Ariki has been a project of mine for quite a while. The idea was to create a rouge toa to go into my team. Honestly, I believe it turned out believe that it came out better than the others! Okay! Backstory time!
Ariki arrived at the island of Motu Roa without knowing anything. I guess that’s just a side effect of being a toa: you can have all of the training in the world, but you’ll still get amnesia when you land. “Where am I?” He asked an unsuspecting young villager. “You’re on the island of Motu Roa!” The villager responded with a smile. “You’re here to help us, aren’t you?” He continued. “And why would I do that?” Ariki asked. The villager studdered. “B…but… toa are supposed to do that.” He said, with tears in his eyes. “Ya… You’ve got to! that’s what toa do! Please! We have a horrible Makuta problem! They ransack and destroy villages! They kill matoran! Please!” He begged. “What’s a toa? Or a Makuta?” Ariki simply asked. “A toa is what you are! A toa saves villages and the matoran living in them. A toa is a hero! A Makuta is not. They are horrible creatures who have taken over the island. They do the opposite of what you do! They kill matoran and destroy their homes!” The villager said. “If you want to be a toa hero, there’s a junkyard not to far from here.you may be able to find something there!” He continued, as he pointed in its direction. “Thanks. I’ll see what I can do.” Ariki responded coldly as he made his way to the junkyard.
Once there, he instantly started looking. He found something familiar, as if he’s used it before. A sword. He saw a button on part of it. He pushed it. He dropped it in shock. The sword had split in half! No, not in half. It tuned into a wicked double edged sword! He returned to normal and simply put it on his back and kept looking. He found a piece of black metal. He pulled what looked to be a lever. BANG! the metal made is it shot a laser blast. He liked that very much! He looked for another one. He found one. It looked different, but worked the same. While he walked out of the junkyard, he wondered if he really would become a toa hero, or… Something else…
Here he is! Ariki himself!
See those “wings” on his back? Those are really a sword!
The double-edged sword
Different view of them
Back view (with sword)
Back view (without sword)
Size comparison with Tuma
Should this be my new self MOC? Is it better than Karion? What do you think about it? Tell me in the comments below!