The full range of LEGO Super Mario sets are now available, and one particular set (or collection) that you might be interested in is the LEGO Super Mario Character Packs (71361). This line of LEGO Super Mario blind bags adds another level of play to your LEGO Super Mario Starter Course (71360) by adding more characters (and coins) into the fray. Now thanks to what Candidbricks have shared recently, we know what to expect from this collectible blind bag’s box distribution.
For starters, we all know that this is not the first time LEGO has delved into buildable blind bag characters. And perhaps learning from its relatively unsuccessful release of the LEGO Unikitty Series 1 (41775) blind bags two years ago, LEGO now seems to have it right with the offering of the LEGO Super Mario Character Packs (71361). More than just a way of expanding the Starter Course’s play features, the blind bag characters from this theme and how they were designed and built, are good enough to pass as collectibles in themselves.
With just 10 characters to collect and 20 blind bags per box set, Candidbricks points out that LEGO seems to make it easy for us to collect the entire set in one go. Because as it turns out eventually, each box contains exactly two sets of the Character Packs, plus there is no chase figure or character included in this series as well. The number of complete sets available per box was confirmed by LEGO Super Mario lead designer Jonathan Bennink via Rambling Brick. This is a welcomed move from LEGO, and I’m glad that the company opted for this approach.
Being assured of having two complete sets per box is also desirable, because feeling your way through each of the blind bags may prove to be difficult, if not, frustrating because of the number of varied parts per bag. All you need to do now is to grab a buddy and convince him or her to split the bill. The LEGO Super Mario Character Packs (71361) is currently available for $4.99 at LEGO Shop@Home together with the rest of the LEGO Super Mario sets.