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Donkey Kong added to Lego Super Mario universe

Published on: 2nd May 2023

Donkey Kong is the newest addition to the Lego Super Mario franchise along with Cranky Kong, Diddy Kong, Funky Kong and Dixie Kong.

This is the first time the Nintendo characters have been made in Lego brick form. The four new products include Donkey Kong’s Tree House Expansion Set, Diddy Kong’s Mine Cart Ride Expansion Set, Dixie Kong’s Jungle Jam Expansion Set and Rambi the Rhino Expansion Set.

Simon Kent, design director at the Lego Group, said: “The excitement continues to grow for the Lego Super Mario franchise with yet another playful update. We’re welcoming the iconic Donkey Kong into the Lego Super Mario product line. We can’t wait to see how the four Expansion Sets inspire kids to discover the new wild and colourful jungle from the Donkey Kong universe, whether that’s hanging out in the tree house, riding a mine cart, jamming out with Dixie Kong or exploring with Rambi.”

Donkey Kong’s Tree House Expansion Set is for kids aged eight and over. They can use Lego Mario, Lego Luigi or Lego Peach figures to jump onto Donkey Kong’s back and explore the colourful tree house. There is a buildable TV and radio, plus an option to play the conga drums or visit Cranky Kong to earn digital coins. A secret compartment can be discovered, and there is also a hammock for Donkey Kong to rest in after his exploration.

Diddy Kong’s Mine Cart Ride Expansion Set is a 1,157-piece set featuring one of Donkey Kong’s most iconic locations and challenges. Diddy Kong can be placed in the mine cart to ride around the track. Users can flip the Snaggles out of the way, fix the broken section of track, defeat the Mole Miner and ‘explode’ the rock to reveal a bunch of bananas. Balloons can also be bought from Funky Kong’s airplane shop before flying the plane.

With Dixie Kong’s Jungle Jam Expansion Set, Mario, Lego Luigi or Lego Peach can take centre stage and perform with Dixie Kong and Squawks the parrot, all set in vibrant jungle surroundings.

In Rambi the Rhino Expansion Set the Super Mario figures can jump on Rambi’s back and ride into action. There are sound effects when Rambi walks, charges into the included stackable rock elements or makes other movements.

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