I get what you mean, and its a good suggestion, but ultimately I find it to be less effective then simply reducing the length of the legs. The components of our minifigure designs will change depending on the route we go.
If you make matoran characters the same size as the toa, give them a cloth-ey villager aesthetic, and give them distinct varied printing between characters (for instance, Jaller and Takua) then you still run the risk of losing the prominence and importance of the Toa characters regardless of what the character is wearing on his printing.
I'll bring up the chima example we used on the podcast
There are lesser characters that are dressed less ornament-ally in this poster, but having never seen chima myself I still find it difficult to pin-point exactly who are the main characters here (other then Larval who is the only one I know). I can look at each character in this lineup and start to pick apart who is more prominent, but that's already more work then I should need to be putting in when there's an extremely simple solution to the problem that already has a precedent in the past.
So to re-iterate my point from the podcast, in terms of creating the same level of distinction between a Toa and Matoran character that the size difference would make, you'd have to reduce the printing of the matoran characters to be essentially templates of one another with minor color differences between regions. I dont want to do that, though. I want our matoran to have as many unique prints as our toa do, but I still want their differences to be conveyed appropriately
Yes, but it's not so much that I want to reject the importance of the lore, because I think you can incorporate elements of the lore within the sets too and I don't think making the legs shorter takes away from that, rather I feel it enhances it because it gives a clear understanding of the difference between these two characters without the need to dive further into the story to find out.
Tahu has powers, Jaller does not.This level of clarity is not as effective if we reduce this difference to purely the printing, in my opinion.
This statement is just pure conjecture and hyperbole. There is no logical basis for this claim at all.
You might as well say LEGO lines get canceled because there's not enough pink.
Yes, if we were planning on making sets that feature both marines and spartans I would make the spartans taller. However, my method would be to extend the legs of the spartans via foot pieces ala Harley Quinn instead of shortening the marines. In this instance its because these characters are human and have actual hieghts parameters that should be retained. The solution to reduce their legs works better for matoran because they are essentially mechanical aliens so their heights are not tied to any form of reality.
for the record, I'm not really opposed to this method for the matoran either, but the hobbit legs are just a simpler and more effective solution to me.
...You can be physically weaker then the heroes of the story and still be able to defend yourself to a degree. Being smaller does not mean that they're going to break every bone in their body as though they're made of glass, it means that taking on larger foes is more dangerous for them. You seem to be ignoring the fact that most of our toa were warriors before they became toa. There are matoran armies in this world. Mangai is a military region that fights off hordes of rahi.
The point is that they are less effective than the toa. Not helpless. Kopaka can take on a muaka all by himself, but its going to take a small militia of matoran to take on the muaka without the aid of a toa.
This is why the chroniclers company is so beloved, because they were able to accomplish so much in spite of their weaknesses.
EXACTLY. These are examples of problems our Toa will have once its time to integrate back into society. Spoiler alert, its going to be difficult for them! That's part of the plot!