"It is hard to believe I was just 8 years old when the biomechanical beings known as Tahu, Gali, Lewa, Pohatu, Onua and Kopaka first came into my life. In fact, my earliest memory of one of the LEGO Company’s most successful line of toys of all time was disregarding it completely. When you are eight, you do not have much too look forward to. You may be losing the last of your teeth, but girls still have cooties, cartoons are the only reason you watch TV and naptime was still considered a punishment by most kids. However, I had something to look forward to every eight weeks: My copy of the LEGO Club Magazine and more importantly, its BIONICLE comic."
— Alec Marshall, Tahu and Me: A Bionicle Memior
|Ignacis, Toa Alphata of Fire|
|BS01 Status||Actively patrolling the Recent Changes page.|
|Usual Online Time||Multiple Times Each Day|
|BZP Status||Waiting for it to be back up and running|
|Online Jobs||Patrol Recent Changes Page|
|Gender||XY Chromosome Combination|
|Height||Taller than most members|
|Set(s)||Maxilos and Tahu Nuva|
|Food(s)||Spaghetti, Fogo de Choa (Brazilian Steak House)|
Ignacis, Toa Alphata of Fire (A.K.A. Alec Marshall) is an amateur writer, producer, musician and avid Bionicle fan from Minnesota.
Growing up in Minnesota, there was not much to look forward to. The winters were long, cold and only good for playing hockey, while the summer's were short, sweltering hot, and usually spent in my house playing video games. I lived with my mom dad and brother and had been collecting LEGO's for as long as I can remember. Strangely enough, though the world of Bionicle would become the toy of my childhood, I completely disregarded it at first. I remember it was sometime in mid-2001 when I got a particular LEGO Magazine that changed my life forever. After getting it from the kitchen table when I got home, I ran up to my room and tore through the magazine like I usually did; reading the comics, looking at the creations kids had sent in for that issue and ignoring any piece of writing that consisted of more than 30 words in a grouping. After my small attention span grew bored with the magazine, I put it aside and began building with my current assortment of LEGO bricks up in my room. It was some time in the evening that my dad came upstairs to see how I was doing. He picked up the magazine and paged through it briefly, and then said to me, “Hey, these guys look kind of cool.” I turned around to see him showing me the back of the magazine, where two red and orange, mechanical looking figures were advertised. “TAH-hoo and Vah-KAH-mah” my dad sounded out loud, looking at the description below the figures. I turned back around without so much as flinching and said to my dad without even looking at him, “I don’t care about those, dad. They are Technic sets. They are not LEGO’s.”
They are not LEGO’s. A statement that at the time may have sounded cute, maybe even blunt for an 8-year-old, but in hindsight, it could not have been more accurate. It would be another two months before I would come across what was LEGO’s newest attempt at a Technic toy line, but when I did, I knew I found something truly awesome. Something I had never seen before. And little did I know, that one of those two figures on the back of that magazine would be something that would shape my entire childhood, and possibly even my entire life.
My Hero: How Bionicle Became My Passion
I do not remember the first time I read the first issue of the Bionicle comic series (which was released in partnership with DC Comics.) I do not remember getting that particular magazine more than any other one in my collection. The only thing I remember about it is that no matter how many times I read it, I never fully understood what was going on, and that I could not stop reading it. I must have read the story of Kopaka, the Toa of Ice’s arrival onto the island of Mata Nui close to hundred times by now, but it is only now that I realize the full gravity of the comic’s plot. Some of my earliest memories with my best friend Jake were discussing that comic, and Jake pointing out the various jokes that Kopaka had made when talking to his less-than-welcomed companion and fellow Toa, Pohatu, the Toa of Stone. At one point, Pohatu offers to travel with Kopaka, to which he utters the phrase “I work alone.” This phrase describes Kopaka so well, it is the quote featured at the top of his Bionicle Sector Wikipedia page. In one small instance, we learned exactly who this character was, and how he viewed himself a warrior of good for the people of Mata Nui. Pohatu was not so impressed by this statement however, as he responded with: “By choice, or ‘cause no one can stand you?”
“Alright, come along. After all I might need a mountain moved…or the island lifted,” said Kopaka, and the two continued on their journey.
Jake pointed out that Kopaka just sees Pohatu as a tool in his mission, rather than a partner in their destiny. Even as an 8-year-old kid I could see how interesting of a personality Kopaka had, and how much I could identify with Pohatu for wanting just to help Kopaka out. Sometime after the first three comics were released, Jake and I talked about who our favorite Toa was. Jake’s was Kopaka, because he was the first Toa we got to meet and he had the power over ice, and since we played hockey, it was the power Jake wished he could have had. My favorite Toa was Tahu, the Toa of Fire and self-proclaimed leader of the Toa Mata (as their team name was revealed later in the story line.) It was funny that Jake and I would pick Tahu and Kopaka as our favorite characters. We were the best of friends growing up, and did virtually everything together, especially when it came to Bionicle. We collected the sets together and spend hours in our rooms and basements putting together and acting out the stories of the Toa Mata’s adventures. We even went as far as to imagine ourselves as the Toa and would spend the afternoons going on our own adventures across the island of Mata Nui (also known as Jake’s backyard/trampoline.) We even created our own version of “Power Rangers” based on the foundation of the Toa sealing their powers away in “morphers” and calling upon six modern day kids to fight the reawakened spirit of Makuta to protect Earth from becoming his next conquest.
In short, my earliest and favorite childhood memories are those days we spent together pretending to be our heroes, for that's what they were. They were our role models. Our teachers and mentors. Through the Toa, we learned so many things, and I truly believe it was because of Tahu and Kopaka, we turned out the way we did. They are memories and lessons I will take to my grave, and cherish for many more years afterwords. While some kids (and adults) will tell me I need to grow up and let my love for them go, I ask them this. Do you still have a teddy bear you got when you were little? How about a baby blanket given to you by a favorite relative? Or how about a dorky/goofy/embarrassing gift from someone you just cannot let it go because it means so much to you? For me, that thing was Bionicle. Most kids did not accept my passion for it, but that was because most kids did not see it the way I did. Most kids just saw a bunch of little constructable action figures with a label on the side of the canister reading “Ages 8 to 12.”
For me, the Bionicle series, especially the characters of the Toa, were so much more than toys. As Jake and I later came to realize, they were our heroes. They were our role models. We tired to be like them in every way we could when we were younger. I found myself trying to take more of a “leader” type roll in groups. I made red my new favorite color and began to wear it as often as I could, and still do today. I even used to say my favorite holiday was the 4th of July because it was centered around “fireworks” and lighting things on fire.
For us fans, we looked up to Tahu and his teammates as role models. Sure they were not perfect, but as any good student learning from a teacher, we tried to learn from their mistakes, and we even make the same ones occasionally. Did I sit there and say things like “This is just like that time where Tahu tried to just fight off the Kofo-Jaga bugs by blasting them with fire out of anger, which only made them stronger!” The answer is quite simply “no.” But do I try to make sure I keep my temper in check when dealing with people in groups? Absolutely. Do I try and include everyone in the planning process of projects I work on? I try to do the best I can. These values were not the sole work of the public schooling “treat everyone with respect” campaign, but instead enforced the lessons I was already picking up from the adventures of the Toa Mata/Nuva. The only thing I can compare my dedication and love for Bionicle is to compare it to how kids gravitated towards the first superhero comics like Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Ironman, Green Lantern, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, and so on. In fact, the Bionicle story line is every bit as in depth, comprehensive, compelling and in some cases even as dark as any of those superhero comics we are familiar with today, but because it was produced by LEGO and deemed "for kids" it kind of fell to the wayside. Kraahlix once talked about keeping Bionicle alive by using websites such as this and BZP to keep the the story going, even if it is just our own stories, fan-fictions and MOC's. Who knows, if we keep the buzz up enough, maybe we can get a Bionicle reboot in a few years, and you can help this efforts by reading this very page, or contributing to a page on this website, or writing a story for a contest or even building a MOC or contest model. Every little bit will help and we need to stick together to keep this story going.
In conclusion, I am a huge fan of Bionicle and hopefully I will be able to get some links up to my Memoir I am writing. Most of what you have read has been taken from there, but I seriously have about ten pages of stuff, plus my various fan-fictions and MOC pictures. I would just like to end this biography by saying this:
Whether you are 10, 100 or even 100,000 years old, I think Bionicle has something for everyone. Age does not matter, as long as you are willing to believe in the Three Virtues, and all of the lessons, morals and and great times that Bionicle has to offer.
Abilities and Traits
I am a very good at editing video and I plan to go to college and get my degree in it. I also am a writer in my spare time and have written two books, and working on several more. I hope to start getting my work publish by 2014.
I am a very outgoing person. I do not care what other people think about me as long as it is not false. I am loud, have a short temper and love to get into debates with people, but I am also funny, good natured and easy to get along with.
Mask and Tools
I am a major music junky, so I have 4 different guitars in my possession. I have two acoustics (one also has electric inputs), a cheap electric guitar and a beatiful 5-String Bass I named Nursha (after a sword in my book series, "Warriors of the Spirit.") I also sing in a band, and play bass guitar in a church worship band. As a video editor, I have a really nice Mac Desktop and Final Cut Pro (top of the line editing software.) I own a Nintendo Wii and Gamecube as well, and have beaten Bionicle Heroes. If I could have a Kanohi, I would want a Hau or Hau Nuva.
|STRENGTH: 12||AGILITY: 11|
|TOUGHNESS: 17||MIND: 16|
- Turaga Vakama
- Turaga Matau
- Turaga Onewa
- Turaga Nokama
- Turaga Nuju
- Turaga Whenua
- Muaka and Kane-Ra
- Gahlok Va
- Kohrak Va
- Lehvak Va
- Pahrak Va
- Tahnok Va
- Nuhvok Va
- Cahdok & Gahdok
- Onua Nuva
- Lewa Nuva
- Pohatu Nuva
- Gali Nuva
- Kopaka Nuva
- Tahu Nuva
- Makuta (Teridax)
- Jaller and Gukko
- Takua and Pewku
- Vhisola (Missing Pieces)
- Toa Vakama
- Toa Nokama
- Toa Whenua
- Toa Onewa
- Toa Matau
- Toa Nuju
- Turaga Dume and Nivawk
- Ultimate Dume
- Toa Hordika Vakama
- Toa Hordika Nokama
- Toa Hordika Whenua
- Toa Hordika Onewa
- Toa Hordika Matau
- Toa Hordika Nuju
- Toa Inruini
- Toa Norik
- Dalu (Missing Pieces)
- Toa Jaller
- Toa Hahli
- Toa Napuru
- Toa Hewkii
- Toa Kongu
- Toa Matoro
- Vezon and Fenrakk
- Toa Mahri Kongu
- Toa Mahri Jaller
- Toa Mahri Hewkii
- Toa Mahri Nuparu
- Toa Mahri Hahli
- Toa Mahri Matoro
- Maxilos and Spinax
- Toa Kopaka
- Toa Lewa
- Toa Pohatu
- Toa Gali
- Toa Tahu
- Toa Onua
- Piraka (Nektann)
"[Gali] glanced across the beach. A thick, dripping jungle began where the sands left off. The humidity of the place reach out, becking to her, and she oculd not resist its call."
— Narrator, Tale of the Toa
"It serves no purpose to be false, for the earth cannot be deceived."
— Whenua to Onua, Tale of the Toa
"All I see is one who believes that power belongs to whoever shouts the loudest. Well, I, for one, am not ready to bow to such a 'leader.' Not as long as I have life in my body."
— Kopaka talking about Tahu, Tale of the Toa
"I'd like to see Tahu trying to get along in Ko-Wahi. He'd probably melt a hole in a glacier and spend so much energy yelling at the ice that he could not get out [of it.]"
— Kopaka talking about Tahu, Tale of the Toa
"As much as [Kopaka] hated the idea of joining in on some big, happy, crowded Toa-fest, the facts were staring him straight in the face. The mission would be more successful if the Toa attacked it as a team."
— Narrator, Tale of the Toa
"Any pitch invasion by Rahi, or other beasts, postpones the completion of the game until the problem is dealt with."
— Rule 11, The Rules of Kolhii
- I have made several small contributions to the Wiki. Most noteably are the Nui-Jaga quote, the Field of Shadows picture and some set information on Tahu's Fire Sword.
- See Userboxes for more.
(9/3/11)- Uploaded a couple new chapters to each of my fan-fictions. Also, I am currently trying to pitch a new addition of the podcast to the Mods. Let me know if you are interested in it and I will get back to you ASAP!
(8/31/11)- I recently have been working on a couple of fan-fictions. One is called "The Shadows Inside" and the other is called "Fire vs Ice: The Whisper Canyon Chronicles." Both are on -name of website withheld by BS01 rules- so let me know if you would like to read them and I will send you a link.
(8/3/11)- I started working on a new epic the other day and I am trying to start my own little Bionicle recording group. Drop me a message or an email if you are interested.
(7/17/11)- I'm back from a week at a music festival and I am ready to get back to work here! Check me out on the new episode of the podcast and be sure to tell Kraahlix and the guys how awesome I am so you can hear my wonderful voice again on a future episode!
(7/9/11)- Going to be out of town for a few days, but since I last updated a lot of things have happened. I got a bunch of the prizes for MakutaFest in the mail the other day, I talked to Kraahlix about the going on the podcast and I continue to get more and more Bionicle sets in the mail. So far, I just need 7 more Kanohi and I will have completed my collection for the 2001 year.
(6/20/11)- i had a nice little conversation with Kayru today, as well as got a Kanohi shipment in from ebay. So far, I only need 23 more to complete my collection of the original 72 Great and Noble Kanohi, with another 25 I can sell. Also, I have decided I am going to do everything I can to attend BrickCon this fall in Washington.
(6/19/11)- Collecting Kanohi is fun! I scored a sick deal from a guy today and got a ton of hard to find masks! Also, I am trying to find a Manas set still, as I got outbid for one at the last minute. Other than that, still waiting to hear from Kraahlix or Kayru about the podcast. I really should get their emails.
(6/9/11)- I'm up to my ears in Rahi! I got my Tarakava set the other day (which was still all sealed and EVEN contained a promotional image of the Toa Mata we do not have uploaded), and accidentally bought a second one as well, so hopefully I can cancel it or just buy it and resell it to break even. Still looking for the Manas set and I need to get my other Nui-Rama set in the mail, which I will be selling starting at $5 and hoping to get it for $7.50 by the time I sell it.
(6/3/11)- Been getting all of my Rahi sets in from Ebay. I still need to buy the Tarakava and Manas, and my Nui-Jaga is on the way. If you have them and want to sell them, let me know and we can work out a transfer!
(5/29/11)- Done with Tale of the Toa. Going to reread it a few more times, then move onto Beware the Bohrok.
(5/28/11)- Getting ready for the upcoming podcast. I'm halfway through Tale of the Toa right now in preparation for it. Also, I had to take down my Bionicle/Star Wars videos.
(5/24/11)- Just got the four BIONICLE Chronicles books today in the mail! Can't wait to start reading them in preparation for the Podcast and outlining the story for my game, "Bionicle: The Four Chronicles"! (See below for info on game.)
(5/19/11)- The most recent Bionicle related project I have embarked on is creating my own Bionicle based RPG game that uses a turn based system of combat. When it is finished, it will be similar to the Final Fantasy games. I have been hard at work these last three weeks or so typing up all of the info onto word documents, creating tables, and experimenting with possible programming for the game in terms of figuring out damage calculation and stuff like that. My game would simply be called "Bionicle: The Four Chronicles" and would take place during the events on Mata Nui and follows the adventure of the Toa Mata and Toa Nuva. If you are into game programming and would like to help, drop me a message on my Quickspeak!
I also want to thank you guys for checking out my Bionicle AMV I did way back when. I have over 6000 views for it. Please leave comments saying who you are on BS01 so i can find and thank you personally. It is also located right here on my homepage, right below this writing. If you miss it, well, I think I will need to give you an Akaku.
Skype Username- Iggy,ToaOfFire
Gmail Account- email@example.com
These are videos I have either made or think are worth showing <videoflash>HdvaX2N9Om0</videoflash> I had to take down the Bionicle Star Wars videos. If you want to see them, just check out my youtube page.
Some cool Bioincle related pictures I wanted to share with everyone.
Hirakat is a powerful being who is still unaccounted for in the Bionicle Universe. Up to about 80,000 years ago, he was a Ta-Matoran who worked as an aide for Makuta Teridax on Destral. After Teridax lost a pair of valuable weapons to a Toa of Stone in a game of riddles, he threw Hirakat across the room into a tank of Energized Protodermis in a fit of rage. He was transformed into a titan-like form, and gained the elemental powers of fire and shadow, which he could also combine to create a subtance he called "blackfire," which instead of generating heat, created huge ammount in anyone who came near it or in contact with it. He also had the ability to permanently increase a being's level of power, to the point where he could even cause mutations, but the more he used his power, the more fatigued he got. For reasons unknown, Hirakat could not use Kanohi of any kind. He has since been missing after being sent to the surface of Aqua Magna in search of a island that formed to the north of Mata Nui. (The island is now destroyed, but nobody even knows if Hirakat found it.)
Redaro is a top secret member of the Order of Mata Nui. He accidentally landed on the island of Daxia while searching for a cure to his companion's sanity. When the Order learned that his companion was Hirakat, and that the two had attempted to take over an island of Matoran, they threatened to kill them. Redaro plead with Toa Helryx and eventually, was granted membership to the organization after Axxon examined him with his Kanohi Rode. Redaro was a former Onu-Matoran, and now controls the powers of earth and stone. He also has limited telekinetic abilities. He is actually very slim in his frame, and uses a custom made jetpack to fly into battle, which he controls telekinetically. His spear was looted from a deceased Toa of Lightening by Hirakat, who infused the Toa with so much power, some of it was trapped in her Toa tool, allowing him to give small electrical shocks to his opponets. He is currently on a secret mission with Hirakat to find a being who also attempted to take over Redaro's homeland.
- I need help uploading this image. I don't think anyone has this anywhere.
D&D Alignment Pictures
- These pictures are all based off of the D&D alignment system, which determines what kind of character you are and the different stat upgrades you get with those.
- I did not make these models, but they are SO COOL!
A Covenant Elite from the Halo game series.
Below are all of my contributions to the site.
- I added this piece of trivia.
- Kopaka was the first of the Mata to recover a Kanohi.
- I added the picture.
- I added the quote.
- I added the information to the Set Information section on each page regarding the foam version of the Fire Sword.
- I added this bit of trivia.
- Although technically the creator of it, Greg Farshtey admits that characters who use Chutespeak are some of his least favorite characters to write about.
- I updated the Abilities and Traits section.
- Manas are so powerful that they cannot be defeated by a lone Toa. They also appear to have a higher intelligence level than most Rahi. They are strengthened by heat, and can survive in very hot environments. While they are savage and aggressive even towards their own kind, they have been known to work together in dire situations.
- I took the list of the different kinds of Matoran on the page and made each section of the article more uniform in appearance and content.
Userboxes and Awards
These are userboxes people can use for their own pages or they are ones I need help editing. They do not apply to me and are for display purposes only.