We knew something was coming when the LEGO Group teased a large cube like model last night, but I dont think anyone expected anything quite like this.
Its a ‘?’ cube, as featured in Super Mario 64 (celebrating 25 years this year), and from different panels, we have different microscale versions of lands from that classic game! With 2064 pieces, and priced at $289AUD/ $USD169.99/ £159.99 the set will be released through LEGO Branded stores on October 1, and in other retailers in 2022.
The set features a Bright yellowish orange cube, approximately 22 studs along each edge, with fold out panels revealing microscale worlds from Super Mario64. There are also small tiles in the build that can be scanned by the Super Mario brick, to reveal hidden star powers.
Fans of the game will recognise Princess Peach’s castle, Lava Land, Bob-omb mountain and Cool-Cool Battlefield
Today, the LEGO Group has announced the LEGO Super Mario 64 ? Block, a new set packed with nostalgia from the Nintendo® video game that takes Super Mario and LEGO fans on a trip down memory lane. Arriving twenty-five years on from the initial launch of the iconic Super Mario 64 video game, the ? Block set features a large brick-built ? Block that opens to reveal four different, but instantly recognisable levels from the game: Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool, Cool Mountain and Lethal Lava Land.
With its unique combination of nostalgic game moments, creative possibilities and surprising functions, the ? Block set is a unique way for fans to rediscover the magic of Super Mario 64.
The introduction of the ? Block is the latest build on the unique partnership between the LEGO Group and Nintendo®, which has introduced an entirely new way to play with LEGO bricks through the popular LEGO® Super Mario™ product line. The LEGO Super Mario universe launched last year with a Starter Course featuring an interactive LEGO® Mario™ figure, which players can use to collect digital coins and enjoy instant responses via LED screens and a speaker. Earlier this year, the LEGO Group launched the LEGO® Adventures with Luigi Starter Course to encourage social play as the two characters can now interact with one another and jointly collect even more coins. The LEGO Super Mario universe also includes a series of Expansion Sets and Power-Up Packs, allowing builders to expand, rebuild and create unique levels in new interactive ways for endless fun.
As well as including levels from the Super Mario 64 game, the ? Block set includes several microfigures of iconic characters that can be placed in the detailed scenes, such as fan-favorites Mario and Princess Peach. For interactive play, fans can also add their LEGO Mario or LEGO® Luigi™ figures for unique music and sounds from the video game, plus seek out the hidden Power Stars that reveal secret reactions from the figures. Hints for how to find the Power Stars can be found in the Building Instructions.
“We know how much Super Mario fans have loved the LEGO Super Mario experience, and wanted to tap into even more elements of the traditional game play capturing the immersive play experience of Super Mario 64,” said Pablo Gonzalez Gonzalez, Senior Designer at the LEGO Group. “It’s difficult to imagine the Super Mario Universe without the classic game’s iconic levels full of discovery and secrets. With this amazing set, we’re building on the exciting play experience of LEGO Super Mario, both to bring a bit of nostalgia for those who played the Super Mario 64 video game, but also to introduce these wonderful levels to a whole new audience of Super Mario fans.”
The full list of items included in the LEGO Super Mario 64 ? Block set announced today are:
- Brick-built ? Block with 2,064-pieces.
- Several LEGO® Super Mario™ microfigures including: Mario, Princess Peach, and King Bob-omb, as well as a Chain Chomp, Big Bully, Mr. I, Lakitu, Mother Penguin, Li’l Penguin and more.
- Four detailed, buildable versions of Super Mario 64 levels: Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool, Cool Mountain and Lethal Lava Land.
Fans will be able to get their hands on the LEGO Super Mario 64 ? Block set exclusively from LEGO Retail Stores and LEGO.com.au from October 1, 2021. From 2022 it will become available at other leading retailers around the world. The recommended retail price for the ? Block set is 289.99 AUD.
If you grew up with a Nintendo64, and played Super Mario, this set is sure to bring lots of memories flooding back. There are so many details to see in this model, I think it is one that is worth taking the time to build at your own pace. And set for an October release, it should be available for Christmas, but get in quick… I suspect demand will be high.
The set will be a LEGO Exclusive for the time being, set for a wider relase in 2022.
What do you think of this set? A surprise out of left field for the Nintendo-LEGO partnership? A great looking Gift? why dont you leave your comments below, and until next time…