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#1 Offline Taipu1

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Posted Mar 25 2013 - 05:25 PM

This is what I think to be a very difficult question.  What do you think are the best and worst masks in terms of design.  By this I mean comparing them as if they are all powerless, and of the same colour, and have no storyline significance.

 

For the worst Mask, I eventually concluded '03 Hau Nuva.  I never liked it much, and it doesn't really suit many MOCs.

 

The best was a tricky decision, as a lot of different masks went through my head.  I settled on the '01 Noble Huna.  The shape is so unique, and I think it looks brilliant on builds of all sizes. 

 

I'd be interested to hear what everyone else thinks though, as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I reckon a lot of people will have a different favourite, and probably disagree with my opinion on the worst.


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Posted Mar 25 2013 - 05:47 PM

As for best, I would probably say the Volitak. Yes its overused bit I just find it so amazing. Just wish they did on on black(No, not a batman reference)

 

As for worst, it would have to be the Noble Rau. It just looks like a fat, bold, Chinese man.


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Posted Mar 25 2013 - 06:55 PM

the best, in my opinion, was the original 2003 Avohkii. it was a good design, and giving that there were....three different types of it that weren't on any other set other than takanuva and Makuta(sorta), LEGO, I think, liked the design and kept it along the lines of that for all the others that had any version of it.

 

the worst mask was the Olmak. it was simply too big to be used in MOCing effectively as a mask without making a titan-proportioned character.


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Posted Mar 25 2013 - 07:35 PM

For the best(a hard one), I would say the the Miru. It's like a happy face.For the worst I would say Hahli's Elda. It just looks really ugly with the "moustache".
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Posted Mar 25 2013 - 08:21 PM

BEST: Hau

 

WORST: Elda


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Posted Mar 25 2013 - 08:46 PM

Best: Kakama.

 

Worst: Hahli Inika's mask.


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Posted Mar 25 2013 - 09:36 PM

Best: the original Miru. I always see it as some kind of smily face. Worst: the Garai. I just don't like the design.
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Posted Mar 26 2013 - 12:25 AM

Best: Faxon

 

Worst:Elda (inika)


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Posted Mar 26 2013 - 07:15 AM

The worst is easy: Garai. It is ugly in all possible ways. Of course the Elda is also hideous, but I still think the Garai is even worse.

 

The best is more difficult. I think the old masks from 2001 all had very unique, thoroughly thought designs. This doesn't mean that the 2004 Metru masks were any worse, though.

 

I'm gonna settle with the Kaukau, because it's transparent and shiny it has a feeling to it other masks lack. It was the only Kanohi designed on a computer, maybe that is the difference?


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Posted Mar 26 2013 - 07:50 AM

Worst is the Elda. It's just ugly. I never minded the Garai at all, surprisingly. I think it's cool and unique.

 

Best is the Hau Mistika for coolness, or the Kraahkan for double face.


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Posted Mar 26 2013 - 09:56 AM

I agree with the above with respect to best. But as for worst, I think that the Ultimate Dume Kraahkan was the worst mask ever. It lacks appropriate connection points to any other head design. Plus, it isn't all that versatile for MOCing.
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Posted Mar 26 2013 - 10:57 AM

Best is the Vahi(Simple, but effective. Also, TIME TRAVUUUL)Worst is all of the Iginka masks(Not compatible with normal heads and they are far too ugly to be true.), but the Elda is the worst.
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Posted Mar 26 2013 - 03:53 PM

Don't you mean the Inika masks? And by the way, the Kadin looks amazing in my humble opinion...And the Sanok isn't that bad-looking. On a separate note, who else thinks the Black Phantom helmet looks a lot like a Sanok? A smaller, maybe modified Sanok? Anyone?

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Posted Mar 26 2013 - 04:07 PM

Don't you mean the Inika masks? And by the way, the Kadin looks amazing in my humble opinion...And the Sanok isn't that bad-looking. On a separate note, who else thinks the Black Phantom helmet looks a lot like a Sanok? A smaller, maybe modified Sanok? Anyone?:tohu:

Actually, we only mean the Elda :D.

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Posted Mar 26 2013 - 04:22 PM

I was replying to Vahki-Nui...


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Posted Mar 26 2013 - 05:01 PM

Sorry, I didn't see his post and therefore didn't realize that.
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Posted Mar 26 2013 - 05:40 PM

Gali Nuva's mask. Looks like a cow. O.o


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Posted Mar 26 2013 - 06:40 PM

Gali Nuva's mask. Looks like a cow. O.o

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Posted Mar 27 2013 - 03:13 AM

Gali Nuva's mask. Looks like a cow. O.o

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Cow? That¨s a first one - before I've only heard of "pig". :P

 

But what difference does it make, a farm animal nevertheless.


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Posted Mar 27 2013 - 08:34 AM

 

Gali Nuva's mask. Looks like a cow. O.o

I knew I wasn't the only one!

 

Cow? That¨s a first one - before I've only heard of "pig". :P

 

But what difference does it make, a farm animal nevertheless.

I always thought it looked like a Gorilla

 

On another note, I dont see why so many people hate the Elda. 


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Posted Mar 27 2013 - 09:09 AM

Well, it's sort of a mix.


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Posted Mar 27 2013 - 10:11 AM

Worst: 2008 Kaukau(Gali Nuva's mistika mask), Maxilos's facemask and most of the 03 nuva mask except lewa and kopaka.

 

Best: 2004 Toa Onewa Great Komau of mind control had a simplistic yet awesome design.


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Posted Mar 28 2013 - 07:51 PM

BEST: Adaptive Miru

WORST: '03 Avohkii, it is SO overused.


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Posted Mar 30 2013 - 10:27 AM

I would say the best is the Ignika. It has one of my favourite designs. But only in its Gold and Silver variants, not the horrid Glatorian one.

 

Worst, I would be VERY hard-pressed. So Instead I'll just list all the ones I consider the worst:All Glatorian helmets (not technically masks, but I despised the head design)The Elda, which makes Hahli look like she has a moustache,The sky-adapted Akaku, which looks nothing like its original or Nuva design

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Posted Mar 31 2013 - 10:32 AM

Does the 03 rahkshi head count? If so, than it's definitely the best. It goes perfectly with any size MOC. If not, then the 01 noble Huna. As for the worst, I'll pick, like hundreds of other bionicle fans, the Elda. It looks horrible, and being an inika mask doesn't help.


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Posted Mar 31 2013 - 05:20 PM

Best is the Great Huna. It just looks awesome.

 

Worst is the Voltiak. Bleaugh, it looks like someone melted an old-fashioned diving helmet.


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Posted Mar 31 2013 - 11:39 PM

I think the worst was the noble miru on tamna.

The best is the mask of light.


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Posted Apr 02 2013 - 11:22 AM

The best - Akaku.

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Posted Apr 24 2013 - 05:11 PM

Worst mask... As a MOCer, I should tell you all that there isn't supposed to be a worst mask, since all masks (like regular parts) have nigh unlimited potential for MOCing. However, if I have to pick... It would either be KauKau Mistika, since the wings can be undesirable, and the same is true with the eyepatch... Or the Inika, since it's overused, and annoying to use since you have to incorporate a miniature person on the mask's front into the whole design too.

 

It's also a MacGuffin, which gives it more points in this category.

 

As for the best? I'd have to say all the rest. I've found something aesthetically pleasing in every mask, and all are able to be used for things other than masks. Shoulderpads, body armor, leg guards, weaponry, etc...


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Posted Apr 25 2013 - 12:30 PM

The best mask in my opinion is the Kakama and the Pakari. They just go well with almost anything that I build.

 

The worest mask in my opinion is Volitak. It honestly scares me. It reminds me of one of those face masks they put a murdere in. Or a skeleton face.


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Posted Apr 25 2013 - 11:25 PM

Worst: All Inika masks.

 

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Posted Apr 26 2013 - 01:44 AM

For me, the best mask would be a tie between the Kraahkan and the Zatth.

 

I'd say the worst would be the Crast and the Mohtrek. Of the Makuta Mistika, I only ever disliked these two--the Felnas actually looks pretty cool. Also, I've always thought the Calix looked goofy. Never felt like it did Jaller any justice.

 

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Posted Apr 26 2013 - 05:57 AM

My favorite is the Great Pakari and my least favorite is the Adaptive Kakama Nuva.


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Posted Apr 27 2013 - 11:07 PM

I find the designs of the original six Great Masks all quite appealing. They are all very unique and each one conveys its own sort of personality. My personal favorite is the Pakari.

 

I think the worst ones would have to be the Zatth and the Pakari Nuva. The Zatth has a bizarre, messy... thing going on up front. The Pakari Nuva just simply looks gross :P

 

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Posted May 02 2013 - 12:07 PM

the Best Kanohi is simply the original 2001 Miru.

 

it had so much character, and the design fits its purpose.

 

 

 

the worst i have to choose from the Elda, zatth, the Makutas masks from 08 and so on... so many unfitting ugly masks with powers you cant take serious.


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Posted May 06 2013 - 08:37 PM

I think the best mask on my opinion is the Kanohi Kaukau, it just look so amazing and look awesome on MOCs like my selfMOC and my friend biomegamechdude (not on BZP) have MOC Silvi that have the mask. Plus out of the other Toa Mata's Kanohi, the Kaukau was design computer generated.

 

And I agree with you Taipu1 that the 2003 Kanohi Hau is the worst mask.


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Posted May 07 2013 - 06:05 AM

As Varren Rehn said above, as a MOCist, no particular dislikes... I'd like to think that I can make a mask work some way or another, haha.

I also can't really list my favorites well, since there are so many. Original six (and maybe most of the Toa Metru's masks, too), if I had to pick.

 

Plus out of the other Toa Mata's Kanohi, the Kaukau was design computer generated.

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Posted May 07 2013 - 09:23 AM

I now actually think the Arthron is the best. It has a very nice amount of detail and Jallers one looks really nice in the colours that its in. There is also something about it that makes it look so heroic as well


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Posted May 07 2013 - 11:50 AM

As Varren Rehn said above, as a MOCist, no particular dislikes... I'd like to think that I can make a mask work some way or another, haha.

I also can't really list my favorites well, since there are so many. Original six (and maybe most of the Toa Metru's masks, too), if I had to pick.

 

Plus out of the other Toa Mata's Kanohi, the Kaukau was design computer generated.

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Posted May 07 2013 - 10:47 PM

For the best, I'm divided between the Faxon and the Miru. The Faxon has such an aggressive appearance, and it looks all around awesome. The Miru combines smooth lines and sharp edges very well. I personally like how the chin angles up.

 

The Tryna is a close second. I feel it could have gone without the asymmetrical breathing apparatus design (or it could have had a symmetrical setup like the Faxon). Look at it straight on; it's almost too ghostly.

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