So back when I was little and was first getting into Bionicle (through watching the movies repeatedly), I managed to think some... interesting things.
See, I didn't ever catch that LoMN was a prequel, so I just kind of assumed that the Toa in the first movie were the same as the Matoran in the second. I guess that they looked close enough to each other (i.e. shorter and stockier than the Toa Metru) that I managed to accept that connection without issue. Then, of course, that led to this complicated timeline in my head:
- The Toa in the first movie were in fact called Vakama, Nokama and so on.
- Come the second movie, everyone had moved to Metru Nui and suddenly these Toa from the first movie were turned into Toa... again? I don't really know how I accepted this without issue, but apparently I did.
- Then, at the end of the second movie, they all turned into Turaga - which actually was what had happened this time.
Strangely, I never seemed to question what happened to Takanuva between movies (or any of the other characters for that matter), why the elders in the first movie had the exact same names as the Toa did, or why the Toa ended up looking exactly the same as those elders at the end of the second. Perhaps even more strangely, I actually had no problem working out that WoS took place during the events of the second movie but just could not process the fact that LoMN was a prequel to MoL.
I... just kind of accepted things when I was young, I think.