If there is any Nintendo game that gets better and better with each release, I have to give credit to Super Mario. I remember the time that I played this 8-bit game on a Nintendo Family Computer or FamiCom. This was my very first dive into the gaming scene, and I was hooked since then. Since its inception in 1985, Nintendo just kept on pushing the boundary of gameplay with Super Mario. With the advent of the Switch, Mario is now taken at a whole new level with a lot of new characters, and an awesome sandbox type of environment to explore. Super Mario Odyssey, which was officially released a few weeks ago, is now considered as the fastest selling Mario game in the US, selling 2 million copies in just 3 days after its release last October 27. It is proof of how the humble plumber from Mushroom Kingdom is still very close to everyone’s heart.
To celebrate the release Mario’s next adventure in Super Mario Odyssey, Tyler got busy again in his studio and the result is short of breathtaking – it is a custom, LEGO Mario from Super Mario Odyssey, together with his new pal, Cappy!
Tyler created Mario in a similar scale to that of his custom LEGO Yoshi MOC which he did before. Though it may look great to have this brick-built Mario mount on the back of Yoshi as an added play feature seen from the video game, Tyler opted not to so we can better appreciate the articulation on these MOCs.
Similar to the Yoshi figure, there are a lot of ball joints in this custom built Mario that added plenty of movement and articulation to this set. From its ankles, hips, arms and neck, you can add plenty of motion on this MOC without compromising its stability. The joints add more life and fluidity to the build, which is only fitting considering how dynamic Mario’s character is in Odyssey. Tyler even added that extra play feature of adding movement to Mario’s mouth using some hinge pieces. It adds a little more expression to his face, together with the head’s movement.
I think one of the best features of this custom LEGO Mario is Tyler’s rendition of Mario’s newest companion, Cappy. Tyler nailed it perfectly when he recreated those pair of wide-opened googly eyes on Mario’s cap, and the cool thing is, you can easily switch back into Mario’s classic cap with its iconic logo. The classic M logo was custom printed on a round tile.
Tyler also added the classic gold coin to give that Super Mario vibe. You can also easily make one using a gold plate and a gold tile, mounted on a clear bar piece to give that floating effect. Here’s Tyler with more on his custom LEGO Mario. Watch this.
If you enjoyed watching this video, then you’ll be glad to know that you can also build one of your own. You can visit BuildBetterBricks to see how you can come up with your own custom LEGO Mario, and with a minimal fee, you can download the building instructions together with a parts list that allows you to easily export to BrickLink and order the LEGO pieces that you need. In fact, you can even get a 20% discount on all the building instructions across the store during this entire month of November when you enter the coupon code BRICKSET at checkout. These, and the rest of Tyler and Sean’s creations, were so cool that even Brickset took notice.
So what do you think about this latest creation from Tyler? Are you a Super Mario fan just as we are? Show the Super Mario in you by adding your comment down below!