So, LEGO Mario is NOT ending then...

Calling all LEGO Super Mario fans! If you thought the beloved interactive theme was winding down, think again! Recent discoveries have hinted at exciting changes coming to the LEGO Super Mario universe in 2024. A handful of listings for upcoming sets have caught the attention of AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) around the world, suggesting that the adventure is far from over. Let's dive into the details and explore the potential shifts that lie ahead in the realm of LEGO Super Mario.

Unraveling the Mystery of the Price-Per-Piece Ratios

The LEGO community has always been keen on analyzing price-per-piece ratios to determine the value and affordability of sets. This year, price comparison site has revealed some intriguing details about the January 2024 LEGO Super Mario range. What caught the eye of many LEGO enthusiasts were the unusual and highly favorable price-per-piece ratios in the smaller sets.

Setting the Stage: The Smallest Set

The smallest set in the upcoming range, 71428, comes with 107 pieces and carries a price tag of €9.99. This pricing is comparable to this year's 71420 Rambi the Rhino set. So far, so good. However, it's the next two sets, 71429 and 71430, that have sparked interest. Both priced at €19.99, these sets contain 230 and 228 pieces, respectively. These sets boast a higher piece count compared to previous sets at the same price point. For instance, 2020's 71363 Desert Pokey featured only 180 pieces at the same price range.

Surprises Abound: Bigger Sets, Bigger Value

The surprises don't stop there. The 71431 set, priced at €29.99, comes with a whopping 458 pieces! This set has set a new record, surpassing the previous one held by the 2021 set, 71382 Piranha Plant Puzzling Challenge, which included 267 pieces at the same price.

The Biggest Set Yet

As the excitement builds, so does the piece count! The biggest set in the January 2024 lineup is set 71432, featuring a stunning 500 pieces, priced at €44.99. This puts it in the company of impressive sets like 71389 Lakitu Sky World and 71399 Luigi’s Mansion Entryway.

Connecting the Dots: A Potential Shift in Direction

The unveiling of these sets has sparked speculation among fans, leading to questions about the future of the LEGO Super Mario theme. With the Mario, Luigi, and Peach starter courses set to retire in the summer of 2024, could these new sets be hinting at a complete shift in direction for the theme? Will we see new characters, settings, or gameplay mechanics introduced? While we can only speculate at this point, the evidence suggests that exciting changes lie ahead!

Celebrating LEGO Super Mario's Impact

Before diving further into speculation, let's take a moment to celebrate the impact LEGO Super Mario has had since its debut. The interactive theme brought the beloved plumber and his friends to life in an entirely new way. Combining the creativity of LEGO with the fun of video game interactions, it captured the hearts of fans of all ages.

The Joy of Interactive Play

One of the core reasons why LEGO Super Mario has been so well-received is the interactive play experience it offers. With sensor-equipped LEGO Mario figures, fans can navigate through imaginative obstacle courses, collect coins, and interact with iconic enemies from the Super Mario universe. The integration of technology with physical building brings a unique sense of joy and excitement to the gameplay.

Expanding the Universe: Expansions and Power-Up Packs

Over the years, the LEGO Super Mario theme has introduced various expansions and power-up packs, allowing fans to customize their adventures further. From the popular Power-Up Packs like the Cat Mario and Builder Mario to expansion sets featuring characters like Yoshi and Toad, the possibilities for creative storytelling have been endless.

Community Engagement and Creativity

One of the most incredible aspects of LEGO Super Mario has been the engagement it has fostered within the LEGO community. AFOLs have crafted impressive MOCs (My Own Creations) inspired by the theme, bringing their own unique twists to the Super Mario world. Social media platforms have been buzzing with exciting builds and creative interpretations, showcasing the boundless imagination of LEGO fans worldwide.

The Future of LEGO Super Mario

While the retirement of the Mario, Luigi, and Peach starter courses is inevitable, the recent discoveries give us hope for the future of LEGO Super Mario. It's evident that the LEGO Group is committed to delivering thrilling and immersive experiences for fans. The new sets coming in 2024 could mark a new chapter in the theme's evolution, introducing fresh characters, challenges, and innovations.

Final Thoughts

As AFOLs, we are fortunate to witness the ongoing evolution of the LEGO Super Mario theme. The potential changes on the horizon make us eager to embrace the surprises and possibilities that lie ahead. Whatever the future holds, one thing is certain: LEGO Super Mario has left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans young and old, and the adventures are far from over.

So, fellow LEGO enthusiasts, gear up and get ready to jump into the exciting world of LEGO Super Mario in 2024 and beyond. The journey promises to be filled with creativity, fun, and endless possibilities – the true essence of the LEGO spirit!

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