Random set of the day: Zesk

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Zesk

Zesk

©2009 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 8977 Zesk, released in 2009. It's one of 30 Bionicle sets produced that year. It contains 16 pieces, and its retail price was US$6.99/£4.89.

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.


34 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Hey, I actually still have the bigger counterpart lying around. Vorox, I think it was.

Man, it's been ten years...

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By in United States,

Lewd the Zesk.

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By in Australia,

I really liked this little range of dudes. I bought three of them, but not this one, and not enough of them. Although I found the black-coloured one (I don't remember the wacky Bionicle name) on Bricklink cheaply last year.

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By in United States,

This reminds me that we're only a little under two months away from all of G1 being eligible for Random Set of the Day. All aboard the hypetrain? I mean, it is only the Stars...

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By in New Zealand,

Very challenging video reviews to sit through on the set’s page.

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By in United States,

^Just not Butterfly or Fire (though Wars and the Clikits girl have been RSOTDs before)

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By in United States,

I never could get into bionics, but they were kind of neat.

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By in United States,

I always found Zesk oddly adorable, although I never felt like they did enough with them after the Yesterday's Quest story serial ended on a cliffhanger/was never finished.

For those wondering the story significance. The Vorox and Zesk made up the sand tribe on Bara Magna. Years of living wild in the deserts after the Shattering caused them to regress into a much more animistic state. The Vorox of Bota Magna, including Kabura, did not devolve as much as their Bara counterparts and retained the ability to speak. While the mental state of both creatures is thanks to isolation, the stinger tails and the Zesk moving on all fours is actually thanks to tampering by the Great Beings, who were known for many less-than-ethical experiments.

The Zesk themselves served as the gathers for the tribe and helped allocate reasources for the stronger Vorox. Vorox were often kept as slaves for more intense matches in Glatorian arenas, especially by the Skrall who would also use them as sort of guard-hound. The exiled brute Malum once killed an alpha leader and took over a pack of Vorox. While freeing his friends from the clutches of the Skrall, Mata Nui also freed their captive Vorox who helped him capture the villain Metus in return.

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By in United States,

@namekuji I don't know, Mr. Cup of Fail's video was decently well done, it's more just trying to understand what is being said through the accent, but I kind of like the shots fired at TTV, which feel like they are more in good fun than actually firing shots.
As for LegomationStudio's video, yeah, I couldn't make it past three minutes. He was really popular for getting out reviews pretty quickly, and well, you sacrifice quality for accessibility. The video is 10 years old, which means you're dealing with a 10 year younger Zach, who I believe was about 13 at the time? I'm really not sure, but for someone that started making reviews in 2010, it was a great example of what NOT to do with reviews (Inaccuracies/false statements mostly, and that awful camera angle). Much respect to Zach, he had the passion to review at the time, but it was really more about learning what not to do in my own reviews, which I won't even say are good, it's a ranging scale of failure, but it is what it is.
LegomationStudio, Shadowgear6335, legoboy12345678 (aka Solid Brix Studios), those are the people I was inspired by most to get started with reviewing and only Shadowgear was the one that I actually enjoyed the most and took notes on for what I wanted to do in my own reviews. For me, it's point the camera, start shooting, wing it, and fixing as much of the crap I can in post using only Windows Movie Maker. It's not a solid plan on actually making a career out of it, but as a hobby, it'll do. XD

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By in United States,

@Zordboy I believe you’re thinking of Atakus-a bit on the nose for a bad guy, but it worked.

You know, I remember hating the idea of Bionicle 2009 taking a different route, but ended up liking it anyway. Of course, it also turned out to ultimately not be a soft reboot/appropriation of a theme name for a completely different story after all.

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By in Turkey,

I was never into Bionicle but some of them, such as this one, looked cool.

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By in United States,

Um.

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By in Singapore,

I know this isn't a Vorox but... "beware my stinger tail!"

(I named an achievement in my Flash game after this meme.)

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By in United States,

This set isn't in my collection, but I am glad to see some Bionicle appearing in the random set of the day.

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By in United States,

Zesk is the best-k!

I mean, the Agori models in general were pretty plain and boring, but I liked what they did with Zesk to make it a little different than the others.

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By in United States,

I always find these Bionicle sets from mid-2007 onto 2010 interesting. I dropped out of Bionicle collecting at that time after I got a few of the Barraki (something about that Cafe Corner set drawing me hardcore back into System that year...). I still followed the Bionicle story through the comics since I got them free with Lego Club. The whole Bara-Magna arc was a strange one for me when it popped up in 2009; it was no longer the familiar Toa and Matoran I had grown used to, and the setting at first seemed disconnected from what was previously seen. The revelations over the following year that Bara Magna had once been part of Spherus Magna and that the whole Bionicle Saga up to that point had been set inside Mata Nui a giant robot who was meant to rebuild Spherus Magna was awesome. The final comic with Mata Nui and Makuta as planet sized robots punching each other to bits was an epic send off to the line, even if the sets that year (Bionicle Stars) were considered disappointing...

Speaking of Stars and this set... all the smaller sets from 2008 with the Av-Matoran up unto the first wave of Hero Factory all used these same limb and torso pieces. Zesk here has more in common with his build style with the first William Furno than he has with the original Bionicle wave from 2001. This style has become infamous among constraction fans due to the poor quality control on the socket pieces during those years. The words "broken Av Matoran Lime green socket" is a common trigger word among the Bionicle community.

I know a lot of Bionicle fans rag on CCBS; but one of the reasons I loved that system is because of how sturdy the sockets were. I have yet to see any of my CCBS pieces break, and it seems to be rare (albeit not unheard of) incident in the community versus the far to common lime green socket issue was.

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By in United States,

I think the Bionicle team at Lego had long since figured out the brown/sand/stone characters sold the poorest out of a given wave of six sets. So in 2009, the story team decided to make them a throwaway collection of savages, lacking any individual identities. Hence the Zesk, just one example of a whole bunch of feral, devolved Agori stalking the sands of Bara Magna.

Zesk came out in the first wave of Agori sets in early 2009. After the momentous conclusion to the Bionicle saga in 2008, I set up a "New Year's Resolution" to leave Bionicle sets behind me in 2009. At 20 years old and in the middle of college, I somehow thought I had to manually wean myself from the theme that had given me the most enjoyment since the age of 12. And for a time, it worked pretty well. But then it became apparent Bionicle was not through with me, as events involving the Great Spirit himself, Mata Nui, were poised to take Bionicle to new heights in the second half of 2009. A new movie was coming out and all sorts of crazy Mad Max-style vehicles for the world of Bara Magna were featured in it (hmm, and 10 years later, Lego again heavily features a post-apocalyptic setting for The Lego Movie 2. A pattern here?). I couldn't resist! I even went back and got some of the first wave sets from 2009 that I skipped, like Gresh, Berix, Skrall, and Raanu.

But I never got that ugly lookin' Zesk! Ten years later, that's still fine with me.

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By in United Kingdom,

Bionicle as RSOTD? Surely that means there will be some utterly incomprehensible but lovingly- & knowledgeably-written epic comments?

Was not disappointed.

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By in New Zealand,

@McLegoboy . That’s amazing. Thanks for that. I’m glad I’m not the only one who watches the video reviews for the random set. I had no idea there was such an intense following behind the lesser known presenters. Video reviewing certainly has come a long way in that time.

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By in United Kingdom,

Pretty sure I have too of these creepy dudes. I got (and indeed keep getting) duplicates of Bionicle sets for the pieces, for particular MOCs, but I think I got two Zesk for a diorama.

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By in Hungary,

Nice do..kit...what is that?

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By in United States,

@namekuji You mentioned them, I wanted to see what was there, I have almost never watched the reviews on sets here even though I throw up my own videos all the time. LegomationStudio was not lesser known, but after Bionicle ended and he went to college, he just stopped making videos, so everyone dropped off and moved on. Either someone posted his videos on all the Bionicle sets he reviewed, or he did, but he's not active anymore unless he moved on to a different platform. Bio-Tube was a huge thing back in the day though, people knew about him. And I've never seen a Cup of Fail video before, so I have no idea how well known he is, but I liked how his review showed some of his personality. That's stuff you don't get with purely objective reviewers, and if I'm watching reviews for sets I have no intention of buying, it's because I like the personality of the reviewer.

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By in United Kingdom,

You know, I never really cared much for 2009!Bionicle. I was happy with the plot wrap-up in 2008, the big shock-conclusion of the villain winning; and to me, leaping out of that to a whole different world was just too jarring, too much new for me to adjust to all at once. I still low-key followed the story, but my interests were drifting away from Bionicle - and, indeed, from Lego as a whole - by that point, so I barely got any of the 2009 sets.

I don't really regret that... even now, most things Bara Magna don't hook me. The sets seemed a little too much like 'same old, same old' by this point - same basic Piraka / Inika builds that we'd seen since 2006 (with a couple of exceptions, like Kiina), plus more av-matoran builds from the previous year - and I couldn't bring myself to care enough about the whole host of new characters.

Still... I've since grown a soft spot for the little Zesk here. Not only because I've always liked the use of underappreciated (at least in Bionicle) tan as the dominant colour; but also because, over on BZP, someone in an RP that I'm part of writes a really cute young Zesk character... and now I can't look at the set without being reminded of that character ^^

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By in United States,

Everyone has some odd am disdain for 09 Bionicle, yet The Legend Reborn was my childhood, surpassed only by Clutch Powers of course.

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By in Hungary,

Zesk for your desk

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By in United States,

Reading some of the comments here... Did no one like Stars? Why's that? I loved Stars!

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By in United States,

I swear I met that woman on a dating site years ago. Weird eyes, needed some dental work, lava breath. Not much of a conversationalist either. Incredibly, not the worst date ever though.

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By in United States,

One of my first bionicle sets. Always thought the colors and mask on this guy were really cool!

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By in Hungary,

I liked this wave of bonkles, apart from the terrible socket design. Makes pieceing them back together difficult to impossible.

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By in United States,

I like this guy, these ones were much better than the av-matoran

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By in United States,

@Robot99 I like them as well, though they were a bit of a let down for the last G1 Bionicle sets ever. The fact that they did a sort of tribute to multiple years of the line was neat. It just wasn’t so nice that they took characters who really should have been canister sets and made them into small box sets...just like Zesk, in fact.

Not to mention that the story, which still had some stuff to be resolved, didn’t last long after the Stars came out.

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By in United States,

Bionicles/Hero Factory are probably my sons all time favorite sets. He used to sit around for hours making up his own creations with the parts.
A few years ago we were able to buy some kids collection, including all instructions and boxes. Just pieces alone was almost 200lbs.
My son about freaked out when I gave it to him.

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By in Belgium,

When I got vorox I brag to my mom to buy zesk, she denied and I deserve it.

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