If you’ve been to a quality toy store or department store in recent months, you’ve probably seen the LEGO Super Mario sets. As part of the celebration of 35 years of Mario, they allow children and kids at heart to build their own Mushroom Kingdom out of plastic blocks. Now, a few months after they launched, initial sets are being joined by several new ones to allow everyone to play more expansively.
Nintendo and the LEGO Group announced today the addition of a Master Your Adventure Maker Set, as well as the Chain Chomp Jungle Encounter Expansion Set, the Piranha Plant Puzzling Challenge Expansion Set, the Wiggler’s Poison Swamp Expansion Set, the Penguin Mario Power-Up Pack and the Tanooki Mario Power-Up Pack. Long-time players should recognize those environments and power-ups from games such as New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3, among others.
Additionally, Nintendo unveiled Series 2 of its “character packs,” which come individually and give collectors the chance to open a package and find they’ve either added an exciting new character, or unfortunately purchased a duplicate. Surprise! The new additions are Huckit Crab, Spiny Cheep Cheep, Ninji, Foo, Parachute Goomba, Fly Guy, Poison Mushroom, Para-Beetle, Thwimp, and Bone Goomba.
The crown jewel among the new LEGO Super Mario content is the Master Your Adventure Maker Set. It introduces a new Start Pipe that shuffles known rules of level play. Now players have to reach the Goal Pipe in less time, but they can claim greater rewards. The set contains 366 pieces and allows children to build custom stages to challenge themselves, their friends, and their siblings. Maybe even their enemies can get in on the action.
Purchase and implement the right LEGO Super Mario sets and the familiar Mario character will also gain some new moves. Today’s press release mentions having him slide on his belly as Penguin Mario, or spinning him around as Tanooki Mario. All of that is compatible with and expands the original Starter Course set you hopefully purchased earlier this year.
“It wouldn’t be Super Mario if we weren’t constantly creating new worlds and adventures for everyone’s favorite Plumber,” said Simon Kent, Design Director and Creative Lead for LEGO Super Mario at the LEGO Group, who might just have one of the coolest jobs in existence. “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.”
The MSRP for the various sets ranges from $4.99 USD for individual character packs, to $9.99 USD for each of the two Power-Up Packs, and climbs from there before reaching $59.99 USD for the Super Mario Master Your Adventure Maker Set. If you want to collect every set in the LEGO Super Mario universe, you had best either be independently wealthy or able to take advantage of some terrific Black Friday sales.