It might have taken a while (a year to the day, in fact) for Luigi to catch up with his brother, but come August 1 you'll be able to have a proper fraternal reunion in bricky blocky form. Yes, LEGO Luigi is on the way as part of the new LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Luigi Starter Course set scheduled for release at the start of August.
LEGO Luigi is interactive in much the same way as his brother, with a tiny LCD screens powered by two AAA batteries that react to movement, colour and certain special bricks. His eyes, mouth and belly react to these inputs and a tiny speaker in the figure adds trademark sounds and musical phrases from the series.
Luigi's phrases are unique to him, of course, and his Starter Set comes with new characters, including a Pink Yoshi and a showdown with Boom Boom. Luigi can also interact with all the other available LEGO Super Mario sets, so you don't have to worry about compatibility (you can find out more about how they came to be in our interview with the project's lead designer).
We've scoured the web and tracked down the best options for the LEGO Luigi Starter Set in the UK and US. We'll update this article with more options and bundles as we find them, so be sure to check back.
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Pre-order LEGO Luigi in North America:
Right now we can only find LEGO Luigi up for pre-order from The LEGO Group itself, but we're on the lookout for more retailers, so be sure to check back for more deals.
Pre-order LEGO Luigi in the UK:
In the UK (and Europe, too), online retailer Zavvi has an exclusive LEGO Luigi starter set bundle available that comes not only with a natty free t-shirt, but also a bonus LEGO Fuzzy & Mushroom Platform Set. And the best part? The bundle is available for the same price as the set alone at other retailers. Get in! Or, as Luigi would say, er... "Get-a in!".
Can you resist putting down a pre-order on Luigi? Let us know below and don't forget to check back as we add the best offers when they pop up.