BIONICLE fans aren’t happy with the latest LEGO rumour

Rumours that the LEGO Group is producing a new castle for its 90th anniversary have drawn dismayed reactions from some BIONICLE fans.

Over the last few days, rumours have been swirling that the LEGO Group will honour the Castle theme with a new set later this year. The rumoured RRP of €349.99 suggests such a model will be considerably more ambitious than the castles that have preceded it.

31120 Medieval Castle Creator 3 in 1

A Castle set makes sense for such a celebration: Castle sets were amongst the first LEGO sets to delve into more exotic and unusual subject matter. The theme enjoyed several releases throughout LEGO history, although interest in the theme seems to have dribbled away amongst the majority of LEGO fans.

However, large castles are very popular amongst older LEGO fans, frequently appearing on websites like LEGO Ideas. The recent release of 31120 Medieval Castle (pictured above) also suggests there’s a market for such a set.

The choice of a 90th anniversary set has been decided (or at least influenced) by a fan vote conducted last year. The original vote pushed dormant theme BIONICLE to the top of the list, with other favourites like Pirates and Classic Space joining it. The second round of the fan vote, however, added Castle to the mix to reflect the wide popularity of various Castle subthemes in the previous voting stage.

Between the fan vote and these new rumours, it seems likely BIONICLE is out of the running – a particularly bitter pill, considering the Castle theme has recently enjoyed new LEGO sets. Some of our Twitter followers have expressed their disappointment with the rumours.

We still haven’t gotten confirmation either way on what a 90th anniversary LEGO set would look like. But given the resurgent popularity of the theme, and BIONICLE’s highly specialised parts selection, we feel we know which way the wind is blowing on this one.

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6 thoughts on “BIONICLE fans aren’t happy with the latest LEGO rumour

  • 12/03/2022 at 18:14

    I feel like it’s about time that we let Bionicle go already.

    Look, I get it. I grew up with Bionicle sets. I still have a big shelf of Bionicle and Hero Factory figures as part of my collection. I was sad to see the original series end in 2010, and just as sad when the reboot ended with a whimper. Hell, I was angry at Lego for dropping the whole buildable action figure premise like a hot potato, just like everyone else was.

    But it’s been what, four years now since Bionicle ended? After a point, all the speculation on another reboot and the multiple Lego Ideas submissions and the outrage just comes off as just sad. It sucks that it seems like Lego just brushes off Bionicle like it wasn’t a big part of the brand, but yelling about how Bionicle “saved” Lego or whatever isn’t going to do anything at this point.

    I think it’s time to reflect and come to terms with what Bionicle was, rather than desperately grasp at straws for a Third Coming that won’t happen.

  • 11/03/2022 at 23:49

    I don’t know why bionicle fans are upset when LEGO already announced it would be a castle set quite some time ago.

  • 11/03/2022 at 22:14

    This was a load of Kane-ra dung to compile all of Castle’s subthemes into one just for it to get the winning vote and everyone knows it. I would have even been okay with a new Space set if anything, but ANOTHER Classic Castle celebratory set?? Peas ‘n’ Rice!! Can we Bionicle fans get SOME representation/recognition with a physical set, minifigure line, or, oh, iunno, ANYTHING THAT’S PHYSICALLY COLLECTABLE TTHAT ISN’T A FRIGGIN’ STICKER OR PRINTED DECAL FOR A CHANGE?! It’s not like the line singlehandedly saved Lego from bankruptcy during the time they thought Jack Stone and Galidor were good ideas alongside overpaying Lucasfilm for “branding taxes” on the the-newly introduced Star Wars line or anything, right?

    Atleast countries like China and Russia are keeping their love for Bionicle aflame via unnofficial reproductions of G1/G2 Bionicle sets AND originally designed sets and parts of decent and excellent quality that even rivals that of Lego’s…

    Thanks for nothing, let alone not even acknowledging Bionicle’s 20th birthday, you hypocrites.

  • 11/03/2022 at 20:48

    They didn’t even give the best theme, Galidor, a chance 🙁

    • 13/03/2022 at 08:56

      At least you dont need to pay 350€ ,if you ve win they will succeed to made you pay aswell the same price. Like they ask a vote to star wars fans and made a too big republic gunship for 350€.

  • 10/03/2022 at 17:08

    Well, not just a sad story for Bionicles fans. Classic space fans surely are gutted too (Pirates and Castle got a few models lately – Classic Space none). I believe the main issue with Bionicles is the important number of ‘new’ (or no longer in production) parts necessary.
    Happy for castle fans though. Assuming this will be quite something, a good model is a good model no matter what the theme is.


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