Having seen what little I can from NYCC (being unable to go because I'm Australian and being limited in what I can see because I was at TAFE all day today), I have formed more of an opinion and verdict of Bionicle 2015. Obviously there's a lot I still don't know, but this is what I can make of Bionicle 2015 thus far:
Gali, Onua (or Onya according to the website), Lewa, Tahu, Pohatu and Kopaka have been confirmed to still be Toa. However, Lewa seems to have control over both air AND plant life, which I find quite confusing. It is stated that they "crashed" on the island of Otoko, implying that they hail from elsewhere, providing evidence there will soon be exploration of more of the world no matter what world or canon this is.
Kopaka continues to remind me of myself, but now in a different way. Something about him being clumsy!?
I still know nothing about these "Defenders" except that they are native to Otoko. What they are, what they do, whether I consider them worth buying, I still don't know.
Makuta and Ekimu
The presence of a character with the name "Makuta" proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is a 100% reboot, with NO connections to the 2001-2011 story or canon, and honestly I am disappointed. I lost interest in Digimon because they rebooted it (and they keep rebooting the story over and over and over again), and I fear I may lose interest in Bionicle for the same reason.
The only legitimate reason ANY form of continuation would have another "Makuta" is if this Makuta is a Great Being, and the species was named after him. But can Great Beings wear and use masks? Probably not.
If these two became sets (and they probably will next semester, begging the question of what the other three large sets will be), I would love to see a combiner model for them, especially if said combiner was Artakha (which won't happen because it's a reboot, but it's a nice thought).
Two words: JERBRAZ CONFIRMED!!!
Okay I kid because of the reboot thing but that's the first thing that comes to mind when I see a clear mask.
All are welcome to criticise and prove me wrong (providing actual PROOF if they do so), as long as you are gentle.