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Earth And Fire
Posted by Purple_Dave on October 28, 2002 at 06:39 PM CST:
Okay, I can understand why in 2001 there weren't any BIONICLE? costumes available for Halloween (since noone really expected it to become so popular in such a short amount of time), but with the sheer number of kids who want to dress up as one of the many BIONICLE? characters, I'm a bit shocked that there aren't any for 2002. However, for those who want to go Trick Or Treating as one of two characters, there's a small glimmer of hope.

While the original TAHU flame sword and ONUA claw were available as child-sized weapons, they have so far remained exclusive to the various LEGO? stores and theme parks, and very few people can just go out and buy one. With the holiday shopping season starting earlier every year, the LEGO? Kiosks have already been in operation for about a month, and most, if not all, of them have received shipments of foam child-sized versions of TAHU NUVA'S Magma Swords and ONUA NUVA'S Quake Breakers. I stopped by the closest Kiosk to check them out last weekend, and as a bonus, I got to chat with the Kiosk manager (who is very cool, and has even dyed some of her hair about the same shade of red as the LEGO? logo, though I can't say for sure if that was the intent).

The first thing I noticed was that they were pretty tiny, at only 20 inches long. While they make look appropriately sized for a young child, adults would look like they were running around with Magma Knives or Quake Massagers (though actually, now that I think about it, the Quake Breaker blade is about the same size as a real chainsaw's blade). They were priced at $7.95 each, which is about the price of a TOA NUVA set, but a lot of kids are probably going to have a hard time convincing their parents that they do, in fact, need matched pairs if they want their costume to look authentic. I think kids will have a lot of fun with these, but I can guarantee that a lot of parents are going to hear complaints about how they'd rather have Air Katana, or Aqua Axes, or... (which leaves the question of just how feasible would a Kodan Ball be?)

Parents need to keep a couple things in mind when buying these. Just because they are foam, do not think for a minute that they aren't capable of destroy a LampRok or TV-Kuta if used indescriminately indoors. They're made out of a rather dense foam, so while they aren't capable of cutting someone, they are sturdy enough that a hard hit in the right location could cause some bruising. Just as a suggested guideline, perhaps below the belt and from the neck up should be declared off limits. Also, parental supervision for any dueling matches is definitely a good idea.

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