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So your kid won’t shut up about LEGO Mario – The parents’ guide to the LEGO Mario Expansions

Christmas is fast approaching and somehow your kid has learned about the existence of LEGO Mario. Now they will stop at nothing to get LEGO Mario. Perhaps you got the starter set and thought that would be enough, but you were wrong. Now your kid won’t shut up about LEGO Mario and getting all of the expansion sets.

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If you were to go out and get all of the expansion sets at RRP then you are going to be up for $871.75 (including all 10 different character packs). That may be an option for some people but I know that it’s not realistic for everybody.

Thanks to LEGO I’ve had a chance to get hands on with all of the expansion sets, so I am here to tell you what’s good, what’s bad and the type of kid that each set is going to appeal to. Hopefully in the process I can save you some money and provide a bit of sanity.

Firstly, if you haven’t already got it you will need the starter course set. This is the only way to get the LEGO Mario figure. If you shop around you can pick this up for $79 or less rather than the $89.99 RRP. This is your cover charge to get in on the world of LEGO Mario. I have done a separate post about just that set that you can find here.

For each set I will examine how it will appear to 3 different types of kids:

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The cuteness connoisseur – These are the kids that only care about one thing; that the sets are cute. They don’t care as much about how many coins you get or specific play features.

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The action kid – These are the kids that love the things that they can slam around, stuff that sends pieces flying across your table.

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The coin collector – The kids who want the highest score possible. The ones who will tweak their layouts to get every possible coin from each run.

Let’s dig in to each of the expansion sets, starting with the cheapest and finishing with the big ticket items.