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Episode 20 · 2 years 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 good evening, whenever wherever you are. Thank you so much making me you part of your day. My name is Leeparm might know me as Lego Lee or Lego Lee three to nine. From facebook, instagram, twitter, Youtube, Patreon, you name it, I am all over this crazy thing we call the internet. And this is the brick ecology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I sincerely hope you're just having an absolutely fantastic day. It is sunny outside. We just had a hurricane passed through. It's been pretty crazy times here, but let's get on today's episode of Brick Ology. We are in full swing into season at three of this podcast and we're just a sliver away from seven thousand streams. I've been getting about an average of a thousand streams a week for the past few weeks now, which is insane. This podcast has grown a lot and the about six short months that it has been running. And this is the twenty four episode of Brick Ology, my Kobe Bryant episode, reds in peace, Kobe Bryant. Also go listen to the second episode of Brick Ology where I do a longer tribute to the legendary Kobe Bryant, and this we could brick ology is going to be a bit different because we are breaking with tradition. I pretty much spent to mention this on every episode of Brick Oology, that I do this alternating pattern between what Lego theme I focus on. One Week I do 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 unlicensed theme like Pharaoh's quest, which was the season too finale. However, this week 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's going to be a special occasion sort of thing. I'm not going to forget about that pattern. To make up for it, the next two episodes after this one they'll be two straight unlicensed theme so after four episodes we've done two of each and then the pattern will continue along as normal. But the reason I wanted to do this specific episode about a specific license theme is because this is 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 much every other episode of Brick Ology that I've done has been about a Lego theme that's existed for a long time, even some of them going back, you know, to a different millennia in the S. Today's episode of Brick Ology is 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 like I had enough of the stuff to really do it and it wasn't officially out last 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's kind of hard to be topical when a lot of things are to laid not coming out because of, well, you know, stuff going on in the world. But this Lego stuff came out on time, a big grand release for it. You probably know what I'm talking about. Obviously you do if you'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 just want to get this episode out as quickly as possible. But before we jump into talking about Lego Super Mario, I have to do my shameless plug. Guys, go find me on all these social media platforms. You can find Lego 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 might be listening to this on Youtube or follow me on spotify. If you're listening on spotify, please consider following I have almost seven thousand streams and I have less than one hundred followers. That number seems a little bit skewed. I really think you guys should consider follow me on spotify, which will give you updates whenever I actually post a new episode...

...of this podcast at also one more shameless plug. If you really love brick Ology, if you really love Lego Lee Lee Palm, maybe consider supporting me on Patreon. Literally a donation of one 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 channel and all the stuff I do, because I don't really make a whole lot of cash off of this and legos expensive. Creating pod cast, paying for software is and everything it's all expensive. So if you donate one dollar a month, that's slowly adds up and it helps me to fund this which I really enjoy doing and you guys seem to enjoy listening to and watching. So maybe consider becoming a patron supporter if you have not already. So all that out of the way, let's jump straight in and talk about lego Super Mario. Oh, Mamamia, I'm holding my hand up, you know, if my 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 apologize in advance for a probably a lot of just weird spurts of me doing a horrible 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 study of small plastic bricks and we need to add some context to this story and talk about the history of Mario. But we're gonna talk about the lego Super Mario stuff. Now I will say one thing. This is going to be an incredibly brief history of Mario because there's way too much. I could make a five hour long podcast about the history of Mario alone. This is a Lego podcast. I just want to add a little bit of context for those who 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 actually introduced in Donkey Kong in one thousand nine hundred and eighty one, the arcade game, and he wasn't even referred to as Mario. He was originally referred to as jump man, which is kind of funny that he, you know, later was given a name. The first Super Mario game for nintendo console was Super Mario, made for the Nintendo entertainment system, reviewed any S in one thousand nine hundred and eighty five. Will talk more about this later on in 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 are tons of Mario Games. Like I said, it will take forever for me to talk about all of the Games, so I'm really just not going to focus on it. I'm sorry if you guys wanted to get a little bit more 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 you haven'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 to Mario as a video game. My personal favorite Mario Games I like Super Mario Galaxy. 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 personal favorite Mario game, but there's so many fun Mario Games. Mario Kart, I play all the time, Super Smash Brothers, what you know, incorporates alls of other Nintendo and just other game properties in general. I would love that game as well, and I'm a big Nintendo Fan and we'll talk about my Nintendo fandom here and just a second. Now we can kind of bridge the way into talking about Lego Super Mario and the announce spent of legos license with Nintendo. Now, I remember it was actually rumored last year that there might be some Lego Nintendo stuff coming up. Personal Buddy of mine and a big liquor Youtuber, you guys probably know just too good, was hinting at it and you know he's a big Mario Fan, so I kind of thought he 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's like, guys, I think Lego Mario might be happening next year. And he was correct, which is super awesome. I'm glad he was correct and the Mario Line was well, it was kind of hinted at and revealed sort of 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 the Lego community about this particular figure because, well, Mario's not a real lego figure. He is a custom figure, and we'll talk about that Mario figure here just a second, but he's not a typical Lego minifigure and a lot of people, including myself, initially were incredibly mad about that. We want normal, you know, Lego Mario stuff and they made this different kind of whack 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 from the line and then they did pre orders and the prior is all sold out and all this Mario stuff is on back order. Just sold out on Lego 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 lot of backlash and still is a lot of backlash, it seems like they're doing all right and these seem to be selling really, really well. And I'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 both just stupid. I don't think either of these companies is that dumb and I think they will definitely let normal mini figures from Mario and other Nintendo properties happen at some point in the future. That's just a gold mine that they're both sitting on top of I think they both kind of just wanted to experiment and kind of incorporate like a video game aspect with Lego. So I think this is an experiment. It's actually worked out pretty well and these sets are really fun. I'll talk about them here in just a second, but that's just kind of what people in a lot of people's reaction was to the reveal of Mario and my personal reaction. First off, this is, you know, something that a lot of people say. A lot people throw this phrase around a lot of the time and I think a lot of the time it's very hyperbolic. But in this instance this is not hyperbolic. For me personally, Lego and Nintendo partnering together is literally a dream come true. Like I had been dreaming about Lego Nintendo sets ever since my family, my brothers and I got 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 I had been dreaming about the potential of Lego Nintendo sets and I've always like these games would translate so well to Lego form. Now, Mario is not my personal favorite nintendo franchise. It's obviously the most iconic. It's probably the most iconic video game in the world, but it's not my personal favorite. My personal favorite Nintendo franchise by far is legend of Zelda. I'm obsessed with legend of Zelda and of Lego. At some point makes Zelda sets, I will actually lose my mind. I will flip out. There's been a bunch of Lego ideas part of that have been rejected for Zelda. I need Lego Zelda in my life, especially that made stuff based off when Waker, my personal favorite Lego game. Also, this is kind of also game freak, but a Nintendo propping nevertheless, is pokemon. If they made stuff for Pokemon as well, I would go crazy. But I do know mega constructs unfortunately has the 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've never 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 making Mario stuff and we're getting a lot of these iconic Mario characters in Lego form and the promise that a Lego Nintendo license can potentially bring in the future is one of the more exciting things to come out of two thousand and twenty in general. 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 thoughts on this whole situation, but before we do that, let's show much to the 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 week ago, pretty much a week ago, less than we could go. When I'm recording on Thursday, there's thirty one sets already. Now some of them are, you know, small bags and stuff, but that is a ton of products. It's a humongous launch for lego. This is a really big deal. So there's really a lot to talk about. So let's jump straight into 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 sixty has two hundred thirty one pieces. Big Oof on the precure piece, but it makes a little bit more sense when we talk about the Mario figure here and just a second and speaking of that Mario figure, this is currently the only way to get the Lego Mario figure. All the other boxes for these Mario sets specifically say lego Mario Ain't included. Y'All. He does not come in any 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 a Mario actually doesn't come this box, which is a little bit misleading, but also 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 lego figure and the rest of the characters from this Mario Line are actually brick built characters. Mario is a very custom molded piece that has some batteries inside and is 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 thing has a code scanner on the bottom and all the villains and various platforms throughout these sets have these barcodes that Lego Mario can scan and he gets different powers and coins and things from all of these codes, which is kind of how this course system works. And essentially with this set they have the opening pipe that Mario comes out of and they have the flagpole finish line for Mario to finish and you can start your level. You have sixty seconds, you can gain time, you can lose time and in those sixty seconds you're going to try and get as many power ups and coins, if it does, many enemies as possible and after you do, you finish at the flagpole and see how many coins you can get. It is this Lego Mario system that kind of acts like a video game. And speaking of video games, this set is sixty dollars, which is the current starting price for most nintendo switch games at the moment, which is very interesting. And also Mario, if you want to, you can get him different suits. This is kind of like DLC. It's ten dollars and you get a fire Mario suit, a propeller Mario suit, a cart Mario suit, Cat Mario. I wrote Car Mario in my show notes looking at them right here, little TYPO. I meant Cat Mario suit and a builder Mario Suit. Pretty cool suits, lots of cool pieces. Ten dollars for these is absolutely ridiculous. These sets have like eleven to thirteen pieces each. That is a ridiculous price and I'm probably not going to be purchasing those untild they go on sale. But also included with this set you get a Goomba. They come in lots of sets, but I 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 exclusive brick built character in Bowser Jr, and he looks very cool. The build of this set can just introduces us to a few different of the biomes from the Super Mario series. Get a grasp by them and get a lava biome and 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 other sets were about to talk about have a more specific build, this one really it's just kind of like a taste of what is expected to come from the rest of the Mario series. So kind of gives you a little bit of a hint of what you might see in the rest of these sets. And speaking of this set, I still don't have this set. I pre ordered this 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're taking extra precautions. What precautions are you...

...taking? That now? It is taking 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 the thwamp drop set coming in the mail as well and they have not even shipped them out yet. I'm getting very impatient and I really hope these sets come here soon because it's been a lot of money on those. I was helping to 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 for me 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. But that is the starter Corse set, also a pre order bonus or a in store promotional bonus set, is the Monty mole and super mushroom set. This is a one hundred sixty three piece promo set that you got with buying this starter set. It includes Monty Male, who's not exclusive. You also get the super mushroom that is exclusive but not really a character and it's a desert biome thing, and the super mushroom as a feature where you cannot come over and it kind of shoots monty mole out of a whole pretty cool little expansion set that I unfortunately have missed out on. I'll probably have to fork over some money 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 and eighty pieces, is the desert poke. The figures include with this set, where the aforementioned Monty Male, who also comes in this set, and you also get the desert poke. Now the dessert poke is not really a figure because it's very incorporated into the build, but it looks fantastic. I think legos designed for Thosert poke is about as good as it gets. So the build this set. Like I said, it's a desert biome and it has a dessert poke who's kind of like lined up against this kind of desert wall sort of thing, and there's this feature where you put Mario on this hammer that can spin around and you can spend the hammer around and slowly knock off the pieces of the desert poke one by one, and then one of the pieces has a code that Lego Mari Yo can scan. That is a really, really fun play feature and I think for twenty dollars is a pretty fantastic 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 scathing review. This set includes a lava bubble, which is a cool little character that comes in a lot of the fire biome lava biome type sets, and you also get the whomp character. Now the brick built whomp character uses one of those big kind of like wall pieces with printing on it. That whomp character looks fantastic. Lego did a brilliant job with that character. The build of this set, though. It's a fire biome. You get a little bridge thing that Mario can like slide across on. You also have a green shell that knocks over the lava bubble, and that's it. The build of this 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 gave that set a rating higher than five out of ten. If it wasn't for whamp, this set would be absolutely got awful, but he comes one of the 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. Another iconic Mario character in the build of this set is a Guysert biome and it has bricks with a time block. recuse gets Mario some extra time when he scans on it, and you get the titular build, the PIRANA plants slide itself. The slide here uses the roller coaster pieces that were introduced a few years ago, and basically you can put Mario on a roller coaster cart and slide them back and forth. Slide is not the accurate name. I really think this should have been called a seesaw. He rocks back and forth and you're supposed to collect coins while avoiding getting eaten by the Piranha plants that are seen on either side. The prown plants have pretty cool brick builds for their heads. That is a pretty fun set,...

...also for thirty dollars, with one hundred and thirty two pieces, humongous oof on. The pricer piece of that set, which I definitely went into for my review of this set on my youtube channel, is the boomer bill barrage. I do love the literation in that set name, though. This comes with an exclusive a shy guy figure. I Love Shy Guy, one of my personal favorite Mario Characters. He just looks great in the layer. Every sentation of him is great as well. This also comes with a super or not a power mushroom. Now the 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 also comes in a five dollar polybag set with eighteen pieces. That also comes with a question mark block in a small piece of a water biome with some grass on top. That's a polybag set you can find a target or is also a promotion on some other website like Lego shop at home. But getting back to 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 up to 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 and the BUER bills also starts spinning as well. You're supposed to collect coins with lego Mario before one of the boomer bills knocks him off his stand, and there's actually two difficulty settings, one where you actually into place with clutch power on some studs as another one where he's completely flat on tiles, making him more 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 in my review for this set. But the set is a super underwhelming build with in 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 set is horrible and I really took that on account on to my review of that set as well. Also for thirty dollars. From this wave is the Mario's house and a Yoshi set. This set had two hundred and five pieces. It includes, of course, you sure, one of the more iconic characters from the Mario series. I love Yoshi. Everybody loves Yoshi. The LEGO Yoshi is very cute and a pretty cool design. However, he's Lime Green. They should have used the color they use for the green biomes, the grass biomes from these sets. That would have looked so much better and way more accurate. The fact that he's Lime Green. It's just not accurate, in my opinion. It does it look very good, however. This set is a very interesting one. You also get a Goomba with a kind of scare different expression on his face. You get this weird tree in a hammock that has a cloth piece and you can literally put the Mario figure in there and Mario Falls Asleep in the Hammock and you can rock him back and forth in the hammock like he's sleeping. That's a pretty interesting play feature. And you get Mario's house. Very interesting that Mario's house was made because that's from the paper Mario video game. Wasn't really expecting Lego to go so obscure with the build for this set. The house is a facade. It looks pretty good from the front. It has a really clever use of the UNIKITTY cloud stand 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 throughout this episode about a lot of the structure build from these Mario Sets and you can'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 some semblance of an interior. Now, jumping in price a good bit, we have the seventy dollar, four hundred and sixty four piece set, toad's treasure hunt. I still don't have this set. I'm a little hesitant to get this one in particular because I think the price is really bad. But I do want the toad and toad at figures, the first two figures are been talking about here in this set that are completely exclusive and of course, our pretty iconic characters to the Mario series. You also get a Goomba, of course, and you also get too cheap cheeps, who are exclusive to this set as well. And the build here...

...you get three different mushroom houses for Toad, again all facades. They have no interior anything, but they look really cool. There's two smaller ones that are yellow and purple and one bigger one that is red like toad himself. Really cool looking builds. The rest of 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 a lot going on with this build and actually looks really cool. Again, like I said, I'm just hesitant to get this set in particular because I think that price is a little bit out there. But it's still a cool looking set and I'll probably get it at some point, but I might just wait for a sale on that one in particular. Now the final set for the main way. Basically the rest of the sets from this episode are going to be like store exclusives or promotions or whatnot. The final, the biggest set from this normal Mario wave is the one hundred dollar, one thousand and ten piece bowsers castle boss battle. Of course bowser's castle is going to be the biggest set from this wave. The figures here are a brick built bowser, who is very interesting looking, a very stylized brick built figure. I think Lego did a pretty good job with this Bowser, but I think they could have done a little bit better, but he still looks pretty cool. You also 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 that dry bones character. And you get a small boo. Talk about the bigger boo here just a second, because a small boo, which the booze and this Mario series are very blocky and they're very lego fide, which is interesting because they're very spherical and round and game and seeing them very blocky is a bit 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 and all of these characters do have codes on them. The build for this set is 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 of the 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 side of the castle and the main part of the castle has this big statue of Bowser with big arms. It's like a big stone statue of him. That looks absolutely fantastic. I think definitely the best brick built design and all of these lego Mario sets and the play features here are off the charts. You can hit these things to make bowser's arms go up and when his arms go up, the bowser figure becomes more susceptible to attacks and you can have spend Mario on this thing that slowly knocks over bowser. You can defeat the bass boss 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 features of knock over King Boo and knock over dry bones get coins and stuff from them. 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 much bigger than I thought it would be. It's ten cents or piece. This is a great set and it's not really a big surprise. This set was voted 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 you know, the director consumer said that. We'll talk about here later in this episode. So that's it for the normal Mario sets. Now we can kind of start of talk about the retail exclusive Mario sets. Now I grouped this one in with the retail sluices because I thought it was a retail exclusive and it has a different set numbering system from the rest, and that is the guarded fortress. It's a fifty four hundred sixty eight piece set, but I've seen this at a target and I also saw the set on Amazon, so I'm not entirely sure if it actually is a retail exclusive. We're just going to talk about this set anyways and kind of forget about that. This set here comes with a Kupa Troopa, a bomb which, interestingly enough, the bomb is also one of the blind bag...

...characters or talk about later on in the day's episode. And you get product plant here that comes out of the pipe and there's a cool play feature to activate product plant coming out of the pipe, 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 build here has a very nice looking castle. I'm kind of a burnt orange color. That, of course, is the guarded fortress. I think this is a fantastic looking build. I don't have this set yet, but it does look 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 on with this set and there's various areas mario can avoid the but void, the bomb, go to the product plant, have COOPA trooper. Lots of things for Mario to do in this set. It's a very cool set. I don't have this one yet, but I do plan on picking this one up for forty dollars. This set is a Walmart and Lego shop exclusive. Is the three hundred and ninety three piece set called thwop drop. The figures included here are a couple of lava bubbles, again that we see with all these lava biome sets. And you also get flop. Now Papa isn't really a character, he kind of is. He has a face and he's just a big block that drops. And you know I'm familiar with swamps, specifically in Mario Kart. Those things are paining the butt and Mario Karts sometimes, especially if they hit you. You see them all the time in the Mario Kart game. I Mani different courses, but thop is kind of an iconic character Mario and thlop is known for dropping in this set has thwamp and there's a feature to make him drop. Surprise, surprise, very cool play feature. I'm waiting for this one to come the mail from Lego. If they would just please ship my freaking orders of sets, I am ready to get this one and add it to my collection. I think this one will also go really well with the bowsers castle. Says, like a little platform before you actually get to Bowser's castle, and there also is a little sliding platform from Mario for some additional play features and some platforms pretty lava bubbles and kind of knocked them off as well. Also, for fifty four hundred thirty one pieces, we have the target exclusive King Boo and the haunted yard. I reviewed this set on my youtube channel and I was really impressed with the build of this set. It's a big build for fifty bucks. Great deal. Here it came with too Goombas. You also got these swoop bats times for and King Boo. Now, unfortunately, the swoop bats and King Boo are built in such a way that they're very incorporated into the set and they don't really work as like individual figures. That was definitely a bit of a disappointment to me. But there's a really cool play feature where you kind of spin around the swoop bats and its slowly knocks off king boo in each of the sweep bats has their own little barcode on the back. Very cool play feature and King Boo also has a code as well. And this one has a very clever difficulty settinghere we can a slide this technic rod back and forth. If you have it on one way, the swoop bats move very quickly, makes it easier to beat. You do the other way, they've become slower, makes it harder to beat. That is very cool. And this one is a very interesting biome because it's not really in line with the rest of the sets. It's like this Halloween style biome where the biome pieces are kind of in a burnt orange color and there's lots of blacks and grays here. It looks 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 really do enjoy quite a bit and it's very unique and different from the rest of these sets. So I really like this King Boo and the haunted yard art set. I was very impressed with the build of that set. And that is it for the main kind of line of Mario sets. But we still have a few things to talk about in today's episode. For five dollars each you can get the character blind bags. These each include one buildable character that has a small biome piece as a stand. These are very cool and actually four dollars are target, if you want to say a little bit of money, and I think five dollars is a fair price, because they each seemed to come out about twenty to thirty pieces each. And the characters included in this series are all exclusive besides a bomb mom who comes in the guarded fortress set. It's nice the bomb comes in...

...a cheap way here, but it's also a little bit weird that he comes in multiple sets, making him not exclusive 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, all exclusive really fun little brick bit kelp bit built characters. I have half of this 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 get to 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 plus direct to consumer style set, and Mario is no exception. And that set is the two hundred and thirty dollar twenty six hundred and forty six past Nintendo entertainment system, any s for short, set. This is based off the aforementioned any as from one thousand nine hundred and eighty five, and it comes with a brick built version of the console that functions quote unquote, like the console and you get the original Super Mario game in a replica of the cartrids that it originally would come in back in eighty five. You can put the cartridge and the Lego as and it, you know, plops into place like it does on the real one, and you can hook it up to a brick built lego TV that has a crank system that makes it look like you're playing through the first level of the original Super Mario Game. The feature of this set is ridiculous. It is one of the most crazy feats of Lego engineering 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 from the starter course set. Put Him on top of the NES and he starts scanning some colors from this crank system and he makes noises and plays Mario Music to 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 had to 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 about that 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 this set 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 of Brick Ology, basically what I have written in my show notes as my thoughts on these Mario sets, and it's written as an Adlib. So I'm just going to kind of talk from my soul about how I feel these lego Super Mario sets without any real script. These sets are interesting and I like them more than I thought I would, but I definitely am not as in love with them as I think I should be, because I would be in love with lego Super Mario sets that they had, nor Lego minifigures. This style is definitely not what I would have wanted, but I think they've done a good job with the system. First off, the sets are all fun to build. They have tons of great playability features, which is great for kids, 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. These sets are made for children. They are not targeted at me, so I have to keep that in mind and I also think they did an absolutely great job making tons of awesome new pieces for this set, making a really fun system to building these sets, and the build still look pretty good like the esthetically speaking, I had them on display lay here I'm building a course on a table of mine. I still think it actually looks really good. They don'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 the fact that there's a lot of facades is definitely just a pointing but for the most part the builds look good and the price is actually aren't as bad as they look because most of these sets are pretty large builds. They have a lot of size to them and a lot of very unique pieces, so the prices here aren't that bad at all. I definitely do wish they were minifigure style sets and I really hope they make minifigure style sets. And I'm going to reiterate my point from the beginning this episode. I don't think Lego or Nintendo are dumb enough to never do minifigure stuff with this license. I think they wanted to try something out new. Then when the kind of mix video game 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 that we're going to get something with minifigure style stuff. Now I do think that a lot of these sets are kind of one dimensional and I think a kid might get bored with the playability features. Like I don't have the Mario thing yet, but I can't really imagine a kid having a ton of fun playing with this for an extended amount of time when they also cost the same as like a video game, and I feel like a video game Mario gives you a lot more potential with playability. So that is definitely an issue I see with these sets and also there are a couple of problems I have with these things. 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 one of these builds that everything can just falling apart, and I get that it's supposed to be rearranged for this course building system, but ultimately I do wish 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. The instructions include with this sets are a very small paper Pan flip that just links you to give a bar code to use the instructions on these Super Mario App and the Mario APP is very integral and you have to have the instructions on the Mario APP or access them on Lego shop at homes little instruction kind of website thing. So they don't make paper instructions for these sets. And you know what, I understand that most people probably have access to a laptop or a smartphone or tablet, but when I was a kid I didn't get a phone for a very long time. My parents did not get me a phone or I pad until I was like a teenager, and if I were a kid I'd be like wait, how am I supposed to build this if I don't have a phone? Also, what happens if your phone runs out of battery and your power is out or you're out of date and you can't access these or you know stuff like that. There's a lot of things that I don't like about having completely digital instructions. I think it kind of hinders some of the Mystique of a lego build and I definitely don't like that about this particular 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 well done, 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 could have 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 and I think it's going to bring a lot of joy to people, even though it definitely still is controversial. That's all, folks. It just started to pour a rain, which is great that it came at the very end of my recording in today's episode or Brick Ology, and I'm pretty happy that I limited my Mario Impressions as episode to just that one little time. You guys should be very proud of me, but thank you so much for listening today's episode of Brick Ology. Like I said, the next two episodes will be unlicensed themes 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 DM on 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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