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Today we will be taking a closer look at the Cat Mario Power-Up Pack set number 71372. This set came out in 2020, has 11 pieces, and was designed for people 6 and up.
The cat suit was first introduced back in 2013, with the Super Mario 3D World game for the Wii U. Mario and his friends could get these suits by finding and using a Super Bell. Once in their cat suits, they could climb walls and scratch enemies. This suit was useful for climbing up walls to discover new unreachable areas.
These Power-Up Packs do not come with a Mario, but are useless without the interactive LEGO Mario Character. So, this review will assume you have the character or are planning to get the character and this Power-Up Pack at the same time.
For people playing the LEGO Super Mario digital game, the cat suit allows you to collect digital coins as you “climb” up walls. There are other Power-Up Packs more effective at getting coins, but this can be a fun way to build up your coin collection.
The physical catsuit looks great and does a good job capturing Mario’s costume from the video game. The yellow overalls have white shoes for the paws. This not only does a nice job matching the video game costume, but since Mario wears white gloves, it's a good color match as well. Like most of the animal costumes, LEGO included a patch of chest fur on the front for some color variation. I appreciate them taking the time to add this bit of color to these oversized pieces. The back of the costume has a cat tail printed on it. The hat piece took Mario’s original cap piece and added ears. This was an original piece, when it was first released. The Tanooki suit would use the exact piece the following year, but in a different color pattern. I assume we will be seeing this hat piece in future Super Mario Power-Up Packs. That being said, they did a great job with the coloring. The hat is mostly yellow, but we see the orange bill of the hat sticking out the front, just like the video game. The tri-colored ears look fantastic. I love that LEGO put orange stripes on the back. It’s all these small color details that help the whole costume pop. When the cat suit is put on, a bell appears on the display screen. This is a nice reference to the item collected to give Mario the cat suit in the game.
If you have read any of my other Power-Up Pack reviews, you will know that these stands are my least favorite part of the set. In my opinion, they are just LEGO quickly throwing in a few extra pieces to help justify the high price tag. For me, this stand with one box to hold the hat and one flower for decoration is the worst of the worst. Not only are there practically no pieces, but there is also no imagination to the design. It’s a cat suit that lets players climb. Build a wall, a cat tower or even a fence. Something with a little height would have been great.
Builder Goose and Monkey love dressing the LEGO Mario character in the different Power-up Costumes just like they would a doll. Other than that, this set is a big waste of money. There are other costumes that are more effective for digital game play and collecting coins. While the cat costume looks nice, the stand is a joke. If you want this set, I would wait for a huge sale or for it to go on clearance.