When I first began to see the entries for the Aqua Blaster Blade contest, I was very concerned. Many were cluttered, lacking stylistic consistency between their parts. Many used too many non-BIONICLE components such as Technic beams, rendering them awkward as Toa tools. Many were enormous and unwieldy, which makes it perfectly clear that at least half of the entrants must have seen this as a second chance after losing the Xian Weapons contest, completely ignoring the purpose of the contest to give Toa Mahri Nuparu a decent new tool.
For this reason, I was strongly in support of my own entry, which I specifically designed to defy these flaws, as well as to use tools that did not explicitly feel like “someone else’s.” And I lost, and I was afraid to look back at the contest lest I see a poor MOC make it further than my entry.
Today I worked up the nerve to look at the winning entry on BS01’s article for the Aqua Blaster Blade. I half-expected a ridiculously large conglomeration of beams with maybe some BIONICLE tools pasted on. I was proven oh-so-wrong.
The winner of the contest is magnificent. It exhibits some degree of stylistic consistency with the quadrilateral patterns of Nuparu’s armor, mask, and shield. It flows together, acting as a single weapon even if made of numerous parts. It is a decent size and shape, fitting the criteria for a Toa tool, particularly the Aqua Blaster Blade. And most of all, it does not seem like some other tool for some other Toa, proving itself distinct from the tools of Toa Mahri Hewkii and Onua Nuva Mistika, whose parts it utilizes.
My confidence in the judgement of the populace of BZPower and BS01 has been reaffirmed. I apologize for not being steadfast in this confidence, and I congratulate the builder of this tool and all who voted for it for their impeccable judgement.
With all due respect,
Aanchir: Rachira of Time