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Lego System: Matteo-nette by Mana-Ramp-Matoran Lego System: Matteo-nette by Mana-Ramp-Matoran
This is my second submission to :iconbarrelex:'s Triumph of Scrapworld contest.

Scrapworld Bio
Matteo, once a powerful Makuta was yet another notable victim to the mutagen, turning him into a disfigured slave to the horde. Matteo went from being another scrap beast, wondering the wastelands of Bara Magna to becoming Arachnes's pet. Peering into the mind that used to be she found him peculiar and interesting. "Such a dignified mind would be delightfully cruel jest." So she made him her puppet. reshaping his body, leaving just enough biological components to sustain his life, and just enough of the mechanical ones to have limited movement inside a wooden casing made of wood from a few trees recovered from what was left of the jungles of Aqua-magna.
As Arachne stripped away the infected parts of his body, and thereby the mutagen, Matteo slowly reclaimed his mind, such was her intent.
I know not what is a worse fate, having become a slave to that terrible mutagen, or having survived it, only to return to a body that is not my own. ~Dottore Matteo"


about the MOC
I've wanted to do this for a while. In the picture of Arachne(linked above) You can see that there is "mini-Matteo-nette", which I still have, but is no longer strung. This was my first attempt at this concept. After trying it out with him, I knew that I had wanted to come back to this idea and reattempt this concept since I wasn't satisfied with the results. This version is a lot better, but still has some slight issues. Once I have more string parts, I may give this a version two update. But overall, I'm very satisfied with the MOC. :D

Featured in this Deviation Matteo
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:iconghostymcspooky:
GhostyMcspooky Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i love how you rebuilt every part of him in a blocky way
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:iconmana-ramp-matoran:
Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Ben. :D Yeah that was a pretty fun challenge. Matteonette is a blast to play with to. I'd like to get a bunch more string elements some day and make the cords really long So he is more like a real marionette. Maybe move the leg functions to their own yolk to.
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:iconghostymcspooky:
GhostyMcspooky Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah,would like to make one for my self-moc too,if i had more black and white parts
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well luckily those are both common colors for system. So that shouldn't be too hard. Its getting more of the string elements that proves difficult. I need more tan for the control sticks to. I just cobbled them together, but I'd like to make nicer looking ones at some point as well.
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:iconghostymcspooky:
GhostyMcspooky Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah,maybe ill give it a try
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bioghosty4 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg mini matteo o nette is so cute
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:iconmana-ramp-matoran:
Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man. He's super fun to play around with to. :XD:
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bioghosty4 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome :3 
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:iconraps555:
Raps555 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I love the contrast between the two versions, at first I couldn't even tell the difference! I get a very Legend of Zelda puppet boss feeling from it, which I really like a lot. Nice use of the clock on the Bio version! xD A tip for photographing reds - don't put them on a white background. Put them on dark grey, it allows the camera to focus better on not blowing out the reds and keeping details instead of trying to filter out the white glow. Also, great use of the lego strings, that was a very nice touch.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy shit...How did I never reply to this? Well, three months later and I finally see it when browsing previous MOC's comments. I'm sorry Chris. :hug:

I've never played Legend of Zelda so I don't get the reference. :P Link please? HAHA get it? :XD:

Yeah I've seen some MOCers use dark grey backrounds, they're a nice medium between white and black. I really need to get me some kind of new background that isn't the lightbox. What kind of material could I use for a good smooth background but also be large enough for some of my bigger MOCs? Does Micheal's sell large pieces of like posterboard or card stock? I've seen MOCers use some kind of material where its smoothly bent up from the ground to the wall, and in dark grey, but I don't know what material they're using or where to get it. :/
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Raps555 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Quite alright. :3

You could use a couple different things. What I use is just a large white posterboard like you'd find at almost any grocery or drugstore that sells school supplies, but if you wanted gray, your best bet would be Michaels, yeah. If you pick up some wooden dowels, you can make a wooden armature to keep the stock nicely bent with a flat bit down at the bottom to set things on.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah okay, I'll have to check that out. What I'd actually like would be something where I can swap in and out colors as I need them, white for dark MOCs, black for light, grey for in between's or MOCs that have both light and dark. So maybe even two shades of Grey, light and dark. I use that blue insert on the light box and that's alright, but I find that much blue in the background a bit distracting. Something more Neutral would be nice.

I'm confused about what you mean by "wooden armature" like a frame that holds it all together on the sides?
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:iconraps555:
Raps555 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Yeah, I was thinking like a basic wooden armature shaped vaguely like a chair frame (two upright L shapes with cross bars between them) with pins in strategic places on it, and then you could punch holes in the cardstock you use for the background and slip it on so it doesn't move.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I see yeah that makes sense. Something like that could be rigged up by my step dad and I. :D
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legoland5254 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
it's amazing how you made a puppet of your own bionicle! I tried somethng like that once, it didn't work out
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. Not only did I make a puppet of Matteo, I made a marionette without using non lego parts. That's what I'm really proud of with this MOC. :)
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st3vethesquid Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Haha, nice brick built matteo :P
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:iconmana-ramp-matoran:
Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe. Thank you. You really should browse my gallery some day. Your gallery is pretty small, all fits on one page for me. But I also have my page setting set to 100 per page cause of the premium account. But still, your gallery is small.

And FYI he does work as a marionette. I've since repositioned the connections of the leg strings to better make his legs work. Now I just need to get more string parts so that I can do dual control sticks and really be able to make him move right.
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st3vethesquid Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Aaaaand I just figured out how deviantart works. I seriously did not notice that when you look in the gallery it's on 'featured' by default. I thought I had seen everything!

*sigh* it's gonna be a long day.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:lol: Yeah. The main page is the featured. Then there's the folders on the sides. And now premium members have access to sub folders, so I do have a few things separated into sub folders. :) But browse does put everything in chronological order descending from most recent.

Well I haven't seen any new comments, so I'm guessing you haven't bit the bullet and browsed yet?
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st3vethesquid Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nah I'm too lazy to comment :D
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Sandtrap Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
That's freaking hilarious, man.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :) And as you saw, it actually works. :D
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:iconsandtrap:
Sandtrap Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Quite well, even.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not quite as well as I'd like with the legs. But they should actually have their own separate control stick. But I'd need more string parts to make that work. Oh well. Its good enough for me. :D
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Sandtrap Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Haha
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional
cool
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:iconmana-ramp-matoran:
Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)
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:iconmrelectrog64:
MrElectrog64 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
pretty cool! does it work like a real pupet?
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A little bit. Most the arms. The legs are awkward to make work but that's be cause I put it all on one control stick. To make a real puppet work you have a separate stick for the legs. But I would have needed more sting parts. So for now, this is how it is. It does work though.
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MrElectrog64 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
also, the awkward legs might work to your advantage, you could have him like a more of a scary pupet that is being pulled and drags his feet to move, almost as if he were floating, even though he kinda always does that since he's a pupet.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm yeah. I suppose that works to. In the story(scrapworld) Matteo gets infected by the mutagen, turned into a scrap beast, then Arachne takes his mind and infuses it into this big puppet she created from wood(or the bionicle equivalent) and controls him using her psychic abilities. So that would actually be plausible. Thanks for the idea. :)
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MrElectrog64 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
no problem!
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MrElectrog64 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
ok, cool!
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BARON229 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow! That's really something else! I've never seen anything like that; a real working marionette in Lego. Simply put, this is unique, bro. And the fact it matches Matteo in a stylized-wood-puppet way just makes it all the more cooler. Fantastic job!
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :D I wanna get more string and tan pieces and do some more of these. maybe even an archi one with wings. That'd be cool. :D Hehe maybe this could become a signature Motive build for me. :D
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Vampire-Na-Zan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OTL,Ori uses any Visorak webbing she steals borrows from her little brother's as bracelets..x'D

But good Lord,Matteo-nette is absolutely adorable.He looks like a little duckie~<3.;u;
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Or should send those to Dave because Dave has need for them. :XD:

D'awwww Thanks Ori. :huggle::heart: Hehe a duckie you say? :iconponderplz: I may have to reference this in a certain something I'm working on.
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Vampire-Na-Zan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Certainly would be more productive....but not quite as fab~!:D I kid~.xD

Ghee~.:D
Yesh~!...Cue Ori bursting into Rubber duckie song.xD
Oh cool~!:D
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:iconthemocmaker:
theMOCmaker Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Does it have real wood, or are those Lego bricks?
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're lego brick. :) I used tan to sell the Marionette theme. :)
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theMOCmaker Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Wow! Matteo's block limbs too, I assume?
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What now?
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theMOCmaker Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
The legs.
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:iconalex-darkrai:
Alex-Darkrai Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so damn cool xD
I love all those features you create for Matteo ^^
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Alex.
What do you mean? This isn't really a feature, more like an alternate version.
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Alex-Darkrai Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know, but I mean all the things you do with Matteo xD
That's really cool, it gives your MOC Matteo and your character matteo a lot of soul :)
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I see. Thanks. He's my favorite MOC, and in my opinion, my most interesting character. I love the little guy. :) He's a lot of fun to work with. :D I think the next thing I'll do for him is some sort of vehicle. I'd like to make his dirigible, but that'd be too involved. Maybe a gyro copter or some cooky contraption like that. What do you think?
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Alex-Darkrai Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hm ... don't know ... but it should definitely be something flying.
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, something flying...like what? I kinda need someone to bounce ideas off of. If you were going to make a flying vehicle of some sort for Matteo what would be, and how would you go about it?
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