Those of us who had the glorious fortune to grow up with BIONICLE might remember these guys. In the Mata Nui Online Game, Takua (the player) unites six of the Matoran villagers to join him on a mission to protect the Kini-Nui from Rahi attack while the Toa descend below it to defeat the Makuta.
This small team of matoran following Takua's lead included:
-Kapura, a Ta-Matoran guard with an amazing talent for moving quickly by moving slowly. How does he do it?
-Macku, a Ga-Matoran skilled with boats & swimming, and occasional fond friend of Po-Matoran Hewkii.
-Tamaru, a Le-Matoran scared of heights but with a mouth that can Treespeak harder than any other of his village
-Hafu, a Po-Matoran carver with a lot of talent and a lot of pride. Have you got a Hafu original?
-Taipu, an Onu-Matoran miner with great stamina and love for adventure. Also gets mistaken for Hafu a lot.
-Kopeke, a Ko-Matoran swift with ice blocks and short on words. Somehow became a Chronicler himself.
Learn more here: [link]
Me and PeabodySam have had wonderful plans about an adventure they might have in the wake of the events that concluded the main BIONICLE story, and this inspired me to try building my own set version of the team post the 2003 Mata Nui Matoran Rebuilding. Though taking basis from the original Matoran sets, I modified the design to be somewhat more posable, be feasible & uniform for all characters, and generally look better & closer to other media instrumentation.
Macku, Kopeke, & Hafu were easy, having been part of the original Matoran sets themeselves. Taipu was dead easy, only needing to build Hafu again with a different mask (though it was difficult finding the upper leg parts from across my bins, urgh). Kapura required some reimagining, as I lacked his current red Ruru (a rather rare mask in itself), and not enough red parts for his regular color scheme, so he got his old MNOLG Red Pakari & yellow elements from Jaller (which does basis in canon from an odd color swap in one of the old MNOLG movies: [link]
). Tamaru was much more challenging, as most of his parts didn't exist in the right parts to begin with. So I winged him with a dark green body, cobbled together some semi-decent legs, and slapped on a light grey Rau because I lacked his signature light green one (I think it looks alright).
After some series-based weapons given to them, and my Company MOCs turned out not half-bad. I like fooling around with them, they're quite fun little models.
Now off to save the Toa Mahri!