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Greg Farshtey

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This article was a previous Featured Chronicle

"Real life physics don't apply in BIONICLE, unless scientists discovered Protodermis yesterday and I wasn't told about it."
— Greg Farshtey

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Greg Farshtey
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Job Current BIONICLE Books and Comics Author (2001-Present), Chief Editor of the LEGO Magazine, and part of the BIONICLE Story Team
Department Story Team

Gregory Todd Farshtey has been the author of all the BIONICLE books since Tales of the Masks and was the writer for all of the BIONICLE comics.

Biography

The original logo for Ask Greg from 2004

Greg Farshtey was born in New York state and spent most of his childhood in Standford, Connecticut. His writing career began with different journalism outlets, such as newspaper reporting.

He began his career with the LEGO Group as an editor for the LEGO Magazine in 2000. He later applied for and became the writer of a comic series that was to accompany the LEGO Group's new BIONICLE range and joined the story team. In 2003, Farshtey was asked to write Tales of the Masks and then replaced Cathy Hapka as author of all future BIONICLE books. He has gone on to write books for many other LEGO themes, including LEGO Exo-Force, LEGO Hero Factory, and LEGO Ninjago.

For many years, Greg Farshtey has been editor-in-chief of the LEGO Magazine. He also writes the web serials on BIONICLEstory.com and voices the narrator and male characters in the audio serials.

While the "Ask Greg" service was active on BIONICLE.com and BIONICLEstory.com (in 2007), fans could ask him questions about the story. The questions were filtered by the web team, and select ones were answered and posted on the site.

Greg Farshtey is a member of BZPower, this Wiki, and other BIONICLE fansites by the username of GregF. He made a point to kindly answer many questions asked by fans (via Personal Messenger on BZPower and other means elsewhere), though he has been on hiatus from most of these sites since 2011. As of 2013, he actively uses a topic on the LEGO Message Boards to answer questions posted by fans about any of his works.

Greg has a daughter, Alexandria Marie Farshtey, born September 4th, 2010, to his then-wife Jackina Farshtey. They have since divorced.

Quotes

"Just wanted to say a quick something --
A lot of you guys are BIONICLE fans, many from way back. It's no secret that you are some of the smartest, most loyal, and most dedicated fans out there. You, and you alone, have carried the torch for the line over the last four years. Hopefully, you will feel rewarded for your efforts by 2015 BIONICLE.
Regardless, I wanted to take this opportunity to say that I am really proud to be associated with you, and you should be really proud of yourselves."
— Greg Farshtey[1]

Trivia

The redesigned Ask Greg logo from 2007
  • The image used for this article was taken with former BIONICLEsector01 General Manager Darnzerf while Greg was holding the image of a previous BIONICLEsector01 advertisement. Darnzerf was cropped from this photo.
  • Greg Farshtey's favorite BIONICLE book is Time Trap, and he enjoyed writing sub-plot books the most.
  • Farshtey's overall favorite BIONICLE character is Kopaka, and his least favorite are the Vahki.
  • Farshtey's favorite BIONICLE characters to write about are Kopaka, Vezon, and Teridax. His least favorite are characters that use Chutespeak.
  • Farshtey's favorite element is Ice.
  • Farshtey's ex-wife, Jackina, assisted Greg with the BIONICLEstory podcasts in offering her voice for some female characters.
  • For the 2015 revival of the theme, Greg will act as a creative consultant.

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References

  1. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 29. September 2014