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February 21, 2012
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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.

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

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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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.
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Greg. Glad you like it. :D
Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! :D
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.
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?
Darkjedi4 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
love the hands
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.
Alex-Darkrai Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice, really reminds me of the movie turaga :)
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.
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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