The Matoran Kingdom
Gathered friends, I present to you, my greatest creation yet, The Matoran Kingdom.
“In the time before time, the great spirit, Mata Nui fell from the heavens, carrying we, the ones called Matoran. We were separate and without purpose, so the Great Spirit illuminated us with the three virtues, Unity, Duty and Destiny!” - Vakama
So here is my entry into the Bionicastle contest by TheSecretWalrus, clocking in at a whopping 18182 parts, the Matoran Kingdom stands at 2.12 meters tall (based on being 265.5 studs tall).
Featuring a wide variety of matoran working, protecting and living in this overgrown walking, living titan of a fortress. There are a few differences with this and my submitted version as some pieces were incorrectly coloured as per the contest rules but a majority of the design is the same.
Featuring details such as:
- Nixie and the great telescope
- Map of Mata Nui
- A new, smaller Suva design
- 4 scorpion crossbow turrets
- 2 Hip mounted Trebuchets
- weapons racks in the main keep
- Articulation in most directions in all joints (even the neck)
- Full hand and wrist articulation
Here you can see the map, the crystal is floating but possible if you balance the parts on the hook of the telescope.
Here we see Nuparu maintaining one of the Hip mounted trebuchets, they fire a small explosive projectile.
Here’s some detailing on the back, the spine is made out of segments of Mata torsos and arms to represent vertebrae, there’s also a lot of overgrowth here, by the time I got to adding in the leaves, the hinge tool on Stud.io would crash.
Here we see the interior of the keep and a few of the weapons racks and matoran going about their daily life.
These are from places where I’ve already uploaded.
How long did it take to make?
The contest was over 6 weeks but I had an exam period during it so 2 weeks on and off then 6 days of constant building
How long did the renders take?
Yes it is rendered, the main render (the first 3 images) was the highest possible resolution stud.io offers and took me 2 hours to complete, the rest are all 1000x1000 and took betweek 12 and 25 minutes.
Is it alive?
Yes the kingdom is alive, it just has really good shock absorbers
Can the mask open up?
No and I wish I had thought of that
Why do the matoran not have masks?
Due to contest rules, I couldn’t do parts that didn’t exist in colours already made by lego, a limitation of a digital moc, I did originally design this with masks but removed them to adhere to the rules.
Can this be built in real life?
It would most likely cost over $2000 USD and would require significant reinforcement, I doubt the legs could support the late without a metal skeleton.
Thanks for checking out my design, I hope you like it, comments and criticisms are welcome!
Edit: Full body shot