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Ballad of the Metru

Arcee

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I've always felt the Toa Metru were sort of unsung heroes of Bionicle. The Toa Mata have nostalgia value, the Toa Inika paved the way for the final years of the line, but that leaves the Metru sort of behind, as the goofy angst-ridden protagonist of two pretty goofy films.

 

But looking at the sets, I realize why I loved them so much as a kid. The masks, to start off, invoke the same mythical feel the Mata masks had without the weird organic look of the Nuva masks. They truly looked like something pulled from a cyberpunk fantasy. Special props to the Matatu and the Rau.

 

Next, the level of detail in each element. Completely unmatched by any other wave's unique elements, the torso and armor and forearm/shins had a really intricate level of detail--tiny pistons and rivets that really made them feel like they belonged on the futuristic dystopia Metru Nui. The torso may have been gratuitously single-use and call to mind Knight's Kingdom or Galidor more than the constraction we're used to, but which torso did have a practical use? It was probably the worst torso in terms of practicality (what was up with the diagonal rotation?) but it definitely looked the nicest IMO.

 

And most importantly, the elements that introduced a new sort of articulation to Bionicle. It really started with the Rahkshi, but the Metru really introduced the ease of knee and elbow articulation through those double socket parts. Plus those pelvis connections. The Metru really took what the Rahkshi had right and refined it into a perfect format.

 

I really love the Metru, even though there were some funky design choices.

 

This blog entry is officially a Metru appreciation station.

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Actually, I've seen a LOT of praise for the Toa Metru, both as characters and as sets. The characters are praised for getting much more character development than the Mata in a shorter span of time. The sets are praised for having better articulation than the Toa Mata and less exaggerated proportions than the Toa Inika (although their shoulders were exaggeratedly wide, and Nokama, Nuju, and Lhikan had arms that were disproportionately small compared to their elongated torsos). Some of them also had dual-function weapons just like the Toa Nuva, although some like Nuju's and Whenua's became a lot more abstract in terms of what they were supposed to be.

The biggest fault of the Toa Metru, in my opinion, was that they had fairly bland, repetitive builds and color schemes. And their mask designs, proportions, and color schemes had little in common with the Turaga versions of the characters from 2001 — without knowing the character names, it'd be almost impossible to recognize that they were different versions of the same character.

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Actually, I've seen a LOT of praise for the Toa Metru, both as characters and as sets. The characters are praised for getting much more character development than the Mata in a shorter span of time. The sets are praised for having better articulation than the Toa Mata and less exaggerated proportions than the Toa Inika (although their shoulders were exaggeratedly wide, and Nokama, Nuju, and Lhikan had arms that were disproportionately small compared to their elongated torsos). Some of them also had dual-function weapons just like the Toa Nuva, although some like Nuju's and Whenua's became a lot more abstract in terms of what they were supposed to be.

 

The biggest fault of the Toa Metru, in my opinion, was that they had fairly bland, repetitive builds and color schemes. And their mask designs, proportions, and color schemes had little in common with the Turaga versions of the characters from 2001 — without knowing the character names, it'd be almost impossible to recognize that they were different versions of the same character.

 

Huh, well I guess I usually only see apathy or dislike toward the sets, which made me feel like I should stick up for my childhood faves, haha. Could be that I haven't been on BZP much lately and popular opinion has changed in the past several years.

 

The characters do seem like the most popular though for sure. I'm not sure if I'd consider them my favorite Toa team because I really love the Nuva and Mahri as well and I don't think I can pick favorites!

 

I do agree on your reasons why the sets are flawed though. Clone sets are always sort of boring IMO, and the Metru were some of the worst. Build variance was, what, an extra stud at the waist or a different neck orientation to make them slightly taller or shorter?

 

I would have really loved a very tall and lanky Onewa and a short but frail Whenua, and a short but stocky Matau. I guess the colors can't be helped much because Lego was going for a darker aesthetic, but using the Toa Mata's secondary colors as the Turaga's primary colors would've also carried over to their Toa forms I think.

 

One thing I'd do if I could make the Turaga/Metru designs more harmonious with one another is add a scope to Turaga Nuju's mask, since it's such a strong element to his Toa design.

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