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Bionicle MOC: Akrida by Mana-Ramp-Matoran Bionicle MOC: Akrida by Mana-Ramp-Matoran
About the MOC
Akrida is Greek for Grasshopper(Spelled ακρίδα and pronounced Akrilla). I went with Greek because in ancient Greece the Grasshopper was a sign of nobility and wisdom. In Chinese culture the grasshopper is seen as an omen of fertility and good luck, especially in having a son, which is highly valued in Chinese families. Though I liked the Greek name more so Akrida it is.

The inspiration for Akrida came over time. After dismantling Relik Bionicle MOC: Relik by 3rdeye88 I had the idea to build a Steampunk themed frog with a rider. After considering that several MOCers have made frogs before, like welcometothedarksyde's Wrebbit Wrebbit by welcometothedarksyde, I thought on what else I could make that would fit the concept and I thought of a grasshopper. Then I looked up "Bionicle Grasshopper" and more generically "bionicle insect" on various places and found that no one had built a grasshopper yet(at least that I found), so that settled it for me. I'm still debating on whether or not I want to make a rider for this thing. Its wasn't exactly built with having a rider in mind. Though that's sort of how I would go about it, create animal->build saddle around animal, just like real life. If I do make a rider for it, I've already got some ideas on how to make the saddle so that it "fits" the Grasshopper mount. The rider itself is still a mystery to me.

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canonical note
Biosector01 mentions a "Grasshopper-like" rahi that Takua fights in Ga-wahi. While no other mention of any Grasshopper creatures are mentioned, there is at least one canonical Grasshopper Rahi in the bionicle universe. The Wiki also refers to them as "cliff Bug" which I will say is what they're commonly referred to in the bionicle world by sentient being.

"Cliff Bugs as they're more commonly referred to are insect-like rahi that inhabit a few different territories within the Matoran Universe and Spherus Magna(post migration). They can be found in wet bioms like Ga-wahi, and the swamps of Le-wahi.  They typically like moist well vegetated areas.
Akrida are a unique type of Cliff Bug in that they grow substantially larger than average cliff bugs. This makes them much more formidable in the wild and moves them higher up on the food chain. Akrida are favored amongst the Le-Matoran who like to make use of animal mounts where ever possible. Some Le-matoran prefer to ride Gukko birds, but some prefer Akrida for their ability to traverse land, while also being able to leap great distances to the point that it almost seems like they can fly as well. Smaller cliff bugs can fly, but due to their larger size, Akrida cannont. Because both rahi are kept in stables and captivity, they co-habitate quite peacefully and often times form bonds.
Being Herbivores, they don't attack other animals unless provoked. Though when they are, they make a loud hissing noise as a warning. They will bite with their large mandibles and attack with the spikes on the back of their legs. Neither of these are meant for attacking prey so they're not lethal per say, but can still cause injury or death in extreme situations. Average Cliff bugs are preyed on quite often by most other rahi in the wild. Akrida are still prone to being preyed on, but a lot less due to their relative size and ability to leap great distances. This keeps them alive most of the time. Only truly apex predators stand a chance of making Akridas a meal.
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INTRODUCTION:
"When Dave is challenged, be it by others or himself, he doesn't just live up to it, he destroys it." - Dennis, just now.

IMPACT:
This one is rather refreshing Dave, I've seen you build rahi-like creatures, but with those comes a sense of imagination, the part where people fill in the gaps towards what you intended to build.
With this build though, that wasn't a factor. We all know what a grasshopper looks like, I amongst many, even chased them through tall grass fields to play with them (sometimes with more sinister intent). So you gave yourself a pretty big challenge when you started this project.

VISION:
In my honest opinion, I think you killed the form! Without reading any context, just by looking at it, you instantly notice this to be a grasshopper. And quite an excellent one as well. I like how you "spotted" this one with the yellow 1/2 bushes (looked up the name on BL).
Also the usage of colors complements the build well. The pearl dark gold and the dark green is a solid combination (probably why LEGO used it themselves a few times).

TECHNIQUE:
I will admit, constantly looking for new techniques is exhausting. Although you keep surprising us with slightly new ways of using certain pieces, I'm quite sure that in this case you used more-known connections and part usage. Now I wasn't sure whether to let this contribute to originality or not. But then again, I haven't seen all too many LEGO grasshoppers, so there you have it. :D

ORIGINALITY:
As partly explained in technique, I personally haven't seen all too many grasshoppers made from LEGO, let alone from BIONICLE parts. And I must say, I love the incorporation of the system wings, weren't they from a space set? Great work on that part mate! Also, and this might just be a detail, I applaud you for using those LEGO "leaves" as his meal!

CONCLUSION:
You have yet again managed to make me wonder and study your build. Wherever you may request a critique, I shall do my best to only judge what is to be critiqued, but knowing you and your work, I can't help but to compare your builds towards these 4 categories. That is how I came to this score.

Keep blowing us away, Dave!

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ToaAerrow Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I have only three words for you:
THAT.
IS.
AWESOME!!!
(Punctuated for emphisis)
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :D Glad you like it.
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hektk Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
Nice Greg very nice
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heyyy you found me. :lol:

Thanks...Pablo. :XD:
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GoldenArpeggio Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Took me a while, but finally some free time! <3

Well, dear, well... What can I say? This has to be one of the most original, genious MOCs I have ever seen. Not too many people decide to build a grasshopper, but you did it... and in a enormous size! What's more, you worked with a quite interesting color scheme and decided to go with a more realistic look rather than ferocious or cute. I'm amazed by the shaping you gave the MOC using those curvy golden armor from various sets like Iruini and Takanuva, the part usage here is fantastic: the masks, the Kahgarak plate, even the Rhotuka shields at the end! The legs look great, love the longer ones with the Metru shins, and the face with the double jaw is gorgeous! This MOC is a creation you should be proud, since it's not only perfect for the sight but it has a wonderful use of parts and seems to have quite a lot of poseability. Marvelous, dear!

Also, glad to see you took advantage of the gaps on the official story to put Akrida on it! ;3
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D'awwww Thanks Lianyu. :hug: I'm glad you really like it.

There's a few things I'm not overly happy with, like the mouth, and the feet, but considering Old gold doesn't have a whole lot of parts to it. I'm satisfied with what I was able to produce with what I had. If I used a different more accessible color, I probably would have done the feet differently. Oh well. Thanks again. :)
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GoldenArpeggio Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
The mouth looks great in my opinion. And maybe changing the feet of the first legs to Avohkii would look better if that bothers you, but I think they look nice anyways. =P
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Haveniceday5 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Dave this moc is jawdropingly good just like your other mocs
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:blush: G'awww thank you Haven. That's quite a compliment. :)

I'm glad you like it and think my other MOCs are good to.
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Haveniceday5 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
You're welcome brother 
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R603 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very epic grasshopper Dave! :clap:

Excellent shaping & color coordination everywheremuch!!

Like so much, words cannot express!!!!:icondogeplz:
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Simeon. :D

I'm glad you like it that much. There's a few things I'd change if I could get the parts in different colors, But Old gold is hard to work with, so considering that aspect. I'm super happy with him. Its a Male Grasshopper cause of the Yellow bits. :P
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Glenfoxx Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I always love more Rahi. Nice work, and the colors are rad.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. Rahi are severely underrepresented in my MOC portfolio. But inversely I'm really good at Vehicles.
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Alex-Darkrai Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I realy like this one :)
The face/head is near to perfect! The shape is good as well, I can't even see any visible gaps.
I think the back legs could be even longer.
Seeing those wing parts being used brings back memories xD
All those yellow ornamental techic parts are a nice highlight ^^
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh Thanks Alex.

Near, the mouth is off a bit. Its a bit too big and the mandibles face downward instead of out, and they have these things called palpes that are like little tiny face finger antennae things. I didn't put any of those on there cause I couldn't find a convincing articulate way to do that without massively cluttering up the face.

If you look at it from the side there's definitely some gaps. But hey its a Bionicle they all have gaps. Look at the movie versions of pretty much every character. They've got some fleshy bits and some gappy mechanical bits. That's the beautiful thing about Bionicle.

That was a summation of proportions. Grasshoppers all have various sized abdomens and wings and the legs always seemed proportionate to their abdomins. The thigh went about to the end of the abdomen so I summized the length. I used Google Images of Grasshoppers, but I focused on this guy more. So you tell me. You're the architect, You can measure and stuff. I used my fingers to kinda space the length and it seems the knee gos back to the end of the abdomin and the shin is about the length of the thigh. :shrug:

Right? 90's era space sets. :XD:

Thanks That's to convey the gender dimorphism in Males. So this makes this a male Grasshopper. :P
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Alex-Darkrai Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you used that image as source material, could it be that the main body is too short? Like; the frontal body is good, but the back is too short?
Because on the picture the body looks proportionally longer and the legs are all connected to the first half of the body, while on your Akrida the look like they're all located on thefrontal 3/4 of the main body.
I'm not too sure about this, maybe it's only looks like this to me on the pictures.

I allways wanted to use some of those parts again! The have such individual shapes and color schemes. But ... most of mine are lost or damaged ^^;
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:shrug: I mean I did use other images. The front legs are attached to the thorax, but the back legs do seem attached to the Abdomen. www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVAVn9… Its hard to tell. From what I gathered the back legs start at the front of the abdomen and extend length wise all the way back.

Well overall I think what matters is getting the point across right? it looks like a grashopper, everyone can recognize it as one, and they come in so many different variations, its hard to nail just one. I agree that the legs might be back a bit. But I'm fine with that. :iconcloseenoughplz: :lol:

Oh that sucks. Mine are strewn about in my lego collection. I didn't have all that many of them.
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic creation my friend. 
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Greg. :D
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It always a joy to see what you come up with Dave.  :)
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. You to Greg.
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome bro! :)
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MainmangoII Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And from a sea of Hero factory themed MOCs emerges a grasshopper made almost entirely of Bionicle parts. 'tis a refreshing sight indeed.

The colors are distributed very well, and the thorax implies a very solid creature, well done.

II'm not very familiar with common garden variety grasshopper anatomy, but I might have an idea for this build. I've seen a documentary about a species in Africa that has inward facing spines on it's legs so they can trap smaller insects by wrapping their legs around them, maybe you could flip the spines around and turn this thing into a war beast? just a thought. And you should definitely make a rider for this guy! even if it's just a little guy, it would really take this MOC to the next level.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know right? It was really refreshing using all these old parts. I'm a little sad I had to resort to using Hero Factory parts on it at all, but there was just no way to articulate the neck in that confined space. HF is really good for compact articulation.

Thanks man. Glad to see a comment from you to, its been ages. The ironic thing is that thorax is actually pretty hollow and a little fragile. :P

Huh that's interesting. Can you provide a link to this particular species? When working on him I just used Google Images of Grasshoppers, and I sort of focused on this particular one the most.

I'll definitely consider the rider much more now. Thanks for the encouragement :)
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MainmangoII Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Been gone, but i finally made something today.
Hollow thorax? not too fragile to support a rider I hope >.>

I can not, I tried browsing the internet for an article about it, but all I ended up finding were articles on species in arizona that will break it's own leg off to get away from predators. :shrug: I guess I should have tried to find it before mentioning it.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's cool. When you post it I'll see it. :)

Its kinda hollow. And that won't be too much of an issue. if I make the saddle it'll actually be elevated a bit. Like it'll strap and connect to the grasshopper but it'll be elevated off the grashopper so that it's wings can still move. It'll also give me a chance to put some shock absorbers in there to give it a cool springy look. After all if your mount is hopping around, you'd want some suspension to soften the ride. :P

:lol: Yeah probably. Oh well. I like my green regularish grasshoppers. They're cute and don't really bite.
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BionicleSaurus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That looks wonderful! Very creative, and you're vision was very cool.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. BionicleSaurus. :) Now I have another big aminal to go next to my T-rex. I should make some more aminals though. Creatures are sadly under represented in my MOC collection. :P
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
That's pretty awesome.  I love those back legs.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks EG. They were a bit of a struggle at first, Took me a couple tries to get both sections to where I liked them.
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FrancisJeremyXavyer Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student Writer
I don't normally like bugs, but this is a notable exception!
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me neither. I don't really like bugs IRL, but this was one of those "I've never done... and no one else has ever done... so I'll do..." builds. I had only built insects on a small scale with

Tombo
Bionicle MOC: Tombo by 3rdeye88

Anansi
Bionicle MOC: Anansi The Spider by 3rdeye88

and the failed derp ant.
Bionicle MOC: Derp ant. by 3rdeye88

 So I wanted to try making an insect on a larger scale. The fact that I couldn't find any examples of a Bionicle Grasshopper is what motivated me the most to make this particular bug.
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FrancisJeremyXavyer Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Writer
Okay.
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welcometothedarksyde Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really creative idea, and very good job making it look like the real animal Clap 
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Liam. :D I was tempted to try my "mechanical animal" rahi treatment and put wheels on its feet and give it lots of shock elements, but because I still feel like animals are my weakest area in MOCing subject matter, I went more for realism. I studied photos of Grasshoppers to try and get the anatomy as best I could with what I had. Old Gold isn't exactly an abundant color with lots of different parts.
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voxumo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh good lord that is adorable. I love how you used the old gold along with dark green, it really looks like it has the color of a grasshopper
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:blush: Thanks Voxumo. Well lego used it on Iruni, old gold and dark green. So its something we're familiar with, plus I really wanted to use all the old gold I had reclaimed from all the MOCs I ever used it on, and dark green just felt like a very "grasshoppery" color to use. Grasshoppers come in all sorts of colors but Green is the most common and my selection of standard green is abysmal. Dark Green was and still sorta is abundant for me. So that process worked out naturally. Green's my favorite color and I think I'm more partial to Lego's dark green than standard or bright green since I also have an affinity of all things dark.
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voxumo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, i know what you mean. The new green.. lime green it just.. does not hold the same appeal to me as the dark green did, or even the original lewa green, which wasn't super dark but still looked nice. 
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like lime green to. Its a nice versatile color because it can be used inorganically on like cars, robots mechs and anything you wanna give a flashy paint job to *points to your icon* And it can be use organically to on lizards and other brightly colored creatures. Then it can be used in foliage as well when mixed with the other greens. its very versatile. I like using it.

To be honest. There's not really a color in lego I don't like. Some I don't use or even have at all. But colors are colors. Every color has a use, that's why lego makes it. Its too bad Bionicle and Constraction in general doesn't work more with the color palette Lego has. I could totally see a cyber punk HF guy using bright Pink and black. But I guess it comes down to gender roles and stuff like that. What 12 year old boy is going to want a pink and black Bionicle bad guy? Some would, but not enough to justify producing the parts I think. :shrug:
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Meskii Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YAAAAAY GRASSHOPPER
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YAY MANDATORY COMMENT FULFILLMENT! :XD:

Thanks Meskii. What do you think now that it's done and you have better photos to look at?
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Meskii Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
10/10 would bang
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:O_o: What's that supposed to mean?

I'd rather you bang the MOCer instead of the MOC.
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Meskii Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1) its a joke
2) Thats very very tiny but copy and paste exists.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1) Its a weird joke. You're weird, stop being weird.
2) That's why I did it. :P You went there, you can't expect me not to follow. :P
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Meskii Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dont tell me what to do! >.>
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't tell me what to do! This is my deviation, I'll tell you what to do on it all I want. :nana:

Also I never understood what >.> means as an emoticon. What face is that? :confused:
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A new MOC and WOW !! This really is an awesome beast, the head looks just great matching that of an actual grasshopper and the back legs look really nice with those spikes. Also, from where are those wing pieces more exactly ?
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Random. Though I have to refute that first compliment. The head isn't exactly right. Grasshoppers have these weird mandibles that sorta point down and are flush with the shape of its head. Its like this tri-jaw joint thingy going on and I couldn't really replicate it right so I did the best I could. This is an approximation, but its actually too big and shapes the bottom of the head wrong for an actual Grasshopper. However, its a Bonkle I can change the proportions all I want. :XD: So I let it slide. :iconcloseenoughplz:

The wings are this part. There's supposed to be a right and left wing where the printing is on opposite sides so they face the same way when set next to each other. However, I got these at Bricks By The Bay this year and grabbed both of them from bulk lots thinking they were a pair when they were both the left wing. So one has the printing upside down. I'll fix that when I get one of the opposing side. It didn't detract from the MOC enough to not use it. I certainly wasn't going to let a little bit of printing on one part stop me from making and photographing a MOC.
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