MY Mighty Bowser from Super Mario will never shoot fireballs out of his mouth.
His head spins satisfactorily when I press the secret panel, but an orange Lego fireball doesn’t come out.
This is because after about 3 hours of assembling and disassembling the head, I never quite got the fiddly Lego mechanism to work.
But I’m anticipating.
When the PR company approached me and asked if I would like to try the new Super Mario Lego set, I jumped at the opportunity to get my hands on this luxury product.
While reviewing video games is my bread and butter, I’m no stranger to a builder kit. I even have nanoblock Poké Balls in my bathroom for light switches.
The box, about the size of my outstretched arms, arrived on a gloomy Saturday morning and I immediately called in my father to help me set it up.
My dad is as fatherly as can be. He’s a tinkerer who does everything my dad needs in my house, from plumbing my sink to building a closet.
Although I’m almost 70, my dad is the dad you want on your team if there’s a dad job to do around the house.
I had built an Eevee figure of not incomparable size last year and gave my father what I thought was a generous estimate of two hours.
I was incredibly wrong on this point; The entire kit took almost 10 hours for both of us to build, but I was right about who I put it together with.
My dad and I get along extremely well, and much like IKEA furniture, I recommend at least having an extremely good relationship with someone to try and build this on.
We connected across the building and found a seamless rhythm of me collecting and organizing the parts needed next and him assembling it all.
I would construct sections and hand them over to attach to the main character.
When my father was called home for dinner, I went on alone, but it really wasn’t the same as building with two people.
However, when I woke up late Sunday morning, I found that my father had broken into my house and started building the shell alone, so maybe he would disagree with me.
The body is filled with complex Lego mechanisms that move the various parts, and things are bound to get overlooked and have to be reassembled.
Despite its impressive height of almost 30cm, The Mighty Bowser is still your standard Lego experience with a lot more steps.
You’ll still lose parts in the rug, misassemble it, and have to scratch your head trying to figure out where it all went wrong.
The instruction manual is very clear and describes the whole thing in 555 steps to completion, along with a nice story of the Nintendo character at the beginning.
However, despite the steep £230 price tag, there were still a few frustrations.
On rare occasions the diagram included a piece that wasn’t in the instructions and you had to figure it out yourself.
Some of my gear was missing, and unfortunately it was visible on Bowser’s nose for all to see.
I fixed that with a nail file, some extra bits and double sided tape, but ultimately it doesn’t come together perfectly.
Some parts have to be assembled with ball joints or other pins, and sometimes it just didn’t fit.
One of those times was the head mentioned above. Another issue was the knees, which I easily solved by removing some parts that were constantly getting in the way without affecting the overall model.
As for my head issues, the head is an incredibly complex piece that comes together with a spinning wheel and spring-loaded lego designed to shoot out the fireball.
Putting it together was incredibly difficult with parts constantly popping off, and when I was done I found that the spring-loaded block was backwards.
I deconstructed the whole thing and seriously started over. However, I quickly realized why I had installed the thing upside down in the first place.
It really didn’t fit like it was supposed to and when I tried to reattach the head bits went into the cavity of the body that were never seen again.
These could be replaced with some of the extras without really detracting from the overall look.
There’s a definite possibility that I’m not very good at Lego and that a person much more delicate than me could put it all together, like Da Vinci putting brushstrokes on the Mona Lisa.
When the head was finally back together, I opened Bowser’s gaping maw and placed the fireball in the slot, only for the head to explode under the pressure he was putting on the spring.
I put it back together and now my Bowser stands upright, just without the power to burst into flames. At least not like Lego
intended.Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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