22 December 2021

LEGO® Super Mario 2022: New Parts in Luigi’s Mansion and Seaside Sets

Zachary Hill (@zaxbrix) examines the bricks in LEGO® Super Mario sets 71396 Bowser Jr.’s Clown Car, 71397 Lab and Poltergust, 71398 Dorrie’s Beachfront, 71399 Entryway, 71400 Big Urchin Beach Ride and 71402 Character Packs Series 4. Buying them from LEGO.com? Consider using our affiliate links, New Elementary may get a commission: UK LEGO Shop | USA LEGO Shop | Australia LEGO Shop, for other countries 'Change Region'. Products in this article were provided by LEGO; the author's opinions are their own.


The LEGO® Super Mario theme shows no signs of slowing down with a new wave of sets arriving in  January 2022, bringing with it useful new elements, recolours of old favourite parts, and ghostly sets celebrating Luigi’s contributions to the Mario franchise. New E has five sets from the new wave and the whole collection of Series 4 Character Packs - today we’re inspecting every new LEGO piece to be introduced on 1 January. Let’s-a go!

The only set we’re not analyzing is 71401 Luigi’s Mansion™ Haunt-and-Seek Expansion Set, but there’s no shortage of new parts in the rest of this release. Apart from the satisfying spookiness Luigi’s Mansion sets bring, this wave features six new moulds and over two dozen recoloured elements. Mama mia, that’s a lot of parts!

All-New Moulds in Super Mario 2022 Sets

  • 4 x 6 with Rounded Corners and 2 x 2 Cutout (89681) in Bright Blue/ Blue (6386992) and Medium Nougat (6378154)
  • Large Figure Legs, Luigi Overalls with Button and Studs on Back in Dark Blue (84128 | 6374104)
  • Brick 4 x 4 x 1⅓ Rounded with 2 Pin Holes (Poltergust Body) in Bright Red/ Red (84866 | 6377228)
  • Bar 2L with 2 Bar Holders in Medium Stone Grey/ Light Bluish Gray (84868 | 6377230)
  • Arm and Hand Long, Horizontal Grip with Technic Pin in Bright Light Orange (1881 | 6398542)
  • 4 Feet with Plate Round 2 x 2 and Axle Hole (84867) in White (6377229) and Orange

Two blue rounded 4 x 6 plates come in 71400 Big Urchin Beach Ride. This part is almost a POOP: it could be three stacked 18980 Plate, Round Corner 2 x 6 Double with two modules lopped off the lower far end. 71397 Lab and Poltergust and 71399 Entryway come with one and two each respectively of these new 4 x 6 plates in Medium Nougat.


The Poltergust set also features new overalls with a pressable front button to activate the vacuum powers of the Poltergust, its body formed by the new rounded red backpack brick. This curvy backpack piece fits LEGO curves of one- and two-module radii and offers several various connection points across its five studs and two pin holes. This piece does a perfect job of representing its subject material - Luigi’s wheeled backpack vacuum - while being generic enough to find a home in countless other usages… I’ll be using this in a MOC in the near future, for sure!

That handy new grey handle and new BLO arms are exclusive to the Poltergust set as well. The new arms are longer than Arm and Hand Long with Technic Pin (66788) which may need to be renamed to 'Arm and Hand Medium' now. This new iteration is unusual with horizontal grips which can clip bars but won't clutch studs, unlike Mario and Luigi's hands which do both.

Five of this wave’s six new moulds appear in 71397 Lab and Poltergust, the one exception being the new 2 x 2 feet plate (84867). There’s one in 71399 Entryway in white as the feet of ghost dog Polterpup and one in orange as the feet of Scaredy Rat from the Series 4 character pack. I’m partial to four-legged friends, but I already love this part more than other Mario feet.


For starters, it’s radially symmetrical and less shoe-shaped than other shoe plates (66858, 79750, 66859) which makes it fitting for uses less anatomical and more botanical. I’ve re-purposed these feet plates as a jumbo bouquet for my boo, but they’d be equally at home in an ornate pillar or as a microscale space shuttle’s engine connector. Best of all, this part doesn’t have oversized toes that extend into adjacent studs’ space like other Mario feet plate do. This means every stud right next to a four-footed plate can be used, something that can’t be said for earlier Super Mario leg plates.

New Recolours in 2022 Mario Sets

  • 71396 Bowser Jr.’s Clown Car
    • 2x Brick 1 x 1 x 3 in Lime (14716)
    • 1x Propeller 3 Blade 3 Diameter with Pin Hole in Lime (65768)
  • 71398 Dorrie’s Beachfront
    • 1x Tile, Modified 4 x 4 with Rounded Corners and 4 Feet in Bright Light Orange (68869 | 6316439)
    • 5x Wedge 2 x 2 x 2/3 Pointed with Stud Notches in Bright Blue/ Blue (66956 | 6378794)
    • 2x Arch 1 x 3 x 2 Inverted in Bright Blue/ Blue (18653 | 6382002)
    • 1x Brick, Modified 1 x 2 x 1 2/3 with Studs on 3 Sides in Bright Blue/ Blue (67329 | 6378789)
    • 1x Tile, Round 3 x 3 in Dark Green/ Green (67095 | 6378790)
  • 71399 Entryway
    • 2x Arch 1 x 6 x 2 in Earth Green/ Dark Green (15254 | 6387393)
    • 1x Tile, Modified 4 x 4 with Rounded Corners and 4 Feet in Medium Stone Grey/ Light Bluish Gray (68869 | 6354325)
    • 1x Brick, Modified 1 x 2 with Studs on Side in Medium Lilac/ Dark Purple (11211 | 6380026)

Several new parts come in new shades of blue, green, and more in the 2022 Super Mario sets. The dark green arches are new in this specific mould but appeared just once earlier in Toy Story 3 7596 Trash Compactor Escape with a different underside. The grey 4 x 4 rounded tile isn’t strictly new as it appears in the new Star Wars UCS 75313 AT-AT, but this is the first time we’ve seen it at New E.

  • 71400 Big Urchin Beach Ride
    • 4x Train, Track Roller Coaster Curve, 90 degrees in Medium Azure (25061 | 6381920)
    • 2x Rock Panel 2 x 4 x 6 in Medium Stone Grey/ Light Bluish Gray (47849 | 6330090)
    • 1x Vehicle, Base 4 x 5 Roller Coaster Car in White (26021 | 6224368)
    • 1x (in previous photo) 1x Tile, Round 3x3 in Dark Green/ Green (67095 | 6378790)
  • 71397 Lab and Poltergust
    • 2x Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Stud on Side in Light Nougat (87087 | 6390364)
    • 1x (+1 extra) Wave Rounded Small with Pin (Candle Flame) in White (37775 | 6390363)
    • 1x Plate, Modified 2 x 2 with Groove and 1 Stud in Center (Jumper) in Light Nougat (87580 | 6390419)
  • 71402 Character Packs Series 4
    • Freezie
      • 2x Slope 18 4 x 2 in Light Royal Blue/ Bright Light Blue (30363)
    • Para-Biddybud:
      • 2x Bracket 1 x 2 - 1 x 2 Inverted in Dark Blue (99780)
    • Ant Trooper
      • 2x Bar 1L with Angled Hollow Stud in Dark Blue (65578)
      • 2x Slope, Curved 1 x 1 Double in Medium Lilac/ Dark Purple (49307)
    • Coin Coffer
      • 4x Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Stud on Side in Dark Green/ Green (87087)
      • 1x Tile 1 x 3 in Medium Nougat (63864)
    • Bully
      • 1x Legs with Plate Round 2 x 3 in Dark Green/ Green (66859)

The rock panels in LBG aren’t strictly new either as they appeared in 43187 Rapunzel’s Tower, but 71400 Big Urchin Beach Ride is only the second set to include the light grey rock piece - and the first that doesn’t call for stickers. The white candle flame is the perfect plume of hair for Professor E. Gadd and it’s the first opaque appearance for this part. The bottom row shows the Series 4 Character Packs’ numerous recolours, but most exciting to me is the green SNOT bricks found in Coin Coffer. That 1 x 1 brick has appeared in nearly every shade of green except default green… until now!

New Prints in 2022 Mario Sets

The easy-to-use Super Mario theme relies on printed parts to perfectly represent Nintendo’s precious characters without a sticker sheet in sight. The 2022 sets continue this tradition with over a dozen eye prints, a handful of mouths, and one really neat wood-patterned tile.

  • 71396 Bowser Jr.’s Clown Car
    • 1x Tile 2 x 4 with Clown Car Eyes Pattern in White (87079)
    • 1x Tile 2 x 4 with Clown Car Mouth Pattern in White (87079)
  • 71397 Lab and Poltergust
    • 1x Brick 1 x 2 with Nose and Mouth with One Tooth Pattern in Light Nougat (3004 | 6382046)
    • 2x (+1 extra) Tile, Round 1 x 1 with Blue Concentric Circles Pattern in Black (98138 | 6382047)
    • 1x Brick, Round 2 x 2 with Pin Holes with Lab Coat Pattern in White (17485 | 6382048)
    • 1x Slope, Curved 2 x 2 with Gold Ghost Face Pattern in Bright Light Orange (15068 | 6382049)
  • 71398 Dorrie’s Beachfront
    • 2x Brick 1 x 2 with White Number 1 and Dark Purple Dots Pattern in Dark Pink (3004 | 6382051)
    • 2x Brick 1 x 2 with White Number 2 and Dark Purple Dots Pattern in Dark Pink (3004 | 6382052)
    • 2x Brick 1 x 2 with White Number 3 and Dark Purple Dots Pattern in Dark Pink (3004 | 6382053)
    • 1x Tile 1 x 2 with Light Bluish Gray Eyes in Goggles Pattern in Yellow (3069b | 6382050)

A number of printed pieces are used to build Professor Elvin Gadd in and I’m fond of the round tiles making up E. Gadd’s eyes - those blue circular patterns look useful for sci-fi builds. The dark pink bricks are a more versatile variation on the numbered 2 x 2 bricks in 71368 Toad’s Treasure Hunt.

  • 71399 Entryway
    • 1x Brick 1 x 2 with Bright Light Yellow Tapered Eyes Pattern in Medium Lilac/ Dark Purple (3004 | 6382127)
    • 1x Tile 2 x 4 with Dark Red Monster Mouth Pattern in Medium Lilac/ Dark Purple (87079 | 6382129)
    • 1x Tile 1 x 2 with Light Bluish Grey Tapered Eyes Pattern in White (3069b | 6382125)
    • 1x Slope, Curved 1 x 2 x 1 with Light Bluish Grey Mouth and Pink Tongue Pattern in White (37352 | 6382126)
  • 71401 Big Urchin Beach Ride
    • 1x Brick 1 x 2 with Dark Blue and Black Eyes on White Background Pattern (Yoshi) in Yellow (3004 | 6382136)
    • 1x Slope 30 1 x 2 x ⅔ with Black Eyes in Goggles Pattern in Bright Blue/ Blue (85984 | 6382140)
    • 1x Tile 2 x 4 with Reddish Brown and Black Eyes and Cheeks Pattern in Medium Lavender (87079 | 6382138)

With the same cartoony ghoulish looks as Scooby-Doo, the ghosts of Luigi’s Mansion Entryway are given personality. The yellow Yoshi eyes in Big Urchin Beach Ride are similar to Koopa Troopa eyes but these pupils are dark blue instead of green.

New Prints in 71402 Character Packs Series 4

  • Goombrat
    • 1x Tile 2 x 2 with Goombrat Face Pattern in Orange (3068b)
  • Para-Biddybud
    • 2x Slope 30 1 x 2 x ⅔ with 2 Dark Red Circles Pattern in Bright Red/ Red (85984)
    • 1x Brick 1 x 2 with White Eyes Pattern in Black (3004)
  • Bully
    • 1x Tile 2 x 3 with Red Eyes on White Background Pattern in Dark Blue (26603)
  • Scaredy Rat
    • 1x Slope 30 1 x 2 x ⅔ with Pink Eyes on Black Background Pattern in Medium Stone Grey/ Light Bluish Gray (85984)
  • Ant Trooper
    • 1x Tile 2 x 2 with Ant Trooper Face Pattern in Medium Lilac/ Dark Purple (3068b)
  • Freezie
    • 1x Tile, Modified 2 x 3 Pentagonal with Freezie Face Pattern in Light Royal Blue/ Bright Light Blue (22385)
  • Coin Coffer
    • 1x Brick 1 x 3 with White Eyes on Black Background Pattern in Dark Green/ Green (3622)
  • Mechakoopa
    • 1x Brick, Modified 1 x 2 with Studs on Side with Crooked Red and Black Eyes on White Background in Dark Green/ Green (11211)
    • 1x Slope, Curved 1 x 2 x 1 with Reddish Brown Tear Drops Pattern (Mechakoopa Nostrils) in Bright Yellow/ Yellow (37352)
    • 2x Tile, Round Corner 2 x 2 Macaroni with 4 Silver Nails and Wood Grain Pattern (27925pb007)
  • Stingby
    • 1x Tile 1 x 2 with Black Eyes on White Background Pattern in Reddish Brown (3069b)
  • Baby Penguin
    • 2x Brick 1 x 1 with Dark Blue and Black Eye on White Background in Bright Blue/ Blue (3005)

With at least one new print per character, the Series 4 Character Packs introduce numerous new prints. Mechakoopa boasts the most new prints with three, including the new-for-2021 wood macaroni tile, so far only seen in Friends 71679 Forest House.

Even with all these new pieces and prints, one of the biggest elements of the Super Mario theme is play. In New Elementary’s next Super Mario article, we’ll see how LEGO Luigi handles his new Poltergust and faces the ghosts of Luigi’s Mansion.

READ MORE: Which Nov & Dec 2021 sets have the most new elements?

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16 comments:

  1. good job of looking at the parts - perfect for parts-addicted AFOLs like me

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  2. Lots of fun parts to look at!

    Based on your review the new quadrupedal foot piece looks even more versatile than I expected! It will be obviously useful for many additional enemies/characters in the Super Mario theme, but based on its convenient dimensions and symmetry I wouldn't be surprised to see it seeing more use outside it than the previous foot pieces.

    The new overalls for Luigi are a clever new twist on the power-up suits from previous sets. Lego Mario/Lego Luigi identify which overalls they wear based on the pattern of raised ridges inside them depressing metal contacts on the electronic core. It seems like the button on these new overalls can alternate one or more of those ridges between raised or not raised, to allow for an additional input method for whoever wears them (since previously, they could only detect things through the scanner on the base and gyroscope/accelerometer in the figure itself). It'll be interesting to see if this is used for additional power-ups or expansions in the future—the most obvious application would probably be a Super Mario Sunshine expansion for Mario with F.L.U.D.D. as a counterpart to these Luigi's Mansion sets.

    I'm also more excited than you'd think for those new 4x6 "half-bases". I really like the modular format of the levels in this theme, and the 4x8 ones introduced last year dramatically increased the variety of shapes and sizes that different "modules" of those levels could take. These 4x6 ones seem similarly useful.

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    1. The pressable button to activate Poltergust would be perfect for F.L.U.D.D! Fingers crossed; we seem to be in the N64 era now with the ? Block and GameCube is up next with Luigi's Mansion. Could be fun to see Piantas characters!

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  3. That 1x2 tile with ghost eyes looks like a potentially nice detail for space ship details! <3

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  4. The bar w/ two bar holders 84868 is something I'd like to pick up, perfect for little greebly details, microscale space ships, rollcages, etc.

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    1. It definitely does look useful for packing in dense connections. Now you've got me wanting to try squeezing a roll cage into an 8-stud wide car.

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  5. I just realized those white quadrupedal legs would make fun finials on a classical column.

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    1. Are they available in white or tan?

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    2. Just white and orange so far, I definitely want a handful more of the white ones to build with!

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  6. To finally see 87087 in Lego Dark Green/Green (color 28) excites me. When I worked as a Master Model Builder at LegoLand Carlsbad it amazed me that this was the only color (and one of TLG's 10 "standard" colors) that this part was not made in! It's about time. Now I'll have to wait for LUGBulk to get my hands on them in quantity! Or until they start appearing on Bricklink...

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    1. I appreciate this part too, and four in a character pack is a pretty good injection of these into the market. It's long past due!

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  7. 4x Train, Track Roller Coaster Curve, 90 degrees in Medium Azure (25061 | 6381920)

    Is not a new recolour, appeared in 41375 Heartlake City Amusement Pier.

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    1. Are they Medium Azure? In the pictures they look like they might be Dark Azure (which would be new). Maybe a typo?

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    3. Ah, it is Dark Azure. Whoops, thanks for pointing it out!

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