If you don’t recognize these characters, let me refresh your memory. Ekimu is the legendary mask maker of the island of Okoto, previously depicted as a dwarfish character in last year’s 70795 Mask Maker vs. Skull Grinder (which my brother Andrew reviewed here). But now, he’s been transformed by the energies of a special crystal chamber into an energized, Toa-sized form. The shadow hunter Umarak was previously depicted in set 71310 Umarak the Hunter (which my brother reviewed here), but the energies of the Mask of Control, also presented in that set, have transformed him into a towering behemoth which serves the will of Ekimu’s evil brother, Makuta.
Partsreview of the three Elemental Beast sets. It appears here in Tr. Light Blue, the same color as in 71314 Storm Beast (Design ID 25534 | Element ID 6150182), and is used for the head of Ekimu’s new hammer.
In terms of recolors, Ekimu wears the Mask of Creation in Tr. Light Blue (Design ID 20477 | Element ID 6145448), a brilliant new look for it. He also wears the same new torso shell as the six Toa released earlier this year, but now in Transparent Light Blue with printed gold armor and brown belts (Design ID 26419 | Element ID 6150073). In the center of its chest is a new symbol, a stylized anvil representing Ekimu, and to the left and right are the symbols of the six Toa, signifying Ekimu’s role as their mentor and spiritual leader.
Finally, the set comes with a recolor of Umarak the Hunter’s Hunter Mask, now in a blend of Titanium Metallic [TLG]/Pearl Dark Gray [BL] and Tr. Flu. Reddish Orange [TLG]/Trans-Neon Orange [BL]. The significance of this mask (Design ID 24164 | Element ID 6154810) is not entirely clear, as it does not appear at any time in the Netflix series LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One. Perhaps it’s simply meant to be something for Ekimu to either seek out or smash if you don’t own any other Bionicle sets, or perhaps it is an artifact from before this year’s story was rewritten to make it Bionicle G2’s finale. Regardless, it’s appreciated, as the color combination looks quite striking!
Ekimu’s shield features a Warm Gold decorative carriage wheel (Design ID 15744 | Element ID 6058138), which appeared in five previous sets, and a Tr. Light Blue saw blade (Design ID 61403 | Element ID 6079018), which appeared in two previous sets. His fists appear in Tr. Light Blue (Design ID 93575 | Element ID 6043685), their seventh appearance in that color. Finally, the set includes two 3x7x3 feet in Warm Gold (Design ID 90661 | Element ID 6133770), which have only been in five previous sets. All of those rare Warm Gold parts but the feet are shared with last year’s version of Ekimu, which is a nice bit of design continuity.
Entirely unique to Umarak is a new version of the Mask of Control in a blend of Warm Gold and Tr. Flu. Green (Design ID 24432 | Element ID 6151004).
70789 Onua Master of Earth. The set also includes four of the skeletal torso shell introduced last year: three in Tr. Flu. Green (Design ID 20473 | Element ID 6114321), previously only in 70794 Skull Scorpio, and one in Titanium Metallic, previously only in 75112 General Grievous.
The set’s shoulders are decorated with two Titanium Metallic Shadow Trap halves (Design ID 24188 | Element ID 6135124), previously only in the five Elemental Creature sets and Umarak the Hunter. Attached to one of these are four Silver Metallic [TLG]/Flat Silver [BL] chain links (Design ID 53551 | Element ID 6124042). Finally, the set has last year’s eyestalk element in Tr. Flu. Reddish Orange (Design ID 19050 | Element ID 6102640), which only previously appeared in last year’s five summer sets.
Because this set’s style of chest plate has never been available with printing, the set includes a sticker sheet with two stickers for Umarak’s chest. The stickers are textured with Dark Stone Grey rocks with Warm Gold highlights. Seeping out from the rocks are veins of Bright Yellowish Green ooze with Spring Yellowish Green highlights. It’s an eerie look that fits the set’s overall color scheme.
The completed sets
LEGO has released instructions to combine Umarak with the three Elemental Beast sets to create an even larger and more monstrous form, standing about 40 modules/12.5 inches/32 centimeters tall. Umarak’s heels and torso are lengthened considerably in this combined form, though his legs remain close to the same size. Quake Beast and Lava Beast’s crystal shells are added to his shoulders, back, and thighs, their crystal blades to his gargantuan claws, Lava Beast’s chest plate to his diaphragm, and all three beasts’ Shadow Traps to his neck, knees, and sides.
The added colors of these parts give Umarak a chaotic look, but they are concentrated well enough on specific parts of his body that it doesn’t feel sloppy or random. What’s more, the added armor really helps fill out the gaps that detracted from the Destroyer’s standard design. If “Ultimate Umarak” has one weakness, it’s that the friction pins used for the claw function have difficulty supporting the increased weight of the claws. But plenty of exciting action poses are still possible.
Final ThoughtsOverall, I’m quite sad that these will be the final sets for this generation of Bionicle. Their design quality and playability are both incredibly strong, and if Bionicle were continuing into 2017 I’d have said they bode very well for the theme’s future. As it stands, although various people at the LEGO Group have provided assurances that the “constraction” (buildable action figure) category of sets and the Character and Creature Building System will continue into the future, it’s hard to know how many of the strong design cues from these sets will have a place in whatever form future constraction sets might take.
I would highly recommend these sets to other Bionicle fans, particularly since with Bionicle ending, there’s no telling when we’ll see sets and parts like this again. Thanks to the LEGO Group for providing these sets to review, and to the Bionicle design team for putting so much effort into making Bionicle’s second generation the best it could be!
This is an opportune moment for me to thank Scott and Andrew Barnick for their fantastic, thorough Bionicle reviews over the last two years! It's been great to have Bionicle experts on board, revealing what makes these sets so great.
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