Tuesday, June 24th, 2003 at 12:00am by Kelly, BZPower Co-Owner
No, it's not a typo. Takutanuva is the combiner of 8593 Makuta and 8596 Takanuva. This combiner might look like Makuta, but don't be fooled - Takutanuva is quite different.
You can even buy the two sets as K8596 Takutanuva Kit for US$49.98, although you don't save any money. In fact, later this year a Toys 'R Us special promotion will package Makuta and Takanuva (without the Ussanui, I believe), but with a special movie Shadow Mask, another form of Makuta's Kraahkan. The Ussanui is cool enough you'll want to pick up the Takanuva set anyway, and Makuta is a great deal at US$20.
This is one of the many combiners LEGO is offering with the summer 2003 Bionicle sets. The Matoran combine into a Matoran Kaita and something else (as seen on MoD), and 8595 Takua & Pewku + 8594 Jaller & Gukko + 8595 Makuta combine into a Makuta Nui.
But we're focusing on the fusion of the Toa of Light and the Master of Shadows here. Takutanuva has the same general body shape of Makuta, but his construction is fairly different, especially the torso and arms. The legs are quite similar, however.
Probably the most noticeable differences are the creature's staff and back "wings". The back wings swing up and down, and lend a very "anime" air to the creation. The massive staff is formed by two of Lewa's Air Katana, and one of Pohatu's claws. Once you finish building this, there will be a bucket of parts left over.
Enough chatter. Let the pictures talk. Click for bigger versions.
In all, a worthy alternate model that we understand will make an appearance in BIONICLE: Mask of Light in September. Well worth tearing apart the magnificent Ussanui, Takanuva, and Makuta to build. Better yet, look into the K8596 Takutanuva Kit so you can have your sets and play with them too.
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