For the last couple of days, the LEGO® Group has been teasing a new theme on social media. Today, we received a few more details about LEGO® Super Mario coming soon in collaboration with Nintendo. The new theme is billed as a “reimagination of the LEGO® building experience… Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO® brick-based set.”
The first video giving an actual taste of the theme is above. In watching it, I can certainly see how the LEGO® experience has been reimagined. There are no Minifigures, and Mario looks computerized. As a Minifigure enthusiast, I am not sure how I feel about this. However, the idea of designing Super Mario levels using LEGO® bricks is intriguing. I have no doubt that Mario MOCs already exist out there. But getting official LEGO® pieces to support future builds will be welcome for many collectors.
“Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO® set.”
Taking a closer look at Mario, as previously mentioned, he is computerized. In terms of scale, he is more akin to a BrickHeadz character than a Minifigure. The official press release describes Mario as an interactive figure “who collects coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO® bricks.” This is an interesting concept that allows for play environments like the traditional Mario Bros games. However, traditional Minifigures allow more possibilities in my opinion. Imagine Mario Cart in a similar style to Mighty Micros. Additionally, the focus of this set is video game-like play. I wonder how fans who want something to display will feel.
In any case, it is a little too early to make a judgement on LEGO® Super Mario. More details, pricing, and a release date have yet to be announced. In the meantime, please share your preliminary thoughts in the comments below or reach out on social media. For more LEGO® news, click here.
Until next time,
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