In total, there are 26 bags of parts divided into 21 numbers. Left loose in the box are Plate 16x16 in Dark Stone Grey/ Dark Bluish Gray (6004927 | 91405), Outer Cable 216mm in Medium Stone Grey / Light Bluish Gray (6320144 | 70688) and Pneumatic Tube 400mm in Black (6319328 | 69929). Made of rubber, the Pneumatic Tube has a tendency to get quite dusty in the box, requiring a quick rinse before building.
Building Process & Techniques
On the underside of the tray, a Technic Axle and Pin Connector, Perpendicular Triple (63869) is left loose to slide along two axles which serve as rails. An additional axle is connected directly to the underside of the connector. We’ll call this the slider.
Together, these components form the basis of the press-and-lock mechanism. When the tray is pressed down, the slider slides down along the axle rails, and the exposed axle becomes caught on the underside of the catch latch assembly. Press down again, and the slider slides under and past the slope on the catch latch, falling back into the original position, and leaving the tray elevated on one end.
The Flip Top Door
The second section of the door face is also assembled with a Panel 1 x 4 x 1 with Rounded Corners (15207) and two Bracket 1 x 2 - 2 x 2 Inverted (99207), with the addition of a 1 x 6 plate layered between the elements. Tile 2 x 4 with 'NINTENDO' Print (6319334 | 87079) is also attached upside-down to the brackets. The first section is then inserted into the second section to create the lip assembly.
To go with the Control Deck, a recreation of the Super Mario Bros. Game Pak and NES controller are included. Although there are no mind-blowing techniques in the construction of either element, it is worth mentioning the use two Plate Round 1 x 1 with Open Stud and Bar on Underside in Black (6318701 | 25893) on the controller to simulate the Start and Select buttons.
The Scrolling Screen
With construction of the Control Deck complete, focus shifts towards the 1980s-style television set, which features a scrolling screen that displays a game of Super Mario Bros. being played when a crank on the side of the TV is turned.
This axle connects to a removable Technic shelf assembly featuring four Technic Tread Sprocket Wheels (57520) for ‘scrolling’ the game level, which is built on two strips of Technic treads (88323). The actual level structure is built from a combination of plates and tiles, which are mounted to the treads using the all-new Plate 1 x 4 with 2 Bottom Pins (68382). At various points, coloured tiles are placed along the top of the flexible sections of level.
When the crank on the side of the television set is turned, the movement is transferred to the sprocket wheels of the Technic assembly, causing the treads (and connected components) to move, creating the illusion of an infinitely scrolling screen. A pixelated Mario tile is connected to a border of the television screen by a bar which swings up and down as a 3 x 3 dish placed below Mario collides with portions of the game level.
Compatibility with 71360 Adventures with Mario
While admittedly an unusual subject matter for a LEGO product, 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System is an immensely rewarding set in all aspects and manages to stand out in a year full of exciting exclusives.
Building the set, while repetitive at points (particularly with construction of the scrolling screen), remains entertaining throughout. It provides an array of clever building techniques, Easter eggs, and plenty of “a-ha!” moments when elements come together.
Add the working game level on the television screen, and the set is elevated even further. Additional value comes through compatibility with the electronic LEGO Mario figure from 71360, which produces game music and sound effects in time with the moving screen.
At the end of the day, 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System is one of the
most exciting sets in recent memory. This is one that you are likely to
enjoy, even if you have no experience with the original NES platform.
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