I’ve finished my Varian, so I show it here!
I’m glad if you like her!
Kanohi : Calix
Tool : Armblades, Rhotuka Launching Shield
Element : Psionics
Notes : Norik’s old mate
What I kept in mind when designing her was the fact that she was an old friend of Toa Norik.
From this fact, I interpreted her design as something that should be a little reminiscent of the aesthetics of 2005 (the year of the Hordika/Visorak/DarkHunters incident).
However, despite the fact that she has a shield and metallic armor, she was not a member of Toa Hagah, so I deliberately made her metal armor color ratio different from that of the Hagah members.
(That’s why I didn’t design her as a pure “Metru-type”.
However, if she were designed too differently from Norik, such as Inika-type, she would move away from the unique 2005 aesthetic of eclectic chaos and harmony.
So I designed her as a unique type that has something in common with Metru-type.)
On the other hand, I also had to admit that this design theory was a bit conservative.
So I gave her some unique aesthetics, as shown below.
The first thing to mention is probably this “blue line on her shoulders and shins”.
You probably remember that when I designed Orde, I interpreted the Elemental “Psionics” as an "invisible force."
For Orde, I interpreted the shape of the ribbed hose as a “wave of force” and used it for aesthetics, but this time I further developed that interpretation and got the idea of a “brain wave / Electroencephalogram”.
(Toa is a Bio-Being, an artificial lifeform, but they can sleep and even dream.
And in her main story, “No One Gets Left Behind”, “dream” is portrayed as a crucial element of her friendship with Norik.
It is a well-known theory in the real world that brain waves literally indicate the function of the brain, and that the brain and dreams are very closely related.
On the occasion of designing the Toa for Psionics, I thought I had no choice but to relate these facts to her character about “dream”.
In addition to these points, I decided the overall imagination for her, from the shape of Kanohi Calix looks like a brain.)
In addition to the brain waves, the Easter eggs that in turn symbolize dreams, I also paid attention to her “Aesthetics as A Toa”.
First, Nuva Armor on her shoulder shares a shape with triangular holes with the sides of Calix.
The Bohrok shield on her chest also shares a shape that looks like three claws or ducts on Calix’s forehead.
Also, her Tool, Armblade, is called “wicked looking blades” by the narrator in NOGLB, so I thought that a simple knife or dagger on her elbow wouldn’t match the canon.
Therefore, I adopted silver Gorast nails as a piece that matches this expression - as “the wicled blades”.
It is well known that she tends to seek action as much as possible when accomplishing her mission.
On the other hand, she is also said to be not stronger than she thinks, so I interpreted her as “a woman who is a little intoxicated with being as Toa.”
In that case, I think she sticks to “fighting cool as a hero”, so I’ve delicately adjusted her body shape to be “overall smart and not too poor.”
(Japanese heroes often wear intimidating armor, but Marvel and DC heroes tend to wear suits that doesn’t change wearer’s body shape much, and very good to battle action. I chose the latter implications for her design.)
(Her arms and ankles are black because of the comic hero’s suit motif.
A special, more carbon-like, flexible and durable material rather than armor. Of course she’s Toa, so It’s actually a metallic Protodermis armor, but this is an aesthetic story.)
Also, in NOGLB, when Varian asks that " I get to be 'Gold.", Norik had dissatisfied with it, and she replyed to him “I’m not going to be ‘Blue.’”.
In other words, she means that Norik is “not so golden” to the extent that she is dissatisfied.
But Gold is one of her Elemental color, so I limited her “gold” to her chest, shoulders, and shield - “the part of her most eye-catching”, for while using gold impressively, the its overall ratio is not so large.
Her shield has a handle that moves freely, so you can easily make it at any angle.
This is because we emphasized the function as an “action figure”, and if you don’t like it, you can of course return to the same structure as the Hagah members.
(I didn’t want Rhotuka to fall out, so I chose this method for the purpose of fixing it as well. However, even though Rhotuka doesn’t have a connection to use for building, this method uses an axle and illegal connection that it goes a into the hole in Rhotuka. It’s understandable that some people don’t like this because it )
"Thankfully for you, in stasis… you also won’t be able to think." ─The Shadowed One
(About Instruction, I will share it when entring contest!)