The huge drone that Preston Stormer fights in the flashback scenes was actually designed by a fan for Official Bionicle Building Contest #53, which was held on the LEGO fansite BZPower.com. It was revealed early on that the winner model will have a special purpose, but this was kept secret until the cartoon aired.
Several characters that appear in the cartoon are not based on existing LEGO models. Professor Zib and his floating helper Quadal are prominent characters despite not having toys to promote. Sir Makuro, the giant evil drone, the female reporter, and a bunch of other side characters also belong to this group.
The name of Makuhero City comes from a play on the expression "make you a hero". This is fitting, considering the city's primary facility is the Hero Factory. It also references its founder, Akiyama Makuro.
Although the earlier episodes had a basic continuous story, later episodes threw out the continuity almost entirely, and instead told stand-alone stories, all of which ended in unresolved cliffhangers. The final episode in particular utilized a different design style and replaced all of the voice actors. Some believe this was because LEGO had already decided to cancel the series eventually as early as 2012, and most of their attention was diverted to preparing the relaunch of their more popular BIONICLE toy-line.
A theatrical live-action movie adaptation by Universal Pictures was considered to go into production in 2012, to be written by Michael Finch and Alex Litvak. No further news came of it since, and with the cancellation of the Hero Factory toy line and cartoon series, the movie was also canceled. It is unknown if the project ever moved beyond its planning phase.