Zakarath is as a whole a vast improvement on the original, but I must say I prefer the lower legs on the original more; the gold doesn't quite match the other gold, which I'd imagine was a big factor for changing it, but it has a nicer shape than the Metru foot attached to the Piraka leg does. The lower arms are similarly distracting, but not to the same extent. I love the use of blades all over, though. The stickers are a nice touch, too. The idea of using stickers on pieces they weren't intended for has never occurred to me.
The biggest improvement on Hakeahu to me is the torso. The original almost feels rectangular, while the revamped torso has much better shaping. The lower legs are an excellent use of the HF 2010 leg cladding, a piece I thought almost unusable. The hands are good, though it appears the thumb still comes from the center of his palm, which is a minor annoyance. The shoulders are good on both the original and the revamp, but on the revamp you managed to improve upon them excellently. tbh I couldn't tell what the mustache was until you said it was a mustache, but it's an interesting touch.
Excellent work! I don't think I've ever posted in one of your MOC topics before but your MOCs have always been an inspiration to me.
Thanks for the detailed critique! First of all, I agree with you that the Sir Danju armor pieces from the old Zakarath are very nicely shaped, but the slightly different gold color just stood out too much to me after a while. That's why I stuck with the pearl light gold pieces on his lower arms, even though they bulge, and with the black Toa Metru feet on his thighs, even though they could use more gold. But I'm glad that you like my use of the cut Chima stickers to add a little more gold.
As for Hakeahu version 2, I tried to be creative for his lower legs, and I think it pretty much worked. Also, you are right about his body -- it is an immense improvement over the original. (Rubber band holders were a bad idea on the old version, I admit.) His hands are not particularly realistic, to be sure, but I could not for the life of me get him to hold that axe with his thumb attached in a more realistic way (to the side of his palm, with the socket piece facing upward). And yes, I am glad that you approve of Hakeahu's Dali 'stache.
Finally, I am flattered that you have found my MOCs to be a source of inspiration, so many thanks!
Normally I'm the one who says that line to LEGO mavens like retinence, Roa McToa, and Darth Vader.
I must say that these are some pretty epic titan MOCs you have made. I adore Zakarath overall and consider him near flawless. I love the use of the Irnakk spine and I'd also to congratulate you on even simply owning this rare gem. Hakeahu looks great in his overall design, but I think the weapon he had back when he was in original form looked better on him. In the end, Ballom, you have outdid yourself and have made some fantastic titans.
Why thank you! I couldn't agree more: Irnakk was a lovely set with an awesome recolor on the Thok spine. But what is it that you find off-putting about Hakeahu's new axe? Is it the new pommel, or the spiked top, or the thicker head?