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.
Like each wave before them, this wave of LEGO Super Mario sets has brought a new collection of buildable figures. The figures have been a little hard to get hold of until recently, particularly in Australia. The boxes of Buildable characters brought a disturbing revelation: While we maintain the count of 10 characters in the series, there are only 18 blind bags in the box. Reports from several Blogs with a full box suggest that (if you get a new box) the front 9 figures on either column of the box side are identical, while the rear one at each end is either Crowber or Bony Beetle.
The team at Toybricks were able to fix me up with a set of the figures, through COVID Safe delivery. Today, we can take a look, look at the characters, as well as look at their relative scores, and other special behaviours…
Bowser’s Airship plays a major role in a number of the Super Mario Games, and the LEGO form has been long awaited by many fans. I should not be surprised by its popularity, we saw a couple of versions of the airship submitted in our ‘What Next for LEGO Super Mario?’ Competition. The ‘Bowser’s Airship expansion’ is the largest expansion set seen to date with LEGO Super Mario sets, with over 1100 pieces. It will be officially on sale on August 1st 2021.
This set was sent over by the LEGO Group for review purposes, and its certainly quite a different experience to the other sets I have built and played with for this wave. It will be prices at $USD 99.99/€99.99, £89.99 and AUD149.99
We will take a look at the parts, the enemies, and some of the ‘action aspects’ of the set, as well as a playthrough video.
There have been a number of characters who have prominence in the Super Mario Universe that we have been yet to see: Lakitu, a small Koopa like creature, who spends his life flying in a cloud throwing eggs at Mario, or presiding as MC in Mario Kart is one. One of the new Expansion sets exploits both the two player aspect of the new LEGO Super Mario game, as well as introduces this enemy to the roster of opponent that Mario and Luigi now face.
Around 12 months ago, we got our first look at the functionality of LEGO Super Mario. This hybrid game system, borne from the collaboration between the LEGO Group and Nintendo, has brought us the Interactive Mario Brick, which responds to the way it is handled, as well as the environment it is played in.
At the start of 2021, we saw a second wave of sets, as well as further buildable characters.
And Now Luigi is almost here. Due for release in August, I was fortunate to be able to take part in a preview event along with other Fan Media.
Today, we will take a look at 71387 Adventures with Luigi – the new starter set. We will look at the characters, as well as the landscape and obstacles, as well as the play features.
There is of course one other thing that LEGO Super Mario has coming up with the release of Luigi, and the software update that will accompany it: two player mode. We will take a look at how this is a little bit different, as well as the additional ways you can maximise your score playing with this mode.
Last week I had the opportunity to take part in a press briefing looking at LEGO Super Mario’s latest Companion: LEGO Super Luigi. Today we can reveal all the sets coming up in the next wave of releases. Over the next few weeks, I shall present some of what I have learned through playing with LEGO Luigi, in conjunction with the LEGO Super Mario.
The LEGO Group brings 2-player action to the LEGO® Super Mario™ universe with LEGO® Mario™ and LEGO® Luigi™ Let’s-a go! The LEGO® Adventures with Luigi Starter Course, available for pre-order, enables new 2-player interactive play, while brand new Expansion Sets including Bowser’s Airship lets fans level up for even more exciting adventures. Billund, June 22nd, 2021: Today, the LEGO Group has announced a new unique social play experience that for the first time enables children and fans to connect LEGO® Mario™ and LEGO® Luigi™ figures for brand new 2-player adventures in the LEGO Super Mario universe. Perfect for family activities, this exciting feature will encourage even more social play, with two players able to enjoy the universe of LEGO Super Mario at the same time for new brick-built adventures. Once connected via Bluetooth, 2-player adventures with LEGO Mario and LEGO Luigi (or any combination of the two figures) are made possible. Now, children and fans can play as a team, collect extra digital coins by doing in-sync actions like walking, flipping and jumping, or work together to defeat enemies, complete challenges, share rewards or even by changing up the play and competing against each other. The new unique 2-player feature was also shared in a video posted by the LEGO Group and Nintendo earlier today.
“For us it’s all about encouraging continuous creative rebuilding and extended playtime. With today’s announcement, we’re not only bringing LEGO Mario and LEGO Luigi, their friends and enemies to life in new interactive ways for endless fun, we’re also thrilled to expand their play experience and the LEGO Super Mario universe with even more new sets and characters, something we really hope will excite fans”, says Simon Kent, Creative Lead, LEGO Super Mario. The interactive and highly-anticipated Adventures with Luigi Starter Course is the latest extension of the LEGO Super Mario product line, the result of a unique partnership with Nintendo, that has introduced an entirely new way to play with LEGO bricks. Players will be able to get their hands on LEGO Luigi with the LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Luigi Starter Course, a set that contains elements for both single and dual play from August 1st. LEGO Luigi and LEGO Mario, the fraternal twin brothers, are available as separate Starter Courses – both functioning as entry points into the world of LEGO Super Mario –with the 2-player interactive play available using any combination of the two figures from August 1st. As well as unveiling the new Bluetooth-enabled 2-player mode, the LEGO Group is also introducing four new Expansion Sets, two new Power-Up Packs and ten new Character Packs. The four new Expansion Sets represent highly immersive builds for kids to expand their Starter Courses, and feature elements that are suitable for single play, but also enable dual play, and extra coin collection. Available for pre-order from today is the ‘Bowser’s Airship Expansion Set’. The set gives fans a first chance to build an exciting new level within the universe, taking on the infamous flying ship. Fight off Kamek, a Goomba and a Rocky Wrench then battle with the ship itself! The ship can be arranged in ‘flying mode’ or folded out in ‘course mode’. The other new products introduced today include: Frog Mario and Bee Mario Power-Up packs, which let players change up play and dress LEGO Mario in his playful frog and bee suits; and a Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set, where kids can use their LEGO Mario and/or LEGO Luigi figure to bring down the Topple Tower – fun for solo play, or for playing with friends and family.
The full list of products announced today are:
71391 Bowser’s Airship Expansion Set (available to pre-order today) (99.99 USD/EUR)
71388 Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set (29.99 USD/EUR)
71389 Lakitu Sky World Expansion Set (39.99 USD/EUR)
71390 Reznor Knockdown Expansion Set (69.99 USD/EUR)
With a new time trial game: how long does it take to collect 50 coins
71392 Frog Mario Power-Up Pack (9.99 USD/EUR)
71393 Bee Mario Power-Up Pack (9.99 USD/EUR)
71394 Character Packs – Series 3 (10 collectible Character Packs, including Galoomba, Parachute Bob-omb, Crowber, Boo, Amp, Torpedo Ted, Bony Beetle, 1-Up Mushroom, Scuttlebug and Swoop) (4.99 USD/3.99 EUR)
All Sets and Packs offer fans limitless ways to expand, rebuild, customize and create their own action-packed challenges and lots of creative fun in a highly-interactive experience that now features 2-player connectivity with LEGO Mario and LEGO Luigi. The LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Luigi Starter Course and Bowser’s Airship Expansion set are available for pre-order now through http://www.lego.com/supermario-startercourse and http://www.lego.com/preorder-bowsersairship respectively, ready to launch August 1st, 2021 on http://www.LEGO.com and from selected leading retailers around the world. The remaining announced products will be available to purchase from August 1st. The recommended retail price for the Adventures with Luigi Starter Course is 59.99 EUR/USD and the Bowser’s Airship Expansion Set is 99.99 USD/EUR.
It’s exciting to see the way in which the LEGO-Nintendo collaboration is developing: the two player mode rewards cooperative play, and gives you an additional 30 seconds to complete the level.
New Gear blocks, as well as many other scannable objects will present new ways to play with these play sets.
I’ll bring more news later this week regarding the new functionality, as well as presenting reviews of the Airship, Lakitu’s Skyworld and of course the Super Luigi Starter set.
What are you most looking forward to in this wave of sets? Why not leave your comments below, and until next time,
The LEGO Group today has revealed the third wave of LEGO Super Mario Character Packs on Twitter. These figures are due for release due for release on 1st August. As with the last few waves, I expect they will be fun, affordable characters, so long as you can find them in store!
The new characters include: Galoomba, Parachute Bob-omb, Crowber, Boo, Amp, Torpedo Ted, Bony Beetle, 1-Up Mushroom, Scuttlebug and Swoop.
I really enjoy the way that LEGO Super Mario provides a fresh way for playing with LEGO, while tying in to the nostalgic video game franchise. I hope to be able to continue reviewing the new expansion sets during the next wave, and am excited to find out what’s coming soon. Hopefully, will will see the full wave revealed at LEGOCon, later in the month.
I presume the majority of characters will be worth a single coin when scanned, in keeping with previous collectable figures, but there are always a couple of characters in each set that exhibit special behaviours:
Read on for closer images, as well as my predictions as to their ‘in game’ behaviour.
If you have followed the Rambling Brick over the last 12 months, you would have seen that we are keen enthusiasts of LEGO Super Mario. Today, the LEGO Group have officially announced the forthcoming Adventures with Luigi Starter Set – the perfect set for fans of Mario’s slightly taller sibling. And it’s available for preorder today!
Due for release on the 1st August 2021, it will cost $AUD89.99/USD$59.99/$CAD69.99/£49.99/€59.99. The set has 280 pieces, and comes with new characters: Pink Yoshi, Bone Goomba and Koopling Boom-Boom. The set features desert (yellow), soda jungle(purple) and tower (nougat) biomes, each of which brings different reactions from Mario and Luigi.
We have a spinning see-saw, as well as flying challenges, and a ‘?’ block for power ups.
At this point, we have no specific indications of other sets coming up, but it would be reasonable to presume we will have some new obstacles to overcome, as well as new suits and collectable/buildable figures.
We have been working through the second wave of LEGO Super Mario expansion sets lately, and we are almost at the end. Today I would like to look at 71383 LEGO® Super Mario™ Wiggler’s Poison Swamp Expansion Set. It has 374 pieces, the most of any set in the second wave of LEGO Super Mario, and is has a recommended retail price of 39.99 USD/EUR – 34.99 GBP – 59.99 AUD – 49.99 CAD.
Like all of the sets in this wave, the main biome is the Soda Jungle: purple (medium lilac) tiles and plates. If Mario is left standing on this colour for too long, he become stunned in stages – gradually entering a no-coin state. until the soda is washed off by standing in water, or brushed off by shaking him.
This set is an interesting build, and I found a few new building ideas included, as well as new elements in significant quantities.
The arrival of new sets and software updates means that there are more ways than ever to extend your play time with LEGO Super Mario. However, these are poorly documented. While the traditional game runs for ‘around a minute’ I have found that it is possible to extend your game play to closer to three or more… Read on for more.
With the recent Christmas Break seeing families open new toys, I hear people talking about how they wish that they could play each game of LEGO Super Mario for longer, so that they can play through more and more of the collection of expansions that they own. True, the 60 seconds offered by the Green Warp Start Tile can be enough to play most levels through, but it is barely enough to play through Bowser’s Castle. Let alone other levels.
So… How can we maximise the time we have to play? And what is the longest time available to play, if all goes well?