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01 The Toa Mata - Revamped
The heroes of Mata Nui re-imagined for the modern day.
About this creation
In creating these revamps, I intended to mimic the appearance of the original sets, combined with the appearance of the Toa in both the early comics and MNOG.


Tahu, the leader of the Toa Mata, has 18 points of articulation.

Not quite sure what I was trying to achieve with this pose, to be honest.

Slightly more casual than the usual depictions, resting his sword over his shoulder to highlight the articulation in the weapon arm.

I was going for a lava-surfing pose here, but didn't quite capture it. If I still had photoshop I might have played around with it.

Kopaka is structurally very similar to Tahu, as per the original sets.

Again, the awkward posing owes more to my lack of photography skill than the model's limitations, but here I was attempting to show Kopaka in a Hoplite-inspired fighting style.

The Leader and the Lancer. I love the interactions between these two, and their not-quite-obvious friendship.
I've always envisioned them fighting together like this, with Kopaka being more reluctant to get into the thick of a fight, taking a more loose but ready position, while Tahu takes a high guard, ready to charge aggressively.

Pohatu was difficult to realise, given his inverted construction. Getting the parts in brown and tan was also quite expensive.

The Toa of Stone also has 18 points of articulation, but his arms are a little more limited than most.

He can manage quite a decent kick, and yes, he can balance on one leg.

I left off Pohatu's 'butt gear', as I never felt it really looked good. The others' look more like backpacks, but Pohatu's was just... not great.

Here with Onua, showing the two elements that probably didn't need two Toa and tribes of Matoran, but hey, I'm not complaining. Much happier with six Toa than four.

Here with Kopaka, showing he's a little on the short side, as per his original incarnation.

The two friends. The interactions between Kopaka and Pohatu were always incredibly charming, with Pohatu trying to break down Kopaka's walls, and Kopaka playing the straight-man.

Onua, Toa of Earth, has always been an interesting character to me. I like the fact that he's slow but wise, rather than just the dumb muscle.

Ready to knock some heads, or summon an orb of energy as per the final battle in MNOG.

He stand quite well, and manages to pull off the hunchback look without it detracting from his presence.

Here the back of the Toa build can be seen. It's relatively standard across the board, excepting Pohatu, who uses a slightly tweaked form of this.

The Toa of Air, and the acrobat of the team, who is nearly identical, build-wise, to Kopaka.

Here I was attempting to mimic his crouched pose from some of the short CGI clips from the promotional CDs, but I couldn't quite replicate it. While the build is highly poseable, it still suffers from some limitations.

The double-jointed elbow allows for a fantastic range of motion, and the whole build allows all the Toa to be put in a variety of action poses.

I had to use a few black parts on Lewa's build, since they either didn't come in green, or were prohibitively expensive.

The heart of the team, Toa of Water Gali. My first Bionicle, too.

Here squaring up to box a Tarakarva.

Preparing for a dive off a cliff to the waters below.

A more generic fighting pose. I deliberately used the old three-way connector with ball joint as weapon-holding hands across the board, even for Onua and Gali, as I feel those parts came to represent hands in the Bionicle figures, and it makes more sense that Gali holds two hook weapons than has two hooks for hands.

Gali and Lewa together, as a sub-team.

The six Toa heroes all together again, ready for anything.

4th Wall:
I built these ages ago, but feel they ought to be put here for the sake of posterity. Ultimately though, I feel that MOCPages is more or less on the way out. Most of the older builders have either abandoned here completely or mainly post on Flickr, like me. The site's fallen into dis-repair, and I have to fight with the uploader to achieve anything. Oh well.



Comments

 I made it 
  July 20, 2017
Quoting Tony Snyder I still have all my originals and this is a great revamp of the original six. My only question is is can you add the Toa Nuva armor to these and the masks as well?
Thanks :) I've been thinking about the Nuva. The shoulders and masks go on fine, but the chest piece clips the edges of the torso, so I'm going to try designing another one for the Nuva
 I like it 
  June 28, 2017
I still have all my originals and this is a great revamp of the original six. My only question is is can you add the Toa Nuva armor to these and the masks as well?
 I made it 
  June 12, 2017
Quoting Daniel J Great builds, really remind me of the style of the original toa. Also, what is MNOG?
Glad they turned out well :) MNOG is the Mata Nui Online Game, the original piece of Bionicle Media. It's a point and click adventure that's absolutely fantastic from a story telling point of view, as well as being artistically beautiful. It's available on a variety of websites, and was always free.
 I made it 
  June 12, 2017
Quoting Ben Cossy So cool! Love the torsos on these guys having similarities to Mata torsos. The black on Pohatu is awesome, he's probably my favourite
I'm glad you like them. Pohatu was tricky to get right - I had to play around with the arms quite a bit. Thanks for the comment
 I like it 
  June 11, 2017
Great builds, really remind me of the style of the original toa. Also, what is MNOG?
 I like it 
  June 10, 2017
So cool! Love the torsos on these guys having similarities to Mata torsos. The black on Pohatu is awesome, he's probably my favourite
 I like it 
  May 29, 2017
Genius!
 I like it 
  May 29, 2017
Beautiful! They look very modern, but still keep the asthetic of the original Toa! Great work!
 I made it 
  May 25, 2017
Quoting Wertman 8 Very nice- they look quite flexy and sleek, while keeping true to the general aesthetic of the original sets- the limb designs get very creative here, too- I like how you primarily used technic. My one nitpick is that the torsos don't exactly seem stable. Other than that, this is pretty cool!
Hey, long time no see :) The torso is actually very stable, except in the connections of the shoulder socket to the main body, where the distance is 2.5 studs so I had to stretch a 2 axle across the gap. Glad you like them :)
 I like it 
  May 25, 2017
Excellent revamps!
 I like it 
  May 25, 2017
Very nice- they look quite flexy and sleek, while keeping true to the general aesthetic of the original sets- the limb designs get very creative here, too- I like how you primarily used technic. My one nitpick is that the torsos don't exactly seem stable. Other than that, this is pretty cool!
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Tristan .
  May 24, 2017
Good to see something from you around here, MOCpages' current state aside. Nice to see the whole team back together, too. Well done.
 
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