Monday, August 10, 2009

Bionicle MOC: The Maxxa

Well, now you've seen it, the 16" tall Maxxa. I'll be the first person to admit that it's not the most impressive Bionicle around, but this MOC does have quite a lot of significance to me, as it was my first! Why did I choose to start with a big build rather than something simple? I don't know. Honestly, it would have made a lot more sense to start small and work my way up, but I wanted to really dive in and attack a challenge.

Interestingly, the way this MOC ended up is nothing like what I planned. I started out with the upper thighs, which I wanted to use to represent some shoulders for a sort of robotic lion, shades of the old Voltron cats. As I added more height, it became a biped. As I learned more about the world of Bionicle, I realized that this thing couldn't fit in with any of the storylines, so I decided to call it a robot. Not until I had done a couple more robotic creations did I build Gelaeus, and only then was I able to make a the connection and give the Maxxa a home, so to speak, with the development of the Rilovian storyline.

The one thing I do particularly like about this guy is his head, obviously using a Nuva chestplate for the face and Mantax shoulder armor around the back. Who knows, maybe some day I'll redo the rest. In the meantime, here are a few more photos.

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