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[MOC] Toa Nuva on Mata Nui

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Hi!I don't know if this build is enough 'action figure' for this forum, but at least I have seven brick-built Toa to show here, and their weapons. I hope you can appreciate the scenery as bonus! :wink:


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Back in August I created an entry for the "90th Anniversary: Bionicle Theme Celebrations" contest on Ideas. My build is a tribute to the theme that loved for years: Bionicle. I grew up with Bionicle "Mask of Light: The Movie", and it's still one of the very few films I rewatch sometimes. The world of Mata Nui, the Toa and the Matoran, the different environments and strange architecture, and the soundtrack too, still resonate with me. With this build I wanted to capture the essence of each Toa and display them in their natural environment. The Toa Nuva, being my favourites, formed the basis of my designs, but you'll see hints of Toa Mata and Metru. 

I gave each Toa a unique build, but with some features shared between them. The most challenging part were their masks, because of the limited space and because I really wanted those to represent Toa. I feel like if I'd build these masks in alternative colours, it would still be possible to tell which design belongs to who. The weapons were also fun to make. :classic: I also varied their heights: Pohatu is one of the shortest, while Kopaka and Onua are significantly taller.


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As you can see, I used Mixel ball joints, technic pins, hinge plates and bar-clip connections to give these guys a nice range of motion. Unfortunately, no wrist articulation and the feet can't turn side to side. Some of the masks are a bit fragile, and all Toa are prone to fall over because they are top heavy and have relatively small feet. So on the whole, playing with them is certainly possible, but in the end a little frustrating. In the model, I attached the Toa with studs under their feet, and in the case of Takanuva with stud with shaft pieces to the side of his feet sticking into the ground. Makes life easier when moving the build around. :grin:


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Look closer into the background and you may notice a carving of the Great Spirit Robot!


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Thanks for reading! C&C appreciated!
 

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This is gorgeous work! I really like the way Tahu, Gali, and Pohatu's masks are formed. The blending of classic and modern on all seven figures is neat as well.

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I commented back on the lego ideas entry back when you had it there, but I'll add here that I like how you built the little trees by Lewa. The figures and environment are great of course, but it's little details like that that I like.

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I love this! Excellent recreation of the Toa in stud form, with plenty of personal touches. Seeing them all set in this scenery adds a lot to the finished display, as well. 

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On 9/23/2022 at 1:07 AM, SoupOrFishOil said:

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This is gorgeous work! I really like the way Tahu, Gali, and Pohatu's masks are formed. The blending of classic and modern on all seven figures is neat as well.

Thanks a lot! 

On 9/23/2022 at 2:49 AM, Mandalorianknight said:

I commented back on the lego ideas entry back when you had it there, but I'll add here that I like how you built the little trees by Lewa. The figures and environment are great of course, but it's little details like that that I like.

Thank you! :sweet: Nice to hear about the trees, as I had them built more abstract (and colourful) at first, but then changed them to look more natural.  

14 hours ago, VBBN said:

I love this! Excellent recreation of the Toa in stud form, with plenty of personal touches. Seeing them all set in this scenery adds a lot to the finished display, as well. 

Thanks, VBBN! :classic:

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Agreed! The masks are instantly recognizable, which is really impressive given the constraints you listed! Well done.

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Wow, this is awesome! I've seen plenty of brick-built Toa MOCs over the years, but never have I see one where there's also a full-on brick-built background for them! Nice work!

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Mask of Light was my favorite film of this era. (It sadly got bumped from the top overall spot by The Polar Express in the following years and the three* LEGO Movies pushed if further down later on.) Anyway great work of representing my fav Bionicle film and the TRUE first Lego movie. Love the posing and scenery, and figures and... basically everything, actually.

Keep up the fantastic work!

 

*I don't talk about The LEGO Ninjago Movie, it doesn't exist!

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On 9/26/2022 at 4:42 PM, Zepher said:

Agreed! The masks are instantly recognizable, which is really impressive given the constraints you listed! Well done.

Thank you! 

On 9/27/2022 at 8:36 AM, Lego David said:

Wow, this is awesome! I've seen plenty of brick-built Toa MOCs over the years, but never have I see one where there's also a full-on brick-built background for them! Nice work!

Right? I can’t think of one either! I think that is because CCBS Bionicles are quite large, meaning that the scenery around them would become large as well. I have seen some CCBS terrain though, but no background.

Thanks, David! 

On 9/28/2022 at 1:13 AM, Murdoch17 said:

Mask of Light was my favorite film of this era. (It sadly got bumped from the top overall spot by The Polar Express in the following years and the three* LEGO Movies pushed if further down later on.) Anyway great work of representing my fav Bionicle film and the TRUE first Lego movie. Love the posing and scenery, and figures and... basically everything, actually.

Keep up the fantastic work!

 

*I don't talk about The LEGO Ninjago Movie, it doesn't exist!

Thanks, cheers mate!

(btw, despite being a Ninjago fan I never had the courage to watch the movie 😆🙈)

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