Friday, December 13th, 2002 at 11:04am by Kelly, BZPower Co-Owner
Upper Deck Entertainment's upcoming "Toa Nuva Reconstruct" trading card game is due out soon. Thanks to BZPower reader WtB, we've acquired the rules and introduction, which include some potential storyline spoilers. Read on at your own risk!
The introduction predictably starts with the description of the Toa becoming Toa Nuva, and then moves into descriptions of the return of Makuta. This may or may not be part of the "official" storyline by LEGO, and may not even show up in comics or other forms. Remember the Shadow Toa from the cancelled video game… the descriptions below may just apply to setting up this game.
From the rulebook by Upper Deck:
With the Bahrag twins defeated and the Bohrok scourge banished from the island of Mata Nui, the six Toa enter the next stage of their evolution. Descending into subterranean cocoons of swirling power, the island's protectors emerge as the new and more powerful Toa Nuva. While the Toa Nuva retain the elemental powers of their previous form, they are also augmented with powerful new tools, strong and lightweight body armor, and Kanohi Nuva. In the BIONICLE™: Toa Nuva Reconstruct Trading Card Game, players help the Toa Nuva overcome their first challenge.
The Matoran Islanders are hard at work repairing the damage left in the wake of the Bohrok swarms, and the Toa Nuva emerge from underground to help. Suddenly, the sky grows dark as the haunting laughter of Makuta echoes across the landscape. Lightning flashes, and the wind howls and intensifies. Wind funnels appear all over the island, causing trouble wherever they alight. Slowly but surely, the small wind funnels coalesce into six massive twisters and begin to move less randomly. Soon their target is clear - the Toa Nuva.
Although they seek to use their newfound powers, the Toa Nuva are no match for the elemental fury of the gigantic wind funnels. One by one, the funnels strike the Toa Nuva, pulling them apart and scattering their pieces all over the landscape. With the Toa Nuva momentarily defeated, the funnels dissipate as quickly as they appeared. If the Toa Nuva are not quickly reconstructed, Mata Nui will be defenseless against Makuta's evil.
The game itself is a construction game, which you can play with or without actual Toa Nuva sets. The cards come in two flavors: part cards and action cards. Both are required to play. The goal is to be the first player to put together your Nuva from its component parts (although there are only seven pieces per Nuva).
Once the game is released, look for BZPower's review.
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