The Kanoka Club was a page on BIONICLE.com where Kanoka, Rhotuka, and some set canister/box codes, known as Kanoka codes or (as of 2008) B.I.O. Codes, could be transcribed and transformed into virtual wealth. Since 2009, Kanoka Points are no longer obtained from the site.
Entering a code would grant the Kanoka Club user a certain amount of currency, which was aptly named "Kanoka Points". These points could be used to purchase online goodies, like wallpapers, screen-savers, and more. The Club and the archived links were only accessible to those signed up as members on LEGO.com.
The Kanoka or B.I.O. codes of most sets tended to offer 200 Kanoka Points when initially entered. After a year the payout would be cut to 100 points, and after two years the code would no longer be accepted by the site. Later after the Kanoka Club was established, Kanoka Codes began to contribute not only to one's Kanoka Points but also to one's Club Points, which were used on Club Pages (personalized pages that foreshadowed the more advanced My LEGO Network pages) to unlock stickers and other content.
In 2004, Kanoka codes consisted merely of the three-number codes printed on Kanoka disks, as well as longer codes found on "Kanoka cards", which were packaged in each Vahki and Toa Metru canister set for the purpose of an instant win game. The Nidhiki, Krekka, and Turaga Dume and Nivawk sets each had the code for a Ga-Metru disk printed in the back of their instruction booklets, even though the two Dark Hunter sets featured actual Kanoka disks whose codes could likewise be entered on the site. The 2004 January - May Lego Catalogue also contained a Po-Metru code in its BIONICLE section.
In 2005, the six-character Kanoka codes were printed in Matoran lettering on one of the Rhotuka spinners packaged in each set. These codes could only be entered if combined with the three-character prefix printed on that set's packaging.
For sets released in 2006 or later, Kanoka codes were merely printed on the packaging of the set from which the code is obtained. These codes tended to consist of a three-character prefix made up of letters from the set's name, followed by a three-number suffix. However, the Vezon and Fenrakk set featured a six-letter prefix.
Starting 2007, any Kanoka points were additionally turned into standard LEGO club points, that in turn could be used to purchase stickers and backgrounds for LEGO club personal pages. As a result, several members obtained many more points than what they originally had. Members were able to play games on the Kanoka Club's archive, which users could access by either being a member of the LEGO Club, or by entering a code. The archive also hosted old storyline features including Comics, animations, and bios.
In early 2008, the Kanoka codes were renamed "B.I.O. Codes", though the Kanoka Club still kept its original name. The new B.I.O. Codes could also be used in the Battle for Power online game to obtain promo "items," like early renditions of Vamprah's mask, prototypes of the Toa and Makuta, early versions of Lewa's mask and early designs of the Av-Matoran's jetpacks. Members could earn further Kanoka/B.I.O. Codes by beating the Battle for Power mini-games on Silver or Gold, as well through special in-game tasks.
On May 5, 2008, the Kanoka Club points were changed to count towards the club member's My LEGO Network page, where the user could receive a BIONICLE badge for it. Entering older codes would also redeem BIONICLE stickers on My LEGO Network. A total of five stickers were obtainable: the Avohkii, Sarda, a Protocairn, an active Gahlok's Krana Xa, and Dekar. These would be sent by mail from Whenua, who was a networker on the site and the Kanoka Club's spokesperson on MLN, until the start of My LEGO Network BIONICLE Campaign in 2009. Kanoka Club members from before 2007 also received an exclusive badge on MLN, which allowed them to befriend Whenua and purchase additional BIONICLE stickers and media.
The summer 2008 B.I.O. codes rewarded members with a spinning animation of the set that the code came from. Members who owned Swamp of Secrets could enter the B.I.O. Code that is included with the book in the Kanoka Club to read the story of The Kingdom.
In 2009, the Kanoka Club became a page simply to enter B.I.O. and Kanoka codes. When a B.I.O. code was entered, the member received a sticker for their My LEGO Network page. The Kanoka Club page was renamed to the B.I.O. codes page, and no longer contained any links to the BIONICLE archives.
List of former Kanoka Club media
- Inika Island Assault
- Matoran Escape
- Voya Nui Online Game
- Piraka Attack
- Rhotuka Spinner Challenge
- Stop the Morbuzakh! (For download)
- Mata Nui Online Game (For download)
- Mata Nui Online Game II: The Final Chronicle
- Toa Metru promotional games
- Numerous wallpapers
- Rahkshi Rock short movie
- Vahki animations
- Numerous Screensavers
- IM Icons
- Desktop Icons
- Previous Comics
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