Yes after a very long absense I am back with my final entry in the "History of Bionicle" series. This entry I will detail the 2006 storyline, the first part of the 2007 storyline and info on the future of Bionicle. So without further adu...
History of BIONICLE part 6-The expansion
As the Adventures story arc came to a close Bionicle fans all around were now waiting for the return of the Toa Nuva and there quest to awaken Mata Nui.
This year officaly began when six new Matoran(Balta, Garan, Velika, Kazi, Pridak, and Dalu) were released. These six small sets finaly broke away from the clones of of the previous years but that would not be truely explored for another year...
Also released in the begining of 2006 were the six Piraka(Zaktan, Hakaan, Avak, Rediek, Vezok, and Thok). These new villans were unlike anything anybody had ever seen before. Now free from the gear fuctions that hindered previous sets, and introduced with light-up eyes, and glow in the dark teeth. However the rubbery spine that dominated the Piraka hindered there posibility somewhat, but were still praised by Bionicle fans worldwide. The story kicked off with the new comic series(Ignition) and the first Bionicle legends series of books entitled "Island of doom." It has now been revealed that Mata Nui is dieing and that the Toa Nuva must travel to the cursed island of Voya Nui to find the Ignika Mask of Life and save the Great Spirit. They do this and try to fight the Piraka when they arrive being badly beaten in the process.
Also released in early 2006 was the Dark Hunters guidebook which had fan-created Dark Hunters shown as the new offical source for just over 50 of the Dark Hunters. Bionicle Legends 2-Dark Destiny was soon released detailing the Toa Nuva teaming up with the Voya Nui Resistance team to reclaim there stolen masks from the Piraka and stop Brutaka and corrupted member of the Order of Mata Nui.
As this goes on six Matoran from Metru Nui-Jaller, Hewkii, Nuparu, Matoro, Hahlii, and Kongu- (aided by Takanuva) try to seek out the Toa Nuva but are seperated by the Toa of Light and drawn into the domain of Kharzahni. They have there masks stolen and recive new ones. But end up escapeing in six toa canisters. located within the realm. Bolts of lightning come down from the red star and the Matoran are transformed...
On Voya Nui the Toa Nuva and Matoran make an effort to try and defeat the Piraka again but are stopped by Brutaka and taken hostage.
As spring turned into summer the new sets were released. The six Matoran that had traveled to Kharzahnis realm had been transformed into Toa Inika and come complete with light-up swords and strange organic masks. The titans included are Brutaka along with hsi former friend Axonn and Vezon and Fennrahk the gaurdians of the Mask of Life.
Eventuly Bionicle Legends 3-Power Play is released in late summer it details the "awakening" of the Toa Inika on Voya Nui and they fight the Piraka with aide of the resistance team and Axonn at the end of the book the Inika and Piraka find the entrance to the Mask of Life chamber, Axonn and Brutaka prepare for one final batle together and the resistance team sets out to find the Toa Nuva.
In fall of 2006 a second aurdian of the Ignika was released the being called Umbra and a promotional combiner set called the Kardas dragon was released.
Bionicle Legends 4-Legacy of evil was released in late fall and detailed the Pirakas turn from Dark Hunters to traitors. The fiftth book called Inferno was released about one month after this and it detailed the retrival of the mask of life and the capture of Brutaka by Botar of the Order of Mata Nui. The year ended with the Mask of Life plungeing deep beneath the waves of Voya Nui...
2007 began with the release of four small sets(two Matoran and two Hydruka) and six new villans called Barraki. These sets now cast off completely the clone sets from previous years and all special functions. Bionicle legends 6-City of the lost was released. This story now taeking place beneath the waves have the Inika(now turning into toa Mahri) trying to recover the Mask of Life from the dreaded Barraki while trying to save Mahri Nui at the same time.
The future of Bionicle looks bright. It has been said that Mata Nui will die at the end of this year and that the Bionicle story is planned out until 2009.
Bionicle has come a long way since it's original predecessors that were RoboRiders and Throwbots. It has gone through six and a hlf long years filled with praised, countraversy, and a lasting storyline that will be brunt into the memories of many fro many years to come. It truely earns the title of being the greatest LEGO line int he history of the company. Thank you BIONICLE.
In the future I will be detailing the events that took place during the years I emntioned in my articles. Stay tuned!