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70787 Tahu – Master of Fire

By KZN02 (Review Gallery)

Review: 70787 Tahu - Master of Fire

The Box

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The Bits

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Contents consist of 2 bags of parts, parts for the Fire Blades, Golden Swords, the torso piece, and the instruction booklet.

Tahu's mask is still recognizable to the original Hau. One less pair of side vents on the mask and the top vent is gone, but there's still a noticable depression where it would have been.

The Build

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Assembled, Tahu is very tall figure. Given that his lower leg armor shells are torso pieces (much like Furno XL from Hero Factory Brain Attack), his feet have friction joints to not get in the way of the shell. This extra bit of height does not account for Tahu's Golden Swords attached to his back.

The shape and position of the torso pieces on the legs gives me the impression of a Samurai's hakama and the shoulder armor of plated shoulders on samurai armor, so my personal nickname for Tahu is "Samurai Surfer". (sounds like some 80's themed cartoon hero)

The figure has the usual 13 points of articulation plus 4 from the shoulder armor (convenient given how it's attached) plus another 4 from how the Golden Sword storage pieces on the back.

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The gearbox mechanism works like any other Master's, and the shoulder armor moves with the arms they're connected to. How the Golden Swords are stored on the back is remarkable; you can move them about in the gearbox and in no way will they get in each others' way. Bravo LEGO Designers for this amazing feat of assembly.

Tahu has blue eyes in this incarnation. I would have preferred red, but I guess LEGO wanted to save money in not having more than 3 different trans-colored eyestalks.

To be honest, I've never liked the exposed ball joints on the torso piece on most of the Masters set, but I think I've gotten used to them for now.

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The Fire Blades are very large weapons with a translucent flame piece within and is a great callback to Tahu Nuva's Magma Swords and Lhikan's Fire Greatswords, moreso how they can be combined to become his lavaboard. One piece keeps the blades together while 2 pins hold Tahu's right foot to the board.

The primary colors of red, trans-red, gray, gold, and silver work very well for Tahu. This same color combination makes me think of Samurai X from Ninjago, but then I guess this is a pretty common thing if you go by other series like Super Sentai/Power Rangers.

The Brass Tacks

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  What We Liked:

*Impressive gearbox assembly
*Both tall and versatile
*Color scheme
  What We Didn't Like:

*Exposed balljoints
*Blue eyes
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