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Hello there, BZPeoples! I have an unnamed guy for you to marvel at! But he's not here for you to drool over his glorious guns, or his perfectly toned legs. Back view Front view (without armor) Side view (without arm) So, a while back, I played around with making my own version of the new gearbox. The result was something that would fir a slightly smaller figure (Protector-sized, perhaps?). However, I didn't have the necessary parts on hand to make that work. So, I upgraded it into this. You see, I'm not a fan of how LEGO designed the 2015 sets with arms that seem to float behind their heads. So, I aimed to make something more anatomically correct, with the arms just one stud away from where they should be instead of three. This is the result. As you can see, it's much more compact than the 2015 sets, while retaining the exact same amount of mobility within the gear function. List of improvements: --torso is a bit longer; Unlike any of the Toa, this does not make the limbs look gangly or over-sized in comparison --Shoulders are actually on the torso, coming out just under the neck, where they should be --doesn't include useless, empty ball joints. Here's a video to show that it does work. So, there you go. I would have given him a weapon, but I've been unable to find anything that really matches his aesthetic. I'll also be trying other configurations later on. Maybe I'll try to perfect that smaller figure I almost started with. Gallery (when public) Comments? Criticism? Cookies?
He has style, detail, and creativity, but best of all, he has GEAR FUNCTIONS!!! Deflecto - The Dark Guardian (BFTGM entry) Main multi-picture in Super HD - Main front view - Back - Side - Closeup of face Gear function angle 1 - Gear function angle 2 - Gear function angle 3 Blades in held & unheld modes - Blade stored on back - Blade stored on back 2 Both blades stored on back seen from front - Both blades stored on back as seen from back You can store the axle extenders on the weapons when not in use - Or use them as Furno 2.0 goggles Monocle Deflecto - Another look at a blade w. an axle extender stored on it Size comparison to Zigben - to Ventox - to Ventox with neck extended - to Pohatu Mata & Pohatu Nuva Deflecto VS. Pohatu Mata - Deflecto VS. Pohatu Nuva - A trick to get the boulder to stick to Deflecto's blade This picture took perfect timing and a good flash & shutter speed Deflecto with a Kakama Nuva - Deflecto with a Kakama Nuva in a creepy stare Brickshelf Gallery Gallery showing the MOCs structure & inner-workings Gallery showing alternate gearbox-less version Gallery showing visual story Story/Background: Deflecto is an ancient mechanical warror built long ago. He was once a great guardian of Okoto, but was corrupted by an unknown force, turning him into a cold, merciless hunter seeking power. His sole mission is to gain possession of the Mask of Ultimate Power, so he can take control of Okoto and rule with a literally cold iron fist. Deflecto is fully mechanical and possesses quick reflexes, and he can calculate and estimate what his opponents will do next and decide what is the best way to defeat him. The more you fight him, the more he learns your fighting style, and the more he will be able to counter it. He wields 2 mythical weapons known as the Blades of Avlanka, which can deflect nearly any form of projectile or elemental power. It can even absorb some of the power and then shoot it back out. So if a Toa of Fire sent a large blast of fire at the blades, they would deflect some of the elemental power and absorb the rest. The blades could then be used to send the power back at the Toa of Fire. The Blades of Avlanka are also very sharp, and can cut through nearly anything. Deflecto also has special laser eyes that can shoot a variety of rays & lasers, ranging from acting as a flashlight to providing X-ray vision to firing powerful energy beams. Deflecto's armor is made of a hard metal alloy consisting of silver, titanium, & platinum, which cannot be penetrated by most weapons. His main weaknesses are his gear-system & slowness. His ancient, mechanical inner-workings are exposed in one spot on his back, and damaging this section will cause Deflecto to be weakened, especially in his arms. His arms are able to spin as fast a saw blade, but damaging his gear-system will cause his arms to be slowed down and weakened. Although his arms are able to move and fight dangerously quickly, Deflecto cannot run very fast, as his legs are quite heavy and are old and rusty. Deflecto's logic systems have determined that the best way to obtain the Mask of Ultimate Power will be to first gain the Golden Skull Spider mask, so he can use the Skull Spiders to defeat and take control of all who oppose him, building up an army that none will be able to resist. He once encountered dimension-and-time-travelling Pohatu Mata and Pohatu Nuva, who had come on a mission to rescue Onua Nuva, Lewa Mata, & Lewa Nuva, who had all come to the Okotoverse to find and capture a villain called Vezon or something... the 3 ended up fighting and getting defeated by 2 dangerous villains known as Zigben & Ventox. When the Pohatus tried to rescue them, they encountered Deflecto, who, upon seeing that they were both wearing Masks of Speed, attacked them with all his strength and power. Pohatu Mata & Pohatu Nuva fought hard, and tried to use large rocks and boulders to stop Deflecto, but the rocks just bounced off of his blades and knocked them out, and they ended up having their masks knocked off, too. And before they could try to fight back and regain their masks, Zigben & Ventox showed up, and they were beat up even more, and left to live so they could, as Zigben said, "tell others about us and spread fear across the island." Zigben also decided he would finish them off later, and left them with their weapons so their defeat "wouldn't be too boring." Deflecto saw the 2 villains as a tool to help him obtain the Golden Skull Spider mask, and joined the now-trio of villains. Zigben promised Deflecto he would give him control over the Stone region of Okoto, but he doesn't intend to live up to his promise, and intends to destroy both Ventox & Zigben. And Deflecto doesn't intend to let Zigben obtain the Golden Skull Spider mask for himself. Knowing Ventox probably intends to betray Zigben and try to poison him, he will take advantage of this and claim the mask for himself while the two fight. He will then use the Skull Spiders to attack & eliminate Zigben & Ventox, using his blades to deflect their attacks. FUN FACT: "Deflecto" is Latin for "deflect", and "avlänka" is Swedish for "deflect". This is my 3rd BFTGM entry. Yes, he does feature an arm gear function, which works as well as the new 2015 sets in that is has full flexibility and does not cause floppy arms! One of my favorite parts of building this MOC was coming up with creative uses for the HF gun & foot pieces! Yes, I know what you're thinking, it's weird that he's using the HF chest armor add-on. I used that because it was the only silver armor I had that looked right, and it seemed to fit the style of the character. Think of the "H" as being a symbol put there when he was built, signifying his now-former status as a heroic guardian. Please feel free to like, comment, and criticize!
So we've already seen topics on what launcher we all like best, be it the Zamor Sphere Launchers or the Midak Skyblasters, but what about the ammunition types? If you were given the choice of a weapon, and it's ammo, which would you choose? (this only applies to story versions of the weapon, how it functions in real life doesn't count.) The given choices are: -Bamboo disks -Kanoka disks (any known power or metru variation) -Rhotuka Spinners (any known power) -Zamor Spheres (any known power) -Vampiric Sea Squid -Explosive Cordak Missiles -Midak Skyblaster Light Spheres -Nynrah Ghostblaster Missiles (original or adaptive armor variation) -Thornax fruit One may argue the Krana cuz they can be thrown at enemies, but they're not necessarily weapon ammo, so they're a maybe. But anyway, let me know what you guys prefer, let's have fun with this eh?