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Large Set
Set number 8549
Subtheme Rahi
Release date August 2001 (IN)[1]
July 2001 (AM)[2]
Pieces 401
MSRP $49.99 (US)
Ages 8+/9+

Set 8549 Tarakava is a large boxed set released in 2001, portraying the Tarakava.

Product Description

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Danger waits in the swamp!
Often found hiding in the murky swamp water of Mata Nui, the Tarakava is a ruthless lizard-like creature that lunges from hiding to attack. When they wear infected masks, the Tarakava are dangerous foes of the Toa - but if the Toa are victorious, these beasts can be tamed. Press the Tarakava's levers for powerful punching action versus its foes. Includes two Tarakava. Each measures 9" tall and 3½" wide.
The following is a product description taken directly from LEGO. View the source here
These lizard-like creatures hide out in the swamps and attack any Toa foolhardy enough to pass through this murky area. Press the levers on a Tarakava and the powerful boxing arms will knock off its opponent's mask. Two Tarakava in each set. Build the two together and create an even bigger beast.

Set Information

The set packaging

The Tarakava set was released in 2001 as one of the five Rahi sets. The set consists of 401 pieces.

Two Tarakava are built from the set. One is blue, and the other is teal.

An alternate model for the set also exists, depicting a Tarakava Nui, for which instructions were provided in the teal model's booklet.


Each Tarakava has two levers on their back. Pushing down a lever causes its corresponding arm to punch forward. When a Tarakava's mask was knocked off, its jaw would go limp, as if in injury.

The set includes four unused rubber bands.


The Tarakava each wear a mask on their snout. The blue Tarakava wears a blue Pakari, while the teal Tarakava wears a teal Kakama.


8549 Tarakava's score on Brick Insights indicates generally positive reviews.



  1. "UK 2001 Catalogue 2". Brickset.
  2. "Rahi Sets on LEGO S@H website". LUGNET.
  3. ICFTA: Sand Tarakava Addendum - Mask of Destiny, 20 February 2022

See also