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#1 Offline toa electro

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Posted Feb 27 2013 - 10:03 PM

What is the proto squad? In the old Bionicle sense of the word not the bzp meaning (if there is one)
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Posted Feb 27 2013 - 10:16 PM

Moving to LEGO Discussion.


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Posted Feb 27 2013 - 10:30 PM

Moving to LEGO Discussion.

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Posted Feb 28 2013 - 02:25 AM

I don't think there is a Bionicle meaning. 


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Posted Feb 28 2013 - 04:44 AM

yeah i never heard of a proto squad in actual bionicle


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Posted Feb 28 2013 - 06:27 AM

If anyone is wondering, the Proto Squad was a group of Bionicle fans, chosen by Lego in 2002, who got rare merchandise and sneak peeks. If I remember rightly, this 'elite' group - some of whom were members on here - caused quite a bit of resentment amongst the rest of the fanbase.

 

The Squad was forgotten or disbanded by Lego sometime in 2004.


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Posted Feb 28 2013 - 06:36 AM

ah ok. 

 

If anyone is wondering, the Proto Squad was a group of Bionicle fans, chosen by Lego in 2002, who got rare merchandise and sneak peeks. If I remember rightly, this 'elite' group - some of whom were members on here - caused quite a bit of resentment amongst the rest of the fanbase.

 

The Squad was forgotten or disbanded by Lego sometime in 2004.

truly did not know they existed


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Posted Feb 28 2013 - 01:40 PM

If anyone is wondering, the Proto Squad was a group of Bionicle fans, chosen by Lego in 2002, who got rare merchandise and sneak peeks. If I remember rightly, this 'elite' group - some of whom were members on here - caused quite a bit of resentment amongst the rest of the fanbase.

 

The Squad was forgotten or disbanded by Lego sometime in 2004.

hmm how did they get on the squad? and what did they get?


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Posted Feb 28 2013 - 08:10 PM

If anyone is wondering, the Proto Squad was a group of Bionicle fans, chosen by Lego in 2002, who got rare merchandise and sneak peeks. If I remember rightly, this 'elite' group - some of whom were members on here - caused quite a bit of resentment amongst the rest of the fanbase.

 

The Squad was forgotten or disbanded by Lego sometime in 2004.

hmm how did they get on the squad? and what did they get?

 

All the information would be available if the news pages were currently reachable. Obviously it was all quite a long time ago. All I can remember is that they got to see comic scripts, set prototypes and other treats. There was also a website that had a password only revealed to them, which added to their elitist image. I don't know what was on the site, or if any of it is still around.

 

I don't recall how the members were chosen, though it was definitely exclusive to America. I don't know if any of the members are still active on here; I'm sure they could tell you far more than I can.


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Posted Feb 28 2013 - 10:18 PM

I never heard of anything like this before. I thought it would have something to do with the storyline but I was not even close. I wonder if any BZP members were in it, though.
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Posted Mar 01 2013 - 06:55 AM

I wonder if any BZP members were in it, though.

 

I've already said that there were.


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Posted Mar 02 2013 - 12:13 PM

[color=#990000;]If I am not mistaken, the so-called GPKK (Grey Plastic Krana Kal) were among the items given away to the members of the Proto Squad. They are, however, extremely hard to come by, in fact even more so than VMKK (Vacuum Metal Krana Kal) or WMKK (White Metal Krana Kal). In case that you are not familiar with those collectibles, this photo from Sidorak the Hunter's Brickshelf gallery may be a good image reference.[/color][color=#000080;]-Gata[/color] Posted Image

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Posted Mar 02 2013 - 04:02 PM

Ah I see I wonder I some have them for sale or something of the other
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Posted Mar 18 2013 - 08:58 AM

I wish I could have gotten into the proto squad. They got Gpkk and Vmkk! My two most desired collectables! 


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Posted Mar 18 2013 - 02:40 PM

I wish I could have gotten into the proto squad. They got Gpkk and Vmkk! My two most desired collectables! 

Who doesn't, really?

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Posted Mar 19 2013 - 07:32 PM

GPKK and VMKK have been sold here before, though not very recently due to the very low amount of them that exist. Used to be more popular a few years back, them being sold.


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Posted Mar 31 2013 - 10:48 AM

I wish I could have gotten into the proto squad. They got Gpkk and Vmkk! My two most desired collectables! 

Who doesn't, really?

Good point.


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Posted Mar 31 2013 - 03:02 PM

How would one recieve theese special items? And most of all is there a proto squad with say other Lego themes ?
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Posted Mar 31 2013 - 05:47 PM

They probably(most likely) got it via mail.
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Posted Mar 31 2013 - 08:26 PM

And most of all is there a proto squad with say other Lego themes ?

Well if there are any similar groups they are most likely not called proto squad since the name most likely came from either the term Protodermis or Proto-piston(Toa Wehnua's tool) but will most likely be called something els if they ever have another similar group.

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Posted Apr 01 2013 - 09:52 AM

And most of all is there a proto squad with say other Lego themes ?

Well if there are any similar groups they are most likely not called proto squad since the name most likely came from either the term Protodermis or Proto-piston(Toa Wehnua's tool) but will most likely be called something els if they ever have another similar group.

No, there isn't a Proto-squad style club for anything else lego-related. P.S. the proto-piston belongs to Onewa, not Whenua. 


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Posted Apr 01 2013 - 12:44 PM

darn so where does all the lego treasure/pirate booty go to?


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Posted Apr 01 2013 - 12:45 PM

Onewa? Wow well I guess it just goes to show you what a day without sleep does to you head...I can't believe I mixed that up...

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Posted Apr 01 2013 - 08:48 PM

soo if the proto squad was named after onewas protopistons, then how was it named the proto squad in the bohrok era?


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Posted Apr 01 2013 - 09:20 PM

Most likely after protodermis. And that seems like the most suitable choice, it's more well known than just weapons.
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Posted Apr 03 2013 - 01:35 PM

I am one of BZP's Proto-Squad members, and yes, the name presumably comes from Protodermis, as this was right after the Toa became Nuva. The "Proto Squad" was a promotional effort Lego began at the end of 2002, as Kohran said. They held a contest at the where the fans were asked to draw and mail a BIONICLE-related picture. The Proto Squad lasted until the end of 2004, at which point us members just stopped receiving stuff. We got a free Bohrok Kal, a free Toa Metru, as well as posters, comic scripts, mini-disks and of course, the Grey Plastic Krana Kal and Vacuum Metal Krana Kal.

 

The GPKK and VMKK were created before LEGO decided to make the White Metal and Sterling Silver Krana Kal instead, and so they sent the now-purposeless GPKK and VMKK to the Proto Squad members. I held onto mine for years, before finally selling them to other BZP members for approx $100 each. Figured they were better in the hands of a collector who appreciated them, rather than sitting in a box stashed away on a shelf in my room.

 

So, no, there isn't any in-Universe "Proto Squad", but I remain proud of my membership... sending pics of the stuff I got was the first of only two times I've ever been on the front page :P

 

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Posted Apr 03 2013 - 10:32 PM

I sir admire that you got to be a proto squad member
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Posted Apr 04 2013 - 04:37 PM

I am one of BZP's Proto-Squad members, and yes, the name presumably comes from Protodermis, as this was right after the Toa became Nuva. The "Proto Squad" was a promotional effort Lego began at the end of 2002, as Kohran said. They held a contest at the where the fans were asked to draw and mail a BIONICLE-related picture. The Proto Squad lasted until the end of 2004, at which point us members just stopped receiving stuff. We got a free Bohrok Kal, a free Toa Metru, as well as posters, comic scripts, mini-disks and of course, the Grey Plastic Krana Kal and Vacuum Metal Krana Kal.

 

So, no, there isn't any in-Universe "Proto Squad", but I remain proud of my membership... sending pics of the stuff I got was the first of only two times I've ever been on the front page :P

 

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Ah, a member who was actually in it and can expand on what I've said. I hoped one would show up at some point. Thanks for the information.

 

Do you have any memory of what you submitted for the contest?


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Posted Apr 05 2013 - 01:46 PM

And most of all is there a proto squad with say other Lego themes ?

Well if there are any similar groups they are most likely not called proto squad since the name most likely came from either the term Protodermis or Proto-piston(Toa Wehnua's tool) but will most likely be called something els if they ever have another similar group.

No, there isn't a Proto-squad style club for anything else lego-related. P.S. the proto-piston belongs to Onewa, not Whenua.

Kind of off-topic, but Onewa's Toa tools were Proto-pitons, not Proto-pistons.I doubt there are any other groups similar to the BIONICLE Proto Squad for other themes since as far as I know the whole point of that group was to build hype for the theme, and that doesn't work if the group is so secret nobody's heard of it. :P

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Posted Apr 06 2013 - 10:12 PM

@Kohran: I do, actually, as I still have the original among my old art folders! We made a copy and sent that instead. I could've sworn I scanned and uploaded it someplace, but I just tore my image hosting accounts apart and couldn't find it. I can rectify that easily enough, tho. It was an image of the Toa Mata in the Exo-Toa chamber with Tahnok bursting through a door behind them... don't know why, exactly, but I thought it was pretty cool at the time.

 

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Posted Apr 16 2013 - 11:14 PM

Sounds like a status to be proud of. You were very lucky to be a part of the Proto Squad Heir of the Chronicler.


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