Here is my take on Artakha, the enigmatic bearer of the Mask of Creation, brother to Karzahni, and ruler of a paradisaical island.
I apologize for the camera work. However, I hope the MOC makes up for it.
I wanted to denote three things with this figure: Wisdom, power, and regality. The Noble Matatu has a look that denotes wisdom in my mind, as well as carrying an enigmatic and somewhat menacing look. In order to denote power, it was a simple matter of ensuring his stature was sufficient. For reference, here he is next to an Inika scaled custom Takanuva:
“You amuse a being who was already weary of life before you set foot on solid ground, Toa.” (Didn’t have Kopaka built, so Takanuva served as a stand in).
For regality, I decided to go with old gold/bronze, as the pearl gold was far too bright in my opinion. However, the subtle glimmer of the bronzish gold gives him that feeling of both antiquity and royalty. The hammer was a simple build. I didn’t intend for it to be anything grand, as it is a hammer from his forge. However, for a being this size, an ordinary hammer isn’t going to be like ours. Thus, the weapon looks like it could do some damage, but isn’t extremely gaudy. I definitely went with an almost total green color scheme, with greys acting as the secondary color, and bronze/gold as an accent.
As you can see, he is highly poseable, having typical range of movement for an '06 onward BIONICLE set. He also stands quite well, having friction extenders on his legs, and large feet. His hammer is heavy, but he can heft it quite easily, and his arms don’t sag.
I personally had a blast with this build, and hopefully you all enjoy it as well. I’m probably going to keep him built for a while, though as soon as the official Mask of Creation is decided, he’s getting that.