(Another double-header due to low quality, but I promise after this one we get to some of the good stuff!)
I was too excited to wait two whole days, so this happened. But first! Some background.
In 2010, I got into Slizers, the precursor to Bionicle and Hero Factory alike. It wasn't long before I came up with my own interpretation of the story, a rather more... political take on the whole thing. It soon grew beyond its original bounds to become something pretty awesome with some real-world themes and issues. Unfortunately, I never wrote it due to one simple factor: The ending. I just couldn't come up with a good ending that wasn't completely cheap, or else was satisfying and realistic, but at the cost of completely undermining the main theme I had carefully woven in to the narrative.
Still, between the summer of 2011 and the summer of 2012, I went through and systematically made MOCs of sixteen of the eighteen characters. (The last two I would make as well, but both have color schemes comprising almost entirely of rare colors in Constraction.) Now, all of these MOCs have sat on my shelves since then, so they're going to be a bit dusty. Still, I hope you can appreciate the builds! (Once we get past the bad ones first, though.)
Part 1A: Heze
Relevant Music 1 and 2
Story: Heze is a riderian monk, and embodies many of their best aspects. Humble, patient, wise, one could be forgiven for believing him to be completely happy. Unfortunately, he died believing himself a failure, mostly due to his Nephew, who was most distictly not on a righteous path.
Despite being a pacifist, Heze wears an ancient set of armour and carries both a powerful blaster and an experimental "energy blade" weapon. After all, unless he tells them, people don't know that he wouldn't hurt a fly, and on top of that, holding the only copy of such a powerful sword means that those who would use it less... responsibly... cannot.
I spoke badly of Gavla before, but as much as I like the personality I gave him in-story, his MOC is one of the worst things I've ever made. (This broken color scheme has been brought to you today by the absence of Gadunka and Spinax.)
Case in point.
The legs are a little bit better, but... not by much.
The body is the worst part, though, simply by virtue of using the Piraka torso.
And the back. Another example of having too many of certain sets and not enough of others.
Part 1B: Meridionalis
Relevant Music: 1
Story: Meridionalis was once a promising cadet in the Polar City's navy. She had friends, she seemed well-off enough, and there was no trouble. Then one day, she just up and vanished.
Five years later, a dangerous assassain going by the codename "Rex" had become one of the most feared individuals in the underworld. Hired by corrupt politicians to silence their political opponents, Rex was not one to hold back, completely unfettered. What was worse, they wore a facemask fashioned after one of the Riders of Myth themselves - the traitor Dust.^ Nobody would think to connect this terrifying killer with the disappeared Navy Cadet, and her former squadmates still wonder what happened to her...
^I know it's Onyx's, but screw the rules I'm writing this. In-story, Dust is basically like Judas.
I'm a lot happier with her build than with Heze, but I won't deny that she looks like a bit of a mess.
Show some posture there, young lady!
And the back. Very spikey.
All of her removable weapons. Not pictured are the back-spikes and her spiked chain. (Are you sensing a theme here?)
Sans weapons, she may be a bit easier to see. The decision to go with blue arms and red legs was actually deliberate, as I wanted to give her armour somewhat of a cobbled-together appearance.
Back, sans weapons; the Piraka foot behind her neck is supposed to look like an absurdly high, frilled collar like those on certain cocktail dresses. She may be a brutal murderer, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have class! Also, I used the glow-in-the-dark teeth from the Piraka Fortress to give the implication that the spikes are slightly irradiated.
Side view. The collar looks less like a collar from this angle.
Leg. Also rather spiky. Why is it double-jointed when Heze's are single-jointed? When you're a cyborg, there's a lot you can get away with.
Arm. Figuring out how to attach the Vezon heads was a pain, but I'm happy with the result.
Torso, which I'll let speak for itself. Removing the arm for the side shot was a tricky proposition, given the Vezon head.
Progression of weapon use. If she loses her long spear or the weird can-opener-thing, she switches to the saw. Once both of those are gone, she pulls out the folding scythes. If she loses those,
she'll resort to the chain.
...Friendly woman, isn't she?
Pose as a team despite having incompatible ideologies and never even actually meeting in-story, because business just got real
Next Time: Better building and brown; you'd best believe this guy is canon! (Though I wonder what the kid who originally designed him would have to say about this revamp.)