You aren't wrong. It IS confusing to an established fan from G1 because its changing the established world said fan would be used to. But this reboot isn't for G1 fans, it's for an entirely new audience. G2's biggest misstep was thinking the G1 fans were enough to carry the line, and that was proven incorrect. Our usage of the names have nothing to do with nostalgia, as we are not trying to market this towards old fans (hence why we are comfortable with making liberal changes, such as the gender of a character).
We're only using the names of the Toa to ground the universe in a state of familiarity so we don't stray too far from what the intellectual property stands for and represents (which is exactly what we think LEGO would do) while also keeping in mind that it makes logical business sense to continue using the properties you've already paid for.
I think one look at all the controversial decisions we've made would tell you that we aren't making any of our decisions because of nostalgia. TFA's biggest problem was simply retelling the same story with a fresh coat of paint. Everything that we have done in our reboot is to avoid issues like that.
Ironically, I think the reason people are so upset about this is because of their attachment to nostalgia.
Exactly. We don't want Bionicle G3 to only be for boys.
If it changed nothing, then we wouldn't be having this conversation. I think you could read any of the posts from people for or against it and realize that it changes a lot.
Then surely developing a character that has traits not typically associated with that type of person would be a good thing as it would be breaking new ground and showing the audience a different side of this character that isn't commonly seen....
There was literally no part of G1 Lewa's character that was tied to his gender. Literally none at all. This argument just makes zero sense. Changing his gender isn't going to radically change the personality of the character, and it's silly to believe otherwise. What it does do is change your perception of the character, and that is what makes all the difference.
Except for the fact that we aren't making a sequel and have no desire to. This is a brand new story for a brand new audience. We have no interest in making a story about the original Toa, because their story has already been told.
The implication is that we believe this change is a good thing for Lewa. If we didn't think so, we wouldn't have done it. We shouldn't have to say this.
Moreover, its not just about Lewa but about the Toa as a whole and the dynamic that they share with one another. As I mentioned previously, being the only female on the team reduced Gali's character to that of "the girl" which hampered her dynamic/growth and forced her quirks to be ones associated with stereotypical feminine roles. By taking this level of attention off of Gali, we as writers are now forced to think of these characters differently by giving them unique personalities that can be defined by more then just "female" traits.
There is no obligation to do anything. We make changes because we feel they will serve the story and line in a positive way, not because there's some arbitrary desire to appease one group or another.
No problem man, glad I could clear things up. I just want to clarify to others who still may feel sour about this that its perfectly okay and understandable to not like this change. As I mentioned before, it's unrealistic to make something that every single person will like, and we understood that going into this.
With that said, at the very least I would hope that you could listen to our reasoning and understand where we are coming from, that's all I ask.
While this statement is true, do keep in mind that we are approaching this as if we were working for LEGO and this was actually happening. The criticism we're getting is totally justified and actually encouraged given our goal.
For the record, there are plenty of females in the world that have zero desire to play with dolls and would rather play with action figures. It's no coincidence that all the female cast member and guests on our channel have mentioned their parents were against them playing with Bionicle.
Generally speaking, the only reason there's even a "boys section" and a "girls section" in toy stores is because parents demand to keep it that way.
By adding more female characters to our story we're doing so with the hope that the few girls who do get to play with these sets can find a character they can relate to.
This analogy makes no sense. Just because the right side is more red than the left doesn't mean red paint balls have some innant attraction the right side. It's a 50/50 chance that either side could have whatever amount of paintballs and the color of said paintball has nothing to do with it.
correlation does not equal causation.
A lot of people keep saying this as though this isn't precisely why we made this change to begin with...