On the latest TTV Podcast, Exx sounded like he was having trouble coming up with ideas for how to bring the Toa Minifigure designs to life, so I did some part sourcing. While the torsos, legs, arms, and even the faces could be achieved using decals, the same can’t be said for the helmets. These designs seem to require new molds entirely. But Lego already has some pieces that, with some modification, would be the perfect fit for the Toa minifigs.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything that resembles Kopaka’s helmet. His helmet would need to be a completely new mold. Tahu was also tricky. However, I was able to find a solution, though it’s a stretch.
Painting a Star Wars Hoth visor and putting it on a basic red helmet would look fairly decent, although not ideal.
Lewa on the other hand wouldn’t need any new mold. Lego has a piece that looks nearly identical to the official helmet design. There is also a head that looks just like Lewa’s face design.
The Lego Marvel Ultron Guards have heads that are identical to the design. They even have the Miru smile! One of the guard figures has a helmet, (top right.) An Ultron figure has the same helmet, plus a bottom part that the guard doesn’t have. I can’t decide which better matches the Lewa figure; Helmet with Bottom, or Helmet without Bottom. Either way it looks great. It just needs a green paint job, no modifications necessary! Another option could be the Flash’s cowl, but that would require you to cut or sand off the lightning bolts.
Pohatu has a couple different options. They aren’t perfect, but they’re close. The major difference is these helmets lack the eye holes in favor of an open face.
In particular, the Troll helmet (top) resembles Pohatu’s helmet. The Scorpion helmet is probably too curvy, but it’s still an option. Pohatu also has a shoulder guard. I flipped a satchel around and it looked a lot like the armor, (bottom.) The standard Lego shoulder armor piece works too after you’ve cut half of it off. Here’s an example on my custom Cloud minifigure:
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Gail’s helmet reminded me of the spider helmets from Chima. If you were to cut or shave off the teeth and paint the whole thing blue, one of these helmets would look great on a Gali minifig.
Finally, Onua. Lego doesn’t have anything that would fit him, but Brick Warriors does. Brick Warriors is a third party online business. They sell Lego compatible parts which are the same quality as real Lego. I have ordered parts from them in the past, and when thinking of ideas for these figures they came to mind. Brick Warriors has a “Tribal Mask” piece which looks close to Onua’s. It’s not perfect, but I think it would work.
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Chima also offers a head that resembles the Onua design. Gorzan, (from the gorilla tribe,) has a double-sided face which might look good on Onua. That’s just an idea though, it could easily be achieved using a decal or a custom print.
So those are my Toa Minifigure ideas. What do you guys think? If you have ideas of your own please share them, especially for Kopaka. I came up with these because it’s difficult to design and create new Lego molds, and to help out Exx with bringing these designs to life!