Nice connection, actually. I actually imagined that Hero factory is actually the very, very far future of G1. After Mata Nui's death, I imagine that elemental powers eventually died out and the future moved more towards technology, eventually "evolving" into new biomechanical individuals. Quaza is actually energized protodermis, as it has similar effects (power and unstable). Quasi-magic still sort of is around. It also explains that the villains weren't made, they just evolved differently. It also explains why creatures exist, but still are pretty mechanical-like: they are like Bionicle creatures.
I always felt happy to have that link, as it opens up new opportunities.
Same here! I made this post in another topic and put it in here.