This is the fourth iteration of my self-MOC, upgraded with parts from a recent Bricklink order. Third iteration can be found here.
New parts compared to the previous version include longer shells on the forearms, Mantax feet, reworked hands with thinner claws, black pins attaching the Bohrok eyes to his chestplate, and a black Mata head with light blue eyes.
In addition, I acquired a silver Kiril/Pehkui to represent his mask during his time without powers.
I’m most happy with the new hands. They’re a design I’ve used before, both previous iterations of Arcan and in other MOCs, such as my Toa Ahkmou. In this case I used longer talon/horn pieces, as they represent his claws.
Arcan has a wide array of prosthetics, including his eyes, legs, lung, spine, and arms, with his fingers being large, awkward claws. In order to hold things, he requires the use of magnetic pads on his palms.
As a former Hagah, Arcan was trained to use polearms and a Rhotuka shield. While his original spear was lost, he retains his Rhotuka Shield, because I remembered to take pics of him with it this time.
Arcan’s primary Toa Tools are a pair of rending pickaxes with variable length hafts, which can be combined into a forked glaive.
Arcan’s wrists are capable of revolving at high speed, allowing the weapons to be spun around.
Before Arcan was a Toa, he lived in the village of Su-Koro, which is carved into the face of a cliff. As a guard, Arcan used a back-mounted claw apparatus to rapidly ascend and descend the cliff. These claws transformed into his wings upon becoming a Toa. These wings serve as stabilisers for his jetpack and additional thrusters mounted inside his feet.
It’s not murder on the knees if your knees aren’t part of your biology.
His closest friend there was a near-identical Matoran named Asren. Both wore a Mask of Emulation, and would frequently mess with others by pretending to be each other. After Arcan was selected to become a Toa Hagah, he chose Asren to replace him on his island’s Toa Team, only to discover that his friend was, in fact, an Av-Matoran placed in Su-Koro during the Time Slip. Asren would later join the Reprisal after Su-Koro was attacked by the local Makuta.
Asren’s body, minus colours and wings, bears a heavy resemblance to Arcan’s original Toa form. The two remain friends, and Asren was able to help his brother through the hardest phases of his recovery.
I put a lot of thought into Arcan’s colours, and I’ve tried as hard as possible to limit it to just his main three. Hence why I specifically went for a black Mata head, removing as much grey as I can from the figure. The only grey parts visible on the outside are Technic gubbinz on the backs of his thighs, and the parts connecting his wings, which don’t exist in black.
You may notice that, despite being a Toa of Plasma, I’ve eschewed the canon creamsicle colours in favour of black and a more yellow colour. While this was originally a convenience thing, and some pre-image versions of the MOC that were pure Inika builds used white, when given the opportunity to correct it, I chose to stick with the black.
My thought process was: “Plasma” is what stars are made of, > Stars are huge nuclear reactors in space, > Arcan is nuclear, > Arcan’s injuries were caused by his powers going into meltdown, > Make him the colour of nuclear/radioactive warning signs.
This is also why I chose to stick with the Kiril, with the gasmask-like vents on either side of the mouth area giving him a “radiation suit” look, and the reason why his transparent colour is blue. He’s been through a few, starting with lime, then dark blue, then yellow, orange, red, before settling firmly on light blue, inspired by the light emitted by the Demon Core when it went super-critical during a post-war nuclear testing accident.
In essence, after all this time, if it isn’t Keetorange, Black, and Trans-Light Blue, it isn’t Arcan.
This particular image was based on the art I commissioned from Nick on Planet Ripple, of the V3 version of the MOC.
With some members of his team, the Toa Korvos. Left to right; Asren, Toa of Light, Cyra, Toa of Psionics, Arcan, Toa of Plasma, and Therix, Toa of Gravity. While Arcan leads the Toa team, Asren and Therix technically outrank him in the Reprisal.
Lastly, here’s the evolution of the MOC across each version of the build. As I said earlier, there were a few versions that I haven’t counted because I don’t have access to them, as they were done before I had a phone and thus their images are sealed in the depths of my 3DS.