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Bionicle MOC: Swordfish by Rahiden Bionicle MOC: Swordfish by Rahiden
A swordfish I made, inspired after staring at Hahli Mahri's wingfin for too long. I personally think that this is my best work thus far :)
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Given 2013-02-21
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You know, it's damn difficult to write a critique for a Maple Master MOC, because ... everything is so right about them.
Everything about this MOC is the way it should be. The color scheme, the spreading of the colors, the contours of the fins, achived by the use of different shape giving silver parts, the shape and look of the sword fishs 'sword'.
The only thing that doesn't look like I imagine the original fish is his back fin. I imagine it differently, but the ironic thing is, that it does look damn good nevertheless!
I would say, change the anatomy of the original fish and keep your MOC as it is, because it looks cooler than the original!

I gave 5 Stars on each originality, technique and impact, only the vision is a bit ... off. There are a few gaps in this otherwise completely compact model; the gaps between the fins and the gap behind the nukama head disturb the whole vision a bit.
But -again- it's ironic that this effect only occurs, because everything else looks so neat!
And the eyes ... they're good, they fit perfectly! ... but ... these small red dots on this otherwise so realistic MOC make him look so cute, somehow. That feeling just doesn't fit, but that's really just a subjective feeling, nothing more.

This MOC is just so complete, that it was really difficult to write about him. I really only could try to point out why this MOC is so great, the rest is just an attempt on analyzing the details.
I'm still astonished after writing this, because after carefully looking over the whole MOC, I was still not able to find any flaw, which would be worth correcting. This MOC should stay exactly as it is, it's just perfect!
What do you think?
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I suppose I'll start here with my Critiquefest

I was initially very blown away with this MOC. I knew Aiden had been working on it and kinda knew what to expect from him in terms of a Rahi MOC. He's done quite a few now. The swordfish may not necessarily exceeded expectations because I've been following him for a while now, but it definitely went in different directions than I anticipated. I remember when I first saw this that it inspired me to build another Rahi, but this time a sea creature. But was talked out of it. For this reason I give it an impact of Four(4) stars.

I'm giving it a five(5) stars for vision because Aiden said at the time "I personally think that this is my best work thus far" meaning that he was very satisfied with the outcome. And really, only the MOCer knows what it was truly supposed to be and whether it came out as envisioned or not.

Technique I give a four and a half(4 1/2) because while others mention gaps here and there, I understand that for this MOC to have any kind of function as a "fish" some space for movement has to be allowed. Also, with Aiden's "strictly bionicle" philosophy, it would be near impossible to achieve totally smooth surfaces and lines. The reason I took half a star off is because the Nokama Hordika mask at the front really throw off the vibe. Having a "face" that isn't the face on a head is confusing. I look to that as its "face" first, then my eye catches the actual eye. I feel that is one moderate blemish on an otherwise brilliantly executed MOC.

Originality gets a lower score because I feel that the concept and use of parts weren't so original. A swordfish while it hasn't previously been done by anyone else it is just that, a sword fish. Aiden didn't incorporate anything unique into it, making a bionicle universe version-a Rahi. Finally, the use of the parts seem a bit typical and almost "the obvious choice" in some places. I would have used a lot of the same parts for the same purposes. Though the Hali Mahri blade as the sail was a nice solution.

While not my favorite of his MOCs, or in my opinion his best work, The Swordfish is still another shining star in the MOC world, and another part of the bright constellation that is MapleMaster.
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Richiewolf Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Nice, reminds me of that sea creature from Atlantis, the Disney movie
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:icona-talking-tree-stump:
cool fish
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D793 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
that is prety much what the fish look like in bionicle.
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SleepyFoxes Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, nice work!
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Ermaluu Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Dood. amazing.
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speedrunner65 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Nice MOC!
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Bioniclezilla76 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Woah, you got a dd? That's awesome!
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was actually my second DD: rahiden.deviantart.com/art/Bio…
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Bioniclezilla76 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
And inspiring!
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bioniclemaniac223 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet
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TDManiacXC626 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
I'd definitely pay 100 Widgets for that! (Bionicle currency)
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wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
outstanding work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!wow!!!!!
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rana06 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
You use the Bohroks part?
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of Kohrak's shields is there, yes.
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Hitman-2020 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I got to ask, what does MOC mean?
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It stands for My Own Creation, which is a Lego term used to describe things that were designed by the builder and not by the Lego company :)
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bioghosty4 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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lauritz2001dk Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
amazing :) :) :)
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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sharka121 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
what does MOC stand for?
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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mrnuubstar Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
This thing looks like something that would swim around in the time of the dinosaurs!
Its beautifull, the fins look awsome, and the sword thingy looks cool 2.

Great moc 10/10
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :D
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IAstartov Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
That's great!
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Tyranous-King Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow man ur really good
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Hunter-94 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
:noes: Holy crap! This is really well done!
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rupertvalero Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
amazing!
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Zunachina Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
HOW i END UP HERE?
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MisterTurtle Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
how do you do this
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Experimentation ;)
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MisterTurtle Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Do you glue these or is it 100% parts?
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope, I don't cut, glue or modify my pieces in any irreversible fashion. I'm a purist, so everything you see here is Lego :D
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MisterTurtle Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
teach us your ways
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not sure how serious that request is, but nevertheless, here's my philosophy: Do not conform. Do what you enjoy. Strive to create things that are new and innovative; otherwise, what is the point of being an artist?
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Monsoni Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Wow, this is incredible! I see you used the big saw of the ice Bohrok (forgot its name) on its chest, and I recognize a few other pieces as well. I used to be pretty big on Bionicle.

May I ask where I can see Hahli's wingfin?
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it! Hahli's wingfin is the piece used as the swordfish's 'sail', as seen here: [link]
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Monsoni Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Oh! I thought you were talking about another MOC made by someone named Hahli.

It's amazing how you can find inspiration by looking at a single piece.
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I often use the method of staring at a piece for inspiration; the best two examples are the Elephant (Kiina's mask used as a trunk and ears) and Cheetah (Bulk's chest armour used as a head).
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idachow Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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MandoJetii Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Awesome! You totally could work for LEGO as one of the Master Builders. I wish they would revive Bionicle, just start it over from the beginning with new versions of the original characters.
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm honoured to hear that ;) Yes, you're one of many who want to bring Bionicle back to its former glory... to be honest I'm happy that they're still making Bionicle-compatible pieces (in the form of Hero Factory) but the old pieces really were better!
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Fliqpy1234 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
How in sam hell...This is amazing, my friend, you are truly productive.
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why thank you! :D
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The-true-Molestia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
somehow reminds me of dolphin tale XD
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themodelist Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
now thats really cool
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Randroid7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NICE!
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BrokenHAX Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Woah. Tch, better than any OC bionicle I've made! xD First Bionicle DD I've ever seen too, congrats!
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