Since the very first Super Mario game, swapping your outfits with power-ups has been a key piece of gameplay. With more recent games, changing costumes has been more widespread with other Mushroom Kingdom characters having gained the ability. In the world of LEGO® Super Mario, power-up suits have been portrayed by a themed set of overalls and a hat, which can be worn by both the Mario and Luigi interactive figures. Now with Princess Peach on the scene, she’s gained her own Power-up Suit but this time is found within one of the larger Expansion Sets, making this only the second set to include a suit, after Luigi’s Mansion Lab and Poltergust set. As I continue to take a look at the upcoming LEGO Super Mario Expansion Sets, here’s my review of Cat Peach Suit & the Frozen Tower.
Kids can build a supercool LEGO® Super Mario™ level with the Cat Peach Suit and Frozen Tower Expansion Set (71407). It features a Cat Suit for LEGO® Peach™ (figure not included) to wear to climb the brick-built tower, and 3 LEGO toy figures: Kamek, Toad and a Cat Goomba. Players earn rewards by releasing the Coin Block from ‘ice’ and jumping on it, grabbing the yellow fruit, toppling Kamek from the tower (after activating the POW Block) and breaking Toad out of the ice enclosure. (Note: the 71360, 71387 or 71403 Starter Course is required for play.)
- Set Name: Cat Peach Suit & Frozen Tower
- Set Number: 71407
- Pieces: 494
- Action Bricks: 8
- RRP: £59.99/$79.99/69.99€
- Number of Bags: Bags x 7
- Instructions: LEGO Super Mario App
- Availability: LEGO Stores, LEGO Online & General Retail From August 1st
After the success of the Wii, Nintendo shifted to a heavy focus on multiplayer games and with the return of Mario for Wii U, Super Mario World 3D hoped to capture the side-scrolling fun of the original Mario games with the ability for multiple players to take part. This resulted in a number of established characters gaining the ability to use power-ups for the first time. That included a new power-up suit inspired by a Cat. The Cat Suit is activated by a Super Bell and transforms Mario, Luigi, Toad, Toadette, Rosalina and Princess Peach into a cat-like characters. When wearing the Cat Suit, characters would be able to climb, move quicker and scratch enemies.
The set features a tall tower-like structure making it a fairly sizeable addition to your LEGO Mario courses. It looks very similar to the larger Peach’s Castle Expansion Set, although it doesn’t appear that it can be directly connected to the castle, beyond how all the LEGO Mario sets can link together. It’s also more like a traditional LEGO set as it’s a singular structure, although it is built in sections. The base of the tower features a clever little podium, which can be pulled out to deploy the pink Cat Power-up Suit, more on that shortly. Around the base are a trio of island plates. One features the Super Bell along with some Gold Fruit. There’s also a Coin Block encased in ice and the other is home to a Cat Goomba.
The next level of the tower includes an odd device which features 2 POW blocks. These are encased in ice and a button can be hit to ‘break away’ the icy panels so the POW block can be scanned. It’s a little awkward, to be honest. The tower is topped by another section in which Toad is imprisoned by another ice panel, which is guarded by Kamek on a broomstick.
There’s been a number of different suits for the interactive figures to wear, these have been delivered by Power-up Packs. These have featured iconic suits such as the Fire Suit, Tanooki Suit and the Frog Suit. This set features a Peach-specific Power-up Suit in the form of Cat Peach. It’s the second time a cat-themed suit has appeared and it offers the same power-up abilities so coins can be collected when the interactive figure walks up a verticle surface. Unlike the Mario version, the Cat Peach outfit also features gloves, which actually work quite well with the standard forms of Mario and Luigi. Although the suit is intended for Peach it can be worn by Mario and Luigi. (Please note the interactive figures including Peach are not included in this set)
Other characters featured in the set include the second outing got Bowser’s Magikoopa wizard Kamek, who has previously appeared in the Bowser’s Airship set. There’s a Toad figure, with a red cap and a unique face print and there’s also a unique variant of a Goomba in the form of a Cat Goomba. As with many of the Mario characters, this is a perfect recreation of the game character.
Dotted about the Tower are 8 Action Bricks, these offer a variety of functions including coins for the most part. The Golden Fruit is a new element for this wave of sets and gives a coin boost when eaten. If Kamek is removed from the broomstick, Peach or the other interactive characters can take a ride on it.
This set was provided to BricksFanz by the LEGO Group for purposes of review. The thoughts within this review are that of BricksFanz and do not reflect those of the LEGO Group. Providing a set for free does not guarantee a favourable opinion of the set.