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Kaipuka - Bio-Cup 2014
For round 1 of the 2014 Bio-cup. Kaipuka is a wandering robotic inventor that's overly fond of self-modification.
About this creation
Kaipuka (Main)


2014 Bio-Cup
Be sure to watch the video to see all the functions and the results of the drop test.

He's deceptively sturdy and very poseable. Some subtle asymmetries add a feel of imperfection to the character, which is to be expected for a character that pretty much designed itself.

Thanks to the use of the ball joints with axle holes through them (v1 had the older ones with axle hole on just one end, which don't grip the axle very well), all the joints are pretty sturdy and he can withstand play pretty well. Much better than any of my other MOCs.

Kaipuka (2)

Kaipuka (3)

Kaipuka (4)

The torso might be my favorite part of the MOC. Very greebly, yet quite sturdy (as shown in the video).


Kaipuka (5)

I like the use of the mask as shoulder armor. I think I have 6 of that mask...


Kaipuka (6)

The head gives him a lot of character with the uneven eyes.



Accessories:

Kaipuka (7)

Climbing rope. Features custom pull-back motor, as shown in the video.


Kaipuka (8)

The water gun actually shoots water. The nozzle can also be turned. See the video to see it in action.


Kaipuka (9)

The chainsaw features a moving saw controlled by the rubber band. With all the accessories but especially this one, I wanted to make them in a different style/colors from Kaipuka to show that these accessories weren't made for him, he found them/made them himself. See the video to watch it in action.

Kaipuka (10)

The claw, intended for grabbing hazardous objects on the ground, opens and closes. See the video to see how it works.


Kaipuka (11)

I figured a robot wandering around needed a companion, so his final accessory is his pet Shadow Beetle.



Thanks for viewing!



Comments

 I like it 
  July 29, 2014
I know it's not the main focus, but I must say, that ground technique is strangely awesome.
  July 24, 2014
Intricate. Cool weapons and colour placement. 7 from me.
  July 23, 2014
wow really like the trans blue p.s. i would really be pleased if u could look at my stuff
 I like it 
  July 21, 2014
Wow!! Great job!! I love it!
 I like it 
  July 21, 2014
That is fantastic
 I like it 
  July 21, 2014
The wrong footing with the mask gets my attention in all the right ways.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting [ Chro ] Eight points from me. I don't like the head, but it fits the character you intended perfectly, so not a huge issue. All the accessories are great, and I like the build a lot except for the legs, which aren't too bad, just... I don't know, I guess I'd say they're awkward. Anyway, excellent work.
So close to a nine, I see :P :P Thanks.
  July 21, 2014
Eight points from me. I don't like the head, but it fits the character you intended perfectly, so not a huge issue. All the accessories are great, and I like the build a lot except for the legs, which aren't too bad, just... I don't know, I guess I'd say they're awkward. Anyway, excellent work.
 I made it 
  July 20, 2014
Quoting Toa Infernum Wow great entry Halhi! Lots of mocs with awesome color schemes so far! Love the look this guy has, greebled but still sturdy and clean. The accessories and functions are great! Seems like the face shouldn't work, but it really does, and it adds a bunch of character. Very nice work, a very solid 9!
Quoting Toa Phosphorus Fantastic entry! Great colour blocking, colour layering, character design, and accessories. I particularly like the crab :) This would be a solid 10 for me but the overly detailed torso looks delicate so i'm going to have to dock 1 mark for not being so playable. 9 Points Good Job!
Wow, score of 25 so far? That's almost as high as my total score last year :P Thanks for the great scores!
  July 20, 2014
Fantastic entry! Great colour blocking, colour layering, character design, and accessories. I particularly like the crab :) This would be a solid 10 for me but the overly detailed torso looks delicate so i'm going to have to dock 1 mark for not being so playable. 9 Points Good Job!
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Wow great entry Halhi! Lots of mocs with awesome color schemes so far! Love the look this guy has, greebled but still sturdy and clean. The accessories and functions are great! Seems like the face shouldn't work, but it really does, and it adds a bunch of character. Very nice work, a very solid 9!
 I made it 
  July 20, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab I just looked at this again and noticed that there isn't a back view on this... I hope that you at least make your bio-mocs to look good from every angle. :P
It does look fine from the back, I just am so used to only showing the front that I completely forgot about it. That's what happens when I rush the photo session...
  July 20, 2014
I just looked at this again and noticed that there isn't a back view on this... I hope that you at least make your bio-mocs to look good from every angle. :P
 I made it 
  July 20, 2014
Quoting Nathan Pownell Huh, I didn't know that you built Bionicles... Nice job! This is super awesome! I love the ground below him.
I build them...occasionally. I haven't built one in over half a year, and this is only my fifth bio-MOC, so it was a challenge. Thanks!
Quoting Yuri Fassio Ok, I gotta admit, my 1st thought when I saw this was "fuh-RAIL!" but it's sturdy enough. Again, I have no idea where this whole "drop test" came from. It's not in the rules anywhere. It says it must endure active playing, and that includes moving the arms and legs, and there's no way a kid is going to play with this thing without ripping off those arms, unless you glue those ball joints to those axles. This said, striking design and some cool accessories with great gimmicks (the water gun was totally unexpected). Even if I take the score down a notch for the joint issue, you deserve a good 7.
Thanks! Yeah, I know the drop test isn't required and it doesn't show everything, but a lot of people were commenting on the WIP that it looked fragile and I figured that some degree of proof was better than nothing. Good point about the limbs - maybe I should have used 3l and 4l axles with stop when possible to stop them from coming off...
 I made it 
  July 20, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab This guy is very cool. The working accessories are very well done, and the tan stuff he is standing on in the main picture really adds something to the moc that most Bio-Mocs don't have. Also, nice job on the beetle.
Thanks! Yeah, I'm working on presentation with these MOCs for my MOC-off with Stephen. Presentation is a third of the judging criteria, so I figured I might as well try to get a high score in that.
Quoting Saequis the Mage This is a great entry, Halhi, good luck! ~ Saequis
Thanks - good luck to you as well!
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Ok, I gotta admit, my 1st thought when I saw this was "fuh-RAIL!" but it's sturdy enough. Again, I have no idea where this whole "drop test" came from. It's not in the rules anywhere. It says it must endure active playing, and that includes moving the arms and legs, and there's no way a kid is going to play with this thing without ripping off those arms, unless you glue those ball joints to those axles. This said, striking design and some cool accessories with great gimmicks (the water gun was totally unexpected). Even if I take the score down a notch for the joint issue, you deserve a good 7.
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Huh, I didn't know that you built Bionicles... Nice job! This is super awesome! I love the ground below him.
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
This is a great entry, Halhi, good luck! ~ Saequis
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
This guy is very cool. The working accessories are very well done, and the tan stuff he is standing on in the main picture really adds something to the moc that most Bio-Mocs don't have. Also, nice job on the beetle.
 I made it 
  July 19, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga This does indeed look jumbled and homebuilt, and to be honest is a lot better than I would have expected.
Wow - if I can exceed expectations with a Bionicle I build in two days but can't with castle MOCs I work on for the same amount of weeks, maybe I should work in Bionicle more often! Thanks.
 I made it 
  July 19, 2014
Quoting Evan Botkin I like the slight asymmetric-ness of him. Still don't like the trans blue, he could use more of it I think. The working accessories are awesome though. It amazes me you were able to get an actual working water gun. I would say good luck in the contest but I don't think you need it =P
This must be a first - I enter a bio MOC into a contest and someone thinks I'll do well? :0 Usually I get people complaining about proportions and stuff and then get straight 6s from the judges :P Thanks! Yeah, the water gun actually was pretty simple once I figured out that putting a pneumatic pump in a cup of water enabled it to pump water. The toughest accessory to include actually might have been the beetle, it was hard to fill in all the gaps under the bohrok shield. Anyway, I've rambled on long enough - thanks for the comment and thanks for the advice on the WIP (even if I ignored all it except the feet :p)
 I like it 
  July 19, 2014
I like the slight asymmetric-ness of him. Still don't like the trans blue, he could use more of it I think. The working accessories are awesome though. It amazes me you were able to get an actual working water gun. I would say good luck in the contest but I don't think you need it =P
 I like it 
  July 19, 2014
This does indeed look jumbled and homebuilt, and to be honest is a lot better than I would have expected.
 I made it 
  July 19, 2014
Quoting Gilbert Despathens When they have you start modifying this guy, some more orange would be nice, and I think the arms might have looked better if the trans-blue armor plates were pointing upwards. It was an excellent idea to use a self-modifying robot, by the way - you could give him more arms or a completely different head and explain it all away!
This year we don't have to keep our entries built, that was just last year. Yeah, more orange...I wanted more, but most of my orange technic pieces are too large. As to the armor plates, they need to be in that position for best coverage. Thanks!
 I like it 
  July 19, 2014
When they have you start modifying this guy, some more orange would be nice, and I think the arms might have looked better if the trans-blue armor plates were pointing upwards. It was an excellent idea to use a self-modifying robot, by the way - you could give him more arms or a completely different head and explain it all away!
 I made it 
  July 19, 2014
Quoting ~ Brick I know nothing of Bionicle, so I can't really critique this, but it does look lovely!
Thanks! Yeah, I'm not all that experienced with Bionicle either, this is only my fifth bio-moc.
Quoting Alex Rode Ooh, cool! A little Jaeger-esque :)
Thanks! I've never seen Pacific Rim, so I'll take your word for it :P
 I like it 
  July 19, 2014
Ooh, cool! A little Jaeger-esque :)
 I like it 
  July 19, 2014
I know nothing of Bionicle, so I can't really critique this, but it does look lovely!
 
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