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Today we will be taking a closer look at the Propeller Mario Power-Up Pack set number 71371. This set came out in 2020, has 13 pieces, and was designed for people 6 and up.
The Propeller Mario first appeared in the 2009 New Super Mario Wii game. When Mario and his friends found a mushroom with a propeller on it, they would get a propeller helmet and flight suit. This outfit gave players the ability to fly high above enemies. As an added bonus, it would blow away clouds to help give a better view. Players could also pick up other players who did not have a propeller hat of their own.
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.
For the digital LEGO Super Mario game, this Power-Up Pack uses the ability to fly as an interesting and energetic way to collect coins. By making a swooping motion up and down or from side to side, digital coins will be collected in the air. The more vigorous the motion, the more coins you will collect. Just like most motion controller Nintendo games, you’ll want to be aware of your surroundings while playing with your LEGO Propeller Suit Mario.
I like how this suit looks on the Mario figure, but it’s printing is much more simple than other Power-Up Packs. To create the flight suit, the overalls are almost completely red. LEGO put the white stripe down the front and made sure to give him blue shoes. This is a great match to his video game appearance. While I liked the helmet, it left me wanting more. Technically this is a new hat mold. However, other than the small pin hole added to the top so you can attach the separate propeller piece, it looks almost exactly like all the other Mario hat pieces. If LEGO took the time to create a new mold, I think they should have taken that extra step to make it look like a rounded helmet, instead of Mario’s regular hat in a different color. I appreciate that LEGO made sure to include the large M on the side of the helmet. Besides colors, this side marking was an important difference between the different characters' propeller suits. When the Propeller Suit is put on, an image of a mushroom with a propeller appears on the display screen. This is a nice reference to the power-up item used in the original game.
The display stand for the suit was another miss for me. I did like getting the yellow square pieces. While these are not uncommon, they are usually used for the desert environment sets. Since that terrain is not used a lot, it’s a nice color piece to have for your set. That being said, the round brick to put the hat on, one flower and 1 slope piece were completely uninspired. I couldn’t think of any connection to the suit, other than it is a nice color match. I would have preferred to see something sky inspired. Personally, blue pieces with white cloud builds could have been a very creative display that was more set specific.
This was another Power-Up fail for me. If you are looking for a complete set of costumes or have kids that love dressing their Mario character up, then you might want to keep your eyes open for a good deal. For the rest of us, you can pass on this set. Collecting digital coins is the main feature for most of these costumes. While the pieces are nice, there is nothing drastically different enough to justify paying full price for this set.