|Release date||April 2001 |
June 2001 
|The following is a product description taken directly from LEGO. View the source here|
Nuju may seem cold and uncaring, but he's actually one of the most generous Turaga. He tells his tales through gestures and whistles, which are interpreted by one of the Tohunga villagers. Nuju leads the village of ice and guards the legend of Kopaka.
The Nuju set was released in 2001 as one of the six Turaga sets. The set consists of thirty pieces.
An identical promotional set, 1420 Nuju, 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 1420 release of the set was labeled as 6+, rather than 7+ like 8544.
By combining pieces from Nuju with 8540 Vakama, 8541 Matau, 8542 Onewa, 8543 Nokama, and 8545 Whenua, one can build a Turaga Nui, though official instructions were never released. The Kabaya version of Nuju was also advertised as combining with 1417 Vakama, 1418 Matau, and 1419 Nokama 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 Nuju's back, connected to his right arm, so lowering it causes him to lift his Ice Pick. The arm is automatically lowered due to a rubber band connecting the lever to his neck.
Nuju wears a light gray Noble Matatu.
The packaging of set 1420
The inside polybag packaging of 1420
The set's score on Brick Insights across its two iterations (8544 and 1420) indicate poor to average reviews.
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