List of Bionicle media

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Bionicle
Created byLego
OwnerThe Lego Group
Years2000–2010, 2015–2016
Print publications
Book(s)Bionicle books
ComicsBionicle comics
Films and television
Film(s)Bionicle films
Television seriesThe Journey to One (2016)
Games
Video game(s)Bionicle video games
Audio
Soundtrack(s)Bionicle film soundtracks

Aside from the toys in the Lego Bionicle franchise, Lego has also marketed an ongoing book series, several video games (mostly for the Game Boy Advance), and four computer-animated movies which feature important plot points. A Bionicle comic book was also published by DC Comics and made available free to members of the Lego Club with some issues of the Lego Magazines. Some comic issues were also posted on the official Bionicle website, Bionicle.com. There are also various other ancillary products available, such as watches, toothbrushes, and backpacks, as well as online adventure games. Much of the additional content for Generation 1 that was originally available on the now inactive official websites Bionicle.com and BionicleStory.com is now available on an unofficial website called BioMedia Project.

Books[edit]

Novels[edit]

Bionicle Chronicles[edit]

No. Title Author Publication date ISBN
1 Tale of the Toa Cathy Hapka 2003 ISBN 0-439-50116-4
2 Beware the Bohrok ISBN 0-439-50117-2
3 Makuta's Revenge ISBN 0-439-50119-9
4 Tales of the Masks Greg Farshtey ISBN 0-439-60706-X
5 Mask of Light[a] Cathy Hapka ISBN 0-439-50118-0

Bionicle Adventures[edit]

No. Title Author Publication date ISBN
1 Mystery of Metru Nui Greg Farshtey 2004 ISBN 0-439-60731-0
2 Trial by Fire ISBN 0-439-60732-9
3 The Darkness Below ISBN 0-439-60733-7
4 Legends of Metru Nui ISBN 0-439-62747-8
5 Voyage of Fear ISBN 0-439-68022-0
6 Maze of Shadows ISBN 0-439-68023-9
7 Web of the Visorak 2005 ISBN 0-439-69619-4
8 Challenge of the Hordika ISBN 0-439-69621-6
9 Web of Shadows ISBN 0-439-74558-6
10 Time Trap ISBN 0-439-74559-4

Bionicle Legends[edit]

No. Title Author Publication date ISBN
1 Island of Doom Greg Farshtey 2006 ISBN 0-439-74560-8
2 Dark Destiny ISBN 0-439-78795-5
3 Power Play ISBN 0-439-82804-X
4 Legacy of Evil ISBN 0-439-82807-4
5 Inferno ISBN 0-439-82805-8
6 City of the Lost 2007 ISBN 0-439-89033-0
7 Prisoners of the Pit[b] ISBN 0-439-89034-9
8 Downfall ISBN 978-0-439-89037-3
9 Shadows in the Sky 2008 ISBN 0-439-91641-0
10 Swamp of Secrets ISBN 0-545-05416-8
11 The Final Battle ISBN 0-545-08079-7
The cover of Bionicle Super Chapter Book #1: Raid on Vulcanus.

Bionicle Super Chapter Books[edit]

No. Title Author Publication date ISBN
1 Raid on Vulcanus Greg Farshtey 2009 ISBN 0-545-10073-9
2 The Legend Reborn ISBN 0-545-21417-3
3 Journey's End[c] 2010 ISBN 978-83-253-0629-8

Lego Bionicle[edit]

No. Title Author Publication date ISBN
1 Island of the Lost Masks Ryder Windham August 25, 2015 ISBN 978-0545873253
2 Revenge of the Skull Spiders May 6, 2016 ISBN 978-0545905909
3 Escape from the Underworld June 26, 2016 ISBN 978-0545873253

Collected[edit]

Title Novels included Author Publication date ISBN
Chronicles Collection Chronicles #1–4 Cathy Hapka, Greg Farshtey March 13, 2005 ISBN 0-7607-9511-8
Adventures: Volume 1 Adventures #1–3 Greg Farshtey January 1, 2006 ISBN 0-7607-9603-3

Young Readers series[edit]

No. Title Author Publication date ISBN
1 Journey of Takanuva Greg Farshtey 2008 ISBN 0-545-08214-5
2 The Secret of Certavus 2009 ISBN 0-545-09336-8
3 Desert of Danger ISBN 0-545-11542-6
4 Challenge of Mata Nui ISBN 0-545-16209-2

Guidebooks[edit]

Title Author Publication date ISBN
The Official Guide to Bionicle Greg Farshtey 2003 ISBN 978-0-439-50115-6
Unmasked Unknown
Metru Nui - City of Legends Greg Farshtey 2004 ISBN 0-439-60734-5
Unmasked 2 Unknown
Rahi Beasts Greg Farshtey 2005 ISBN 0-439-69622-4
Encyclopedia ISBN 0-439-74561-6
Dark Hunters 2006 ISBN 0-439-82803-1
World 2007 ISBN 978-0-439-78796-3
Encyclopedia Updated ISBN 978-0-439-91640-0
Makuta's Guide to the Universe 2008 ISBN 978-83-253-0350-1
Mata Nui's Guide to Bara Magna 2009 ISBN 978-83-253-0494-2
The Legend Reborn - Official Movie Guide

Activity books[edit]

Title Author Publication date ISBN
Collector's Sticker Book Greg Farshtey October 1, 2003 ISBN 0-439-50120-2
Guard the Secret Unknown August 7, 2006 ISBN 0-007-23186-5
Facts and Figures ISBN 0-007-23185-7
Annual September 4, 2006 ISBN 0-007-23262-4
Piraka December 6, 2006 ISBN 0-007-23431-7
Toa Inika ISBN 0-007-23432-5
Matoran ISBN 0-007-23434-1
Voya Nui ISBN 0-007-23435-X
Barraki August 6, 2007 ISBN 0-007-25438-5
Toa Mahri (edition 1) ISBN 0-007-23432-5
Toa Mahri (edition 2) ISBN 0-007-23434-1
Mahri Nui ISBN 2-800-69611-7
Storyline Background 2008
Phantoka Makuta
Mistika Toa Nuva
Mistika Makuta
Glatorian 2009 ISBN 978-83-253-0494-2
Quests for the Masks of Power November 24, 2015 ISBN 0-545-87255-3

Comics[edit]

Bionicle[edit]

No. Title Sub-series Publication date Writer Artist
1 The Coming of the Toa[d] N/A June 2001 Greg Farshtey Carlos D'Anda
2 Deep into Darkness[e] July 2001
3 Triumph of the Toa October 2001
4 The Bohrok Awake The Bohrok Saga January 2002
5 To Trap a Tahnok April 2002
6 Into the Nest May 2002
7 What Lurks Below July 2002
8 The End of the Toa? September 2002
9 Divided We Fall November 2002
10 Powerless! N/A January 2003 Randy Elliott
11 A Matter of Time... March 2003
12 Absolute Power May 2003
13 Rise of the Rahkshi! July 2003
14 At Last – Takanuva! September 2003
15 Secrets and Shadows November 2003
16 Toa Metru! Metru Nui January 2004
17 Disks of Danger March 2004
18 Seeds of Doom May 2004
19 Enemies of Metru Nui July 2004
20 Struggle in the Sky September 2004
21 Dreams of Darkness November 2004
22 Monsters in the Dark January 2005
23 Vengeance of the Visorak March 2005
24 Shadow Play[f] May 2005
25 Birth of the Rahaga July 2005
26 Hanging by a Thread September 2005
27 Fractures November 2005

Ignition[edit]

No. Title Sub-series Publication date Writer Artist
0 Ignition[g] N/A January 2006 N/A Stuart Sayger
1 If a Universe Ends March 2006 Greg Farshtey
2 Vengeance of Axonn May 2006
3 Showdown July 2006
4 A Cold Light Dawns September 2006
5 In Final Battle November 2006
6 Ignition 6[h] Sea of Darkness January 2007
7 Mask of Life, Mask of Doom March 2007
8 Sea of Darkness May 2007
9 Battle in the Deep! July 2007
10 The Death of Mata Nui September 2007
11 Death of a Hero November 2007
12 Realm of Fear Battle for Power March 2008 Leigh Gallagher
Comic 12.5[i] May 2008 N/A
13 Swamp of Shadows July 2008 Leigh Gallagher
14 Endgame September 2008
15 Mata Nui Rising November 2008

Glatorian[edit]

No. Title Sub-series Publication date Writer Artist
1 Sands of Bara Magna N/A January 2009 Greg Farshtey Pop Mhan
2 The Fall of Atero March 2009
3 A Hero Reborn July 2009
4 Before the Storm September 2009
5 Valley of Fear November 2009
6 All That Glitters Journey's End January 2010
7 Rebirth March 2010

Graphic novels[edit]

Bionicle[edit]

No. Title Comics included Publication date Writer Artist(s) ISBN
1 Rise of the Toa Nuva Bionicle #1–8 June 10, 2008 Greg Farshtey Carlos D'Anda, Randy Elliott ISBN 1-59707-109-9
2 Challenge of the Rahkshi Bionicle #9–15 August 5, 2008 Randy Elliott ISBN 1-59707-111-0
3 City of Legends Bionicle #16–21 October 28, 2008 ISBN 1-59707-121-8
4 Trial by Fire Bionicle #22–27 January 20, 2009 ISBN 1-59707-132-3
5 The Battle of Voya Nui Ignition #1–5 May 12, 2009 Stuart Sayger ISBN 978-1-59707-145-1
6 The Underwater City Ignition #6–11, Hydraxon's Tale August 4, 2009 ISBN 978-1-59707-157-4
7 Realm of Fear Ignition #12–15 November 24, 2009 Leigh Gallagher ISBN 978-1-59707-167-3
8 Legends of Bara Magna Rise and Fall of the Skrall,
The Exile's Tale,
All Our Sins Remembered
June 8, 2010 Christian Zanier, Stuart Sayger ISBN 1-59707-180-3
9 The Fall of Atero Glatorian #1–5 Pop Mhan ISBN 1-59707-194-3
  • Two additional graphic novels, Power of the Great Beings and Journey's End, were planned but ultimately cancelled due to poor sales. They would have included the last two issues of the Glatorian comic series as well as new material.

Lego Bionicle[edit]

No. Title Publication date Writer Artist(s) ISBN
1 Gathering of the Toa December 29, 2015 Ryder Windham Unknown ISBN 978-0316266222
2 Battle of the Mask Makers April 26, 2016 ISBN 978-0316266239

Collected[edit]

Title Comics included Publication date Writer Artist(s) ISBN
The Saga of Takanuva! Bionicle #1, 9–15 2003 Greg Farshtey Carlos D'Anda, Randy Elliott N/A
Volume 1 Bionicle #1–15 August 2004 ISBN 978-0007255153
Mahri Nui[j] Ignition #6–10 2007 Stuart Sayger N/A

Films[edit]

Title U.S. release date Director Screenwriter(s) Production studio
Original trilogy
Bionicle: Mask of Light September 16, 2003 Terry Shakespeare, David Molina Alastair Swinnerton, Henry Gilroy, Greg Weisman Creative Capers Entertainment
Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui October 19, 2004 Henry Gilroy, Greg Klein, Tom Pugsley and Elliot Gabrel
Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows October 11, 2005 Brett Matthews
Stand-alone film
Bionicle: The Legend Reborn September 15, 2009 Mark Baldo Sean Catherine Derek and Greg Farshtey (story) Threshold Animation Studios
  • A film based on Bionicle's 2001 storyline was planned prior to the franchise's launch, but never reached production.
  • The Legend Reborn was originally planned as the first film in a new trilogy, but its sequels were scrapped following Lego's decision to discontinue the Bionicle toy line. A screen treatment for what would've been the first sequel was released online.

Soundtracks[edit]

Title Release date Length Composer(s) Label
Bionicle: Mask of Light - Original Score Soundtrack (14th Anniversary Release) March 10, 2017 1:06:27 Nathan Furst Rising Phoenix Records
Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui - Original Score Soundtrack December 12, 2017 0:57:27
Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows - Original Score Soundtrack December 22, 2017 1:05:43

TV series[edit]

SeriesSeasonEpisodesOriginally airedShowrunner(s)
First airedLast airedNetwork
Lego Bionicle: The Journey to One14 (+ 1 prologue)March 4, 2016 (2016-03-04)July 29, 2016 (2016-07-29)NetflixMathieu Boucher, Jean-Fraçois Tremblay

Video games[edit]

Console[edit]

Title U.S. release date Publisher Developer Platforms
Lego Bionicle: Quest for the Toa October 2, 2001 (2001-10-02) Lego Software Saffire Game Boy Advance
Bionicle: Matoran Adventures October 16, 2002 (2002-10-16) Electronic Arts,
Lego Interactive
Argonaut Games
Bionicle[k] September 10, 2003 (2003-09-10) (GBA)
October 20, 2003 (2003-10-20) (NGC, PS2, Xbox)
October 28, 2003 (2003-10-28) (PC)
Electronic Arts,
Lego Interactive,
THQ (GBA),
Feral Interactive (OS X)
Argonaut Games,
Argonaut Sheffield,
Möbius Entertainment (GBA)
Game Boy Advance,
GameCube,
Mac OS X,
Microsoft Windows,
PlayStation 2,
Xbox
Bionicle: Maze of Shadows September 13, 2005 (2005-09-13) THQ Razorback Developments Game Boy Advance
Bionicle Heroes November 14, 2006 (2006-11-14)
April 24, 2007 (2007-04-24) (Wii)
Eidos Interactive,
TT Games Publishing
Traveller's Tales,
Amaze Entertainment (handheld),
Universomo (J2ME)
Game Boy Advance,
GameCube,
J2ME,
Nintendo DS,
Microsoft Windows,
PlayStation 2,
Xbox 360,
Wii

Canceled[edit]

Title Intended U.S. release date Publisher Developer Platforms
Lego Bionicle: The Legend of Mata Nui December, 2001 Lego Software Saffire GameCube,
Microsoft Windows
Bionicle: City of Legends Late 2004 Lego Interactive Argonaut Games N/A

Online[edit]

Title Release date Developer Notes
Mata Nui Online Game January 1–December 15, 2001 Templar Studios Released episodically as 9 "chapters", documenting the 2001 Bionicle storyline.
Let the Legend Begin 2001 Unknown Promotional game.
Atticmedia
Huai Snowball Sling Argonaut Games Originally released as part of the console game Lego Bionicle: Quest for the Toa before being released online. Also included on interactive demo CDs released with select 2001 Bionicle toy sets.
Mata Nui Explorer (original) 2002 Unknown
The Battle of Mata Nui 2003 Originally intended for release in 2002, but was pushed back to early 2003 due to technical problems.
Mata Nui Online Game II: The Final Chronicle May 29, 2003–January 9, 2004 Templar Studios Released episodically as 7 "chapters", documenting part of the 2003 Bionicle storyline.
Mata Nui Explorer (Mask of Light edition) 2003 Unknown Created to promote the film Bionicle: Mask of Light (2003).
Toa Personality Test Personality quiz. Created to promote the film Bionicle: Mask of Light (2003)
The Legend Continues Written by Greg Farshtey. Created to promote the film Bionicle: Mask of Light (2003).
Lava Surfing Created to promote the film Bionicle: Mask of Light (2003).
Onua's Memory Challenge
Kopaka's Ice Trail
Pohatu's Matching Pairs
Gali Nuva's Rapid Descent
Forest Flyer
Stop the Morbuzakh! 2004 Spike Ltd.
Which Toa Are You? Unknown Personality quiz.
Bionicle: Colgate Promotional game sponsored by Colgate.
Rhotuka Spinner Challenge 2005
Battle Zone Promoted by Neopets.
Draw a Piraka 2006 Promotional game.
Piraka Attack IMBstudio, Mind Orchard
Island Investigation Unknown Promotional game.
Voya Nui Adventure
Voya Nui Online Game Ankama Studio
Matoran Escape Unknown
Inika Assault Tanukidesign
Barraki teaser game 2007 Unknown
Creeps from the Deep
Sea Survival Promoted by Jetix.
Barraki
Mahri: Hewkii Promoted by Jetix.
Command Toa Hewkii 4t2 Studios Connected series of games.
Command Toa Hahli
Command Toa Kongu
Command Toa Jaller
Command Toa Nuparu
Command Toa Matoro
Command the Toa Mahri - The Final Challenge
Battle for Power 2008 Unknown Set of 10 games
Mistika
Mistika: Swamp of Secrets Set of 4 games promoted by YTV.
My Lego Network Bionicle campaign 2009 Unknown Promoted by My Lego Network.
Glatorian Arena Serious Games Interactive
Prepare for Battle Unknown Promoted by YTV
Glatorian Arena 2 Serious Games Interactive
Sands of Time Unknown Promoted by Disney XD.
Glatorian Arena 3 Serious Games Interactive
Agori Defender 2010 Unknown

Mobile[edit]

Title U.S. release date Publisher Developer Platforms
Bionicle Challenge 2006 Living Mobile Kiloo Mobile devices
Bionicle Defenders 2007 Disney Mobile
Bionicle: Mask of Creation January 1, 2015 (2015-01-01) The Lego Group Frima Studio Android and iOS devices
Bionicle: Mask of Control January 19, 2016 (2016-01-19)

Trading card game[edit]

During the first year of the BIONICLE toyline, in 2001, McDonald's distributed packets of cards with their 'kids' meals. There were five cards in each one: four regular, and one holographic or "special" card. The packet came with a mini comic that had an instruction booklet telling the person how to play the game. There was another card game that was sold (instead of collected, like the above) which included a board along with other accessories to play the game.

In 2008 LEGO also distributed the "Phantoka Trading Card Game", which were given away for free in little packages which included about six trading cards with a picture and information of one of the Toa Nuva, Makuta, Av-Matoran or Shadow Matoran. The package also included one holographic card, which featured the combination of a Phantoka and a Matoran. The packages were given away for free in many toy stores in Europe if bought in a Phantoka set.

Music[edit]

Composers Paul Hardcastle and Simon Fuller produced the music for the Bionicle commercials used between 2001 and 2004, which also featured in the Mata Nui Online Game released throughout 2001. An official Bionicle album – featuring music from the bands Cold and Woven and singers Rob Zombie and Kenna – from was originally planned for release in 2002, but the project was scrapped when disagreements arose between the Lego Group and the label Interscope Records.

In 2005, the band All Insane Kids released the songs "Hero" and "Caught in a Dream", produced and written by Morten Krog Helgesen.[1] The latter is played in the end credits of Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows. Between 2006 and 2007, artists such as The All-American Rejects, Daughtry and Niels Brinck contributed songs for Bionicle commercials, but the success of the song "Creeping in My Soul", sung by Danish singer Christine Lorentzen for Bionicle's Barraki toy campaign, led to the formation of the rock band Cryoshell, who produced music for the theme up until its original discontinuation, and in its wake released their self-titled debut album.

Music for the first three Bionicle films – Mask of Light (2003), Legends of Metru Nui (2004) and Web of Shadows (2005) – was composed by Nathan Furst. Soundtracks for all three films were digitally released in 2017.[2][3][4] Music for the fourth film The Legend Reborn (2009) was composed by John D'Andrea, while Mike Raznick scored the 2016 streaming series Lego Bionicle: The Journey to One.

More media[edit]

Besides the movies, books, comics etc., there are other ways parts of the Generation 1 story have been told. Much of this content is now available on the unofficial BioMedia Project website.

Reading materials[edit]

Bionicle.com had some information about parts of the Generation 1 story, including some character biographies.

BionicleStory.com had several sections containing information about the Generation 1 characters, locations, and more. Among the offerings were also story serials and "blog" chapters, the latter being each one or two pages of story text styled as a journal entry from one of the fictional Bionicle characters.

Audio[edit]

Bionicle.com had two downloadable MP3s (as well as two PDF files with the "lyrics" to the MP3s) that describe the rise the giant robotic body of Mata Nui out of its slumber and his exile from said body when Makuta Teridax took it over in the Generation 1 plotline.[5]

BionicleStory.com also had many podcasts recorded by Bionicle writer Greg Farshtey available for download in the "Latest Story" area of the site that tell much of the Generation 1 story.[6]

On the homepage for Bionicle.com, there was a collection of audio recordings, called the Mata Nui Saga, that told some of Mata Nui's story. Each one had a picture, text, and music with it. They were split into thirty-four "chapters", each narrated in-character by Michael Dorn (reprising his role of Mata Nui from The Legend Reborn)

There were also downloadable songs and other things on the website that were inspired by different sections of the Generation 1 storyline.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This novel was released as Bionicle Adventures #11 in Spanish markets.
  2. ^ Another novel titled Invasion was originally set to be the seventh release before it was scrapped due to low sales of previous novels in the series.
  3. ^ This novel was published exclusively in Poland. The English version was released online through the Bionicle website in instalments.
  4. ^ Also known as Six Heroes One Destiny.
  5. ^ Also known as Trapped... by the Rahi!
  6. ^ Also known as Reign of Darkness.
  7. ^ Issue 0 is an exclusive comic featuring an interview with artist Stuart Sayger.
  8. ^ Also known as Web Comic due to initially being released online.
  9. ^ Comic 12.5 is a scrapped comic that was originally due to be released between issues 12 and 13. Instead, its script was published online.
  10. ^ Released exclusively in China.
  11. ^ Also known as Bionicle: The Game.

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