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Remembering BIONICLE on the Web

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#1 Offline Hapori Tohu

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 08:48 AM

Whatever you think of the news of the shutdown of BIONICLE's websites, the one feeling almost everyone seems to show is nostalgia. People want to think of the website and point out, "Hey, remember that, and how much fun it was?" That's what I aim to do in this piece. I want to bring to your mind those things from the past that we all used to have fun with on BIONICLE.com, and if there's anything I miss that you folks find particularly memorable, go ahead and post it in the talkback, for your instance of "Remember that?"View the full article
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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 12:22 PM

I fondly remember the old Kanoka Club, going to shops to copy the codes on the backs and then create an awesome sticker page provided lots of fun.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 12:46 PM

I remember when I first got a glimpse at the website in 2003... and it was amazing. I loved MNOG and the Bohrok animations. Those were good times.


And in 2006, the best thing were the Piraka animations, canon or not.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 12:53 PM

I remember playing Piraka Attack and shooting all those innocent Matoran...


I remember waiting 30-45 minutes for a video to load, such as the Inika promo animation...


I remember going on and to "research" stuff about the BIONICLE story like character bios, weapon descriptions, and story summaries...


I remember playing Battle for Power and freaking out because the Makuta side was winning juuuuust a little bit and going "OH NO! I GOTTA HELP THE TOA! AAAAAAH!"


I remember watching the Mata Nui Rising video and seeing the massive robot for the first time...


I remember playing BIONICLE: defender and getting to the same level and couldn't beat it and have to start all over...


I remember watching the Mata Nui Saga to see how Mata Nui came to be and what would happen in the Final Battle...


I remember my childhood on the Internet revolving around BIONICLE.com...

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 01:12 PM

I first discovered the site in 2003, and quickly ate up every story detail I could find. I loved reading the character bios the most.


The McToran sets were so cool that I ended up buying them online. Not long after that, we found out about Metru Nui.


I remember the first videos of the Toa Metru, and the way my mind was blown by the revelation of a whole new Toa team.


The Hordika animations are my favorite part about 2005, and I loved seeing the way Metru Nui had changed.


The countdown to the Inika was great. Each day, another one of the swords would light up, until the sets were finally released.


Then came the serials, and their cliffhanger format that always left us hungry for more. Just couldn't get enough of 'em.


The 2008 games were fun, but the best part were the videos. Seeing Mata Nui for the first time was incredible.


2009 and 2010 continued the trend of these years, and kept giving us cool surprises like the Mata Nui Saga.


I will always remember the way BIONICLE.com sparked my imagination and allowed me to visit another world.


Good memories. ^_^

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 01:19 PM

I still remember my first time discovering the main site of Bionicle, when I was 8 years old, back in 2001. I did not visit much, due to my low english knowledge back then, but just seeing the images was enough for me to sink my then-young child soul to the joy these sets brought me. This site was also a big help on helping me learn better english, later.


2003 was the year where I can safely say that I officially delved into the story deeper than ever. Takua, Jaller, the Rahkshi and of course Teridax and Takanuva. The fight of Light and Darkness. The site was successfully building up my excitement through the descriptions it gave for the current story and he movie completed that year for me. And then 2004 came. A major change on the site's build and I still remember randomly finding hidden in it the teasers for the second movie. Also, these promo CD's featuring the Metru as some sort of detectives still remain in my memories (accompanied with the hilarious greek dub of these CD's XD).


2005 and 2006 stepped up everything for me with it's top-notch animations and web games, particularly the Piraka Animations. The anxiety of waiting the next chapter of The Quest For The Mask Of Light is a feeling I don't think I will forget anytime soon.


I could go on forever with this and excuse me for the overdrama there, but the bottomline is that practically everything I remember fondly of this site. We sort of grew up together. And even if it is shut down, I do know that there is one place it will never shut down from. My memories. And with it, Bionicle will also never die for me.  :)

Edited by Labouka, Jun 05 2013 - 01:19 PM.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 01:48 PM

Didn't understand english that well at that age and i just remember being stuck on the first level of mnolg.Later in 2006 i loved the piraka animations and inika commercials.The best(worse?) memory i have is loving the vnolg. I just beat one piraka and went to bed. On the next morning i don't see the game and try some of the new ones. I got a couple faceless underwater freaks jumping around, dying to their own weapons and was like WHAT THE KARZAHNI IS THIS!

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 02:10 PM

I remember my brother always going on the Kanoka Club.


I wasn't on the Bionicle website until 2005/6, so I don't remember much, but I always watched my brother and I made him play the Creeping in my Soul animation way too many times.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 02:15 PM

Bohrok online animations and Takanuva's blog are my fondest memories.  And Piraka attack.  3 weirdly separate things there...

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 02:20 PM

Before I knew about BZPower, my only source of information on BIONICLE was BIONICLE.com, thanks to it I could learn about each of the year´s storyline, reading the comics that they put there even though the last years they stopped putting them all, reading the bios, watching the GC videos which were always amaznig, and playing some of the games like I specialy remember "Piraka Attack" that was a lot of fun.


BIONICLE.com will forever live in my BIONICLE memories...

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 03:51 PM

i think the magic period was the early years of 2001-03. Seeing the ongoing story of the Matoran and Toa in the MNOLGs and Bohrok videos. Not to mention my first experiences of fannish glee as CGI images of peripheral cahravters (Taipu, Tamaru, Kapura) became available.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 04:12 PM

I loved the site to death. MNOG was the main reason I went on it at all. When it was taken down, I hardly went there unless it was for Botar's instructions.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 04:25 PM

I loved the Kanoka Club, and MNOG is the best flash game ever. I remember waiting for each individual village to come out. I remember playing the Battle for Power game (AHHH!!! MAKUTA's WINNING! THE TOA NUVA MUST NOT DIE!!!) and admiring each years' website design. I remember repeatedly watching the videos and listening to "Gravity Hurts", "Closer to the Truth" and "Move Along". I remember reading the serials on BIONICLEstory, and admiring the artwork from the Mata Nui saga. I remember watching the movies and reading the comics.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 04:58 PM

I remember checking Boniclestory.com every day, waiting for the next serial chapter to be posted. I always enjoyed reading the new chapters.


I remember watching the Mata Nui Rising video for the first time. It's still one of the best Bionicle video's I've ever seen.


I remember the 2007 Toa Mahri commercial with the song 'Crashed' by Chris Daughtry. That video introduced me to that song, which I still like a lot to this day.


I also remembered playing the Toa Mahri games. Those were a lot of fun to play.


These are some of my favorite memories from Bionicle.com and Bioniclestory.com.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 05:19 PM

I remember everything from the MNOLG onward. I remember those silly flash videos that told a story. I followed the site to the point where BIONICLE had its own band and web-exclusive contact was everywhere. In fact, I discovered BZP through a LEGO forum after I saw LOMN. BIONICLE.com introduced me to all the names, characters, and stories for the happiest ten years of my life. 


There were those story serials I read to occupy myself. Their lack of closure left me searching for an ending. 


The flash games were fun, too. Matoran Escape and the arcade-style Mahri games in particular were engaging. 


BIONICLE.com, you will be missed. 

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 05:56 PM

I remember playing VNOG for the first time. The RPG-like elements drew me into the game.I remember first watching the Inika trailer with the "Move Along" song. It was... epic. I remember the 2007 site setup for bioniclestory.com. How I wish I could see it again... I remember the stories that were on bionicle.com in 2008. They were all awesome.I remember reading the Mata Nui Saga to the end. It was great while it lasted. My brain... just overloaded with nostalgia.
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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 06:51 PM

What I remember...


The story updates, the bios, the 2004 look...


Oh, and the GALLERY. I liked that too. Will the Lego team put them all on a Brickshelf account or something? I don't want my entries or any others to be lost. They were great inspiration for some of my own MOCs. 

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 06:53 PM

Remember the time when EVERYTHING was awesome?

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 07:33 PM

I remember spending hours playing the Mata Nui Online Game. I still believe it's the best game that LEGO has ever put on an official LEGO website. I also remember Takua's blog and the Bohrok animations. Fun times.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 07:45 PM

So many things. I didn't actually go to the currently up one much (though I have been more recently, soaking in the memories before they are completely obliterated).


I really loved the Piraka and Hordika animations.


I also loved the games, of course.


But I would say my favorite memory of all was "cashing in" Kanoka club points and buying the Rahkshi Rock video. So awesome.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 08:21 PM

"Do you rem-em-ber when we first met I sure do..."


2002-3 was some of the best years of my kid life on the internet. When my neighbor and I would find out there was a new Bohrok Animation, or a news post, we'd run immediately over to one another's house. It was awesome. And then when we had to go on for Takutanuva instructions, that was a long day...I loved the newspaper format of those days, there was something attractive about it. 


Oh and the collectibles section then! When you could look up the checklists. I loved lining my kraata next to the keyboard, and seeing what ones I had/didn't had. 


2007, when the Bioniclestory.com launched, I explored that so many times a day. Honestly. It was so cool, that they were branching out. The serials were really short back then, does anybody remember that? It's weird, that now, we demanded such longer pieces. But all the videos. 


Good times to Bionicle.com. Thanks for the memories. 

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 08:35 PM

In 2004, I was just amazed at the slideshows showing off the city of Metru Nui.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 09:00 PM

Remember the time when EVERYTHING was awesome?

No, I couldn't bear to comprehend all that AWESOME at the same time.


BTW, something I missed in the story, remember the Metru Nui Ministry of Tourism site? I loved visiting that thing. I only got to see it after a code was unnecessary though. Unfortunately, it was already taken down when I tried to find it again.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 09:05 PM

I remember everything....



But in all seriousness, does this mean all hope for the serials being finished is dead?

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 09:21 PM

I remember everything....



But in all seriousness, does this mean all hope for the serials being finished is dead?

Probably. At best, GregF may someday find some free time and decide to write the other chapters and release them to BZP, and at worst, they're dead, and there ain't no Red Star for serials.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 09:22 PM

The Inika to the theme of "Move Along" really gets me every time I think about it, and "Gravity Hurts" is just epic, but there's one song that just can't be beat, though sadly it's not there anymore...Do you knooooowwwwwWhat it takes to be a herooooWhen you've loooostA piece of love, a piece of youDuhduhduhDo you havvvvvveWhat it takes to beat the fear that'sDuhduhduhIn your heaaaaartTo grow up strong, and undo wrongTo grow up strong, and undo wroooong...Duh duh duhDuh duh duhDuh duh duhDuh duh duh duhAnd at the end of the 2003 animation, how the heroic music kept playing until you closed the page...And "Creeping in my Soul" honestly scared me with the ending...And the Toa Terrain Crawler on bioniclestory was very epic...And when the movie of Mata Nui rising was up, just, just... Wow...Oh, and the 2008 retrospective had its own nostalgia...
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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 09:30 PM

To be honest, I really don't have any memories there, except possibly the My LEGO Network Bionicle campaign. Back when I was into Bionicle, I rarely used LEGO.com for anything more than finding out cool new sets. MLN was sort of a hobby for me at the time, and I went through the entire Bionicle campaign, but nothing more than that, honestly.

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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 09:39 PM

I remember 2007, when the Mahri were released and the website updated to focus on them. I remember BIONICLEStory, with that /awesome/ 10/10 would have again Toa Terrain Crawler section. That part was fantastic. 


2007 was such a great year, sigh.


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Posted Jun 05 2013 - 10:08 PM

Oh, and the Vahki animations. And on the Mata Nui rising video, there's one part, amidst all the rock and other debris falling off his body, where it shows a comparatively thin piece sliding off a ledge before breaking in two. One part falls off, while the other stays on. It always irritated me how that little piece of rock was just sitting there on his shoulder or whatever, and I see it every time I watch the video.
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Posted Jun 06 2013 - 01:27 AM

Haha, the Kanoka club and the codes on the backs of the canisters... those were good times. It got a bit too easy later on when you could as well just read them on the canisters in the stores and then type them in... the earlier ones (was it the Toa Metru? I think so..) you at least had to put in the fridge to get to read the codes xD


I always liked the mini/online games most, though.


And the Singing squid. That was awesome. <3

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Posted Jun 06 2013 - 03:29 AM

I remember the Matau that used to show up when loading. Also all the games and the mini disc thingies. And the "What it takes to be a Hero" Song. Good times.
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Posted Jun 06 2013 - 08:03 AM

So many memories, but don't know where to start. Late 2003 is when I first checked out the site I believe. My memories off, so it may have been 2004. Anyways, I remember making the Lego account and joining the Kanoka club. The print on the Rhotuka was hard for me, since I thought that would earn me more points.


I remember playing the games in there, and beating them all excited. The First Mata Nui Online game was good, and the only one I could beat. In 2005, I always anticipated the next webisode of the Makoki Stones.  I remember downloading the songs which were great in those years. If only they kept them throughout the years.


In 2006, I always waited for the next animated comic with the Piraka in Voya Nui. I remember going to about Chapter 5 or 7 in the Voya Nui Online Game. Too bad I could never beat it. I also remember the Piraka Attack game that I always played at the time.


In 2007, I remember playing the Barraki game which was short lived when the Toa arrived. Oh, also before the new design was put up, I remember waiting at the site for the next Barraki, since each day that you found one, said a certain amount of days left. I remember waiting for the next Toa Mahri game to arrive since I beat the other ones.


I would go on, but it's a lot of things.

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Posted Jun 06 2013 - 04:03 PM

Moments that stand out to me:


Nothing in particular in 2001. It was all pretty cool, and as a kid I really enjoyed it. Looking back on the first flash-animation game, I can see just how much work was put into the story, and it shows, especially during the battle with Makuta.


2002 Gave us an epic fight between Onua and Lewa...for the second time! First Onua beats him up while he's wearing an infected mask, and then we get to see it again!

Also, the scene in which it's revealed that Lewa was wearing a krana BLEW. MY. MIND.


2003: year of the movie! Hey kids, you get to see all of your favorite heroes TALK. It was amazing! 

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Posted Jun 06 2013 - 09:29 PM

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Posted Jun 07 2013 - 08:25 AM

I remember the Wall of History. That's where I found a link to BZP. Had I not, there's a good chance I wouldn't even be a member here today.



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Posted Jun 07 2013 - 09:59 AM

I remember lil' Aljarreau, staring at those weird two heads, one blue, one red, (Toa Tahu and Gali) labeled with "Mata Nui Online Game" back in early 2004. 


I remember playing MNOLG 2 as a little kid... I never got past the bridge in Ga-Koro xD I didn't understand any English at the time, so I tried hard to understand what Amaya was telling me :D


I remember failing hard at Stop the Morbuzakh! C'mon, admit it, that game was tough. ^_^


I remember playing Piraka Attack for hours and making a contest at my Primary School class: "Who gets the furthest at Piraka Attack?" :D


I remember keeping Piruk in my mind as the "coward" because he told all the Voyatorans' secrets to Vezok in the Piraka Online Animations.


I remember never getting to play VNOLG because you had to make an account (and I didn't know how to make one) to play it, and being stuck on the epic opening picture (I think it was Matoro and a Gafna)


I remember the announcement of the Barraki in early 2007 on the Official Site! With this little game where you could look for the Barrakis' symbols in the sea... I was deeply confused and annoyed when the 2006 Site got completely replaced by the 2007 one... God, I hated it.


I remember reading the Mahri blog. That was awesome. Unluckily, you can't even check it out on WaybackMachine anymore <_<


I remember watching the 45 seconds Phantoka Movie back in 2008… The nostalgia still is overwhelming when the BIONICLE Logo spins around and the “O” becomes the sky of Karda Nui…


I'll sure miss both of them. :(

Thanks for my childhood, BIONICLE.

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Posted Jun 07 2013 - 12:01 PM

I think the biggest thing I remember about bionicle.com was learning the exploit code you could type in to get points and then building up enough to pretty much buy out the entire club. :P

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Posted Jun 07 2013 - 05:05 PM

whoo, memories.


I remember playing MNOLG II and never getting past ga-koro because I would enter nixie's hut and a blue water droplet loading screen would freeze (am I the only one?)


I remember the animations in 2005 that circled around the hordika and the MOL, and how I was so exited when one was released.


I remember kanoka club.


I remember the first time I saw the website, when I was 5 in 01. I had just gotten home with a friend from camp, and he had brought his toa tahu with him. I was so intrigued. When we got home he showed me the website, and we played through the drifts of mount ihu in MNOG. He's now going to college this year, and the website's shutting down. All chapters must end at some point.

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Posted Jun 08 2013 - 02:33 AM

I remember going onto Bionicle.com for the first time way back in 2001 and playing the MNOLG. It's been a long ride since then.  Thank you, Sean, for the nostalgic feels. Stay cool, BZPower.

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