So I was giving this BZP topic a flick-through and a reply had a link to a picture of this set, which immediately took my curiosity. Most people versed in bonkles, especially those who paid attention to BZP’s news between 2006 and 2008, would be aware of the numerous “Good Guy”, “Bad Guy” and similar sets with low piece counts which surfaced as free giveaways or promotions mainly in Europe during this time; perhaps the most infamous one of these was this one, which garnered lots of attention because of its passing resemblance to Turaga Lhikan. By my understanding, this practice in general is/was pretty common among LEGO themes, normally comprising miniature vehicles or similar with few pieces for the purposes of promotions, but when translated to the BIONICLE building style, it had interesting results, to say the least.
Anyway, this is likely one of those, and it is by a long shot the weirdest I’ve seen (and yet it’s still probably got the closest to a coherent design of any of these). Seriously, it is a goddamn flying Zamor launcher, and the rest of its anatomy isn’t any less strange; for example, the foot which comprises its underside, which admittedly is hard to see from here. Admittedly it’s pretty par for the course as far as these things have always been concerned, but come on. Flying. Gun. With. Wings.
Come to think of it, it’s a shame that as far as I (or Brickset) know, the practice petered off after 2008. While these could never exactly be considered good, at the very least they’re kind of fascinating to regard in a way, and I’m legitimately curious as to what sort of… things… could have come out of equivalent promotions for Hero Factory.
Okay, we now return you to your scheduled doldrums. The main reason I’m even posting this is because even back in the day when BIONICLE was a thing to which I paid attention actively, there was something I found fascinating about these rare promotional sets with borderline absurd builds.
(and yes, despite the quality of the image, this one is legitimate; its instructions are hosted on LEGO’s website, and the quality of the JPEG pictures contained in those has historically been somewhat poor compared to the actual vector instruction illustrations)