Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bionicle Redesign

My younger brother and I loved the original Bionicle toys growing up until the Rahkshi story arc. We split the six Toa (the main heroes) between us, and among the three that I owned, Kopaka was my favourite.

(Original Kopaka. Image found on

The original Kopaka was the Toa of ice and protected the snowy regions of Mata Nui (the continent Bionicle takes place). His unique abilities included x-ray vision and a sword that can shoot ice beams. In the second "season" of the Bionicle story, when the Toa became Nuva, Kopaka's sword turned into a double-ended blade staff. The blades could separate and attach to the bottoms of Kopaka's feet to be used as skis. I wasn't a big fan of the Nuva series, but I did like the skis idea.
So taking all of his functionalities and abilities, I painted a redesign of my favourite Bionicle character:

I added skates to the backs of his ankles that can slide and attach to the bottoms of his feet, similar to Kopaka Nuva's skis. The blue lights on his visor-less mask act as cameras - the larger blue light on his right eye provides Kopaka with stronger x-ray vision.

If anyone reading this blog post remembers the original Bionicle toys, you're the best and may you be awesome forever. If you read the Bionicle comics, you win at life. 


  1. There is a very big Bionicle fandom online. If you had stayed on the story, you'd find a story far to epic and complex to call a children's story. This drawing is beautiful. I'd love to see more.

  2. I absolutely love your redesign. If you love Bionicle so much, maybe you should head on over to It's a fabulous fansite with forums, role-play, art, writing, and so much more. Great artistic style, especially capturing that 2001-3 toa chest piece. Haha, those are so bulky.

    1. Thank you so much! :) The first gen Bionicle were the best, imo. The bulky chest pieces were awesome, haha!

  3. Awesome redesign! unfortunately I didn't have the possibility of buy any of the originals, but I grew up with some of the toys, saw the movies and I also read some of the comics, everything awesome :)