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Parents need to know that Lego Bionicle: The Journey to One is an animated series based on the popular line of Lego toys. The tale follows island warriors' efforts to locate an ancient object that will unify them and help them conquer an evil force that threatens the nation's peace. Expect plenty of fighting as the two sides face off, but the robotic characters rarely show signs of wear afterward. Some tempers flare, and a few of the good guys come across as stern and uncompromising, but on the whole they're a likable bunch with colorful personalities and an entertaining story to tell.
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What's the story?
LEGO BIONICLE: THE JOURNEY TO ONE is the story of six Toa, legendary heroes of Okoto Island who embark on a quest to find a mythical mask and achieve full unity to make them powerful enough to defeat the evil Makuta (voiced by Corny Remple). They're trailed on their journey by Makuta's chief hunter, Umarak (Michael Strickland), and an army of minions of various shapes and sizes. With Okoto's destiny resting on their shoulders, the Toa are inspired and strengthened by the elements of fire, earth, ice, water, stone, and jungle.
Is it any good?
This crisply animated series will be on Lego fans' must-see list, and the characters don't disappoint. The six Toa don't simply embody their respective elements; they have vastly different personalities that sometimes clash, but on the whole they tend to complement each other. The show could have done more for gender equality by including more than one female among the bunch, but it does focus on cooperation and fighting the good fight.
Violence is always a concern in a story like this one, and there's plenty of it here. Because the characters are robotic, there never are any visible effects from the altercations. As with all toy-inspired series, it's important to weigh this show's value against its possible commercial effects on your kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about myths and legends. Does Lego Bionicle: The Journey to One remind you of any legends you've heard? Even if legends are fiction, what can we learn from them? What messages, if any, does this story offer?
Is teamwork always the best solution to a problem, or have you experienced situations that were better approached alone? When you're working in a group, do you like to be a leader or a follower?
Kids: Can shows such as this and Lego's other offerings appeal to a variety of ages? To both genders? Do you find that toys and games are marketed to one gender or another? What shows can you think of that entertain both boys and girls equally?
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