Finally posting after working on this for a while, here’s my interpretation of Helryx, the First Toa!
Helryx wouldn’t be complete without her robust, ancient weapons, so here they are:
Here’s some breakdowns of the body
Now to explain some design choices.
I felt that Helryx would most resemble a Glatorian more than any other Toa, as the Toa were based off the Glatorian. Given that Kiina is our only example of a Water Glatorian that we know of, I designed Helryx to resemble her the most. This is reflected in the fins, the torso size, and of course, the mask.
The mask is, of course, a placeholder, but I wouldn’t mind if the final Kanohi design would somewhat resemble a Glatorian helmet.
The backwards life counter on the back is intended to represent the transition from Glatorian to Toa, as the next Toa to be built, the Mata, have a gear on their back. MOC Helryx’s is non-functional, however.
The tubes are intended to convey her prototypical nature, as well as the turbines on her arms. I was trying to for a very ‘ancient’ look, this was my motivation in giving her a ‘battle’ skirt and the worn blades on the forearms. Her mask is also intended to resemble an ancient battle helmet. Helryx always came off to me as a hardened warrior who gets the job done, she doesn’t use ‘water blades’ or ‘climbing hooks’ as her tools, she has a Spiked Mace and a Shield, and she’s not afraid to do what needs to be done. She both looks like she could wipe out an army in seconds with a tsunami, and end a Makuta’s life with her bare hands.
Finally, some more action poses:
And a comparison with a promising new Toa of Water…
For reference, this Helryx measures about 22 cm to the top of her head, so she’s about Inika height.
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Link to the Helryx and rules topic: