13 October 2020

LEGO® review: 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System - the parts

Following his extensive analysis of the LEGO® Super Mario sets, today Ben Davies returns to give the same thorough treatment to the 2646-piece 71374 LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System. The products in this article were provided for free by LEGO; the author's opinions are not biased by this. If you're buying this set which is priced £209.99/ US$229.99/ 224.19€DE, consider using our affiliate link: LEGO USA Shop at Home. New Elementary earn from qualifying purchases.

Before diving into the building process of 71374 LEGO® Nintendo Entertainment System in our next post, let's first take a look at its parts – starting with the new moulds that have been introduced for the set.

New moulds in LEGO set 71374

Tile Special 2 x 4 with Pixelated Mario Print (6326919 | 73210)


The most obvious new element in the set is the Tile Special 2 x 4 with Pixelated Mario Print, on a Sand Yellow/ Dark Tan base. It's a very specialised element and, unsurprisingly, it's only available with an Pixelated Mario print. The back of the tile features an anti-stud tube for attaching it to other parts.

Plate 1 x 4 with 2 Bottom Pins (6317182 | 68382)


While hidden inside the internals of the set, a much more exciting new mould is Plate 1 x 4 with 2 Bottom Pins. Currently, it is only available in Medium Stone Grey/ Light Bluish Gray.


Although not strictly a POOP (Part Out of Other Parts) due to the presence of hollow studs, it could be approximated using a 1x4 Plate (3710) and two Technic Pins with Knob (4274). This new mould offers a considerable advantage over this assembly when it comes to the strength of the pins relative to the plate.

This isn't the first time that we've received a Technic-to-System adaptor of a plate with pins mounted on the bottom; we've previously seen the 2x2 Plate with Pin on Bottom (2476) and the 2x2 Plate with Pins on Bottom (15092). Although the new design may have the same surface area as these older elements, the squashed 1x4 footprint allows it to fit into areas where using the previous bricks is not possible.

With an ample 30 copies of this element included in 71374, there are plenty for builders to play around with.

Here are some explorations using the new element.

Tile 2x6 (69729)

Another incredibly exciting new element is the Tile 2 x 6 (69729), which debuts in Light Bluish Gray (6318584), Dark Bluish Gray (6321746) and Black (6318582). This element is presently available in four colours, as it simultaneously debuted in 71369 Bowser's Castle Boss Battle where it appears in Reddish Brown (6326103).

Recolours in the LEGO NES

New moulds aren't the only thing that 71374 offers builders. A number of parts in new colours also appear in this kit.
In Black, we have:
  • Turntable 2 x 2 Female (6310981 | 27448), appearing once.
  • Plate Round 1 x 1 with Open Stud and Bar on Underside (6318701 | 25893), appearing twice.
In Reddish Brown, two elements have been recoloured. These are:
  • Panel 1 x 6 x 5 (6318733 | 59349), appearing four times.
  • Tile 6 x 6 with Bottom Tubes (6318735 | 10202), appearing eight times.

In addition to the elements above, Plate Special 2 x 4 with Groove and Two Center Studs (Jumper) in Dark Bluish Gray (6307616 | 65509) appears here for the first time, with two copies of this element included in the set. Two copies of Tile Round 1 x 1 in Spring Yellowish Green/ Yellowish Green (6284598 | 98138) are also present; the first time this element has appeared without decoration.

 

Rare Recolours

While it may not bring many exclusive recolours to the table, 71374 does contain numerous hard-to-find elements.



These include:
  • Technic Pin Connector Plate 1 x 2 x 1 2/3 [Two Holes on Top] in Bright Yellow/ Yellow (6247387 | 32530) which has previously only appeared in 60222 Snow Groomer, and appears twice here.
  • Window 1 x 4 x 2 Plane, Single Hold Top and Bottom for Glass in Black (6300355 | 61345) which appears once here, and debuted in 43179 Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse earlier this year.
  • Tile 6 x 6 with Bottom Tubes in Black (6155125 | 10202) which first appeared in 76139 1989 Batmobile, and appears in 71374 five times.
  • Hose Soft Axle 7 in Bright Yellowish Green/ Lime (6308241 | 32580), which debuted in 42115 Sián FKP 37.

Prints and Stickers

In addition to an array of recoloured parts, many new printed elements (and a single sticker element) appear throughout the NES set.
The most interesting elements are arguably those that are used for the Super Mario Bros.  sprites on the television screen. In that department, we have:
  • Tile 2 x 2 with Lime Decoration Print (6319302)
  • Tile 1 x 3 with Lime Decoration Print (6319303)
  • Tile Round 1 x 1 with Pixelated Coin Print (6322998)
  • Tile 1 x 1 Half Circle with Pixelated Koopa Troopa Print (6322996)
  • Tile Round 1 x 1 Quarter with Pixelated Mushroom Print (6322984)
  • Tile Round 1 x 1 Quarter with Pixelated Goomba Print (6310512)
  • Tile 1 x 1 with Pixelated '?' Print (6322991)
  • Tile 1 x 1 with Pixelated Star with Eyes Print (6322999)
Three of the elements on this list are worth singling out, as in addition to featuring new prints they are also all-new recolours. These elements are are:
  • Tile 1 x 3 with Lime Decoration Print (6319303), a recolour of Tile 1 x 3 (63864) in Bright Green.
  • Tile 1 x 1 Half Circle with Pixelated Koopa Troopa Print (6322996), a recolour of Tile 1 x 1 Half Circle (24246) in Dark Red.
  • Tile Round 1 x 1 Quarter with Pixelated Mushroom Print (6322984), a recolour of Tile Round 1 x 1 Quarter (25269) in Light Nougat.
The majority of printed elements in 71374 are done on Black parts, and are used to detail the NES, controller, and television set. These 12 elements are:
  • Slope Brick Curved 2 x 4  x 2/3 No Studs, with Bottom Tubes with '1' and '2' Print (6319304)
  • Plate 1 x 4 with Upside-down 'AUDIO' and 'VIDEO' Print (6319322)
  • Tile 1 x 6 with 'B' and 'A' Print (6319296)
  • Tile 1 x 1 with Light Bluish Gray Stripe Print (6310509)
  • Tile 2 x 4 with 'NINTENDO' Print (6319334)
  • Tile 2 x 4 with 'SELECT' and 'START' Print (6319335)
  • Tile 2 x 2 with Light Bluish Gray Corner Print (6310510)
  • Tile Round 2 x 2 with Bottom Stud Holder and Dots around Edge and Light Bluish Gray Line (Volume Knob) Print (6318694)
  • Tile 1 x 3 with 'UHF', 'VHF', 'ON', and 'OFF' Print (6319301)
  • Tile 1 x 4 with groove and Blue, Red, and Green Squares, and 'CHANNEL' Print (6319298)
  • Tile 1 x 4 with Groove and Dark Bluish Gray Square Print (6319338)
  • Tile 1 x 8 with groove and Contrast, Brightness, and Volume Symbols Print (6319299)

The rest of the decorated elements are in Dark Bluish Gray. There are three printed elements, and one sticker for use with the LEGO Super Mario electronic figure. These elements are:
  • Tile 1 x 3 with 'POWER' Print (6319325)
  • Tile 1 x 3 with 'RESET' Print (6319326)
  • Tile 1 x 8 with Groove and 'LO TECH' Print (6319300)
  • Tile 2 x 2 with TV and Barcode Print (Sticker) (6319294)

Come back tomorrow to see the build and the interesting techniques used! If you're buying this set which is priced £209.99/ US$229.99/ 224.19€DE, consider using our affiliate link: LEGO USA Shop at Home. New Elementary earn from qualifying purchases.



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3 comments:

  1. Is the Koopa Troopa tile really dark-red? In the picture it looks more like dark-orange.

    And has anyone tried slipping the TV code tile into a playable level to see how it reacts during gameplay?

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    1. The Koopa troopa tile is dark red. He just pictured the Goomba tile by mistake.

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    2. Ah, right. Part of my brain was telling me the picture didn't match with "Koopa Troopa", but I never really played the Mario games, so I wasn't coming up with the correct name.

      Right description, wrong picture. I just looked them up, and the dark-orange quarter-circle tile comes in seven sets, starting with two Brickheadz 2-packs back in 2018 (apparently Anna from Frozen is related to the Weasleys). Only one seller is currently listing dark-red stadium tiles, though, and they're priced at $10 each. That's the major risk in dealing with Q elements. You can pay a premium to acquire them, but if they don't sell right away there's always a possibility that one or more sets could make a super rare element as common as dirt, and price you right out of the market.

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