Hello everyone on the Boards!
So, I've just finished assembling a model kit Megatron, and although my hands are sore, I'm extremely satisfied with the experience and the final product.
Now, this has only solidified something I've been thought experimenting with for a while now, and that is applying the model kit concept to Bionicle. Right off the bat, the idea, to me, has a lot of positive aspects.
Since model kits require extensive assembly, the construction toy aspect of the Bionicle theme is still intact. I always liked the idea of Bionicle as a standard action figure line, but model kit figures are one step up from that. Model kits are also highly modifiable in terms of applying paint or modifying pieces via kit-bashing, meaning it would still be possible to make customized figures and original characters, especially if the pieces are standardized to be interchangeable. Since parts can be molded into more detailed forms, like in the Transformers figures, it makes room for a lot more detail in Bionicle figures.
There are a couple drawbacks, namely that, since the pieces aren't always designed to be reused, customizing figures won't be as accessible as it is with LEGO. That being said, I've always loved thinking about this idea and the crazy paint-jobs or custom parts that could come with it. Add on a similar emphasis on story and environment, and I think you have something very reminiscent of the original Bionicle.
I know some people might be LEGO purists and wouldn't want to see Bionicle in any other medium, but let me know what you think and feel free to discuss this potential form of the property!
Comment and Discuss!