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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
It's easy to discern good and evil, and the Toa are motivated by the desire to protect the island from Makuta's nefarious powers. Each Toa is powerful in his or her own right, but it's only by bonding with the elemental creatures and using teamwork that they reach their maximum potential.
Positive Role Models
Even among the good guys, there are bad tempers and short fuses. That said, the Toa are powerful and fair-minded. Villains -- especially Makuta and Umarak -- will stop at nothing to sabotage the Toa's efforts, usually through force.
Violence & Scariness
Many physical altercations. Characters are flung against walls and trees and knocked down cliffs. They use various weapons to hit their foes as well. Umarak is an especially threatening presence.
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Products & Purchases
The series is tied to toys and other products from Lego.
Parents Need to Know
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.
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.
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