The first mech I made back in late 2010. I also often think of it as the original Hoplite, although it doesn't have that much in common with my actual Hoplite mechsuits and is more accurately described as a precursor to them.
About this creation
This is very temporary MOC, rebuilt only by memory and a picture that I drew of it back when I originally built it in 2010. This rebuild is only like 80% accurate to the real one, which I never had the opportunity to take pictures of. However, this covers all of the important parts. The only reason I even decided to briefly rebuild this on a whim was due to both nostalgia and to give others a glimpse into my MOC history.
This picture that I drew was the design concept art(left side), and then a drawing of the final product(right side). When I originally first set out to create the Sasquatch back in 2010 after finally obtaining some Exo-Force ratchet joints, I was initially intending to build a humanoid-ape shaped mech(and Sasquatch seemed like a fitting animal name), heavily inspired by screenshots I had seen of the Atlas from Mechwarrior and MechAssault. With weapons mounted into the arms and a lack of focus on realistic-looking human movement capabilities, this style of mech is something that I like to think of as a "walking gunship", likened to an Attack Helicopter with legs.
However, thanks to watching James Cameron's Avatar, which came out on DVD earlier that year, the design process for the Sasquatch was then heavily influenced halfway through building it by the AMP suits seen in the movie. So, it ended up with an open glass cockpit instead of a head, with really big hands that hold an even bigger gun. As you can probably guess, key elements of this 'corrupted' and altered design carried over to my later mechsuits and has helped me to establish a style for myself. It is funny to think of how it happened.
The Sasquatch was meant to be a heavy assault mech, but ended up armed with just a heavy Gauss Rifle, 2 wrist-mounted chainguns on each forearm, and a pair of missile pods, each holding 6 SSAMs(Surface-to-Surface/Air Missiles. It did retain the bulky heavy armor look, however.
The building techniques were very simple for every component of the main chassis, making this a fast and easy build. You can pretty much see how every part of the mech was built. My favorite parts are the beefy hands and the shoulder/thigh design that uses the big panels facing out. Despite the simplicity, these are things that I may use again at a later date for a different project.
Also, this thing was supposed to have comms or something for the backpack, but I can't remember what it was. It was for sure not thruster engines, at least. All I know was that it was built on sideways like shown.
The interior of the cockpit had the minifig pilot standing up, with some control panels in front, and I think it also had Battle Droid arms to serve as arm hookups in the rear. However, I didn't bother putting those back in place.
When I was converting the Sasquatch to become the first Hoplite, the regular studs-face-up build of the torso that you see here just simply proved too heavy and unstable for the heavy setup that I was planning, and encouraged me to eventually build the torso sideways for said Hoplite Defender. That sideways build has become a reliable, compact, and sturdy staple of my mechsuit designs.
Something close enough to the first hands that I ever did, used on the Sasquatch. Nice, big, and beefy, although clearly heavy. Figuring out a smaller design as used by the Hoplite Defender, and eventually improved upon with the Hoplite Peacekeeper, was a big goal of mine when I moved on from this build.
The big Gauss Rifle. Unlike my current mechs, it didn't actually connect directly to the palms of the hands, but the ratchet fingers could somewhat hold it in place. However, I am certain that the holes in the Technic-built handle grip of the gun helped inspire the way my current mechs now hold their weapons.
I really like the basic design of this weapon. I think that I will likely update it for future projects.
A height comparison with the Leprechaun(left), and the Hoplite Peacekeeper(right). Unfortunately, I don't have enough of the right ratchet joints to remake the Hoplite Defender chassis simultaneously, but this still makes a great way to see how things have come along since the Sasquatch was around. The missing Defender was about the same size as it, anyway.
This mech only took me a few hours partially recreate, and will be dismantled even faster, due to extremely outdated personal techniques. However, that does not mean that I will not replace it with a true successor in the future...
Thanks for checking out this rebuild of where it all started!