|Release date||April 2001 |
June 2001 
The Matau set was released in 2001 as one of the six Turaga sets. The set consists of twenty-six pieces.
An identical promotional set, 1418 Matau, 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. The 1418 release of the set was labeled as 6+, rather than 7+ like 8541.
By combining pieces from Matau with 8540 Vakama, 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 Matau was also advertised as combining with 1417 Vakama, 1419 Nokama, and 1420 Nuju to create one of three possible combiners. Only one of these combiners has instructions provided.
The set was included in 65025 BIONICLE Mata Nui Collector Pack, K8531 Ultimate Toa and Turaga Collection Kit and K8533 Find the Power Kit, and could be included randomly packaged in K8532 Ultimate Toa Collection Kit.
A lever is present on Matau's back, connected to his right arm, so lowering it causes him to lift his Kau Kau Staff. The arm is automatically lowered due to a rubber band connecting the lever to his neck.
Matau wears a lime green Noble Mahiki.
The set's score on Brick Insights across its two iterations (8541 and 1418) indicates mixed or average reviews.
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