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About chuckschwa

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    Mask Collector. Fan of early Gen 1 BIONICLE, Throwbots/Slizer, & Roboriders

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  1. Fantastic entry once again, and I also love your original MNOG-styled illustrations included with each article! Looking at the Turaga as village champions instead of exclusively as village elders is a fun outlook. It also encourages play between siblings, with two characters going on adventures together. I had always assumed the Turaga tagged along with the Toa similar to how Yoda piggybacked on Luke Skywalker during the youth's Jedi training in Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back. Despite seeming "old" they could certainly hold their own between the noble masks and their ability to tap into the limited use of the elemental powers of their respective Toa. There is also the fact that the Turaga captured/hunted many Kratta and defended their villages from Rahi long before the Toa showed up. Most of the Maori Tohunga tasks mentioned are also associated with Bionicle's Turaga. If you look into the translations of the Turaga's names and masks they often refer to roles they play, powers/tools they wield, or something exclusive to their region (eg. Onewa is Maori word for "granite/basalt" as well as "a short weapon made of stone"; Rau can mean "to catch fish with a net" in Maori, but also "to enumerate" in Rotuman; Matau is Fijian for "adept" and "an axe used for boat building"). Let me know if you need any help on an essay on Polynesian words used in Bionicle, I have a few sources and translations I posted here you're welcome to use! I think it's interesting that 12 Maori Tohunga roles are mentioned, and there are 12 original Kanohi masks. It could also be the reason there were initially only 12 Tohunga for each village. You could tell all Tohunga in one village apart by just their Kanohi mask, rather than mask and color combination. The masks could also reflect the roles they play in each village (astrologer, artist, builder, defender, navigator, etc.). I always found it somewhat irritating that all the "right hands" of the Turaga wore masks of their respective Toa-- except Maku; And that all 6 of these right hands had one color distinct from their Toa and Turaga-- except Maku. Hahli, funny enough, actually follows this rule (wearing the Kaukau of her patron Toa, and having dark blue as her distinct color). I would love to delve more into the color theory of the Tohunga sometime, but I digress. Also important that you tied this all back to the Bohrok and their parallel nature with the Tohunga-Turaga-Toa evolution. Something I realized after reading this post is how the Bahrag fit into all this. We associate the Bahrag with the Bohrok because they are "the queens of the swarms". However, they are NOT part of the evolution of the Bohrok. If you look at the early concept of the Bahrag "spiders" they are OUTSIDE of this evolution iconography. Although they are responsible for "creating" the Krana, they neither wear Krana nor Kanohi. Interestingly they do share the powers of the Bohrok, which are very similar to the elemental powers of the Toa. Two beings of great power, each with 3 elemental powers, who become more powerful when they stand together. Where have we heard that before? The Toa Kaita. Perhaps the ideas of Papu and Rangi (earth and sky beings), the Kaita, and the Bahrag are all connected. Even the opposing red and blue colors suggest an earth-sky relationship, the same way Akamai and Wairuha are opposites. Perhaps the Bahrag had originally been intended by the writers as gods/titans that had played some part in creating the Bohrok AND the Toa/Tohunga/Turaga. Maybe they also had made the Kanohi masks, since they had mastered making Krana by dipping objects into energized liquid protodermis? Perhaps they were the ones who initially taught/created the Toa in their past life? And now the Toa have come home to overthrow these "Titans" the same way Zeus and his siblings had in greek mythology.
  2. That's crazy no one noticed this earlier! Neat to find out those codes were good for more than just the promo cd and old website! EDIT: @balljoint dog any chance of us seeing some trivia from Bionicle the Game GBA?
  3. There is the possibility that the some of the Tanoka are actually Rock/Granite's Slizer/Throwbots Discs. Perhaps someone scrubbed off the printed illustration to make a quick buck and the process left the discs a little rough. Just a theory. I checked the numbers under my Tan colored slizer discs and the numbers don't seem to have any correlation between the set or pip numbers of each disc. The numbers also don't seem to suggest a sequence of any kind (I have two 01-4 and two 01-8 discs). Incidentally, my Millenia disc (which is Tan with a metallic gold coating) is 01-5.
  4. I kinda wish when the Toa Nuva transformed that their elemental powers were affected as well. Instead of just supercharged, they would tap into another "version" of their power. Tahu = Lightning, Onua = Metal, Lewa = Plantlife, etc.
  5. I had the same kinda vibes. Most prototypes come out of Europe and anyone could scribble autographs on old stuff. I haven't seen many prototypes up close, but these look more rough than any real ones ive seen come out of Lego. EDIT: Description from seller: You can see from the photos, some of the Legos were scratch built by Lego, somewhat translucent/partially painted, and this prototype features a somewhat lumpy surface with texture (NOT found on the toy) Keep a look out, I will also list the Lego Prototype for the mighty "MAKUTA" warrior; it's much larger and I'm still putting it back together. Will include signed goodies with that one as well.
  6. First I've ever seen one of these https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lego-Prototype-Bionicle-Rahkshi-Kurahk-8588-RARE-PROTOTYPE-with-SIGNED-docs-/223975675386
  7. Here is the Questing Oculus deconstructed Here is a door that leads to the Oculus (note the bubbly plant textures on the door match those on the underside of the Suva). You can see the Ga-metru disc icon in the center eye of the door. This door design was used in the movie, I believe, for the Onu-Metru tunnel scene.
  8. Years back, this was the first image I saw related to Legends of Metru Nui. It's concept art by Duane Loose of a 'Toa Suva Questing Oculus". The image first appeared on BZPower as a leak, I believe, as it was cropped to not show the Kopaka stand-in and was old grainy jpeg quality. My memory is a little foggy. But anyway, here is the full image. Kind of reminds me of something out of the MYST games. Does anyone have any ideas on what this did? Was it part of the Toa Suva in the Ga-Metru temple?
  9. It took me years to come to this theory. The tooth-like mouth, cheek holes and eye slits are the same. Perhaps Lego was ready to experiment with blending colors to match Takutanuva's frankenstein-combiner look, but wasn't able to get the mold machines ready until the Metru masks in 2004? At first I thought it was just another way for Makuta to be creepy; having two faces like Voldemort-on-the-back-of-another-dude's-head kind of creepy. There is also that quote from the promo CD: "Some say, he [The Makuta] will have 3 heads. Others say, he will have many forms that change."
  10. It's a real shame too. I corresponded with Gordon Klimes (MNOG animation director) a couple years ago about it and apparently there was a huge server crash on top of office moves, so many digital files from that era were lost. The back-up CDs did not do a very good job backing things up as advertised either. A similar instance happend with Cyan, the company that made the MYST games (which inspired MNOG coincidentally). Cyan had put all their old computers in storage believing that the game files would be preserved. When they took them out of storage years later, most/all of the files had been corrupted or lost. I always preferred the Techno-Funk-Rock-Tribal-Club hybrid of the early years. Paul Hardcastle used a lot of samples between the Powerpack tracks and his own music. I found this one of his a couple years ago on his 2009 album Zer01 (a re-release/mix of his 1985 album Zero One). I believe it may have been cut from the Powerpack, since the lyrics are "Bionicle. Energy. Obey the force. The legend is born. Energy overload. The Bionicle has begun." There's also the track Bionicle Age, that Peri found a couple years ago as well. Peri elaborates on the source here A couple months ago I also found the stock music CD that had music from the Bionicle The Game trailer and the Technic ad on the mini promotional CDs. It's got a similar style to the early music. The album name is Youthquake ATMOS-CD 133. "Up For It" is composed by Billy Conrad & Sam Keaton. "Mental Focus" is composed by Steve Everitt. When the LOMN alpha was found and I listened to the soundtrack for the first time I was ecstatic. I had spent years longing for this game, never thinking it would be found, let alone any music being available. David Q Madden is credited as composing the music for the game. I particularly like the music of Onu-Wahi, Lewa's boss music and Tahu's surf music. It's all very early 2000s with tribal beats. Dave Madden's YouTube and Soundcloud pages 17 Up For It.wav 18 Mental Focus.wav
  11. Exo Toa go through the same build-up and tear-down. Sold as the next level of evolutionary power, then immediately discarded during the big boss fight. One theory I have with the Exo Toa is that they originally fell into the protodermis vats with the Toa, contributing to the transformation of the Nuva's new parts. Although this image from the back of the box somewhat contradicts this, as it teases Tahu Nuva in Exo Toa armor. The Toa Nuva never once wore the Exo armor. I wonder what plans they originally had for the set? Either way, the payoff of the Exo Toa parts causing the demise of Gahlok-Kal was a nice touch.
  12. Neat! I was actually thinking about Mata Toa Stones the other day and what they would look like since I had only ever seen this image
  13. Brown Komau on Ebay. Slightly scratched, super rare https://www.ebay.com/itm/Brown-Komau-Lego-Bionicle-Kanohi-Mask-2001-Extremely-Rare-Damaged/264656413794?hash=item3d9ec06462:g:vV8AAOSw9u1eYB8Y
  14. I remember some folks on BZpower way back in the day saying Kotu was "slightly overweight" compared to other Matoran. I don't see how that could be a thing considering they are all built with the same parts, and I'm assuming Matoran (at least from the same village) are all roughly the same density and mass. One I only heard recently, but I guess has been around a while, was that some fans believed Tamaru was trans-gender or gay. Not sure where any signs to that pointed-- especially if "gender" isn't actually defined in Matoran culture, apart from Ga-Matoran being "female". Some have believed Kopaka and Pohatu are "attracted to eachother" but I honestly think it's just Kopaka being admirable towards Pohatu, as he doesn't see eye-to-eye with everyone else (especially Tahu). There were also rumors right before Mask of Light was released of Kopaka and Gali "sharing a secret kiss". This never happened, but there was an extremely brief scene where Gali expressed her fears of the Toa's lack of unity to Kopaka while she is rejuvenating her elemental powers. This private scene might have been where that rumor started.
  15. This was the first time I had seen this image. Very interesting. I think the Taku babies only exist because of the scenario that the game developers wanted. Rescuing someone from a giant nest is a very classic adventure story trope (eg. Sinbad the Sailor). If you are trapped in a giant nest you naturally have giant babies that eat you. So the babies were a result of creating a fun threat of danger/peril, and not LEGO initially thinking "let's give the Rahi some babies!" There are a few other instances like this in Bionicle and other toy lines with lore that put ideas in without really worrying about if it contradicts anything outright (eg. do the Matoran eat? If there's a Mask of Water Breathing do they breathe air? etc.)
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