franchise’s iconic bosses recreated in bricks, across a wide variety of price points. The 2021 summer range of expansions brings Mario and Luigi another huge foe to face with a particularly destructive showdown against the Sumo Bro.
With two new characters for the theme and a towering build to construct,
The main feature of the set is the titular topple tower itself, with a base build containing all the mechanics and holding a total of three sizable pillar pieces. While the official images suggest setting one of these aside as another level area for the aptly-named tower biome, creating an even taller fortress to topple makes for a satisfying conclusion to the Sumo Bro boss battle.
For those wondering how the topple tower functions, a four-stud lever brick is flipped side to side depending on which area of the spire you push down on with your plumber of choice. Some rapid movements on one or both sides will force the build to crumble, knocking the Sumo Bro off of his perch and ready to be taken down for the plentiful coin reward.
The treasure awaiting at the top of the topple tower consists of a single Super Star block, granting brief but powerful invincibility to either Mario or Luigi, and providing a speedier takedown of the Sumo Bro if grabbed before the boss battle’s end.
Choosing not to spread the pillar models throughout the set won’t leave your level without any ground to stand on though, as a small surface of water and grass sits nearby as the home of the build’s only other enemy, the Crowber. This segment is really no different to what you’ll find in most of the
, with the eponymous bro being the largest of the duo. The figure boasts a limited amount of movement, with the arms wildly beating his chest as the spire begins to crumble (or maybe he’s just gearing up for a very aggressive hug).
This stocky character is represented just fine with bricks, with the wide stance and bulky frame lending themselves well to the thick look of the chosen
. This simple build stands out from the rest of the set thanks to its monochromatic nature, with the orange beak naturally attracting the player’s gaze too. Since the Crowber can also be found in the latest blind-bag series, it’s clearly not the main attraction, but having more fodder to throw against
brother, though at the potential cost of chaotic fun.
Anyone desperate for the brick-built interpretation of the Sumo Bro will be pleased with the resulting model in this set, but those looking for a little more bang for their buck will likely be disappointed once they have toppled their first tower. Even with the customisable options on offer, the play features of