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8061 Gateway of the Squid is a LEGO Atlantis set released in December of 2009. It contains the remains of a sunken temple protected by a gateway that can be unlocked by the included Squid Key, as well as a gigantic squid and a small albino octopus and three Minifigures, comprising two Divers and a Squid Warrior. It has 353 pieces.
The sunken temple ruin consists of a golden gateway with a big altar behind it where a golden treasure chest is stored. At the front, a stairway leads up to a small platform with a round stone in front of the gate. The stone can accept the included squid key and is connected to a system of strap reels that are connected to the gate. Turning the key on the stone piece opens the gateway. Behind it is another stairway that leads up to the altar with the treasure chest which is mounted on a trap door that is pushed up when a knob at the rear is turned. The space beneath the door is empty. When the treasure chest is opened, it has a Red, Green, Blue, and Clear jewel inside (probably a Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, and Diamond respectively).
Next to the altar is a boom to which the white (smaller) squid can be affixed. At the top of the altar is a pin where the black squid can be mounted on.
The black squid has two big tentacles and four small ones and a separate teeth section that can be rotated by turning a knob at the opposing end of the monster's head. The white squid has eight arms that can be used to trap a minifigure inside them.
- Trap Door
- Another blue squid key was included in 8057 Wreck Raider.
- This is the first set of the theme that actually features one of the ruins of the eponymous sunken city of Atlantis. All other sets of the first release wave include submarines of the human explorers or single minifigures. Another actual Atlantis structure is featured in 8078 Portal of Atlantis.
- This set is 22.5 cm long and 22.5 cm high.
- This set could be found at Toys-R-Us stores in the US beginning in December, one month before the official world-wide release date.