The Gr8 @K’NEX Project: Super Mario 3-D Land:
This review comes from Scott P, age 11 and a HUGE Knex Fan…
Super Mario 3D Land™ Bowser’s Castle Building SetI really enjoyed building this K’nex set! I definitely think the price for this toy is right. It was pricey, but it was SO fun building it and learning how the different features work. I did not get bored once in the five hour and thirty five minutes (over the course of 2 days) that it took me to build it.
It is helpful to be really careful and keep all of the pieces together that came in the same bags. I did that (I’ve learned from the past) but I was still short two gray semi-circle pieces that should have been in the box. Thankfully, I had some left over parts like this from another kit that I could use. Also, I found an error in the instructions about constructing the stand-alone launcher. The first illustration shows to use small white pieces but you should really use the smaller green pieces (it shows those in use instead in a later picture). It really saves time and frustration if you connect the pieces exactly the way the instructions show you. It is also very important to look at the letters in the instructions for the stickers and match them on the sticker sheet carefully. The stickers really make the model look great!
After the project is complete, it is really fun to play around with it and try to navigate Mario through the course to the top of the castle. (And I’m not a even a big Mario fan.) Although the catapult launchers shoot straight up most of the time, it is still fun trying to hit the targets. My favorite part is when Mario lands on the trap door at the top and the flag springs up.
Over all, I really had a great time building this toy and I think this is an amazing and clever K’Nex set.
If you want more information, here’s the scoop from the manufacturer:
“Go on a brand new adventure with Mario™ – battle Bowser™, and save the princess in the FINAL course! Featuring K’NEX’s all new jump disk and launcher that allow Mario to run and jump, like he does in the game. Build Mario and make your way through the entrance gate to Bowser’s Castle! Look out for Draglet™ – a battery-powered motor makes him a spinning danger at the entrance. Use the track slider to cross the pit, and jump up to collect the coins! Watch out for the Fireballs – you make them move by turning the white connector. Hurry past the spinning Fire Bars, and hit the mystery box – what did you get? Jump across the moving platforms, through the warp pipe and up the elevator platform to Bowser’s final hiding place! Use the jump launcher to knock him down! Save Princess Peach™, pop-up the goal flag and you’ve WON THE GAME! Combine your Bowser’s Castle building set with the rest of the K’NEX Super Mario™ building set line to take Mario on an even BIGGER adventure! For ages 8+. Suggested retail price is $99.99. Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us.”