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I haven't made a journal in quite a while, and I hope to change that, but here is a subject I've given some thought to. I don't know if you've ever heard of Bionicle, but it is my favorite Lego line. It began around 2001 as a kick-start to aid Lego's financial difficulties. The line is about bio-mechanical creatures and characters who are all involved in a large plot mainly involving the conflict between Mata Nui and Makuta. Its story is enormous and very complex. Describing even a summary will involve more than 1 or 2 journals. There are dozens of books and magazine, four movies, and quite a lot of sets. Since it's beginning, Bionicle has expanded quite a lot, but ended in a conclusion that many fans were disappointed in (I think most of the disappointment was in the sets).

Either way, Bionicle was discontinued in 2009 or 2010, and it was followed by Hero Factory. Hero Factory won over some young fans, but many Bionicle fans didn't feel like it could even come close to competing with its predecessor. Personally, I thought the new CCBS building system was interesting, but its story was just not as developed. Bionicle has a timeline that spans several centuries in the Matoran Universe and beyond. Hero Factory doesn't come close. I understand Lego's decision though. It was sometimes hard, even for me, to catch up on all of Bionicle's story and history. They wanted something refreshing and simplified. But as I've heard before, there are kids who would love and enjoy an in-depth story like Bionicle's.

Fortunately, Lego decided to return Bionicle, but not where it left off. Last Winter 13 sets came out, and the Bionicle Website was updated with an entirely new story. Old fans recognized names like Tahu, Kopaka, Lewa, Gali, Pohatu, Onua, and Makuta. But are these the same characters fans knew from the old generation? The Toa have amnesia, and don't have any memories of their old lives. There are new locations and characters, even a new written system (the matoran language was the main written language of the old gen). The only things that seem to stick with the old Bionicle were 7 characters, which may or may not be the ones we knew. I don't think Lego confirmed if this new Bionicle is connected to the old generation or not, so time will tell.

As for my list, I thought I could list down some of the things I like about the new Bionicle sets, and they are in no particular order:

1.) The CCBS system: While Hero Factory was running, I wasn't sure what to think of the new system. Lego designed the pieces to be almost as universal as their normal pieces. They are made of a stronger plastic than the old Bionicle pieces, and they relied more on the ball joint connections. They even introduced a new connection system with two little indents designed to fit into matching pieces. The new indent connection was one of the reasons I started to dislike the CCBS system at first. It was just so different from all the other connections Bionicle has used before (which were Lego Technic based).

That was until I saw the variety of pieces with this new connection. It's not as big of a variety as I would have hoped, but hopefully Lego will expand that. and there were the ball and socket joint connections. The way they set up all the pieces allows for some nice poses for the figures. Up until the Inika, Bionicle sets were hard to pose. The original Toa looked awesome, but they couldn't do many of the poses that kids would like. The Rahkshi and Toa Metru had elbow and knee joints, but there was still some lack in poses. Even the Toa Hordika were a little hard to pose when you tried out the left arm. I love Bionicle, and its old sets, but I'll give the CCBS system some points for its use of ball and socket joints. Before I forget, I think the Titans were the best sets to pose with in the old gen.

2.) The Gear system: Now this is something I really enjoy. The gear system of the new sets are far better than the gear systems for the old sets. Lego gave this new system more friction so that the arms don't flop and fall to gravity every time you try to pose. Granted some of the new sets need better friction like the Skull Grinder and his heavy weapon (they should have taken the route of the Gali or Onua figure). Personally, I love it when toys have more mechanics, it's why I started to love Bionicle in the first place. The gear system is fun to play with, and it's optional because of the ball joints.

3.) The Colors: This time around, Bionicle sets have more colors than the basic reused colors they've used over the years. The old Bionicle sets had a lot of cool colors, but these sets just bring an arrangement of new beautiful colors. It's nice for my MoCs, and I can use more artistic design.

4.) The Sets' Basic Design: I'm always open for new designs with new waves. I don't mind if all 6 toa have the same build, but Bionicle started using copies after the Inika. I love the Inika builds, but it gets a bit tiring after you see them over and over again for multiple waves. Bionicle began with a lot of new different designs. The Toa Mata/Nuva had different designs than the Rahi, Bohrok, Rahkshi, Turaga, Matoran, Toa Metru, etc. Each wave had something new, and some sets of the same wave had individuality (like Pohatu's use of the Torso). Lego is starting bringing some of that back with the new sets. The is the new universal CCBS system involved in each, but the Toa look different than the Protectors and Skull villains. And there is some individuality going on between sets.

Onua had a wider shoulder area and shorter legs. Pohatu is thin like Lewa and Gali, but has less armor. Lewa has what looks like a pack or something, but it still looks cool. Even Tahu has a location for his secondary fire swords. The Protector of Earth has his shooter in his torso. The Skull Slicer has a gear system that operates on all four arms. There are more besides. The most uniformity I see are the Skull Spiders, but they all come in different colors and some come with tail pieces.

5.) The Sets' Aesthetic Designs: Lego took the designs of the old gen toa and played with it. You will see elements of the Toa's Mata and Nuva forms, and they all look cool. There are a few flaws, but I see a lot of interesting things in each set. The Masks are awesome (other than how easy I can lose them :( ), the colors look cool (but already went over that), Individuality is great, and just all of it combined makes for some cool sets. The Aesthetics of the Toa, Protectors, and Villains all have personality.

That's all I can think of right now, but if I missed or forgot anything, please inform me. Most of this is my personal opinion, and you're allowed to have your own. I'm not saying the new gen is better than the old, I'm simply saying some of the things I like about the sets of Bionicle.

I do not own Lego or any of its properties.
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jo-jo999freak Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Student Artist
QAQ the freakin commercials wouldn't let me watch it! Can you send me a link or a commercial of the new ones please?
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Ok, I'll try some Youtube links.

This is the CGI commercial for the first wave. www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPDSxx…

And one for the Summer Wave. www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDp5Ck…
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BroJoe2015 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student General Artist
That was cool, wish they had more of the story line like the winter one where they were finding the masks and fighting their way to the city (but could have gotten different voice actors for them)
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah, they should have had more story-line and more than one actor. I wouldn't mind if the voice they have was just for the Protector of Fire, but it just didn't feel right for the Toa. If they make a CGI movie, I would like them to have the actors who played the Toa Nuva in Mask of Light. And I would like to see the same kind of personalities. Mostly because of Pohatu because here he acts like another Kopaka, but the movie shows him more carefree and Optimistic. Tahu and Kopaka are still butting head for leadership, which isn't uncommon for them. Onua got a bit of Gali's role as peacekeeper in the videos, and Lewa is still fun loving (and still has his bad luck if you've see episode 11). Still I think they can manage to get the old voice actors back, many of them returned for the other Bionicle movies and returned for Lego shows like Ninjago. Scott McNiel is still acting, and I just saw him in a live-action role for my first time in the Flash.
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BroJoe2015 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Student General Artist
True to all of that, but Pohatu got serious after the Rahkshi attack and the power blast that made him have fear (Onua got the same attack but with the hunger power blast (for more power, I think. And if you recall, the Bohrok-Kal over did it on the "more power" thing). Kopaka is not always slipping, he's the freaked ice Toa for crying out loud. And yes Onua does have the peacekeeping thing like Gali (which means 'fountain' in Hebrew by the way) because he uses wisdom as a companion (must be a On-Matora thing too because of the Archives in Metru Nui). True that Lewa (which means beautiful girl in some African country, don't know which one, I was just wondering what the names meant. And Tahu means pure in Aramaic, typically a boy's name) gets in trouble again. And that's cool that you got to see him
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Student General Artist
Ok, I didn't get to read much of the comics or books of Bionicle other than a few of them taking place between the second and third movie. Most of the Toa Nuva didn't speak during those books other than Tahu (who spoke out his concerns about the things the Turaga hid). Onua and Pohatu didn't get to do much after the Onu-Koro attack in the movie. But I do recall the Makuta (Teridax) mentioning hunger and fear being part of the 3 Rahkshi sent to Onu-Koro. I know the slipping was supposed to be a joke, but I agree with you. He creates blizzards and had no trouble walking across the lake he froze to save Takua. I don't know the toa's personalities much beyond the movie. I know Kopaka is second in charge and that he has the opposite personality of Tahu.

I heard that when Bionicle first came out there was a large issue with the names Lego chose. It was later resolved, but Lego had to change or drop some names. I didn't meat Scott, I just saw the episode and noticed he had a role in it. It's not like I was there on set to meet him. 
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BroJoe2015 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Student General Artist
The first books, like them in Mata Nui, practically putting themselves together, all the way to the Bohrok swarms where they became the Toa Nuva, they had a chapter each and it went back in forth, explaining how they got other masks to fight Teridax (but he ran away and making the Dark Toa fight them, what a wuss) and the little swarm masks from seven of each species (there were seven different kinds of Bohrok elements) of each element. That's when it just ended as a one person pov
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah, I don't think any of the Toa Mata/Nuva ever confronted Makuta in a face-to-face battle until Takua became Takanuva and entered Makuta's lair. He just stayed in the shadows and let his pawns attack the Matoran and Toa first. It just seems to be the way Teridax works. He schemes and hides in the shadows until he finds the right time to make his move. It's how he became the leader of the Makuta, overthrew Metru Nui, and took over the Mata Nui Robot. He will betray his brotherhood to gain ultimate power, but usually runs when he doesn't want to fight. But once he had the power, he did try to protect it at all costs (as is the case when he found out Mata Nui started to control another robot being).
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BroJoe2015 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Ok, that would have cool to watch him in person, my dad actually was living Las Vagus when they shoot one of the Star Trek movies out in the desert and he got a glimpse at the characters in action
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Student General Artist
You're dad was very lucky. I don't think I ever got to meet any famous actors. I know that I've met some famous authors (such as Christopher Paolini, Benden Mull, Yann Martel, and Greg Mortinson), but not actors.
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jo-jo999freak Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Student Artist
I like the second one better thanks!
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Student General Artist
np. :)
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