Posted Dec 05 2012 - 09:44 AM
I like BIONICLE. It was a big part of my childhood. With that said, I'm much more interested in a lot of the current themes where TLG has been able to take the lessons they learned during and since BIONICLE's lifespan and apply them.
BIONICLE sets were not the best they could possibly have been, but many of them were still pretty excellent for their time, and I feel some of the most detailed, streamlined BIONICLE titan sets are still unmatched within their price points (Hero Factory large-scale figures show a lot of innovation but can not yet match the sculptural artistry of sets like Roodaka).
The BIONICLE story was brilliantly ambitious. To be honest, I think it was perhaps too ambitious for TLG or any toy company to execute at its full potential. An ever-expanding story like that is quite difficult to pull off, particularly when the story is not itself the product that the company is trying to promote, and when the theme's backstory is vitally important to understanding the full significance of the current story arcs. More recent LEGO story themes like Ninjago have been less ambitious, but have occasionally been better-executed as a result (though LEGO Hero Factory's storytelling potential is hindered by the tragically cheesy TV episodes which form its core storytelling medium).
Overall I think BIONICLE was a major milestone in the LEGO Group's history, but I gain greater enjoyment looking forward than looking back.