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 8541 MATAU, turaga of the air
-Kopaka mata-
Posted: Feb 28 2012, 03:13 PM


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Hi everybody, I am from Russia. And I want to lay out there one of my AF-reviews. Sorry if i do something wrong.

8541 MATAU

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Name: Matau
Theme: Bionicle
Year: 2001
Pieces: 26
Minifigures: 0
Price: 3.00 USD

Further References: BrickLink, Brickset, Biosector01.

The Box

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This is a simple small box, a little bigger than standart impulse-sets box. It has art of Turaga Matau on it's front and old-school Bionicle logo.

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On the back of the box you can see all six turaga sets from 2001, and a picture of the combiner of all turaga - Turaga Nui.

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On the right and left sides of the box there are some another pictures of set and address of Bionicle site.

The instructions

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Instruction consists and another side of it is the poster. Looks very nostalgicically =)

The pieces

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Turaga Matau consists of a mixture of Technic and Bionicle pieces, like other sets of first years of Bionicle series.

Design and playability of the set.

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Here is the completely built Turaga Matau, Ex-Toa Metru of Air. He is a little humpbacked and has disproportionately large head and feet.

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Matau is quite agile and can sit unlike 2001 Toa Action-figures.

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Under set's mask there is a green old-style bionicle head.

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If you press the lever on his back, he raises up his hand with a stick.

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Turaga Matau's mask is just awesome. It has lime color and looks some anthropoid. This mask called Mahiki, the Noble Mask of Illusion

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Matau's staff looks like jungle cutter. On its end there is green rotating saw. I think that i saw this pat in some of Racers theme sets.

Size comparison

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The set is a little taller tha standart 2001 matoran...

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But in comparison with Toa Tahu it looks very small.

Some other photos

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Matau and his counterparts. All six turaga sets.

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Tarakava rider!

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Don't look back...


Matau - Nice little set of old bionicle times. It will be liked by collector and by the MOC creators as source of some good rare parts.
Oh, it's something enchanting, that have old sets of Bionicle...

That's all, I hope you enjoyed the review. Sorry for bad English =)
Posted: Feb 28 2012, 03:55 PM


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The english wasnt that bad actually. There were a couple typos, maybe a missed word, but otherwise much better than most english speakers I see on the internet these days.

Nice work on the pictures too, they look like a profesional took them. Also, hes riding a Nui Jaga in the picture instead of a Tarakava.
Posted: Feb 29 2012, 09:26 PM

Toa of Thunder

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Great pics - the quality's certainly set at a high standard. It's nice to see a review of something so classic.

Could use a little more depth in places, but it is just a little Turaga.
Posted: Mar 1 2012, 01:50 PM

Birds R Awesome!

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Lots of cool high quality pics! Neat!

Oh man! There was a movable gear-like function for Matau's arm (It is simple, but still! Very neat!)?! I certainly didn't know that! That is so cool how back then even LEGO's smallest sets has some action to it! Unbelievable! biggrin.gif
Posted: Jun 12 2012, 08:56 AM


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Great review. I was always very disappointed that I was never able to buy any of the turaga. They were pretty much the only sets I didn't have from '01 to '06, minus a couple of the larger Rahi sets that came out in '01 to '02.
Posted: Jun 13 2012, 02:06 AM


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I know I regret not buying the turaga when I had the chance. I do have a set now, but it wasn't quite the same since they came prebuilt in an eBay auction.
Posted: Dec 29 2012, 03:22 PM

The master of the Bohrok Swarms

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You have made awesome review!!!! smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif

This post has been edited by maxthethrax on Dec 29 2012, 03:22 PM
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