If you are a fan of the LEGO Super Mario theme, you might be interested in the latest set that features one of the most iconic enemies from the video game franchise: the piranha plant. LEGO Super Mario 71426 Piranha Plant is a display model that comes with 540 pieces and will be available on November 6th for US $59.99 | CAN $79.99 | UK £57.99. In this article, we will take a closer look at the set and see how it compares to the source material.
What’s in the Box?
The set comes in a tall black box that fits the shape of the finished model. The front of the box shows the piranha plant from the side, along with the Super Mario branding and the 18+ age band. The back of the box shows the piranha plant from the front, posed at a tilt, and some smaller pictures of the model from different angles and on a shelf.
Inside the box, there are six numbered bags and an instruction booklet. The booklet includes some fun information about the set and the history of the piranha plant through the many Mario video games. There are no stickers in the set, but instead, there are eight printed sloped parts with two different patterns for the piranha plant’s spotted look. The set also includes some new and rare elements in bright green, such as these long slopes used for the pipe.
How to Build LEGO Super Mario Piranha Plant?
The LEGO build starts with a core of brackets and bricks with sideways studs that form the base of the pipe. There is a simple mechanism in the back of the pipe to release the two gold coins that are hidden inside. The pipe also has a ball socket connection that allows the stem of the plant to be tilted in different directions. The stem is a simple stacked plate design with two Mixel ball joints for the leaf arms. The leaf arms are hinged in the middle to allow some posing.
The head of the plant is the most complex and interesting part of the build. It consists of two lip structures with fangs and a tongue, and two head-halves with the printed slopes. The lips and the head-halves are connected with ball socket joints, which give the plant some expression and movement. The head can also be removed from the stem, which allows you to display the pipe with Mario entering or exiting.
How Does the Super Mario Piranha Plant Look?
The finished model is quite impressive and faithful to the source material. The designers did a great job capturing the likeness of the piranha plant, with its bright colors, curved shapes, and menacing teeth. The model has a decent amount of possibility, although the weight of the head may limit this somewhat. The pipe is also well-designed, with its smooth and rounded sides and the hidden coin feature. The set looks great on display, especially if you have other LEGO Super Mario sets to go along with it.
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The LEGO Super Mario 71426 Piranha Plant is a fun and enjoyable set for fans of the theme and the game. It is a well-designed and detailed model that captures the essence of the piranha plant. It has some play features, but it is mainly a display piece that will look great on any shelf. The set is priced at US $59.99 | CAN $79.99 | UK £57.99, which may seem a bit high for a 540-piece set, but it does include some new and rare parts, and a lot of printed slopes. If you are a fan of the LEGO Super Mario theme, or just love the piranha plant, this set is a blast to build and display.