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Hey there everyone! Soooo the battle for the gold mask has got me pretty pumped! After a month of building, I'm finally ready to show off my entry. Allow me to present Makuta: Master of the Forge! To be honest, I kind of misunderstood the contest theme at first. I thought the goal was to build THE villain of Bionicle (AKA Makuta), and not just any villain we could think up. By the time I noticed that the other entries were NOT just a bunch of Makutas, I had already drawn up a bunch of ideas for my Makuta. Whoops. I decided to go along with the designs I already had instead of starting from scratch again. The new Makuta is a mask-maker along with his brother Ekimu, so I tried to give him a "blacksmith" feel with the hammer along with the longer armor around the hips, sort of resembling a smock/apron. Welcome to Makuta's workbench! In case you couldn't tell, he likes making eeeeeevil masks. I wanted him to exude power, strength, and evil-ness without looking like a beast; after all, the Makuta we knew and loved was highly intelligent and laid careful, fiendish plans, attributes that I thought a “beast” look wouldn’t convey properly. The result was a Makuta without claws, fangs or horns. Being a mask-maker ain't easy, especially when everyone keeps telling you that your brother's masks are better. A gallery with a few more pictures is available here, if you care to look. That's all for now! See you all in the competition! (Although, I guess we won't even know how the competition is going until the results are announced... I'll see you all around anyway!) Shad