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Hello! As the title suggests, I'm currently trying to find the original creator of the long-loved Bionicle hoax/meme, Voriki. For a bit of context, I'm currently taking a Documentary Filmmaking class at my college, and I really want to make Voriki the subject of my end-of-year project. I think the way this character has remained relevant and beloved even 20 years after his initial creation is a fascinating concept, and I'd love to use that to look deeper into how fandoms like Bionicle's view popular fan-works and memes. I'd love to talk about the history of the hoax, its increase in popularity in the past 20 years, and even interview the creator if possible. However, there's a bit of an issue with that: the initial posts on BZPower about Voriki were lost a long time ago, and the name of the creator along with them. Every venue I've checked has come up empty; the BionicleFandom wiki focuses on the in-universe story of the character, Know Your Meme seems pretty unknowledgeable about the his creation, even the archived version of the Voriki website lacks any name or contact info that could help me find them. So, all that to say, is there anyone on BZP that was around when the leak first popped up? Do you remember who created it? And if so, is there any way to contact them? I'd love to be able to interview them about the creation of Voriki and how the character has only grown since then. Furthermore, is it possible that anyone has any screenshots/website archives of the original posts? If you can help in any way, please let me know! It wouldn't feel right to make this kind of project without at least knowing the creator of the documentary's subject. Thank you in advance!
Shock and Awe
Specter Knight posted a topic in Bionicle-Based CreationsThere have been many legends about a seventh Master, one with the power over Lightning, but nobody expected these legends to come true! Allying with the Heroes of Okoto, Voriki uses his powers to strike down the skull spider menace! Main Image Back view Battle ready! Victory, or a throwback pose Comparison with Tahu "Let's see if you're worthy of being the seventh Toa!" A challenger appears! So yeah, Gen.2 styled Voriki. I think I'm the first person to make this. I'm not sure why I settled on the Purple, white, and gold colour scheme, I just felt like it worked. I feel like the weapon is too simple, despite trying to make it as interesting as possible, but then again, I was trying to make this like it would be an actual set, so that's a thing. Comments and feedback are welcome!
Bionicle meme/injoke research
KYM Jacob posted a topic in Bionicle DiscussionDue to the recent gain popularity of Bionicle, I was looking into doing so research for the site Know Your Meme in regards to Bionicle related memes and injokes. Unfortunately, I have not really kept up with the community much, so I have missed a few things. While I have a general idea for some of them, I am either missing some information (often about it's true origin or need help in showing spread) and was hoping that coming to a group of people dedicated to Bionicle might be able to clear up a few things, and make it more clear for anyone else curious about them. Please note, I'm looking for Bionicle based memes/ injokes. Popular BZP fads that had nothing inherently to do with Bionicle (such as 92% of people signatures) are not really what I'm looking for. Toa Voriki Origin: using google search by specific time, the oldest post I found of Toa Voriki was on a Neoseeker thread about a Bionicle add on story, posted on January 1st, 2002. I've read a post on Eurobricks that claimed the origin of Voriki to 2001 on BZCommunity. While the exact origin may be difficult to pin down, fortunately a surviving 2002 webpage on archimatrix.com still exists which provides his "backstory". More clear signs of his spread, as well as clear origin would be useful. Tuggles Origin: Created by BZP user Authraw in 2005. Love them or hate them, the were very popular for a time. As Biosector01 put it: "(a) well known fad resulted in the making of literally hundreds of “cute MOCs”, which many attribute to Authraw’s Tuggles." Unfortunately, all these old threads were lost. While there are still a few files on brickshelf that have tuggles and tuggle parodies, including Authaw's original, these do a poor job of showing spread. If anyone happened to have screen caps, or know of some tangible way to show spread of this (such as if tuggles spread to other sites), please let me know. Bonkles Origin: this one I have no Idea on. when I first saw it, it was after the 2015 rumors had surfaced, so I assumed it had originated with that. However, after doing some digging, I found at least one Tumblr post from 2012 using the term. This one should be the easiest to find spread of, as it seems to be the most currently popular one, but the actual origin of the term would be nice to find out. Good guy/ Bad Guy Origin: BZPower first reported the sets known as "Good Guy" and "Bad Guy" on August 10th 2006 being promotional Bionicle polybags. While they were well know to having uninspired builds, and even less inspired names, they seem to have increased in popularity recently, gaining a sort of ironic fandom. People have made surprisingly good fanart of them, as well as photoshoped images with them. If anyone knows when this kind of stuff originated, that would be useful. Others The ones listed are the biggest ones I can think of. While there are other smaller injokes that I can think of , some new and some old (I didn't slip, the plushies, Who ate all the pies?, the Piraka Rap) none of them really hit me as being particularly notable. However, if you know one I have not listed, or think that one I thought was not notable really is notable, please let me know, and try to support why you think that way.