|Release date||April 2001 |
June 2001 
|The following is a product description taken directly from LEGO. View the source here|
Famous for his quick temper and great courage, Vakama is the protector of the legend of Tahu and is Turaga of the village of fire.
The Vakama set was released in 2001 as one of the six Turaga sets. The set consists of twenty-nine pieces.
An identical promotional set, 1417 Vakama, was released by the Kabaya Foods Corporation in Japan in 2001 as one of four Turaga. The set was packaged in a polybag, which in turn was packaged inside a box alongside a small bag of candy. 1417 Vakama was also released as a different polybag by Woolworth's in the United Kingdom during 2003, as part of set 4228383. The 1417 release of the set was labeled as 6+, rather than 7+ like 8540.
By combining pieces from Vakama with 8541 Matau, 8542 Onewa, 8543 Nokama, 8544 Nuju, and 8545 Whenua, one can build a Turaga Nui, though official instructions were never released. The Kabaya version of Vakama was also advertised as combining with 1418 Matau, 1419 Nokama, and 1420 Nuju to create one of three possible combiners. Only one of these combiners has instructions provided.
A lever is present on Vakama's back, connected to his right arm, so lowering it causes him to lift his Firestaff. The arm is automatically lowered due to a rubber band connecting the lever to his neck.
Vakama wears an orange Noble Huna.
The set packaging for the UK polybag of 1417
The Kabaya version of the packaging
The set's score on Brick Insights across its two iterations (8540 and 1417) indicate poor reviews.
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