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I'm actually looking at this figure and thinking it could be something very different to normal - looks like it could be electronic. At first I thought the chest screen and weird stylised eyes and mouth were just to suggest a video game link but the more I look the more I'm thinking this will be larger than a normal minifig with some sort of game play electronic thing going on.
It looks almost like there could be a button under the legs and perhaps there could be another in the hat that trigger the electronics to mimic stomping on enemies/bashing blocks.
Hopefully there will be standard minifigs along side it too if that's the case.
Im intrigued to see what’s coming !
Always makes it funny when you see a SEL with the Codename on it though
Given the size of that Mario fig (from the boxes underneath it looks to be 4-6 studs wide at the base) it will uld be really cool if they built in some sort of amiibo compatability. Either it works as a Mario amiibo or has the capacity to read them to trigger a unique animation on the screen.
What my personal ideal would be is a Super Mario Bros. 3 style lineup with all the main characters (including Mario's suits) and a bit of a sideways scroll terrain.
However... this teaser definitely doesn't give me that vibe. Will definitely be interested to see where they're heading with this!
More interesting is the possibility of some of the other untouched licences - Zelda, Metroid, Star Fox, Animal Crossing, Smash Bros, F-Zero. Dream scenario for me would be Mega losing the Pokémon license and LEGO picking up Smash Bros to cover all the bases as well as a seperate Pokémon line. :-P
And while it's not a traditional helicopter, the Koopa Clown Car does have a spinning blade on the bottom that implies that's how it flies so could be argued as a helicopter of sorts....
OK, very much doubting well get minifigs now, or any really good sets....
Would have liked a better look at that Yoshi. I'll probably still get something of it but definitely not expecting the D2C type sets that I'd hoped might be involved now.
Would still be nice to see a CMF series of regular minifigs though.
I really just want an army of brick built Mario baddies tbh, and this looks to offer those in spades. :p
I'm sure I'm not entirely a freak here, no? There are likely legions of kids (ei: kids who love Lego in the age of screens for every occasion) who prefer hands on play to digital. Just dreaming up new worlds for Mario with their own bricks would be a large part of the appeal here, I think. I dunno.
Growing up, my parents didn't just let me spend all my free time playing video games. But my interest in them extended beyond just the time I spent playing games. Games like Paper Mario and Yoshi's Story with a "crafted" aesthetic inspired me to try to craft some of the types of characters and objects in the game in real life. Exploration-based games like would inspire me to draw out original maps in notebooks. Collecting-based games like Pokémon would inspire me to create my own original Pokémon characters, numbering in the hundreds. And side-scrolling platformers like Super Mario Bros. fascinated me and I would recreate the running and jumping actions of characters both with other toys like Lego or sometimes even just tracing a finger along an interesting surface like a brick wall. You can sort of see a similar appeal to toys like Tech Deck finger skateboards—a more casual, restrained analogue to a beloved activity.
This Lego Mario theme has a sort of similar appeal to that, I think. If kids already love recreating the sort of "game logic" of Mario with real life analogues, that will only be amplified by having a Mario that actually makes the iconic voice and sound effects of the game, having the bricks to create custom "levels" for him to challenge, and having a timer that allows you to challenge those levels over and over again with the aim to improve your time or score.
I see this either being a massive, instant sell out or a clearance regular, can’t imagine it being a middle of the road performer so figured I might as well get in early in case it sells out.