Hey everyone! Posting my first topic on these boards to present my take on the first Toa herself, Helryx.
In order to create a look that would appear unfamiliar and ancient to Takanuva, I integrated System and Slizer/Throwbot elements into the design rather than using more contemporary BIONICLE armour pieces.
The faulds are meant to evoke the look of warriors from our own ancient past.
I gave her a dark blue colour scheme as I always thought of her as a darker, more severe character, given her self-exemption from the Toa Code and the lengths she’s willing to go to accomplish her duty.
Her eyes and heart light are trans-light blue, to help tie the exclusively dark blue scheme more closely to her being a Toa of Water.
The body underneath the armor is predominantly Technic / BIONICLE, and is reminiscent of the Toa Mata with the back and shoulder gears, waist coil, head, and two-fingered hands.
I wanted her to have a thin frame to keep with her being described as frail, but I also wanted her to appear imposing and capable.
The internal structure is mostly light bluish gray, dark bluish gray, and black, in order to give it an aged look.
Her weapons use silver elements to represent the use of Protosteel.
The mace can easily be converted from a bludgeon to a flail.
The shield design is a throwback to the sea-faring vikings. By convenience, the eight-pronged design ended up looking somewhat like a compass rose.
The figure has 18 points of articulation, counting the swivel waist and one at each finger. In addition, five sections of the faulds are mounted on hinges and clips in order to allow movement. The ankle flaps can also be positioned to suit the tilt of the ankle.
This figure is almost the same height as a canister set, with the height above Inika Matora being attributed to the mask.
Just for fun, here’s a comparison with the Helryx MOC I made back in 2009. The design has very little in common, bar the colour scheme and chain mace, which I used as a base for the new one.
Save for the 3D-printed mask, all parts used in this MOC are authentic, unpainted LEGO pieces.
I used KhingK’s Mask of Psychometry, which can be found here:
Additional pictures can be found on imgur:
Thanks for checking out my MOC and good luck to all entrants!
UPDATE (02/08/2020): Instructions, Bricklink Part List, and Stud.io Render
For those interested in building physically, be aware that the shoulder joints have trouble holding the weight of the weapons in higher positions, but most positions are possible with enough effort.
For those interested in building in Studi.io, note that the technic connector blocks used for the shoulders are missing the ball socket connection point, so I used the one from SwampKryakwa’s pack on Reddit, found here:
Step 25 – Studs on the bottom two brackets connect to anti-studs in the plates, while studs on the top two brackets connect to tubes in the plates, leaving a thin gap between lower and upper brackets
Step 33 – Not a connection, just sits there at this step
Step 38 – Not a connection, just sits there at this step
Step 42 – Red whisks are placeholders for flat silver 40598c Larger Blunt Grenade Tips, not currently available in Stud.io
Steps 44 and 46 – Technic ½ pins should be left loose in holes, allowing adjustment for fitment of chest armor
Step 49 – Illegal connection warning: not fully inserted, tight fit with slight bend, some pressure on axle connector and claw
Steps 57 and 65 – Illegal connection: Technic ½ pins can be secured more tightly by T pieces
Step 73 – Armor will need to be repositioned for proper fit
Step 79 – Red liftarms are placeholders for pearl light gray 54177 Spiked Ball Halves, not available in Stud.io