Which socket shape is the most beautiful and Bionicle-ish?

Not by their toughness/friction. And the axle holes and stuff doesn’t really matter. Vote and discuss!

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  • Thin like 2008-2010, rounded like CCBS

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I really want to MOC with my 08 sets, but I can’t :pensive:

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I think the second option is missing a crack or two. :stuck_out_tongue:

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Tge newest iteration and the oldest iteration are a close choice. The only thing I have against the newest model, is that it doesn’t have full compatibility with some G1 pieces.

So are we just voting based off of how they look?

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Honestly I’m not surprised by the results. Past metru nui the socket build went completely downhill until the strengthened hf / g2 version.

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Agreed , but to be honest I didn’t notice any changes/problems until 2008. People say lime plastic was brittle in 2007, but I have a different experience.

In fact, no Bionicle joint ever broke on me. The same cannot be said about early HF (Furno broke straight out of the box :rage:) CCBS joints were a much needed upgrade.

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LUCKY

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Well I never took apart any of the later sets, so that might have contributed to their longevity.

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Yes, exactly. Like socket is pretty iconic part in Bionicle, so I thought it would be interesting to see which one is the most Bionice-ish in community’s opinion. And balls just all look the same :stuck_out_tongue:
@ToaKebaka good choice with no-taking-apart, but it doesn’t matter in that poll - “which one is the most beautiful?” the question is :wink:

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Oh, so the quaity is not a factor to be considered? I voted base on everything…
But ironically the most brittle sockets have the most sleek shape :stuck_out_tongue:.

By the way, what is the last option? Can you (or anyone) give an example where that was contained?

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E X A C T L Y

I’ve made it up. Use your imagination. :stuck_out_tongue:

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I see :grinning:
Well I never really had any strict preference based purely on the looks. Quality and durability are more important factors for me.

The way I see it, you cannot go wrong with the original design, it is a solid standard.
Thin brittle 2008 onward redesign looks more sleek, but is borderline unusable for repeated use.
CCBS design looks more bulky, and doesn’t look as good on many sets/MOCs, but its durability allows unlimited use.
Your hypothetical version could be used by MOCist wanting a sleek look, but prefer rounded joints. It would still be brittle though.

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My Rockoh T3 has been intact since 2019, yet all of Pohatu’s joints have cracks :expressionless:

Also, funnily enough, the first socket to completely fracture on me belonged to a CCBS beast foot that was part of Melum

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My Gresh is barely able to stand, not happy with the fact that I’ve already bought replacement joints for him in the past and had to sacrifice some from my own parts collection, I’ve completely scrapped my Adaptive Antroz from my Jetrax T6 just to spare some joints. Some of the most awful cases of joints breaking on me was a white Bohrok foot, and one of both Avak and Hakann’s thighs while disassembling my Piraka. Then again, that is the inevitable for 10-20 year old “constraction” figures. I’ve become quite reluctant to use any of my lime green joints/08-10 ones, It’s just anxiety inducing, and someone I know has already informed me that one of their CCBS bones broke on them, great…

But aside from all that, I think the original joint maintains the aesthetic of Bionicle with the exposed look and also how widely available it is in color, not to mention that you can stick studded tiles on the grills of the joint to make “Gringat hands” and such. (Is that an illegal connection btw?)

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Well, my Melum’s foot only broke under heavy use for 4+ years because I picked up Kopaka in the summer of 2016 and have constantly been MOCing with his parts

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I keep reading it as Malum lol. I have a few of those foot pieces lying around in my boxes of parts but don’t really have any uses for them, yet.

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the axle holes and stuff doesn’t really matter.

Except it does. Technic figure helmets can mate with the ccbs socket. The original socket can’t mate this way, the 2008 socket is prone to crack, and the third socket doesn’t exist in the socket style we want here.

But as far as practicality goes, the original socket comes in the most colors so it’ll usually be the go-to design.

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Bruh, I have CCBS parts brake on me! What’s your secret?

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No, it does not. I am not talking about parts here - only the actual shapes of sockets. The aethstetic of Bionicle sockets.

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