...are far too often nothing like the Nuva.
Quite a few lately have been "improved" versions of the new Toa Nuva, which regrettably are every bit as bad as the "improved versions" we see on Brickshelf from 2001 and 2002. Essentially, a clutter of armor thrown onto either the original set or some blocky framework meant to somehow look like a Toa. Search "Pohatu Nuva" on Brickshelf and you'll scarcely find a decent MOC. I've seen about one so far.
And what ever happened to color scheme? MOCs you see these days tend to use trans. green and trans. neon green Bohrok eyes on MOCs as if they were a part of the color scheme-- never mind that they are typically placed on the waist or feet, with no notable uses of the colors anywhere else on the MOC. And let's not ignore the mindset of "use the old Nuva color scheme, plus Metru colors out of necessity, plus ample bley and black because neutral colors can't possibly hurt a color scheme". (It takes a great deal of stamina to refrain from segueing into a rant about the opposition to blue and red pins and axles).
I have scarcely seen a decent Nuva MOC since the Mistika came out. After the announcement of new Toa Nuva sets, there was a flood of ingenuity in Nuva MOCs. About time, too, since previous attempts had either been the aforementioned "improved versions" of the early years or Metru Toamods (which admittedly I myself produced at one point, depicting the Mata rather than the Nuva with little improvement on the meager concept the Metru Toamod embodies). After the release of the Toa Nuva Phantoka, we saw people adopt the new model provided for them. ToM Dracone built a stunning Lewa Nuva Phantoka MOC based on the idea of thicker silver-and-bley armor, while Bundalings offered MOCs of Tahu, Gali, and Onua Nuva which were creative to say the least.
Meanwhile, LEGO proved that its talent with Toamods far surpassed that of MOCists, producing sets that not only looked good but also had some creativity, far surpassing the "improved version" Toamods with their excessive armor and the "series-imitation" Toamods with no premise beyond "Hey, let's put this dude's mask and tools on a Metru/Piraka body!"
I hope to do a Mistika/Phantoka photoshoot soon. In the meantime, Lyi and I have a new MOC we're expecting a good response to. Pics are taken, and we hope to post it in the near future.
With all due respect,
Aanchir: Rachira of Time