Earlier in the year, I was excited to see the release of the LEGO® Super Mario range. If might not have been the collectable minifigures, that many people were hoping for, but I believe that the play system, involving the Super Mario Smart Brick, in conjunction with scannable tiles has resulted in a game that we would only see with LEGO® and Nintendo working together. Judging by the responses we had to the ‘What Next For LEGO Super Mario,’ a number of you were quite inspired too!
Today, we get our first official look at the next wave of sets, set for global release on January 1, 2021.
These sets are all designed to be used in conjunction with 71360: Adventures with Mario starter set, and build on the sets you already have, and introduce some new areas for Mario to explore. Here is a quick video overview:
71380 LEGO® Super Mario™ Master Your Adventure Maker Set
(366 Pieces) 59.99 USD/EUR – 49.99 GBP – 89.99 AUD – 69.99 CAD
Featuring the packing design aesthetics of Super Mario Maker, the Master Your Adventure Maker Set provides lots of different biomes (grass, water and lava) for Mario to interact with, as well as introducing alternate forms of game play. We have Larry. one of the Koopalings as a ‘big bad’ as well as Bobbomb, a Koopa Paratroopa as well as the requisite Goomba. The Maker Gadget randomises the way in which the time bonus and question mark boxes behave in the game.
71381 LEGO® Super Mario™ Chain Chomp Jungle Encounter Expansion Set
(160 Pieces) 19.99 USD/ 24.99 EUR -19.99 GBP – 39.99 AUD – 24.99 CAD
Chomp Chain was one of the more popular obstacles that we saw in the ‘What Next’ Competition. in the Chain Chomp Jungle encounter, we see the introduction of a spiky vine, as well as the chomp chain – essentially realised as a chamfered cube, giving it an octagonal shape. Keeping it flat on the other axis means it is unlikely to roll away in an unpredictable manner.
We also see the introduction of a purple biome, representing a poisonous landscape: we will see Mario react in different ways here, just as he reacts differently to water, land, lava and sand.
71382 LEGO® Super Mario™ Piranha Plant Puzzling Challenge Expansion
Set (267 Pieces) 29.99 USD/EUR – 24.99 GBP – 49.99 AUD – 39.99 CAD
I love the look of this level: using a mixture of ‘Splat’ gears, to totate both Mario, a lever to flick a pirhana plant off the coin block, it looks like a cross between the graurded fortress and the Boomer Barrage in its game play. Coming complete with a Pint, as well as several rounded 2×4 tiles, as wellas a new kind of treasure brick.
71383 LEGO® Super Mario™ Wiggler’s Poison Swamp Expansion Set
(374 Pieces) 39.99 USD/EUR – 34.99 GBP – 59.99 AUD – 49.99 CAD
With 374 elements, Wiggler’s Poison Swamp may have more parts than the other new sets, but it is not the most expensive. Including several 8×16 tiles in purple, we have a Wiggler, along with a Koopa Paratroopa and a Goomba standing in our way. I am intrigued to see how the gameplay for the Wiggler works in real life. It appears to come with several sliders, a swing bridge as well as a Star Power box.
71384 LEGO® Super Mario™ Penguin Mario Power-Up Pack
(18 Pieces) 9.99 USD/EUR – 8.99 GBP – 12.99 AUD – 13.99 CAD
We also have a couple of Power Up Suits: Penguin mario can earn coins by sliding on his belly. It will be interesting to see if there is any attempt to incorporate ice ball play into the suit. The penguin wing elements look quite interesting.
71385 LEGO® Super Mario™ Tanooki Mario Power-Up Pack
(13 Pieces) 9.99 USD/EUR – 8.99 GBP – 12.99 AUD – 13.99 CAD
The Tanooki powerup suit lets Mario dress up as a raccoon, and earn coins while tail spinning.
71386 LEGO® Super Mario™ Character Packs – Series 2
4.99 USD/3.99 EUR – 3.49 GBP – 5.99 AUD – 4.99 CAD
Finally, we have another set of constructablle, collectable figures: there are another 10 to collect. These were an economical way to get extra enemies for Mario to defeat or avoid. In this series, we can collect Huckit Crab, Spiny Cheep Cheep, Ninji, Foo, Parachute Goomba, Fly Guy, Poison Mushroom, Para-Beetle, Thwimp or a Bone Goomba.
The LEGO Group and Nintendo build out LEGO® Super Mario™ world for even more customized adventures
The two companies expand LEGO® Super Mario™ with exciting new sets including: Master Your Adventure Maker Set, which puts kids in charge of the interactive level play like never before, three new Expansion Sets, two new Power-Up Packs, and 10 new collectible Character Packs
BILLUND, November 17, 2020: The LEGO Group today announced a brand new range of sets and characters, opening up even more new adventures for the LEGO® Super Mario™ experience. Fans can expand on the LEGO Super Mario products launched earlier this year with a whole new range of sets and Collectible Characters – all designed to help them build a Super Mario world that’s unique to them and comes alive exactly how they want it to.
Among the new sets is the Master Your Adventure Maker Set – a creative toolbox, which enables children to completely customize LEGO Super Mario building, play time and ways to earn coins. Using the Customization Machine included in the Maker Set, children can change how LEGO Mario reacts to three Special Bricks, offering variety in play, excitement and an element of surprise. The Maker Set also introduces a new special Start Pipe that will shuffle the known rules of the level play, in that players are challenged to reach the Goal Pole in less time, yet with increased rewards up for grabs. The Maker Set comes with 366 pieces, all selected to ensure that children can unleash their creativity and customize their own levels for themselves or other players.
The other sets introduced today are the Chain Chomp Jungle Encounter Expansion Set, the Piranha Plant Puzzling Challenge Expansion Set, the Wiggler’s Poison Swamp Expansion Set, Penguin Mario Power-Up Pack and the Tanooki Mario Power-Up Pack.
Also announced today is Series 2 of the LEGO Super Mario Character Packs, all featuring an action tag that LEGO Mario can read for fans to easily integrate into the level play. Series 2 features ten brand new collectible, buildable characters. Kept a surprise until opened, fans could be getting a Huckit Crab, Spiny Cheep Cheep, Ninji, Foo, Parachute Goomba, Fly Guy, Poison Mushroom, Para-Beetle, Thwimp or a Bone Goomba.
The new sets and characters will give fans the chance to, among other things, have LEGO Mario slide on his belly as Penguin Mario or spin round as Tanooki Mario. The sets will also introduce much-loved enemies including the Piranha-Plants, Larry, a Goomba, Wiggler, and Koopa Paratroopa, to the play, all of who can be defeated or played with for coin rewards.
LEGO Super Mario jumped into existence earlier this year through a unique partnership between the LEGO Group and Nintendo. The adventures were kick-started with an entry-point set: LEGO Super Mario Starter Course, which includes an interactive LEGO Mario figure that collects coins in interactive level play created with LEGO bricks. Each Expansion Set and Collectible Character is designed to be used with the entry point set, featuring seven action bricks for different interactions with the LEGO Mario figure, which has LCD screens in its eyes, mouth and belly to display instant reactions to movement, color and action bricks. Building on the existing biomes of water (blue), fire (red), sand (yellow) and grass (green), this second wave of products introduces Soda Jungle, a whole new biome characterised by its purple color, which represents poison, that enables children to experience different reactions from LEGO Mario and new ways of playing.
All sets and characters are compatible, allowing fans to combine sets and characters announced today with the Starter Course and all other LEGO Super Mario products revealed in June this year. All sets come with their own series of distinctive challenges and characters, and have also been designed to work alongside the free LEGO Super Mario app, so fans can make the most of the experience when playing solo, or when challenging friends or family members. The app hosts 3D Building Instructions for the sets, keeps track of scores and provides inspiration for builds and ways of playing to encourage continuous rebuilding and extended playtime.
“It wouldn’t be Super Mario if we weren’t constantly creating new worlds and adventures for everyone’s favourite Plumber,” said Simon Kent, Design Director and Creative Lead for LEGO Super Mario, the LEGO Group. “The LEGO Super Mario sets we released earlier this year have been extremely well-received by fans and we’re really excited to build on those with even more characters and experiences today. We really want to empower users to be as creative as possible with LEGO Super Mario – and today’s expansion sets and new collectible characters have been launched to broaden the horizons of the LEGO Super Mario universe, letting players be as imaginative as possible in the way they have Mario interact with his friends – as well as defeating his enemies.”
The update was shared on the LEGO Super Mario website at www.LEGO.com/SuperMario.
The new Sets and Character Packs will launch on January 1st, 2021 across LEGO Brand Retail stores, www.LEGO.com and from select leading retailers around the world.
I love the look of the new sets: there are some great new parts and colours from what I can see. I hope to be able to take a look at some, a little closer to release date. I am encouraged that there are, at this stage, no large, expensive sets in the wave – with all sets less than $90AUD/ 60USD/60Euro. I am disappointed that we have not seen a Luigi Smart Brick/starter set. Perhaps that will follow later in the year, if there is sufficient demand.
Did you enjoy the first series of LEGO Super Mario? Will you be following up? Leave your comments below, and until next time…