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Today we will be taking a closer look at the Penguin Mario Power-Up Pack set number 71384. This set came out in 2021, has 18 pieces, and was designed for people 6 and up.
The Penguin Suit first appeared in the New Super Mario Brothers Wii game back in 2009. It was located in Word 3 or the Frozen World level. This new power suit lets the Mario Brothers freeze their enemies with ice balls and then jump on them like platforms. It also gave players the ability to slide on water or ice and break any blocks in their path. Additionally, players had better movement control in water or ice environments.
For the LEGO Super Mario digital game, it was much more limited in its abilities. You can basically use it to slide around and collect coins.
These Power-Up Packs do not come with the 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.
The Penguin Suit is my favorite Power-Up costume to be released by LEGO yet. While the video game will usually have Mario wearing his overalls, this outfit has him in a full penguin costume. The shoes are colored yellow for the flippers. The rest of the overalls are blue with a while half circle on the belly section. This would be the first LEGO Mario suit to have arm attachments. It was these two extra flipper pieces that put it above the other Power-Up sets. Rather than having a full hood for the penguin head, the standard hat piece was given a yellow brim to represent the penguin's bill. When the suit is put on, a penguin appears on the display screen.
Since the Display stand can be added to your course, getting the modified 4X4 plate with rounded corners in white was a nice piece to have. Colors are very important to the Mario sensor play feature. At the time this set was released, this white plate piece with no scan codes was only available in this set and the Starter Course set. The Star Course set only included one. The build to display the suit was also nicer than other Power-Up packs. The flippers required clips to be incorporated into the stand. This forced LEGO to do more than a simple 2 piece stand to place the hat piece. I like the wall used to hold the hat and the translucent blue slopes add nice colors to the display stand.
I still believe these power-up sets are overpriced. The large costume molds probably increase LEGO’s production cost significantly, but paying $10.00 for less than 20 pieces is a huge bite out of most people’s LEGO budget. These power suits don’t add a lot to game play and can only be used for the oversized minifigures found in this theme.
For younger builders, it's less about playing with LEGO bricks and more about dressing up your character. Much like you would a barbie doll. Of the costumes, this is one of the better looking and most unique.
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