Support The Legend of the BIONICLE on LEGO Ideas

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LEGO BIONICLE will have its twentieth anniversary in 2021, and a related LEGO Ideas project - suggesting a commemorative set - has surfaced. We're bringing your attention to it now as it is picking up steam fast - just past 4150 supporters at time of writing. Presenting "The Legend of the BIONICLE: Celebrating 20 years of Lego stories" by Sokoda!

This model depicts colorful System vignettes of three iconic moments in Generation 1's 2001-2010 run:

  • The arrival of the Toa Mata, their canisters washing up on the beach - featuring Toa Tahu (nanofig scale)
  • Toa Matoro, donning the Mask of Life, sacrificing himself to save the Great Spirit Mata Nui (minifig scale)
  • The final battle between Mata Nui and Makuta Teridax (brick-built figures)

The attention to detail is astounding, and the rotating display would look great in any fan's collection. If there's a BIONCLE fan in your life who you think would like the model, or you want to own one yourself, plese consider supporting the project. Every click on the big blue button helps toward the goal of 10K!

Check out the video breakdown, and see more photos after the break.

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

41 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

Thank you for sharing! I supported a couple days ago and I would really love to have this as a real set. Trying to get everyone I know to support it as well.

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By in Canada,

absolutely gorgeous!!!! i would buy this in a heartbeat, no question. full support!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh hell yes! Would love this to come out for Bionicle’s 20th anniversary in a couple years!

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By in United Kingdom,

It's a very unattractive looking set...I couldn't support that in good conscience. Plus I've never understood the appeal in bionicles...although I wouldn't have recognized this as anything to do with bionicles unless I'd been told.
A big fat no from me

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By in Netherlands,

It's a very nice build on it's own. Great job!

However, shouldn't a commemorative set include Bionicle parts?
I don't see any familiar bionicle parts even gribbled in any of the scenes. An Anniversary Bionicle set should have mainly Bionicle parts and/or be more of a Bionicle model. (just my opinion)

Thanks for sharing.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have never been more enthralled by a LEGO Ideas pitch!

LEGO experimented with system BIONICLE sets in the past, and they were pretty hit and miss, but this seems like a great way of doing a tribute without going back to older BIONICLE moulds (which might prove expensive for LEGO to do, idk). Plus it'd be great to finally have an actual minifigure of a BIONICLE character, and Matoro is as good a candidate as any.

Plus the scenes chosen are a great selection! I know there might be some debate about this, but to me these represent a pretty solid beginning, middle and end of the G1 journey.

Anyway, please please please go support this project, and thank you Brickset so much for sharing it!

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By in United States,

Bionicle is Lego‘s internally developed IP, this feels even more pointless as an Ideas submission than the people submitting the Star Wars MOCs. I feel like this is useful for gauging fan interest, but surely Lego already had the idea of a 20th anniversary set, regardless of how far in the development process it got or has gotten.

I can see this going through 10,000 very quickly, Lego not passing it on to production, people getting mad when Lego releases their own version of this and claiming Lego has stolen it from Ideas, when Lego was developing something from their own internally-created IP from the start.

All of that said, I hope that Bionicle fans get something cool regardless of the source. I just doubt Ideas will be the path for it.

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By in United Kingdom,

on the contrary - Ideas is a great platform to pay homage to themes of long past:
Exo Suit -> Classic Space
Treasure Island -> Pirates
or Old Fishing Store -> Sand Green :P

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By in United States,

I supported a few days ago and have made this comment a few times, too. I'm not the biggest Bionicle fan, I'm not the most knowledgeable about the story, but even I recognize all of those scenes, I understand everything about the project, and if anything else, this should be the final set made by LEGO with the Bionicle name. I know a lot of people would love to have the theme back, I even think it would be cool to have back because I love seeing what Bio-MOCists build, and new parts for them means more great MOCs, but everyone needs to also come to terms with the fact that it's just not going to happen as constraction has shown to just not be as popular as it once was, and so long as Ninjago is still going on, you can't do a system version either. And let's face it, the story is what really makes Bionicle work, and this project is all about the story from 2001 to 2010, what more could you really ask for? If this gets to the review and makes it into production, this is the set to finally put Bionicle, as a thing produced by LEGO, to rest, and it would be with a proper sendoff that the fans would appreciate.

Also come on, a wearable Ignika for your minifigs? That's just awesome.

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By in United States,

Not a Bionicle fan but can support.

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By in Singapore,

I also supported this a few days ago.

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By in United States,

@Mica86, if you don’t care at all and are just going to say it looks unattractive without any actual suggestions to improve it, then there was no reason to comment other than just to stir negativity.

@lessjunkfood, Ideas recently started a new system where when you start a new project, you can search a list of IPs and it will tell you if it was acceptable or not, and BIONICLE is specifically mentioned as a LEGO based IP that is acceptable. Predictably, a licensed theme like Star Wars is one of the unacceptable ones.

Also, I feel this model is way too unique or niche for LEGO to have already considered something like it. But who knows? We might as well just support it anyway.

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By in Netherlands,

I think this set is also very important because the final battle has never been represented in set form in any kind of way. The other crucial scenes you can recreate with the existing toys.

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By in United States,

Another idea for a Brickset article would be something on how to restore/repair old sets. I recently have been on a Bricklink kick getting spare parts and new pieces for my 2001 era Bionicle sets. One reason being I grew up in a house with a dog that liked to chew things he found on the floor, so quite a few of my Toa have mishaped feet, tools and arms due to said dog and I haven't got around to fixing it until now. Another thing being a lot of the sets fell apart in the toy bin as a kid, and its been a struggle finding their pieces intact enough to rebuild them (my blue Nui-Jaga, both Manas, the Boxor, Pohatu Nuva and the brown Bohrok all qualify as this for me all being unbuilt. Fortunately the rest of the collection is intact and built!).

So what its all tallied up to is a lot of new orders for new 2001-2002 era pieces to slowly rebuild the original sets. Also been buying up a lot of the old Kanohi masks. Thanks to The Bionicle Archive a local Utah based private fan collector I have even bought some sealed Krana packs from 2002 (they didn't remain sealed long after arriving at my house though!).

The only thing I struggle with is finding replacements for the rubber bands. Utah is a very dry climate with variable weather (freezing winters and hot summers), and my Lego room normally has the air conditioning off due to being in a part of the house we rarely use for much else. While plastic ABS is unharmed by such variation; those old rubber bands particularly used on the Turaga have dried out and crumble to dust when any tension is put on them. I really would be open to suggestions on what to replace those old rubber bands with, since I don't want to have to keep replacing them every few years from here on out. Fortunately the post-2002 bands such as those used on the Bohrok onward are much more stable and have lasted very well.

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By in Brazil,

It looks really great, loved the design and the concept of a commemorative set, but...

As far as I remember, LEGO has stated on multiple occasions that they wouldn't accept ideas based on original LEGO themes (like the many Modular or Architecture ideas) or any existing IPs (SW, Marvel and all). So, I highly doubt that this would become an Ideas set.

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By in United States,

^ See my comment above. :-)

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By in Singapore,

@TheBrickPal: As a massive Bionicle fan, I don't think Mica86 is trying to stir up anything. This set is not to their tastes, that's fine. They don't understand the appeal in Bionicle, that's fine, it would be unreasonable to expect everyone to understand. Different themes appeal to different people, and I don't see anything wrong in stating one's opinion... unless they're repeating their lack of interest under every article about the subject like a broken record, then it starts to get tiresome. Their "big fat no" is probably the closest the comment comes to being "inflammatory", and I'm really stretching it by saying that. I think the comment is fine.

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By in Germany,

@LegoSonicBoy: thanks for this balanced comment. I wanted to second @Mica86, because I feel exactly like him. Then I saw how he was already being criticized for "stirring negativity" and thought I better not comment at all.

Otoh, why shouldn't one comment and explain why one isn't going to support the idea? I myself am not going to support it either. Not because I want to "stir negativity" but because I sincerely have no interest in Bionicle and never had. I have only got one Bionicle set (8759: Battle of Metru Nui). And even that I didn't get because of interest in the theme but because it was the only set (at the time) which contained a very hard to get part I needed for the UCS Venator Star Destroyer. Ironically, said part (plate 4X6 with 12 knobs (design 6180) in dark bluish grey) has now been rereleased and is available in several sets, albeit with a different part number (6199511 versus 4271648).

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By in United States,

^ I’d just expect those who don’t care to simply ignore the article, I guess. Why waste your time? But that’s just me, nothing against you.

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By in Singapore,

^ I understand that sentiment; that's why I made the point about it becoming tiresome over time. It's not like certain comments that never get more than five words long though. Those are the really low-effort ones... (And I realize I'm being a bit of a hypocrite here with my single-sentence comment up top)

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By in United States,

Odd, my comment didn't go through.

I just supported this, and I hope it goes through. It would be a definite buy for me. I was a fan from the beginning, fell off around the second half of 2004, and then came back in 2009. The Matoro scene is the one that least resonates with me, because I read about it after the fact in wikis when I was catching up, rather than reading along with it. But even that scene has the Ignika, which would be awesome. The giant robot fight scene with Bota Magna and Aqua Magna is really clever.

However, my favorite part--no question--is the arrival of the Toa. The microfig Tahu is great, but I love the surroundings even better. It captures the look of the MNOG perfectly, and that was one of those elements that was so critical to making Bionicle as great as it was. Though I love all the details in that scene, my favorite might be the Mata Nui and Makuta stones!

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By in United States,

What are you guys arguing about hahaha. Anyone should be able to say how they feel about this set, and I for one am not sure. Bionicle is my childhood, seeing Biolicles in minifig and microfig form is kinda strange.

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By in United States,

I feel like every comment on the big grey triangle was the exact same, "a big no from me" and that was produced by Lego.

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By in United States,

It's kind of eh, I think. It's a great build to be sure, and kudos to the guy/gal who made it. It just doesn't appeal to me that much.

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By in Netherlands,

Even if it's not CCBS, Bionicle has seldom looked this good! Instant support from me!

Bionicle after all those years still has a die-hard fanbase and is resurfacing as an internet meme/guilty pleasure; this is going to make so many people happy!

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By in United States,

I've never liked bionicle, but this is really cool! Will probably support this.

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By in United States,

Even though I’ve never really been a bionicle fan I can’t deny the detail and effort that was put into this, even though it’s not to my taste. The 3 scenes being on different scales slightly bothers me, and I’m not a fan of the brick built figures, but maybe that’s just me. Regardless, this would be a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a beloved series that even I might purchase

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By in United States,

BIONICLE is nearly 20 years old?! It doesn't feel like that, it feels shorter!

I do hope that LEGO does do something to commemorate this milestone, and this set does seem like a good place to start. It would definitely look better if it included actual Bionicle/Technic pieces, and more presence of the original 6 Toa, but it's a good start.

Maybe release this set and some classic re releases?

On another note, I recently got the BIONICLE The Legend Reborn on DVD at Big Lots!...

...for 75 cents!

I love clearance prices at Big Lots! (original price: $3)

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By in United States,

Sadly, I doubt LEGO would approve this, but I will support it wholeheartedly. I want LEGO to see that people still love BIONICLE G1 — and that we love it for THE STORY, not just because of the constraction figures.

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By in Poland,

Wow, a vignette (the shoreline one) from the Mata Nui Adventure Game! One of the greatest games once on lego.com, slightly inspired by the classic Myst from 1993, as both Templar Games and Faber himself revealed some years later. It featured point-and-click first-person exploration of the island, some puzzles, dialogues with many characters, mini-games... I still remember walking up to the telescope - depicted in this set by the green crystal - and viewing the constellations to see what events the position of the Red Star predicts.

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By in United States,

I'm honestly sad that the removal of Flash from a lot of internet browsers will interfere with my ability to play MNOG online. I still get onto BioMedia Project to play MNOG every-now and then... For a freebie browser game that launched on Lego's website... MNOG is genuinely one of the best adventure games I have ever played. Its up there with Monkey Island and some of the early Telltale Games in terms of fun, and definitely takes the mysterious atmosphere of Myst and applies it to the Bionicle world.

Even better, the game foreshadowed reveals that wouldn't become clear until years later... Vakama talking about how Mata-Nui "fell from the sky", the sundial the Onu-Tohunga (weren't even called Matoran yet!) found in the bottom of the mines, all of it hinting at the reveals of Metru Nui and The Great Spirit Robot all there hiding in plain sight. Its all really impressive with hindsight to see how much was hinted at from the beginning.

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By in Hungary,

This is cute, I wouldn't mind seeing it succeed. Bionicle isn't any less valid than the other old themes you see being begged for a comeback several times every week.

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By in United States,

@xboxtravis7992:
The rubber bands from the early Bionicle sets were strictly a production issue. It has nothing to do with where you live, or how you treat them. I remember noticing that my stuff had crumbly bands at some point, and when I started experimenting I found that the black bands from 2001 had a semi-glossy finish straight out of the package. If you stretched them _once_, the finish turned matte, and they would start to deteriorate within a few days. If you didn't stretch them at all, they would stay in good shape for years (possibly even still). However, I also have black bands from old Aquazone sets. I built those sets, and played with them, and used the included rubber bands quite a bit. I ran across one of those sets a couple years ago, and the black bands on it were in great shape. I even tested the mechanism, and the bands still had plenty of snap. I didn't have the Aquazone set handy to check at the time, but I'm pretty sure I wrote an article about the problem with the black bands back in the day.

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By in Singapore,

@xboxtravis7992: FWIW, Newgrounds is working on a seamless replacement for the Flash Player called Ruffle that does depend on sites to opt in, but will let Flash content continue to play as if nothing changed, without needing users to download a plugin. There are a few other Flash emulation projects out there, but as someone with a background in Flash animation on Newgrounds, that's the one I'm watching for now.

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By in United States,

@TheBrickPal I’m very late in replying but wanted to thank you for correcting my assumptions above. Thanks!

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By in United States,

It's a neat set for sure, but I feel it's a little too niche. Bionicle hasn't been around for a bit now, so I don't know how much mass appeal it has. Granted it's an Ideas project, so that may not matter. I also would fear that, in order to be produced by Lego, quite a bit would have to change to adhere to their standards, therefore causing a lot of it's appeal to be lost. For those that aren't familiar with Bionicle, it's a set that makes you say "I have no idea what any of this is".

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By in Canada,

Also while on the site supporting this project support the Futurama Planet Express Delivery Ship

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By in Australia,

While indifferent to this theme, this set looks rather nice. My only problem with it would be 2 scenes are in microfig scale and 1 in minifig scale, it's abit odd but if that's what the designer was going for, all good then. I find this set to be more engaging then say the Star Wars anniversary microfig scenes which look bland aside from the cool micro AT's.

Now if only every theme could get an anniversary microfig set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Concerning branding - I guess it is not really any different to the countless modulars on Ideas. LEGO is currently making modulars, yet loads more are proposed.

I find the display quite ugly and wasteful in terms of bricks, whereas the scenes themselves are nice. But I wouldn't have known that it was Bionicle if not told that. Would people that used to be into Bionicle as kids and are now not into LEGO spot this and buy out of their love of Bionicle? I cannot see it myself. If LEGO want to celebrate a Bionicle anniversary, I would imagine making a proper Bionicle set (out of Bionicle rather than system parts) would draw in people that have any nostalgia for it. But then I wonder how much love there is for Bionicle outside of its existing hardcore fanbase, as I regularly see large collections of parts (albeit mixed in with Hero Factory and other constraction parts) that don't sell at boot sales. And there are loads of anniversaries of themes that LEGO has passed by. Is Bionicle really that special?

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By in United States,

I've had my eye on this for a while. The hammering home of threes in the sets design feels very true to BIONICLE's own motifs (though they usually went with six, not three.) I was hoping that LEGO had something planned for the anniversary anyways but this instantly won my support.

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By in United States,

I've had my eye on this for a while. The hammering home of threes in the sets design feels very true to BIONICLE's own motifs (though they usually went with six, not three.) I was hoping that LEGO had something planned for the anniversary anyways but this instantly won my support.

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