Now I'm tired and ready to sleep... after some homework... and after I posted this. Second to last in my series of 07 remakes... and one of the better ones at that.
Hewkii was my favorite Mahri, although I was the first to admit that his set was lacking. But it was so unique and had so much potential... well, I've tried to bring out some of that potential here.
First of all, forget shot Hewkii. He got to be nice and tall as an Inika, he should stay that way as a Mahri. Thus, his arm and leg sockets were switched around, giving him better proportion. His Piraka body is flipped around so it's facing the correct side, although his head still had to be connected on the outside or else it doesn't work. With shorter shoulders comes a change in shoulder armor. Well, the spears on the side aren't gonna cut it this time around, so I ditched them. The Cordak holders are nice though, but don't fit with the arms... let's move them down to those bare legs (cause I ditched the spiked ball pieces as armor here). Now it's like Hewkii has ammo hanging off his belt as if he were in an old western movie... or something. It doesn't bulk his leg up at all, like regular knee armor should, but it gives a better feel than just bare sockets.
Now, back up to the arms. Well, let's just connect those Lego chains from his arms to his back, Inika style. Yeah, that works. But we still have those spiked ball pieces... how about lower body armor? I couldn't think of anyplace else to put them, so there works. They kind of restrict the hip joints, but it's not too unnatural. Now, for weapons. The Cordak is just fine where it is... as said before, Hewkii has the coolest connection ('cept for maybe the Hannah crab). Better yet, he can backhand people with that arm, turning that bulky blaster into an effective club. Hey, I had fun using it that way. Now, his other hand has that cool spear... but wait, we still have those shoulder spears. Hmm, when placed on either end of the hand, they resemble a bow. Now if only I had a long spear to be used as an arrow... but wait, I DO! Now Hewkii's got an underwater bow, which just looks completely awesome in my opinion. Sure, it doesn't work, and I don't even think it'll be too useful underwater, but it just looks soooo cool. So I'm keeping it.
I liked this remodel of Hewkii so much, I brought it to my dorm, to hang out with Pohatu Newva and Thok on my dresser. This is what I think the Mahri should've looked like... or something close to this. It's not a new and stunning Toa set, true, but it's better than the original. Best of all, this one is only uses pieces from the original... so you can recreate Hewkii like this if you have him at all, with no extra pieces necessary. Now I'd like to see the Barraki try and beat on him now. (Well, he's not that much more powerful, and looks don't always help in a battle, so maybe that's stretching it a bit too much.) So rebuild your Hewkii today!
As a side note, the construction of his bow inspired me to include a bow and arrow option for Treglar's weapon in my latest epic. Since that option won, it'll be great to see just what a Toa of Stone can do with such a Toa tool.
One more tomorrow... who will it be?