Random set of the day: Mutran and Vican

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Mutran and Vican

Mutran and Vican

©2008 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 8952 Mutran and Vican, released in 2008. It's one of 35 Bionicle sets produced that year. It contains 90 pieces, and its retail price was US$14.99/£9.79.

It's owned by 875 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


19 comments on this article

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By in United States,

What a coincidence! I've been rebuilding Mutran lately, and the more I'm rebuilding him the more I like him. He's got (semi) pose-able fingers, two different weapons (even though they do use those super overused Mahri blades), plus his wings are among the best of the 08 Makuta. They're still very small, but I like their attachment points and how nicely they can tuck out of sight or be spread in a multitude of different ways. I'm only bugged at the color mixing on my Mutran's mask, and he has a weird balance between the silver and lime parts. Ah well, nice to see Huwbot bring out some old BIONICLE sets!

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By in United States,

Chirox's monster energy drinking cousin.

Always nice to see some bonkle on the RSOTD, especially lesser known ones like this. Not a bad little 2 pack.

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By in New Zealand,

Huwbot’s best buddies.

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By in United States,

Why does he have a basketball strapped to his chest?

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By in United States,

^That's where he generates/stores his shadow leeches! Makuta are known for oozing their dark essence in the form of nasty, grubby organisms. These include the infamous Kraata, which when dipped in energized protodermis turn into Rahkshi, as well as the shadow leeches, which I think were partially engineered by the Makuta to literally suck the light energy of Av-Matoran (Matoran of Light residing in the Universe Core) and turn them into shadow versions of themselves.

The Makuta were like the seraphim to Mata Nui's God. Once, they were the mightiest, most skilled creators of fauna in the Matoran Universe. They were the stewards of all life in the world. However, their pride and ambition ate away at them, and their jealousy at the Matorans' admiration for the Toa over the Makuta convinced them that they had been betrayed by Mata Nui in their Duty. One particularly clever Makuta named Teridax divined a way to wrest control of the universe from Mata Nui. But first, he had to assume control over all of his fellow Makuta.

Mutran was one of the defectors who sided with Teridax and his Grand Plan to take over the universe. Mutran, along with Chirox (which I argue was the better set), were rivals in the Rahi-making department, and in their turn to evil, sought to make more and more lethal and horrible creatures. While Chirox occupied himself with cowing the Matoran population of the Core, Mutran settled into making his own makeshift laboratory, performing cruel experiments on life in the swampy core. Vican the Matoran was both aide and punching bag, and above all, another one of Mutran's "experiments". Like the other Makuta in the Core, Mutran met his ultimate demise when the Toa Nuva successfully activated the Codrex.

I never got Mutran, as I felt he was too much a simple re-color of Chirox. Vican also looked pretty horrible, so I don't regret passing on this set. But as you can see, story-wise, both had rather intriguing, if ultimately pathetic, roles.

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By in United States,

Still have this on my shelf with all my other Bionicle. I remember when my dad brought it home for me when I was a kid. What a piece of nostalgia.

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By in United States,

All this for only $15!?!?!?!?!?!

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By in United States,

I can't look at this era from 2008-2010 and think of all the broken Lime Socket joints... My Bionicle collecting phases were 2001-2007 then 2015-onwards so I ended up skipping that infamous era of poor socket joints entirely... A part of me wants to back and get some of the sets I missed out on; but if the quality control issues are as bad as they are claimed to be I think I'll keep avoiding those sets for the time being.

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By in United States,

Love the look of this set! Both Mutran and Vican look interesting to me in terms of design, even if they are arguably very simply built. Bought this sealed last year and unfortunately still have yet to build it. I remember when the Phantoka wave came out when I was only 8 years old, and I thought the Shadow Makuta were EXTREMELY SCARY-looking. My favorite color is green so these are the perfect Makuta for me to build when I have time in the near future!

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By in Hungary,

Good set, shame it's from the brittle socket era.

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By in United Kingdom,

You know the drill: thanks Bionicle-geeks, for your boundless knowledge and desire to share it.

Everyday's a school day when Bionicle is RSOTD!

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By in Poland,

I still LOVE this series chest bomber idea.

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh hey, I liked these guys!

I guess they weren't particularly special, as far as Makuta set designs went; Antroz and Icarax were probably my favourite, on that count. But I remember having a lot of fun messing about with these two during a trip to my grandparents' in Scotland, even if I don't fully remember the context.

I'm just now realising, though, that the idea of the Makuta species being creators of the Rahi (like Mutran here is) falls directly at odds with how they were originally conceived; I was just looking at the old concept art from the Mata Nui Online Game a couple days ago, and the writer from Templar was talking about how they hadn't been casting Makuta as specifically evil, nor Mata Nui as specifically good; Makuta was, instead, the destruction to Mata Nui's creation, both of which were necessary for life on the island to flourish properly.

I know a lot of that was done away with in later years, anyway, so I shouldn't be too surprised; but still, I can't help but feel like that original concept could have been a far more interesting direction to have taken the lore...

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By in Romania,

I have Mutran and Vican, and I think it's a great set. Though Mutran may be a bit too similar to Chirox, I still think he is awesome nonetheless.
I still can't believe this set used to retail for only 15$...

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By in United States,

Yep from what Templar, Alastair Swinnerton, and Chris Faber said the original Makuta was two allegories: that between creation and destruction, and a body vs. a virus. Makuta is the force that dwells in a loose bin of Lego bricks, the destructive little sibling who forces a Lego fan to rebuild their collection. He was also a virus, putting Mata Nui into a coma and requiring the body's immune system (Toa) to become stronger.

Then somewhere Makuta became more Dr. Doom or Megatron like. Then we learned Makuta wasn't a name, but a title/honorific for a species and the original Makuta was named Terridax. The best joke I have seen regarding that is "Satan is actually a species and the one you know is named Joe... Joe Satan." At least that's how Bionicle fans felt learning the Makuta's really Terry...

By the end of it Terry was a planet sized robot too... wild stuff.

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By in United States,

While it is true that the concept of what Makuta is changed from 2001 to 2008, I don't think that alters in-universe the themes or characterization of THE Makuta. Teridax was clearly a megalomaniac. His "revised" origins as merely one of many Makuta takes place in the distant past of the BIONICLE universe. By the time of the events of the first BIONICLE toyline (2001), he clearly has evolved not just in form, but in mentality. He well and truly sees himself as Mata Nui's equal, his brother, even though that is not how he started out as. The lack of other Makuta is not only explained away as "busy elsewhere", but also by virtue of Teridax's cunning and arrogance to have no others possess more than an inkling of his full Grand Plan. He already sees other Makuta beneath him, mere agents of destruction and disorder in the universe. He, THE Makuta, is the force of destruction itself, for it was by he and his plan alone that put the other Makuta in their places and brought about the ejection of Mata Nui. Living as etheric essence itself (the Makuta all evolved into nebulous forms long ago, able to inhabit any form they choose that is dormant and without life already), he sees himself bound by no constraint of the material world of the Matoran, and with his triumph over Mata Nui, both the all-powerful Something and Nothing at the same time.

In this long-gestating headspace, Makuta Teridax is all too well in character, even with the revised background and origins, to meet the Toa Mata for the first time in Mangaia and boast about how he stands side by side with Mata Nui as his brother, and how as the eternal force of destruction, the antithesis of the Matoran drive to build and create, he will return the Toa into the Nothing that all things start out of. "For out of Nothing you came, and it is into Nothing that you will go."

People can say all those statements Makuta made in 2001 are "non-canon" now, but it isn't a stretch of imagination to hold both incarnations of the character, Teridax and THE Makuta, as still one and the same. Heck, even in the final battle of 2010, Mata Nui himself got to tell Makuta that he would fail because, in the end, "you are Nothing."

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