More Mario!

A press release from the LEGO® Group today announced that more Mario is on the way. We reported on the initial press release not too long ago (click here to read it). However, now there is a definitive release date, pricing information, and a free bonus with pre-orders! You can watch the official announcement video below.

Official announcement video (©2020 The LEGO Group).

Today’s announcement came full of details. Previously, we learned that Mario would not be a traditional Minifigure. Instead, the character is similar in scale to BrickHeadz characters. Additionally, Mario is computerized. Today, the LEGO® Group divulged the extent to which the figurine can interact with his environment. Mario features an accelerometer and gyroscope, as well as sensors to read color and specific bricks. Additionally, he has a built-in speaker and multiple screens to indicate reactions to his environment.

LEGO Super Mario Starter Course box art (©2020 The LEGO Group).

In addition to details about Mario, the LEGO Group also announced a free app to go along with the theme. The app keeps score of physical game play. Additionally, it includes build instructions with zoom and rotation capabilities.

Adventures with Mario Starter Course available for pre-order.

More Mario: starter set
Adventures with Mario Starter Course (©2020 The LEGO Group).

The first set will available for pre-order soon. It is the starter course, meant to be the base that collectors expand upon. In terms of specifics, you can expect:

  • NAME: Adventures with Mario Starter Course
  • SET #: 71360
  • THEME: LEGO® Super Mario
  • COST: $69.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 231
  • RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2020
More Mario: freebie with pre-orders.
Freebie with pre-orders (©2020 The LEGO Group).

In pre-ordering the starter course, the LEGO® Group is throwing the Monty Mole and Super Mushroom expansion pack for free. The kit value is $19.99 CAD. Pre-sales are supposed to start April 7 and run through April 31 (while supplies last).

More Mario: Piranha Plant Slide
Piranha Plant Slide (©2020 The LEGO Group).

In addition to the starter pack, today’s announcement also contains a look at the first two expansion packs. We don’t know Canadian prices yet. However, Piranha Plant Slide retails for $29.99 USD. Meanwhile, Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle markets at $99.99 USD. We will have to wait for more information about these sets.

More Mario: Bowser's Castle Boss Battle
Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle (©2020 The LEGO Group).

Personally, I am still on the fence. As I mentioned with the original announcement, I like Minifigures. However, this is a new and interesting direction for the LEGO® Group. As always, please share your thoughts in the comments below or shout out on social media.

Until next time,

-Tom

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