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Bionicle G2 Master Builder Set - The Legend Continues


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After a long break from MOCing, I swung back into things for The Legend Continues contest currently running, and this is my entry into the Building Division. Since the premise of the contest is to build something we would have loved to see in G2, but didn't end up getting, I thought of how much character was given to G1 by the iconic Rahi, and how G2 was lacking in official depictions of wildlife. What better way to remedy this than to create an updated version of the set which gave us some of the most iconic of all G1's Rahi: the Master Builder Set?

 

There are a handful of changes between my version and the official set from G1. Firstly, I didn't rework all of the Rahi (due to a lack of parts), however all of my versions were built simultaneously as opposed to the original set only having the parts to build one or maybe two at a time. The creatures themselves have seen some changes, but I believe it's easy enough to identify which is meant to be which, though it's easier in some cases than in others.

 

Of course, since the contest demands a single photo as the entry, I made a group shot of the creatures to be the actual entry picture, but I'll show them off individually to greater detail in this thread. I imposed a few rules upon myself for this build: keep the color scheme true to the original Master Builder Set, and only use parts that were actively produced and used by Lego during the run of G2. Actually, all but two sets used in building these were Bionicle G2 sets.

 

First of all, the entry pic:

 

 

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You can see all of my G2 animals in this shot out in the sun, but it's true that many of the details are lost. 

 

Sun-Belly Roo (Fusa)

 

 

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Sun-Belly Roos inhabit the Region of Stone, and are found in the rolling deserts that cover much of it. As pack animals, the Roos live in large families, and are extremely territorial. They ferociously fight off even far larger predators with their strong punches. The Villagers of Stone have grown close to the Roos, and many of the nomadic tribes still practice a rite of adulthood where a young villager must venture out into the desert, track down a Roo, provoke it into a fight and tame it. When tamed, the Roos will become extremely attached and loyal to their masters, and the two will share the bond for life.

 

Builder's note: I fiddled with the function of this one for quite a while. I first tried whipping up something using those pinhole gear-with-technic-axle parts from the Creature sets, but ended up going with a gearbox instead. 

 

Blood-Tooth Cobra (Kuna)

 

 

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The Blood-Tooth Cobra is most frequently found in the humid thicket of the Region of Jungle, but also appear in the Region of Fire. Though small, these snakes are incredibly nimble and quick to attack. They can be stealthy if they wish, however when threatened, they can feign combusting and bursting into flames to scare off predators. If this doesn't work, or if they are startled, they lunge forward to strike with the fangs they got their name for. Blood-tooth venom causes the sensation of burning, and is extremely painful.

 

Builder's note: This started with me looking at Skull Scorpio's function and thinking how cool it would be for a snake. In the end I almost rebuild Scorpio's mechanism entirely, but the principle remains. Red lightsaber for authenticity.

 

Ashen Drake (Hikaki)

 

 

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The Ashen Drakes are extremely rare dragons found around the mountains of the Region of Fire. These noble beasts struggle with an ill reputation among the villagers of other regions, however the Villagers of Fire know that the Drakes are not aggressive or feral. An ancient legend tells the tale of an apprentice who betrayed and struck down the Protector of Fire at the time in order to take his place. This usurper then took his warriors to tame the Drakes. Only the other apprentice knew what truly happened, and instead of coming with chains, he turned to the Drakes with humble plea. The dragons helped him defeat the evil Protector, and this was the only time a Villager ever rode a Drake into battle.

 

Builder's note: While the Hikaki was supposed to be a dragon/lizard, I decided to go all dragon here with bigger wings. This is is lighter on function and more for show, but the gearbox is there and functional.

 

Burnsting (Hoto)

 

 

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While most beasts on Okoto are given elegant and descriptive names, these pests are merely known for the nuisance they cause. Present across the island in massive numbers, the Burnstings swarm during the warm season. While not particularly dangerous, their sting does give a slight sensation of burning, followed by itchiness. They are drawn to heat, light, bright colors and sweet smells. 

 

Builder's note: I just knew I had to use Skull Grinder's staff spike as a stinger.

 

Fire-Glass Spider (Fikou)

 

 

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The Fire-Glass Spider is just one of many variants of Glass Spider found across the island. Each breed of glass spider only differs in color and what climate they are adapted to. The Fire-Glass resides in the Region of Fire, along with the Ash-Glass (Transparent Grey) and the Magma-Glass (Transparent Red). Glass Spiders are easily identifiable due to being entirely translucent. They are harmless and peaceful, though relatively large for insects. Though they usually steer clear of urban areas, a recent fad saw an increase in demand for them as pets, though most elders are certain the craze will pass. 

 

Builder's note: This guy resembles the original the most out of the lot!

 

Shore Turtle (Hoi)

 

 

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The tiny shore turtle is one of the most unfortunate animals on Okoto. They are found across the coastline of the entire island, but are most numerous in the Region of Water. The Shore Turtles are slow, meek, defenseless creatures who for some baffling reason have soft shells, making them extremely easy prey to catch. The Shore Turtle population, however, is maintained by a curious mechanism. Not only do they have the quickest breeding rate of all Okotoan animals, but the predators have learned that an adult Shore Turtle is as easy to catch as a young one, but provides more food. Therefore, the even more vulnerable younglings are rarely killed, meaning the vast majority of Shore Turtles live to reach breeding age, leaving behind potentially hundreds of offspring before being inevitably eaten. 

 

Okoto Fishing Bird (Taku)

 

 

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Incorrectly named for reasons lost to time, the Okoto Fishing Bird doesn't actually fish - it is the primary predator of the Shore Turtles, and can be found in abundant numbers wherever the turtles are. The brightly colored feathers of this avian are highly sought after by Okotoan tailors. Fishing Birds come in a vast array of colors, ranging from red-orange-yellow-gold specimens through greenish-yellowish ones all the way to blue and purple ones. 

 

Rock-Crusher Crab (Ussal)

 

 

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The most obvious feature of the Rock-Crushers, found along the coast of the Region of Stone, are their fearsome looking pincers which can grind up any boulder, given the time. That said, you'll likely be aware of one of these crabs before you see it, since they are constantly clapping the pincers together, even when not working rock. In spite of this, they are entirely harmless and avoid Villagers when possible. An odd trait of the Rock-Crushers is that they instinctively carve the same motif out of any rock they find - a large humanoid statue, legs set in a slight split with both arms stretched out in either direction. This tendency has puzzled Okotoan scholars for centuries, though they agree that the symbol has been associated with Life in ancient literature.

 

Builder's note: I knew that the Ussal had to be among the few Rahi I remake, and the shadow traps lend themselves as pincers even if the original Ussal didn't have them (built, at least). 

 

Bone-Horn Rhino (Vako)

 

 

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Bone-Horns are rarely encountered by Villagers, since these beasts prefer solitude, but whenever a fateful meeting takes place, the villager is often left worse for wear. Highly aggressive, these Rhinos possess a massive horn protruding from their heads, out of a small skull with two tiny, deep-set yellow eyes. Their horn is often used to fashion weaponry for the most elite hunters, who carry said weapon as a token of achievement as much as for practical purposes. 

 

Builder's note: I was really running out of parts at this point...

 

More images: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2irmy1

 

As always, feedback and criticism are always welcome!

 

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Your fire glass spider is so cute.

I'll take two as pets my self.

Great job on all the MOCs.

 

Quick question was it intentional to have all the Rahi to share the similar color scheme of red and orange.

I would have liked to see more color variation among creatures.

 

There builds are really solid and capture the look of the Rahi with the G2 style.

I like alot.

Great job. :)

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Quick question was it intentional to have all the Rahi to share the similar color scheme of red and orange.

I would have liked to see more color variation among creatures.

Yes, the color scheme was purposefully emulating the original G1 Master Builder Set, which had the same colors. This was actually quite the challenge, since red and oranges are precisely the least CCBS parts I have. If I would have allowed myself to use more colors, there's no doubt that I would have been able to build all of the Rahi in the MBS, and that they would look a whole lot better too.

 

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This feels about right for a master builder set and I like the simple look and build of most of the mocs. They're simple but not ugly and some of them even have neat functions.For that I like the cobra and the roo, the spider also looks amazing though.

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First off, I love the idea - not only were Rahi weirdly absent from G2, but CCBS would lend itself perfectly to a new Master Builder set.

 

All the different Rahi are great, and they're faithful to their G1 counterparts while also retaining their own character. They're perhaps lacking in a little polish compared to most MOCs, but that only helps to make them feel more like real set designs. I especially like the Fikou and Kuna.

 

Nice work!

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Quick question was it intentional to have all the Rahi to share the similar color scheme of red and orange.

I would have liked to see more color variation among creatures.

Yes, the color scheme was purposefully emulating the original G1 Master Builder Set, which had the same colors. This was actually quite the challenge, since red and oranges are precisely the least CCBS parts I have. If I would have allowed myself to use more colors, there's no doubt that I would have been able to build all of the Rahi in the MBS, and that they would look a whole lot better too.

 

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Interesting.

I like it when people put a challenge on there building.

Great job.

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First off, I love the idea - not only were Rahi weirdly absent from G2, but CCBS would lend itself perfectly to a new Master Builder set.

 

All the different Rahi are great, and they're faithful to their G1 counterparts while also retaining their own character. They're perhaps lacking in a little polish compared to most MOCs, but that only helps to make them feel more like real set designs. I especially like the Fikou and Kuna.

 

Nice work!

Thanks! The lack of polish mostly comes from lack of parts, especially in these colors. I decided to stick with the scheme of the original MBS even though I have very few CCBS/newish parts in red and orange. While I have plenty older, G1 pieces, I really wanted this to come across as something appropriate for G2, and looking like an actual set Lego could have released.

 

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We clearly have one winner. Even if this entry, like every one so far in every category, is just about 'let's put G1 in G2', with nothing particularily original in the strict sense. I guess we're all nostalgic. But these creations, my man, just blow any criticism away. Well done.

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We clearly have one winner. Even if this entry, like every one so far in every category, is just about 'let's put G1 in G2', with nothing particularily original in the strict sense. I guess we're all nostalgic. But these creations, my man, just blow any criticism away. Well done.

Thanks! Turning this into a MBS reimagining evolved from the simple idea that I would have loved to see more wildlife in G2. The MBS thing serves as a frame for it by calling on some of the most iconic G1 Rahi. 

 

Also, I purposefully made my writing entry completely unrelated to G1 in any shape or form  ;)

 

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