Chat with Greg Farshtey

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Daler99 wrote:Hey, Greg. If BIONICLE were to ever come back, do you think any characters from the original run (like Tahu or Takanuva) would be carried into the new line? Also, would there be a possibility of there being a book series by you for the new line of BIONICLE sets?

I think these questions got lost. Wink  Just bumping them to the lastest page. Wink

Daler99 wrote:
Daler99 wrote:Hey, Greg. If BIONICLE were to ever come back, do you think any characters from the original run (like Tahu or Takanuva) would be carried into the new line? Also, would there be a possibility of there being a book series by you for the new line of BIONICLE sets?

I think these questions got lost. Wink  Just bumping them to the lastest page. Wink

Answer to both is no idea. The former would be up to the new story team, whoever they were, and the latter would be up to the publishers, whoever they happened to be.

Akuumo wrote:

1) Can Artakha create another Toa? For example: Toa of Gravity?

2) Will you play LEGO Batman 3?

1) Yes

2) I didn't play the others, so probably not. Between work and raising my daughter, I don't have time to game.

Kar0l wrote:
Kar0l wrote:

Hi Mr. Farshtey. Recently, I'm reading Ninjago graphic novels (you stated that they're canonical) and I have a question. As you maybe know, TV episode "Curse of the Golder Master" featured an origins of Serpentine. They are quite different than these presented in "Tomb of Fangpyre" graphic novel. Because TV show tell main story, its version is canon. But, the story from "Tomb of Fangpyre" (about Ninja searching the Serpentine Stone) doesn't collide with main story, so I have a question. Can I assume, that history written at Serpentine Stone is fake OR its human version of how Serpentine were created and locked underground (TV show mentioned that humans considered Serpentine as enemies, so they could change their story that future generations will consider Serpentine as enemies too). If so, which version should I take? I think this solution is better than consider that the graphic novel is non-canonical, especially since only one element doesn't match.

I think these questions got lost.

The graphic novels are written based on the TV scripts I have at the time, which sometimes change between when I do the books and when they get animated. I can tell you that anything I do for Ninjago gets approved by the Ninjago team in Billund before it goes out - that includes story concepts, too. How you want to resolve any perceived conflict is up to you. All I can do is work off of what I am given.

kyle7475 wrote:

By the way Greg, I have several more questions that I hope you don't mind answering:

 

1) Protodermis is basically a kind of programmable matter, yes?

 

2) Do SM inhabitants possess bones that are naturally very metallic, or are their bones mineral based like ours? If they were metal-based rather than mineral based, that would explain the metallic appearance of the set's weapons (and by very metallic I don't mean completely made of metal like what the MU inhabitants have). 

1) Unknown. I have never seen it defined that way in a story bible.

2) I have never seen anything stating that their bones are metallic and I don't have any reason to think so. Keep in mind that sets precede story, so the designers were not trying to make weapons look like bone.

Rick7021 wrote:

Mr. Farshtey,

 

1. Why was Takua's Pakari blue?

 

2. why wasn't it red, black, orange or yellow?

 

3. Why did none of the toa, matoran, turaga or even himself ever seem to notice that!?

 

____________________________________________________________________________________________Signed: Robo Skeleton Astronaut

1-2)  His original mask was damaged in Metru Nui and he put on Pakari, which turned blue when worn because the color had not been locked in.

 

3) Where does it say they never did? Remember, the Matoran had been on the island of Mata Nui for a long time when the story opened. Takua's mask was old news by then. There was no reason for anyone to be talking about in our story.

jhikaru wrote:Hi Mr. Farshtey, I've got a couple questions.
1) How did you come up with the designs for the original Toa Matas' Great Masks? Did you base them off something? Figure out what looked cool? Make it random? I can understand the Kaukau and Akaku, but the Pakari? Miru? Kakama?
2) Was the original Makuta on Mata Nui Teridax, or was it a different leader? I've heard conflicting rumors about this.
3) Are the six Piraka dead, trapped in the ruined Cord, or prisoners of the Pit?
4) Did you ever create any actual artwork depicting the Mask of Creation? If so, what did yours look like?
5) Is it possible for mask powers to be stored in a different Kanohi mask? For example, a Ruru that was actually a mask of speed.

1) I had nothing to do witth this. I am not a set designer.

2)  The only Makuta involved with the island of Mata Nui was Teridax.

 

3) The Piraka are part of the golden being from the serials

 

4) No. I am not an artist either. I just write.

 

5) You can carve a mask into whatever shape you like. So you could take a Mask of Speed and carve it to look like a Mask of Shielding. The reason they don't do that is it gets confusing if you can't tell what a mask is just by looking at it.

kyle7475 wrote:

Dear Greg, I have some questions I'd like to ask you:

 

1) I hope this doesn't come across as strange or annoying, but why can't you confirm the kind of brains that the MU inhabitants possess? Storywise, they seem to possess the traits of an organic brain, such as loss of conciousness from a lack of oxygen. However, the MU inhabitant's status as AI seems to imply that their brains are at least partially mechanical.

 

2) Do matoran of plasma possess an innate resistance to heat like Ta-Matoran do?

 

3) In place of a heart, MU inhabitants posses some sort of device that distributes energy throughout their bodies right? I was thinking that in place of a circulatory system, energy is fed to their organic (and maybe mechanical) components via a localized, non-corporeal field generated by said device.

 

4) When an injured MU character is healed  through the use of Toa energy, does the healing process repair the injured being's mechanical components, or only their organic ones?

 

5) Is protodermis an element (like aluminum) or a molecule (like titanium carbide)? 

1) Simple. LEGO owns BIONICLE, which means LEGO could bring it back someday if they so choose. What the brain is made of is, to me, kind of important as it does affect other aspects of story. I do not want to give an official answer on something like that and box some future story team into either living with it or having to retcon my answer out.

2) Yes

 

3) No idea. If it isn't something I needed to know for a story, I didn't worry about it, and the story bibles did not go  into that sort of detail about anatomy.

 

4) Both

 

5) Again, no idea.

voporak1 wrote:

HI mr Greg i have some question to ask you.

 

1.In the quest yesterday it was mentioned that velika
 needs the toa mata for his plan. why velika needs 
 the mata for his plan?

 

2.Is what the Great Beings are responsible 
  of the mechanical implants Glatorian and Agori?

 

3.You recently said that the powers of GB was not
 natural. Do they have some mechanical implants that give them
 its powers? much like implants Glatorian who improve
 their physical capacity.

 

 

                                 THANKS

1) The Nuva are among the most honored and respected of all Toa. So if Velika can get them to ally with him, then he won't have to worry about Matoran rebelling against  his rule.

2) They probably designed a lot of them, but they are not the ones doing the implanting,  most likely

 

3) I don't see them as having  implants that give them powers, no. We have not shown GBs with much in the way of powers, beyond the insane one.

fishers64 wrote:

1) Did Velika get Tren Krom out of his island prison?

2) If not, can you tell us who did?

3) Do Matoran of Plasma have heat resistence?

1) Yes

3) Yes

Can beings from MU have scars?

1) Are the Great Beings related to the Agori or Glatorian species at all?

 

2) How far into BIONICLE was the idea of Spherus Magna being the BIONICLE home-world conceived?


3) Did the first inhabitants of the MU know they were inside a giant robot and perhaps this information was lost over time? If not, why was the true nature of the MU kept a secret from its inhabitants?


4) Were the Kestora from the pocket universe Takanuva visited created by the GBs of the prime reality?


5) Have the Agori of Bara Magna and the Matoran made contact with the Agori of Bota Magna yet?

 

Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer the fans questions Smile

 

Akuumo wrote:

Can beings from MU have scars?

Yes. It is possible for their muscle tissue to sustain wounds and get scars.

Phantoka123Mistika wrote:

1) Are the Great Beings related to the Agori or Glatorian species at all?

 

2) How far into BIONICLE was the idea of Spherus Magna being the BIONICLE home-world conceived?


3) Did the first inhabitants of the MU know they were inside a giant robot and perhaps this information was lost over time? If not, why was the true nature of the MU kept a secret from its inhabitants?


4) Were the Kestora from the pocket universe Takanuva visited created by the GBs of the prime reality?


5) Have the Agori of Bara Magna and the Matoran made contact with the Agori of Bota Magna yet?

 

Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer the fans questions Smile

 

1) Most likely, though we do  not know how closely related they are

2) That was not discussed until fairly late in the process, after the decision was made to wake up Mata Nui (which would have been in 2007, I think). So all the Bara Magna plans did not take place until after that.

 

3) There was no real need for most of them to know. If the white and red blood cells in your body became intelligence tomorrow, would they know they were inside a body? Or would they simply know they had a job to do and keep doing it, because if they didn't, their universe would end?

 

4) No

 

5) The story is basically frozen where we left it.

2) More so than Ta-Matoran? Remember, another innate ability of Su-matoran is that they can resist bright light.