Set 8540 Vakama is a small set released in 2001 portraying Turaga Vakama.
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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 with Kabaya candy in Japan in 2001 as one of four Turaga. 1417 Vakama was also released as a polybag by Woolworth's in the United Kingdom during 2003, as part of set 4228383.
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.
The set was included in K8533 Find the Power Kit, and could be included randomly packaged in K8532 Ultimate Toa Collection Kit.
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.
Across its two iterations (8540 and 1417), Vakama scored a total average of 59 on Brick Insights, indicating poor reviews.
|BIONICLE Sets of 2001|
|Small||8540 Vakama | 8541 Matau | 8542 Onewa | 8543 Nokama | 8544 Nuju | 8545 Whenua ||
|Medium||8531 Pohatu | 8532 Onua | 8533 Gali | 8534 Tahu | 8535 Lewa | 8536 Kopaka|
|Large||8537 Nui-Rama | 8538 Muaka & Kane-ra | 8539 Manas | 8548 Nui-Jaga | 8549 Tarakava|
|Collectible||8525 BIONICLE Masks|
|Promotional||1388 Huki | 1389 Onepu | 1390 Maku | 1391 Jala | 1392 Kongu | 1393 Matoro|
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