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Evolutionary Chronicle - Nui-Rama

Nui-Rama are predatory flying insects which inhabit the rainforest and swamp regions of the Mata Nui continent. During the day, they fly in and above the forest canopy in search of suitable prey. At night or during a bad weather, when the temperatures drop, they rest in caves on cliffs or on the treetops, using their two rear pairs of legs as landing pads. Upon finding a suitable prey animal, a hungry Nui-Rama will swoop down, grasping its prey with its long forelimbs and stinging it with its long, proboscis-like mouth. Like their distant ancestors, the water bugs, Nui-Rama use their mouthpieces to inject their prey with their saliva. This serves a double purpose: the saliva quickly paralyzes the target, as well as liquefies its internal organs, allowing the Nui-Rama to suck out a partially-digested meal with little struggle. True to their semi-aquatic origin, Nui-Rama lay their eggs near the water's edge. The larvae then grow underwater as fully aquatic predators, leaving the water for good only upon reaching their adult stage. Nui-Rama are solitary animals by nature; although often seen flying or resting in groups, they have no social bonds. Unless provoked, a Nui-Rama would seldom attack an animal larger than itself.
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A flying waterbug based on an old Rahi figure? Okay, that is seriously awesome.
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Poharex Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
The Nui-Rama is my favorite design so far, and certainly the most challenging one. That toy does NOT look like a dragonfly...
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should be proud of it; the waterbug look was very clever. I figure the odd appearances of the early Bionicle toys was due to a lack of specialized parts, and it shows especially badly with the first Rahi. I'll never forget how goofy the Tarakava looked when I first saw it....
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Poharex Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You make a good point; most of the early Bionicle sets used recycled pieces from Slizers/Throwbots and other Technic lines and this was especially evident with the Rahi. Even so, I always look back on them with nostalgic fondness. My organic redesigns of them, in a way, are part of that.
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed they did; sometimes I think Lego wasn't expecting Bionicle to take off like it did, hence why they didn't mold tons of new parts for the toyline when it first released.

Same here. They were a big part of my childhood and will always have a special place in my heart. It's good to see others looking back on them so fondly. :)
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AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Student Filmographer
looks almost like a cross between a fly and a dragonfly
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