I understand that there will already be topics that are very similar to this one. But I feel like with the recent activity concerning TLC’s 90th anniversary, new discussion can be generated. And honestly I don’t want to dig through dozens of old posts for answers. Additionally, said activity is really the reason I’m making this post, meaning that I want more recent answers to my question. Which, obviously, brings us to my point and question:
Why, exactly, do we want BIONICLE to come back? In all the time that I’ve been apart of this community, no one has made a convincing argument as to why exactly we want another revitalization. Instead, I feel like many people are simply swept up in the concept of patriotism and loyalty to BIONICLE. Anyone who disagrees is a fake fan.
Well I disagree.
Like, what do we really want?
The most legitimate reason, as far as I understand, that people were upset about G1’s end was because the story had no real closure. Do we want, a decade later, a continuation of that story? We know for sure we aren’t getting that, because that leaves so little room to attract new fans. That’s why G2 didn’t do that.
Speaking of G2, which certainly recycles the world, story, and character beats, but makes them different enough to make an entirely new variation on BIONICLE, is that what we’re aiming for with G3?
Or is it that we want something new entirely but with similarities to G1? Except that that’s what G2 was.
What I’m getting at is this: why exactly can’t we just let BIONICLE rest in peace?
I understand why we would want an homage, that’s all great, I do too. I understand that the community could really enjoy community-run contests for canonizing old characters. And I get that people have fond memories of it, or grew up with it, or associate it with helping them out of dark times, or whatever, but that doesn’t mean it has to come back as a LEGO theme for us to still enjoy it.
I don’t know, maybe I’m just being dramatic. But this is an issue that’s become increasingly obvious to me over the past year. So many people are incredibly militant about “BRING BACK BIONICLE!” but no one ever talks about why, or what that really means.
Food for thought.
Might end up deleting this if it becomes super divisive but we’ll see.