Hello there! As a little gift to all of my commenters, I'm releasing this how-to on Curatos' headgear after the Guardian received 20 (plus 6) likes. It's rather simple and it works well for its purpose, so hopefully this little how-to will explain it as best as possible. Oh, and I apologize in advance for such crappy pictures: the lighting here didn't do me justice this time.
Enjoy! And if you have questions, please feel free to leave a comment.
Here is the Guardian himself, waving to all of his fans. He volunteered to have his head chopped off and disassembled for you guys. (he's a nice guy, isn't he?)
All the parts needed.
Start with the common Mata head. Because of his shadow element i decided to make his head black, but anyone planning to make him can experiment with head and eye colors as need be.
Attach his helmet, and the 4-length rod.
Attach these two pieces like so.
Take the two claws, and attach them together with the 3-hole length half-beam.
Use the 2-axle half beam and the 2 length rod, and insert them into the middle hole.
Then attach this piece.
Using the other open axle hole in the 2-axle half beam, insert it into the piece attached to the head, and there you go. The claws will have to be bent out a bit to get it around the mask, but it should return to its original state once it's around the head.
What it looks like from this angle.
The rest of the pieces are for accessory. Curatos himself has a gold 1x2 grille on his left ear, and the black 1x2 Aqua Raiders scale piece on the right ear. These are attached to the two holes in the claw pieces.
From this side.
And remember this piece, left open? I also use it as an accessory thing.
Curatos has a silver bionicle tooth located here. It fits perfectly into the mold of Lhikan masks (but not some others), so that's why I used it.
Without the mask. The headgear, although a bit tight, can fit other masks. Here are two examples:
The Mahiki. The mask can be a bit loose, but the claw ends keep it in place.
The Huna. As you can see, the enlarged cheeks of the Huna interfere with the lower claw ends (see how they bend out?), but otherwise it fits. The claws are somewhat flexible, so chances are they won't break and you should be fine.
And that's it! Hopefully that wasn't too difficult, or too vague, my knowledge of Technic connector pieces is a bit nonexistant. For all of you self moc builders, here it is!