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2013 Bio-Cup: Power Loader
Based on the iconic Power Loader fom the movie ALIEN, this behemoth is ready to pick a fight with any Xenomorph Queen!
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Cervatus the Brute - Bio-Cup R1 entry

Name: Cervatus
Species: Matoran
Title(s): Toa, Coach
Place of Origin: Rapa Nui
Residence: Ga-Rapa
Status: Alive
Occupation: Coach for the Ga-Rapa Kohli team
Tools: Twin blades and one badass Power Loader

When Cervatus isn't coaching the Ga-Rapa Kohli team, lounging in his big hut by the beach, or saving innocent matoran from evil, he spends his days training with an old heavy lifting suit that was rusting away in an old abandoned factory in Ta-Rapa. The suit was originally a dull grey, but after years of it sitting the rust had claimed it - it was practically unusable.

One day a Matoran junk dealer came in to Cervatus' village. On the back of his cart he had this suit, and since Cervatus was curious, he bought it. After realizing it was in no shape to work, he started tinkering with it. He got it to work, repainted it yellow, and has named it "The Power Loader."

Cervatus trains with this suit hoping that one day he'll be able to use it to better coach his Kohli team against the bigger defense of some of the other teams. He also doesn't mind using it to fight local rahi that come too close to the village.



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Front.

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Left.

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Back.

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Right.

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Upper body.

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Upper legs.

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Lower legs.

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Lower arm.

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Upper arm.

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Back of the lower legs.

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Foot close-up. It's worth mentioning that the feet have Duplo bricks in them (the big yellow brick inside the foot), just wanted to make sure that I point that out.

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Height comparison with a Bohrok.

Now for some shots of Cervatus with the suit off.

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Cervatus standing next to the suit for scale. Since the upper body connects to the torso alone,it had to be supported by a PAB cup for the picture.

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Picture of the Power Loader from ALIEN that was used as reference. Cervatus is made to fit inside it similarly to the movie version.

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FOURTH WALL: This was a major pain-in-the-arse to build, not for lack of parts, but just for design purposes. The first drafts of this suit were dark grey and just looked drab, the next version proved to be too small for Cervatus. After that, the upper legs were too bare. After a lot of tinkering, I finally got the Power loader the way I wanted it. I'm satisfied!

As I mentioned before, this exosuit uses Duplo in the feet, System for greebling (on the legs) and as armor (lower arms), and uses a great combination of minifigure hands and Technic pins for a cage to protect Cervatus' head. The lower arms have a Technic frame - they utilize 2 Technic beams connected with System bricks around it for armor.

Overall, I'm super satisfied and couldn't think of a better way to build this guy!



Thanks for the Popular This Week guys!

I got blogged by The Brothers Brick! :D

Comments, criticism, and ratings are appreciated! Hope this gets me to R3!



Comments

 I like it 
  January 21, 2014
ALIENS! (with an S!) I'm not a fan of bionicles, but the addition of the suit here is absolutely ingenious!
 I like it 
  August 17, 2013
Aliens! My favorite movie! this perfectly captures the feel of the Power Loaders from the movie. Did you know that they actually built the power loader and Xenomorph queen. The fight scene was all life size. 5/5
 I like it 
  July 17, 2013
Nice suit! I'm not very fond of the design you derived this from, and the fact that you used so many system parts detracts some points from you since this is a bionicle/technic contest, but still, this is a fine entry! Well done! Your score: 7
 I like it 
  July 17, 2013
Ahh, the faithfulness to pop culture media, an amazing build that certainly deserves the talk of the town. That said, there was need more dynamic poses and a fair bit less System (You are a Bio-Mocer!). Had thought the whole back was joined together, but that's a minor nitpick. You get an 8.
 I like it 
  July 17, 2013
A nicely done power loader suit, I practically like all the aesthetics. This would easily be worth a 9, but the use of system is a bit excessive in regards of the contest guidelines. I'll subtract one point because of that, leaving you with an 8.
 I like it 
  July 16, 2013
While you have truly captured that iconic look n' feel of the original (appreciate that reference photo) there are quite a few System bricks incorporated in the Build's arms, in particular. It was nice to see how well supported it was, minus Cervatus inside, shows good design, if somewhat outside guidelines. Like Shadowgear's entry, I find myself wishing I could judge the MOC's merits outside the structure of the Contest. 7 points!
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  July 16, 2013
Disregard moc, congratulate on being blogged:D
 I made it 
  July 15, 2013
Quoting Yuri Fassio
I respect that, thanks Yuri. If it's worth pointing out, the bricks on the arms are only there for armor/bulk, the main frame of it is still Technic. Thanks for the score.
 I like it 
  July 15, 2013
Extremely cool MOC. I could probably copy/paste what I just wrote on Shoto's entry. Well why not, here goes: " [...] Suppose you showed us what it can actually do, I'd have given you an 8, gladly. With just a ton of closeups and a single, static pose, I can still give it a 7 because I think I guess where and how it could move." Of course your entry is of better quality (and it has 2 slightly different poses, though it's hard to see), so I'll add a point, which I'll then subtract because between arms and feet, almost 1/3 of your entry is brick-built (rule #1, man...) so it's a 7. Good luck with the other judges!
 I like it 
  July 15, 2013
Good luck Kyle, I hope this'll get you through
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  July 15, 2013
That's pretty special - superb build! Congrats on TBB.
 I like it 
  July 14, 2013
Because you can't build something this epic without using a Duplo.
 I like it 
  July 14, 2013
Superb rendition.
 I like it 
  July 14, 2013
Whoa. That's awesome. I love seeing all these Bio-cup armour things appearing all over the place. good luck with the contest.
 I like it 
  July 14, 2013
That is beyond awesome. Great work on this, it's instantly recognizable.
 I like it 
  July 13, 2013
Nice! I haven't seen the movies but I briefly played Colonial Marines and got to use one of these. All and all I think it's amazing. Great job man.
 I like it 
  July 13, 2013
Wow. Best exo suit ive seen for bionicle ever. far superior to my own Im sure. Check mine out if you like, but yours is just flawless. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/351203
 I like it 
  July 13, 2013
This is really cool
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  July 13, 2013
Now this...this is a real mech suit. Loved the aliens franchise and, well, I love this build too! Great job and good luck, though I'm sure you'll make it through!
 I like it 
  July 13, 2013
I'd give this a 5 for the reference to Easter Island alone, but this suit is amazing! I agree with whoever said that it looks better than the original.
  July 13, 2013
Watching this thing evolve has been magical. You really tightened up this design. I may not be a fan of Aliens, but as a mech design alone, it is stunning!
 I like it 
  July 13, 2013
Amazing! I always wanted to build some kind of exoskeleton for one of my MOCs but I couldn't, maybe by the lack of pieces or inspiration. The color contrast between Certavus and the Loader gives a great look and the bulkyness make this very imponent and intimidating. Great Work, Kyle!
 I like it 
  July 13, 2013
Good job Kyle, it looks better than the original. :)
 I like it 
  July 13, 2013
You got the look spot on form your inspiration. That's very hard to do. My only flaw from this perfect model, would be that the legs don't connect to the main body of the mech. Great Moc Kyle! Good Luck
  July 13, 2013
I really like this build Kyle. I love how well it mimics the picture you based it off of. However, I agree with Matt in this case... It would have been so much better if the legs also connected to the torso. Good luck Kyle
 I like it 
  July 13, 2013
Awesome, but I wish the legs connected to the torso...
 I made it 
  July 13, 2013
Quoting L.A. Miranda While it's perfectly developed and has some pretty interesting ideas (the use of the parts for the cabin's cage structure is pure wonder! <3), I'm afraid it has too many System... Hope the judges will accept it, it would be a shame that such marvelous creation went thrown away! Good luck, dear! =3
The whole thing is built in Technic, it just uses some System bricks for the armor on the lower arms and some greebles. Thanks!
 I like it 
  July 13, 2013
While it's perfectly developed and has some pretty interesting ideas (the use of the parts for the cabin's cage structure is pure wonder! <3), I'm afraid it has too many System... Hope the judges will accept it, it would be a shame that such marvelous creation went thrown away! Good luck, dear! =3
 I like it 
  July 13, 2013
Nice build and good luck, Kyle!
 
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