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Bionicle MOC: Magmakrok by 3rdeye88 Bionicle MOC: Magmakrok by 3rdeye88
About the MOC This is another more simple MOC I made in about aday. But I did go back the next day and tweak it a little bit. The concept for this MOC came about from a conversation I had with my friend :iconwdenniz: while I was still working on the Rhotuka Tiger. Not to mention its about all I could do after using the other set of caterpillar tracks for Isra's hair.
I'm actually rather happy with this Rahi. I think it looks like a crocodile or is recognizable as one, and that's what works for me. I Think over all its kinda gappy on the sides, but that's the nature of this build. Its a rahi with a tank trak for a body/belly. I had a panel on the front part of the track to cover it up and make the body look more solid, but it A) interfered with the movement of the front legs, and B0 covered up the track so that it was a little difficult to see the track and the movement of it and the gears when it did roll. And that wasn't nearly as cool. At this point the only thing I might change would be more articulate legs,i.e Hero Factory, but I didn't have anymore armor for HF in the right colors. And this works. I like the armoring of these matoran arms anyways. :)
Another notable feature of the Magmakrok besides its track is that its jaw snaps shut when the wires on its head are bent back up. So there's a bit of realism there, not to mention my signature style of incorporating functionality. It works the same way the old 2004 titan sets work, bend the soft axle one way and it opens, bend it the other way closes.

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The Magmakrok is a somewhat aggressive Rahi found in areas where there are flows or pools of Magma. They're somewhat uncommon rahi. It is believed that they're a variation of rahi that most likely were trapped underground and adapted to the conditions. A few specimens of Magmakrok were added to the Onu-Metru Archives. Because of the rarity of these Rahi, no known case of domestication has been reported.
These creatures typically don't attack unless seeking prey or provoked. But they can mistake people for other rahi and attack without provocation. Most matoran would have difficulty fending these creatures off, but a Toa, Dark hunter or Makuta could easily fair with these creatures alone. The biggest danger though isn't the creatures themselves, but the molten protodermis or magma they fling and splash around in their attacking, then the residual heat they retain from being in the magma. For these reasons they can be quite dangerous for any creature.
On land they can be surprisingly fast in short bursts using their track bellies to traverse the land much faster than their short legs would be able to carry them otherwise. In magma or molten protodermis, they use their tails tracks and legs to swim through the magma.
Magmakroks mainly eat Infernavika, Ranama. and Lava Eels, but most any rahi that find their way near magma pools or flows may be attacked if the Magmakrok senses its size isn't too large. The only known natural predator to Magmakroks are Lava Apes and the fire variation of Vako

I watched this pretty cool video to get inspiration on my MagmaKrok. You should watch it, its quite informative and interesting.
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Only few MOcers actually try to create rahi.
Most bionicle artists only go for humanoid MOCs or mechas, so seeing a nice animal from time to time already lightens my mood.

The outer vision receives three and a half star.
Daves typical why of applying the color scheme in a kind of random but at the same time coordinated way already makes up a great part of this MOC vision.
Normally the propotions and shapes can be chosen pretty much according to the taste of the MOCer, but in the case of a rahi (animal MOC), even if it's intended to be a bionicle-universe-version-animal, it is important to make the kind of animal recognizable by its anatomy and outer details.
I remember seeing a WIP picture of this MOC, when I was talking with Dave about it. I mistook it for a beever, because it was my first assotiation upon seeing its anatomy (maybe the quality of the pictures were a reason as well a that time).
Since that moment, Dave made a good progress with megmakroks anatomy. It's now recognizable as crocodile at first sight in my opinion.
However, there are always ways to get better. If you go the way of creating animal/rahi MOCs then you choose a way of analyses, applying it on the MOC design and rethinking the changed things again.
I myself won't say that I'm able to judge which parts of megmakroks anatomy are perfect and which need improvment.
It is already a great MOC, but I'm sure there still ways to make it look more authentic.



The orginality gets four stars and thus make it an impressive MOC, in my opinion!
In our today's MOCing society, creating anything else than a humanoid is already innovative, for me.
I haven't seen a bionicle crocodile yet, so this MOC makes it a first for me. Then it's not just a crocdile, it's a fire crocodile, with a snapping jaw and tracks beneath its belly.
Normally this is an idea a small kid would develop, because it's just too insane and random to be made possible.
But Dave did it; calling this MOC anything else than impressive would defamation.



Technique got the highest ranking.
Normally, as comment I would just state:
"It looks good and has functions in addition!"
This MOC would already look good, without paying attention to any other detail. But storing functions within its structure makes it all more difficult to get the outer vision right.
Normally the technique skills used on this MOC would earn him around four stars, but adding the fact of the well placed functions gives this MOC the potential of being a truely amazing MOC!
Within the technique section, this MOC is already very close to its peak. There's not much I can critique about it in this way, it's now up to the MOCer himself to perfect the MOC in the ways he wants it.



The impact is also on the level of an impressive MOC.
A fire crocodile! With Tracks! With a snapping jaw!
I should probably explain why I didn't give it five stars right away. Although that's difficult.
Most of Daves MOCs have an ... aftermath of epicness. Mototaur, Ryakk, Matteo, the Rhotuka Tiger and a lot more.
With Magmakrok it's more like; a cool MOC with functions.
But it's difficult to achieve high ranks within the impact section and it's difficult to improve it as well.




Overall a very cool MOC, with Daves typical way of coloring, a lot of nice functions and also a nice addition to the riege of rahi MOCs. ^^
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Eli-J-Brony Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Wow. That's fearsome.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :D
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Eli-J-Brony Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
You're welcome.
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Unleashed-Fear Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sexy beastie.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :) This version will do for now. But I predict this will be one of those MOCs where when I do the version two it'll be a drastic improvement from this, and I'll look back on this and remember how impressed I was with this when the the new version will be totally badass. I've done that with most of my older MOCs. =P
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Unleashed-Fear Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lolkay.
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