The Super Mario 3D Land: Bowser's Castle Building Set from K'NEX is a 700-piece set that builds Bowser's Castle from the Nintendo game, Super Mario 3D Land. The set also comes with four figures of Bowser, Mario, Princess Peach, and a Draglet. The Mario figure comes with a jump disc base that can be used with the launcher to propel the figure.
The castle is a multi-leveled structure that is packed with features from the game, including the Bowser statue at the castle entrance, spinning fire-bar obstacle, large fireballs, a coaster, and the flag at the end of the course. The spinning fire-bar turns automatically and the Draglet can be attached to the lower level's spinner to create another obstacle. There are also coins and a Mystery Box with a Mushroom in it.
This large set lets kids bring the fun of the digital game into the real world by allowing them to recreate scenes from the game. Kids can also come up with their own ideas and adventures for the characters and the castle.
This set is for Mario fans, ages 8 and up, but we think kids as young as 6 will like it also. They will probably need help building the castle.
The directions are adequate and this set took us about two hours to complete. The spinning obstacles require two "AA" batteries, which are not included.
2 AA batteries required
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