Here’s my entry for the Helryx canon contest, I’m really excited to be a part of this! Helryx, perhaps more so than any other character in these contests offers so many opportunities for visual storytelling with her build. As such I tried to make each piece usage as meaningful as possible.
We know the Toa were based off the Glatorian species and that the Toa Mata were also a relatively early build of Toa. With that in mind I tried to make her a “missing link” between the Glatorian, who were Inika builds, and the Toa Mata. I made heavy usage of parts from Kiina and Terix in her limbs, and a Toa Mata torso, hands, and feet. There’s also some translucent blue CCBS in her limbs that I used mainly because they were the best way to make the connections I needed, but they also look amazing and very water-elemental with a back light.
One of the parts of the design I’m most proud of is her shoulders and the way they attach. It was difficult finding a natural looking way to add Inika style limbs to a Mata torso, given the different connections and proportions. By going up and around the way I did with the connections, the attachment maintains the arm’s articulation and even makes the torso look a little longer and more proportional. As an added bonus, the extra CCBS limb piece makes her shoulders more anatomically correct and even allow her to shrug!
The Gahlok shields on her back made great shoulder blades and really highlight the shrugging. The way the Inika feet were attached to her shoulders were meant to make her armored while still making her arms look thin to give something to the “frail” description.
Her mace and shield attach via the axles on her Mata hands.
A headcanon that I’ve had about her design for a long time was that she would resemble Krakua. We know Krakua only became a Toa after he was brought to the Order and the only other Toa in the order was Helryx, so it stands to reason that her appearance would influence what he think a Toa looks like. That’s why I made sure to add some of Krakua’s armor details onto her, such as the Nui-Jaga stinger on the chestplate and the Visorak feet on her shins. Krakua also had Mata hands and feet, which is pretty cool for continuity.
Overall, this was a fantastic building experience for me, and my first big attempt at MOCing in a while. However this goes I’ll be really glad I did this.