Came up with this MOC idea a while back and recently got a part haul. Finally got around to building Toa Laeru, the first MOC I've put on here.
Overall I wanted sort of a lightweight and fast kind of vibe. I used Hordika legs which I filled the gaps in with some Technic parts and Borok eyes and standard upper legs that I didn't really know what to do with.
His body is standard Piraka torso build because I couldn't come up with a custom torso that I liked.
Laeru's arms are Metru legs with some more Technic pieces and Borok eyes giving them more detail and the armor piece introduced with '07 Matoro. His head is just a Metru head with the Kanohi Mahiki.
For his weapons I wanted something unique and martial arts based. I did a bit of research and came across a weapon not commonly seen in Bionicle MOCs; the tonfa. I used some Borok teeth and the knife/spear pieces from '07 and played around with the design until I found something I liked and worked well with Laeru. The Lego cone on the end is there to represent thrusters for when he's flying and to match up with his eyes.
As I said above his tonfas could be used as a booster or thruster pack, allowing him to glide and travel short distances. They can be attached via handle into some open axles on the backs of his arms.
I'm able to get some good poses out of him, and the tonfas are really neat to pose with too.
Here I have him crouched down.
And here I have him in a typical tonfa ready stance.
And a pose I came up with for fun.
Hope you guys liked him, and if anybody has any ideas on how to improve him, constructive criticism is always appreciated.