Ascended Fanon: "Nektann" was originally the name for turrets the Piraka used. When a warlord of the Piraka's race was introduced, a fan suggested that the turrets were named after him.
Contest Winner Cameo: Lego loves these kinds of contests. The most notable winning entries are Toa Krakua and Tahtorak.
A large amount of Rahi and just about all the Dark Hunters fall into this category.
Creator Backlash: Greg Farshtey has said that the Vahki are his least favorite characters in the series.
Executive Meddling: Averted with the first movie. A number of companies were approached by Lego, but said companies insisted on having the plot involve a human kid in the world, as they thought that would appeal more. Lego instead listened to Greg Farshtey, who hated the idea, and kept looking until they found a company willing to work without human characters.
Word of God says it was played completely straight with 2005, however. Most of the decisions made in that arc, including Vakama's betrayal were completely out of his hands and he disagreed strongly with them.
Fandom Life Cycle: Almost got as high as Stage 4, but reverted to 6a almost immediately after the line's initial cancellation.
"Olda" for the Toa Nuva pre-transformation, before "Mata" was established as their team name.
Nearly every wave of Matoran sets had a nickname that fans used. For example, "McToran" for the original Tohunga; "MoLtoran" for the Mask of Light Matoran; "Metruan" for the Metru Nui Matoran; "Voyatoran" and "Doomtoran" for the Voya Nui Matoran; "Mahritoran" for the Mahri Nui Matoran; and "Kardatoran" or "Avtoran" for the Karda Nui Matoran.
Lime Plastic Syndrome, the tendency for the joints of lime parts from '07 to crumble frustratingly easily. Its name stems from Gold Plastic Syndrome, an equally infamous (yet more persistent) toy plague. One podcast named themselves after this.
Word of God is that Zirahk was proposed as a name for the Rahkshi of Heat-Vision, so some fans have used that name in lieu of the generic species title. Alternatively, as a reference to SPIRIT's Public Service Announcements (specifically, the Burn Stuff PSA), other fans have taken to calling the Rahkshi of Heat-Vision "Samuel L. Jackson".
"Umarak" is often used for The Shadowed One after the second generation of BIONICLE, as the character of Umarak is known as the Hunter of Shadows.
The Other Marty: Toa Lhikan has a distinctly different voice in the trailer for Legends of Metru Nui than he does in the actual movie. It's doubtful that it was a placeholder, as all the other voices in the trailer are the same.
Postscript Season: The web serials continue on past the toyline's cancellation and the main storyline's conclusion in Journey's End. These serials use ideas that were originally meant for the main story before its abrupt cancellation, such as characters being stranded on Bota Magna, and characters searching for the Great Beings.
Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy: The original trilogy movies took great liberties with the toy designs by making their biomechanical characters more organic, more "bio" — they were given hands, mouths, muscles, and in the female's cases, a dose of Adaptational Attractiveness. However some ended up only just very, very vaguely resembling their sets. Now, for the fourth movie, The Legend Reborn, they decided to go the opposite route: making the characters extremely toy-accurate. Ridiculously toy-accurate — some even retained the color-scheme ruining red connector rods. Ironically, the people in this movie were really supposed to be organic creatures with some minor mech-implants. Note that there is a lot of leeway. Many design traits could be interpreted in a myriad of ways. An interesting case is that of Roodaka's "braids": rendered as strands of robotic hair in the movie, as tusks that moved together with her jaw in a video game, and as upward-pointing horns in the comics.
Makuta in his set form wore a double-faced mask — his mask in The Movie didn't resemble either. So when the figure got re-released as part of the special edition Takutanuva set, it came with a special, movie-edition mask which had one of its faces re-sculpted to look like the movie design. This is in contrast to the "Ultimate Dume" exclusive set that came out the following year, whose special mask was designed to go with the figure's aesthetic, which already looked absolutely nothing like Makuta's look in that year's movie.
"Comic 12.5" of the Ignition series never got finished, though the script was made available online. It was just a short filler story anyway.
Legends 7: Invasion was only partially written before being canceled due to poor sales. Then, the writer's computer crashed, deleting it for good.
Urban Legend of Zelda: Voriki, Toa of Lightning. In 2001, there was a contest to create a BIONICLE fan website. Voriki was the product of one of those websites, which stated that Onepu was destined to become the seventh Toa. The site went mostly unnoticed until hints of an actual seventh Toa started to emerge; fans rediscovered the website and assumed it was a teaser, but needless to say they were quickly proven wrong. Voriki has become something of a minor meme to the BIONICLE fanbase.
Flip Flopof God: Greg originally planned to make Helryx leader of the Order of Mata Nui's predecessor (Hand of Artahka) as well, but after Swamp of Secrets said this was not really the case. Since then, he reserved the right to change his mind on anything not explicitly stated in canon.
Characters to write about: Kopaka, Vezon, and Teridax.
Book: BIONICLE Adventures 10: Time Trap, which reimagined Teridax into the character he is now.
Dark Hunter: Lariska
Greg Farshtey based Takadox's personality on a character called "East" from one of his earlier novels.
2007 Matoran: Sarda
Phantoka to write about: Mutran
2009 Character: Malum
Set: he likes big and complex sets, but named his favorite as Karzahni (8940) because it represents a character that he created by himself.
Least: characters that use Treespeak, Vahki
Least favorite storyline: Vakama's out-of-character FaceHeel Turn, which he had no say in, reportedly made him mad. He would have chosen Matau.
Farshtey's ex-wife, Jackina, commonly assisted Greg with the BIONICLE story podcasts in offering her voice for the female characters, such as Hahli and Tuyet.
Bob Thompson's (the former head of the original creative team behind BIONICLE) favorite characters were on the dark side Roodaka and on the light side Matau. According to Greg, Bob disliked the Exo-Toa set and asked the writers to diminish its role in the story.
Toa Nuva Lewa (in his 2008 "Phantoka" form) was comic artist Leigh Gallagher's favorite character to draw.
The main BIONICLE logo is an image of the Three Virtues.
The Spherus Magna system is in the shape of the Three Virtues' symbol.
The Kanohi Kaukau was the only of the Toa Mata's Kanohi to have its design computer generated by set designers—the rest were done by carvings.
Set-wise, the Kanohi Pakari is the most frequently used Great Kanohi, while the Ruru is the most frequently used Noble Kanohi.
The term "Toa Mata" was officially coined after 2001-2002 story arc took place to prevent confusion. During this time, they were simply known as the "Toa" because they were the only Toa ever seen in the story at the time.
Kopaka was the first BIONICLE character portrayed in the comics.
A running storyline joke regarding Onua is his tendency to save others at the last moment. Examples include removing an infected Kanohi and Krana from Lewa, among others.
Before the Maori lawsuit against The LEGO Group, the Shore Turtles were called Hoi and Bog Snakes were called Kuna.
In the Mata Nui Online Game:
A carved stone at the Po-Matoran trader's stall reads: "My friend went to Po-Koro and all I got was this lousy rock."
The walls of the Sanctum include packaging information from a LEGO set and a quote from Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series: "What do you get if you multiply six by nine?"
The game contains numerous hidden messages foreshadowing the coming of the Bohrok, and indeed Mata Nui's true nature, which was only revealed 8 years after the game had been made.
A scene in the Mata Nui Online Game depicts Lewa placing all six of his Kanohi on his personal Suva, and emerging with the golden mask; another scene depicts the Toa Mata's Kanohi simply transforming into the golden masks when they arrive at the Kini-Nui. However, the scene described in the book is the accurate one.
The Toa's battle with the Manas is described as two Manas that are defeated by the two Toa Kaita in the book Tale of the Toa. However, in the Mata Nui Online Game, this battle is with a horde of Manas that are defeated by smashing control towers. In the canceled PC game, the Kaita also fight an entire Manas horde plus a Mana-Ko, but beat them in combat. Later canon combined these scenes: there were only two Manas, and the Kaita defeated them by targeting their control towers.
BIONICLE Chronicles 1: Tale of the Toa was the first publication to show the Toa's battle with the Shadow Toa; this battle was originally going to be shown in the canceled PC game, BIONICLE: The Legend of Mata Nui. Originally, Greg Farshtey wanted the battle to be won by having the Toa "absorbing" the Shadow Toa into themselves; Cathy Hapka, however, decided to have the Toa working together to defeat them with their Elemental Powers. However, Greg has said that his way is canon, and is referenced in the BIONICLE: Encyclopedia.
The Mata Nui Cow was originally called the "Mukau" (a pun on "Moo-Cow"), but it has not been called by this name since 2001. The name was taken out of canon because the story team head considered it too silly.
In an advertisement at the end of Powerless!, there was information on the six Nuva symbols. The page claimed that Tahu's symbol was forged in the Mangai Volcano; Gali's drawn from Gali's Bay; Kopaka's as cold as Mount Ihu; Lewa's born of the living jungle; Pohatu's carved from the hardest stone; and Onua's a treasure from deep within Mata Nui. This is non-canon.
In the Mata Nui Online Game, Taipu and Hafu had their Kanohi switched. This caused confusion, as Taipu wore a Pakari in CGI images, but a Ruru in the game. He still had his Kanohi switched in the Bohrok Online Animations and the Bohrok-Kal Online Animations. The error was eventually fixed in the Mata Nui Online Game II: The Final Chronicle, with both Matoran wearing their respective Kanohi. There is a reference to this in the game when the player first talks to Taipu and he says he is always mistaken for Hafu.
The Gukko was introduced in 2003 as a replacement for the earlier birds ridden in Le-Koro. These earlier birds, the Kahu and the Kewa, had to be written out of the storyline because of legal issues with their names. The change was explained away by the revelation that all three of these birds were in fact the same species, and had been called by different names in the past. Recently, it has been changed again to say that the Kahu and Kewa are subspecies of the main Gukko breed.
The Naming Day concept was created by The LEGO Group when they were requested to change the names of several characters to avoid a lawsuit by the Maori people, who were angry that The LEGO Group was using words of their language. Some of the names changed were not from the Maori language, but rather from different Polynesian languages.
The Mask of Elemental Energy first appeared in the non-canon BIONICLE: The Game, although it has since been established as canon. The mask will not be used in any other form of media, since it was only intended as a power-up for the video game, although it did appear as an unlockable in BIONICLE Heroes.
It finally appeared and was used in the fan-written No One Gets Left Behind by Shadow-Nui by Shadow-Nui. This short story was accepted into canon.
The phrase "play well", LEGO's slogan and meaning of the company's name, is used in Kolhii.
Graalok's facial structure in Mask of Light was based on the Kanohi Miru Nuva. This was done to accentuate the connection Lewa had with her and other wild Rahi.
At the end of the credits of Mask of Light, a small message in Matoran symbols can be seen. It translates as "No Rahi were harmed during the making of this film." This is a reference to when Jaller is about to kill Graalok the Ash Bear, but Lewa stops him.
The USA today made BIONICLE Adventures 1: Mystery of Metru Nui #150 on their best-seller list. According to Greg Farshtey's Blog, it is the best selling BIONICLE book.
A special sponge version of the Morbuzakh was released alongside a German BIONICLE magazine.
The huge poster of Turaga Dume that Toa Matau crashes into in Ko-Metru has the Matoran writing for "play well".
At one point in Legends of Metru Nui, Matau mentions planning to have a "romantic ride-drive" with Nokama. This has been confirmed to be non-canon, as romance in the human sense does not exist in the universe.
Several Matoran who had a prominent role in Mask of Light have cameos in Legends of Metru Nui, Takua, Jaller, and Hahli appear near the end, and Hewkii can be seen in the Coliseum.
As the novelization of Legends of Metru Nui confirms, the Le-Matoran Nidhiki and Krekka order to reverse the directions of the chutes is none other than Kongu.
In BIONICLE: Maze of Shadows:
The Ash Bear is depicted using the Makuta Nui combiner model. The game exclusively uses sets and combiners and the Ash bear has no official model, so a model which had not, and still has not been seen in the story was used.
While the Energized Protodermis Entity was described in Maze of Shadows as resembling a Toa Metru, in the game, the substance appeared to have the upper-half of Teridax's 2003 set incarnation, with a pillar of Energized Protodermis from the waist down. However, the Toa Metru form described in the book is considered the canonical form the entity took during the encounter.
The Great Kanohi Ruru in Hordika form was the first Hordika head to be seen by fans (through the DVD version of Legends of Metru Nui), although it was white and belonged to a prototype Toa Hordika Nuju set.
On the cover of BIONICLE Adventures 8: Challenge of the Hordika, Vakama's mask is identical in shape to a prototype Matau Hordika mask rather than his own. His eyes are also blue where they should be light-green.
The front and back of BIONICLE: Dark Hunters feature Keetongu and the Vahki, respectively. This was due to a printing error by Scholastic. However, the Keetongu error was retconned and explained by Greg Farshtey that it may have been a Dark Hunter "who had some sort of chameleon power" and "appeared as a one-eyed yellow Rahi" in The Many Deaths of Toa Tuyet. The Dark Hunter was later confirmed to be Triglax. The Vahki on the back of the book were explained, also. The Dark Hunters at some point captured some, and changed their command to serving them.
The Piraka.com is based in the Piraka Stronghold.
Each Piraka had a promotional nickname:
Hakann - "The Bully"
Vezok - "The Beast"
Zaktan - "The Snake"
Avak - "The Trigger"
Reidak - "The Tracer"
Thok - "The Drifter"
BIONICLE: The Quest Game gives the Toa Inika nicknames to go with the Piraka's. These names are non-canon.
Hahli - "The Catcher"
Matoro - "The Keeper"
Hewkii - "The Hitter"
Nuparu - "The Stopper"
Kongu - "The Tumbler"
Jaller - "The Striker"
The BIONICLE team gave Nuparu a Mask of Flight because it would be humorous and ironic for a Toa of Earth, who rarely sees daylight, to actually fly, while Kongu, who lived in the treetops for most of his life as a Matoran, cannot.
The reason why Greg Farshtey didn't want Matoro to have Elemental Powers in the story when he released his spirit is because it would give him an unfair advantage, since Matoro could attack beings who couldn't sense him.
The music playing in the Toa Inika toy commercial is "Move Along" by the All-American Rejects, in accordance with the Free the Band promotion.
A lawsuit was filed against The LEGO Group when a 2-year-old girl was frightened by a Toa Inika commercial, but LEGO won.
The Voya Nui Online Game's files featured odd figures. It is still not known if they were a prototype of Hahli, or a Barraki prototype, as the figure appeared to have a Squid Launcher. Another picture showed the underwater city Mahri Nui.
In some European countries, the Sea Squids are labeled as "Polyps."
Since his transformation by the Pit Mutagen, Ehlek is sometimes referred to as "The Eel."
Carapar only possesses one claw in the set, despite having two in the story.
Greg Farshtey once said he can remove one claw in order to hold his Squid Launcher.
The markings on Pridak's face and weapons do not represent blood, as was once commonly believed. Greg Farshtey has confirmed them to be natural markings.
Since his mutation, Pridak is sometimes referred to as "The Shark."
In 2007, the BIONICLEStory.com was set inside the Toa Terrain Crawler.
The second Mask of Life code for Command Toa Matoro is former BZPower administrator and former BIONICLE.com Webmaster, Kelly (AKA Binkmeister's) initials. This was done as a thanks to all the work he had done to the site.
The Nova Blast was first acknowledged in the non-canon BIONICLE: The Game as a "Nuva Blast," but was later included by Greg Farshtey as a part of the BIONICLE canon.
BIONICLE: Rahi Beasts was mentioned briefly in BIONICLE: World as one of the books in the Order of Mata Nui's library, written by Rahaga Norik.
Gavla's immediate mutation upon becoming a Shadow Matoran was a case of artistic license on the part of the author. In actuality, Mutran would have altered her later.
Gavla's name is a reference to the word "galvanize".
Mutran's name is derived from the English words "mutate" and "transform".
Gorast's name is most likely derived from "gore". The other two Mistika Makuta, Krika and Bitil, are named for crickets and beetles, respectively.
The three Phantoka Makuta all get their names from bats (Chirox = Chiroptera, Antroz = Antrozoini, and...Vamprah = Vampire). Fitting, considering how all three of them are blind.
The reason the comic version and the CGI version of the Keystone looks different is because Leigh Gallagher didn't have access to the CGI animations when he was drawing the comic. The CGI version of the Keystone is the accurate one.
The Axalara T9 won the French "Grand Prix du Jouet" ("Toy Grand Prize") award in 2008.
Greg Farshtey used Teridax's name as one of his World of Warcraft character's names. He later deleted the character.
Takanuva's possession of his Power Lance and Midak Skyblaster at the time were simply due to artistic license. The book could not be approved without Takanuva resembling his set counterpart, and thusly the weapons had to be included. He did not actually obtain them in the official canon until after the events of The Journey of Takanuva.
The prefix for Iron "Fe-" is derived from the chemical symbol "Fe" for the real element iron.
The prefix for sonics "De-" was derived from the word "decibel," a real-world measurement unit for sound.
The prefix for gravity "Ba-" was derived from words with the Greek origin of "baros", meaning "weight".
The prefix for psionics "Ce-" was derived from the words "cerebral" and "cerebellum", words relating to the anatomy of the brain.
Skirmix was named by former BIONICLE.com webmaster Kelly McKiernan.
When the My LEGO Network BIONICLE Campaign was first launched, the tribe of the Hero Agori was not identified. A poll was later held on BZPower to decide the tribal affiliation of the Agori, and Fire received the highest number of votes.
In The Legend Reborn, the diagram of Mata Nui is labeled in Matoran lettering. The diagram as a whole is titled "Mata Nui Robot", with individual diagrams labeled "front view" and "side view". A line pointing to Karda Nui identifies it as Mata Nui's "heart chamber". In the lower right-hand corner of the diagram the words "Bara Magna test site" are shown.
Nektann's weapon was designed by Kelly McKiernan, webmaster for BIONICLE.com. He was originally intended to have two, but the final set only included one.
Bionicle's Working Title was Boneheads of Voodoo Island, Doo Heads, but the title B4 was also considered.
Greg Farshtey wrote parts the first comic issue out of fun, and then turned them over to his higher-ups. Turned out they didn't have anyone else to write the thing, and as they needed to print the issue as fast as possible, they hired Greg immediately.
Preliminary names for the Rahaga sets: Norik was "Tahkon", Iruini "Lahka", Bomonga "Nuukor", Kualus "Kuuls" and Pouks simply "Puks". The original names can be seen on the backs of the sets' instructions, which were for some reason never edited.
The first mask piece to be designed was the Vahi, Mask of Time. It is unique in that it covers only the bottom part of a face, as opposed to almost all other masks, which conceal the entire face. Despite being the oldest, it's not easy to acquire — the piece was to be packaged together with the canceled Legend of Mata Nui PC game, and was later part of a number of promotions or exclusive sets, but these weren't available globally.
The names Papu and Rangi come up at some points in the Mata Nui On-Line Game. After showing Nuju's letter to Nokama, she will say "Papu and Rangi have great plans for you" in response to the question "Who am I?", even though every other time she merely says "someone". In the German version of the game, Jala also mentions them as being the founders of Ta-Koro — the English version omits this part. The names are complete mysteries, and haven't come up anywhere else. BIONICLE writer Greg Farshtey commented that they must have been made up by the developers. Polynesian mythology (on which the brand's early story was based) contains similar-named entities (Papa the Earth goddess and Rangi the sky god), so this is probably where they got the ideas for them.
Other tidbits omitted from Jala's English dialogue but left in his German text file reveal he belonged to the tribe of Lhii surfers (which was part of his canon bio but never came up in the story) and that he was a Haka dancer (which is a real Maori dance and not canon to the BIONICLE universe).
In the Mask of Light movie, the message inscribed inside the titular mask reads "Technic Organic Apps One Destiny". With the first part reading "TOA", it could be a reference to the old "Six Heroes, One Destiny" tagline.
Following up on that, the island of Mata Nui has a cameo in the Ninjago City Docks set as a part of the The Lego Ninjago Movie line. The Matoran alphabet even spells out "Mata Nui".
In several pieces of official media, Carapar is mislabeled "Karapar."
In BIONICLE 3: Web of Shadows, when Vakama encounters a mutated Muaka, it actually uses the 3D model of Graalok the Ash Bear. In the same movie, the supposed Lohrak use models of Nivawk.
Though often made fun of for its light tone, Greg Farshtey mentioned that the movie Mask of Light almost didn't see a release in some European markets because distributors feared it might be too scary for little children. In the end, the movie's German version was heavily edited to remove intense scenes, and close to 10 minutes were deleted from Web of Shadows. The other two movies survived German censorship unharmed.