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This is a very interesting question to me, because for the first few years of G1, at least to my knowledge, I don't believe there was any mention of their supposed biomechanical nature, apart from one or two erroneous references in the C. A. Hapaka novels. The characters were seemingly assumed to be robots in media like the MNOG and the canceled Legend of Mata Nui video game. The idea that they had organic internal components seemed to come around after the first movie, in which the characters were redesigned with much more organic designs - including mouths, which up to that point had never been depicted on the Toa, Turaga, or Matoran in visual media. Later, Greg added more references in his books, but these references also seemingly contradicted early media. Now, you may ask, what then does the name of the franchise refer to? The term, as we all know, is a portmanteau of Biological and Chronicle. I would argue, however, that this is not a reference to the characters themselves, but a reference to the overarching metaphor for the human body fighting off a virus - which we didn't know about until late in G1's run,but was actually much more central to the story and themes than the physical nature of most of the characters. Thus, it seems to me that the whole notion of Bionicle characters being biomechanical is a retcon, and one that does not fit with the original intentions of the franchise - which was that they were 100% robotic beings. Is there anything I'm not aware of that contradicts the above hypothesis, please let me know. My knowledge of the Bionicle canon has slipped significantly since the days of G1, so I might have forgotten something crucial.
On Spherus/Bara Magna, the Bionicle theme of being biomechanical was continued. But unlike the inhabitants of the Matoran Universe, Spherus Magnans do not have mechanical components from their inception. Sahmad said something interesting on implants. It was in Sahmad's Tale, when he has just awoken (in an illusion) to a Utopian society of Spherus Magnans and MU inhabitants, and is very skeptical that this could ever happen: "You've been asleep for 750 years, Sahmad." There was a moment then, just a moment, mind you, when I felt rattled. I mean, it could have been true. The monster might have chewed us up and spat us out. Someone might have found Metus and I and kept us alive. All Agori and Glatorian might be living as brothers and sisters in a beautiful new city, ready to welcome even survivors of the Iron Tribe into their arms. And Thornax fruit might taste like boiled Skopio meat, and the Great Beings might be handing out gift baskets of implants, but I wasn't ready to believe that either. The quote suggests that implants are highly desired and expensive. 1. If they are a commodity and expensive, I guess anyone born post-Shattering is unlikely to have received the augmentations. Given their long lifespans, I don't think there were too many Agori or Glatorian born, but I'm sure there must have been some. So. would we agree that there are probably some "all natural" Agori and Glatorian around? I think it would be cool to explore the social consequences these differences would make. I can see some friction between the "natural" and the "augmented" (I suddenly thought of the game Deus Ex: Human Revolution). Before the Shattering, I guess there must have been those who objected/declined implants on personal moral grounds etc. However, in the harsh environment of Bara Magna, I think people would have had higher priorities, like surviving. So I guess any "natural" Glatorian may have been seen as inferior and so had a harder time getting employed. I think it's interesting that it seems that most Agori and Glatorian do have implants. If all, or virtually all of these implants were received pre-Shattering, than it seems that society had widely accepted the change. It's interesting really; whilst technology is having a greater and greater effect on our real-world lives I doubt many of us would willingly lose perfectly good body parts because we think a mechanical version is better. Well, actually it's quite an interesting debate, because I'm sure some people would. Given the presence of things like hydraulic pistons in the Spherus Magnan sets, I think that there's a strong implication that some of these implants were drastically noticeable and significant. In a world were such things are available things could escalate into an arms race of sorts, where people are pressured to get implants because they'll get "left behind" if they don't. Gosh! this really reminds me of Deus Ex: Human Revolution XD (and the original Cybermen from Doctor Who) 2. If Mata Nui's body was similar to that of a Toa, wouldn't the Glatorian and Agori initially have taken him for a Glatorian with lots of implants, who strangely seemed to like wearing armour literally all the time? XD 3. It seems, due to the Legend Reborn, that Glatorian [with implants] are about as physically capable to Toa, since Mata Nui seemed matched or certainly comparable to the Glatorian there (assuming his body was similar to a Toa's). D'we think so guys? 4. Oh, and does anyone have any idea why basically all animals on Spherus Magna that we've seen seem to have implants too? I know animals like the Iron Wolves were modified for combat etc. But why animals like Scarabaxes and Skopios? And surely this is a bit of a one-off, since I don't see how the benefits of these implants could apply after one generation, since offspring won't have them? Did the GBs really meddle with all of them. Not joking, but the sheer logistics...>< (I guess if they can make things like Masks of Rahi Control maybe it's not that difficult though) Yeah, not trying to achieve anything specific here, but I just thought this was a really interesting aspect of the Bionicle lore and hence worth discussing.
MU inhabitants are bio-mechanical, we all know that. But what do the organic components of MU inhabitants look like, particularly in terms of colour? I've basically started this post to ask for any canon info that I may be ignorant of. In the original trilogy, organic components could be seen in characters (even the Vahki I think lol). I noted three distinct textures and three colour styles: - "Brain" texture (like in Pohatu's chest armour gap: http://biosector01.com/wiki/images/9/96/MoL_Pohatu_Nuva.PNG) - Muscle texture: (Note Vakama's shoulders and knees: http://biosector01.com/wiki/index.php/File:Matoran_Vakama.PNG) - Wiry/Sinewy texture (alludes more to wires and hence a bio-mechanical feel. Note Vakama's joints, like his shoulder joint: http://biosector01.com/wiki/index.php/File:LoMN_Toa_Metru_Vakama_With_Great_Disks.PNG) There may be more but I've missed it/don't class variation significant enough. In terms of colour, flesh seemed to be: - A (sometimes lighter) version of their primary colour (Note Tahu's muscle/brainy thingy in his torso: http://biosector01.com/wiki/images/d/d5/MoL_Tahu_Nuva_with_Poisoned_Hau_Nuva.png) - Purple (Note Pohatu: http://biosector01.com/wiki/images/e/e4/Movie_Toa_Nuva_Pohatu_Gali_Tahu.png) - Grey (with the wiry muslces, look back to Toa Vakama) Normally I imagine their flesh to be the primary colour of their armour, but the variations get me thinking. As far as I'm aware the movies are the only sources for this kind of info, but I'd love to be proven wrong
Took some inspiration from a certain dA artist's My Little Alchemist series (FMA ponies, FTW!) and thought I should annoy a few anti-bronies (since I'm always snarking on the bronies). Anyways, I decided to mess with Kopaka since everyone loves him so much. Also my little experiment on the biomechanical style for my future Bionicle-related drawings.http://www.brickshel...oa_-_kopaka.jpgYeah, I know some parts aren't that great. And I probably made him look more like the Predator or something. And the spikes were originally intended to be round beads, but i changed my mind after I finished them. Some of them are badly drawn, but I've since mended them on the original picture (and I'm not feeling OCD enough to rescan). Anyways, let the flame war commence!