About the Great Archives
The Great Archives is a website dedicated to documenting the lore behind the LEGO Company's BIONICLE franchise (specifically, the first generation of BIONICLE that lasted from 2001 to 2010). Currently still under construction, this site is meant to serve someday as a comprehensive reference for the BIONICLE mythos. It includes an expansive reference section in the format of an encyclopedia or wiki (currently under construction), a comprehensive timeline of events in the BIONICLE storyline (also under construction), and an archive of online communications between BIONICLE author Greg Farshtey and BIONICLE fans. Since so much of the BIONICLE storyline is scattered across various media and obscure forum posts, we put special emphasis on including links to source material.
The official motto of this project is, "To make BIONICLE reference better, more accurate, and more complete. And, most of all, to have fun while doing it."
Who runs this website?
I go by the name Planetperson on BZPower and other BIONICLE discussion forums. My Twitter handle is @doyouevenbonk.
We already have BS01. Do we really need another BIONICLE reference site?
Nope, BS01 is great! The primary reason this site exists is because I enjoy making it. Its purpose as a hub for BIONICLE reference is only secondary. That said, I think this project has some distinct advantages:
- In recent years, the BS01 staff have done a remarkable job of adding citations to its articles. However, much of the content on BS01 was inherited from a time when editors could add unverified material without adding references. This issue is especially important now that tracking down source material is more difficult following the loss of the BZPower forums up to 2011. On the Great Archives, I have fastidiously added citations to source material on this site from the beginning.
- I have taken special care to remain as close to the source material as possible and to remain agnostic about what should and should not be considered canon. In fact, my general policy is that wherever two sources disagree, both of them are to be included on the site, rather than arbitrarily choosing one of them. This site is for everyone, and I do not want to dismiss a particular version of canon simply because it does not jibe with my head-canon.
- The timelines on BS01 are very brief, whereas the timelines on this site are far longer and more comprehensive.
- BS01's policies about images have always seemed a little odd to me. BS01 tends to use artwork from comics as the main images for articles, even when the quality of the artwork is not very good and there are much better images available. They also tend to crop images so that only a particular character in question is shown, down to the very pixel, which in my opinion is unsightly. When this site starts to incorporate images into the encyclopedia, I plan to use images of the LEGO sets as much as possible, but I also have plans to allow users to adjust their settings so that images from a particular medium are shown (sets, comics, movies, games, etc.). As far as I know, BS01's policies are not expected to change any time soon.
- I don't claim to be a particularly good writer, but I think in some places it is an improvement. I hope to make it more approachable to people who are new to the BIONICLE universe.
- This site includes up-to-date information from the "Ask Greg" section of the TTV forums.
To recap, this site is not meant to be a knock against BS01 or an attempt to replace it. It's just a fun side-project that I enjoy working on where I can experiment freely with my own ideas.
Some advantages of BS01 compared to this site are:
- This site is incomplete, whereas the information on BS01 is up-to-date. See the construction progress of the site here. Crucially, BS01 contains a lot of story material that was made known only through the BZPower forums and the LEGO Message Boards.
- BS01 also covers BIONICLE generation 2 (2015-2016), whereas this site is strictly G1. BS01's G2 reference is quite excellent and should be considered the definitive guide.
- BS01 is the best place to get information on out-of-universe BIONICLE material, such as BIONICLE sets, collectibles, books, comics, events, people, etc.
Where does the name of this website come from?
In the BIONICLE story, "the Great Archives" was the name of a massive underground facility beneath the island city of Metru Nui whose purpose was to house a sample of every item, written record, and creature that had ever existed.
Why is some information repeated?
Because the site is still under construction. This happens when different sources cover the same material, and it is easier to keep the duplicate texts separate for the sake of keeping the citations straight. For example, there is quite a bit of overlap between the BIONICLE Encyclopedia and the Rahi Beasts guide. Eventually the duplicates will get woven together.
Why is information about X missing? Why are there no images?
Because the site is still under construction. See the status page for progress.
When will the timelines and reference section be finished?
No idea. I estimate that the site is currently roughly 40% complete.
What can I do to contribute to this project?
Possibilities for contributing are fairly open-ended at this point. Feedback and suggestions are much appreciated. If you have big-picture ideas or just want to point out a quick typo, feel free to contact me via Twitter (@doyouevenbonk or @GreatArchives). If you want to contribute written material, please note that I am trying to set a relatively high standard for writing quality. I hope to streamline the process of accepting contributions from others in the future, but it will likely not be in the form of a traditional wiki.
You can also help by increasing the visibility of the site. Post it on Twitter (#bionicle #thegreatarchives), mention it on Discord, all that good stuff!
How can I contact you?
You can reach me on Twitter at @doyouevenbonk or @GreatArchives, or through various BIONICLE Discord servers under the name Planetperson. If the BZPower forums ever come back online, you can reach me there too.
What are some other cool BIONICLE projects people are working on?
In alphabetical order:
- The Bionicle Archives – A museum located in Herriman, Utah showcasing a complete collection of BIONICLE sets and merchandise, including the most valuable LEGO piece ever produced: a one-of-a-kind solid platinum Mask of Light.
- Biological Chronicle – A comprehensive collection of BIONICLE novels, stories, and comics, woven into a single book that can be read and enjoyed from beginning to end. Perfect for new fans. By @TuragaNuva.
- BioMediaProject – An archive of BIONICLE media, including long-lost games, comics, animations, and more. @BioMediaProject.
- BIONICLEsector01 (BS01) – The premier BIONICLE wiki run by fans. Owned by Swert.
- BIONICLE: Legend of Mata Nui Rebuilt – A project by Litestone Studios to make a long-lost, unfinished 2001 BIONICLE computer game fully playable. @LitestoneStudio.
- Bonkles.com – A very special website where you can read the best BIONICLE comic ever made.
- Red Star Games – A group of talented artists and writers who are expanding on the G1 BIONICLE lore through multimedia, including artwork, music, stories, 3D-printable Kanohi masks, and a tabletop RPG. @RedStarForge.
- Wall of History – A website that presents the BIONICLE novels, comics, stories, etc. in a linear, easy-to-read format. Currently holding a reading group that is perfect for new fans. By @JSLBrowning.