Okay. This is my first post to any message board. Better make a good first impression.
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Deep in Po-Metru, Toa Matau is in trouble! Build his new hoverboard to help him escape. But watch out! Dark hunters Krekka and Nidhiki are close on his tail with their slicing claws and stud shooting laser cannon! Will Matau catch up with his friends? Or will he be hunted to extinction?
PIECE COUNT: 244 pieces
So I am a really big fan of the Bionicle: Legends of Metru Nui movie that came out in 2004. That year introduced a major change in scenery from tribal jungles and beaches to a giant underground metropolis. One of my favorite concepts from that year are the dark hunters, especially Krekka and Nidhiki!
Anyways, you're probably here to look at my MOC. Let me show you each part of the "set" in the opposite order in which I built them.
So here's Toa Matau on his hoverboard. It was the last part of the set that I built.
I tried so many times to get the katanas to form a jetpack on Matau. But, I couldn't figure it out. So, I decided a hoverboard with the katanas as wings would be an OK substitute. Matau can still remove katanas to use for combat.
So here's my attempt at making a system Nidhiki model.
For both Krekka and Nidhiki, I started by designing the head and worked down from there. For Nidhiki, I tried to add one of those stud launchers to where the mouth would be, but it just threw off the design so I tried to create a more streamlined approach.
One of the challenges I faced was getting most of the unique insect features that Nidhiki had, such as his claws and his legs, to translate properly to system form. I think the claws came out better than the legs.
Here is a demonstration of Nidhiki's posablility.
If I had some more Mixel joints, I could have made Nidhiki more posable. However, I used all of them on Krekka. I could have bought more on bricklink, but I don't know how to use it yet. I'm 18 and I don't know how to use BRICKLINK!
Now here is the part of the set I put 90% of my effort into. This is Krekka. I made Krekka before Nidhiki and Matau because I already had an idea for the head design. After I made the head, I just kept working on it until it was finished.
I based the head off of images from the Legends of Metru Nui movie rather than the original Bionicle set design. In hindsight, the head looks a little derpy to me but whatever.
As stated earlier I used ALL of my Mixel joints on this guy. Krekka was, and still is, one of my favorite Bionicle characters so I wanted to make his system representation to be as expressive as he was in the movie.
Krekka's shoulder cannon can also unfold from his back. A normal disc launcher looks to big at this scale and a normal stud shooter looked unimpressive. Luckily, I had a leftover 6 stud shooter from one of the Protector sets and I think it looks pretty good. Unfortunately, the shooter is relatively heavy so Krekka always needs to be hunched over to stand on his own, which gives him a very primal look. Also, the 6 shooter required me to add a backpack on Krekka so the studs wouldn't hit him in the back of the head when fired.
As I stated many times before, I don't know how Bricklink works. So, all of these guys were cobbled together from pieces in my collection. I haven't built with system for almost 4 years. If I had more Mixel joints, I think I could have made Nidhiki better. Still, they are really fun to mess around with, especially Krekka.
"THIS IS END OF THE LINE, TOA!!!"
Krekka: "Excuse me, but did you see a green toa with a hoverboard come through here?"
Nidhiki: "Oh, why do I even bother?"