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"Must I release those who should never see the light of day?" The Rahkshi "What are you, creature? Why does the sight of you chill my soul as nothing else has since... Makuta!" Rahkshi of Fear "Fear will keep them from their Destiny." Rahkshi of Anger "Anger amongst them will destroy their precious Unity..." Rahkshi of Hunger "Hunger will consume their Duty..." Rahkshi of Disintegration "Their Duty will be broken." Rahkshi of Poison "Their Unity can be poisoned..." Rahkshi of Fragmentation "Their Destiny, I must shatter." -------------------------------------------------- Click the images below to view their respective albums! Wow. Five years since the end of Generation 1. Ha! And we can call it that now - Generation 1! I still can't get over that. I grew up with Bionicle, and I'm very glad to see it returning. I haven't built in ages, but I have to say, it feels good to be back in the habit. It's funny, actually - back when I first heard that Bionicle was coming back, it just so happened to align with when I managed to get my old Lego (98% Bionicle) collection back. The first thing I decided to do? Build Rahkshi remakes. I only completed Kurahk, given I had limited space; but once this contest came around, I had more space and quickly jumped on Bricklink to order a number of Constraction parts I've missed in the years since Bionicle ended. Kurahk got an upgrade to CCBS after I completed Turahk and Guurahk. I also grabbed Tahu and Pohatu (2015) this week, and you can see I used a few of Pohatu's silver parts for Lerahk and Panrahk. I never realized how Lego abandoned classic green until now - but boy, it made building Lerahk tricky. I decided to use the old Toa feet for his (and Panrahk's) build since the end of the foot is somewhat similar to the shape made by typical CCBS armor. I only just figured out you could snap them onto CCBS limbs yesterday, and it really was the final piece of the puzzle in getting these guys built; just a little fine-tuning after that, and here we are. Also, can I take this moment to rant about how terribly indecisive Lego has been for the element of Stone since 2001? 2001-2003 saw the dominance of classic Brown (seen above) and Tan as a secondary color, with Burnt Orange as a tertiary color. It was a great set of colors and reflected Stone well. But then 2004 came along, and suddenly brown was caramel? But by 2006, it was Gunmetal with a secondary color of Yellow-Orange. What even was that? And to follow that up in 2007 with Black and Yellow-Orange - when Black had been decidedly about Earth since 2001 - and then change it again in 2008 to be Orange, which clearly made more sense as Fire's secondary color. And then 2009, suddenly Tan was the color of choice, with tiny bits of Caramel highlights? I get that brown isn't a popular color, but goodness. And here we are in 2015 - and Pohatu is decidedly Burnt Orange. Needless to say, this was particularly frustrating when building Panrahk, but hey, I came up with something! My favorites are certainly Turahk and Kurahk, though their builds were certainly aided by the prevalence of pieces in their respective colors (granted Vorahk and Guurahk were pretty straightforward, as well). I tried to reflect unique builds with each Rahkshi, as the cookie-cutter style of the original sets was not only impossible with the color palette and contest requirements, but also something I always found a little boring. I tried to reflect unique personalities in each build; hopefully that shines through in the final product. Anyway, enough with my rambling. It's great to be building again, and I'm glad to be back on BZP! -Tesser
Click to view Brickshelf gallery. The swamp is under attack by the evil Swamp Hunter! Grab the enemy with your Beetle Claws to keep them trapped. When the heroes fight back, spread open the poseable wings to take flight. Evade attacks with the Swamp Hunter's highly poseable limbs. You must prevent the forces of good from entering the Silver Chamber. Comments and criticism highly welcome!