Lego Super Mario expansion sets: the best add-ons for Lego Mario, ranked
Lego Mario is here – but which sets are most worth your money?
Buying the entire 2020 lineup of new Lego Super Mario toys is expensive. While the initial starter set, which includes Mario himself, is decently priced, to get everything else would run into the hundreds. Each set also offers something different – and in the shop, looking at ten different boxes of Lego Mario expansion packs, it can be difficult to know which one to choose.
Lucky for you, there’s a resident Lego nerd on VG247. I know all about the optimal Lego price, the size of the set, and the elusive ideal price / part ratio – and finally I can apply that knowledge to work. Below are all Lego Super Mario expansion sets listed – so you can decide which one you want to grab.
Before I begin, I want to say that as a general rule you should consider theming your expansions. If you buy a lava set with the red plates as a base, you might want to pick up a few so that they naturally chain into a cool lava level, for example.
We’re not covering Character Packs (# 71361) or various power-up packs in this article – they’re pretty self-explanatory, adding enemies and power-ups that you can use in your custom stages. But we classify everything else …
0. Adventures with Mario Starter Course # 71360
Before getting to the expansion rankings, it’s important to briefly talk about the core of Lego Mario: Adventures with Mario Starter Course. This course isn’t just the key to the Lego Mario experience – it’s mandatory.
The set gives you everything you need to get started, including three essential puzzle pieces for creating interactive Lego Mario scenes: the Warp Pipe starting point, the Flagpole scene end, and Mario himself. These three parts are needed to use the digital and reading features of any other set.
Along with that, the starter kit includes a bunch of stage elements. These are a basic step to get started, but they will also form crucial connecting pieces when you start adding expansion packs. So if you are new to Lego Mario start here. After that? Well, these are our favorite expansion packs …
1. Thwomp Drop Extension Kit # 71376
For our money, the Thwomp Drop set is the best expansion for the Lego Mario series yet. At Â£ 34.99, it sits in the middle of expansion pricing – but it offers a surprising amount for that entry price.
The Thwomp Drop basically revolves around one main action feature: a classic skeletal moving platform like in Super Mario World, and a Thwomp. You put Mario on the platform and he plays some dramatic boss music to represent the encounter with the Thwomp. When you move the platform back and forth on the long base, the Thwomp falls, which also triggers a platform to send a lava bubble enemy flying in the direction of Mario. It is cool game action that will keep kids happy.
But also, most importantly, the Thwomp Drop is also a great build. The mechanism for holding the Thwomp in place and then setting it down on the stage is easy enough for kids to understand, yet complex enough to be an interesting build. For the price, this is our favorite extension of the bunch. Depending on your territory, it may be exclusive to a specific retailer.
2. Desert Pokey Expansion Set # 71363
Among the cheaper expansion sets, the Desert Pokey is our top pick. It’s built around a four-part Pokey that can be defeated one piece at a time, just like in the games – drop Lego Mario into the little cart and smash the hammer to defeat the Pokey.
It also comes with an enemy Monty Mole, which, except in a rare promotional mini-set, is currently exclusive to this set. The desert terrain is cool and it generally feels like good value for money.
3. King Boo and the Haunted Yard Extension Set # 71377
One of the greatest Lego Mario expansion packs, this spooky set is high on our list due to its uniqueness. Where almost every other expansion set is built around Lego Mario’s three default land types – Grassland, Lava, and Water – this set is unique, with brown baseplates to represent the grounds of a haunted house. in the style of those found in various Mario games.
The set includes a solid assortment of enemies – 2 Goombas, 4 Swoops and a King Boo boss – and also includes a unique playing field of action where you have to defeat the other enemies in a certain way to take down the boss. This set may be less suited as an expansion where you swap its parts with others, but it’s a solid, stand-alone part.
4. Piranha Plant Electric Slide Extension Set # 71365
If you’re looking for a set with cool play value, the Piranha Plant Power Slide set adds one of Lego Mario’s simplest yet fun play features in the swing – place Mario in the cart (which will trigger the music). ) and then see seeing it back and forth without touching the Piranha plants!
Beyond the action feature, this set is relatively unremarkable, but it does include some useful desert terrain that pairs well with the Desert Pokey set. It also has a Time Block, a great accessory if you want to build particularly long Lego Mario courses.
5. Toad’s Scavenger Hunt Expansion Set # 71368
This expansion set would be higher if not for the price: it is the second most expensive set in the Lego Mario line so far, and with 464 pieces, the price / piece ratio is not excellent – but it has one of the most unique setups in the Lego Mario line.
This expansion offers a lot to do outside of battling the bad guys – there are puzzles, hidden surprises, and healthy interaction with Toad and Toadette. There are also a few enemies, of course, and plenty of level items that make this a great set for expanding your Mario modular adventure. This makes up for the price and it’s a must-have set, although you might also want to try grabbing this one at a sale.
6. Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set # 71369
Here it is, the biggest: the biggest and most expensive Lego Mario expansion pack. Naturally, it contains a confrontation with Bowser – but there is no fishing in sight! This complete set is built on a lava base, making it an ideal end for a red lava section, making it a great pairing with the Whomp and Thwomp extensions. This is the only set with Bowser or even a regular Boo, which strangely isn’t available in blind enemy bags.
It is a large complex set of more than 1000 pieces. It is designed to be placed in an entire layout rather than divided and used in a modular fashion. Despite this, the main action is built entirely around losing Bowser – and the gameplay feature to do so is not that reliable. The impressive size and design of the set, however, makes it particularly attractive.
7. Whomp’s Lava Trouble Extension Set # 71364
Whomp’s Lava Trouble features one of my favorite Mario enemy builds in Lego – the titular Whomp. It looks exactly like in games, as the block shape is well suited to Lego.
Beyond that, this set is relatively straightforward, however – there is a platform where you have to carefully move Mario through the deadly lava and a Pow block to help you take out the baddies. That’s fine, especially for the price, but this set needs to be used with others – like the excellent Thwomp Drop expansion – to create an intimidating lava level for Mario to beat.
8. Guarded fortress extension kit n Â° 71362
Having this set so low is actually a bit harsh as it’s still a set we highly recommend. Featured here is a classic Mario Overworld castle, just like in the original NES – plus a raised flag which means it could function as the ideal midpoint of a stage.
The game functions are fine, as is the great enemy of the Piranha Factory – but the other enemies are elsewhere, and we can’t quite get past this basic hollow-back castle build – which is a shame, because otherwise, it is very strong expansion.
9. Mario’s House & Yoshi Expansion Set # 71367
Yoshi is obviously Mario’s best supporting hero (sorry, Luigi), and so any set including him had to be popular. Unsurprisingly, Yoshi is the star of this set – but not just because of his star power – the rest of the set is a bit bland.
You get a Paper Mario reference in Mario’s house and a cute play feature in the form of a hammock where Mario can sleep. There’s a power-up hidden in the roof of his house and an enemy Goomba – but it’s all pretty basic. It’s a solid set, but only when used in conjunction with others – it would pair brilliantly with the Toad Treasure Hunt expansion.
10. Boomer Bill Barrage Extension Kit # 71366
On paper, the Boomer Bill Barrage should be one of the best Lego Super Mario expansion sets; it gives you some iconic Mario foes, power-up, and game function. It’s by no means a bad set, especially at its price point, but it’s certainly the weakest available in 2020.
Ultimately, it’s the gaming feature that lets this set down: the pieces of transparent pipe that hold Boomer Bill’s villains back howl at being snapped and smashed, while the mechanism that spins the Boomer Bills is fairly basic nature, which makes it possible to play. down function. Even at this low price, there are better options.
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