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Lego Bionicle (first full shot of Kopaka) by Chuckdee Lego Bionicle (first full shot of Kopaka) by Chuckdee
.... and here's the first full-shot of Kopaka.... in my initial layout, the pose was a bit more super-hero-e, but LEGO was pretty strict initially in what a Bionicle could or couldn't so in term of movement, also, since this was my very first time drawing this, I had to get used to a Bionicle's anatomy and figure out what moved where and what the 'movement limitations' were.

This stuff is pretty old and I would do things waaaaay diferent now, BUT I look back at this fondly because I realized these toys were very special to a whole generation.... much like He Man and Transformers were to me and my generation! :)
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PANGOLIN-2 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member
This single picture not only sums up my entire childhood, but got me into both Bionicle and the larger world of comics, and I have used this issue to do the same to others.  The biggest thank you for your work on this!
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LewiDA Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
SUN
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JoeAMedia Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The only reason I got into Bionicle when I did was because of your comics. They totally sold me on the world, characters, and play-value of the figures. Thank you!
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bonzo970 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Dude...I have always loved Bionicle, and Kopaka was my absolute favorite. Thanks for posting this!
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SteamMouse Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had no idea you were on dA! ERMEGERD!

(Oh, and I have the Limited Collector's Edition of this issue. My prized comic possession.)
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Toasty-Marshmallow Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You mean... You were the one who drew for those Bionicle comics??!?!? 
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Darkblade007 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
... I've just gotta say that my entire life I looked up to the art in these comics. I actually still have all my bionicle comic books from back when I first got them with my lego magazines. Believe it or not, the drawings you did for these comics are still some of my all time favorite drawings I have ever seen! Plus I was part of the generation where bionicles were very special. I pretty much got as many as I could. In fact I loved them so much I still have them stored away in my closet. :P

But I digress, haha. I love all the drawings you did for these comics!!! (you don't even understand how much. lol) At least once or twice a year I get out my comics to look at the art. haha. Just thought I'd let you know! :iconthumbsupplz:
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TheHypotheticalNerd Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ugh. Bionicles were so awesome. It got harder for me to collect them because my family didn't have the disposable income to spend on every single Bionicle I wanted haha but I'm glad I got all of the original Toa.

I remember these comics and I had no idea that the guy who who drew THOSE comics also was the concept artist for Arkham Asylum. Insane.
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Darkblade007 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Dude seriously. They were QUALITY toys. haha
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BlazingPheonixXI Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
nice sun i love it
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SteamMouse Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! Bionicle is awesome!
I have the collector's edition of this issue!
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, I remember that image in the first comic! Such nostalgia! And it's great to see it is actually on DA now! :D
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Battledroidunit047 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
me too.
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Robojohn32 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist
And then Kopa killed them all.
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Quinn-G Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Holy crap, I remember this comic I read as a kid! Amazing to find its artist here. I'd like to personally thank you for contributing to one of the best things about my childhood. :D

Imma dig up the comics from the bowels of my bookcase now.
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eagonwuzhere Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I love this picture, I am currently trying to acquire the world's largest bionicle comic collection and you can see it at flickr.com/photos/eagonwuzhere I love your stuff and pm me!
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Saweel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I still have this poster on my wall (i'm almost 20 now). still love and miss bionicle.
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FoximalFox Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
If Lego or the Bionicle fandom decide to hold a convention dedicated to Bionicle and invited YOU as a guest of honor, would you accept?
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xRaam Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Oh man, I remember when I first got this back in 2001...Kopaka has always been my favourite character. Dammit man, you know how to create memories. :')
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voxumo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing absolutely amazing. i must ask why either u stopped drawing bionicle i mean the way u drew them was amazing but when that guy what was his name oh yeah Stuart Sayger started drawing them in 2006 i hated his art style i mean i understand the whole feel they wanted but there were several comics i can remember where some characters had no hands mainly jaller mahri where kongu accidently awakened that whale creature thing.

but wish u had done the whole series but thanks for what u did anyway it was great. and love how Kopaka was the first toa officialy featured in the comics and nuju the first turaga also kinda of funny that matoro was the first matoran shown and he played a major part in 2007.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
it was really fun to work on Bionicle, but after a year or so of working on it, I was having some deadlines issues with some of my other projects, so regretfully, I had to "streamline" my schedule and let go of "Bionicle" to focus on some of the other stuff I had going on at the time. :)
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CoconutFanatic Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wait... sinking in....... You drew... the original... Bionicle comics............ I think I may have gone Cross-wired... no, wait, there is the full realization. HOLY CRAP! You actually got to tell the first two years of the story? Do you know how jealous I am at this point!? INCREDIBLE!!
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
hehehe... thank you very much! :)
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kiinastar Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Wow! Nice!!!
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you all very much! :)
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FrankRT Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I bow to you, my noble comic artist. :bow:
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
heheh, thank you very much! :)
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ToaNuva07 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This-is-E-P-I-C!
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Disturbulator Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist
God this is so great.
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The-Master-Mason Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist
You cannot imagine the rush of joy I experienced upon seeing this here in your collection. It was mixed with that same feeling of wonder that I had when I first opened that issue of Bionicle.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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pickle962 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
man i was barely in kindergarten when bionicle took the world by storm. For me it all started with a happy meal complete with a bionicle matoran (or tohunga before the name change). BTW carlos, how did you come to work for lego in the first place? I've always been curious about that. Also, why did you quit drawing bionicle around the ninth issue or so of the 2001-2003 story arc. I presume because of lots of work.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
hehe ....I remember drawing some of those little comics for McDonalds!!!

LEGO contacted us (Wildstorm) and liked the work I had done on a series called BRASS, and as they say: the rest is history! :)

... at the time I decided to call it quits was because I was getting a little burned-out, and REALLY wanted to draw some human anatomy, so I did work for BIONICLE for about two years (more or less). I was pretty happy with my contribution to the BIONICLE mythos, but it felt like the 'right time' to bid BIONICLE adieu when I did! :)
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Recycledhero Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Artist
Sure hits home with me man. My first one was Pohatu :]
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BlueDubia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Kopaka was my favorite, hehe <D
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Ace-Master-555 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The most Awesome character in Bionicle ever!
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AndrakaNuva Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It would be cool to see how you would revamp their anatomy. I did a series of such redesigns to sharpen my digital skills. They surprisingly became pretty popular. [link] Totally inspired by your work by the way. :wink:
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
NICE!!!! :)
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AndrakaNuva Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! You don't know how much that means!
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PeabodySam Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Oh, yes. This panel (as well as the rest of the comic, but this was the establishing moment for sure) is what defined BIONICLE for me, over ten years ago, when I opened that first comic for the first time. Everything about it was just... so... incredible... and powerful... and mysterious, all at the same time. And as the establishing shot, this panel set up the entire BIONICLE mythos (at least... in 2001-2002) for me.

I'm not quite sure if you're aware, but among the BIONICLE fan communities I've seen, you're easily the most popular and renowned of the many comic book artists who worked on the series, and with good reason, too; your attention to detail (for example, all those scratches and chinks in the Toa's armor) and ability to make these plastic toys look so powerful has withstood the rigors of time for many of us older fans.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you very very much, they were pretty damn fun to draw! :)
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Babymordred121 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012   General Artist
SWEET! I totally had this comic.
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Xerta22 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude, Kopaka was my favorite bionicle of that generation. And I think I've actually seen this drawing somewhere back when they were being sold.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
this came out in the very first Bionicle comic waaay back in the day! :)
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legrosclown Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
OMG!!! I used to read the comics!

You're the one who drew the firsts bionicle comics?! AWESOME!!!

Your Bionicle comics were my favorites!
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you very much! :)
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skybard Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
It's funny to learn that LEGO was strict about the poses, considering how much more dynamic the poses in your illustrations often were than the ones that could be replicated in the toys. In fact, even the official promotional shots of the Toa from 2001 often had their waists, knees, and elbows bent in ways the toys couldn't replicate, even if there were implied joints built into the part designs.

Incidentally, I know you've drawn some of LEGO's Hero Factory characters from after they moved towards greater posability in the figure designs (most notably, knees and elbows). Do you prefer drawing characters from models that have the basic posability built in, or ones where it's implied and you have to visualize it for yourself, like Kopaka here?
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
LEGO's are so ridiculously WELL-designed, that even if the joints were only 'implied-movement', it worked regardless, because the 'pistons' and joints all made sense (even if they weren't actually articulated).... if anything, the first challenge was learning the figure's anatomy! :)
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Zirioz Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
bionicle is my childhood man and your awesome for having worked on them ^.^
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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