Hi! Today I’d like to show you some of my most recent set revamps.
Barraki have always been some of my favourite Bionicle canister sets ever released: they weren’t the clones we had been constantly getting until 2007, they all had unique appearances, builds and parts.
But ,unfortunately, they weren’t perfect: their builds, while being creative and unique, were too skeletal and thin; the fact that most Of them didn’t rely on any big Inikabuild parts made them incredibly small compared to your normal inikabuild Toa sets.
So, I decided to fix that.
This whole project started when I was looking through my boxes of Bionicle parts and realised that I had gained a lot of extra specialised Barraki pieces over the years. I couldn’t really find use for them in my MOCs, since most of those pieces have exclusive colour mixes that never appeared in any other Lego sets, so I decided to update my Barraki sets with them.
And these are the results:
My main goal with this one was to make him as chunky and big as I could.
I think that I succeeded, since now Carapar is a little taller then a standard Inikabuild and much, much beefier. I think that makes him a proper Titan, since the piece count is probably three or four times higher than the original set’s
I gave Carapar a bit of a belly, because that big armour piece seemed to fit that use perfectly and I think that such trait perfectly fits Carapar’s character and crab theme.
His squid launcher is now shoulder-mounted, it is possible to put it in his smaller claw, but the connection’s too loose and it blends in too much.
Honestly, there’s not much to say about this one, since that’s just the Takadox set with a bunch of extra pieces added, so it’s more of an update rather than a revamp.
Takadox has alway been my favourite Barraki set wise, so I didn’t feel the need to change much, I just added more armour to everything to hide the fact that he’s basically just a technic beam with some limbs.
And yeah, I got rid of the squid launcher because the thing ruined his silhouette no matter where I put it… and it’s useless anyways
this one, I saved for the last, because I’m especially happy with how it turned out.
I never liked the original set with its weird… everything, I felt like I needed to do the leader of the Barraki justice.
I tried to make him elegant in appearance, the reasoning for it is that Pridak must have been quite beautiful in his unmutated form, considering how passionate he was about his appearance and, although distorted, some of that beauty was carried over to his pit form.
It also works because he has to resemble a shark and those things are quite elegant.
At this point, you must have noticed that I gave him a fish tail instead of a pair of normal legs. This might have been a bold move, but I think that if fits the theme of mutant sea creatures so much better.
Unfortunately, it creates a bit of a problem: he can’t stand properly without any magical trickery involved (in case you’re wondering how I made him “float” in the pictures: I used my stand to hold Pridak up in the air while I was taking the pictures, you just can’t see it)
Another bold move that I did was attaching the squid launcher to a stick. I don’t have any canon explanation for that (although I wish I had), I just thought that a staff weapon would fit the character. Also, repeatedly hitting an enemy with a squid launcher would do a lot more damage and be more efficient than trying to shoot from it
Unfortunately, part two with the other three Barraki revamps won’t come any time soon, since I don’t have the pieces to finish Ehlek, don’t have any ideas how to revamp Mantax and simply don’t have Kalmah… oh well.
Alright, that’s it for now. Which one of the revamps is your favourite? Tell me what you think!