@Rukah hey thanks for the welcome.
@Axelford I’m curious to know more about why you consider the prevalence of the digital to be a negative obstacle for an action figure line/toys in general?
Part of the reason I think the BIONICLE figures dropped in popularity was… well there’s a whole combination of things. The synergistic trifecta of framework that composed BIONICLE’s early years was lost - the story, the sets, and the multimedia “pieces”. The balance was lost.
Compelling multimedia and promos waned as the years went on, and the story became more centralized in serials and books and movies.
The sets (the heroes specifically) became more abstract and less grounded in iconic elements of our world… For example: to a unversed onlooker, there was less and less to identify with in the figures…
Compare the original Toa with say, the Inika/Mahri lineups (and pretty much all the “hero” figures after 2004)… The original Toa bore resemblance to heroes that adults/kids could instantly identify with: swords, shields, staffs, simple tools.
The earlier BIONICLE figures blended the strange features (Kanohi masks, odd robotic proportions) with instantly relatable signature appearances and special abilities. A simple yet powerful combination, balancing the weird with the unfamiliar.
Again, later waves of sets became more convoluted and much less concentrated and identifiable to general audiences.
@Winger I can relate.
I went through a period sometime around 2016 when I started to wonder if I was losing interest in BIONICLE, or if it was simply the new theme not grabbing my attention. I started to think that maybe BIONICLE shouldn’t “come back” after all.
But it didn’t end up staying that way obviously!
I recall thinking at the time that it would be better off to carry the “golden memories” I personally made with the original theme, and to leave it at that while keeping tabs on the online fan world. Does any of that connect with your current rationale?
Like I said, I ended up changing my mind. Vehemently.
I think more generations of LEGO fans should be able to get the full LEGO BIONICLE experience - not just story, not just art, not just toys - the whole experience, live, in the moment.
So while I can see what you are getting at, I no longer agree.