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:
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?
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.
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).
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!?
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Thank you, Black Six, for your hard work and passion in restoring our beloved forums, and I hope the hacker is caught!
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!
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!
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!
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!
One life goal down, three to go!
I have a photo of me wearing it, but idk if I'm allowed to post it.
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.
Although I have attempted to move the site to another host, none that I found have the capacity to hold our expanding website, which is currently in the process of adding a number of large games that once graced Bionicle's website. Because of this, I have found no alternative but to start paying for the website's upkeep.
As a result, I am planning to upgrade the website, which will save money in the long run, and give the site a new domain with a shorter address. Please stay tuned for updates.
A big thank you to everyone who has helped the club reach the site's milestone of 1,500 unique monthly visitors. Even if the milestone caused all this drama, it means the club is gaining momentum.
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