Wait hang on
Did the discussion suddenly become reasonable what
Trademarks/copyrights will always be an issue, no matter the size of the project. The Toa's names are LEGO copyright material... Mostly. Because of the Maori lawsuit, it revealed that the origins for a lot of Bionicle names aren't from LEGO and some not even from the Maori language. Makuta is plural for currency, Lerahk is a last name, and Botar is a first name, and all of this I found out completely accidentally on my own time.
Without LEGO's full support Faber's 310N will always have an uphill legal battle greater than any other fan project because Faber is a powerful presence in the community. There's a definite limit to what he can do with preestablished characters, but I'm of the opinion that with a name change to the franchise we're going to be seeing ripple effects shoot out across the old Bionicle formula, and by the time the surface clears we might not even get a Tahu.
Modern Issues being how this turns into a G2 Debate topic every ten posts
This is a completely valid statement, and as I hinted at just before, opens up a very dangerous potential outcome. Suppose this isn't just Bionicle rebranded. Suppose Faber's concept of the next step up from Bionicle is something that isn't even Bionicle at all. But Bionicle is many things. Simplistic, futuristic, tribal, modern, small, massive, ancient, modern. A story, a concept, a child's imagination, a tale of six heroes called forth from the hearts of people everywhere to rescue an entire universe.
Is Faber's concept Bionicle? In a sense, it is, since it has the same origin. But once those canisters open up, don't be surprised if what walks out looks more like Gorm than Gali.