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October 14, 2013
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Bionicle MOC: Nui-Moko by 3rdeye88 Bionicle MOC: Nui-Moko by 3rdeye88
About The MOC
:faint: man was this one a challenge!

Nui-Moko is a MOC I just kinda happened upon building. It started with tinkering with a head design that uses the Dragon Bolt Mask and a Brain attack brain, though here I used both of my Aquagon brains, when after getting the jaw on I thought it resembled the head of a dinosaur, so a dinosaur it became. After that I struggled with figuring out which kind of dinosaur I'd base my MOC on. I eventually settled on the Allosaurus I even gathered many of the photos from the wiki page, arranged them together and printed a reference page out. I based this MOC heavily on the Allosaurus, but it isn't meant to be an exact representation of one.

The building of this MOC was a fairly slow going process. I worked on it inconseculatively for about a month, maybe a little longer. In light of some of my more recent MOCs I made it a point to not make a bricklink order to accommodate my needs for this MOC. I wanted to rely strictly on what I had at the time. I felt the use of bricklink might become something of a crutch to lean on and I didn't want to become dependent on using BL to get a major project done. Therefore I made the point to hold true to my motto and MOC with what I have instead of with what I need. The process of this MOC from start to finish was very evolutionary. The more I built the more I realized I was building on a theme of shifting mass and structure. Nui-Moko is very flexible, poseable and surprisingly stable. I was a bit surprised when I stood it up for the first time and it took little effort to stand it up on carpet no less! I tried to convey these features in the photographs.

"Mokonui" means "Dinosaur" in Maori, so given the Rahi, Nui-Jaga and Nui-Rama, I decided that "Nui-Moko" would be the name of this creature, which in Matoran would mean "Giant Lizard" I'll leave it up to interpretation whether that means any dinosaur like Rahi, or this particular kind. :D

The Nui-Moko is a type of Creature found primarily on Bota Magna and later on, Sphereus Magna after it was reformed by Mata Nui. They were originally an inhabitant of all of Sphereus Magna but after the Shattering they were isolated to Bota Magna since they reside primarily in the jungle landscape. After the reformation of Spherus Magna they integrated with the other creatures of Bara Magnaand the Rahi of the Matoran Universe. The Bota Magnan Vorox called these creatures "Kyoryu" but it was the Matoran that eventually named it the Nui-Moko, this name eventually stuck and was use universally across Spherus Magna.

After the reformation of Spherus Magna The Nui-Moko became the main predatory creature of Rock Steeds. While Rock Steeds have acute senses, the Nui-Moko can simply out run and overpower them in a chase or a fight. Similarly to the Rock Steed, Nui-Mokos can be tamed and ridden, though they tend to be more temperamental than the Rock Steeds. The advantage is more speed and strength, but at the cost of endurance, fierce loyalty and low maintenance. Unlike Rock Steeds which can be tamed by beating them in a one on one fight, Nui-Moko require more traditional techniques to tame.

Untamed Nui-Moko pose as much threat to any sentient beings as any wild rahi or creature. Most Nui-Moko are larger than the average Toa, and tower over Matoran, Turaga, and Agori. Larger sentient beings such as Titans can outsize Nui-Moko and often times be stronger than them physically. However, an angered nui-Moko can be very unmanageable and very dangerous, especially in packs. They can attack without provocation in some instances when encountered in the more secluded regions of the former Bota Magnan jungle or when they are hungry and looking for a meal. Unfortunately tricks like playing dead don't work, and the chances of surviving a fight with one are slim unless equipped with sufficient weaponry. If attacked and pursued by a Nui-Moko the best course of action is to quickly climb up a tree or shear rock face as they can't climb. Wild Nui-Moko are less likely to attack if accompanied by tamed Nui-Moko.

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What can I really say other then WOW. Not only is it clear that you put in a vast amount of research into the form and fundamentals of the saurian concepts, but you have made a fantastic flow of the figure and it's functionality, as displayed in the various posturing display. As a fellow saurian fan, I can see through your story development that you have done a great deal of research into the pack hunting philosophy, and that pleases this critic as many overlook the psyche of the creatures they develop. Nothing strikes the imagination quite like a solid story line to back a solid model, and kudos to that fact. Keeping true to the development of your MOC, you've isolated a predominantly three color system, while still allowing for a little flair as needed. Moving forward as a fellow building, my only challenge might be to see a toa or matoran tame one of these beasts and be displayed with a proper harness on being ridden. But that is simply an opinion. Kudos on your fantastic work, and excellent research into making this beast simply outstanding.
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HOLY FUCK! :faint::faint::faint:

Let's get straight down to biz on this epic shiz!

Vision: It's funny really, I too thought that the blue dragon headpiece looks as if it'd belong to a dinosaur. Overall I think that you got it just how you wanted it, but I get the feeling that the lower legs may not have come out quite as good as you wanted.

Originality: Well dinosaurs aren't original, but I haven't seen another one based off of the exact species you chose to use, so that certainly helps.

Technique: The head, main body, and tail are absolutely perfect. The upper legs and his arms are really great too. Therefore almost all of the body's build is practically perfect for me. However, I think that the lower legs don't quite go with the build flow of the body, seeing as how they are mostly smooth and the rest of this guy is tough and jagged-ish/rough looking. The feet are rather interesting.. :iconmegustaplz:

Impact: Overall when I take a look at this 'Dine-osity' I think 'NUUUUU, DUN EAT MEH MR. BADASS DINOSAUR THING SIR!'. Also, even though the tiny arms and hands are naturally meant to look that way, I still happen to find that they add a bit of a comical sense to this creature. *Now all he needs is a mustache, top hat, monocle, and possibly a cane. You should really do that.*

Anyways, epic MOC Dave, 'nuff said!
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szymhero Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Dude this is epic
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :D
Diderse Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
I know I already commented on this moc, but I have a question, how did you separate the blue from the red so perfectly? 
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It wasn't easy. Just had to make sure I knew where the top and bottom was and color coordinated it accordingly. Red on bottom, blue on top and black anywhere else that didn't fit or in the middle if need be.
BionicleSaurus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
NICE. Very cool, color scheme is great, and the look is also quite pretty.
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you BionicleSaurus. Hehe no wonder you like this MOC. Its a Bionicle Saurus. :XD:

And thank you for the deviantwatch as well. Much appreciated. :wave:
MegaStarInc Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Also, bubble gum.
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:lol: Are you the young man I met outside of Paul's Presentation for drawing for lego? I met someone who's on DA and they told me their username. Yours sounds familiar. if its not you I apologize, if it is, HAI! :wave:
MegaStarInc Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh cool. Hi again. :D it was a pleasure meeting you. :D That really brightened my day and put a big smile on my face. Nommy smile 
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