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BIONICLE is a multimedia product theme sold by LEGO, one of the world's largest toy manufacturers. BIONICLEsector01 (BS01) primarily documents the fictional universe created to support the theme, as well as the products themselves. In order to comprehensively detail the transmedia Franchise surrounding BIONICLE, BS01 also has pages for other other aspects of the line, such real-life contributors, and fan communities that discuss the lore.

LEGO

LEGO is the toy manufacturer that produced the BIONICLE theme, which was one of their most successful products. While BIONICLE was an original concept, LEGO also produces a number of building-block-based toys for other intellectual property as well, such as Disney and DC Comics.

One of LEGO's product lines is TECHNIC, which uses mechanically styled liftarms and axles in place of their traditional building blocks. BIONICLE (and its predecessors Slizer/Throwbots and Roboriders) originally debuted under the TECHNIC brand, before becoming a standalone theme.

For a list of real people (such as set designers and authors) who have contributed to the franchise, see: Professional Contributors to BIONICLE.

BS01 also has a page for Hero Factory, the theme marketed as a spiritual successor to BIONICLE. In addition, the wiki has a sub-site, HEROsector01 (HS01), a wiki dedicated to recording the story and products of Hero Factory in the same way BS01 does for BIONICLE.

Tours

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Proto-Squad

The Proto-Squad was an exclusive BIONICLE product-testing program run by the LEGO Group in the United States from 2002 to 2005.

Store Events

LEGO often hosted hosted special events at participating retail stores, as well as in their own LEGO brand stores. Below is a list of known events:

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Conventions

BIONICLE has had a presence at several large conventions, both in the U.S. and other countries. Below is a list of official conventions BIONICLE has appeared at, and a description of their booths and marketing:

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LEGOLAND

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LEGO-based theme park LEGOLAND has had several BIONICLE attractions since the line's debut.

BIONICLE in other Media

BIONICLE has been referenced or appeared in popular culture, such as television shows and movies. Below is a list of these references - these media have varying ratings, and some may include content intended for ages over 13.

Media Date Media Type Description Reference
The King of Queens, season 4, episode 4 October 15th, 2001 Comic book Various BIONICLE sets are seen in a store. [1]
The Spectre Vol. 4 #10 December 2001 Comic book Carvings of the Toa Mata are seen in the background. [2]
Malcolm in the Middle, season 4, episode 10: "If Boys Were Girls" February 9, 2003 Television show Tahu Mata and Gali Mata were used in a toy fight against each other. [3]
Even Stevens, season 2, episode 22: "Gutter Queen" February 15, 2002 Television show Tahu Mata, Lewa Mata, and Kopaka Mata can be seen. [4]
Friends, season 8, episode 12: "The One Where Joey Dates Rachel" January 10, 2002 Television show Wairuha is seen in Joey's kitchen. [5]
That's So Raven Unknown Television show Several Toa Canisters appeared behind Corey. [citation needed]
Maid in Manhattan December 13, 2002 Movie Kopaka and Lehvak appear in a scene where they are played with. [citation needed]
Spy Kids 2 Unknown Movie One of the movies had some sets appear in the background. [citation needed]
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Unknown Television show Cookie's glasses uses a BIONICLE piece to hold an extra lens. [citation needed]
Maximum Ride Unknown Book A room filled with LEGO and BIONICLE is mentioned. [citation needed]
Zathura November 11, 2005 Film Nidhiki and Krekka sets appear in the background. [6]
Johnny Test season 1, episode 7: "Johnny and the Mega Roboticles" November 12, 2005 Television show A toyline called Roboticles is a parody of BIONICLE. [7]
Artificial Soldier June 20, 2006 Music album The album art features BIONICLE pieces. [citation needed]
Through the Woods Unknown Video game A journal found in-game contains a page that mentions BIONICLE as a belonging to a child.
Ultimate Spider-Man issue #92 March 29, 2006 Comic book Spider-man refers to knocked out enemies as "Bionicles". [8]
Thor: Reign of Blood, issue #1 June 25, 2008 Comic book The Blood Colossus resembles Maxilos and Spinax, with the body belonging to Maxilos and the head and spines belonging to Spinax. [9]
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles season 2, episode 20: "To the Lighthouse" March 27, 2009 Television show Multiple 2009 sets appear. [10]
Suburgatory season 3, episode 2: "Victor Ha" January 22, 2014 Television show Set 7135 Takanuva appears. [11]
Clangers, season 1, episode 20: "Small's New Star" July 28, 2015 Television show A single Feet Addition piece can be seen in a pile of parts. [12]
The LEGO Movie February 1, 2014 Film An image of the Toa Mata appears while the characters are discussing other worlds. [13]
The LEGO Batman Movie February 10, 2017 Film A movie theatre marquee depicts a film titled "The Bionicle Man" [14]
Sonic the Hedgehog #8 August 16, 2018 Comic book The character Whisper was partially inspired by Kopaka [15].
Marriage Story December 9, 2019 Film Skull Basher appears in the movie. [16]
Robot Chicken season 11, episode 8 September 17, 2021 Television show Set 6934 Good Guy is hidden in the background of one of the sketches [17]
M.O.D.O.K. (TV_series) May 21, 2021 Television show A Toa Nuva leg can been seen in episode 9. [18]

Category:Meta

BS01 has a dedicated category for pages that exist outside of the direct products of BIONICLE. These can be found in Category:Meta. One notable page is Meta:Fan Community, compiling a list of notable fan pages and communities that have been influenced by (and in turn, been able to influence) the BIONICLE line. Meta pages also exist for important BIONICLE characters and concepts, such as Meta:Tahu, which contain behind-the-scenes details and other information that does not directly pertain to the story itself.

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