Lego Mario?Block filled with easter eggs

Of all the passions I had when I was a child, only a few can truly endure adulthood. Games, punk music and Lego all enjoy this honor.I’m still a huge Lego nerd and inject an amazing amount of my disposable income into the suit every year-so hopefully this shows that when I say I think new Lego Super Mario 64? Clogged It is one of the coolest suits I have ever built.

Now, be clear…I am totally the target audience. I was 7 years old when “Super Mario 64” was released; the nostalgia for that game runs through my veins. Its level layout is deeply imprinted in my soul. I am also what the community calls “AFOL”-“adult fan of Lego”. So on the Venn diagram of the people that this collection might target, I slapped in the middle. I tell you this so that you can add credibility or a little salt to my judgment according to your preferences.

Anyway-from the moment you open the manual, Lego knows who this set is for. Like the Lego NES released last year, this is different from Lego Mario and Luigi’s digitally enhanced children’s toy adventure-it is primarily aimed at adults. This is why it is packed in a black box (this is how Lego now specifies the “adult” suit, formerly known as the “creation expert”) and a properly bound manual, which also includes the designer’s information and a copy Wonderful photos. They are wearing 90s clothes and playing Mario 64 on original hardware.

That picture is some kind of Easter egg, but there are many more. The series itself is full of tiny references to Mario 64-anyone who is very familiar with the game will be happy when putting it together and realizing what they are building.

If you don’t know anything about this suit, here’s an inside story: it’s a classic Mario series question mark block (ironically, it doesn’t appear in Mario 64 at all, the manual admits this), but it has a secret . Inside the block, here and there, folded with some tugboats, are three-dimensional models of the iconic Super Mario 64 scenes: the Bobum battlefield, the cool mountain, the deadly lava land, and of course the Peach Castle.

This is an interesting build, and although it has several steps, I think it is very complicated for licensed LEGO sets, even for adults. However, this brings magic-when you fold the stages into blocks for the first time and then expand them to see the mechanics you are building in action, it is a truly magical moment. The block itself is a bit smaller than I thought, but it is also stuffed and completely sturdy. I don’t think it needs to be handled very gently, at least according to Lego standards.

The bottom of the block is actually hollow, but this seems to be intentional-it saves wasted debris on the side you can’t see, but it also has enough deterrence to prevent people from lifting it above their heads and acting like Mario Slam it… Considering the number of moving parts of the mechanism, this is not wise. No matter how strong it is.

In any case, this is an absolutely cute suit. Although last year’s NES was cool, when they were disappointed that the Lego Mario series consisted of a minimalist modular game suit, it felt like what fans wanted. kind. It is composed of miniature three-dimensional models, subverting people’s expectations, but it is still a fabulous building.

This is one of my favorite Lego sets this year-in fact, this is a recent memory. The more Lego and Mario do, the more my brain starts to consider the potential crossover possibilities of the game-because the official announcement of the upcoming Sonic is set to be the eternal existence of Zelda or another Nintendo franchise to obtain Lego therapy. Promise of.

As far as this set is concerned, of course, the best part of it is the Easter eggs that fans can enjoy when building the set, and appreciate it after the construction is completed. Here is a summary of some of my favorite little features and Easter eggs-but not all, to preserve the surprise…

Lovely horizontal three-dimensional model

The horizontal three-dimensional models of Mario 64’s first, fourth and seventh courses are absolutely wonderful. If you keep these designs in mind, you will immediately find memorable designs in this microformat. There are some elements, such as the peak of King Bob-Mum, the stump that lets you stom on a star, the Bowser sliding puzzle on lava, the prison of Chain Chomp, and the poor snowman head without a body. All of this and more are here, carefully rebuilt.

In some cases, you actually construct a “temporary” covering, leaving hidden details inside. For example, you can slide down from the front of Peach Castle to reveal a minimalist replica of the interior, as well as the other three levels of painting that Mario will jump into and the sun mural in the main hall-which actually has a dual purpose in this collection middle. Similarly, you can pull out part of the Cool, Cool Mountain stage to find the small part of the slide area that makes up such a large part of the level.

Most of the details of these three-dimensional models are made up of single 1×1 Lego bricks-so their scale is really small. Surprisingly, despite this, each stage can be identified immediately. This is the best Lego.

Micro characters

Speaking of the entertainment of love, we have to talk about the mini version of the included characters. There are Mario (three pieces in total, one of which is printed), Peach (five pieces), King Bob (six pieces), Big Bully (three pieces) and so on. Once again, it’s great that these little people can be recognized immediately, even though Peach’s first Lego character is this little thing and not a larger-sized one, which is kind of ridiculous.

By the way, my favorite is Yoshi. Of course, he hardly appeared in “Mario 64”, but he hid on the roof of the castle and only arrived after 100% of the rest of the game was completed. He also hid behind the castle, in the same place. This attention to detail makes me like this set very much.

Bowser and Mario’s final battle

One character is missing from that character list, isn’t it? Bowser. He is on the set and has the most complicated figure statue, which makes sense considering his size in Mario 64. However, he didn’t actually have a place on the featured stage-so he got his own little hiding place.

You can slide up a compartment on the surface of the question mark symbol to display Bowser. You can move him away and press his platform, and the lower part of the question mark will pop up… revealing a small-scale Bowser boss arena. There is even a place for Lego Mario to stand, a hook to hang Bowser’s tail, and a rotating mechanism so you can reproduce Mario throwing his mortal enemy into his doom. It’s been a long time, Big Bowser!

Lego Mario compatibility

What’s really crazy about this set is that it has all of them-but it’s still compatible with Lego Mario itself, this oversized Lego figure is full of reading blocks and other technologies. Remember I said that the sun mural in the foyer of the castle has a dual purpose? If you scan it with Lego Mario or Luigi, it will launch a special mini game, and then you can search for Power Stars in it, just like in Mario 64.

This feature is not available before the pre-release-Lego Mario and Luigi need a firmware update to use-but there are a total of ten stars to find, and some mysterious clues are described in the instruction manual. Moving Lego Mario to different parts of the course based on these clues will allow him to “find” the star. For those who really invest in Lego Mario sets, this is a cool bonus.

LEGO Super Mario 64 question mark building set is now available From the official Lego store start from tomorrow. Lego provided a copy of the set for this review.