While many of the larger LEGO Super Mario sets, such as 71369 Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set (review) and 71362 Guarded Fortress Expansion Set (review) offer full layouts, others, such as 71376 Thwomp Drop Expansion Set (review) and 71365 Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set (review) offer single, functional builds that will expand such layouts. 40414 Monty Mole & Super Mushroom Expansion Set falls into the latter category, offering a fun way to defeat a Monty Mole enemy.
This set is built on the yellow platform pieces that represent sand in several sections. One section is the mole hole, in which the Monty Mole character is placed with a lever at the bottom. The other is the grey stone feature, which is built at an angle with a lever underneath it. Visually, it is clean and striking, fitting in well with the other sets in the theme.
As for the function, it works really, really well – that one of the best designed sections across the theme is a gift with purchase is pretty amazing. First, Mario must leap onto the ‘Pow’ crate, which activates the lever and tips the stone section. He then jumps onto the stone section’s scannable tile, which provides an appealing 10 coins.
That stone feature tipping sends Monty Mole popping out of the creature’s hole, so Mario can leap onto the villain and defeat him. By jumping onto the Super Mushroom, Mario also gets mushroom power.
Monty Mole and the Mushroom are well design with nice printed faces, as is the case with the characters across the theme.
LEGO Super Mario 40414 Monty Mole & Super Mushroom Expansion Set is a nice, clean set. It is packed into a small space and offers a visually appealing model that also has great functionality that will add to the gameplay. Those buying 71360 Adventures with Mario Starter Course will enjoy this free gift add-on.
This product was provided for review by the LEGO Group.