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Kopaka Toa of Ice by AndrakaNuva Kopaka Toa of Ice by AndrakaNuva
Considering the popularity of my Bionicle sketches from
highschool. I decided to do a new redesign one of my
favorite childhood characters, Kopaka, to develop a better
digital skill set.

This however turned into a series of bionicle related pieces.
The other 5 Toa redesigns: [link]

My artwork is "head-canon" and any innovations
I make are not meant to anger or upset.


When I was a kid I disliked the movie designs. I always
pictured the Bionicle characters looking tough and realistic.
God forbid I mention Michael Bay but I tried to give the Toa
a movie style makeover with the Transformers movie and
its adult audience in mind.

My take on them was emphasizing the biomechanical.
My definition being "organisms naturally occurring in nature that
evolved resembling machines with a base element of iron, silicon,
or another metal." Much like the Silicon monster in Star Trek.
Evolved rather than being built by another race. Much in contrast
to post 2003 Farshtey canon:
[link]
Lol, gotta love head-canon. :D

Chinese Sword reference:
[link]

All rights go to the Lego corporation.
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:iconsilentphantomomega:
SILENTPHANTOMOMEGA Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
funny the bionicle 2015 version looks almost exactly like this one, or at least the mask does
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:iconsnowy-aegis:
Snowy-Aegis Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because, as we all know, Kopaka is best Toa.
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:icona-miner-problem:
A-Miner-Problem Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dayum
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LukeMCFC141 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Writer
Kopaka is clearly the... coolest, of the Toa Mata/Nuva.
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:iconvladax:
VLADAX Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
I agree with and without the pun. ;)
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:iconmizu-no-kage:
Mizu-no-Kage Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
My boy has never looked sexier.
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:iconsup-fan:
SUP-FAN Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
UNITY!!! DUTY!!! DESTINY!!! BIONICLE FOREVER!!!
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Sidorak12814 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
CRAPICOLA this is awesome!
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:iconbiosonic100:
Biosonic100 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The only design from the Miramax films I like and dislike are these; I like the way they icorperate the biomechanical aspect. I dislike how it was realized. Does this make sense?
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
Very nice! Glad I'm not the only one who didn't like the movie designs I think yours look nicer :D
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:iconsuddenlyzero:
SuddenlyZero Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
This is brilliant

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:iconchaosmiles07:
ChaosMiles07 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
My favorite of the original 6 Toa, and also my favorite of your 6 drawings of them. Nice job!
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:iconcharteam:
CharTeam Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
freaking awesome
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:iconbetta132:
Betta132 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013   General Artist
Yes. So awesome. This is how I picture them!
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:iconsinzuthegreat:
SinzutheGreat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Oh my God, so badass.
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:iconaseika:
Aseika Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this picture makes him look a lot more awesome then he was shown originaly
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:iconsoulgrenade:
SoulGrenade Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
This is way too cool dude.
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:iconslamjamsam:
SlamJamSam Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I still have this guy.
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:iconhenrykhaung:
henrykhaung Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ha ha,cool!Kopaka as a samurai
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:iconhoshistar17:
hoshistar17 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
He has an air of a lone Samurai in this pic, I like it.
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:iconriptidespiritwolf:
riptidespiritwolf Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love your toa pic :). i still remember back when i got my 1st toy for my b-day..aaah to be 6 again
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:iconkildares:
kildares Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
OH, HELL YEAH!!!
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:iconm4a44:
m4a44 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
O.o
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This is awesome!
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:iconbysthedragon:
Bysthedragon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Hey I'm thinking of making a next generation series of Bionicle. I posted a consept design but I think you could make them so much cooler, care to help?
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arcone-lycurgus Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Writer
Great Mata Nui! Please, please, draw more! I love Bionicle as much as anyone; too bad there isn't more fanart like this.
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:iconandrakanuva:
AndrakaNuva Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
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:iconarcone-lycurgus:
arcone-lycurgus Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Writer
AH YUS! Thank you!
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Killinator Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Making Kopaka even more Badass. Good Job! Sadly that there arent any more Bionicles. But Id like to see someone like the Shadowed One or Mata Nui in Hero Factory.
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shadownickmcnick Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
thought i added this to my fave already...huh. whatev. anyway this is awesome dude! i love this soo much! kopaka was my fave toa and this pic gets 10 out of 10 as far as awesomeness goes. loved the other pics of the toa you had as well.
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AndrakaNuva Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
"tenaddaten" lol
Thank you. I'm always happy to see that Bionicle fans are enjoying my work.
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:iconzanderrich:
Zanderrich Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you just make a Game Grumps reference? =D
Also, badass picture, the addition of the cloak is genius.
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AndrakaNuva Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
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:iconzanderrich:
Zanderrich Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:icongamegrumpsplz:
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:iconshadownickmcnick:
shadownickmcnick Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
no problem! ^_^
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LizzardAegis Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
HOW THE HELL WOULD THIS BAD ASS PICTURE PISS SOMEONE OFF? anyone who hates this pic should be shot with a zamor sphere and forced to walk into the gaping pit of mt. valamai
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ALEXACEDEATH Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
These are just amazing! Im reliving my childhood! GREAT JOB! :D
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:icontyrr120n:
Tyrr120n Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Artist
I never thought Bionicle could be made better.... But this.... this is a MAASTERPIECE :0
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:iconjack-the-writer:
Jack-The-Writer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like this a lot! :la: But I'm not sure if I like the cape.
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:icondomoniche1:
Domoniche1 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
It's like a assassin creed and Bionicle mash up Cool!
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Lightninging63 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
That's got to be the single most badass piece of art of my favorite Toa of Ice, ever.

Love the style, love that he's not completely robotic-looking, and that his armor flows smoothly with the rest of his body. And dang, I love that cape.

And there's 5 more like this? Brilliant.
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GnarledContradiction Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is all kinds of awesome! :happybounce:
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Director1265 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Holy Shit! THAT is the coolest Bionicle character I've EVER seen!!! It's almost identical to how I would picture the Bionicle characters back in the days I would play with them, sort of an ultra-advanced robot being that has developed its own culture, perhaps with the ability to use nanobots to reproduce. I also concidered the Toa not to be seperate beings, but rather as mutated Matoran. (Something I never understood: why the heck did the Koro-villages consist of five with the entire population being male and one with an all-female population?)

Before I shut up with my annoying blabbering, I just wanted to say that Kopaka was always my favorite and that I think you did a really great job. Kudos and keep up the good work!
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LizzardAegis Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
well in a sense they are the same species...
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:iconandrakanuva:
AndrakaNuva Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
So many feels bro. That was my own head cannon at age 10-14. Plus he was my favorite as well.
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Director1265 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Well, I know that Lego intended these figure's so-called personalities to be entirely up to the imagination of the builders, but it seems that everyone agrees that Kopaka was the calm, quiet, no-bullshit kind of guy who would just punch the enemies in the face while they were dancing around with their kung-fu, rolling his eyes at the idiocracy of it all. I guess you could compare him to Jonah Hex, Batman, Shadow the Hedgehog or Spike Spiegal. THAT's why he was my favorite! And personally, I think your version of him captures that personality more than any other rendition, whether it be Legos or movies or fan art. Maybe it's the cape, or the glaring eyes...

Man, all this hype over a bunch of plastic! But it's worth it! Bionicle's more than a franchise: It's a legacy!
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skull123246 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Reading this while listening to Hero by AIK....lovely memories.
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:icondirector1265:
Director1265 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Right on!
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skull123246 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsuperw00tplz:
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:iconvahi-mangai:
Vahi-Mangai Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
...like what if...mata nui just told everyone that he ruled them...and really just took over the universe by force and slaughtered those who knew about it??? :O
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DragonBlade260 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my word this is awesome!!!
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