LEGO Ideas BIONICLE tribute reaches 10K for 810NICLE Day

A LEGO Ideas project paying tribute to BIONICLE has racked up 10,000 votes just in time for August 10, also known as 810NICLE Day.

In some seriously spooky synergy, Axelford’s Mata Nui Rises [BIONICLE Tribute Set] has reached the review stage on the same day the LEGO community celebrates the cult constraction theme. (Because 8/10 – or August 10 – becomes 810NICLE, or BIONICLE. We’ve heard looser reasons to party.) Rather than using classic BIONICLE constraction elements, however, their build is rooted entirely in traditional System bricks.

Recreating the theme’s Great Spirit Robot (also known as the Mata Nui Robot), which forms a key focal point in BIONICLE lore, Axelford’s 2,077-piece concept incorporates a staggering 53 points of articulation. It’s seemingly only been built virtually, though, so whether that poseability would hold up under the forces of gravity remains to be seen.

That’s surely something that will come into consideration when the LEGO Ideas review board judges whether to give the project the green light, but as it stands, it’s facing some stiff competition: Mata Nui Rises joins a whopping 40 other projects in the second 2022 review, which is barrelling towards breaking the record for the most submissions in a single review.

Here’s the full list of projects in contention so far:

Mata Nui Rises [BIONICLE Tribute Set]
Working Log Flume – Fairground Water Coaster
Ed and Edna’s Scrap Junkyard
Armada Port
Garfield – 2-in-1
Medieval Watchtower
Heartstopper Charlie’s Room
The Treasury – Petra
The A-Team: I Love it When a Plan Comes Together
Golden Trumpet Tree With Park Bench
Sony Walkman
Chinese Gardens
Gravity Falls – The Mystery Shack
The Great Wave off Kanagawa 
The Old Train Engine Shed
Witch House
Red London Telephone Box
Ski Chalet
Medieval Guarded Inn
Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk Cal Fire Edition
Viking Village
The Krusty Krab – Spongebob Squarepants
Traditional Japanese Village
Tuscan Villa
University of Brickester
The Art Center
The World of Civil Engineering: Types of Bridges
LEGO Mushroom House
Working Polaroid Sun 600 LMS
Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Escher Room
Working Orrery
Medieval Alchemist
Lisbon Tram (Elétrico De Lisboa)
Fishing in the Muddy Waters
Escape Game: Carter’s Secret
Auto Repair Garage 1930s
Motorized Steampunk Ship
Indiana Jones, Raiders Of The Lost Ark – 40th Anniversary
Lilo & Stitch: Beach House

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Chris Wharfe

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