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Large Set
Set number 8539
Subtheme Rahi
Release date August 2001 (IN)[1]
July 2001 (AM)[2]
Pieces 442
MSRP $89.99 (US)
Ages 8+/9+[note 1]

Set 8539 Manas is a large boxed set released in 2001, portraying the Manas.

Product Description

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Evil guardians of Makuta!
The Manas, fearsome giant crabs, guard Makuta's lair and can only hope to be defeated by Toa who have collected many masks of power. Make these mighty beasts compete in combat, with the victor disabling his opponent. Set includes two remote-control Manas measuring 9½" wide and two multi-channel handsets. Requires 3AA batteries - not included.
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Sworn enemies of the Toa, these bad-tempered giant crabs are always fighting each other as well. Use the remote control to get your crab into the best fight position, and then use its huge claw to tear off your opponent's mask! Two crabs and two control units in each set. Build the two together and you will have an even bigger beast.

Set Information

The set packaging

The Manas set was released in 2001 as one of the five Rahi sets. The set consists of 442 pieces.

Two Manas are built from the set. One of the Manas is black and yellow, while the other is white and orange. Later copies of the set swaps out a dark gray 1x15 technic liftarm used in the latter model with a with a white one. This change was addressed in an amendment sheet also included in the set.[3]

An alternate model for the set also exists, depicting a Mana Ko, for which instructions were included in the orange model's manual.


Each Manas contains a battery-powered motor brick. These motor bricks are each controlled by battery-powered infrared remote controls. A total of 12 AA batteries are needed to power both Manas. Each device has three frequencies, so three Manas can be controlled in an area at once. The Manas are capable of punching their arms and moving around through use of the motors. The motor bricks contain two motors, each controlling one arm and one tread. This makes it possible for the Manas to move and punch at the same time. If a Manas's mask is knocked off, a foot drops and the Manas becomes incapable of moving, as if in injury.

The set includes four unused rubber bands.


Each Manas wears two masks. The black and yellow Manas wears two yellow Noble Komau, while the white and orange Manas wears two orange Noble Ruru.


8539 Manas's score on Brick Insights indicates average reviews. The set was lauded for its motorized action feature, unique to BIONICLE sets.



  1. While the packaging indicates an age recommendation of 8+, the instruction manuals instead indicate an age recommendation 9+.

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