LEGO Super Mario Construction Sets Review (LEGO)

LEGO Super Mario Construction Sets
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What It Is

Tired of playing out Super Mario Bros. in the video game world? Bring the adventure to life with LEGO Super Mario construction sets, complete with music, sound effects, and lots of action.

The set you'll want to start off with is the Adventures with Mario set, model number 71360. It comes with 231 pieces for building out a starter course that the LEGO Mario figure can move through. LCD screens in Mario's eyes, mouth, and belly display more than 100 reactions to movement and interaction with the seven action bricks. Thanks to the figure's speaker, you'll also hear iconic music and sounds as you play. Earn virtual coins by moving LEGO Mario from the Start Pipe to the Goal Pole via spinning and cloud platforms, the ? Block, and battles with Goomba and Bowser Jr. figures.

There's also an 11-piece Cat Mario Power-Up Pack, model number 71372, that a LEGO Mario figure can wear to give the figure feline ability, such as walking up walls to earn more digital coins and purring and meowing. You'll also see a unique image appear on Mario's torso screen.

Expand the play and build even more levels with the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Pack, model number 71365. This has 217 pieces for building a working seesaw with Piranha Plants on either end. Master the sliding seesaw challenge by seesawing quickly to earn coins while staying clear of the plants. And you'll have to get by Goomba and Koopa Troopa figures on the base that extends from the seesaw platform. An action Time Block is included that interacts with a LEGO Mario figure, sold separately, to earn extra time on the course.

You can also add more characters to your collection with mystery Character Packs, model number 71361. There are 10 to collect, and each one is packaged in a blind bag, so you won't know which one you're getting until you open the bag. Use the 23 pieces inside the bag to build Paragoomba, Fuzzy, Spiny, Buzzy Beetle, Bullet Bill, Bob-omb, Eep Cheep, Blooper, Urchin, or Peepa. Each figure includes an action brick that will unlock different interactions with a LEGO Mario figure, sold separately.

Is It Fun?

Fans will love seeing their favorite elements and characters from the video game brought to life in such an interactive way. This is more than just building out scenes from the game. The built-in technology really allows fans to play out what they've seen on screen, and it'll be really cool to see how LEGO Mario reacts and responds with each move.

Who It’s For

Adventures with Mario, Character Packs, and Cat Mario are for ages 6 and up. Piranha Plant Power Slide is for ages 7 and up. Fans of Super Mario will enjoy building the video game world with these LEGO sets.

What To Be Aware Of

Something to note is that a lot of the interaction between Mario and the expansion sets happens only when you connect the Mario figure to the free LEGO Super Mario app via Bluetooth.

It took 15 minutes to assemble the Adventures with Mario set. It requires two AAA batteries, which are not included.

Piranha Plant took 25 minutes to assemble.

Each Character Pack took just a few minutes to put together.

It took less than a minute to assemble the Cat Mario set.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy


    2 AAA batteries required