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Washington Post Bionicle Article circa 2001

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I was browsing the interwebs today and found this article about the early days of Bionicle: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/business/2001/08/19/lego-plots-a-comeback/8b0fdf1f-534b-4996-8429-b45ac055d9d6/

Its a fascinating read, as it was written before many of the sets were released. Really gives you a perspective on how the theme was viewed externally.

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Fun fact: I was interviewed for this story but I guess they didn't like what I had to say. I'm pretty sure I have a print copy of it somewhere.

Also, BZPower wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the two people mentioned here:

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Christian Gemuenden, a 20-year-old student in southern Germany, started a Bionicle site but had to shut it down after it attracted too much traffic. Gemuenden, who follows changes to the Bionicle story closely, has collected the 72 masks of power. "I have them all, but there'll be more," he said.

Gemuenden is now helping to gather information for British friend Michael Edwards, 19, webmaster of a fan site launched in March. It lists the characters, the story and news about rare collectible masks. Edwards has found about 32 promotional masks that haven't yet been widely released.

Christian and Mike ran fan sites that eventually merged to become Kanohi Power, which merged with BZCommunity to become BZPower!

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1 hour ago, Black Six said:

Christian and Mike ran fan sites that eventually merged to become Kanohi Power, which merged with BZCommunity to become BZPower!

BZPower... is a Kaita.

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I'm pretty sure I cut out this article and still have it saved somewhere....


PM me if you have a White Huna :huna: and/or Yellow Ruru :ruru: I'm willing to pay if you're willing to sell! If not, PM me anyway, I'm very curious about where they came from! :howdy:

 

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Do you think there are any TV news recordings mentioning it? Stuff like this. I mean, I know it was never a craze quite like that example, but maybe some report about popular Christmas toys or something, and they happen to mention Tahu, or the Bahrag.

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My friend went to Po-Wahi and all I got was this lousy rock.

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I had a chuckle at the article describing the '01 sets as "futuristic-looking". I remember feeling like the Bohrok were the most space-age toys imaginable when I first had my parents help me build them in '03, and then being awestruck every year thereafter after as each wave seemed to top the last! 

11 hours ago, Max Nui said:

I was browsing the interwebs today and found this article about the early days of Bionicle: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/business/2001/08/19/lego-plots-a-comeback/8b0fdf1f-534b-4996-8429-b45ac055d9d6/

Its a fascinating read, as it was written before many of the sets were released. Really gives you a perspective on how the theme was viewed externally.

Thanks for finding and posting this, it really does add an important perspective that gets lost sometimes: that Bionicle truly was a phenomenon that was hard not to take notice of.

 

 


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I love how the Mindstorms sets were considered "expensive" for LEGO sets at $199.99. I only wish the high-end sets were still under that price.


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Scrap that idea. I'm leaving mine blank.

 

Except for this: My BZPRPG characters

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This is fascinating. Bionicle really did have such a large impact on the toy industry and really the culture for many kids (myself included) growing up in that era. Great find!


:exclamation:currently searching for ANY Gray Plastic Krana Kal (GPKK):exclamation: If you were a member of Proto-squad, or know someone who was, please feel free to get in contact with me

 

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Breathlessly mumbling phrases about Bionicle lore that most people don't understand? That's still me. :P


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I just ran into something that reminded me of something Bionicle and I ended up here (I was surprised I was able to guess my old password) - feels weird looking back ~20 years.

I got hooked on the MNOLG and the community discussions, stories, etc. on here back when I was in middle school - Bionicle wouldn't have been as interesting to me without the connected online communities in addition to their new marketing strategies.

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