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When Worlds Collide: Your personal life vs. your interest in BIONICLE

When Worlds Collide: Your personal life vs. your interest in BIONICLE  

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The return of BIONICLE has rekindled a lot of interest among fans, even among those whose interest had started to wane. However, many of us are older than we were, and I understand there's something of a stigma attached to high school or college age people obsessing over a LEGO toyline. BIONICLE isn't a particularly acceptable or "mainstream" fandom, unlike, say, Doctor Who, or Avatar: The Last Airbender. That leads me to hypothesize that many of its fans conceal their interests during everyday life.

 

Now, anyone on BZPower clearly has at least some interest in BIONICLE. But outside of the Internet, how public are you about being a BIONICLE fan? I'm interested to see how secretive the community is as a whole.

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I don't really ever bring it up, but if somebody else does I'll talk about it plenty :) I figured that would fall under "Moderate"


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I'm not exactly shouting it from the rooftops, but I have a standing order with the local toy store for the new Toa and once took Marendar to school to use as part of a dinosaur display, so yeah, moderate.


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I consider myself public about it. I don't go around telling everyone I know as soon as I learn something new about it, but if it ever comes up in a conversation I mention I'm into it.


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*closes photoshop window where I was blending Bionicle images together for school*
 
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*quickly hides Norik and HF sets in a cardboard box and throws it in the closet*
 

"No, I wasn't doing any Bionicle stuff, I was doing...homework."
 
*parents walk away*
 
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(Other than that, I really don't care who knows. Even my professors know, not to mention my fellow students. It's really hard when you're in photoshop class blending MNOG images with Tahu's face from MN Rising video and are going to submit it as a project for 200 points. :P Now if I was really paranoid, I could NOT do that, but I'd want to do the other blending anyway and I don't want to make more work for myself.)

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Very public...

 

Well I chose BIONICLE as my theme to draw all year for Visual Arts so... I guess its very public, since I have to bring the sets to school to draw and what-not...


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I said private. If I was from somewhere else where people actually knew what LEGO was, or where it was more common to be a proper fan of anything, really, I might have gone with "public".

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Moderate for me. It aren't a secret, but since I newly started on a new school I don't go around and tell everyone. It is however displayed everywhere in my room, so if someone is visiting me they will find out :P


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I'd say moderate. I have never met anyone outside of BZPower who has genuine "fanboyism" (if you will :P ) for Bionicle like I do. I mention it to a couple of people and inquire if they've ever heard of it, but that's about it. Mostly because the people I've asked about it only had a couple of sets and never really cared about Bionicle, so those conversations go nowhere. :bored: I've only expressed my secret, deep knowledge and love of Bionicle to close friends who know about my insanely huge collection of sets, comic books, novels, and so forth...but they don't really care. I just want to talk about it sometimes for the heck of it (ha ha).



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I don't talk about it until someone asks but they usually end up just tuning me out like "yeah yeah that's great..."

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I said "private". Back when I was first getting into it, my friends almost shunned me from their group because they thought BIONICLE was too weird for their liking. Ever since then, I've only told people I know I can trust.

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I'd say public. I don't go around broadcasting it(I never do that with anything, TBH), but when it comes up in conversation and such, I can be a bit excessive. :P


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I'm pretty darn public about it. I just think it's funny when I start blurting things out about Bionicle that know one understands. It's pretty darn hilarious. :D They all just go, "Dang it! There he goes again..."

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My girlfriend was literary trying to drag me out of the LEGO aisle of the store last Sunday...I'm only 19, but I have a beard and a lot of people think I'm in my mid-to-upper twenties.

 

Bionicle has dropped off a little bit for me. used to be my favourite theme. I build things a lot out of LEGO but I haven't had much money to pick up any new sets. I will DEFINITELY be picking up some of the new Bionicles.

 

I'm not shy about my LEGO fandom. I've been fairly successful in a few contests (In the LEGO magazine once!) so it's not as bad when you can tell people you're an "Award-winning LEGO builder"

 

I'm the go-to guy for all the little kid LEGO fans. Letting them know what themes are coming up and the like. 

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I keep my yap shut. I'm nerdy enough as is. 

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Nah, I am public about it. At this day in age, a lot of people around me had grown up with Bionicle. So we can have chats about what we liked about the early years. It usually slips out that I am a big fan to this day, it's not a big deal. I always make sure to credit Bionicle in some "About me" projects as a major influence in my writing and artistic style. 

 

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I don't think most people would comprehend my interest in Bionicle, and to that I keep my fandom very private. It's my little piece of heaven I don't have/want to explain to anyone really. :P :)


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Public. My roommates keep a tally to keep me from talking about all the news in the recent few days.  ^_^ Other than though, they think it's a cool hobby, and a lot of my other friends outside my apartment know as well. 

 

The way I see it is if someone doesn't respect your interests, then they aren't someone you should be hanging around. 

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I tell people I like it if it comes up, though I do not parade my interests. :P

 

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I really don't care, I'll casually mention if I'm waiting for a Bionicle related package or that I'm in a good mood because of some Bionicle news. I'm not gonna go totally into it and be annoying, I just haven't imposed any kind of strict "don't ask, don't tell" policy on myself about it. I don't see a point to hiding it, 'cause they're gonna see my room or my blog or something eventually and find out that way. There's no shame to it, not for me.

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Me to friends:

"Hey do you remember Bionicle, the lore and storyline's actually pretty deep!"

"Lol, I had that golden one-eyed guy, he was so cool."

"Oh, that's Keetongu. He's a legendary rahi who can cure visorak mutation and killed Sidorak."

"Wait, what's a rahi?"

"It's basically an animal."

"Huh, I thought he was a great warrior or something. What about the fly-grandpa-thingies in the film?"

"Rahaga?...

(An hour of explaining later...)

"Wait, why didn't Makuta do this?

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I try to get some friends interested, they like Warhammer 40k, Halo, that sort of stuff, but it took a while for them to take me seriously, and even now they can't tell Vezon from a Toa.

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Very private. At my high school, people make fun of the Lego Movie a lot, so I have never brought up Bionicle in public. I prefer to keep my interests like that private:)

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Very private. At my high school, people make fun of the Lego Movie a lot, so I have never brought up Bionicle in public. I prefer to keep my interests like that private:)

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I am not above using force against certain types of people.

 

I will express my love for Bionicle if I want to, when I choose to. Publically, should I deem it necessary or favourable.

 

If asked, though rare, I will answer honestly.

 

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I'm a little embarrassed if people come over and see the number of sets I have on display, but being a fan of it isn't something I'm afraid to admit.

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All of my friends know and I keep some smaller MOCs on my desk at work.


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Very private. At my high school, people make fun of the Lego Movie a lot, so I have never brought up Bionicle in public. I prefer to keep my interests like that private:)

I feel sorry for you, I hate only being able to talk about with a few friends, so that must be terrible.

I'm in a luckier situation because everyone's very accepting at my school, but there are still no other true fans I know of.

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Very public. I base whatever I can off Bionicle when I'm at school. So that includes a wooden pendant, a piece of creative writing, and so on. I just really don't care about what other people think of Bionicle. Probably helps that I know quite literally nobody else in RL who follows the story. XD


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Love this series. Family knows all too well because when they walk into my room they step into 5-6 year's worth of Bionicle characters and lore.


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I'm open with it. The whole top of my dresser is lined with my collection I have bought from over the years (and subsequently broke and mostly rebuilt). So anybody walking into my room would realize very quickly. Plus, I talk about it with my friends all the time (we all grew up with BIONICLE), but I try to keep a bit quiet around those in school who don't know. My extended family knows and is fine about it.


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I put "moderate", though that's just the best I could think of to describe the fact that I don't have that many friends and in fact have nothing better to do with my life than argue about children's toys on the internet.

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i dont really care either way, if it comes up it comes up and i dont make any efforts to hide it

 

there's more important things for me to think about and actively choose to share than an interest in a lego line, which, tbh, is kinda what put it into perspective when i was younger and when i was a lot more private about my hobbies 'n stuff

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