"So after building this, I can't say I'm a huge fan of this set (granted it was not really for me and the child whom I purchased this for does like it# but as the one who mostly built it I feel there are a few things I'd like to see improvements on for future builds.
The Water Dragon # The Water Dragon was a really fun build and I love that all the Dragons in this line are brick built. But unfortunately I found that the final product feels well....unfinished. It's not a bad build by any means but some of the features feel very thin and disproportionate to the body, for example the way the neck connects makes the Water Dragons massive head look like it's supported by a tiny thin neck, the tail also feels amazingly flat and disproportionate. Honestly I wish more pieces went into buffing out these areas and providing coverage to little gaps in build.
The Waterfall/Tree/Food Catapult?) I really don't have much to say about this build, it's a really nice build with a lot of fun little features to make this little thing a lot more playable than one would expect but overall it just seems kind of...there. There's two functions on this set one releases golden binoculars from a secret compartment and the other catapults food into the Dragons mouth. Both these features are nice but they quickly lose play value, in fact my little cousin who was playing with this set basically abandoned it and pretty much just proceeded to play with the Water Dragon and the Elf minifig. I imagine that's probably because there's not much a kid can *do* with this build other than have serve as some nice scenery. In terms of its aesthetics, the finished build seems nice and colorful but there's a lot of gaps in at the base that I would have liked to see filled.
Overall for such a small set you do get a decent bang for your buck in terms of piece count with some nice trans-color pieces and plenty of sky blues and purple, its nice overall but I wish either the little waterfall construct was removed in favor of a better dragon build or a handful of pieces were added to buff out the tail and neck as well as fill in the baseplate of the little waterfall construct # or maybe throw in some animals??, crabs, octopus, seal, otter something) I wouldn't have minded to pay a few extra dollars for this set to see that happen. But with all that aside it's still a decent set for about 21$ w/ tax and it makes for a nice relatively inexpensive gift that a girl at around age 5-10 would enjoy. This set gets a 3/5 from me."
"Terak is a good set overall, In terms of price you're getting a pretty good deal for parts alone. The figure itself is an ok build with some really nice translucent purples that I really like, combine this with the gold head piece and it's a pretty nice figure with some decent playability. However unlike the other Creatures I can't help but feel Terak is not very distinguishable from Melum, these two just seem too similar to one another. I get it makes sense for Melum to have big claws for climbing icy walls and traction and it also makes sense for Terak to have something similar for digging deep underground. But honestly I kind of can't help but look at Terak and notice it's basically Melum with a color scheme change and a few touchups. It would've been really neat to have seen something like drill hands or just anything to further distinguish the Terak. To be clear I don't think Terak is BAD figure (in fact I think the contrary) I just personally find him the least unique design among the Creatures overall and I think he could've been done differently to feel a little more unique as a set. Terak get's a 4/5 for me, It's a good figure and I enjoy this set but the fact that he feels a bit recycled is a minus for me."
"I really love these small little Ultimate Nexo Knights sets as a whole, not only is it a good way to sample the Nexo Knights theme, but we also get the main characters in a really cool unique armor . The characters themselves have a pretty good margin of playability despite the simplicity of the set. What's even better is we get a main character (in this case Clay) these are a really great way to hook kids on the show, get the main characters and decide whether or not they (or more likely their parents) want to buy the larger more expensive sets like Infernox Captures the Queen, Jestro's Evil Mobile, The Fortrex etc.. As a Lego consumer *I am hooked* just getting these little sets has already made me go out and buy the larger sets just because these small main character minifigure packs have enticed me to collect a lot of the "Badguy" sets like Jestro's Evil Mobile, Moltor's Lava Smasher and a few of the other such as Lance's Mecha Horse. Basically in short This set is small but it's worth acquiring, be it as a sample to the theme, a way to get new exclusive pieces for minifigures, or just and addition to your Lego collection. Definitely recommend to anyone either looking for a Lego gift or just picking up for their collection."
"As I look at this set, I can only feel that old Bionicle nostalgia the original line gave me. This Tahu is one of the best Bionicle sets I have ever seen. There is just so much love and intricate work that went into this set.
The Appearance: If the first wave of 2015 had some controversy amongst fans as to whether it was Bionicle or Hero Factory with Bionicle logo slapped onto it, that's over. This *Feels* and *Looks* like Bionicle. No question. I can't pick up this Tahu and differentiate him from his original Toa Nuva or Toa Mata model, the only thing that feels different is the CCBS. Tahu has SOOOO much detail. Looking at the Nuva symbol on the mask alone give me chill, much less his armor. Add a ton of translucent orange and Tahu glows with a fiery aura that his Winter Counterpart of 2015 simply couldn't *dream* of. He's also not as full of gaps nor as bad from the back. The only issue would be the exposure of the pins on the back, which has an obvious reason for being there to Unite Tahu with the Creature of Fire. The only other complaint I'd have is the Swords, they are rather odd looking on Tahu and with the double "Scissor" blades, It's not something that's extremely problematic but their aesthetic appeal is somewhat lacking. In short Tahu 2016 has a fantastic aesthetic look to him that simply is fantastic.
The Build: I like how the build has definitely taken a more complex route than the previous Tahu of 2015, This build feels much more like the original Bionicle builds in the later years and less like a Hero Factory or Chima Ultrabuild. It's not too challenging (as it shouldn't be) but it's complex enough to keep me as a builder satisfied and hopefully those wishing to have that old Bionicle feel back to the line. It's a solid build that is fun, looks good and is complex/different enough to stay interesting.
Functionality and Playability: . One of the things I absolutely LOVE about these new G2 Bionicles is that they can do soooo much more than their predecessors. Tahu 2016 is no exception, he's got a full range of poses and stances, thanks to the brand new torso piece, HE CAN SWIVEL! The new torso piece is also capable of allowing Tahu to perform a flurry of slashing attacks to his foes. But even better is the new ability to "Unite" Tahu with Ikir the Creature of Fire, this is achieved by attaching Ikir to his back using those two exposed pins aaand BAM you get an awesome figure with fiery wings, it looks so amazing and is great for playability and aesthetics.
Verdict: Overall Tahu is a Great set with very very very minor issues (if any at all) and overall is one of the best Bionicle sets. Period. (Yah I mean including the original 2001-2009 run of the series). It is a worthy addition and a Must have set for both Lego and Bionicle fans. I will even buy a 2nd just because this was such a great set. At 19.99$ This was 20$ well spent. 5/5 for me."
"Out of all the villains to come out of the Bionicle line, Umarak the Hunter is by *far* my absolute favorite. Aesthetically this is the villain I've wanted to see the entire time, Umarak really feels like he belongs to Bionicle, his mask glows with a eerie translucent green and shadowy black. Behind it a pair of glowing red eyes pierce through. He stands an impressive full head than the Toa of the new line and Skull Grinder and the Skull Villains of the Summer wave of 2015. This guy is just outright impressive, build-wise Umarak was a blast, the legs were my favorite part. This figure has a very wide range of poses and stances he can be put in. His new swivel torso increases this, as well as the new way the arms are built compared to the Summer and Winter waves of 2015. Umarak comes with two weapons, a sword and a bow. The Bow comes standard with the sword being for show, unfortunately while you can take the sword off and use it there is no place to put the bow. Umarak also comes with a really cool transportable Shadow Trap, However disappointingly this requires some disassembly of Umaraks claw on his feet and shoulder pads. While this feature is cool and enjoyable, a part me would've like to have just seen two extra Shadow Trap pieces and claw pieces to build an the shadow trap. It's not a big deal, so much as a nitpick. Umarak also comes with the Mask of Control, this looks surprisingly good on him and more importantly is another Mask of Power with amazing intricacy. It may not be as decent as the Mask of Creation but it is still easily one of my favorites. The final feature is Umaraks ability to combine, like the Toa, with the Creatures. This is really cool and some look better than others, the Toa of Jungle is really good looking as is the Creature of Fire. Overall Umarak is a great addition to the Bionicle line and an excellent way to start out with the 2016 Wave. Umarak earns a solid 5/5 for aesthetics, build and overall coolness."
"General Grievous is by far one of the absolute *best* sets to come out this year (If Bionicle hadn't come out it'd be *the* best set). First off the thing is an absolute Monster, Grievous absolutely TOWERS over the majority of the other figures, outside of Witch Doctor this is one of the biggest sets using CCBS, standing at nearly 13" (compared to Tahu from the Bionicle line at 8"). The best thing about this is how much care seems to have gone into this set, I particularly am a fan of the Legs, they absolutely distinguish Grievous' build from any other Character using CCBS and still retain mobility and functionality. Well Done. The figure actually is strikingly close to Grievous and IMHO is the best translation of any of the Star Wars characters to Constraction sets. He even comes with the ability to close his arms together like the real character (SUPERB JOB!) Overall Grievous is downright AWESOME and incredibly well done. I really hope to see more figures like this and of this size, not just in the Star Wars line (eg. Pong Krell or Savage Opress, Robot Legs Darth Maul) but in any Constraction line like Chima (if it's continuing) or Bionicle (cough cough hint cough, Villains cough Makuta cough or Brutaka cough cough). Any how I digress, Grievous is a shining example of the Lego Development team at it's best. Awesome to own and well worth the 34-36$ (40$ with tax and all that). 5/5 stars"
"Skull Slicer was interesting, With four deadly arms and neon green/chrome colors easily one of the best sets in my opinion. The Skull Slicer comes armed with 3 deadly swords and a chain with a nasty ability to grab the masks of Toa (specifically Lewa's). Unfortunately the Skull Slicers own mask leaves a little bit more to be desired aesthetically, I wish there was some back story to see as WHY he has just a Skull Spider mask and not his own unique masks and facial adornments like the other characters in this Wave (maybe he was some lost warrior who was a Victim of one of the Lord of Skull Spiders who was stuck under Skull Grinder's command?) . With no reason though,The Skull Spider mask just seems...well...a bit recycled and boring. The rest of the figure aesthetically is great, with an excellent color scheme and a menacing appearance. As to the Action feature of this figure well it's nothing new but the idea of using 3 swords (VS. two or one weapon) is kind of cool, furthermore you can attach the Mask Stealer on the Masks of the Toa (or Protectors) and "Steal" their masks using the same feature. Personally I think that's pretty cool about this figure. Overall the Skull Slicer has a great action feature, lots of playability and is a great addition to the Bionicle series, but as stated previously without some kind of story to go along with it, I'm not a fan of the re-use of the Skull Spiders mask. 4/5 from me."
"From a story perspective I LOVE this guy he's basically a huge savage brute that acts as Skull Grinders muscle. The Set itself is FANTASTIC. Everything about this set is great. First and foremost the color scheme is awesome it blends so well and the transparent purple rocks! The action feature for this guy is really unique and I like the ability to both perform a Swiping and Slashing motion with this figure whilst still allowing the figure to hold it's weapons up and stay that way. This is probably my favorite new bad guy and IMHO the best of the sets. Good job Lego Dev. team! And I highly recommend as a Must have to any Bionicle fans"
An Improvement from the Lord of Skulls....sort of.
"This is sort of a BitterSweet figure. There are some aspects I like but others I do not. Firstly I like the Technic build for the figures grabbing action and the fact the tail is mobile. It's sort of like an improved take on the old Rahi models from the original series. Unfortunately there are some issues, firstly once again the legs can't move BUT at least unlike the Lord Of Skull Spiders the Skull Scorpion can at least move it's forearms (that's nice so thank you LEGO Development for that add on). I would like to see more mobility in future Rahi-style without losing the Technic function. I can understand if that's difficult but it's just a wish of mine (to be fair it looks like you guys are getting there). The color scheme is also a complaint on a personal level, to be brutally honest I'm not a fan it sort of clashes especially the Yellow and the Orange. Overall this isn't a bad piece but it does leave more to be desired in the future. 3/5 for me."
"I was very pleased to finally have a villain that seemed much more of a serious threat then the Lord of Skulls. Not only does Skull Grinder (Kulta) have an army but deadly underlings as well as the all powerful Mask of Creation. In the case of Skull Grinder I really like he is Toa sized (if not ever so slightly taller) and even his weapon is HUGE and menacing overall it's a really great build, good color scheme and new interesting pieces. However there was a tad little complaint, the weapon on him the Mask Grabber is basically so heavy he cannot hold it up on his own, this isn't a huge issue as there is a quick fix to this by simply adding another gear for friction there. Hopefully the LEGO development team can take this into account the next time someone wields a large unwieldy weapon as it should be fairly easy to add on. If not it's no big deal at all > Ekimu is basically another Protector I don't really have much to say but it is a nice figure. It's got a well balanced color scheme and the hammer and shield work well with the figure. Also points for adding an the neat gear based slashing/blocking action to him I like that.
Overall this set is really well done and despite the issue with Skull Grinder's Mask Grabber it's still a fantastic set!"