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  1. Another interesting thing about the Nuva is that they sometimes use their elements as one would a limb, e.g. Gali has been known to make fists out of water and punch stuff, Pohatu does the same with stone. We haven’t seen Toa from other teams do this as far as I recall, so it may be unique to them. So my guess is that Hydraxon not only trained them in hand to hand combat, but used it as the basis of elemental attacks as well. Another explanation is that, depending on how you imagine the Toa Mata looking, some or all of them may not have had proper hands before they became Nuva. Gali may have just learned to use her element as prostheses for mundane tasks and later realised she could throw punches with the same trick.
  2. The Toa Mata would, courtesy of Hydraxon, they would be professionally trained for all kinds of combat. The Metru... no martial arts training, they were all promoted from non-combat professions. Onewa, Whenua and Nuju could have had a small amount of training from Lhikan, but given the timeframe I imagine the priority would be on training use of mask and elemental powers. The Mahri are a mixed bag. Jaller, Kongu and Hewkii- yes. They all had some military experience and would be prepared to fight armed or unarmed. Hahli and Matoro- Not conventional combat training but both played Kohlii professionally. I personally headcanon that the Turaga deliberately selected Matoran they thought were likely to become Toa for the Kohlii teams, and the training that comes with it is composed of skills a Toa might need ( e.g. staying focused balancing on a pole? Actually useless for playing kohlii, but the mental discipline it cultivates can be useful for someone with powers.) So there is likely to be something that translates to fighting skills. Nuparu- nope. Whenua did NOT see that one coming. Sorry dude.
  3. I headcanon that the Spear of Fusion can be directed by the user’s intent for both fissions and fusions. Vezon was a total accident made without any particular intent, so he got a very random assortment of traits. Vezon did threaten to split the Toa Inika into their Matoran and Toa selves, and if he’d zapped them with that intent, that may have been roughly what he got. Then again, it could just as likely be that fissions are always random, and Vezon was just rambling about nothing again. As far as you fic is concerned though, it can work however you, the author, wants it to and still be pretty close to what we know of it in the canon.
  4. https://books.google.com.au/books/about/The_Real_Toy_Story.html?id=H9kSRbYITlYC&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&newbks=1&newbks_redir=1&redir_esc=y This one here, published in 2007. That said, it has been over a decade since I read it, so I could be misremembering something I read elsewhere as being from that book. Apologies if that’s the case. I no longer have the book so unfortunately I can’t check.
  5. A book I read called “ The real toy story” ( published before Bionicle G1’s end) also alluded to the story team allegedly having 20-30 years worth of story sketched out, so I’d say that lends some weight to it. At the very least, the rumour has been around a long time.
  6. What if Umbra’s eyes are how he uses his power? As in, a sort of laser targeting system. He focuses his eyes on a trajectory, then projects a beam from his eyes which is followed by the rest of him in light form. This probably happens too quickly for other beings to observe, but projecting his path a second before he takes it would prevent him suffering potential hazards while in light form. Running into a prism, for instance.
  7. Matoran. It costs nothing to be respectful. When it comes to cultural appropriation, the difference between acceptable and unacceptable depends on the norms of the culture being referenced or borrowed from. Using Japanese names or aesthetics is generally considered fine, as there is a high degree of cultural exchange between Japanese and Western cultures. With Maori, and some other cultures, the knowledge and language are considered cultural intellectual property, and use without permission is not only a moral but also legal violation. I’m honestly surprised Lego got to keep words like “Toa”, and I’d be fine with it if they changed those names in a hypothetical future reboot.
  8. The physical body is transported and repaired as much as needed, which in some cases may require significant rebuilding, hence the “ new body” phrasing. But they do need a body to work from, beings who have been disintegrated cannot be revived. Presumably they need the brain or CPU ( whatever contains the being’s essential information) more or less intact to be successful.
  9. To be fair, Rex having any kind of friend or crewmate apart from the raptors would alter his arc significantly since he’s obsessed with the idea that he doesn’t need friends. The only way around that would be if he doesn’t actually consider Takanuva a friend or even really a person, just a big cool robot he found, and Taka eventually rebels from being treated that way. But it is delightfully ironic that they were going to have Rex, this guy obsessed with his hardcore macho image, pick up a Toa for his crew, and who does he get? The one with actual literal friendship powers. Who sparkles when he uses them. That alone could have been comedy gold.
  10. On the Island of Mata Nui, the red star resurrections most likely didn’t typically happen (Jaller being the possible exception) since it was designed to teleport beings from within the MU. Therefore, they would have to have some ritual for dealing with the dead, probably involving burial, (and they most likely had forgotten that bodies “normally” disappeared after death.) That said, yes, I know it’s a retcon, but not too much of a stretch to justify their comments in context.
  11. In the book, the Matoran speculate that the Toa’s body may be buried nearby (though we now know this wouldn’t be the case given the Red Star thing). They don’t know that the Toa died, but they do suspect it. And it’s on a path leading out of Metru Nui, so it stands to reason that it was left by a Toa that came from Metru Nui, i.e., a Toa Mangai. We know they probably didn’t come from the other direction given that the path leads to Kharzani. There are other possibilities of course, we don’t even know for sure it came from a Toa, but this is a pretty reasonable deduction and probably the most straightforward one.
  12. It’s not a huge stretch to assume that the matoran-making facilities could be moved or recreated on Sphereus Magna. The question is, who decides to make new Matoran, and why? If a Turaga commissions a new batch of Matoran, is he responsible for them? Do they still have a duty to work for him? Are they allowed some time to “grow up” and explore possibilities before they’re expected to choose a career? Also, the Makuta claimed that Av-Matoran had a higher chance of becoming Toa than other types, so the future of the Toa population is actually looking very... bright. ... I’ll see myself out...
  13. Yes, poor Greg who was definitely not cackling evilly to himself as he typed that response.
  14. This probably goes in the same category as “Can Takanuva turn invisible”. It’s a logical extrapolation of their power, but for whatever reason doesn’t appeal to Greg or could become too overpowered. My headcanon on such things is that they’re both possible but so inefficient they’re not considered practical outside of being a cool party trick. E.g. Takanuva could make himself invisible but it takes about five minutes to set up properly and the illusion breaks if he moves. Good for ambushes but not much else. The Toa of Sonics could amplify and redirect a sound he made with his mouth, but it’s just so much easier to make the exact sound you want from scratch out of elemental power. A Toa of Sonics who had met a Klakk could probably recreate its scream, but wouldn’t use his mouth to do so. That said, Toa tools can be made from all sorts of mundane objects, some of which might use both the mouth and hands to channel power. Say a Matoran musician was holding a flute when he was transformed into a Toa, and the flute grew into a musical staff that can be played to make different sonic effects. Or maybe a Matoran sports coach was holding a megaphone...
  15. It would make a lot of sense for him to have a boxor given that he lived alone and far away from the Koro. He could scout for early signs of Bohrok on Ussalback, but get in a boxor and be ready to fight if he had to. I have to wonder if Onu-Matoran found Pakaris particularly fashionable. Or conversely, if they were the Matoran least concerned about their looks, and Pakaris may have just been the easiest mask to produce on Metru Nui so they just got shipped in bulk to Onu-Metru. I suppose they could also be to honour Onua, or perhaps had some superstition of good luck attached to them.
  16. Ears are present and implied to be in the same place as a human’s, but I don’t think they have anything resembling ear lobes. Ears are sometimes called “audio receptors”, the two terms are more or less interchangeable. They do seem to have some sort of ear canal, since Lewa complained once about getting water in his ears. It’s canon that De-Matoran have sensitive hearing, so I like to think other elements have variations in senses as well. Maybe Av-Matoran can see UV and infrared parts of the spectrum, and Bo-Matoran have extremely sensitive senses of smell and taste. Actually the latter is probably true of Po-Matoran as well given that geologists sometimes lick rocks to identify them.
  17. As memey as it is these days, Bring Me To Life by Evanescence for the 2008 era. “Alive” by Sia describes 2006 pretty well. “What the Water Gave Me” by Florence and the Machine for 2007 as a whole and “Last Day on Earth” by Kate Miller-Heidke for Matoro’s sacrifice. ”Earth Intruders” by Bjork for the Bohrok... or should that be Bjohrok? “King and Lionheart” by Of Monsters and Men for the plot of Mask of Light.
  18. Teridax probably only ever saw Mata Nui’s body as his “true” form, and in a sense he was right, since it really was his destiny to control it, and it was his “ultimate” form.
  19. Alternatively, masks that activate a power once, but can’t be deactivated ( perhaps with some magnetic or fusion based enhancement so they can’t be pulled off by the wearer) Mask of underwater breathing? Welcome to your new life in the ocean. Mask of Levitation? Ever wanted to visit outer space? Mask of Mind control? Good luck controlling your own body ever again when every movement you try to make gets sent to someone else. Also, everyone hates you now. Mask of Concealment... just ask Jerbraz.
  20. I would imagine that in story, a Kaita’s mask would be much larger than your standard Kanohi. The size might be what allows it to exist as a mask with three separate powers, rather than the masks combining to form a new power like what happens when you combine Kanoka. Perhaps Artakha builds the golden masks on an even bigger scale. Maybe they take dozens of Kanoka to create and they take up an entire room when they are first crafted. Perhaps they are six ultra thin shells of masks that are layered carefully inside one another before being fused. The whole thing then has to be very precisely shrunk to fit a standard Toa’s face. ...Artakha must have been absolutely livid when they fell in the energised protodermis.
  21. When Vezon threatened to use in on the Inika, he claimed it could separate their Matoran selves from their Toa ones, which sounds quite similar to this scenario. We don’t know if this would actually happen though, given that he’s nuts. The other thing to consider, and there’s no real evidence for or against this theory, but what if the spear of fusion doesn’t have entirely randomised effects, and can be controlled somewhat by the wielder’s intention? Vezok wound up with an unstable copy because he was shot by someone who didn’t know what they were doing, but perhaps an experienced wielder could focus on two distinct aspects of a person that they wanted to isolate. Vezon did that to the bat because that’s just the sort of thing he finds funny. Likewise, fusion effects could range from two beings or objects stuck permanently together side by side, or merged entirely into a new entity, possibly depending on what the holder wanted to do. That prescision would make the spear of fusion a truly powerful and coveted tool, rather than just another way to seriously mess somebody up (which, let’s face it, there are plenty of in Bionicle already.). I find your theory plausible, but it would need to be a deliberate act rather than a random accident. Would they then try to fuse the two Hydraxons back together?
  22. Let's be real here, Teridax would just start fights between all those other villains so that they'd take each other down, or he's assist them only until they achieved their goal and then destroy them, seizing power for himself.. Teridax doesn't have friends, just pawns that haven't outlived their usefulness... yet. But I actually really like a lot of these, especially the ones who don't seem so similar at first but would still have a bit of an understanding, like Pohatu with Garnet. I think Gresh would get along well with Carrot Ironfoundersson from Discworld, they're both naive idealistic types with too many compulsive heroic tendencies for their own good (though this may just be my headcanon that Gresh was raised in an Agori family showing through, similar to Carrot being raised by dwarves). And if non-fictional characters are llowed Nuparu needs to hang out with the Mythbusters. So. Many. Explosions.
  23. The thought of Takanuva as She-Ra won't leave my brain, but I can mostly blame that on the white and gold armour. Anyway, Takanuva is the best princess.
  24. So, we've all seen Christian Faber's posts and cryptic comments. My interpretation is that he wants to reboot Bionicle, or make a spiritual successor of some kind, and intends to approach Lego with the idea, if he hasn't done so already. Now, what we might need to consider is that Lego may not want to relaunch Bionicle as a constraction line. So the main product (the sets) may no longer be produced. But what if Faber found a way to remake Bionicle (or a spiritual successor) without the original product? Could it be done with a relatively small story/marketing team, and still be successful? Could it even draw in new fans? And what sort of medium/format should be used to tell the story in this case? I'm thinking it ould be largely largely web-based content, using media such as the following. - Webcomics - Serialised story Podcast/audiobook - Serialised fiction, possibly with an interactive component (e.g polls to determine characters' choices) - Digital stories/picture books with narration - Online adventure game in the spirit of MNOG - Character diaries/blogs -Alternate reality game incorporating hidden clues and codes across multiple websites - Riddles/puzzles to unlock the next piece of the story (Would unlock when somebody submitted the correct solution) Admittedly, a lot of these are borrowed from the original G1's marketing, but I think they have the potential to sustain the story on a small scale budget. Here's another thought: What if, instead of having a full time marketing team, Faber used the new Bionicle to help kick-start the careers of new artists, animators, web designers and writers? And what if some of those people originated in fandom? Competitions could be held to canonise and publish fans art and stories. As well as showcasing other fandom pastimes such as photography, cosplay sculpture and music. It's also worth noting that we live in an interesting time for fandom, particularly in Denmark and the rest of Europe, where a new law might soon ban fanwork altogether. So, having a story in which fans were included and respected as influencers and fellow content creators could be a way of both working around that and transforming the broader cultural perception of fandom and fan works.
  25. Taika Waititi for director, please and thank you. (I'm thinking they should tell a serious story, but still pack lot of humour and demented fun into it). I actually think the Star Wars model might be a little better than MCU, in that you have films in trilogies for some story arcs, but then flesh out the world through other media in between. I've often said that the first three years of Bionicle are very cinematic in nature, but the complexity of the Metru arc is much better suited to a TV series as so much detail was cut from the films. The backstory of Bara Magna prior to Mata Nui arriving, and the events in the Matoran universe during Makuta's reign would also make good spin-offs. Having multiple series in the same continuity allows variation in animation styles and tone as well. The key to making the franchise last is to provide good entry points for new fans every few years. So, you have some come in on the original trilogy, then a few years later new children are old enough to be brought in by the Metru arc show (which still has appeal for the older fans) , then some years after that there's the Ignition saga as another film trilogy, etc. The original G1 suffered from continuity lockout, so breaking the story into 2-3 year chunks through different media might be the answer.
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