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Bionicle MOC Turaga Tipuna by 3rdeye88 Bionicle MOC Turaga Tipuna by 3rdeye88
Update (3/18/13)

  • Updating her photo set(that Mirrors Aumangea's.

  • Tipuna no longer has her turaga robe thing made of corrugated tubing. It was kind of a fail and made her too bulky.

  • Updated information.


About the MOC
"Tipuna" is a Maori word.



(noun) ancestor, grandparent, grandfather, grandmother - eastern dialect variation of tupuna
Maori is the language Lego used for many of the names of early bionicle characters, some taken directly from a meaning. In the spirit of classic bionicle, I chose to use Maori for her and Aumangea's name(Aumangea means Be strong, persistent, brave, resilient, etc).

Tipuna is part of two sets, one with Aumangea, Leebos and the Reta-Sarka-V12

Then her and the other two figures comprise half of a 6-piece set.

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Turaga Tipuna marks my first ever Turaga build :w00t: She is also the second part to a three part set. Featured in this Deviation

Bio
Tipuna, also known as Mahri-Nui's lost Turaga. Tipuna was the Turaga of the coastal village of Vuya-Nui-the village that later became Mahri-Nui when it broke off and sank to the ocean floor. However, she was away in a Turaga counsel meeting when the disaster struck. The loss of her village and Matoran was devastating and left her incredibly traumatize. Other Matoran and Turaga had to put Tipuna in "protective custody" to keep her from diving down to The pit, which would have resulted in her being mutated. After many years of being kept on Voya-Nui, The other Turaga sent her to the northern Continent to reside there. She then re-assumed her responsibilities as a Turaga there.
Tipuna is a Strong-willed and resilient Ga-Turaga. Having faced terrible hardships and living on made her so. This also makes her what some Matoran view as "insane." Tipuna has been known to face excessive dangers without so much as batting an eye, like crossing the Tren-Krom Peninsula by herself, only armed with her staff. She's also been known to kill dangerous Rahi that attacks her village, rending the need for a toa almost non-existent. While a Turaga, she displays more characteristics of a Toa.
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:iconlugia61617:
Well, where to start with this MOC? It is truly a gorgeous creation and I congratulate you for it! I've always wondered what a good design for a Turaga would be, and this is it!

So, first of all, let's look at the parts used and how they were used; with a mixture of Bionicle, Technic and LEGO parts, this is a very nicely designed creation as far as that goes, and a very intriguing one.

The originality is hard for me to speak of since I don't normally look up Turaga MOCs in favour of Toa and Makuta. This also doesn't include your other MOCs, though since they're YOURS then I wouldn't count it against you. However, I've never seen an MOC quite like this one before so I give it full marks for originality.

The technique used to create this is very clever, especially the use of Minifigure legs as 'fingers', which gives the MOC a very 'movie-form' look that I absolutely ADORE! Other parts of the technique are a mystery to me, so I'm curious as to how to build a Turaga like this one.

So, to conclude, this is a great design that I think is absolutely fantastic and very pose-able. I rate it very highly in the designs that I have seen (along with many of your other works which I checked out while writing this) and wish to congratulate you one being able to make something so great. Personally, I'd love to ask for some basic instructions on how to make a basic 'frame' of this model.
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She is great David, I really like the colors.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Greg. Glad you like it. :D
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! :D
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NuvaPrime Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Requsting permission to use these images and/ordesigns in any Graphic media that I will produce concerning and/or detailing my BIONICLE: 4th World series.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Umm yeah sure. You can use them if you'd like. You let me know, so that covers my first rule. Give me credit for anything that you used of mine, that'll cover my second rule, and if I like it, let me post it in my gallery to show it to my followers, that's my third rule, but doesn't always apply to everything. :)

So what are you makeing, and what exactly would you be using?
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Darkjedi4 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
love the hands
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. The minifigure legs as fingers isn't my idea. I just kinda borrowed it.
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Alex-Darkrai Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice, really reminds me of the movie turaga :)
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. That's what I was going for. :) I'm gonna try and redo her vest so it looks more distinguishable from the MOC. I just recently downloaded the movies. I'm gonna re-watch them and get ideas for what I could do.
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Alex-Darkrai Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmpf cool, I like the idea of rebuilding characters with their movie-like looks.
If others would do the same, then I'd go for a movie Nidhiki :)
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This isn't to be a specific character, I just remember that they gave the turaga those cloth things so I tried to replicate that, but In ended up giving her a vest. I may keep the vest, but it needs to be a different color to distinguish from the figure's body. Plus I was trying to go for those cloth things they had. There's a slew of characters I liked the way they dressed them up for the movie, Krekka, Kihkinallow, the Rahkshi, and...I think that's it. I'd have to watch the third movie again. Nidhiki I wasn't too fond of in the movie version.
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Alex-Darkrai Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't remember too well how he looked anyways xD
I just like Nidhiki ^^ He has Byoraks color sheme :)
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just watched that movie, he was kinda lame looking. Krekka though was bad ass compared to the set.
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theMOCmaker Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Cool MOC. It's like LEGO done better.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THank you. :)
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MikomDude Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Hmm, I must say that even though I like the use of standard lego pieces on this MOC I believe it makes hear appearance a bit to square-ish and it really doesn't fit with the mask.

Oh and... did you take apart Gali Nuva for this?! =D
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm I like the blockiness. Though her vest makes her look really blocky to. I'm not too satisfied with that in hindsight, but I don't what else I can do to get the look of a turaga wearing those robe things with what I have to work with.

I've taken Gali Nuva apart ages ago, both of them. I don't keep my sets together. All I've got together is a Lerak bohrak, Lewa-Nuva, a black Rahkshi, and a white Vahki. Those last two were painted to be given detail.
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MikomDude Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Hmm, shame, I would have kept the Gali set.

You could probably ask your mother to whip up something out of real cloth for the robe, that's what I would do. Actually, I'd probably try making one myself first but I know my mum is much better with those kind of things than me, hehe.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah. I took all my sets apart. I used to collect them, then they started piling up so I took em apart. I used to buy two, one for display, one for play, then the display sets came down and that's how I got most of my collection of parts.

No thanks. I'm a purist. I'd want to make it work using lego elements. Its more challenging and limiting, but when you really can pull it off its more rewarding.
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MikomDude Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Ah, you bought two of every set, that explains why you have so many parts. Damn, I wish I did that as a kid. I probably didn't have the money then but I still wish I did...
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty much. But doing this and not getting enough technic sets has left me with a fuck ton of bionicle parts and not as much of the technic kind of parts used to make MOCs. I got all these bricks to build a wall, but little mortar. :P
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MikomDude Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Heh, I actually had that very same problem today when making Riyahh. I took apart some Bionicles but I didn't really have enough technic parts to build another large moc. Instead I just built a smaller Bionicle, Toa sized.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah. I've had to do that before. But with my collection its more like "I can still build this big thing, but I can't do it like this cause i don't have enough of these," *figures out alternative means of achieving goal*
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SideShowShayne Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Ohhh Turaga Moc :D You never see any of those.
The body seems very block-like in shape.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well that's probably her "vest" that's supposed to be those turaga robes they have in the movies. She is still kinda blocky, but not as bad. I shoulda taken a picture of her without it. :/ But yeah, you don't see too many Turaga these days.
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Akara0820 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's some error in the story- it says at the northern Continent she became a turaga. Wasn't she already one?

Also, what software do you use to make the picture compilation (and the copyright picture)?
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, I mean she became a turaga there. As in she took on the responsibilities of one. There's Turaga in the sense that that's what stage in a matoran's life they're in, or in the sense that they are the leader of a village. SHe became a Turaga elsewhere, but became one of the Turaga on the Northern Continent.

I use :iconpaintdotnetplz: for my compilations. The pictures I find on google image search. Are you referring to the watermark on the deviation? That's a setting you can turn on when submitting. Its right under the box for uploading the file.
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Akara0820 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If by watermark you mean (c) insert url here, yes.

And if so, is it the creative commons box?

If not, help nooby asian.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No. The watermark I'm talking about is how there's a slight discoloration on the center of the image that has the DA logo and says copyright 3rdeye88.DeviantArt.com That's the water Mark. The option to turn that on is with the size display option and download option in the submission form. You know the box that you click to select the file that's going to be uploaded? its those options right under that.
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Akara0820 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Vampire-Na-Zan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yargh~!She's a tough lil' fellow...fellowess~?xD

Tee-hee,I'm not sure why but the bit on her back reminds me of a turtle shell~....This is not a bad fing~.xD
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, that's just what came out when I tried to write the bio. But I think that goes with the MOC and the overall appearance she gives off. She's tough cause she's endured a lot.

Hmmm. I've got a lot of doubts about this. Its currently a "vest" but its supposed to give the shape of those robes the turaga from the movies wore. You know what I'm referring to?
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Vampire-Na-Zan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny how that happens,eh~?Just sorta works out~.xD

Aaahhhh~.
I fink I do,yes.Ehahhaha,been a while since I've seen the movies....long while.||D
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah. I try to figure out "what vibe the figure gives off" and go from there.

Okay, here's some picture links of various turaga from the movies. None of the sets had any cloth pieces. THough we would have loved it if they did. :icongrumbleplz:
Onewa [link]
Whenua [link]
Dume [link]
Lhikan [link]

There's more, but I think you get it by now.
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Vampire-Na-Zan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There ya go,it works~!:D

Over sight in pieces!D:

Aahhh,I do remember now!:D
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeeeup. :D

What now?

Yeah, those things. I would like to use some kind of part that drapes like those and could give me that shape, but I don't have anything small enough to make that work. :c
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Vampire-Na-Zan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D

Aawww.D:
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Cut up a wash cloth?:D
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Noooo...I'm a purist. If lego didn't make it. I don't use it. Painting pieces is kinda acceptable, and unless someone is like ridiculous purist, most MOCers do that. But us purist only use lego elements.
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Once again your skill and imagination makes a great thing.
I read the story first this time awesome!
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? Like you scrolled down to read the story, then looked at the MOC? Thanks Greg. I write the stories/bios on the spot, but I go do research while doing them. Doing bionicle-story-oriented characters and MOCs is happening less and less, and is kinda viewed as "old school" I think. But I am old school bionicle. I was a bionicle nut from series 1. I grew up, watching the story and sets get continuously awesome, then watched its steep decline into absolute shit. I kinda hold onto those earlier days with my MOCing and bio-writing. I'm only now just starting to say "okay, the later story and Bara-magna fiasco isn't so bad. I can work with this actually. I see no reason why I should stop being a cannon story OC creator just because its become unpopular within the community of bionicle MOCers.
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep I did,I enjoy your stories. :)
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good, I'm glad. :)
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sniperray213 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
design of the mocs are something that i have never thought up for moccing before. Great job :D
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dafuq? I have no idea what you are saying. Designs for MOCs are something you haven't thought of for MOCing before? :iconmybrainisfullofplz:

Thanks though.
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sniperray213 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
like i never thought of using lego bricks or the mini figs in a moc.
and your welcome
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I see. Yeah, system parts are great for those "little solutions." They're great for filling in little gaps that bionicle can't do, and technic takes too many parts to do that. Plus MOCers like seeing crossover I think. Some don't do it, but those that do have very interesting MOCs IMO.
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Lol-Pretzel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
I DEFINITELY like seeing this crossover. Keep up the good work, 3rdeye Dave! :)
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe. Okay Nate Lord-pretzel. I'm definitely liking the "bionicle supplemented by system" MOCing. You're primarily the one who's gotten me to reconsider system parts for bio builds. After this comment, I think you're really going to like my 6-legged-duck-billed-farie-winged T-rex that wears a tutu. :)
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Lol-Pretzel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Lord-Pretzel? Damn, I wish I'd thought of that.

And I await your whatever-it-is eagerly.
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