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"Times are dark, and evil rules..." 20 years ago, six canisters washed ashore the island of Mata Nui, changing the lives of many fans around the world. In the time before time, from the unreleased Cybots to the Slizers/Throwbots and then to Roboriders, these Technic themes would be the foundation in which Bionicle was built upon and improved vastly. Unleashed into the world, Bionicle continues to inspires the lives of many people to this day and promotes nothing but creativity and positivity. Main: In-case you haven't checked them out, BZPower just presented two special messages to the Bionicle community, two messages from Christian Faber and Greg Farshtey. Christian Faber's Message: https://youtu.be/lVgYQdyokic "See you on a golden beach somewhere and keep MOCing and being creative". Greg Farshtey's Message: https://youtu.be/6dhR0Az4j3g "As long as somebody is thinking about it, as long as somebody loves it, it's never actually gone". 20 years of a toyline that changed my life forever and continues to inspire me to this day, from its creative storytelling to its visuals, concepts, and messages. Thank you Bionicle, everybody that worked on it, and to this amazing community that keeps the heart beating. 20 Years of Bionicle Unity. Duty. Destiny. (Both images created by Christian Faber via Faber Files)
Hey everybody, how's it goin'? I was on my YouTube homepage yesterday, and I noticed that Zach Kaplan (which recently came back from a hiatus), shared a video involving Christian Faber himself! https://youtu.be/ocAEyNPLta8 This was the first time I have ever seen him speak, and it was very inspirational to hear his words of creativity, his struggles, and how he arose from those struggles. He even talks about how he turned his weakness into Bionicle concepts, which blew my mind away. I have always read his Faber Files to look at stuff behind the scenes, but this adds a whole new layer. Seeing one of my favorite Bionicle creators giving a lecture on creativity and moving forward has uplifted me, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I thought it would be interesting to share this with the community here. Bionicle aside, this video is very inspirational and made me appreciate Mr.Faber even more so. Here's to the fans and/or the creatives, keep on going and never give up on your dreams. Cheers!
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.