Bionicle 2015 confirmed by LEGO Shop

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Today, various LEGO fan communities lit up with a discovery on the LEGO Shop website more or less confirming Bionicle will be returning. According to Brickipedia News and a post on BZPower, if you type "Bionicle" in the LEGO Shop website's search bar, it takes you to a Coming Soon page. Searching other old themes like Atlantis doesn't go to this other page though, so it must be intentionally sent to a Coming Soon page.

What are your thoughts on Bionicle's return? Leave them in the comments below!

Update: LEGO has taken the redirect to the Coming Soon page down and it now shows Hero Factory sets as search results. That must mean they accidentally released that news too soon. :)

 

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By in United States,

It would really suck if LEGO was doing this to make Bionicle fans freak out and take it down after a couple of days...

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By in United States,

@Renzari: I don't think they could get away with doing that. It's not a professional business model for them to do that, and LEGO, unlike other companies, tends to care a lot about and value its fanbase.

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By in United States,

I have an 8 foot long shelf in my room of most of the Bionicle sets I've collected, and I have never taken them down for more room. I guess I subconsciously held out hope for the return of Bionicle, and now it's paying off!

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By in United States,

personally i'm not that in too biconical but its definitely a step up from hero factory

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By in United States,

Sounds great! Can't wait to see full set images.

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By in United States,

While I have heard some people dissapointed that the hero factory parts may carry over into the bionicle universe, I am more than happy about this. I found that I had much more of a fun time and more freedom with the hero factory joints so this with bionicle is more than welcome.

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By in United States,

I would rather see the return of Atlantis, since you mentioned it! Bionicle and Hero Factory are basically the same if you don't follow the storyline.

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By in United States,

I'm very excited for the return of Bionicle, especially since it'll be using the CCBS. I'm certainly staying vigilant of these developments. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Bionicle was my last theme before hitting dark ages - I only had stuff from the first wave before I drifted away. I plan on buying the remake of my favourite one - Kopaka. If TLG have got it right and the nostalgia value feels right then I'll get a few more, but the couple of images of display stands etc doesn't fill me with confidence....wait and see.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great news for those who like the theme! For me though I've never really rated it or similar themes as its just too stylised and removed from classic Lego for my liking.

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By in Netherlands,

Positive reaction:
Great news for the fans!

Less positive reaction:
Bionicle, herofactory and sorts are, in my opinion not really LEGO and should be discontinued immidiately. I think they are horrible themes. Way to aggressive. They have nothing appealing what so ever.

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By in Germany,

@kmvk83
I seem to remember system sets being aggressive, too. Star Wars has laser guns, Lone Ranger has revolvers and rifles and the old Agents theme also had guns in some way. So I would not say that it has anything to do with the building style, that the themes seem aggressive to you.
Most figures from the construction line are robots with weapons. These things are most likely aimed at young boys,and when I was young, boy, did I love having them fight each other. That sort of stuff just appeals to some people. And I think that there are things way more aggressive than plastic figures with some weapons in funny colours.
Saying that you want it all eradicated, because YOU don't like it, is not the most adult thing to say.
Let people have fun and maybe try to look at the good things.

I am very happy Bionicle comes back and I will embrace the 'horrible themes' that are 'way to aggressive' and have 'nothing appealing what so ever'.

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By in United States,

I have never really been a fan of the Bionicle theme, but I am happy for those of you who are fans of Bionicle.

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By in United Kingdom,

I tried, but it didn't work. :P

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By in United Kingdom,

I am super excited! I don't mind the use of HF parts as long as we get plenty of new parts as well.

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By in Netherlands,

@Jiraiya
I am sorry my comments to the news have 'moved' (in lack of a better word, sorry for my English) you so much.
I simply responded to Meiko's question: "What are your thoughts on Bionicle's return?".
And those are my thoughts. I did commented first it is good news for fans.

You commented that you loved letting them fight each other as a boy. Which is exactly why I don't like the theme. Maybe it is my lack of knowledge, but fighting seems to be the main thing for Bionicle. At least thats what comes to mind on first sight. Playing with toys should not be all about fighting should it? If it does, I think we send the wrong message to children.
I do agree there are other themes which have agressive characteristics. Themes like Chima and Star Wars definitly have agressiveness in them. But that does not seem to be the 'main thing'. For me there is more playability to those sets other then fighting. There seems to be more of a story to it.
Again this is just my opinion. And I am happy you and other LEGO fans love the idea af a Bionicle return. It is a good thing we do not all think alike.

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By in Germany,

@kmvk83
It's allright. I've heard many people hate on the theme, but I allways kept my head straight.
About the fighting: There need to be some kind of conflict in themes that are directed at boys I think. Many Lego themes have the clear Good vs Evil thing, and that works. Friends is a theme directed at girls where the characters have to manage daily tasks.
Bionicle actually has a deep and detailed lore. I'm serious here. That's maybe also part of the popularity. The story developed over 9 years, so it is way to much than to write here, but if you want to get some background information that are not shown by the sets, you can take a look at biosector01. It's a wiki that has the complete Bionicle lore written down.
I think that in comparisson to that, Chima and even Ninjago falls pretty flat in storytelling.

I appreciate your kind attitude and hope that I was not too offensive in my words.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes yes yes yes yes!

Finally confirmed!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm pleased to see bionicle returning, but it'll be sad if it means the end of hero factory. I know they're not everyone's cup of tea, but my 7 yr old loves them, especially with the minifigure sized heros in their mechs. Speaking of which, I saw the new wave of HF sets in toysrus today - they're not on the [email protected] site yet.

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By in United States,

It's confirmed! Commence celebratory dances!

^^The Brick Fan is reporting it from another website. Also, I tested it for myself, and it does work.

Take that, oh ye of littler faith in Bionicle's return!

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By in United States,

As a boy I did like many people enjoy the Bionicle theme and I had spent many of my hours assembling and dissembling them. While now I prefer to stay more to the original brick built assemblies. I still have a place in my heart for Bionicle as it was such a part of my childhood. So I am glad to see that TLG is bring it back. While I may not buy the entire collection. It will be interest to see where it goes from here.

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By in United States,

@Shib Kopaka is spelled wrong in Groove Brick's set list, he known as Copac.

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By in United States,

Oh, apparently the moderators at the LEGO.com message boards list this site as "primarily for an over 13 audience, and so inappropriate for these boards." What?! There's no age restriction! All I was doing was citing Brickset as a place to see the 2015 Bionicle sets!

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By in United States,

@PicnicBasketSam: Ha! I sometimes don't understand the LEGO Message Boards-- I don't think they have a consistent policy since some things seem to be allowed at times and not at others. You could try citing Brickipedia as linked in the Brickset article. Maybe they'll accept that?

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By in United States,

whoo-hoo!
*now building all of my Bionicle sets and searching Ebay for ones i don't have ;)

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By in Puerto Rico,

Yes, hoping now that they make an appareance in TLM2.

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By in United Kingdom,

@PicnicBasketSam - I think that's fair to say of the forum, maybe LEGO.com don't differentiate between it and the rest of Brickset.

I'm gonna say similar to @kmvk83 about my reaction to all this. I'm an if-it-doesn't-have-studs-it's-not-Lego kind of guy. Technic still mostly had studs before my dark ages, and having missed the introduction of Bionicle and studless beams I just find the whole concept so alien to what I think Lego is.
I guess TLG is in the strange position of only really having one type of product, but having maybe three or more completely different types of customer who all expect completely different things to each other.
To me, Bionicle is totally meh! But hey, don't let that put you off if you love it, and I don't think any worse of you if you do either. :D

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By in United States,

I'm very, very happy to see this line returning. Hero Factory just really didn't do it for me. I loved Bionicle when it first came out, and I pretty much stayed loving it for years afterwards. I phased in and out during certain lines, but I still always kept an eye on it. When it ended, I did feel pretty sad because the Bionicle toys had been my childhood favorites and the story had really defined how I saw what adventure and heroism could be. So, if this line does any remakes of the original characters, I totally plan to buy them for the sake of nostalgia!

That being said... the original Bionicle story-line was kinda mysterious and a little bit dark. I don't know if they will keep it that way, so I wouldn't be surprised if we got a fluffier remake this time around, perhaps a little more "kid friendly" and not as complex. Though I can understand that, it is a little sad because I for one was always really into the original tales. As of late, I can't see any original line that Lego has made that has had the mystery, intrigue, and depth as the original Bionicle stories... so I don't really have much confidence that this revamp of the Bionicle line will be as good as the original... at least not in the story. As sets... well that's a different story all together. I have no idea how well the new system will incorporate with the Bionicle universe, but I imagine it will work well. I plan to buy at least one of these just because I am so excited to see one of my favorite lines returning!

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By in United States,

Erm... Maybe I should show the moderators that the forum is a completely different site, with different registration and all? Cuz not being able to distinguish between two websites is either an accidental mistake or an incompetently programmed computer.

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By in United States,

YES!!!!! My childhood is coming back! I'll have to pick up Taho, and especially Lewa, he was always my favorite. :)

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By in United States,

The Toas will be a definite insta-buy for me, but I wonder if they're rebooting it? I wouldn't mind, but for now I suppose we're going to have to wait for now.

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By in Canada,

This is going to be good:)

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By in United States,

I'm glad it's back (brings a lot of memories back). However I won't get to point out the lone Bionicle left at my Toys R Us anymore. Lol (It's the Piraka from Stars btw)

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By in United States,

Despite being someone who dissected and rearranged G I Joes and other action figures as a little kid, I somehow don't understand the appeal of Bionicle. Both as an extension of Lego and as a stand alone action figure line.

As Legos, they simply arent. You can't barely use the parts for anything, and the lack of studs sets them far apart.

As an action figure line, I don't get the appeal. They're ghostly living suits of armor or something? With vaguely Caribbean-sounding names? With most toy brands hitting you over the head with easy-to-digest exposition to what the toy at the very least IS, I've always found Lego's strategy of "unidentifiable action skeletons with confusing names" to be mindboggling in it's apparent success.

I'm glad for fans of the line, but I'll continue to ignore them myself.

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By in United States,

Time to renew the license. After 2005 though, they just got weird until they evolved into Hero Factory. And now that HF, it seems, has run its course (Really, miniature Heroes?), it's probably the logical thing to go back to the beginning and start all over, again. Don't get me wrong, I loved the original figures but, the designers had better realize they're facing great expectations from the rest of the fan base... no pressure.

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By in United States,

So called "constraction" sets like Bionicle and Hero Factory have never appealed to me. Perhaps they just don't seem like "real" LEGO, too much like action figures. If a set comes along that looks somewhat like a Balrog though I'd be willing to modify it a bit!

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By in United States,

I'm still curious if Bionicle coming back means Hero Factory ending. If so that's a bummer that they're cancelling a theme just to bring back an old, once-cancelled theme. If the two themes coexist however, it could mean less sales for both of them. It'll be interesting to see what happens in 2015 with the constraction themes.

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By in France,

i am an big fan since the beginning of this collection, and of course, i'am thrilled to discover the new sets that i hope won't be disapointing as compare as the previous ones. I hope there will be a re-edition of bohroks !
BIONICLE remembers me a part of my childhood , so even my shelves are full of LEGO, i think i will find a little space to add new ones ! ^^

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By in United Kingdom,

@Meiko

Hero Factory has been scheduled to end in 2015 for quite a while to be replaced by another constraction theme. The fact it is being replaced with Bionicle doesn't change the fact that the line was going to end in 2015 due to poor sales regardless.

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By in United States,

I'm actually disappointed that HF is going. I always ignored constraction sets, because they weren't compatible with any other lego sets. But once Hero Factory started producing minifig-size figures, they caught my attention. And right after, they go back to Bionicle? I'm not sure if the new Bionicle will satisfy Bionicle fans either. Most revived themes ended up completely different than the original theme. This year Ultra Agents arrived, but were much more futuristic than the original. There are bound to be changes, and judging by the major disappointment with Hero Factory, Bionicle fans won't like them.

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By in Canada,

Now when I search it on the Canadian one it finds HF sets and random sets.

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By in United States,

I agree this is the confirmation nail in they hype coffin. Bionicle is back in 2015 and our wallets will be suffering just a little more next year.(man i really hope I get that job at Amazon). I of course am super happy about it. Even if the new sets are using Hero Factory parts, the fact that the theme is back and hopefully the story will get a much needed reboot is great. And I'm very eager to see what parts and sets will look like in a year or two, or more after the designers have had time to be able to stray from the Hero Factory Aesthetic and maybe do a retroactive Bionicle aesthetic on the new building system. That would be perfect in my eyes as that was what I thought HF from a parts perspective always lacked. Regardless what happens with the story, I'm stoked about new parts for Bionicle

Though I really hope the story aspect which is what Made bionicle not just another theme in lego isn't dumbed down for kids and returns with a new take on the story, but with the same depth, complexity, and at times darkness that the original Bionicle Theme had.

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By in Taiwan,

> I'm still curious if Bionicle coming back means Hero Factory ending
I'd say that it sounds like when Chima came out and we suspected Ninjago's ending. Well of course HF is not as popular as Ninjago, but if the two action figure theme can be more differentiated and both can return by order, there could be some more diversity for figure AFOLs isn't it? I agree that Bionicle is more popular among FOLs, but the potential in HF hasn't reached its end.

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By in United States,

Tell me a theme with a better plot line than Bionicle, Tell Me!

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By in United States,

@Dorayaki: Yeah, that's a good example. The only thing is I think Hero Factory and Bionicle are more similar to each other than Chima and Ninjago. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it all plays out. At least Bionicle will be using Hero Factory joints (and maybe they'll even share armour pieces) so we don't have to go through another transition of constraction joints changing.

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By in United States,

@Meiko-- Not necessarily. Hero Factory could continue its mini-hero line, while Bionicle could replace it by doing constraction sets with large characters.

@FloridSword-- complicated doesn't mean better. Remember, lego's target audience is children, and kids won't like a long complicated plot line. Personally, I preferred the Hero factory plot line. It encourages building your OWN heroes, and it would fit in the plot line anyway, especially the 2.0 series. Besides, if you give people a simple storyline, they'll want to build on it (literally) and maybe even make a new one, and not keep to its restraints. That's what lego is about, endless creativity. Why else would themes like Castle or City not even have a plot? With many themes lego pretty much expects you to change the storyline.

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By in United States,

I never liked Bionicle, basically due to the fact that the theme doesn't use actual Lego bricks. But at least it has a better storyline than HF.

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By in United States,

@mars4life: I actually like the Hero Factory story (or lack there of at times) because it's not as rigid, which 1) allows for people to pick up on the story at any time without having to know what went on in years prior, and 2) it allows for more freedom to create your own story based around the characters. In Bionicle, the story was like that of an epic where the characters were following a direct timeline throughout the whole story. In Hero Factory, the headquarters hosts hundreds of thousands of heroes who go on their own missions all the time. This allows the easy creation of a new hero and a new storyline by the fan where the official story won't ever conflict with it. Hopefully if Bionicle comes back as a reboot, they can do a bit of a better job with the storytelling so that it's easier for new fans to jump into the story at any time instead of having to need a bunch of background info.

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By in Australia,

i used to love Bionicle and i thought it was stupid for them to replace it with hero factory, so i am pretty excited to see how they turn out! :)

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By in United States,

We. Are. Back.
-Bionicle

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By in United States,

Greg Farshtey has officially confirmed this as a false lead. I quote:

"I checked with LEGO Shop on this. I've been informed that they were doing maintenance on the site and that the link to the Coming Soon page was simply an error on their part. If you search it now, it should take you to the Hero Factory section, like it always did before."

This post can be found on this page: https://community.lego.com/t5/LEGO-General/Chat-with-Greg-Farshtey/td-p/6605180/page/387

So it looks like it was a mistake on Lego's part.

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By in United States,

@Zatth: Maintenance doesn't just make a single search term go to a coming soon page. Especially with the fact that we've already seen some leaks of possible 2015 Bionicle stuff, it's more than coincidence that the one search term that got redirected to a coming soon page was the theme we're anticipating from leaked images. Sure it was a mistake for them to have added that redirect so soon, but I don't think it's because of a maintenance glitch.

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By in Canada,

Bionicle 2015

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By in Canada,

Does anyone here have a Tumblr account?

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By in Denmark,

Poor LEGO mediateam... they got 100 speculated AFOL's digging for leak info in every possible way. We don't give them much room... hehe!

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By in United States,

^^^^Exactly. Quite frankly, that's a stupid excuse.

LEGO is doing a very bad job covering this up. The very fact that they've changed it back is proof they don't want this getting out.

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By in United States,

^Well, they have completely legitimate reasons for not wanting it to get out. If the news gets out too early, competitors have time to plan, make knock-offs, etc.

If Bionicle is, indeed, coming back, then technically we're doing them a disservice by spouting it all over the internet. It might be better if we just let it come in it's own time.

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By in United States,

Go to link. Read "updated date" and "registar registration expiration date" for the domain name "bionicle.com". registar exp. date is LITERALLY TO THE SECOND 15 years after the site was initially registered back in 2000. if this isnt proof enough that Bionicle is back, idk what is. http://www.checkdomain.com/cgi-bin/checkdomain.pl?domain=bionicle.com

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By in United States,

I found that bioniclemovie.com links to the LEGO.com product page.

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By in United States,

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!

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