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 with Kabaya candy in Japan in 2001 as one of four Turaga.
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.
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.
Across its two iterations (8541 and 1418) Matau scored a total average of 70 on Brick Insights, indicating mixed or average reviews.
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