LEGO has unveiled a new Super Mario 64 playset in the shape of one of the game’s iconic Question Mark blocks, which contains a secret center that can only be discovered by playing the game.
The new playset, which was announced on the LEGO website, is a fold-out version of the famous Question Mark block from Super Mario 64. When the box is opened, fans will find four levels from the game: Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool Cool Mountain, and Lethal Lava Trouble. Peach’s Castle is the first level in the game. The set contains 2064 pieces, with the block itself as well as each of its levels being able to be constructed.
It is possible to place microfigures of different characters from throughout the game throughout the set in addition to the various Mario stages included in the set. One can see a number of them in the official trailer for the playset, including Mario, Princess Peach, King Bob-omb, and a variety of the penguin characters from Cool Cool Mountain’s Ice Cream Parlor.
More information on the set can be found in an interview with Pablo Gonzalez, Senior Designer at the LEGO Group, who also discussed why the set’s inclusion in the larger Mario LEGO collaboration was important to the company. “The Super Mario Universe would be difficult to imagine without the iconic levels from the classic game, which are full of discovery and secrets. The incredible play experience of LEGO Super Mario is being expanded with this incredible set, which will both bring back fond memories for those who grew up playing the Super Mario 64 video game, as well as introduce these wonderful levels to a whole new generation of Super Mario fans.”
The new set is the latest in a series of sets developed as a result of a collaboration between Nintendo and LEGO. Bowser’s iconic Airship has been featured in previous releases in the series, which was created by LEGO. When the Luigi Starter Set was released earlier this year, the collaboration resulted in a unique take on a LEGO-based co-op mode that was well received.
When the upcoming Question Mark Block set becomes available on October 1, fans will be able to purchase it from authorized LEGO retailers and the LEGO website. Later, in 2022, the set will be made available in other retail locations around the world. The recommended retail price for the set is 169.99 USD/EUR.