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Could we see more Gen 1 elements in Gen 2 Bionicle?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 10 2014 · 179 views
Gen 1, Gen 2, Dark Hunters and 2 more...
As a pure genwunner who is against this idea of a 100% reboot, obviously I yearn for more Gen 1 elements in Gen 2 Bionicle. But what's to say it won't happen?

LEGO stated in their meeting in BZPower's video that they wanted to dumb down the names so younger fans can more easily understand, meaning species like Matoran, Skakdi, Vortixx and Skrall are no more. But there are a few elements of Gen 1 that can still work despite this:

Dark Hunters

The ultimate example of Gen 1 elements that can transition seamlessly into Gen 2 are the Dark Hunters. The name "Dark Hunters" is perfect for the new naming system used in Gen 2 Bionicle, the name "The Shadowed One" is both mysterious and fitting for Gen 2, and nearly all Dark Hunters have English code names (though there's no way we'll see Gen 1 characters that don't, such as Triglax and Lariska).

When I was hoping for a continuation, I argued that The Shadowed One would be the perfect new main villain because of his hidden name, and his organisation, and I can see both returning in Gen 2 Bionicle as alternate villains. Bionicle has had alternate villains before and lasted 9 years doing so (Dark Hunters, Barraki, Skrall), and other successful franchises had multiple main villains (eg. Batman had the Joker and the Riddler, and Spiderman had Goblin and Doc Oc), so why not do it again now?

Great Beings

The Great Beings could be deities or demigods (or even Gods) in Gen 2 Bionicle. In fact I feel Ekimu and Makuta could be Great Beings. Okay, so Gen 1 Great Beings can't wear masks, but what's stopping Gen 2 Great Beings (if they exist) from being able to do so? Remember, this is a reboot, so LEGO can easily redesign the Great Beings as they see fit.

Great Spirits

Again with the idea of redesigning past elements, Gen 2 Bionicle could have Gods known as Great Spirits who could be worshipped as Mata Nui was (and be actual spirits rather than 40,000,000' tall robots).


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Bionicle 2015: My Verdict

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 10 2014 · 190 views
Bionicle & BZPower
Having seen what little I can from NYCC (being unable to go because I'm Australian and being limited in what I can see because I was at TAFE all day today), I have formed more of an opinion and verdict of Bionicle 2015. Obviously there's a lot I still don't know, but this is what I can make of Bionicle 2015 thus far:

Toa
Gali, Onua (or Onya according to the website), Lewa, Tahu, Pohatu and Kopaka have been confirmed to still be Toa. However, Lewa seems to have control over both air AND plant life, which I find quite confusing. It is stated that they "crashed" on the island of Otoko, implying that they hail from elsewhere, providing evidence there will soon be exploration of more of the world no matter what world or canon this is.

Kopaka continues to remind me of myself, but now in a different way. Something about him being clumsy!?


Defenders
I still know nothing about these "Defenders" except that they are native to Otoko. What they are, what they do, whether I consider them worth buying, I still don't know.


Makuta and Ekimu
The presence of a character with the name "Makuta" proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is a 100% reboot, with NO connections to the 2001-2011 story or canon, and honestly I am disappointed. I lost interest in Digimon because they rebooted it (and they keep rebooting the story over and over and over again), and I fear I may lose interest in Bionicle for the same reason.

The only legitimate reason ANY form of continuation would have another "Makuta" is if this Makuta is a Great Being, and the species was named after him. But can Great Beings wear and use masks? Probably not.

If these two became sets (and they probably will next semester, begging the question of what the other three large sets will be), I would love to see a combiner model for them, especially if said combiner was Artakha (which won't happen because it's a reboot, but it's a nice thought).


Clear Hau
Two words: JERBRAZ CONFIRMED!!!

Okay I kid because of the reboot thing but that's the first thing that comes to mind when I see a clear mask.



All are welcome to criticise and prove me wrong (providing actual PROOF if they do so), as long as you are gentle.


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What next?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Sep 19 2014 · 210 views
life news
"The hunter is nothing without the hunted."

With the campaign to bring back Bionicle just about over, one would think that an addict like me would be all but lost in what do do with my life other than just buying Bionicle sets like anyone else.

Actually, my campaign will continue, albeit much quieter. My aim now will be to keep Bionicle back until at least mid-2016, which would see Bionicle back for a year and a half, bridging the gap between its initial ending in 2010 and the end of its 10th anniversary in 2011.

In addition, I have other goals I can now fully focus on: (However these may be considered political; I will understand if the admins wish to remove the second half of this entry)

While other Bionicle fans turned to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, I rediscovered my childhood love of trains, and that reshaped my future. I've even gone as far as to design a brand new railway line for my local area. Although said railway line started out as a personal project, I've gone as far as to propose it to the powers that be in hopes of making it a reality, because I realise it can work VERY well!

Unfortunately, those same powers that be would rather build roads than railway lines, and I've become one of many people in my state fighting them in order to stop a particularly expensive road and have its money spent on railway lines statewide.

In addition, I need a job. I've been job-seeking for a year now, and with a looming jobs crisis (especially in my age group), I am a VERY long way from getting one, and there's also the chance that I may NEVER get a job! I am hoping to use the aforementioned railway line design as a portfolio in order to get a job as a transport planner, and the proposal as a way to sell myself and my natural creative skills.

So despite Bionicle coming back, I am still very busy. Its return simply means I now have more time to focus on my other goal(s).


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VICTORY!

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , in Bring Back Bionicle Club Sep 19 2014 · 449 views
BBBC
On Tuesday the 24th of November 2009, LEGO made the announcement that they would be ending Bionicle in the middle of 2010. Immediately, campaigns and petitions began to bring Bionicle back.

On Saturday the 19th of March 2011, two BZPower members, Makuta_of_Oz and PAPER SPEAKERS WAT, got together to form a fan group and campaign dedicated to bringing back Bionicle, and as such the Bring Back Bionicle Club was born.

On Thursday the 7th of July 2011, the Bring Back Bionicle Club gained its own website, complete with projects, news, and later on, games.

And today, on Friday the 19th of September 2014, we have succeeded in our mission. LEGO has officially announced on Facebook and Twitter, the return of LEGO Bionicle.

As the rumours suggested, the "big announcement" promised by LEGO was about Bionicle. It featured a teaser video of the mysterious golden mask featured in a leaked image, spinning atop a pedestal. It was also officially revealed that this mask is the Mask Of Creation, once worn by the legendary Artakha.

Although we don't have any new information beyond this, it is highly likely that we may see Artakha in set form wearing the mask very soon. The revelation also points towards the likelihood of Bionicle's story being a continuation of the old story, rather than a total reboot, but this remains unconfirmed.

You may be wondering now, where does this leave the Bring Back Bionicle Club now that it has achieved its mission? Well actually, our task is not yet done. In addition to bringing back Bionicle, we aim to keep it back for at least a year and a half. This would bridge the gap between Bionicle's end and the end of what was supposed to be its 10th anniversary. All branches will remain open, and reporting more news as it comes, until at least mid-2016.

Now, feel free to discuss and celebrate this victory to your heart's content, and rejoice!


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Looking back at my sig...

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Sep 08 2014 · 140 views
Bring Back Bionicle and 1 more...
...I realise that even if Bionicle does come back, I'll still have a sig.

Obviously most of my sig is made up of Bring Back Bionicle propaganda, but there is also that baterra pitch for LEGO Ideas which I can keep after LEGO's announcement.

Speaking of said announcement, when is the New York Comic Con? Rumour has it they'll make the announcement AND reveal the sets at that event.


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I'm just gonna sit back...

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Sep 08 2014 · 148 views
Bring Back Bionicle and 1 more...
...and watch every Bionicle fansite on the Internet, including my own, go into meltdown.

I've gained a keen interest in watching other people's natural reactions to events of all sorts, which I think stemmed from my interest in Teridax. But now I'm watching everyone's excitement over Bionicle returning.

BTW, although I know Bionicle's coming back thanks to other anonymous sources, I still await an official announcement from LEGO before I declare my Bring Back Bionicle campaign won.


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Website issues

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , in Bring Back Bionicle Club Jul 31 2014 · 116 views

For some weird reason, I can no longer access the Bring Back Bionicle website even though I was able to only 5 days ago. As a result, I will not be able to update it with the latest news story until further notice.

However, I have been able to update the blog on the deviantArt branch with the same news story, so you may have a look there if you wish to read it.


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I apologise

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 12 2014 · 288 views
Bionicle & BZPower
In my last entry, I updated the issue of thieves attacking LEGO fans by stealing LEGO sets in Australia's east, and I'll admit I got a bit hostile writing it.
 
My negativity ended up polluting the sanctuary (as Nokama would put it), because a fight broke out and the boss had to shut the entry down.
 
I would like to apologise for my rant, and for my short-sightedness. As of late, I have been fighting my own country's Government, and that has resulted in an unusually short fuse. The sad part, though, is that I'm used to seeing fights such that occurred last night amongst Australia's rail community; I just never thought I'd live to see the day it would happen on BZPower.
 
If I had kept my temper under control, it would not have rubbed off on my fellow BZPers, and this fight would never have happened. So I take responsibility for my own actions, and apologise.


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$70,000 AUD and counting

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 12 2014 · 532 views

http://news.ninemsn....stores-for-lego
 
The thieves reported on in my previous entry remain on the run. They have now robbed 5 stores in NSW and Victoria. It is plain obvious they hate LEGO and its fans with these constant attacks on US, and they MUST be stopped IMMEDIATELY.


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$15,000AUD worth of LEGO sets stolen from Australian toy store

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 02 2014 · 285 views

http://www.abc.net.a...y-store/5495608
 
A toy store in Seymour, a country town north of Melbourne, has been robbed twice by an organised crime gang. Among the stolen property were LEGO TECHNIC and LEGO City sets. The thieves removed the glass panel from the front door to gain entry, and in the first attack, removed the hard drive from the store's CCTV camera, stealing the evidence of their attack.


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BBBC member dies in car accident

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , in Bring Back Bionicle Club Jan 23 2014 · 412 views
BBBC
It is with great sorrow that we must inform you that one of our members, known simply as "Dat Toa Nuparu", has sadly passed away.

Dat Toa Nuparu was involved in a car accident that left him concussed and with a broken arm. He was rushed to hospital but died a short time later. He was only 17.

Rest In Peace, brother. May your soul finally find comfort.


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Steam Train Mystery solved!

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Nov 02 2013 · 204 views
trains
Nearly 2 years ago now, I said that I had heard what sounded like the horn of a steam train after I arrived at the train station near my home following a trip to Sandringham.
 
I now know what that sound was, and yes it was a steam train! On December 4 2011, a steam tour went from the city to the end of the train line I live on! For security reasons, I cannot post links or pictures that may reveal where I live, but I can say that I'm SPEWING that I missed it, more so because I was out on a train-related adventure that day!


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I'm the first one on the newly-fixed forums!

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 30 2013 · 209 views
Bionicle & BZPower
I'm beginning to see the value of social media. Through it, I was able to find out almost immediately that BZPower had returned from its hack attack!
 
Thank you, Black Six, for your hard work and passion in restoring our beloved forums, and I hope the hacker is caught!


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What is this?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Aug 04 2013 · 273 views
Bionicle & BZPower
http://www.bzpower.c...php?app=raffles
 
BZPower does raffles now?


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My Day at the Pokémon VGC National Championships

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jul 20 2013 · 162 views

Yesterday, I finally got the chance to attend a Pokémon Video Game National Championships, something I've been dreaming of ever since the series started in 2009! The event was held in Victoria, Australia, at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

I had been working until late the night before to get my team ready. However, one of my Pokémon was below level 50, and when I arrived at the tournament, I discovered that all Pokémon below level 50 would NOT get scaled up like every other Pokémon! So I ended up spending a frantic half-hour levelling it up before I could register!

At last, I entered: just another one out of a total of 180 entrants, the equal biggest tournament I've entered!

My first round was displayed on the big screen, which was an honour. Using the same rain wind team I've been using for a while (albeit modified and improved), I was able to take out my opponent 4-0. My opponent ended up making quite a few rookie mistakes, such as using Will-o-Wisp to burn my Politoed when my physical-attacking Toxicroak was also in play, and then using Hydro Pump on Toxicroak, healing it because of Dry Skin!

My second round match went almost as well --- another 4-0 victory. I forget most details of that match, but I do remember my opponent at one point tried a Waterfall attack, which was absorbed by my Gastrodon's Storm Drain, adding to the power it was already receiving from Politoed's Surf. After my unbeaten run thus far, I was proud of at least getting past round 2, a round I have a bad habit of losing. But I tried not to get cocky: last time I went to round 3 without loss, I lost my 3rd round match.

My third round match came before too long. Again I forgot most of what happened, but I do remember I finally lost one of my Pokémon (I can't even remember which it was). In the end it was a convincing 3-0 win.

In round 4, I was once again on the big screen. I faced what looked to be a hail room team. Deciding on my team proved difficult: I ended up changing my team at the last second. I led with Politoed and Toxicroak, while my opponent led with Abomasnow and Eelektross. During the first turn, Toxicroak Faked Out Abomasnow, while Eelektross used a surprisingly underpowered Discharge, which, even with a critical hit (softened by a Wacan Berry though), did less than 50% damage. Surf in turn did less, leading me to believe it was bulky. Next turn, Toxicroak KO'd Abomasnow with Drain Punch, and was then KO'd by Eelektross' Acrobatics. Next turn, I sent out Scizor, and the opponent sent out Amoongus. Panicking (I hate fighting Amoongus), I took the risk of double-attacking it. Scizor was able to OHKO it with Acrobatics, and Politoed's Ice Beam finished off Eelektross, leaving me on the right side of a 3-1 advantage. With a little difficulty and the loss of my Politoed I ended up winning once again. By now I was VERY proud of how I was going!

Immediately after the match, I was called aside for an interview by representatives from Nintendo Australia! I agreed, but was very nervous, having never been interviewed before. I explained my mindset going into the tournament, and how I had been going, as well as what I knew about how others battle. The interview should be on Nintendo Australia's website within a week, hopefully.

At last, the top 8 round began. I decided not to use Politoed in this match… a decision I regretted. Without Politoed's rain (or that of my opponent, who also had Politoed but didn't use it), my Tornadus' Hurricane never hit the opposing Breloom when I wanted it to, and paralysis from Liepard's Thunder Wave only made things worse. In the end I was defeated 2-0. The guy who beat me went on to become one of our two representatives at the World Championships in Vancouver!

Despite my defeat, and my falling agonisingly short of battling for a spot in Worlds (I'm still haunted by the thought of what would've happened had I used Politoed in that match), I still had a great day, and learned a lot about my team (like how much it depends on Politoed to work). Hopefully I'll be inspired enough to take my knowledge and skills into the next generation next year! Best of luck and fortune to our representatives in Vancouver this August!


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Australia in Pokemon Video Game World Championships! :D

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 27 2013 · 129 views
Pokemon
That's right! Australia is officially a part of the Pokémon Video Game World Championships! :D :D :D :D :D
 
This weekend and next weekend, we will be holding State championships, where we will be competing for entry into our very own Pokémon Video Game National Championships, held in PAX Australia, right here in Melbourne! :D
 
Ever since Worlds started in 2009, I have been campaigning long and hard for Australia to get a fair go in Worlds, and a long last my labours, and those of many other like-minded fans, have paid off! :D
 
Needless to say, I WILL be participating in States. At my skill level the odds are slim that I'll make Nationals, but I will nonetheless enjoy the atmosphere, and the fact that I have achieved a lifelong goal! :D
 
One life goal down, three to go!


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Nintendo and Pikmin

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 20 2013 · 188 views

I heard somewhere that Nintendo makes Pikmin just for fun, not for profit, and wouldn't care if it makes a loss on the series. Can anyone here confirm if that's true?


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We've Moved!

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , in Bring Back Bionicle Club May 05 2013 · 122 views

Due to issues with the "free" web host provider now charging excessive amounts of money to keep the website running, apparently due to the site getting a large amount of unique visitors, we have had to move the website to a new host, and therefore change its domain.

As part of the move, I have also given the site a minor overhaul. Its banner has been updated, the unused chatroom removed, and other parts of the website tidied up.

In addition, I have added a large number of games to the Games page. Unfortunately, the promised Mata Nui Online Game 2 is not among them. The version I have been given crashes when trying to load the starting room, and so cannot be run. If someone else could find a version that works in a browser window, please contact me.
 
As far as I'm aware, I still can't advertise the site here because elements other than the chatroom made it illegal to do so. You will have to seek out other branches to find the new site.


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New PB in Pokémon Tournaments

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , May 04 2013 · 61 views
Pokemon
Great day today. Made a personal best performance in today's charity Pokémon tournament, coming third! I won a Pokémon Black & White shirt that features silhouettes of Reshiram and Zekrom.
 
I have a photo of me wearing it, but idk if I'm allowed to post it.


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Winged Pikmin

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Apr 17 2013 · 145 views

Winged Pikmin I only just found out about the revelations for the new Winged Pikmin in Pikmin 3, announced in last night's Nintendo Direct.

I LOVE THEM! Aside from being cute, they are also versatile, and they make my author-like imagination go wild! I sincerely hope they make small plushes of these like they did with the first 5 Pikmin species.

For those who missed it, this is what winged Pikmin can do:
  • They can fly, meaning they are not inhibited by land hazards such as water.
  • When working with other winged Pikmin and no other species, they can carry objects through the air, going over obstacles instead of around them. Whether they can carry them up cliffs is unknown, but likely.
  • It appears they are strong against flying foes, such as the horribly-annoying Swooping Snitchbug.
 
Image is from IGN's website, where the video was found.






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