- " None of us choose our destiny. And none of us can defy it. "*
Good afternoon friends. I, the great and glorious co-founder of iBZP have been roused from my long slumber to share my entry for this contest. I’ve always loved the character of Artakha for the longest time, and am so excited to finally have a contest to give him and his legendary mask a look to match his imposing and legendary status. I’ve been building this on and off since the canonization contests were ratified and I’m happy to share my final look.
- " Artakha stood in the shattered doorway, facing some of the most powerful beings in existence. His stance made it clear he was their equal, if not their superior. "*
- " You amuse a being who was already weary of life before you set foot on solid ground, Toa. "*
I really wanted to design him as imposing and large as I could, and keeping the G1 aesthetic at the same time. Here is a size comparison to him and some of his creations (The Toa Mata):
And another shot of him next to Tahu and Mctoran Takua, for scale. Pretty much towers over a standard Toa (~6-7 ft tall in canon)
- " Creation is my essence, and you would destroy all that exists. I can’t allow that. "*
Reading back through, its kinda hilarious how many critical items to the Matoran Universe Artakha and his workers made. Including the Kraakhan and the Avohkii:
Speaking of creation, as the wielder of one of the three legendary masks, I wanted to make sure to pick a 3D Modeled mask that fit the description and gave him both a sense of menace and regality. To that end I used KhingK’s Mask of Creation (Shapeways Link: https://www.shapeways.com/product/YMZAR7FNU/the-legendary-mask-of-creation?optionId=154647400&li=shops). Really liked how it complemented this figure, and its a really solid mask! This was the only 3D printed peice utilized for this MOC.
Free Download Link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4247696
Artakha is a physically imposing figure, standing at roughly ten feet tall, and clad in grayish green armor that is decorated in ancient symbols.
I took liberties with the colors. I wanted to make him a G1 MOC and have been building him for a hot minute now. Unfortunately there aren’t alot of sand-green pieces in the G1 system, and I’m not familar with these fancy new 3D modeling things you kids use these day. I tried to make sure green was as predominant a color though, due to lack of descriptors. If there are any issues with the color ratio please let me know and I can add some more! I tried to pick pieces with “ridges” and “bumps” to try and simulate the "ancient symbols.
He also had a hammer:
Happy with how this came out. And happy I finally found a way to make the articulated “Toa” Mata Nui set hands work on a moc and not look weird XD:
- " You… imbeciles. You ignorant stone apes… is this how you try to save existence? "*
Overall, I’m really happy with this MOC. He’s such a great and important character and having this contest happen is a dream I never thought I’d see come true! I’ve linked my flickr for the remaining posts. For the contest moderators, the gallery includes my unarmored figure, individual armor picture, and skeleton. Please let me know if anything else is needed for entry.
Lastly, I’d like to make a general statement. While I haven’t been vocally active in the community in some time, I have been watching and paying attention. I was beyond ecstatic when I saw that canon contests were back after almost a decade. Unfortunately, it was disappointing to see how many issues arose during the Helyrx contest, and how easy it was to get sucked up into the negativity (I myself did too ). To that end, I just wanted to implore everyone to enjoy these contests and have them be a fun and exciting celebration of a line that means so much in so many ways to all of us. This is a great, frankly miraculous, opportunity to really celebrate bionicle and give life to characters who only existed in our imaginations before. Best of luck to all entrants, and here’s to a great contest!
EDIT: Additional Flickr Album for detailed breakdown of skeleton: Flickr - Skeleton