By that logic you could say Bionicle G1 and G2 are tied together by a group of 6 elemental heroes, all using the distinct colors red, white, blue, green, black, and brown, with the water member being female, all of them sharing names with the original versions, all of them having the goal of getting a more powerful golden version of their mask, and the end goal being to fight an evil being of jealousy named Makuta who is either the brother of or related to a very powerful elder character.
Similarities do not indicate a direct continuity connection. The same applies to Transformers, which tends to carry over names and themes to completely different continuities.
Just because two versions of something are similar does not mean there is a direct connection. Again, Lego has stated this is a new story and from what I'm to understand a new continuity. We ignored this the first time with another theme and ended up wasting a lot of time trying to figure out where a nonexistant connection was.