‘Master your Adventure Maker Set’ - what an impressive name! In order to use any of the Super Mario sets to their full potential you need the 71360 Adventures with Mario starter set, but this is sort of an additional starter set to space out other expansions you might have purchased and to give a bit of room for your character packs to be displayed or line up an attack against any passing plumbers.
That is not all: it comes with some new play features, a special ‘customisation machine’, a 30 second pipe and some new characters. We will look at them a bit later but first on to the parts.
So far the Super Mario sets have brought us a wealth of interesting
parts, some more useful than others. This set continues that trend.
Alongside several recolours there are two brand new parts included.
New Parts in Master Your Adventure Maker Set
- 1x Bracket 1 x 1 - 1 x 2 Inverted in Dark Stone Grey/ Dark Bluish Gray (6336390 | 73825)
- 2x Plate, 8X3X2/3, Circle, W/ Reduced Knobs in bright green (6340682 | 73832)
The new narrow bracket is a pleasant surprise. As with the other brackets in this growing family, the half-plate width of the vertical elevation is really useful for SNOT work, which the set uses to great effect as we will discuss below. I hope the release of this part means a downward equivalent is coming soon.
The new base part is likely to prove less versatile for MOC purposes but it is a useful addition for Mario sets as it allows creation of bases of variable sizes rather than having to stick to the fixed sizes used before.
Recoloured pieces in LEGO® Super Mario 71380
- 1x Warp tube Bright Yellow/ Yellow (6315114 | 66787)
- 3x Brick 1 x 1 in Bright Green (6343279 | 3005)
- 3x Plate 1 x 2 in Bright Green (6343326 | 3023)
- 1x Feet, 2 x 2 x 2/3 with 4 Studs on Top in Bright Red/ Red (6330891| 66858)*
- 2x Bar 1L with Clip [Cut Edges and One Side Hole] in White (6339183 | 41005)
- 1x Brick Wedge Sloped 4 x 4 with Diamond Spikes with Dark Azure (Spiny Shell) in White (6341867 67931)
- 1x Brick Wedge Sloped 4 x 4 with Pin Holes and White Underside Pattern (Para-Koopa Shell) in Red (6330900 | 73715)*
- 1x Plate 6 x 8 in Bright Green (6340684 | 3036)
- 2x Plate Round Corners 4 x 4 x 2/3 Circle with Reduced Knobs in Flame Yellowish Orange/ Bright Light Orange (6308882 | 66792)
* These appear in at least one other 2021 LEGO Super Mario set.
While a new colour of 1x2 plate and 1x1 brick is always welcome, it is the white bar with clip that gets the top spot in my list of personal interest, as it is going to prove very useful for my style of building and continues a gradual increase in the colour palette of this ever-useful part.
Other interesting LEGO elements
A few other parts of interest that are rarer than a power-up mushroom:
- 1x Equipment Winder Key [Toy] in Dark Orange (6316320 | 98375) - Appears in 2 other sets, first appearance 2020
- 1x Plate Special 2 x 2 Gear with 6 Teeth in Black (6306064 | 35442)
- Appeared once before in black in 76160 Mobile Bat Base
- 3x Tile Round 3 x 3 in Medium Stone Grey/ Light Bluish Gray (6306721 | 67095) - Only previous appearance is in 2020's 75288 AT-AT
- 2x Tile 1 x 1 with Groove in Bright Green (6172375 | 3070b)
- Appears in 5 sets total, first appearance 2017
- 1x Tile 2 x 6 in Dark Bluish Gray (6321746 | 69729) - Only previous appearance; 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System in 2020
There is also a wealth of printed parts and, as we have seen in previous Super Mario sets, a variety of pre-applied sticker barcodes.
Out of this wealth we will just list out the ones that are exclusive to this set, first the printed parts:
- Bright Green Brick 1 x 1 with Blue Star Print (6334693 | 3005pr0027)
- Bright Green Brick 1 x 3 with Eyes with Blue Iris' Print (6334670 | 3622pr0059)
- Tan Tile Round 2 x 4 with Smiling Mouth with Fangs (Iggy Koopa) Print (6334669 | 66857pr0006)
- Yellow Tile 2 x 3 with Tan Stripes in Oval Print (Koopa Stomach) (6334668 | 26603pr0047)
- Yellow Tile 2 x 2 with Groove and Stopwatch with '30' Print (6342130 | 3068bpr0499)
- Orange Brick 1 x 2 with Clock with Red Hand on Gear Background Print (6342123 | 3004pr0072)
- Dark Azure Brick 1 x 2 with '?' on Gear Background and Blue Spots Print (6334671 | 3004pr0065)
- Medium Azure Brick 1 x 2 with '?' on Gear Background and Dark Azure Spots Print (6334672 | 3004pr0069)
And then the exclusive LEGO Super Mario barcode stickers:
- Dark Orange Tile Round Corners 4 x 4 x 2/3 with Two Arrows and Barcode Print (Sticker) (6344016 | 68869pr0104)
- Dark Blue Tile 2 x 2 with Groove and Bob-Omb and Barcode Print (Sticker) (6342141 | 3068bpr9902)
- Medium Azure Tile 2 x 2 with Groove and Gear, Arrows and Barcode Print (Sticker) (6338144 | 3068bpr9906)
- Dark Azure Tile 2 x 2 with Groove and Iggy Koopa and Barcode Print (Sticker) (6338147 | 3068bpr9903)
- Dark Azure Tile 2 x 2 with Groove and Gear, Arrows and Barcode Print (Sticker) (6338143 | 3068bpr9908)
- Yellow Tile 2 x 2 with Groove and Warp Pipe, 'Start 30', and Barcode Print (Sticker) (6342142 | 3068bpr9907)
- Red Tile 2 x 2 with Groove and Para-Koopa and Barcode Print (Sticker) (6338148 | 3068bpr9905)
- Orange Tile 2 x 2 with Groove and Gear, Arrows and Barcode Print (Sticker) (6338145 | 3068bpr9904)
There are a lot of the Mario bases in this set. If you want to stock up on these round-edged thick plates, 71380 could be the set for you. As always, New Elementary has your bases covered.
To finish our discussion of the parts selection, it is worth highlighting that you get a lot of good old-fashioned plates including all these 2-module wide parts in basic colours.
Building Super Mario Master Your Adventure
What have the set designers done with all these parts? First they have created some new characters for Mario to overcome.
From left to right you have: Larry Koopa with his trademark hair spike, a Bob-omb, another Goomba to add to the army of them seen across the range and a Koopa Paratrooper.
The delightfully named Larry uses the new bracket mentioned above as part of the head construction - it allows the hair spike to be integrated seamlessly into the 3-module wide head.
The build also includes a tower for Larry to glare down from, a variety of boxes and crates and things for Mario to jump on and a slidey platform for him to fall off of, demonstrated here by Larry.
The main new feature of the set is the customisation machine, which sounds very impressive. With the computerised Mario unit and app you can customise the effect of some of the barcoded blocks but the action of the machine itself is delightfully analogue.
I don’t think it is supposed to double as a catapult.
At the time I built this set the instructions were not yet available. A lot has been said elsewhere about the lack of paper instructions in LEGO Super Mario sets and I must say that I feel traditional instructions are something important and integral to all LEGO sets. I am sure the LEGO Group has done plenty of research before taking the decision, but I can imagine a child opening the box excited to build a new set only to find that they need a phone or a tablet. You may think this isn’t a big deal, but consider that a lot of children have their screen time limited by their guardian and it all becomes a bit of a fuss over nothing.
And think of us poor reviewers who do not have a list of parts on the last page of the instructions to help us tell you about all the interesting new parts! (That does sound like a good excuse for anything I might have missed in this review though.) I am happy to report that the instructions have since become available on the Mario app.
Back to the customisation machine; when putting it together it took me a while to work out how the internal mechanism works. Obviously you push the red button and a block rises up for Mario to scan but there were no parts available to create any sort of see-saw action.
Eventually I realized that the 2x6 tile does not have to attach to anything, as it is free to pivot inside the bigger construct. The end result works really well.
Taken all together this is not a bad little set. The price seems reasonable given the number of printed and large parts you get, and it is an decent parts selection. The characters are fun and the build is interesting, if a little basic. It is a nice addition to the ever-expanding LEGO Super Mario range and would be useful to connect and better display the features and characters from other sets. If you're buying this set? Consider using our affiliate links: UK LEGO Shop | USA LEGO Shop | Australia LEGO Shop, for other countries 'Change Region'. New Elementary may get a commission.
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