LEGO CUUSOO SUPER MARIO PROJECT
Starting up my second LEGO CUUSOO Project, still at the Nintendo license front...
I introduce LEGO Super Mario!
This idea is simply about the fun and entertainment we find in the Mario games!
And the initial idea is a tribute to the 2D side-scrolling classics, I will eventually expand it further to the 3D games as well, especially inspired by the latest addition: Super Mario 3D Land.
So here is the idea:
One single product, contains all the parts you would need to build any one of these, and more, only limited by your imagination.
And that would leave you with the option to have all the sections, and build your favorites as desired,
as well allow you to expand your Mario World by every set added to your collection.
So it's really all about sections that connect to form a the world of Mushroom Kingdom and beyond.
Each set would feature 2 bases one for the foreground level, and one for the background scenery, in miniature scale.
Connected it could look something like this:
And trying stay true to the series, the first section would give much of a nostalgic feeling:
Floating blocks isn't the easiest, so they just have to be kept up by transparent bricks.
And much of the focus is on the Brick Blocks, which you can read more about in my previous MINECRAFT entry.
Following up with more sections:
A pipe and a Brick Block, notice the use of green buckets as miniature pipes on the background, I do at least feel they add more to it.
More floating Brick Blocks.
The Finish Line, by the Flag Pole, one of the more iconic features of the classics.
And the Castle/Fort structure at the end. I chose to use the more recent designs as it stands out more in a rounded shape than a rectangular one.
As mentioned, it's all about the Brick Blocks, here you have several sections depending on how large structures you would build, the core is still the first single block, as it allows something of an unique experience when you stack them on top of each other!
I included 3 colours, the front is the standard brown brick colour, second the "underworld" colour, and lastly the golden colour found in various games but primarily you would associate them with the deserts of Super Mario Bros 3 and the later New Super Mario Bros, exemplary.
Then there are the Unique Blocks:
The iconic "? Blocks" or "Mystery Blocks", containing an item or coins.
The "Used Block", seemingly indestructible, they are what the Mystery Blocks turn into once it's contents had been hit out.
The "Note Block", or "Jump Block" allows Mario to spring into the sky, even above the clouds!
But there is of course need for items:
Simple solutions, trying to give the best expression, with the following items:
- Fire Flower
- Super Leaf
- 1-Up Mushroom
Then I'll introduce the Pipes:
They proved to be quite tricky to build keeping the aesthetics right yet size decent.
The core is built up by using parts only featured in the new Buildable Super Heroes, more specifically The Joker, and Iron Man.
It's a barrel piece, that proves the most ideal solution in terms of diameter and connection methods.
Still not perfect though.
Koopa Troopas, there really isn't a good way to have articulated Koopa Troopas and keeping their appearance immediately recognizable.. at least not in the details.
But I will be working on Minifigures and enemies, as well as new set ideas and colour/theme variations in the time forward!
Hope you find this interesting!