The Manas set was released in 2001 as one of the five Rahi sets. The set consists of 454 pieces.
Two Manas are built from the set. One of the Manas is black and yellow, while the other is white and orange.
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.
8539 Manas scored a total of 77 on Brick Insights, indicating average reviews. The set was lauded for its motorized action feature, unique to BIONICLE sets.
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