- "No one dare sneezes at the power of Achu!"
- ―Achu in the LEGO MANIA Magazine
Achu wears a yellow headdress with several triangular ridges in a half-circle. Two bars point downwards on the sides of the arc. Most of the points are coloured red with green triangles and ovals, but the two lowest ones are left blank. A blue bird's face is printed on the front and a part which falls over Achu's face resembles a beak.
Achu has a frowning expression and two thick, grey lines spread across his face stopping in the center and around his eyes and mouth. Achu wears a pointed, red cape which is decorated on the back with a tribal minifigure head, green triangles, and yellow shapes and swirls. Achu wears little on his torso, only feathers on a shall which hangs over his chest and a medallion with blue and red ridge patterns.
Over his hips he has a green cloth decorated with blue, red, and yellow colourings and beads. He is seen carrying a black spear with feathers colored red and blue, the sun disk, and also creatures such as spiders and snakes.
Achu was a mysterious, fearsome guardian of ancient treasures, and had mystical powers over animals and traps. His cape and birdlike mask lead some to believe that he was a spirit. He tried to stop both Johnny Thunder and Señor Palomar from getting the Sun Disc. Although Thunder briefly acquired the Sun Disc, he lost it and it is visually implied that Achu got it back.
In The Lost Temple - An Interactive Puzzle Book, Achu appeared when Palomar and Rudo Villano grabbed the Sun Disk, he caught them in a net trap he set. In addition, he made Johnny Thunder choose between two flowers, one meaning life, the other death. Pippin Reed interpreted the wall paintings correctly so that they chose the correct flower and survived.
He also appeared in a comic included in the instruction manual for 5976 River Expedition where Palomar and Villano rob his temple of the Sun Disk and a jewel. Johnny Thunder, Dr. Kilroy, and Gabarro confront the villains and return the treasure to a grateful Achu.
In the video games
Achu appeared in three video games always as a minor character. Achu's first video game appearance was in LEGO Racers where he was a minor opponent on the second and fifth circuits. After Baron von Barron is defeated, Achu's car parts are also unlocked.
In LEGO Island 2 The Brickster's Revenge, Achu reappears as a minor character. He appears in a small jungle village on Adventure Island blocked off to Pepper at first, but when he returns with the dinosaurs, the village opens up and Achu and the others come out. Pepper is able to interact with him, but not understand Achu who does not speak English but instead in musical notes. In the GBC version of the game, he uses his magic to transport Pepper to Castle Island and he also appears on a collectable card.
Achu appears one final time in LEGO Racers 2, this time on Dino Island which also shares aspects of the Jungle subtheme of Adventurers. In this game the stripes on his face are blue and the printing on his legs are reversed. He can be interacted with, and understood. A villager suggests that Achu and the others were able to come to Dino Island using a mystical portal.
- In My LEGO Network an Achu sticker can be acquired.
- Early scripts and developer interviews for LEGO Island 2 reveal he was planned to be involved in a cut dancing/drum playing minigame at the camp, and his name was going to be Chief Legog. This minigame made it into the GBA version of LEGO Island 2.
- Achu is named Tempelkoning (meaning temple king) in the Dutch language version of LEGO Racers, El Jefe De La Jungla (jungle boss) in the Spanish language version, and Stammehøvding Achu (tribal chief Achu) in the Danish language version of the game.
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|Characters:||Achu | Admiral | Alpha Dragonis | Ann Droid | Baron Rosso | Baron von Barron / Sam Sanister | Basil the Bat Lord | The Berg | Black Knight | Blackjack Hawkins | Captain Redbeard | Cassiopeia | Chill | Commander Cold | Duster | Fireman Gavin | Frankie Solido | Freeze | Gail Storm / Pippin Read | Ghost | Governor Broadside | Gypsy Moth | Islander | Joan of Kart | Johnny Thunder | King Kahuka | Lightor | Mac | Mike the Postman | Mr. Cunningham | Nova Hunter | P.C. Bobby | Pharaoh's Mummy | Riegel | Rob-N-Hood | Roboracer | Rocket Racer | Royal King | Scooter | Sam Sinister / Slyboots | Snake | Turbo Charger | Veronica Voltage | Warrior | Willa the Witch | Workman Fred|
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|Heroes||Babloo \ Dr. Kilroy \ Harry Cane \ Jing Lee \ Johnny Thunder \ Mike \ Pippin Reed \ Sherpa Sangye Dorje|
|Villains||Alexia Sinister \ Chang Wu \ Dragon Fortress Guard \ Lord Sam Sinister \ Maharaja Lallu \ Mr. Cunningham \ Ngan Pa \ Rudo Villano \ Scorpion Palace Guard \ Señor Palomar \ Slyboots|
|Neutral||Achu \ Dragon Fortress Statue \ Gabarro \ Jun-Chi \ Pharaoh Hotep \ Pharaoh Skeleton \ Tygurah \ Yeti|
|Non-physical||Bungo \ Minotaur \ Morat \ Mummy|