Hi. I'm Takaru02, and as you can tell by my profile and Avatar, I'm a pretty old member. I first joined back in 2002 prior to the Metru Nui reveal. Heck, I'm old enough to remember when the Matoran were still being called Tohunga, lol. But seriously, I'm amazed to be see that this site is still as active as ever, and I'm quite glad that Bionicle still gets so many fans. I've actually become a bit of a lurker at this point so I don't really consider myself has having truly "returned" to the site, but I still love the series. Admittedly, I'm a great deal behind on the lore of the series since I stopped following after the Metru Nui saga was first introduced, so there's a lot of stuff I don't know about the current state of the Bionicle universe. To further prove how old I am, all of the topics I posed in have been deleted, so I have a 466 post count with no posts to show for it.
To be honest, I've never read the comics and don't have most of the model sets. I originally became a fan of Bionicle through a friend of mine: KanohiHauX, now known as KanohiHauX - Toa of Unity, and he was the reason I stayed for so long. He introduced to the MNOLG (Mata Nui Online Game) back when it first came out. It was a glitch ridden mess and tended to crash a lot, but we still managed to have fun. It was definitely better than the sequel, which crashed FAR more often. I remember that I used to hate the button puzzle at the lightstone cave (YOU KNOW THE ONE) and that it took me forever to finish that darn thing because of that. That said, being able to control the guys and beat up on Muaka was totally worth it...the first 2000 times I played. Seriously, I love that game. Speaking of which, I was really surprised when I saw that someone was building a direct sequel of the MNOLG. I look forward to seeing the finished product, as I'm sure many others due as well.
Getting back to my friend, things really got interesting when he started writing that fanfic of his: "The Legend of KanohiHauX". I was one of the many people who he let be a part of the story, although, if remember correctly, I still went by just Takaru at the time. Many of people were so inspired by his fanfic that they went on to write their own stories, though most tried to use his fanfic as a base. I too was one of those people, and went on to write two separate stories, "The Chronicler's Journey" and "The Shifting." Both of them turned out to be pretty bad, so I never finished them.
On a side note, I actually found this topic on accident. I decided to look up KanohiHauX's name in the search function just to what I would get, and his name showed up in this topic. When I saw that one of the people who posted here mentioned both him and his fanfic, I felt I needed to say something as well. So...yeah. I probably won't be on all that often, but I still plan to check in from time to time. I know there's a lot I need to catch up on, and a lot of stuff to see and do here. I'm also thinking about reviving one, or both, of my old fanfics, but we'll see how that goes.
Well, time to sign off. Have fun, and see you around the forums.