2008 Is Not The End
Not a very catchy title, I know. But I wanted to make this so I could stop repeating myself so much. Today the Bones Blog brings you the truth about this much-over-asked question, and some major points to consider about where Bionicle might be headed.
To everybody asking "Is 2008 the end of Bionicle? It says 'Final Battle'! ":
No. Stop panicking.
It's the end of the first chapter of Bionicle. Bionicle will end only if the sets stop selling.
Everything from 2001 to 2008 has been about awakening Mata Nui (or, in the flashback years, showing what happened when he fell into slumber in the first place). This year, the Toa Nuva are finally being set up to finish that task. The "Final Battle" refers to this final stage of all that story.
But evil doesn't just go poof when Mata Nui awakes. Indeed, it's possible it could get even worse.
Remember that in 2004's storyline, we learned that the Dark Hunters, the rebellious Makuta, even in the past groups such as the Barraki were able to wreak havoc before being stopped by the heroes of the Bionicle universe, the Toa, and in some cases others. Mata Nui didn't wave a magic wand and make them all magically stop. Mata Nui's job is to worry about the bigger things, like keeping the underground Matoran universe running smoothly, the roof not collapsing, the domes not flooding, etc.
So you will still have heroes who can fight enemies, and not "super-over-powered" heroes either -- think of it like a nuclear bomb in war compared to ground soldiers' weapons. You can't just nuke everything to win; you also need the smaller weapons to go into more complex, local situations. If Mata Nui could wave such a wand, it's quite possible he'd cause unintended damage even to the good guys, since he's so powerful. (For example, any Matoran who's infected in some way would be destroyed even though they weren't evil.)
There will presumably still be the Brotherhood of Makuta to deal with. It's doubtful the Toa Nuva will defeat them all in one year, even if it is a war (which is implied by the term "battle"). The Dark Hunters would probably still be around. Who knows who else is lurking out there. For all we know, the Red Star beings include some big enemies that will be unleashed.
But let's take this a step farther -- think strategically. Do you think the Makuta will just go "oh, well, you win"?
No. The BoM might fight even harder with Mata Nui awake, pulling out all the stops to overcome this new challenge. Remember the mysterious inscriptions Zaktan found. Mata Nui might still be in a weakened state too. Don't just assume everything becomes hunky-dory when Mata Nui awakens.
Besides, it wouldn't make sense for LEGO to remove all bad guys, 'cuz then there'd be no villains to fight, and no way to keep making cash off of Bionicle.
Now, Greg said that this new direction would involve new ideas with "sets, story, setting," etc. "while still keeping it BIONICLE". That tells me we could very well expect a new kind of hero, new kinds of villains, who knows, maybe even a new master villain! What if there's a part of the Bionicle universe cut off from the rest that has its own seperate story but still has protodermis, Matoran, etc? Just one possibility, but you get the idea.
And finally, if you don't believe me:
1) Read this GregF blog entry.
2) Remember there's a movie in 2009.
3) Greg's attended planning meetings for 2009 and beyond.
4) All along, Greg has said they have basic concepts for about 20 total years of Bionicle (and then would make up more later if it stays alive). We've only had 8 years.
5) Don't forget this year is built around the return of the Nuva which is something BZPers have been begging for in the first place. For them to return, it would only make sense if they finally got to awaken Mata Nui. So the setup of this year is expected anyways; we should be expecting this kind of marketing verbiage for such a major event.
6) MNOG2 in 2003 was called the "Final Chronicle." Don't take these things too literally.
Thar. Now I can just link to this, lol.
[size="4"][b]Please see these links:[/b][/size]
[url="http://www.bzpower.com/forum/index.php?automodule=blog&blogid=39&showentry=24601"][color="#0000FF"][b]Bones Blog: 2008 Is Not The End[/b][/color][/url]
[url="http://www.bzpower.com/forum/index.php?automodule=blog&blogid=26&showentry=20886"][b][color="#0000FF"]GregF's Blog: 2009[/color][/b][/url]