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Hello everyone! My quick entry into this year's Bio-Cup miraculously granted me a pass into the first round. I finished 70 out of 81 in the Preliminaries and in the first round was to compete against two other builders, including, ahem, the leader of the preliminary match. So I decided to give it my best shot. The theme was Agents/UltraAgents/AlphaTeam, and luckily found a link to the beautiful glowing octopus from set 8636, the one that also features my favourite minifigure, the Slime Face. The link allowed me to bring forth all of my glow-in-the-dark pieces (I do not own much Bionicle or CCBS otherwise, so this was a life-saver) - 40 "marbled" ones in total. This was also my very first figure-building experience, so keep that in mind please. Thank you! Much like the Octopus, the Glowfish is not intended as an antagonist, despite its, well, creepy mouth. The tails (tentacles?) are fully flexible, although only in one plane, but the foremost pair can also hinge up and down slightly at the base. I think it complements the set nicely, adds immense playability and overall serves as a good tribute to the glowing Octopus. The "glow shot" was a must and I think it turned out passable. Thanks for viewing, I really enjoyed building this!
I was looking through the bionicle review index and saw that several sets were not reviewed. I have an extensive collection of bionicle myself, so here's my best try at filling in some of the gaps. bionicle review: gadunka set name: gadunka set number: 8922 theme: bionicle piece count: 176 price: US $20 EUR £14.99 date released: 2007 I apologize for some of the blurry photos, I haven't mastered my camera skills yet. As far as his story goes, gadunka was originally a tiny sea creature, who was exposed to the mask of life, which transformed him into this giant monster. with his newfound strength, he went on a rampage attacking the toa. later on the mask reversed its effect and transformed him back. I don't have the box, so I'll go to the instructions. instructions: Here we see gadunka in an attack stance, standing over a pit of some kind. I liked the 2007 box design. it appears as if you were viewing it from some kind of scope or radar. and the underwater effect is represented well. the figure front: side: back: Gadunka is a very peculiar titan, he has an unusually wide and thick torso, and a huge gaping jaw, which makes for a very bulky look. His weapons include three claws on each hand, and a squid launcher. the color scheme is primarily dark blue, with silver and some lighter blue highlights. torso: It's an interesting build. using three inika torsos and a 2004 matoran torso. the lighter blue hordika limbs provide connection for gadunka's arms, his head connects the two ball joints up top. his legs connect to the four ball joints to the sides. two "squids" are included. although there are supposed to be an orangish-yellowish color, my cats chewed them up. so they have been replaced with blue ones. here he is next to toa nuparu for size reference. He's not much taller than the average bionicle, but he is much thicker and wider. arms: The arms have kalmah armor in silver, (which was new at the time) dark blue rahkshi legs, and three small blades. (I believe those were introduced in 2007 as well) the hands make use of these small ball joints. which provide a good range of motion the middle one however, does not move. squid launcher: the infamous squid launcher. these have a pretty bad reputation. I actually like this things. although the idea of using live squid for ammo seems kinda odd. One thing I don't understand is if gadunka is just some kind of creature, how did he obtain a squid launcher and figure out how to operate it? legs: Interesting parts on the legs include silver piraka feet, vahki legs, inika arm armor, and these support type things. Again we have a very bulky look portrayed. which works well for this figure. head: The head is huge! you could probably fit one of the old matoran in there! the blue skull piece is glow in the dark, and it uses silver ehlek spines for teeth, a dark red clawed piraka foot for a tongue, and neon green bohrok eyes. Here's gadunka and toa nuparu in battle. Overall, it's a good set with decent pose ability and some interesting parts. it's bulky and intimidating compared to other bionicles. for a price range of about $20, i would recommend it. thanks for reading.