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As you may or may not know, IXRolloutIX made a great video on adding neck articulation to the Toa Mata and Toa Nuva. You should check out the video (which I've linkd at the bottom of this post) if you already haven't. When I watched the video, I wondered if you could apply this method to any other sets. It turns out that you can with the 2003 rebuilt Matoran, or MoLToran if you like. http://i.imgur.com/8ZFPhdF.jpg This is Macku in her standard set form, minus the Kolhii stick. Note that her head has neither articulation nor eyes. This modification fixes both of those issues. You need two additional pieces to do this modification: http://i.imgur.com/qFx0gg4.jpg A piece of flex tube cut to the length of a standard 3 stud long axle... http://i.imgur.com/7jJNM0b.jpg ...and a Toa Mata head with an eyepiece. In theory, Macku should have a light gray head and yellow eyes like Gali, but I had to work with what I had. http://i.imgur.com/yut8Woo.jpg The first thing you need to do is to remove both the Tohunga head and the blue connector pin from the torso. http://i.imgur.com/7WzTqFa.jpg Next, you need to insert the flex tube into the back of the eyepiece, like so. http://i.imgur.com/YQrS20m.jpg Finally, insert the other end of the flex tube into the torso where the blue pin is normally attached. http://i.imgur.com/CfQi4p5.jpg Put the mask back on and you're done. http://i.imgur.com/ftv2oUs.jpg Voila! Macku now has head articulation and eyes. The only problem is due to the shape of the Mata head, it is difficult to pose the Matoran looking down. In order to do so, you need to pull the tube out just a little bit. http://i.imgur.com/Q41T2SO.jpg Hewkii and Macku practice some Kolhii. Although it can't be seen from this angle, Hewkii's flex tube is pulled out just a little bit to allow him to look downward. Now if only, we could articulate those elbows... In theory, I guess this method could also be used for the original McToran, too. You would just plug the flex tube into the pin on the torso. I take no credit for this method. I only adapted it for the 2003 Matoran. Credit goes to IXRolloutIX's original video: Thanks for looking at my tutorial. If anyone has any other ideas for articulation and the like, please say so.
So a few years ago, I came up with a pretty solid method of adapting the Toa Nuva to move much like they do in Mask of Light, while retaining most or all of their original parts, and leaving very little out of place to the casual observer. Now I have begun to apply that same concept to the Mata. Due to their differing construction, Pohatu, Onua, Lewa, and Kopaka had to be adapted in more noticeable ways, and were a lot more difficult to do so. Any suggestions on how to better that would be appreciated. Also uh.. don't mind the yellow Hau. I still need to order my red one off Bricklink or something. xD