^"To be included in the random set of the day lottery"? But there is no select elite pool of sets for them... ITS RANDOM. Bionicle sets were long featured in random sets of the day when it was a side bar function and not a homepage article feature. Heck, tomorrow could be a Galidor set for all we know since the lottery is just a computer program pulling from any set in Brickset's database. Unless Huw decides to delete all Bionicle sets tomorrow (for the lulz) and remove them completely from the site, there is no bias towards or against them in the computer's mind; its just another database entry.

To be honest, while the random set of the day function has been fun to dig up obscure sets and allow FOLs to discuss about them in the comments; I feel it is running its course. I miss the days when the best reviewed set reviews of the week were featured once a week on Friday, since that showcased community contributions (reviews) on the site.

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By in United States,

I like the set of the day feature because we can give our mini reviews as comments. This site was always a set database with reviews, it's expanded, but at it's core it's sets and reviews.

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By in United States,

@xboxtravis7992
Someone joked about the day a DUPLO set would be up on one of these articles, and Huw said that he didn't have any DUPLO, Educational, Bionicle (actually all constraction lines under that heading), and a few other things not set to be grabbed to make Random Set of the Day articles. I never said anything about the side bar. That one is truly random. A number of users and I fought for Bionicle to be added to the list because it does have sets worthy of being included, and the story the theme had would make for interesting conversation, which is what these articles are meant to create. The reasoning behind that decision seems to me like the one a number of AFOLs from before 2001 have toward the whole constraction thing, which is the perception that it is not actually LEGO, when it is 100% LEGO, an offshoot of Technic, and has found its parts withing themes like Alpha Team and Exo-Force, and most recently, CCBS shells in Elves, all of which being included in the lottery from the very start. Huw then updated us and said that all lines under the Constraction banner were added to the pool, so we're still waiting for Galidor and Ben 10 to arrive but the number of sets is extremely lower, so it may take awhile. I don't care, I'll talk about the Ben 10 shows, and when I get around to watching Galidor, I'll talk about that. I talked about Avatar: The Last Airbender for the Air Temple RSOTD post, and that only had two sets in the whole Avatar subtheme, so it's only a matter of time.

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By in United States,

@MCLegoboy
As a DUPLO user I find your pessimism towards the theme misguided. It's an earth-shattering parts source that's been completely overlooked.

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By in Australia,

Another Bionicle set? Cool.

I say this as someone who never cared much for Bionicle but collected them, here and there, for novelty's sake. I always looked at the lines as two parts: the big important figures, and the little helper dudes. Vhisola (and his/her pals) were that year's little helper dudes, and I gotta be honest, I loved them. I thought they were so well-designed, so interesting and cute, that I bought all 6.

It helped that the little helper dudes were always smaller and a lot cheaper than the major characters. But no, this particular set of 6? I loved them. Broke my rule and bought all 6, and no regrets.

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By in United States,

Vhisola! One of the more suspicious Matoran during early 2004's "Which Matoran is the Traitor?" storyline in Metru Nui. Of course, it turned out that she wasn't the traitor, but it made her a little more compelling than some of the other Metru Nui Matoran (or "Metruan") available at the time. While I appreciated the hints of protodermis in the otherwise dark-blue (powerless) mask she wore, it wasn't part of a new age of mask collecting. All the Metru Nui Matoran had unique color versions of previously-seen Noble Kanohi, and each set was a "clone" of the others. 2004 saw BIONICLE abandon the old standard LEGO color schemes for these darker tones, and let me tell you, it was initially not well-received. At least the Toa Metru had novelty in their increased articulation (elbows!), but the Matoran suffered from one-piece torsos that were not that thick, so from the back, the sets looked hideous. And the limb joints were far more unseemly than the Bohrok limbs used in the 2003 Matoran. Nevertheless, the Kanoka disks were an interesting, last gasp at collect-ability in the theme (I discountenance the Rhotuka collection of 2005), so it made sense to get all six Matoran of Metru Nui in order to complete the disk collection. I will admit, I don't look back too fondly on Vhisola and her ilk, but they do represent an important juncture in "small helper set" design in BIONICLE, when functions finally went away (apart from the shooter flavor of the year) and quick-to-assemble, larger parts came to dominate, culminating in the Matoran, Agori, and Stars designs seen in BIONICLE's final three years*.

*2006 small helper sets were definitely an anomaly! But that discussion is for another Random Set of the Day post!

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By in United States,

I still own this one fully built.

(Minus the shooter, that’s probably lost somewhere in the void)

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By in United States,

@logeybear
Well then go right ahead and give Huw what for! Sadly, I have no history with DUPLO, I'm not aware of a sprawling fanbase of the theme outside of images I've seen from a convention. I'm not Simon Liu. https://flic.kr/p/rkq54u and https://flic.kr/p/rykLNY shows that there are some people out there that do use it for something beyond support structures within giant MOCs, but I don't know how genuine the use is.
And to actually reply... Pessimistic? Well, I suppose if you found the article that I was fighting for Bionicle in, I wouldn't be surprised, I did kind of brush DUPLO off, mainly because I didn't expect there to be much of the owners of those sets on Brickset and could talk about them. However, you can prove me wrong and make a compelling argument for Huw to change the parameters. I mean, we did get a Clikits set, and nobody was expecting that, so maybe DUPLO could prove to be a viable discussion point.
Oh, and to tie this to Bionicle, the whole constraction them was blocked, take a look at what's not there: https://brickset.com/browse/sets That's right, Galidor! I was incorrect in my statement earlier. It's under Licensed, meaning it's always had a chance of being here unless more "sinister" plots have been at work. Meanwhile DUPLO is under Pre-School, so if it's DUPLO you want, you may also get all those other themes.

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By in United Kingdom,

Tiresome-detractors-and-misguided-fansters-in-double-random-Bionicle-SHOCK!

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By in United States,

One of my first BIONICLEs. Great set.

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By in United States,

Ah, I still regret not getting any of the Matoran sets with the disc launchers. I still think they were pretty cool.

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By in United States,

It’s kinda interesting how much the proportions of Matoran changed between 2003 and 2004. I’m sure the movie “Bionicle: Mask of Light” had some influence there. I wasn’t so fond of the 2004 Matoran in terms of build… arms were always splayed out to the sides kinda awkwardly, backs looked really unfinished, and the heads still weren’t as posable as I’d have liked (the main image here cheats a bit, since the head is not on a ball joint). But I liked the new proportional standards they ushered in, which I felt were much better realized with 2007’s Matoran of Mahri Nui.

In terms of colors, 2004 and 2005 were a little frustrating in how standardized the color palettes became. The Toa Metru, Matoran, Vahki, and Toa Hordika all had roughly the same color palette of an earthy primary color, a Dark Stone Grey base color, and silver weapons and/or accents. The novelty of the primary colors was pronounced, but it made the sets for these years look rather drab. The Vahki varied things up a little by making the eye colors more prominent (and changing them, in a few cases), but it wasn’t until the Visorak that we started seeing really exciting, high-contrast secondary colors again.

I might’ve appreciated the 2004 Matoran more as characters if it hadn’t taken me until 2005 to begin reading the chapter books. Vhisola’s obsessive secret crush on her teacher Nokama was a pretty unique character trait, even if it didn’t really lead to anything besides another clue in the big mystery of which Matoran was planning to betray the Toa Metru.

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By in United States,

@MCLegoboy
I'm going to build a millennium falcon out of Thomas the train's face.

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By in United States,

One of my first BIONICLE sets, and my first Matoran! One of my favorites.

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By in United States,

logeybear, No one gives Duplo a chance but where else will you find HUGE pizzas and awesome dinosaurs?

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