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Sorry it has been a while since I’ve posted, but there hasn’t been much (notable) Bionicle news, and I haven’t really built any MOCs or anything in a little while.

Anyway, LEGO has been updating the Bionicle.com website every once in a while, mostly just minor updates, but we now have some small pages about the skull spiders and Protectors, and larger pages for the Toa, which now have small (30 second) videos introducing them. We also have small pages for the different Wahi of Okoto, as well as a cool zoom-able map that is fun to look around on.

But the most notable thing is that they recently added three more videos to the site, which tell about how the Toa were summoned (Time Temple!), the Toa arrived, and the Toa began fighting the skull spiders.

There are also several more Mask of Time “easter eggs”, which, combined with the official mention of the Time Temple, could continue pointing towards the time-travel thing.

Check them out! I’ll [try to] keep you posted on further updates on the site, and other things pertaining to Bionicle.

(Sorry I’m getting this out so late.)

This is going to be a big post, people. You might want to get a drink and some food. (I’ve actually been writing this post over the period of about nine hours, though I obviously did a lot of other things during that time.)

You’re going to need it.

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I mean, it’s been announced/released officially several times and ways by now. But this time, they’ve really done it.

NYCC has started, and, as we had expected, Bionicle was the “new theme” that they were releasing.

And there is so much that they have released.

To start, and tidy things up, though, I’m going to put out right at the start the various sources for what I’m going to be writing about.

Bionicle’s Facebook Page

BZPower’s Home Page

BZPower’s Twitter Feed

Kahi’s Twitter Feed (from TTV)

The Official Bionicle Website

As well as some info gleaned from TTV’s great summary post, which contains stuff that the TTV staff actually asked people at NYCC, apparently.

To start, on October fifth (sorry I didn’t post about it earlier, I’ve been pretty busy recently), a clever guy on BZP found that, by going to the Bionicle page of the LEGO video section, then viewing the page source, this message could be found in a meta tag:

LEGO BIONICLE is an epic legend set on the mystical island of Okoto where elemental heroes fight for masks of power against a rising evil

From that, we knew that, obviously, Mata Nui (the island) was no more, at least for now. Honestly, I’m not thrilled about this. Perhaps it is nostalgia, but I find Mata Nui just so much more… mystical. Another reason, though, might be that, by having it as two words, “Nui” created a bit of a language that was continued later on.

Then, two days ago, LEGO posted on the Bionicle page this video:

It was teasing the Bionicle display at NYCC, and didn’t give a whole lot of information, other than just increasing the already tense excitement of Bionicle fans.

Then, the Bionicle website had a very minor update (you can read about it on the home page of BZP), which apparently made the Mask of Creation have an animation, or something. That only lasted for a day or so, though, because…

Well, not yet. First, somebody on Flickr posted a picture, from NYCC (even though it hadn’t officially started yet, or something), of a gigantic MoC (Mask of Creation), built of LEGO bricks. Pretty cool. (See more on the BZP home page.)

Okay, now I can resume my suspenseful saga of the ever-changing Bionicle website. It changed then to it (now) current state: filled with pictures of the Toa, with short bios for each of them. (Which, as I’ve seen, are much the same as they were in the “Mataverse” (what TTV has begun calling the “old” Bionicle, with “Nuvaverse” being reserved for the “new” one. I like the name scheme, so I’m rolling with it.)) Something interesting I just noticed: there are two rows of the Toa, each with three. The top one is Gali, Kopaka, and Lewa, and the bottom is Onua, Pohatu, and Tahu. These are the same combinations as create the Toa Kiata, so, maybe…

After that, they posted on their Facebook page this picture:

(It’s big, I know, but just so beautiful. Click it to view the whole image directly in your browser.)

I love this picture, though. It shows that the new island is going to be a bit different style than Mata Nui – in some places, it looks more Mayan-influenced, in some places it looks almost modern, and, as we’ll see later, somewhat Asian-inspired.

Then, also on their Facebook page, they posted new pictures of the six Toa (or, as they are called in some places, Masters. Honestly, I much prefer calling them Toa as, really, that’s what they are); a picture of each of them in much the same position as we’ve previously seen, and another photo of them in a new, more active pose, that also shows off a lot of their set design, which I am loving more and more (even more on that later, though!).

Then! Oh, then. Then, oh glorious then. This video was posted on Bionicle’s Facebook page:

It is a video showing a intro to the story of the new Bionicle. Watch it. Now. Seriously.

Basically, though, it starts out with two “brothers” (this could be a literal familial bond, or it could like how Makuta was Mata Nui’s treacherous “brother” in ~2001), named Ekimu, who wears the Mask of Creation, and Makuta, who wears the Mask of Control, on the island of Okoto, which looks quite similar to Mata Nui.

We see the “Protectors” that I’ve written about already sitting around (literally) various places on the island. (As I alluded to earlier, there is some obvious Asian styling around this section of the video, though it be more musically than anything else.)

Makuta’s “Mask of Control” looks somewhat like a minotaur, in a way, with horns curving down the face.

The brothers are the “mask makers”, although, apparently, each mask is only allowed to have one element. So, no Kanohi powers. (And, they are called “masks”, not Kanohi.) Frankly, I’m quite sad about that – I love Kanohi, and all of their awesome powers. Although, as I’ll be talking about later, this could change.

Anyway, Makuta obviously wanted to put more than one element into a mask. I know that’s what I’d want to do. Apparently, that goes against some ancient law, and he makes the Mask of Ultimate Power, which looks like flames made of shadow. He puts it on, and it consumes him and starts destroying the island. Luckily, Ekimu has enough time to knock it off of his face. It creates a shockwave through Okoto, which, by the animation, seems to somewhat shroud the island in darkness.

The shockwave sends both Ekimu and Makuta into “endless sleep” (or slumber, or whatever, though I really doubt that it will be “endless” whatsoever, just as Mata Nui’s wasn’t). It also sends the masks (the animation, here, shows the MoCre, MoCon, and MoUP, though I think it is probably referring to all masks made by the two brothers) flying all over the island.

Now, of course, we know that the Toa are going to have to find the masks.

(A quick note – the animation is similar to that of what I’ve seen Mixels is, and I’m not particularly a fan of it. I don’t mind it too much, really, but I prefer the older style of animations. This is blockier, and has more odd angles, sort of, and looks, well, somewhat kid-y (I hesitate to use that semi-adjective, but I can’t really think of another way of saying it). I think it fits, somewhat, though, with this mythology-giving story, having it somewhat… cave-drawing-y, or something (again, bad semi-adjective). I dunno.)

But something that we don’t know about is where the “Skull Spider” or “Skull Krata” or whatever comes from – I still think it is Makuta-spawn, though I don’t know.

Now, before I get onto the really interesting NYCC stuff, let me put out the finalized set pictures of the “Protectors”, from this site (I didn’t list it in the list above because, actually, I discovered it had been updated while writing this post, as well as that it isn’t really directly related to what the majority of the post is about).

As before, there are sets with and without backgrounds, but I’m just going to post the with-background ones. Go to the site linked above to view both. And, oddly enough, we still don’t have Onua. I don’t know why.

 

Now, back to NYCC stuff.

Well, one thing: if you have a Twitter account (or, if you don’t, and make one), simply re-tweet this tweet by LEGO, and you’ll be entered in a chance to win a clear version of Tahu’s mask:

From here on, I’m mostly going to be referencing BZPower’s Twitter feed, Kahi’s Twitter feed, and that TTV summary, so I’ll just abbreviate them as such: @BZP, @Kahi, and TTV, respectively. That way, I won’t have to keep writing them out.

First of all, both @Kahi and @BZP have a nice selection of pictures of the sets. Look at both of them to get a feel for them. (@Kahi, in particular, has some very nice, detailed pictures of the Skull Spider.)

Secondly, gears. Lots of gears. Gears are back. The Toa have arm movement! (And, also, I see some gears on the Skull Spider, so we should be expecting some functions from it.)

There will be no Bionicle TV show, sadly (or is it? Yes, I think so), but there will be several 90-second shorts released on Bionicle’s website, which should be fun, though I’m hoping the animation will be different from that of the intro video.

@BZP has a lot of pictures from a display LEGO gave on Bionicle, with some in-development pictures of the Toa and Kanohi (I’m probably going to still call them that) and stuff. Worth a look.

(Also, apparently the new heads are going to have noses. Which strikes me as somewhat odd.)

Greg Farshtey has been involved in creating the story, but will not be writing the books (apparently, there will be new writers, plural), which I’ve actually found somewhat odd, since Greg has said himself that he goes into writing a book without a plan, other than, for example, the characters that he needs to use in it. So, it seems somewhat odd to use him in the “big story” planning group, when it seems his strength is more in the “small stories”. Either way, I’m still very glad he’s involved.

Apparently, they’re trying to keep it simpler, without having “complex names” and terms in the story, which I somewhat am taken aback by – sure, there are the Kanohi, with all their names and such, but it’s no different, in fact, I’d argue it is simpler, than something like Pokémon, where there are hundreds of names, and the fans seem to keep up with them no problem.

There are golden masks, one for each of the Toa, and one of the MoCre. I don’t know whether these are the kind that will be randomly inserted in mask packs or something, or if they’re real gold and going to be used in a contest or something. Either way, sounds fun.

More recently in @BZP’s stream, we see a poster, that talks about “Six mighty heroes, the Toa, crashed on the island of Okoto…” I’m quite interested in the “crashed” part, since, presumably, this isn’t on the Great Spirit Robot, so I don’t know where the Toa crashed in from. Interesting.

It looks like there are Bionicle sets, already available, in the LEGO store in New York City! I might actually get there in a few days, which would be seriously awesome. I’d love to get some of these new sets.

Also, it looks like all six Toa’s Kanohi will be available in each colour, which is nice to see again, and it looks like the spider mask/body things will be available in a few colours too.

Now, turning more towards @Kahi’s stream -

Apparently, each Toa’s weapons/tools can turn into some other thing/use, which LEGO is calling “Adrenaline Mode”.

Now, gonna get really speculative on this one. Adrenaline is a compound that is put into our bloodstream from a gland when we’re endangered or excited or whatnot, which is largely a biological feature, so could these Toa be more biological than the previous ones (in addition to having noses, apparently)?

Pshhh. That’s kind of convoluted.

There is something called “The Temple of Time” on the island of Okoto, which is interesting when taken with another bit of information in a moment…

Apparently, the main medium of media for the story (aside from the online animations, I assume), will be the books previously mentioned. While, I guess, comics haven’t been ruled out per se, it doesn’t sound like they’ve been mentioned. I’m quite disappointed by that, actually. I always loved the comics, plus I don’t really want to be forced to buy the books to catch up on the story.

Yes, Lewa has been changed from being a Toa of Air to being a Toa of Jungle, since (somewhat obviously) that fits in with the colour green more than does air.

Also, I just read on @Kahi’s stream that apparently the actual sets of the “Protectors” are elders in the villages, though “Protectors” in general are actually just the villagers. It sounds like the differentiation between Matoran and Turaga has been somewhat discarded, which I’m also somewhat disappointed about.

Now. The time-thing that I mentioned. Apparently, people at the display have hinted to the “Mataverse” Kanohi Vahi is actually half a mask. Also, in the animation, somewhere around ~0:50, when Makuta and Ekimu are shaking hands, there is a cloud on the left that looks a darn lot like the Vahi. All of this together seems to imply that there is some time travel involved, or some time-related stuff in general.

Also, @Kahi posted this:

We asked if the Toa Mata were the same Toa from the Mataverse. Our answer was if we remembered if Time Travel was used before.

I’m intrigued. Very.

While I am somewhat hesitant about the video, since it seems to kind of give too much information, in a way, telling a lot of the mythology that could be kept secret and slowly revealed, there seems to be a good amount more in store.

Also, on TTV, they say that the people at NYCC said that there is at least three years for this “new” Bionicle planned out, though that could easily go longer. (For example, the original Bionicle was planned to only go one year, and it went for ten instead).

I’m really excited, yet also somewhat skeptical. Probably, I’ll mentally separate the “new” and “old” Bionicle. This new one looks like it’s gonna be awesome, and I’m really looking forward to it, but the original holds so much nostalgia and… everything.

 

May both Mata Nui and Ekimu be with you, traveler, and let not Makuta shed shadow on your way.

Thanks to this site, I found the final set photos! Some things have obviously changed, as I’ll write about in a moment.

First, though, the photos (you can just look at them on the site, they also have background-less photos for each).

Oddly enough, we don’t have a picture of Onua, or of the “defenders”, but the site says that those should be coming along before too long.

Now, about changes:

You’ll notice that it is now the Mask of Creation in the corner, instead of the Ignika. I’m thinking they must have basically just copied over a previous set-banner that included the Ignika.

Also, it looks like the hand design has changed somewhat – more angular. I like it, I think.

Tahu’s Hau is different! More boxy. I’m not entirely sure I like it.

Now, even though the set picture on the “Skull something” set has “Lordof Skull Spiders” as its name, the site still listed it as Skull Krana. I’m not giving up on my idea, just yet.

LEGO Crocs

Found these in a store a bit ago. They were on sale for like five dollars or something, but obviously too small for me.

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Kanohi?

Scroll down, to two posts ago, or click this link, to get to the awesome post where I show all the stuff/news I’m hypothesizing about.

So, I was looking at the pictures of Tahu and Lewa, and realized something.

I had thought the Golden Masks in the pictures were just showing which mask they have. But then I realized something. They are golden.

Like the Golden Masks from the 2001-2 era, remember? And Tahu and Lewa (and all the other Toa, for that matter) are wearing the masks in the colour of their element.

Now, that second part might not mean much. I mean:

I’m not seeing any Golden Masks there.

But still, it’s interesting. It could mean that it is a reboot of the story, or it could mean something completely different.

(The friend whom I mention on here sometimes and I are hypothesizing that Artahka has somehow restarted the universe with the Mask of Creation, or something. Pure speculation, but it could work.)

 

 

More speculation.

(Scroll down, to the next post, for the really awesome stuff about the return of Bionicle that this post is referencing.)

I keep looking at the set photos. I really should stop.

But I can’t.

Look at the mini spider things in virtually all of the sets. Look at the shape of the body.

Now scroll down, and look at the mask that, presumably, comes with the Skull Krata. Same thing. (The legs clip onto the handle-things on the sides of the mask.)

Sort of reminds me of the 2001 saga of the infected masks.

Then look at the weapon things that come with each of the “Protectors”. It looks like 1×1 round studs go in them, and you can fire them, sort of like the guns in the new-ish Space sets. I haven’t actually managed to get my hands on one of those yet, but it looks quite similar. Whether this is a one-piece thing that shoots six, or if it is six of those previous style ones, I don’t know. But further from that – look at the “Protector of Fire”. His is shoulder-mounted, and it shows two of the studs being fired right after one another. It also has a axle sticking out of the back, with a bezel gear on it.

I think that might be a firing mechanism thing. You give that thing a twist, and it fires the studs.

I can’t wait.

Actually, if you look at the “Protector of Jungle” (not air, interesting, perhaps they have something to do with the Elemental Lords), he has a similar one, and it’s more obvious that it is one piece, instead of six.

I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on some of these.

Also, the relatively high piece-counts are alluring, and a nice change from the like 12-piece Matoran and Agori around the end of Bionicle.

I really should be getting back to “other things” that I really should be doing, but this, honestly, is much cooler.

Four days ago, LEGO posted on their Twitter and Google+ pages that they were announcing something “very exciting” in four days:

Then, two days later:

Needless to say, Bionicle fans were tense. And we were not disappointed, today.

Then, on LEGO Bionicle’s Facebook page (which, by the way, has been there since 7/10/14, so I’m not sure how we didn’t notice it), this was posted:

‘’It is told that there exists a mask that will grant its bearer unspeakable power. Made from raw magic and solid gold, it is an artifact crafted with absolute precision and timeless skill – it is known as the Mask of Creation’’Welcome to the World of LEGO® BIONICLE®

We are ready to take you on an epic quest to find the Masks of Power. It will be a journey you will never forget. Stay tuned #BIONICLE2015

A few days ago, also, they posted some Bionicle-related photos, so I’m even more confused about how we didn’t notice it earlier. Oh well.
But there’s more, although it is less official. Somehow (not sure where these came from), these much higher-quality images of sets have been leaked (found them on Tumblr). First, the Toa:
And then the “Protectors”:
And the “Skull Krata” (more on that one in a moment).
So, these are pretty obviously the leaked sets that we’ve already seen, albeit much higher quality. Presumably, the “Skull Krata” (probably meant to be Kraata?) is the bad guy, and, as we all know, Kraata are basically Makuta-spawn. So, could this mean that there will be Makuta involved?
Maybe. I hope so.
Also, I’m loving the purple on the “Protector of Earth”. Perhaps we will get more purple from here on?
What’s really befuddling me, though, is the Ignika in the corner. I mean, this is just preliminary stuff, but still… Very interesting, and worthy to be considered.
Anyway, this Winter should be pretty awesome.
(Edit: Sorry if the images are cut off slightly on here – you can right click them and click “View Image” or somesuch to see them better. I don’t know why that happened, or if it’s just for me.)

Confirmation.

That’s right.

The return of Bionicle has been confirmed.

Well, not confirmed, exactly, but it has been proven.

Gatanui, from BZPower (and maker of BOGA, which I posted a lot about many years ago), discovered this image lurking around on LEGO’s servers:

Here’s actually the link, to the photo on LEGO.com’s server (just click the photo to go to it):

Anyway, it is the tile sort of thing that shows up on the product page.

There’s also another thing, for the animated tile, here:

http://cache.lego.com/r/www/-/media/Portal%20V2010/FranchisePortal/bionicle/bionicle_210x227_PortalFranchiseCard_Animation.swf

 

Anyway, things are really in motion, now! I’m really looking forward to seeing the new story and sets.

Now, of course, the NYCC is coming soon (where, it seems, the announcement of Bionicle’s return is more likely to happen, now), but I’m wondering if LEGO is going to make an official statement soon, now that the secret is “out of the bag”, so to speak. I hope so.

Updates. Bionicle. 2015.

It has been a few weeks (or months?) since I last talked about the possibility of Bionicle returning in 2015, and wow has a lot happened since then. A lot of it has been in the form of very small things, but it’s seeming, more and more, to be more than a coincidence.

I’m just going to start off with the most intriguing part of it all (at least to me). This new leaked image. (Upload thanks to Mesonak from TTV.)

It quite clearly has the same figures and heading as one of the previously leaked photos, but that, one, it is in colour this time, and, two, that the display design is somewhat different, I think leads to its credibility.

There was also, on some Russian forum, or something, leaked set names, though the translation was rather… sketchy. It sounds like the Toa Mata/Nuva will be coming back, though.

To add to that, Chro is pretty much the only guy on BZP that I’ve had any real interaction with, at Brickfair, and interacting via IM and such, and he is absolutely convinced. It sounds like he knows the guy who leaked it, or something.

Additionally, it seems that there was a (quickly rectified) thing on LEGO.com that if you searched for Bionicle, it would bring you to a “coming soon” page. Personally, I didn’t see this, but it was quite the thing on BZP for a while, and I saw some screenshots.

There was also, on the ongoing “Ask Greg” thread on the LEGO Message Boards, something that Greg said that vaguely implied something about Bionicle’s future, but I’m not too sure about that.

Most recently, BZP has actually gotten some free tickets to the New York Comic-Con, and has been told by LEGO that they want people there to see the unveiling of a “Brand new theme”. Some people were discouraged by this, thinking that Bionicle wouldn’t be called a “brand new theme”, but others said that (which I agree with) if LEGO said “a rebooted theme” or something of the sort, it would be pretty obvious what it is.

I’m probably convinced at about 85%. 15% of me still says otherwise.

I made this guy at the same time that my before-mentioned friend who build the MOC in the previous post made his.
Sorry. That sentence is a wreck.
Anyway, meet Makuta Nerinæ. He’s a good (well, semi-good, sort of like Krikka but a little more so) Makuta.
While being typically aligned with the side that is doing (seeming to him) relatively good things (he is against the ploy to take over the GSR), he is a brutal fighter who has multiple hidden techniques and such.
Basically, he’s “good” in some ways, and “evil” in others.
Originally, obviously, he was “neutral”, being in the Brotherhood of Makuta, but had his doubts about the revolt. When he saw first-hand a Makuta kill a Toa, he turned, though still remains a partial member of the Brotherhood, due to somewhat mysterious links he has with higher-ups in the organization.

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