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@Sokoda you madman you did it. Best of luck to see if Lego approve’s!

So Christian Faber unintentionally used my name (used the exact capitalization and everything) in his Facebook post about Sokoda’s project reaching 10k, which I found kinda funny, as that was sort of my thinking when I came up with the name

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I know right?

That’s another thing actually Sokoda, how does it feel to have your work get the personal approval of two of the big daddies of BIONICLE? :stuck_out_tongue:

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Now that we reached 10.000 supporters and the project is out of our hands, I think it’s about time we ■■■■■ to discussion to the ultimate question: Will LEGO approve it?
Based on a little research I have done, here is what I came up with:

Reasons why they could approve it:

  • It reached the support it needed incredibly fast… That might convince them that there is indeed a demand for it.
  • It’s based of an original IP, so they wouldn’t have to go trough the trouble of licensing.
  • Most of the projects that were rejected before didn’t make it because of licensing issues, being made of way to many pieces, or simply not working is set format… Our project doesn’t seem to have any of those issues.
  • Projects with a specific target audience have been approved before, suggesting that ours could be in the same way.
  • Two official LEGO designers (Nick Vas and Toothdominoes) have shown their support for it, potentially influencing LEGO into approving it.

Reasons why it may not be approved:

  • They wouldn’t think it will sell well.
  • It has to compete against 6 other projects, which all have an equal chance of getting approved, and the maximum amount of projects that got approved in one review season up to this point was 3.
  • G2’s failure may contribute to the decision, as we have seen with Bionicle’s removal from The LEGO Movie 2.

So yeah, it’s really hard to tell what it’s going to happen, but based on those, I’ll give it a fifty-fifty chance of being approved. What do you think? Did I miss anything?

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Mm, I think that’s more of an exceptional case though, considering that the idea would’ve been that the LEGO Movie 2 would be giving one of their currently selling lines some free promotion. That sort of falls on its face if the toy isn’t being sold anymore :stuck_out_tongue:

I get your overall point, but that particular thing is a bit misleading.

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Thank you to everyone who congratulated me, I won’t @ you all, because I don’t want to spam notifications.

@Ghid No hate from me either, I think we all know nothing is safe yet and a lot of projects get rejected, you are absolutely right

@RAKRONDEWL Thank you, and exactl, I think it’s already great we reached the 10.000 so fast, this undoubtedly shows Lego our commitment

@BioKnight I thougth about you immediately when I read that, also, that’s some very specific name he uses here, I wonder if that might be the name he will give whatever #14B2020 will end up beeing.

@TheMightyObsidianDude it feels so amazing. I think we are really lucky that some of the original creators of Bionicle are still involved with the community after all these years

@LegoDavid a lot of good points, the problem is we don’t know too much about how the Review-Board evaluates al that, so I don’t think it’s possible for us to speculate too much

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Ah, the reasoning for that is it was one of the final, final preliminary names before they came up with BIONICLE

As he was very heavily involved in the early stages and beyond, Faber would be pretty familiar with the name of course :stuck_out_tongue:

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oh ok didn’t know that was an earlier name, but he still might reuse it

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Quite possibly. Only time will tell :stuck_out_tongue:

It’s also interesting to think that therefore, possibly, maybe at some point the Toa might have been the BioKnights? Unlikely, I think the polynesian influences were already there, but it’s interesting to think about :stuck_out_tongue:

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Keep in mind though that the Bionicle concept art for LEGO Movie 2 was from 2015… when Bionicle G2 was still being sold.

I… know? That was like the crux of my entire point :stuck_out_tongue:

Their fledgling BIONICLE G2 had come out, they wanted it to succeed: oh yeah, how about we put it in the LEGO Movie 2? Free promotion!

One development heck later and the line is already dead, so guess we’ve gotta scrap that.

That’s pretty much what I said already.

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It’s already been a day and a half since we got to 10.000 and TTV still hasn’t reported on it yet… Where are they?

I’ll work on getting a video out today, letting people know something everyone has covered and can be easily and quickly talked about in a podcast. That is, after I’m done releasing my Throwbot review, after I get back from a work meeting, while everyone else is either with their significant other or at their job. Does that answer your question?

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I didn’t know about this when I made my name. I thought my name idea was original, but I guess not

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Huh, I thought you took inspiration from it to be honest. I guess it’s just one of those funky coincidences :stuck_out_tongue:

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Yup, I remember I posted my reasoning in the username discussion topic

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The project finally got an official response from LEGO:

It’s the first part of the comment is especially interesting…

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The comment about “the nostalgia-filled Bionicle community” is interesting. They usually don’t make additional comments like that.

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It means they know about the insane lightning campaign that went out across basically everywhere to garner support. I don’t see how they couldn’t notice it.

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The beginning of every final message is personalised to some extent. This project blew up to a degree that as far as I’ve seen hasn’t really happened since the minecraft one. It’s not like they wouldn’t read any of the hundreds of comments on the project. They’d be aware this means a lot to a lot of people, so they’d address it accordingly.

I mean, it’s not like they would have any other choice :stuck_out_tongue:

And besides, they’ve hardly had a reason to up until now.

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