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Episode 20 · 1 year ago

LEGO Super Mario (2020)

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Letsa go! LegoLee329 breaks the newest smash-hit LEGO theme in Super Mario and dicusses what the poteintial liscense between LEGO and Nintendo could mean for the future of both brands. 

Good morning, good afternoon of goodevening, whenever wherever you are. Thank you so much making me you partof your day. My name is Leeparm might know me as Lego Lee orLego Lee three to nine. From facebook, instagram, twitter, Youtube, Patreon, you name it, I am all over this crazy thing we callthe internet. And this is the brick ecology podcast, the study of smallplastic bricks. How are you doing today? I sincerely hope you're just having anabsolutely fantastic day. It is sunny outside. We just had a hurricanepassed through. It's been pretty crazy times here, but let's get on today'sepisode of Brick Ology. We are in full swing into season at three ofthis podcast and we're just a sliver away from seven thousand streams. I've beengetting about an average of a thousand streams a week for the past few weeksnow, which is insane. This podcast has grown a lot and the aboutsix short months that it has been running. And this is the twenty four episodeof Brick Ology, my Kobe Bryant episode, reds in peace, KobeBryant. Also go listen to the second episode of Brick Ology where I doa longer tribute to the legendary Kobe Bryant, and this we could brick ology isgoing to be a bit different because we are breaking with tradition. Ipretty much spent to mention this on every episode of Brick Oology, that Ido this alternating pattern between what Lego theme I focus on. One Week Ido a license Lego theme, like last week I did Leo Star Wars Solo, a star wars story, and then the next week I do an unlicensedtheme like Pharaoh's quest, which was the season too finale. However, thisweek we're going to do a license theme and last week was a license theme. So yes, I am breaking the pattern for this episode. Now it'sgoing to be a special occasion sort of thing. I'm not going to forgetabout that pattern. To make up for it, the next two episodes afterthis one they'll be two straight unlicensed theme so after four episodes we've done twoof each and then the pattern will continue along as normal. But the reasonI wanted to do this specific episode about a specific license theme is because thisis going to be a little bit bit of a new thing for me.This episode of Brick Ology is about a brand new lego theme. Pretty muchevery other episode of Brick Ology that I've done has been about a Lego themethat's existed for a long time, even some of them going back, youknow, to a different millennia in the S. Today's episode of Brick Ologyis going to be a Lego theme that was literally just released officially on August. First I kind of wonder the episode last week but I didn't feel likeI had enough of the stuff to really do it and it wasn't officially outlast week. So I waited one week but I couldn't wait any longer.And one thing I do love to do Embrik Ology is be topical. It'skind of hard to be topical when a lot of things are to laid notcoming out because of, well, you know, stuff going on in theworld. But this Lego stuff came out on time, a big grand releasefor it. You probably know what I'm talking about. Obviously you do ifyou're listening this episode, because you probably see the title of the episode.Today's episode of brick algae is about lego Super Mario and yes, I justwant to get this episode out as quickly as possible. But before we jumpinto talking about Lego Super Mario, I have to do my shameless plug.Guys, go find me on all these social media platforms. You can findLego Lee or Lego lead through to nine on facebook. Like my facebook page. You can follow me on twitter. You can follow me on instagram.My instagram page is going really well. I literally post daily content over there. Definitely check that out and also subscribe to my Youtube Channel. You mightbe listening to this on Youtube or follow me on spotify. If you're listeningon spotify, please consider following I have almost seven thousand streams and I haveless than one hundred followers. That number seems a little bit skewed. Ireally think you guys should consider follow me on spotify, which will give youupdates whenever I actually post a new episode...

...of this podcast at also one moreshameless plug. If you really love brick Ology, if you really love LegoLee Lee Palm, maybe consider supporting me on Patreon. Literally a donation ofone dollar, one dollar a month. It doesn't have to be anything big. One dollar month goes a long way for funding this podcast, my channeland all the stuff I do, because I don't really make a whole lotof cash off of this and legos expensive. Creating pod cast, paying for softwareis and everything it's all expensive. So if you donate one dollar amonth, that's slowly adds up and it helps me to fund this which Ireally enjoy doing and you guys seem to enjoy listening to and watching. Somaybe consider becoming a patron supporter if you have not already. So all thatout of the way, let's jump straight in and talk about lego Super Mario. Oh, Mamamia, I'm holding my hand up, you know, ifmy fingers clenched together and throwing my fists into the sky like an Italian.I'm gonna really have to resist doing that through this entire episode. I apologizein advance for a probably a lot of just weird spurts of me doing ahorrible Mario and personation and a terrible Italian accent. But without further ado,let's talk about Lego Super Mario and let's talk about Mario as a character.I always love to do do this on brick oology. This is the studyof small plastic bricks and we need to add some context to this story andtalk about the history of Mario. But we're gonna talk about the lego SuperMario stuff. Now I will say one thing. This is going to bean incredibly brief history of Mario because there's way too much. I could makea five hour long podcast about the history of Mario alone. This is aLego podcast. I just want to add a little bit of context for thosewho might not know. Mario as a character was first introduced in what game? Say It with me. You might get this wrong because he was actuallyintroduced in Donkey Kong in one thousand nine hundred and eighty one, the arcadegame, and he wasn't even referred to as Mario. He was originally referredto as jump man, which is kind of funny that he, you know, later was given a name. The first Super Mario game for nintendo consolewas Super Mario, made for the Nintendo entertainment system, reviewed any S inone thousand nine hundred and eighty five. Will talk more about this later onin this episode because it's very important to a Lego set from this theme.But that's the first ever Lego, Super Martinoe for Server Super Mario Game,and we'll talk about it more later on on today's episode. And there aretons of Mario Games. Like I said, it will take forever for me totalk about all of the Games, so I'm really just not going tofocus on it. I'm sorry if you guys wanted to get a little bitmore information about Mario. I'm pretty sure most of you know about Mario.Most of you have probably played a Mario game to some extent. If youhaven't, you either don't have electricity or you've been living under a rock.So I really don't know to tell you if you have had no exposure toMario as a video game. My personal favorite Mario Games I like Super MarioGalaxy. That one was fun for the Wei but for the Nintendo Gamecube,Super Mario Sunshine. That was part of my childhood. I loved that game. Super Mario Sunshine was the stuff for me. That is definitely my personalfavorite Mario game, but there's so many fun Mario Games. Mario Kart,I play all the time, Super Smash Brothers, what you know, incorporatesalls of other Nintendo and just other game properties in general. I would lovethat game as well, and I'm a big Nintendo Fan and we'll talk aboutmy Nintendo fandom here and just a second. Now we can kind of bridge theway into talking about Lego Super Mario and the announce spent of legos licensewith Nintendo. Now, I remember it was actually rumored last year that theremight be some Lego Nintendo stuff coming up. Personal Buddy of mine and a bigliquor Youtuber, you guys probably know just too good, was hinting atit and you know he's a big Mario Fan, so I kind of thoughthe might be, you know, a little exaggerating, but he was right. He took all these context clues and kind of strung them together and he'slike, guys, I think Lego Mario might be happening next year. Andhe was correct, which is super awesome. I'm glad he was correct and theMario Line was well, it was kind of hinted at and revealed sortof at toyfare two thousand and twenty they...

...first revealed the Mario quote unquote figure. Now, initially, and there still is a ton of backlash and theLego community about this particular figure because, well, Mario's not a real legofigure. He is a custom figure, and we'll talk about that Mario figurehere just a second, but he's not a typical Lego minifigure and a lotof people, including myself, initially were incredibly mad about that. We wantnormal, you know, Lego Mario stuff and they made this different kind ofwhack system that doesn't really fit in with the rest of what Lego normally does, which definitely drew a lot of backlash. Now lego kept revealing more stuff fromthe line and then they did pre orders and the prior is all soldout and all this Mario stuff is on back order. Just sold out onLego shop at home currently, just about a week after it was officially released. So I think lego still doing okay, and even that there was a lotof backlash and still is a lot of backlash, it seems like they'redoing all right and these seem to be selling really, really well. AndI'm not ruling out the fact that Lego and Nintendo are both incredibly smart companies. If they don't make minifigures at some point in the future, they're bothjust stupid. I don't think either of these companies is that dumb and Ithink they will definitely let normal mini figures from Mario and other Nintendo properties happenat some point in the future. That's just a gold mine that they're bothsitting on top of I think they both kind of just wanted to experiment andkind of incorporate like a video game aspect with Lego. So I think thisis an experiment. It's actually worked out pretty well and these sets are reallyfun. I'll talk about them here in just a second, but that's justkind of what people in a lot of people's reaction was to the reveal ofMario and my personal reaction. First off, this is, you know, somethingthat a lot of people say. A lot people throw this phrase arounda lot of the time and I think a lot of the time it's veryhyperbolic. But in this instance this is not hyperbolic. For me personally,Lego and Nintendo partnering together is literally a dream come true. Like I hadbeen dreaming about Lego Nintendo sets ever since my family, my brothers and Igot a Nintendo Gamecube back in two thousand and two, eighteen years ago.I was like five years old when that happened, and ever since then Ihad been dreaming about the potential of Lego Nintendo sets and I've always like thesegames would translate so well to Lego form. Now, Mario is not my personalfavorite nintendo franchise. It's obviously the most iconic. It's probably the mosticonic video game in the world, but it's not my personal favorite. Mypersonal favorite Nintendo franchise by far is legend of Zelda. I'm obsessed with legendof Zelda and of Lego. At some point makes Zelda sets, I willactually lose my mind. I will flip out. There's been a bunch ofLego ideas part of that have been rejected for Zelda. I need Lego Zeldain my life, especially that made stuff based off when Waker, my personalfavorite Lego game. Also, this is kind of also game freak, buta Nintendo propping nevertheless, is pokemon. If they made stuff for Pokemon aswell, I would go crazy. But I do know mega constructs unfortunately hasthe license for Pokemon right now, so I'm not sure how that what happened. And I like Mario. I've played a lot of Mario Games. I'venever been a committed Mario Fan. I haven't gotten the past few Mario Games, but I do like Mario a lot and I'm just super hyped they're makingMario stuff and we're getting a lot of these iconic Mario characters in Lego formand the promise that a Lego Nintendo license can potentially bring in the future isone of the more exciting things to come out of two thousand and twenty ingeneral. So those are my kind of brief thoughts on this whole thing.At the end of the episode I'm going to give you a bigger scale thoughtson this whole situation, but before we do that, let's show much tothe meat of today's episode actually talk about the Lego Super Mario products themselves.Now, according to brick set there are...

...thirty one LEGO Super Mario sets.Keep that in mind that this literally came out on August first, a weekago, pretty much a week ago, less than we could go. WhenI'm recording on Thursday, there's thirty one sets already. Now some of themare, you know, small bags and stuff, but that is a tonof products. It's a humongous launch for lego. This is a really bigdeal. So there's really a lot to talk about. So let's jump straightinto it and start talking about the LEGO Super Mario sets. And of course, what better way to start this off? And the first thing they revealed,and that is the adventures with Mario Starter set. This set costs sixtyhas two hundred thirty one pieces. Big Oof on the precure piece, butit makes a little bit more sense when we talk about the Mario figure hereand just a second and speaking of that Mario figure, this is currently theonly way to get the Lego Mario figure. All the other boxes for these Mariosets specifically say lego Mario Ain't included. Y'All. He does not come inany other set, although he's seen on all of these expansion set boxes. But he's like slightly transparent and just to let people know, like aMario actually doesn't come this box, which is a little bit misleading, butalso is clearly stated by leg on the box and some rather small print.Now the Mario figure, like we already said, it's not a typical legofigure and the rest of the characters from this Mario Line are actually brick builtcharacters. Mario is a very custom molded piece that has some batteries inside andis an electronic figure. Very interesting, very different and new for Lego.Look at this. Really doesn't do this sort of thing often and this thinghas a code scanner on the bottom and all the villains and various platforms throughoutthese sets have these barcodes that Lego Mario can scan and he gets different powersand coins and things from all of these codes, which is kind of howthis course system works. And essentially with this set they have the opening pipethat Mario comes out of and they have the flagpole finish line for Mario tofinish and you can start your level. You have sixty seconds, you cangain time, you can lose time and in those sixty seconds you're going totry and get as many power ups and coins, if it does, manyenemies as possible and after you do, you finish at the flagpole and seehow many coins you can get. It is this Lego Mario system that kindof acts like a video game. And speaking of video games, this setis sixty dollars, which is the current starting price for most nintendo switch gamesat the moment, which is very interesting. And also Mario, if you wantto, you can get him different suits. This is kind of likeDLC. It's ten dollars and you get a fire Mario suit, a propellerMario suit, a cart Mario suit, Cat Mario. I wrote Car Marioin my show notes looking at them right here, little TYPO. I meantCat Mario suit and a builder Mario Suit. Pretty cool suits, lots of coolpieces. Ten dollars for these is absolutely ridiculous. These sets have likeeleven to thirteen pieces each. That is a ridiculous price and I'm probably notgoing to be purchasing those untild they go on sale. But also included withthis set you get a Goomba. They come in lots of sets, butI mean, if you're a Mario Fan, you can never get too many Goombas. Of course, they're just an incredibly iconic villain for the Mario series. And you also get bowser Jr in this starter set, a completely exclusivebrick built character in Bowser Jr, and he looks very cool. The buildof this set can just introduces us to a few different of the biomes fromthe Super Mario series. Get a grasp by them and get a lava biomeand a water biomes or different little sections for this whole thing. And specifically, this build doesn't really represent anything in particular. While some of the othersets were about to talk about have a more specific build, this one reallyit's just kind of like a taste of what is expected to come from therest of the Mario series. So kind of gives you a little bit ofa hint of what you might see in the rest of these sets. Andspeaking of this set, I still don't have this set. I pre orderedthis set from LEGOCOM like two months ago and it has not shipped yet.They actually just sending email today saying we have the said the warehouse and we'retaking extra precautions. What precautions are you...

...taking? That now? It istaking them over a week for you guys. So not have shipped this set.Yeah, I'm getting pretty impatient because I also have the anys and thethwamp drop set coming in the mail as well and they have not even shippedthem out yet. I'm getting very impatient and I really hope these sets comehere soon because it's been a lot of money on those. I was helpingto make reviews for them and you guys are really delaying me, Lego.But but yes, that is the Mario Starter Corse set. It's hard forme to really speak on the quality of this yet because I don't have it, even though I own a lot of the other Super Mario sets. Butthat is the starter Corse set, also a pre order bonus or a instore promotional bonus set, is the Monty mole and super mushroom set. Thisis a one hundred sixty three piece promo set that you got with buying thisstarter set. It includes Monty Male, who's not exclusive. You also getthe super mushroom that is exclusive but not really a character and it's a desertbiome thing, and the super mushroom as a feature where you cannot come overand it kind of shoots monty mole out of a whole pretty cool little expansionset that I unfortunately have missed out on. I'll probably have to fork over somemoney on Ebay to get that set at some point here and the future. The next set from this Mario Line, for twenty dollars, one hundred andeighty pieces, is the desert poke. The figures include with this set,where the aforementioned Monty Male, who also comes in this set, andyou also get the desert poke. Now the dessert poke is not really afigure because it's very incorporated into the build, but it looks fantastic. I thinklegos designed for Thosert poke is about as good as it gets. Sothe build this set. Like I said, it's a desert biome and it hasa dessert poke who's kind of like lined up against this kind of desertwall sort of thing, and there's this feature where you put Mario on thishammer that can spin around and you can spend the hammer around and slowly knockoff the pieces of the desert poke one by one, and then one ofthe pieces has a code that Lego Mari Yo can scan. That is areally, really fun play feature and I think for twenty dollars is a prettyfantastic set. Also for twenty bucks from this line with a lot less pieces, when hundred and thirty three parts in total. Is whomps lava trouble.I recently reviewed this set on my youtube channel and gave it a pretty scathingreview. This set includes a lava bubble, which is a cool little character thatcomes in a lot of the fire biome lava biome type sets, andyou also get the whomp character. Now the brick built whomp character uses oneof those big kind of like wall pieces with printing on it. That whompcharacter looks fantastic. Lego did a brilliant job with that character. The buildof this set, though. It's a fire biome. You get a littlebridge thing that Mario can like slide across on. You also have a greenshell that knocks over the lava bubble, and that's it. The build ofthis set is terrible. It's easily the worst build of this entire line,in my opinion. I love whomp and that's the only reason I even gavethat set a rating higher than five out of ten. If it wasn't forwhamp, this set would be absolutely got awful, but he comes one ofthe best figures from the Mario Line with easily the worst build in my opinion. A much better build, though, comes in the way of the thirty, two hundred and seventeen piece set called the per run up plant power slide. Say That five times fast. The figures included here are at Goomba,who come in a lot of these sets. You have to get Kopa Trooper,the Kopa troopa sorry, the cheapest way to get that character. Anothericonic Mario character in the build of this set is a Guysert biome and ithas bricks with a time block. recuse gets Mario some extra time when hescans on it, and you get the titular build, the PIRANA plants slideitself. The slide here uses the roller coaster pieces that were introduced a fewyears ago, and basically you can put Mario on a roller coaster cart andslide them back and forth. Slide is not the accurate name. I reallythink this should have been called a seesaw. He rocks back and forth and you'resupposed to collect coins while avoiding getting eaten by the Piranha plants that areseen on either side. The prown plants have pretty cool brick builds for theirheads. That is a pretty fun set,...

...also for thirty dollars, with onehundred and thirty two pieces, humongous oof on. The pricer piece ofthat set, which I definitely went into for my review of this set onmy youtube channel, is the boomer bill barrage. I do love the literationin that set name, though. This comes with an exclusive a shy guyfigure. I Love Shy Guy, one of my personal favorite Mario Characters.He just looks great in the layer. Every sentation of him is great aswell. This also comes with a super or not a power mushroom. Nowthe power mushroom comes in a lot of these mario sets, which makes sense. It's an iconic part of the Mario Game. And the power mushroom alsocomes in a five dollar polybag set with eighteen pieces. That also comes witha question mark block in a small piece of a water biome with some grasson top. That's a polybag set you can find a target or is alsoa promotion on some other website like Lego shop at home. But getting backto this set, the build here is a grass and water biomes set up. It has a small stair step kind of build for grass that leads upto the power mushroom on top of a brick. Nothing super interesting there.And then you have the boomer bills or kind of suspended in the air,and there's a feature where you spin around these gears with Mario on them andthe BUER bills also starts spinning as well. You're supposed to collect coins with legoMario before one of the boomer bills knocks him off his stand, andthere's actually two difficulty settings, one where you actually into place with clutch poweron some studs as another one where he's completely flat on tiles, making himmore susceptible to falling off. Pretty Cool set build, very cool play feature. It's a really fun play feature that I definitely play with a lot inmy review for this set. But the set is a super underwhelming build within terms of substance. It really is not worth thirty dollars at all,especially with only a hundred and thirty two pieces. The price of that setis horrible and I really took that on account on to my review of thatset as well. Also for thirty dollars. From this wave is the Mario's houseand a Yoshi set. This set had two hundred and five pieces.It includes, of course, you sure, one of the more iconic characters fromthe Mario series. I love Yoshi. Everybody loves Yoshi. The LEGO Yoshiis very cute and a pretty cool design. However, he's Lime Green. They should have used the color they use for the green biomes, thegrass biomes from these sets. That would have looked so much better and waymore accurate. The fact that he's Lime Green. It's just not accurate,in my opinion. It does it look very good, however. This setis a very interesting one. You also get a Goomba with a kind ofscare different expression on his face. You get this weird tree in a hammockthat has a cloth piece and you can literally put the Mario figure in thereand Mario Falls Asleep in the Hammock and you can rock him back and forthin the hammock like he's sleeping. That's a pretty interesting play feature. Andyou get Mario's house. Very interesting that Mario's house was made because that's fromthe paper Mario video game. Wasn't really expecting Lego to go so obscure withthe build for this set. The house is a facade. It looks prettygood from the front. It has a really clever use of the UNIKITTY cloudstand piece as like smoke from a chimney stack. That is really cool.But it's a facade and the door opens to review absolutely nothing on the inside. There is no interior, and you'll hear me talk about that more throughoutthis episode about a lot of the structure build from these Mario Sets and youcan't open up the roof to reveal a star block, which is cool,but I think this house was a bit of a letdown. It looks decent, but it could have been so much better if they had had in somesemblance of an interior. Now, jumping in price a good bit, wehave the seventy dollar, four hundred and sixty four piece set, toad's treasurehunt. I still don't have this set. I'm a little hesitant to get thisone in particular because I think the price is really bad. But Ido want the toad and toad at figures, the first two figures are been talkingabout here in this set that are completely exclusive and of course, ourpretty iconic characters to the Mario series. You also get a Goomba, ofcourse, and you also get too cheap cheeps, who are exclusive to thisset as well. And the build here...

...you get three different mushroom houses forToad, again all facades. They have no interior anything, but they lookreally cool. There's two smaller ones that are yellow and purple and one biggerone that is red like toad himself. Really cool looking builds. The restof this build is grass and water biomes with lots of different stops from Mario, some trees. We're little spinning feature with the cheep cheeps. There's alot going on with this build and actually looks really cool. Again, likeI said, I'm just hesitant to get this set in particular because I thinkthat price is a little bit out there. But it's still a cool looking setand I'll probably get it at some point, but I might just waitfor a sale on that one in particular. Now the final set for the mainway. Basically the rest of the sets from this episode are going tobe like store exclusives or promotions or whatnot. The final, the biggest set fromthis normal Mario wave is the one hundred dollar, one thousand and tenpiece bowsers castle boss battle. Of course bowser's castle is going to be thebiggest set from this wave. The figures here are a brick built bowser,who is very interesting looking, a very stylized brick built figure. I thinkLego did a pretty good job with this Bowser, but I think they couldhave done a little bit better, but he still looks pretty cool. Youalso got dry bones, another one of my personal favorite characters from Mario,and the dry bones figure looks perfect. Did a absolutely spectacular job with thatdry bones character. And you get a small boo. Talk about the biggerboo here just a second, because a small boo, which the booze andthis Mario series are very blocky and they're very lego fide, which is interestingbecause they're very spherical and round and game and seeing them very blocky is abit weird. And you also get a lava bubble where there's a play feature. We can make the lava bubble kind of fly up into the air andall of these characters do have codes on them. The build for this setis definitely my favorite build from this series. It really looks good esthetically speaking.It's a good display piece even outside of this Mario Series and kind ofthe whole course building system. You have like a front wall for the castle. It looks like from the towers lava is like flowing out of them.It looks really, really cool. There's a couple of towers off the sideof the castle and the main part of the castle has this big statue ofBowser with big arms. It's like a big stone statue of him. Thatlooks absolutely fantastic. I think definitely the best brick built design and all ofthese lego Mario sets and the play features here are off the charts. Youcan hit these things to make bowser's arms go up and when his arms goup, the bowser figure becomes more susceptible to attacks and you can have spendMario on this thing that slowly knocks over bowser. You can defeat the bassboss battle, hit bowser bunch in the back of Mario in the codes,collect all these coins and defeat bowser once and for all. I mean seriously, a very elaborate play feature system for the the set and there's even featuresof knock over King Boo and knock over dry bones get coins and stuff fromthem. There's a time block and there's a star block. I mean seriously, there's a lot going on with this set. This set is pretty fantastic. It's also a great deal. It's an absolutely huge build. It's muchbigger than I thought it would be. It's ten cents or piece. Thisis a great set and it's not really a big surprise. This set wasvoted as the best Mario set of the line and I'm inclined to agree.I think it is the best set of the line, unless we count youknow, the director consumer said that. We'll talk about here later in thisepisode. So that's it for the normal Mario sets. Now we can kindof start of talk about the retail exclusive Mario sets. Now I grouped thisone in with the retail sluices because I thought it was a retail exclusive andit has a different set numbering system from the rest, and that is theguarded fortress. It's a fifty four hundred sixty eight piece set, but I'veseen this at a target and I also saw the set on Amazon, soI'm not entirely sure if it actually is a retail exclusive. We're just goingto talk about this set anyways and kind of forget about that. This sethere comes with a Kupa Troopa, a bomb which, interestingly enough, thebomb is also one of the blind bag...

...characters or talk about later on inthe day's episode. And you get product plant here that comes out of thepipe and there's a cool play feature to activate product plant coming out of thepipe, which is really fun and that's the only way to really get,you know, the separate product plant from the slide set. And the buildhere has a very nice looking castle. I'm kind of a burnt orange color. That, of course, is the guarded fortress. I think this isa fantastic looking build. I don't have this set yet, but it doeslook very good. But yet again, the castle is unfortunately a facade.Definitely is a pointing there, but this thing is built out of grass,water and a very small stretch of lava biome. So a lot going onwith this set and there's various areas mario can avoid the but void, thebomb, go to the product plant, have COOPA trooper. Lots of thingsfor Mario to do in this set. It's a very cool set. Idon't have this one yet, but I do plan on picking this one upfor forty dollars. This set is a Walmart and Lego shop exclusive. Isthe three hundred and ninety three piece set called thwop drop. The figures includedhere are a couple of lava bubbles, again that we see with all theselava biome sets. And you also get flop. Now Papa isn't really acharacter, he kind of is. He has a face and he's just abig block that drops. And you know I'm familiar with swamps, specifically inMario Kart. Those things are paining the butt and Mario Karts sometimes, especiallyif they hit you. You see them all the time in the Mario Kartgame. I Mani different courses, but thop is kind of an iconic characterMario and thlop is known for dropping in this set has thwamp and there's afeature to make him drop. Surprise, surprise, very cool play feature.I'm waiting for this one to come the mail from Lego. If they wouldjust please ship my freaking orders of sets, I am ready to get this oneand add it to my collection. I think this one will also goreally well with the bowsers castle. Says, like a little platform before you actuallyget to Bowser's castle, and there also is a little sliding platform fromMario for some additional play features and some platforms pretty lava bubbles and kind ofknocked them off as well. Also, for fifty four hundred thirty one pieces, we have the target exclusive King Boo and the haunted yard. I reviewedthis set on my youtube channel and I was really impressed with the build ofthis set. It's a big build for fifty bucks. Great deal. Hereit came with too Goombas. You also got these swoop bats times for andKing Boo. Now, unfortunately, the swoop bats and King Boo are builtin such a way that they're very incorporated into the set and they don't reallywork as like individual figures. That was definitely a bit of a disappointment tome. But there's a really cool play feature where you kind of spin aroundthe swoop bats and its slowly knocks off king boo in each of the sweepbats has their own little barcode on the back. Very cool play feature andKing Boo also has a code as well. And this one has a very cleverdifficulty settinghere we can a slide this technic rod back and forth. Ifyou have it on one way, the swoop bats move very quickly, makesit easier to beat. You do the other way, they've become slower,makes it harder to beat. That is very cool. And this one isa very interesting biome because it's not really in line with the rest of thesets. It's like this Halloween style biome where the biome pieces are kind ofin a burnt orange color and there's lots of blacks and grays here. Itlooks very haunted house and Halloween thing. There's spider webs all over the place, including a really nice spider web play feature with the code as well.There's a dead tree. It has this kind of creepy esthetic that I reallydo enjoy quite a bit and it's very unique and different from the rest ofthese sets. So I really like this King Boo and the haunted yard artset. I was very impressed with the build of that set. And thatis it for the main kind of line of Mario sets. But we stillhave a few things to talk about in today's episode. For five dollars eachyou can get the character blind bags. These each include one buildable character thathas a small biome piece as a stand. These are very cool and actually fourdollars are target, if you want to say a little bit of money, and I think five dollars is a fair price, because they each seemedto come out about twenty to thirty pieces each. And the characters included inthis series are all exclusive besides a bomb mom who comes in the guarded fortressset. It's nice the bomb comes in...

...a cheap way here, but it'salso a little bit weird that he comes in multiple sets, making him notexclusive to this series. But the other characters are exclusive, including Paragoomba,the flying Goomba. You have fuzzy, you have spiny, you have buzzy, Beetle, bullet bill, EAP, cheap blooper Urchin and PEEPA, allexclusive really fun little brick bit kelp bit built characters. I have half ofthis series so far and I hope to complete the rest of it here soon. Now, finally, we have the last Lego Super Mario set we getto talk about, and this is the big one. Now, unsurprisingly,when Lego does a big product launch like they did for lego Super Mario,a lot of times they like to do a very adults and trick eighteen plusdirect to consumer style set, and Mario is no exception. And that setis the two hundred and thirty dollar twenty six hundred and forty six past Nintendoentertainment system, any s for short, set. This is based off theaforementioned any as from one thousand nine hundred and eighty five, and it comeswith a brick built version of the console that functions quote unquote, like theconsole and you get the original Super Mario game in a replica of the cartridsthat it originally would come in back in eighty five. You can put thecartridge and the Lego as and it, you know, plops into place likeit does on the real one, and you can hook it up to abrick built lego TV that has a crank system that makes it look like you'replaying through the first level of the original Super Mario Game. The feature ofthis set is ridiculous. It is one of the most crazy feats of Legoengineering I have ever seen. That feature is top notch and so cool.And what makes it even cooler is you can actually scan the Mario figure fromthe starter course set. Put Him on top of the NES and he startsscanning some colors from this crank system and he makes noises and plays Mario Musicto give even more life to this feature. This set is brilliant and fantastic and, of course, was a day one purchase for me and I hadto stay up late at midnight to order this on Lego shop at home.The site crash or like twenty minutes, but I did get my order in, but they still have not shipped it out. I know I've complained aboutthat a lot in today's episode, but I'm getting pretty impatient, y'all.I really want this that and I'm just so, so stoked to build thisset and hopefully lego ships that out as soon as possible. So that's it. Those are all these Super Mario sets. But before I conclude today's episode ofBrick Ology, basically what I have written in my show notes as mythoughts on these Mario sets, and it's written as an Adlib. So I'mjust going to kind of talk from my soul about how I feel these legoSuper Mario sets without any real script. These sets are interesting and I likethem more than I thought I would, but I definitely am not as inlove with them as I think I should be, because I would be inlove with lego Super Mario sets that they had, nor Lego minifigures. Thisstyle is definitely not what I would have wanted, but I think they've donea good job with the system. First off, the sets are all funto build. They have tons of great playability features, which is great forkids, and I do have to remember Lego is ultimately a child product.Now they do make eighteen plus sets at the Inns specifically freak people like me, adult fans of Lego, but these sets are for ages like six plus, eight plus, maybe ten plus for some of the big sets. Thesesets are made for children. They are not targeted at me, so Ihave to keep that in mind and I also think they did an absolutely greatjob making tons of awesome new pieces for this set, making a really funsystem to building these sets, and the build still look pretty good like theesthetically speaking, I had them on display lay here I'm building a course ona table of mine. I still think it actually looks really good. Theydon't look bad on display at all.

I would have preferred minifigure style stuff. I would love to see some structures of actual interior. I think thefact that there's a lot of facades is definitely just a pointing but for themost part the builds look good and the price is actually aren't as bad asthey look because most of these sets are pretty large builds. They have alot of size to them and a lot of very unique pieces, so theprices here aren't that bad at all. I definitely do wish they were minifigurestyle sets and I really hope they make minifigure style sets. And I'm goingto reiterate my point from the beginning this episode. I don't think Lego orNintendo are dumb enough to never do minifigure stuff with this license. I thinkthey wanted to try something out new. Then when the kind of mix videogame and Lego together to make this interesting course system to see how it goes, but I would be willing to bet next year or a year after thatwe're going to get something with minifigure style stuff. Now I do think thata lot of these sets are kind of one dimensional and I think a kidmight get bored with the playability features. Like I don't have the Mario thingyet, but I can't really imagine a kid having a ton of fun playingwith this for an extended amount of time when they also cost the same aslike a video game, and I feel like a video game Mario gives youa lot more potential with playability. So that is definitely an issue I seewith these sets and also there are a couple of problems I have with thesethings. My biggest problems one, transporting these builds is very, very hard. The pieces are all very loosely connected, so it's hard to pick up oneof these builds that everything can just falling apart, and I get thatit's supposed to be rearranged for this course building system, but ultimately I dowish that the builds were a little bit more structurally sound beside the individual pieces. But my biggest issue with all of these sets is the instructions. Theinstructions include with this sets are a very small paper Pan flip that just linksyou to give a bar code to use the instructions on these Super Mario Appand the Mario APP is very integral and you have to have the instructions onthe Mario APP or access them on Lego shop at homes little instruction kind ofwebsite thing. So they don't make paper instructions for these sets. And youknow what, I understand that most people probably have access to a laptop ora smartphone or tablet, but when I was a kid I didn't get aphone for a very long time. My parents did not get me a phoneor I pad until I was like a teenager, and if I were akid I'd be like wait, how am I supposed to build this if Idon't have a phone? Also, what happens if your phone runs out ofbattery and your power is out or you're out of date and you can't accessthese or you know stuff like that. There's a lot of things that Idon't like about having completely digital instructions. I think it kind of hinders someof the Mystique of a lego build and I definitely don't like that about thisparticular line, and I really think Lego should include paper instruction. ANNUALS,like the instructions I do have in the APP are very efficient and very welldone, and I commend them for making a really efficient software for them,but I really think that these sets should have come with actual paper instructions.That's my biggest issue with these sets. So, overall, it's interesting.I'm still super excited and happy that lego Super Mario exists. It definitely couldhave been better and I hope they do some better stuff in the future,but what they have given up is given us is exciting, it's fun andI think it's going to bring a lot of joy to people, even thoughit definitely still is controversial. That's all, folks. It just started to poura rain, which is great that it came at the very end ofmy recording in today's episode or Brick Ology, and I'm pretty happy that I limitedmy Mario Impressions as episode to just that one little time. You guysshould be very proud of me, but thank you so much for listening today'sepisode of Brick Ology. Like I said, the next two episodes will be unlicensedthemes I don't get back to the normal pattern that we have been on. And if you guys want to ask me questions, shoot me a DMon my pages all over the place. I would love to hear from you. Also, maybe send me an email. Let go ly through tonight at gmailcom. I'd love to answer your various...

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