LEGO BIONICLE Rahkshi #8591 Vorahk
Review by RobExplorien
BIONICLE was the first succesful LEGO series of this century and one of the first series to feature an elaborate storyline around the theme (which I never really knew about). The series features various biomechanical-like creatures that consisted of Technic and special 'theme-bound' parts*, and I read somewhere that BIONICLE is actually a blend of the words BIOlogical (I'd have expected BIOmechanical) and chroNICLE. The BIONICLE sets made its first appearance in 2001 and was discontinued in 2010, were it was succeeded by (the lesser) HERO Factory. For me BIONICLE sets didn't have a big role in my younger building years, but occasionally I was given a BIONICLE set for my birthday. The set I'm actually going to review I bought at a local flea market a while ago.
*parts that only appear in a specific line or subtheme
Well, you've had an introduction now and I know that there a quite some members here who are already very known to this theme and/or storyline (to just mention Prototyke with his pixelated craftings of BIONICLE masks). So the set is #8591 Vorahk, a BIONICLE from the Rahkshi faction/race. Apparently Vorahk has a storyline (he being a great hunter of the Rahkshi), but it is nowhere mentioned in the instructions or container/canister. The set is from 2003 (the container dates back to 2002) and was sold at a retail price of $8,99/£5.99 (according to Brickipedia), but I got it at the flea market for about €3,-. They sell the BIONICLE sets in these cylinder shaped containers with the boxart wrapped around it, as you can see below in the image. Vorahk is depicted in his battle position and on both sides are BIONICLE masks pictured (mainly visible on the far right). The LEGO logo is up-front pictured with the name of the BIONICLE next to it in a fitting font. Above Vorahk is the BIONICLE logo with the URL of the theme's website below. Also, this set is intended for ages 7 and up.
The lid of the container is on the bottom (the black part/left) with a strange scepter-like symbol on it of which I'm not sure what it means. The top of the container (right) shows another symbol molded into the container and the remains of the molding proces in the middle. If someone could inform me on the meaning of those symbols, that'd be great.
I open the container and find:
- 45 pieces
- instruction manual
All together it weighs 200g/7.1oz. One thing that catches the eye is the trans-orange part which will be placed behind his mask. It will give the menacing glow in Vorahk's eyes. Furthermore there are some chrome and darkgrey BIONICLE elements along with a few Technic pieces. The manual has the same cover as the boxart. You may notice that it's wrinkled and has some cracks, but otherwise it's fine and perfectly readable.
The instructions look a lot different than the regular LEGO System set instructions. The step numbers are outlined and the images seem to be 3D rendered. It is explained in 15 steps how to build Vorahk, a lot for just 45 pieces if you ask me.
It starts by building the torso. One big shoulderpiece is connected with a gear which can be turned via a handle on the back.
Vorahk's arched back is now in place with flexible spikes on it. He looks like he's worshipping something in this position.
Just the foot itself has a lot of detail. His leg is almost the size of three minifigures stacked on top of each other.
And let the fight begin, Vorahk is ready to destroy those puny guys that call themselves 'minifigures'. What I just love about the BIONICLE sets are the joints; the ability to move the arms, legs and head in almost any kind of position. Plus, turning the gear on the back causes his arms to swing left and right. Vorahk does not only distinguish himself from the other Rahkshi warriors by colour, but also with his special type of spikes and weapon.
Why not break the weapon apart in two smaller ones. By the way, Vorahk is about 20cm/8inch tall.
You can also open his back, which reveals his, eh, brains? It is a rubber piece and since it is placed behind his head I assume that it is that. Does the brain jump out and attack others? I don't know, but I like the inclusion of this feature.
The instructions show you how to 'fold up' Vorahk to place him in his container. It is a bit of a struggle, but you'll get him in there eventually. But where do I leave the instructions then? I could hardly get Vorahk in there.
It turns out that there are instructions as well for combining this set with two other Rahkshi warriors, #8587 Panrahk and #8590 Guurahk. Now I notice how all names of Rahkshi warriors end with the same syllable. Combine the three sets and you can make some sort of walker with a modified version of Vorahk riding it. It looks cool but I can't build it as I'm missing out on the other two sets.
The last pages of the instruction manual show some other BIONICLE models. I must say that they look pretty weird, but neat nonetheless.
The back of the instruction manual shows the six collectable Rahkshi warriors, each with their corresponding background hue. I got the red one too, but I'm still looking for the parts I'm missing for that set.
Thus we get to the end of this set review, and to summarize this review:
- I like the container. It is easier to take with you than a square box and you have some kind of pod for your BIONICLE.
- The instruction manual has 3D rendered images and overall fit well in the theme. The instructions are easy though, too easy to follow.
- Though I'm not a fan of special-made parts for sets in such amounts, the BIONICLE series get a free ride on this. It gives a completely new look to LEGO models (for the relatively new theme at the time) and adds a new building technique to the LEGO universe, plus most of the parts in this set are also used for the other Rahkshi warriors (in different colours).
- Vorahk looks badass to me. The glowing eyes, the spikes on his arched back and his dark colours all add to this badass look. You can move his limbs in almost any kind of position and he has an attack (the arm swinging).