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The Biological Chronicle: 2009
TNTOS posted a topic in Short StoriesWelcome to the nineth installment of my new series of Bionicle flash fics, The Biological Chronicle. If you want to read the other stories in this series, you can find links to them in my signature at the end of this post. If you don't know what this is, allow me to quote from the first fic's introduction: With that out of the way, enjoy: 2009 Surel limped across the snowy, uneven ground of the White Quartz Mountains, his pack of Iron Wolves not far behind him. He thought about the three Agori he had met yesterday, about them and their journey to the Valley of the Maze. They had seemed like tough villagers, much tougher than he remembered Agori being during the Core War. He supposed that was the result of living in the Bara Magnan desert for thousands of years. A cold wind blew in just then; not an unusual occurrence in the White Quartz Mountains by any means, but this one was different. It not only made him shiver, but caused his Iron Wolves to shiver as well, and he sensed that the cold wind was not merely an act of nature. Someone was causing it. Drawing his cape more tightly around his body, Surel looked up in time to see the Element Lord of Ice standing before him. Behind him, his Iron Wolves growled, a gesture Surel appreciated, even though he knew they could not harm the Element Lord of Ice. The Element Lord of Ice smiled. “Surel. That is your name, isn't it?” Surel put one hand on the hilt of his dagger, hidden underneath his cape. “Yes, it is. I don't need to ask your name, seeing as I already know it and hate it.” The Element Lord of Ice chuckled. “No doubt you do.” “What do you want?” said Surel. “Are you going to kill me for abandoning the Ice Army during the Core War? Perhaps I'll be the first of your new collection of organic ice sculptures.” “No,” said the Element Lord of Ice, shaking his head. “Instead, I am offering you a job. Submit to my leadership once again and I will grant you your own kingdom to rule, once I defeat my fellow Lords and gain the power hidden within the Maze. You can even keep your Iron Wolves, if you wish.” “Why do you need my help?” said Surel. “There is little I can do against an Element Lord in combat. Throw in my limp and I am certain that I would be more of a liability than help.” The Element Lord of Ice shook his head. “You misunderstand. I do not want you to fight my fellow Lords. I want you to go into the Bara Magnan desert and gather up an army in my name. You will be the general of this army, second only to me in terms of authority, and I will grant you half of this army to defend your personal kingdom. How does that sound?” Surel glanced over his shoulder at his Iron Wolves, then looked back at his former ruler and said, in his sharpest voice, “No.” The temperature dropped even lower as the Element Lord of Ice frowned. “No?” “No,” said Surel. “I know what you Element Lords are really like. I would rather spend the rest of my days at the bottom of a cramped, cold pit than in a palace built on the bodies of your enemies.” For a moment, Surel was certain that the Element Lord of Ice would freeze him where he stood. During the Core War, the Element Lord of Ice had frozen many disobedient or traitorous soldiers, adding their bodies to his collection of frozen statues in his castle. It was a gruesome fate, one Surel didn't intend to be his, even though there was nothing he could do to stop his former ruler if the Element Lord of Ice decided to do that. Then the Element Lord of Ice turned around. “Very well. I have better things to do anyway than bargain with a useless cripple. Just be warned, though, that when I rise again, you will be the first to perish.” With that, the Element Lord of Ice dissolved into snow that was carried by a sudden gust of cold wind. Surel watched the snow go and then continued walking, now absolutely certain that those three Agori from before were going to die on this quest of theirs. He should have stopped them when he had the chance. - Comments, criticism, questions, etc. are all welcome . -TNTOS-
Baranus V7 was never reviewed?
Takanuinuva posted a topic in Bionicle DiscussionLooking back and remembering past reviews of sets. I realized that during 2009 with the Glatorian year that the Baranus V7 set didn't get a front page review. Any particular reason why?
So I've recently been acquiring some of the 2008-2009 sets I didn't get back then and didn't think I'd want the original boxes and that it would be cheaper, but I changed my mind and am trying to hunt some of them down now as well as the instructions. My primary concern is the boxes at this point. Message or comment if you have any you're willing to sell and we can start talking price privately. Thanks for looking! Here's what I'm looking for: Original Boxes and Canisters in useable condition: 8992 Cendox V1 8990 Fero & Skirmix 8989 Mata Nui (and instructions if you got them) 8973 Agori Raanu (and instructions if you got them) 8974 Agori Tarduk (and instructions if you got them) 8977 Agori Zesk-possibly just the cardboard middle would work as mine got destroyed (and instructions if you got them) 8698 Vultraz Original Instructions not listed above: Agori Berix Agori Metus Glatorian Gelu Kaxium V3 Bonus items: Kanoka 175 Kardas Dragon with box and instructions
What if CCBS had been introduced with the Glatorian?
Zeb posted a topic in Bionicle DiscussionSo looking at some of the first CCBS parts, you may notice that they were copyrighted in 2009. The CCBS wasn't released until 2011. So Lego had been working on the new system for quite some time. But what if they had introduced the system not with HF 2.0, but with the Glatorian? Think about it, the Glatorian would actually have looked organic, and would probably have ended up being 100% organic in the story, which I think was the original plan. Would the strong, stable joints of CCBS have saved Bionicle? The story was basically a soft reboot in 2009, and perhaps the more streamlined designs of the sets would have resparked interest in the line. perhaps the CCBS would not be as hated, and would have been accepted by the fanbase easier. Of course there would still be people who hated it, but there wouldn't be any people calling them "stupid HF parts". So what do you think? Could the CCBS have saved Bionicle, or at least kept it going a little longer? I'm personally glad Bionicle ended in 2010, because it allowed for something different to come in, and in the end Bionicle ended up being hard-rebooted with a fresh new story, so I think it worked out for the best.
Hello BZPower! I'm on holiday and bored so I decided to make a poll that I hope will make clear the most popular Bionicle set. How it works: I am going to be going year by year making a poll on which there is an option for every set of that year and when I close them (probably in 1st January 2015) I will make a new poll consisting of the winners of each one which people vote on. PLEASE DO NOT VOTE TWICE ON A SINGLE POLL! Thank you ! I will not be counting: anything that isn't Lego, the Turaga Kabaya, any combiners that were not released by themselves (e.g. I will count Kardas but not the Toa Kaita), super rare things like the Piraka Kaita or Sand Tarakava and things like mask packs or Krana. I will be counting: any standard sets in canisters or boxes, promotional (good/bad guy sets, click, ect), special editions (including combiners like Irnakk) and play-sets. Keep in mind that these sets are in the forms they are in in that year. Bionicle 2015: this will be only Gen 1 unless I decide otherwise. Links to other years (will be updated as uploaded): 2001: http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/16148-quest-for-the-most-popular-bionicle-set-of-all-time-2001-the-beginning/ 2002: http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/16163-quest-for-the-popular-set-2002-the-swarms/?p=796972 2003: http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/16164-quest-for-the-most-popular-set-2003-the-challenge-to-the-nuva/?p=797011 2004:http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/16170-quest-for-the-most-popular-bionicle-set-2004-metru-nui-and-silver/ 2005: http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/16171-quest-for-the-most-popular-set-2005-darker-tones-and-the-visorak/?p=797330 2006: http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/16173-quest-for-the-most-popular-set-2006-yo-yo-piraka-and-old-matoran-given-new-life/?p=797400 2007: http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/16174-quest-for-the-most-popular-set-2007-into-the-darkness/ 2008: http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/16184-quest-for-the-most-popular-set-2008-the-beginng-of-the-end/ 2009: On it now! 2010: http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/16188-quest-for-the-best-set-2010-the-brown-dwarfs/ Feel free to point out anything I've missed or argue with what I will and will not be counting (and anything I've missed in those!) *Malum and another Glatorian waiting to be picked for the fire tribe's Glatorian* The other Glatorian, Incendium: Well it's down to me and you, good luck! Malum: Good luck to you too, though I do hope I win. Incendium: You probably will, you bet me in all the tests. *Ackar walks in* Ackar: We have decided that the winner of this competition is..... *singing show winner announcement music* Ackar: Incendium! Malum: WHAT?!?!?!?!?! Incendium: I am happy, but he did beat me in all the tests. What happened? Ackar: Well, we are not hiring someone who's name literally means "bad" in Latin! This is a franchise with a story! Someone with that name is surely going to be evil! Malum: Come on! Random BZPower Member: Wow that was funny, not ):
2009 Reboot - what went wrong?
Toatapio Nuva posted a topic in Bionicle DiscussionSo, we all know (probably) that 2009 was meant as a reboot for Bionicle, to make it more accessible to new fans. In 2008 the story of the Matoran Universe had become extremely complicated (thanks to all the backstory and serials) and cluttered, rendering even old fans confused at what was going on. The Lego Group decided to leave that setting earlier than they had planned just so Bionicle could get a new beginning and live on. So they shifted their focus on Bara Magna and made Mata Nui, the only person from the previous story arch, its main character. They had a new setting and a new story. However, something went horribly wrong and Bionicle ended up cancelled in 2010. The reboot failed. I thought in this topic we could all through some ideas on why the reboot failed so badly and what would have been a proper way to do it so that it succeeded. For starters, here are some of my insights on what TLG should have done in the reboot: 1. Ditch the serials completely, or only have one of them with as simple a story as possible (no random sisters of the skrall, no hundreds of characters that never become sets, etc.) 2. Make all the canister sets and small sets somehow related. The 2009 sets were a complete mess in this regard. The first wave has only three sets that actually were Glatorian, although all were marketed as such. Vorox were some sort of beasts, Skrall were a species and Malum was exiled. Only four were individual characters and three were doing what the whole theme of 2009 was about - fighting on the arena. 3. Ditch the serials. 4. One thing they did right was making less books. Only one besides the movie novelization, actually. This would have worked well if the story in the book had been as simple. 5. No huge chunks of revelation about Spherus Magna history and trivial information every day. Ruined the mystery completely and made Bzpower into some kind of a priviledged story. It almost felt like Bionicle was continued only for this online community, ignoring others. This wasn't the case, but story-wise it just seemed that way. Revelations and backstory things should be revealed slowly over time, one or two story items a year. In 2001 we weren't told on some website that everyone was living on the face of a giant robot, so why would anyone reveal in 2009 that Bara Magna had once been Spherus Magna etc. 6. Introduce Mata Nui from the start and make the new world open up to the fans through his eyes. MNOG did this in 2001, but there are other kinds of methods to do this as well. 7. Less characters and more character development - making sure fans get attached to the characters like they did in the Matoran Universe arch. This would make it possible to expand the story to multiple years. Here were some things I thought of. With a right strategy, the Bara Magna storyline could have possibly become another 8-year run that would eventually connect to the old arch. What are your thoughts?