Hey MOCers! This is Russell, and I shall now lay my Bionicle Fandom bare.
Practically the only toy I had in great quantity growing up was Lego, specifically Bionicle. And I loved it. I devoured every storyline, plot, and character. If you ask me any question about Bionicle, I can guarantee I can answer it from memory alone.
Of course, after you read the official story, your youthful mind naturally comes up with fantastical new stories every day! I used to plunge Tahu, Gali, and all the rest into adventures based on whatever I had read or seen. Eventually I create my own characters and that's when I started to MOC. And boy, let me tell ya, I had an incredible in-depth storyline going on based on the official story.
And man was it darn fun.
As you get older though, you lose you childlike wonder and you start to imagine darker and more complex stories. And then finally, here I am with my own little perception on how the Bionicle universe works, wrapped up in a blanket of my Fanfiction.
Now, I get to see other peoples Fandoms, and it is incredible the amount of diversity there is here in the community. When I think about it more, I think that there is so much diversity, simply because Bionicle was rather . . . contradictory at times between different forms of Media. We had books, comics, movies, and sets, and all of these at different times differed very much in there form.
So all that said, here are some observations on the various Fandoms, and finally my Fandom.
HUMANS: I have no idea where this came from, but some incorporate the idea that humans exist in the Bionicle mythos or in a different dimension. The excuse is of course a certain Kanohi mask that creates dimensional portals. Another variant of this, is that the Bionicle characters are in fact, themselves, humans, often with either a Maori or Manga overtone.
Another theory that ties into this is that the Great Beings are human.
All in all, it's a fascinating Fandom and sometimes it works. Personally, I don't prefer humans in Bionicle. To me, it clashes hard with the mythos.
ROMANCE (you know what I'm taking about): NOOOOOO!! Poor Hewkii and Macku! When I heard that romance was not "Canon" I almost flipped. It's funny, because I NEVER thought about Bionicle in that light . . . until this happened.
Consequently, I think almost every Fandom rebelled against this. And more power to them, I think.
ROBOT OR NO ROBOT: Just how organic or robotic are these creatures? I think every Fandom is different, with some being more or less one of the two. The official ratio of skin and metal is about 15 to 80.
I don't know why there is so much variation in this ratio, but maybe it has something to do with the books. Descriptions of appearance of characters are sometimes vague, leaving room for interpretation. Karzahnii I think is good example of this.
MYTH vs SCIENCE: This one is simple. Some people like a more mythical Bionicle like 2001, or more sci-fi like later years. This is usually tied in with some people disregarding certain plotlines in Bionicle and making up there own, which I happily did all the time.
This leads to my own mythos. Personally, I adhere sort of closely to official canon story-wise. I Absolutely love to conceal the fact that everything in Bionicle is science. I prefer a more mythical interpretation of events and things. Instead of A.I's, they are called spirits, for example. So the science is there, but by a different name.
I like to think of the denizens in Bionicle as so completely synthetic they appear half alien, half human. Romance implies a Biological connection, and . . . ah . . . I sort of have my own theories on how stuff like this works. Bionicle has the three virtues, Unity, Duty, and Destiny, and bonds and friendships are common so . . . who knows? My MOCing style is kind of a representation of what I think the overall aesthetic of Bionicle could be.
So yeah. I just love how diverse and wacky the Bionicle art and MOCing community is. Never loose your crazy fun!
So what about you? What is your zany and secret Fandoms? What is the Bionicle to you?
Gathered friends . . . listen to our Legends . . . of the Bionicle.