And here, my friends, is where my problem lies.
I do not want a G3. Not because I hate BIONICLE. Not even because I hated almost every G2 set.
Reason why? LEGO is no longer bold. They've lost a lot of the power that went into G1.
In G1, or simply "BIONICLE" (as I do not consider G2 an heir worthy of the title), everything had meaning. Main characters died, and it meant something. ANY character died and it meant something. I won't hesitate to admit, Teridax's death saddened me simply because he was a brilliantly designed character. He had motivations, reasons for his actions even beyond simply "he's evil."
How does this tie into the concept art?
That Umarak, while recognizable as the Umarak we got...is leagues better in every single way I can possible think of. He's menacing, dark, imposing, and that living trap is downright disturbing. It's very symbolic of what LEGO utterly failed to do for G2. They had the plan, and they didn't go for it.
If LEGO decided to simply push the things that made BIONICLE strong: Motivations, consequences, well thought out characters who weren't walking cliches, I do think it would have succeeded. Obviously, there's still the question of the marketing power that they lacked, or the budget beyond wave 1, but in the state G2 came and went in, it felt soulless. I look at waves 2-4 and I see laziness, half-hearted designs, awkward gimmicks, and worst of all, false promises from the concept art.
My thoughts summed up?
If what we had gotten was the same quality as the concept art - and I know full well LEGO could have done so - we would have likely seen a very different outcome.
If the story hadn't been afraid to actually go anywhere, and had something going for it other than cliche characters, an unsatisfying and generic storyline, and a pitiful excuse for a heroic sacrifice, then maybe I would let it go. But as it is, LEGO is not prepared for G3, and unless they get their act together regarding constraction as a whole, they never will be.
I realize all of this is harsh towards LEGO, but in the words of a wise man: It's okay to critique the things you like. I say all of this out of a desire to see my childhood love put to rest, rather than beaten as the dead horse it has become.