About The MOC
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
, 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. Bio
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 Magna
and 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
, 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. MOCs featured in this Deviation