Yeah, the topic was getting a little out of hand and we shut it down for a bit while we discussed what to do with it. Let's try and keep discussion of "Voloctoreb" and all that to a minimum, yeah? There's nothing of merit to discuss there.
I want to take a moment to briefly respond to this post:
Okay, fair enough. I'm skeptical of that fact myself, but I do have a few issues with the logic used to determine this to be the case, so I'll break down my opposition piece-by-piece.
Not necessarily true. I certainly don't believe LEGO would take BIONICLE off shelves only to reboot it in 2018, but it's not set in stone that the potential 2018 theme would have been initially conceptualized in 2014. Assuming that JTO was being written some time in 2015, it is entirely possible for LEGO to have begun brainstorming BIONICLE's replacement OR a potential retooling of the concept once they decided to end G2, which would have been in 2015. Considering this new theme would, at the latest, be launching 2HY 2018, that would give it a 3+ year dev cycle, and plenty of time for it to come to fruition.
While admittedly very unlikely, it is not impossible to say that LEGO realized the mistakes made with G2 early on and, similarly to G1, opted to take it off shelves before irreparable damage was done to the BIONICLE brand. It is plausible, albeit incredibly unlikely, that they began to brainstorm ways to retool the concept and relaunch the franchise by 2018. Just look at what happened with NINJAGO when that theme got canceled and subsequently relaunched; they likely had the plans in the pipeline for a while, but they had thought ahead and planned for multiple potential avenues including both the franchise's temporary end as well as its continuation/reboot.
This does NOT mean that I think BIONICLE is returning, there are a billion reasons why that isn't going to happen, but the timing of cancellation and its possible development cycle wouldn't necessarily be those reasons,
Again, not necessarily true. I don't know the exact development cycle for new IPs but three years seems entirely possible for a constraction theme, not necessarily four.
Totally fair, it does seem that LEGO had an ambition to grow the CCBS brand and expand it to numerous different themes. Hero Factory, BIONICLE, Superheroes, Star Wars, Legends of Chima, and possible future new IPs. Makes sense that they'd want to expand that brand.
...what? You just used Star Wars as an example of LEGO growing the CCBS brand and dedicating time, money, and investment into the concept of it... but then cite Hero Factory as evidence for why the 2018 theme would be canceled? That doesn't make any sense. I could just as easily say the fact that Star Wars both came out AND still continues to this day is evidence that LEGO still cares about CCBS and that they want to continue to grow the system with a new IP. Sure, BIONICLE G2 had bad sales and Hero Factory likely tapered off at the end, but it is much more likely that LEGO would continue to brainstorm and develop new ideas to utilize their CCBS system in ways that have the potential to be more profitable (new IPs and licensed properties) rather than retire the system altogether. By your logic, it was incredibly stupid and poor business practice to go ahead and release Star Wars, and while we don't know how well that sub-theme is doing, it's at least still continuing to make new sets.
TLDR; I'm not sure one way or the other if we'll see a new CCBS theme in 2018. I don't think there's enough evidence to make a claim either way. I just don't think that these "contradictions" concretely prove the claims that you're trying to make. We don't know enough about behind-the-scenes business decisions, sales, LEGO's internal plan for CCBS, the logic behind the cancellation of themes, or the development timeline for new CCBS themes to make an informed conclusion either way.