Donkey Kong will be officially introduced in Lego form for the first time in August, alongside Mario, in a collection of four sets. Lego’s Super Mario collection will boast sets from Donkey Kong Country that feature the beloved gorilla and his relatives. The sets include a treehouse that costs $60 and comes with Donkey Kong donning his trademark red DK tie around his neck, grandpa Cranky Kong, a hammock and some conga drums for the mischievous monkey to play. The biggest set in the collection is the $110 Diddy Kong’s Mine Cart Ride Expansion, which comes with six treacherous-looking track sections for the cart ride, a mechanic Funky Kong, and Donkey’s cap-wearing nephew Diddy as well as a Mole Miner enemy with hidden bananas. Dixie Kong’s Jungle Jam, which costs $27, puts Diddy’s girlfriend in the spotlight and Squawks the Parrot on vocals, while Rambi the Rhino costs $11 and features a Lego Super Mario figure on its back that makes a sound effect when it walks or charges into other bricks. Although crocodile King K. Rool from Donkey Kong Country does not currently have a set, Lego continues to expand its collection, which last week added Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog.
The Nintendo Licence offers immense potential for Lego’s future products, with rumours circulating about a prototype Legend of Zelda set and plenty of nostalgic territory from the original Game Boy yet to be explored in brick form.