I am the shape in the shadows. I am the darkness in the heart of Mata Nui. I live in the dread stories told by the Turaga around the village fires. The dark creatures -- the Manas, the Rahi -- are my servants. I am Makuta.
Comic 3: Triumph of the Toa
Issue Information
Alternate title
WriterGreg Farshtey
IllustratorCarlos D'Anda
ColorerPeter Pantazis
LettererNone credited
ReleasedOctober 2001
Number in series3
Previous comicComic 2: Deep Into Darkness
Next ComicComic 4: The Bohrok Awake

Triumph of the Toa was the third issue of the original BIONICLE comic series and part three of the series' initial storyline. It was originally mailed with the November/December 2001 edition of LEGO Mania Magazine, and was later collected in BIONICLE: Volume 1 and BIONICLE 1: Rise of the Toa Nuva. The comic's story revolved around the Toa continuing their quest for the Masks of Power and confronting Makuta.


The quest for the Masks of Power has grown more dangerous with every day. The amazing feats of the Toa have drawn the attention of Makuta, who is preparing to unleash the power of the Rahi--and the natural forces of the island itself--against the six heroes.

The fate of Mata Nui and all who dwell upon it may be decided this day...


Makuta observes as his Rahi close in on the Toa. Gali is surrounded by infected Rahi, and Lewa is plummeting the or mouth of a Muaka. Suddenly, Onua intervenes, dragging the animal underground. Elsewhere, a pair of Nui-Jaga close in on Gali, when a wall of fire cuts them off. Tahu is unable to alert Gali in time for her to avoid a punch from the Tarakava. Unconscious, the Toa of Water plunges into the sea, where she finds herself confronted by a pair of mysterious beings. These two introduce themselves as Akamai and Wairuha, Toa Kaita who represent what the Toa will become after they finish collecting the Masks of Power. After stressing the importance of working together, the visionary Kaita fade away... When Gali awakes, she finds herself on a beach with Tahu protecting her. He explains to her that Onua has called for a meeting of the team. At the gathering, Makuta attempts to eliminate the entire group of heroes at once by detonating a volcano. Thinking quickly, Onua asks Lewa to use his Mask of Speed to carry him to the volcano. Once there, the Toa of Earth digs a trench to catch the lava, keeping it from running across the island.

Back at the clearing, Makuta reveals the volcano to be a distraction, allowing him to pick off the other Toa with more infected Rahi. Despite the power of the animals, they prove to be no match to the teamwork of the Toa. Gali simply throws a Muaka at Kopaka, who coolly freezes the assailant. Similarly, Pohatu notices that a pair of Tarakava are about to ambush Tahu. The Toa of Stone kicks a boulder at his ally, who slices it in half with his Fire Sword, sending both halves into the Rahi. Tahu then finds himself confronted with an oncoming wave of sand. However, Tahu easily turns the sand into glass. Not to be outdone, Makuta sends a pair of Nui-Rama to grab the Toa of Fire, pull him high into the air, and drop him. Even though Tahu has yet to collect his Mask of Levitation, he heats up the air beneath him, generating an updraft which slows his momentum sufficiently enough for Onua to catch him. Gali and Kopaka find themselves confronted by yet another pair of Rahi, this time a duo of Nui-Jaga. Kopaka wields his Mask of Shielding, but Gali proves she is more than a match for these attackers, as she commands the underground springs to hurl both scorpions into the sea. After dropping Tahu, the Nui-Rama return to attack Onua. The Toa simply hurls a boulder hundreds of feet into the air, smashing all the oncoming Rahi in a single fell swoop. At this point, Makuta has had enough as well, and vows that their next encounter will be different. Confident in their newfound unity, the Toa band together, and Tahu vows that they shall stand together until Mata Nui is free!









Those who dare to challenge the Toa have done...will be defeated. Lewa's safety is an illusion. One the jaws of Muaka will dispel. Lewa will be the first to fall, and then--but what is this?? No! Rahi cannot be defeated!
— Makuta underestimates his foes
Welcome, Toa of Water. Do not be afraid-- your body is safe in the ocean's embrace. Only your mind has journeyed here to behold your future. [...] We are what you and the other Toa shall become. When each of you has found all the Great Masks of Power, then shall you be ready to join together and defeat Makuta.
Toa Kaita Wairuha and Akamai
We need to learn to work together. Our future depends on it."
"I don't know. I'm still not much for teaming up."
"Then again, there's nothing like a little togetherness.
— Gali and Lewa
Then let Makuta tremble this day--We stand together, until Mata Nui is free!
— Tahu

Extra Features[]



  • Makuta makes his first appearance here, albeit in voice-over. He won't go on to make his first full appearance until Comic 12: Absolute Power, some two years later.
  • This issue also sees the Kane-Ra and the Manas make their comic debut, after earlier appearances in other media like the Mata Nui Online Game.
  • After last issue's Gali and Lewa-centric story, Tahu, Kopaka, Pohatu, and Onua all reappear. And their return is suitably grand, resolving the cliffhanger from the previous comic.
  • This issue sees the first appearance of the Toa Kaita Akamai and Wairuha. Apart from a quick shot in Tale of the Toa, this issue marks their only appearance in the comics. The two would reappear in other media, however, such as the Mata Nui Online Game and BIONICLE Chronicles 1: Tale of the Toa. Of note is that the duo appears here without their gold and silver Kaita masks, respectively.
  • Onua asks Lewa to use his Mask of Speed, which the Toa of Air retrieved last issue.
  • Kopaka also uses his Mask of Shielding, which he retrieved in the first issue of the series.
  • While this issue doesn't end on a cliffhanger, it does leave the central conflict of Toa vs. Makuta unresolved. The showdown between the Toa and Makuta would be explored in Mata Nui Online Game, and later revisited in 2003's BIONICLE Chronicles 1: Tale of the Toa.

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