Ok, so this is a… kinda first for me. I did a sort of unboxing video back when I made Kardas, but, well… Meh. I need something to post, I’m taking forever to write out my (still) unuploaded Moc’s backstories, and I figured this is’d be worthwhile enough.
Also wanted to kinda semi-gloat about a couple of rather amazing… ‘bits and pieces’ I happened upon.)
Part 1: VV finds
I’m actually deciding to start off with my more recent grab for the first ‘showcase’ here. Got this one a couple of days ago, and the previous about one to two weeks or so.
So, first off is just the basic overlook. Nothing too impressive, a good amount of parts (though missing some seeing as how I for some reason took these pictures after making the Mocs). Cost me a good bit, but seeing as to what I’ve so far got out of it, really quite worth it to me.
Also, here’s a slightly more ‘in-depth’ look to the side box. This is mainly more ‘important’ pieces (i.e. heads, masks), and some of my own personally selected pieces (i.e. specific weapons, translucent peices, etc).
Also, as one can see, I’ve finally gotten the head to a rather… famous character from the youtube side of our bionicle fandom, and oh what fun I shall have with him.~
Little additional thing here too:
Also bought both of these guys once I spotted them. Grabbed the king for his crown and armour, and Vladek for his mask. What can I say, it’s a good piece for Voidlings in my mind… Though I didn’t exactly get the version of it I was expecting.
That’s right! For some mad reason this version of the Vlad mask was thrown in instead of the expected one, and boy-oh-boy I’m sure not complaining about it!
Moving on, here’s the main portion of the previous grab:
As you can see, nothing too impressive just yet. Did make a random little moc from ‘em for fun right quick when I first got them.
Thinking of writing her out as a ManiaMac-verse character (and yes, this does mean I plan to, at some time, make some videos based in said universe.)
Now here’s where the good stuff is.
First off we have:
That’s right! Both Nui-Jaga’s! Unfortunately neither came with masks (though I do have enough for the purple one), and while it isn’t really visible in the picture, both of the purples heads have different eyelight colours.
Best bit about them though? Hoo, hoo, hoo. Man were they cheap.
Second little good bit is:
That’s right! A second (technically first) speckled Vlad mask! Apocalypse Mov/recreation here I come!
And yet, neither of these were the best finds. Neither are the ones that truly shine with fortune’s luck. Neither of these nearly gave me whiplash from how fast my head turned to recheck that bag and make sure I was seeing things right!
Oh no, all of that’s exclusive to the third find:
THAT’S RIGHT! I FOUND A TRANS-ORANGE PROMOTIONAL KRATTA!
THE FORTUNE, THE FATE, THE SHEER LUCK THAT RAINED DOWN FOR ME TO FIND SOMETHING LIKE THIS! SOMETHING THAT’S TYPICALLY SO HARD TO FIND (though with a base price of only about $40) AS THIS!
AND EVEN BETTER WAS THE FACT THAT IT’S BAG WAS ABOUT $4 IN TOTAL!
Part 2: Ebay & unboxings
Ok, so first off I have this bloody beautiful mass of masks I purchased from one @ElectricLeaf.
As you can see, this is amazing. A perfect amount of masks, the ‘trophy three’ (in my opinion at least) lying in the middle, heads, and a couple various extra bits. All of which I plan to have a lot of fun with.
Guy’s also apparently planning to sell the rest of his collection, and he’s willing to haggle with prices and all that just to let you all know.
Next off is an Ebay lot I couldn’t help but grab from the stellar Jedder77 ( you should check out his Mocs, they’re awesome!) out on deviantart.
Yep, you’re seeing that right! I’ve got my hands on a whole load of Glopo bootleg bonkle parts! Sure, they’re cheaply made, and have weird connections, but hey-hey! You literally cannot find these anywhere anymore, and the few Mocs that have been made with them I can’t help but call amazing!
And last, but not least, a mask from everybody’s favourite bionicle part painter.
That’s right folks, I have bought myself a corrupted, 2015 Hau, from the, Modalt Masks.
And boy, do I ever have character based plans for it.
Also, never knew he actually painted a little water mark onto his works before.
Part 3: Mocs
And now’s where we get into the real meat of these posts. The real filler. That quencher for an appetite I so rarely feed due to my terrible laziness. MOCS!
For the most part the ones in this aren’t that special beyond one who managed to enter my hall of favourite personal mocs. Beyond that they’re just some basic characters, a rather fun little… ‘concept, and a pair managed to spawn a minor joke-’headcanon’ for me.
Firstly I give you, ‘Toa’ Elnas:
Bio: Elnas is an interesting character for a Toa.
Ancient in build, speech, and what little wisdom he gives, and uncaring, distant, and near disdainful of those around him in personality to a degree even a Toa such as Kopaka would find him… cold.
Despite this Elnas does still protect those under his watch, mercilessly so.
Any who dare to attack what is ‘his’, to disturb him, quickly find that they will never be able to attempt such again.
Elnas, while a powerful a Toa, is far from one any consider ‘good’, much less a proper Toa.
When Elnas is not patrolling his village he is either studying, or collecting items and materials which he transports… elsewhere. Wherever that may be though is unknown to his wards. Al that is known is that, despite his location while he is there being unknown, it doesn’t mean his sight decreases any.
Or at least, this is the mask he lets others see.
In truth Elnas, a name cleverly come up with due to its meaning, disrupted detection (technically detection disruption (Elda + Felnas), is actually a being disguising himself as a Toa.
A being better known by the title of, Makuta Avrua, the devourer of knowledge.
While Avrua did take his current form as an attempt to escape from Teridax and his plans, a successful attempt at that, that doesn’t mean he is any better than the conquering betrayer. If anything he is worse.
Avrua, while truthfully similar in goal to Teridax, is also far different.
Avrua has, since the day of his creation, found himself obsessed with knowledge, with learning all he possibly could, and in particular everything he could find on the Great Beings. Both that about them, and from what they left their creations.
Where Teridax wishes to rule the GSR, to overtake and become one of their creations, Avrua wishes to join them, to gain such knowledge he himself can become a Great Being and do as they once did. And he will do anything it takes to gain their knowledge, and reach his goal.
Next off are these fun little two from Sidorak’s species. A duo of infiltration & elimination class dark hunters. A mated (or whatever word you might use for GSR species marriage/romance/whatever) pair to boot!
Also a lil’ joke-’headcanon’ along with ‘em!
Ok, so first off comes the headcanon.
As you can see Nille (the name I’ve given to my tall, keetongu orange, green, and gold friend) is rather… ‘extravagant’ looking. Especially in comparison to his much smaller, more ‘dulled-down’ mate, Guhra.
At first, this wasn’t really planned, just started building and once I was done I realized how well, like, blatantly different the two were. Combine that with the somewhat more ‘feminine’ styled ‘hair’ I’d given to the second, smaller one of the two, and, well… that section of my brain that keeps spitting out all my weird character ideas, AU’s, and everything related started kicking! And from that emerged my newest ‘headcanon’.
Basically I kinda had this idea that, what if Sidorak’s species were kind of like peacocks, or similar birds. You know, the male’s are real colourful, flamboyant, and flashy. Also typically probably larger than the females (though this does not mean it’s by a high percent, nor that said females are any weaker (if not even stronger)), and typically try to gain a mate through lots of posturing, looks, and giving them random little (and sometimes big) gifts all in an attempt to better curry favour with them.
Heck, this even works with, and honestly kinda makes sense with Sidorak’s own courting attempts towards Roodaka.
Every scene he’s in he’s acting flamboyant in a way. Posturing, speaking, and even moving in ways oh-so purposely done to show himself off. Make him look more impressive. Draw attention to his literally polished looks.
And then there’s his gifts, such as literally giving Roodaka what basically amounted to full control of the Visorak hordes. Sure, she basically already had it, but he actually acknowledge it instead of, y’know, deluding himself that he held the actual power over them.
There’s also his promises, the way he speaks and acts around her, and quite a good bit of other little things. I mean, heck, if I really wanted I could even consider the fact they had some, like, crazy goal or whatever to rule their entire universe/world as a sort of gift to Roodaka.
Y’know, showing his dedication by literally giving her the entire world as a gift.
Though going by this logic it also means Sidorak himself was kinda gay/bi due to him, you know, going after Roodaka. One of the most bloody extravagant characters out there in the canon bionicle universe. Like, yeesh! Her build, her stance, the aura she projects, even her friggin’ voice all scream ‘extravagance’!
I dunno, I just really liked the idea for some reason once I came up with it, and couldn’t help but keep it. (Though the Sidorak bit also helped said choice. XD)
Weapon/s: Dual modifiable-energy launchers
Bio: Guhra’s more the heavy hitter of the team. Surprising to some due to her difference in size to Nille (though far from it for him), though due to her less than noticeable build she does exceed in more visible/crowded infiltration work
Weapon/s: Hidden Y-blades/shields along his forearms
Bio: Nille, despite colour and size, is the infiltration expert of the team. His looks, and lifetime of cultivating the necessary skills and personality to be as flamboyant a gentleman as possible have lead to him being quite skilled in the necessary etiquette to easily sway higher ranking officials, steer conversations, and easily dismiss suspicions towards himself with but a few touch words, and the proper posturing.
Thirdly you have, while still a Moc, less so one built for the character than to show off an idea/concept. A rather infectious one at that.
Shown above is an example of an individual infected with a partially developed case of a disease known as the ‘Plagued Vines virus’, or, as it is more commonly referred to as, the ‘Zombie virus’.
The Plagued Vines virus is a highly infectious, fatal, highly adaptable, and near incurable disease.
As shown the individual carrying a partially developed case of the ‘Plagued Vines virus’ has suffered multiple physical changes. From heavy growth of a black, oily flesh-like organic material, metallic spikes and claws, the beginnings of various, randomly positioned extra limbs, and the emergence of the virus namesake, pitch black, vine-like veins beginning to emerge from the individuals various facial orifices.
As mentioned above, the vine-like veins that emerge from an infected individuals facial cavities are where the diseases namesake comes from. This is due to them regularly being the first physical changes an infected individuals undergoes, and the full activation of the diseases mental takeover,
A Plagued Vines infection is very difficult to detect before this initial physical development. This causes most cases of it to result in a fatal conclusion even when the rare cure is developed due to the emergence of these ‘vines’ indicating the hosts brain to have already been fully consumed.
Infected individuals show little sapience, but high sentience when alone, or in groups numbering less than 20. Creating crude traps/ambush locations, plans, and being able to track prey for long distances despite attempts to cover its tracks.
In groups of 20 and above it has been noted that infected individuals begin to develop varying degrees of sapience. Allowing for even greater efficiency in gathering food, and infecting others to further increase their packs size.
Fortunately in most cases the elimination of a quarter of the packs is usually enough to highly decrease their collective sapience, and half is enough to fully erase it.
Addendum: A pack of 90 infected individuals was discovered. This pack showed a much higher sapience than even an uninfected’s average, the ability to partially vocalise words, and were developing the materials needed to create various weapons, armours, and traps.
They were quickly eliminated, removing the possibility of further pack, and collective intelligence growth, but during this it was noted near two thirds of the pack had to be eliminated before they began to show a notable decrease in sapience. Fortunately once a loss of 3 quarters was reached a full decrease was noted.
Infected individuals display notable aggression towards others of their kind not in their designated ‘pack’, and a focus more on physical consumption, with a focus on meat and metal, which has been hypothesized as necessary to further the diseases physical growths, than spreading of their infection.
In truth the only reason the infection is as dangerous as it is, having required the destruction of entire galaxies to eliminate outbreaks of it, is because of how quickly it physically overtakes infected individuals that die. Requiring mere minutes to begin physical emergence, and revival of any killed by an infected individual that aren’t quickly burned.
Due to its highly adaptable nature it is nearly impossible to find a universal cure for the virus. The disease practically rewrites its genetic structure for every planet it shows up on.
The Plagued Vines virus is even more so dangerous due to how its outbreaks begin. All of which have been noted to be started soon after a successful meteor strike on the soon after virus ridden plant.
Its origins may be unknown, but the fact that this is a truly alien disease is not, and the danger its form of spreading poses, being near undetectable before outbreak, make it one of the most dangerous viruses out there.
And last, but oh so far from least, my favourite Moc of the bunch (discounting Lhikan’s trio who’ll have their own separate post), Tolzak, ‘skakdi’ of psionics.
AAAAHHH! I just can’t help but love her so much! Her builds greebles, colours, shaping, even the way her weapons store are all just so… perfect in my mind!
And, what’s even better, is the fact that she lets me use an AU I jokingly came up with a good while back after reading a certain what-if post about swapping species sizes, and took the base concept on my own odd little route.
A little hint right here and early is, as you’ll notice, Tolzak is rather… odd looking for a Skakdi.
A bit too tall. A bit too thin. A bit too… colourful. And then there’s here little… additions. Small, heel-esque structures naturally built into her feet, her odd, built in, hair like head adornment.
All things less so found in her species, than in a certain others.
Weapon/s: Tonfa style, curved blade, & dual throwing knives
Bio: Tolzak is an outlier for her species.
Where most Skakdi are cruel, violent, and aggressive, Tolzak is surprisingly calm, sociable, and at times even gentle with others around her.
This of course doesn’t mean she doesn’t mean she doesn’t have, nor show said typical Skakdi attributes. If anything she can at times be even worse than most of her species.
Tolzak typically acts as a sort of… hero in a way, or more-so a mercenary for higher with strict morals, aligned only with the ‘lighter’ end of said compass, and a willingness to both take jobs, and offer a hand in additional tasks she might spot without pay if the reasoning behind such is both reasonable, and honourable enough.
Now, while such may be an odd sight for the denizens of the standard bionicle-universe, for hers it is much less so.
Yes, you’ve read that right. Tolzak is actually a displaced denizen of a different universe, though she herself didn’t know that at first.
The universe Tolzak originally came from is an… odd one. Even for one of any connection to the bio!verse.
In her universe, to put it simply, everything has been reversed in a way.
Where in the main!verse The GSR is the species home, and Bara-Magna the world they’ve fled from in a way.
Where the Great Beings left themselves, and the other inhabitants of their planet to die while their creations lived and traveled.
Where the Toa were heroes, the Matoran their ‘universes’ keepers, and the Makuta, and all else villains.
All has been reversed in hers.
The GSR, while existent, was made not to act as a travelling, humanoid ‘ship’ from which their creations could live. No, it was made to preserve them. The Great Beings, the Agori, the Glatorian, any who were fortunate to make it in, while the rest remained upon the devastated planet with the GB’s creations.
To act as their new world until their old could be rebuilt.
That’s where the GSR’s species came into play. The Makuta to act as rebuilders of the environment, the repopulators of animals, the various other species the more hands on/detail workers, caretakers, and spreaders of the Makuta’s creations.
They were this universes ‘heroes’.
But this left the Matoran, the Toa and Turaga, the usual heroes requiring new roles.
More villainous roles.
They were the keepers of order, those who ensured everything went to the Great Beings plan, and if not, then those who would bring about a reset to it.
The reset is also where another difference between this universe, and the main differs. Where the original has its ‘world’ centered around the Ignika, the Mask of life, as that which keeps it alive, that resets it when needed, her world is centered around the Vahi, the mask of time, as its reset button.
The GB’s, upon the completion of their ‘saviours’, the GSR and their worlds rebuilders, created an additional device which they activated upon their departure.
A large, indestructible machine, hidden behind barriers only their Toa should’ve been able to pass, and designed to use their two strongest masks, the Vahi, and the Ignika, to reset all life, and the world itself back to its ‘original’ (i.e. the time of the machine’s activation) point whenever their creations begin going against their plans, and to add minor… changes to said beings in attempt to gain different results.
During these reiterations a point eventually came where the GB’s creations were made more organic, to a degree they truthfully were not that far from the remaining Agori and Glatorians in their ‘mechanics to organics’ mix.
In fact they were at such a similar level that they gained the genetic functions needed to physically reproduce in but a handful of further reiterations. A useful, and apparently permanent achievement seeing as how the GB truly had no way to otherwise repopulate the species if they died off beyond a full global reset.
But with this newfound ability soon came the possibility of hybrids.
You head that right folks! Hybrids of the various species came into being in this universe, Tolzak being one of them. A Skakdi Vortixx hybrid at that, which does help explain her physical differences in comparison to a ‘proper’ Skakdi.
Tolzak was sent to her current universe, one of the more standard ones during one of the numerous attempts at resistance seemingly every ‘reset’ has happen once the Toa are sent down to begin it.
During her ‘generation’, Brutaka, Axonn, and a good number of others had defected from the Order of Mata-Nui (OOMN), the organization now dedictaed to ensuring the Great Beings wills are successfully followed, even if that means they themselves most lose all.
As is to be expected though for such a group, many tend to defect, and resist their will once it comes down to the choice of initiating a reset.
While they failed in their attempts, as was truthfully usual, Brutaka decided to attempt to save at least one member of their resistance, already fatally wounded himself, before the Toa succeeded.
He chose Tolzak. Just barely managing to drop her through a portal into a separate universe as the Toa activated the Great Beings machine. This left her, while physically unchanged beyond some ‘youthening’, mentally muddied. Much of her memories shattered, hazy, and otherwise unrecallable upon her awakening.
This is also why she so readily allowed herself to fall under the moniker of, ‘just an odd Skakdi’. At the time she herself didn’t known otherwise, and while she has regained much of her memory, having pieced together what she could, and slowly been clearing up and recalling the rest, enough to remember she is not a true member of her current universe, and her hybrid status, she still is more than ready to continue carrying said moniker.
It is truly a much easier option than attempting to explain the truth of her origins, and the actual reason behind her physical ‘oddities’.
So far Tolzak’s world has gone through near 500 000 separate reiterations, though she herself came from the 35 372nd reiteration, and upon her ‘escape’ from the world was never reborn.
Also, here’s a little bit of a closer look at her weapon storage, and just why I find it so… perfect.
I mean, heck! Look at it! Everything’s perfectly aligned, her curved blade is stably positioned, and I can even fit its cross axle in right there at the top due to the Metru torso’s build!