Hello there, first time posting here, not used to forums anyway, but I couldn’t resist submitting my creation for the contest.
Here’s my take on Toa Helryx.
My point while building it was : how Lego would have released it as a set ? I prefer when the various builds in my Bionicle collection are visually consistent between each other. That’s why I went for the good old Metru body, to make it look as a set from the canister, with a few more details.
While there was not much room to follow the canon, stating it is a frail and ancient Toa, I always felt that wearing a mace is a strong character feature, especially when holding a great shield.
As you can see, the build is very simple, balanced and strong. The use of gears on shoulders is a reference to the Mata build. In fact, I tried to put a spiky theme for her to fit her tool. Even the use of Piraka thights armor is linked to this idea :
For those who know me, I love 3Dprinting. There was no way I couldn’t present something completely original for her. As promised, no more than 4 printed pieces : a mask, a shield inspired by a mirrored version of the protosteel one seen is the sets, and a spiked mace coming in two parts for a better playability. The mask itself was an attempt to reunify the Mata, totemic vibe, and the Metru modern lines. Coming from ancient times but still in touch with the best techniques and equipments to achieve her mission.
(What a shame the rules didn’t allowed the use of printed pieces for other purposes, because making the mace in two parts was originally intended to create a pair of spiky shoulders armors and accentuate the spike theme of the character along with the shin armors and feet)
Here is how to build the mace.
And a link to the full album : https://www.flickr.com/photos/143319199@N03/albums/72157714550633697
And links to the thingiverse files :
I hope you’ll enjoy it !