Hi. My names Kyle. And I’m 18, going on 19 in November.
Annnnd Bionicle has been in my life for almost 20 years now. And I wanna just post my personal story and opinion about a line of toys that basically changed my life.
My story started in roughly 2005. The Flashback years. I never knew about Bionicle at the time and in fact, the only kind of interaction I had with LEGO at all was a friend of mine who had a Bohrok and we’d play with them all the time.
Flash forward a few years and I got my first Bionicle set: Toa Inika Matoro.
My friend had told me to buy one and learn more cause they were super cool to him and I went “wow that looks really cool”. I went to my local Zellers (remember those lol) in my hometown of Oshawa, Ontario and I begged my mom to buy me Matoro cause I thought he looked cool. I later then discovered BIONICLEstory.com, and learned the story from there. Years of history came flooded to my mind and I was hooked instantly. I would download the story’s, read the serials and comics etc.
And all these years later, now that I had no choice but to sell my collection because I had no money for food (job searching sucks just saying), I still check the Bionicle story website and visit old sites every other chance I get for nostalgia. I still watch Eljays recap reviews and heck I’m not ashamed to admit I still play the PC version of Bionicle Heroes every now and then, thanks to BioMedia Project for having free version for download.
This line of toys and media stuck with me until it was cancelled. I was heartbroken on that day. The line I loved as a kid and loved for literal years was cancelled and sent off with a disappointing wave of Matoran build Toa and Villain sets. Essentially classic sets don’t get me wrong but otherwise a little disappointing.
This series means more to me than JUST toys. It’s a franchise that saved LEGO, a franchise that inspired millions, and a franchise that shouldn’t be shunned amongst older people. Like I get it Teenagers arent really into toys now (I can tell you I lost my habit about three years ago lol) but it’s still a great nostalgia rise to see these old sets and just play with them.
Bionicle is a legacy series that 2015 didn’t do well enough for me in my opinion.
And I also admit I bought a DVD of Bionicle Legend Reborn at DOLLARAMA of all places.
Thank you, it’s a short post but I’m tired and I can’t really fit how I feel about Bionicle into one piece of media. ️