Lego Super Mario sets are available for purchase from Amazon

Kids can play the Mario Bros.  through levels they built with their own hands.

Mario and Luigi have their ups and downs with these Lego kits. (Photo: Lego/Nintendo)

Kids love video games, but let’s face it, we’d all like to see them break away from the screens and play with real toys that encourage imaginative play. Why not compromise with some interactive video game themed Lego sets that bring one of their favorite games, Super Mario Bros., to the real world? They can have fun building these sets and then use them to recreate their favorite scenes from the games. With enough bells and whistles (and LCD screens) to keep kids entertained, these Lego sets are a great mix of tactile and technical. In fact, several of them are on sale right now, so you can scoop them up ahead of the holiday rush.

Make Mario run, jump and dodge enemies IRL with this 231-piece starter pack.

Make Mario run, jump and dodge enemies IRL with this 231-piece starter pack. (Photo: Lego/Nintendo)

To get started, a child needs a starter kit. This one is wrapped in a few platforms; it comes with Mario, some enemies he can crush and, of course, a famous warp pipe! The small screen in Mario’s chest shows power-ups and makes the right sound to accompany each action, so it really feels like you’re playing the game in real life.

One dad says it’s “incredible,” “so cool,” and that he “would give it more stars if I could.” This customer gave it to their nephew, but “was pleasantly surprised to hear that the figure makes noise and even the eyes blink digitally.” This grandparent says it’s “well worth the money,” and right now you can grab it for just $48, a 20% discount off the usual $60 price.

Lego Luigi on a Lego course

Lego Luigi loves hitting those question mark blocks. (Photo: Lego/Nintendo)

But what if Mario isn’t a child’s favorite character? What if they are a younger sibling and identify more with Mario’s brother Luigi? Well, they can have their own starter set with the green-clad plumber. This one was released more recently, so it’s not always as cheap as the original sets, but game fans love it Luigi’s mansion will still be happy to check it out, especially when it retails for $48, instead of $60.

One parent liked the attention to detail: “Luigi is taller, his eyes are closer together, his mustache and hairline are a different shape, and he speaks differently from Mario,” while another customer says it “stays true to the quality and value that [Lego and Nintendo] have always demonstrated,” calling it a “home run.”

Mario and Yoshi at home

Mario feels completely at home in this cozy house. (Photo: Lego/Nintendo)

Once a child has one or two starter sets, they’ll want to expand their little LEGO plumber’s adventures and can pick up a set like this adorable house that comes with a hammock and Mario’s best friend, Yoshi! It’s now $24, 20% off the usual $30 price.

This shopper loves the set because “it’s so cute!” And this parent really liked the app because “it keeps track of your coins and has your little Lego Mario Land from the sets you have and you can also see other people’s jobs. Is it an extra step, absolutely, but I feel like Lego made sure you had to have the app so you can get the full Lego Mario experience […] my son loves it and I’m definitely getting more.”

Shy Guy and Boomer Bill Legos set out to take down Mario.

Can Mario escape the dangerous Boomer Bills? (Photo: Lego/Nintendo)

For a slightly more intense Super Mario adventure, add the evil Boomer Bill for Mario and/or Luigi to dodge, along with a mischievous Shy Guy to mix things up a bit!

This uncle bought it” for my nephew to add to his ever-growing Mario Legos he already owns. This was super easy for him to put together, yet fun. This looks great with his current set and helps him his fun and creativity.”

Mario jumps through the (Lego) air.

Mario can’t fly, but at least he can jump on clouds with this 484-piece interactive set. (Photo: Lego/Nintendo)

When kids have their heads in the clouds, meet them there with this Sky World Expansion Set, which puts a host of tough enemies in the path of our heroic plumber brothers. It will add hours of fun!

According to this grandparent, it’s an “easy set-up”, while this customer loves “the combination of the LEGO universe and the Nintendo world. More please.”

Sumo Bro on a tilting Lego tower.

Watch out below, Mario! (Photo: Lego/Nintendo)

Even fans of the badass Sumo Bro won’t feel left out, thanks to this tipsy tower set that lets kids take down their mighty foes by making Mario or Luigi jump the levers – which they build themselves, of course. There’s so much to do with each Mario set, and this particular challenge is now priced right at Lego Super Mario Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set, at 36% off.

One grandma who bought it says, “Toys are different these days – there are barcodes you can swipe while you play, and apps to download that this grandma knows nothing about, but thank goodness my son does! His son loved it nice.”

Kids can build their own level for Mario and Luigi.

With this colorful set, a child can design their own Super Mario Lego tracks. (Photo: Lego/Nintendo)

When your child is ready for a whole new level, it’s time to splurge on this big 366-piece set that lets kids design their own adventures for Mario and Luigi. If they are already a fan of games like Super Mario Creator, they’ll love physically snapping platforms into place, and you’ll love that they can play with siblings and friends.

This customer thinks it’s “great if you’re a Mario fan. You need a tablet with the app, but it guides you through the build and it’s a playable game that you can customize.” And one grandparent says their grandson “really enjoys pretending to be in the games with the sets.”

Mario can wear this yellow outfit to be a bee.

Mario will make a cute bee with this coverall and hat. (Photo: Lego/Nintendo)

Looking for some stocking stuffers? You can boost Mario or Luigi thanks to these affordable costumes that allow them to collect more coins as they traverse the courses your child has built, adding some extra charming sound effects. Have you ever wondered what Mario sounds like as a bee? You’ll find out with this $8 accessory for the basic starter sets!

Kids love it, and this customer’s child “likes being able to change Mario.” And one grandparent enthused: “I love how these Legos interact. I was amazed how they play the online game. My grandson loves them all.”

Lego raccoon dog power-up suit for Mario.

Lego Mario won’t fly, but he’ll still be a great raccoon dog in this snapper costume. (Photo: Lego/Nintendo)

One of Mario’s more famous costumes is the tanooki suit – it’s actually a raccoon dog, and in the video games, the outfit makes Mario fly. This Lego version doesn’t let you fly, but it does earn the plumber a few extra coins when he completes courses, and it’s super cute!

One savvy shopper gives this advice: “If you like Super Mario 3, this suit is a must. […] This is a great addition to the Mario collection and, of course, Mario doesn’t come for just $10. Only the $60 starter set does, and Mario is grayed out on all other sets to indicate he doesn’t come with the set. […] This set is great and it’s a great way to get a lot of coins.”

Mario, dressed as a frog, hops around.

Mario is a frog, ribbit ribbit. (Photo: Lego/Nintendo)

If your kid likes frogs, then this power-up is just for them! Not only does it provide Mario or Luigi with extra coins, but it also adds splashing sounds to their jumps. It’s great for kids who like to build water-themed jobs, and it even includes a few water and lily pad elements to get them started. And it has a 90% approval rating on Amazon – where you can get it for just $6.

There are multiple places where Mario can jump to activate this set.

Guide Mario through his toughest challenge yet in this LEGO kit! (Photo: LEGO/Nintendo)

Finally, if your child or grandchild is ready for an even bigger challenge, be sure to get this Reznor Knockdown Expansion Set that adds a whopping 862 pieces to their existing Super Mario LEGO lineup. It adds more characters such as a blue toad and two terrifying rhino-like enemies that the plumber must avoid.

It may seem daunting, but a grandparent bought it for their six-year-old grandson, who “built” this for his birthday. And it’s only $56, a 20% discount off the usual high price of $70.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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