71388: Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set Review

The Sumo Bro first appeared in Super Mario World, but they would make a return and beef up for a boss role in New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U. As their name suggests these bulkier Koopa troopers, have a similar appearance and movement of a Japanese Sumo Wrestler. They also have a penchant for high places, both of which have been capture in one of the latest additions to the LEGO Super Mario theme. Just like every other LEGO® Super Mario set, the Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower expansion can be added to other sets, starter courses and character packs to create unique physical levels to play with both LEGO Mario and his bro LEGO Luigi. So here’s a quick glance at set 71388: Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower.

71388: Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set Review

Product Description

Let kids add another fun challenge to their LEGO® Super Mario™ universe with this Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set (71388). It features a tower that is rocked by LEGO® Mario™ and/or LEGO® Luigi™ (figures not included) stomping on the levers at its base. It can be built to varying heights, and a Super Star Block is revealed when Boss Sumo Bro is toppled. The set also includes a Crowber figure. (Note: the 71360 or 71387 Starter Course is required for interactive play.)

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  • Set Name: Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set
  • Set Number: 71388
  • Pieces: 231
  • RRP: £24.99/$29.99/29.99€
  • Action Bricks: Sumo Bro, Crowber & Super Star Block
  • Availability: LEGO.com, LEGO Stores & LEGO retailers

71388: Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set Review

As Expansion sets go this is pretty simplistic. A couple of island platforms flank a rather tall tower. Atop that tower is a menacing looking Boss Bro Sumo. But it has a very fun play feature and one which also celebrates the arrival of Luigi and two-player play. The tower is made up of three separately built sections. These are mounted upon a platform that can be rocked in a similar fashion to a see-saw by pressing down on the flat tiles tabs which jut out from either side of the base of the tower. The use of rubber bands to add tension to the motion makes hitting those tabs very satisfying.

71388: Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set Review

71388: Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set Review

The brick-built Boss Sumo Bro character adds to the fun, with both arms connected via pins. These securely fixes them to the body but not firmly so they can flail around when moved in a sort of chest pumping motion. The tubular like connection also recreates the Boss Sumo Bro’s tsuna sitting around his shoulders. Combining this with the tower results in a rather wacky outcome.

71388: Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set Review

Rocking the tower not only makes Boss Sumo Bro fling his arms around, King Kong-style, but it should also eventually cause him to be dethroned from the tower and allow access to the Action Brick on his back.

71388: Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set Review

The set also includes a Crowber buildable character, which is the same as the one featured in the third wave of buildable characters. Plus there’s a Super Star item block, which takes the sets Action Brick count to three.

71388: Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set Review

71388: Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set Review

Although the motion of the set doesn’t really replicate that of the games, it’s too much fun not to matter. It adds an interesting expansion to the other LEGO Super Mario sets as well as nicely tying to the two-player aspect introduced with Luigi. The Mario sets are really about the build experience, which still uses digital instructions, but what they offer in terms of play and combining them to create physical representations of Super Mario levels.

71388: Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set Review

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The Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set is also available as part of two VIP bundles. These include different collections of LEGO Super Mario sets.


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