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Mario Kart Wii Skids Out Of the Gaming World and Into Toys R Us Stores Nationwide and Online at Toysrus.com with Exclusive Construction Sets from K'Nex September 6, 2011

K'Nex Mario Kart Wii SetsOur pal Bob from Toys R Us sent us a press release and four images from the K'Nex Mario Kart Wii line, specifically, with four exclusive sets for the toy giant. The line has been out for a while, but it's been under the radar and it seems that the big marketing push is starting.

You can find the full press release below the images, and the sets include Bowser's Castle, Bowser vs. Fireballs, Mario and Yoshi at the Finish Line and the Mario vs. Delfino Oak Tree.

The sets are showing up in stores-- usually in the construction section-- but not always near the LEGO stuff. At some chains, they're about as far removed as they could be and still be in the boy's toy sections. Oh, plastic politics, you are fun to watch.

--Adam Pawlus

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...and here's the press release Toys R Us sent our way.

Mario Kart Wii Skids Out Of the Gaming World and Into Toys R Us Stores Nationwide and Online at Toysrus.com with Exclusive Construction Sets from K'Nex

Four Exclusive Track Sets Let Video Game Fans Reconstruct Classic Mario Kart Tracks

The colorful characters from Mario Kart Wii have left the confines of their video game world and entered the real one with new construction sets from K'Nex. Featuring classic Mario Kart characters, go-karts and motorcycles, gamers can reconstruct the excitement of this top video game franchise. Items available at Toys R Us stores nationwide include solo versions of Mario and Luigi on Standard Bikes or Standard Karts, track pieces that can be used to create any course and iconic rivalries that can be brought to living rooms such as Mario vs. Goombas Building Set, Luigi vs. Fire Cogs Building Set and more!

To celebrate the launch of this new line, Toys R Us is now offering four exclusive sets that recreate epic racetracks taken directly from the game. Available at Toys R Us stores nationwide, as well as online at Toysrus.com, each set features fan-favorite characters, such as Mario, Luigi, Bowser and Yoshi, riding in exclusive Karts. Now kids can build two areas from the Mario Circuit, as well as two different sections of Bowser's Castle. For off the track fun, racing fans will enjoy connecting different sets to design their own wacky course.

Mario Kart Wii construction sets available exclusively at Toys R Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com, include:

Mario Kart Wii Bowser's Castle Ultimate Building Set from K'Nex

Gamers can reconstruct a portion of Bower's multi-leveled castle from Mario Kart Wii with this 650 piece set. After connecting 26 pieces of double-wide track, fans race Mario in his Standard Kart, alongside Luigi in his Wild Wing Kart to avoid Thwomps, Fireballs and Podobo Cogs! The set also includes four collectible items that can help or hinder racers - a mushroom, green turtle shell, banana peel and Bullet Bill. 4 "AAA" batteries required (not included). Ages 6 years and up.

Mario Kart Bowser vs. Fireballs Building Set from K'Nex

This 122-piece set expands on Bowser's Castle by adding King Koopa - Bowser himself - to the track. Kids can construct Bowser, along with his Standard Kart before speeding through a fireball obstacle. Two collectible items from the game - Bullet Bill and a red turtle shell - add to the fun. 2 "AAA" batteries required (not included). Ages 6 years and up.

Mario Kart Mario and Yoshi at the Finish Line Building Set from K'Nex

Mario Kart enthusiasts can pretend they're racing towards a photo finish as Mario and Yoshi get ready to complete the Mario Circuit Track from Mario Kart Wii, each in their Wild Wing Karts. Using 317 pieces of track, builders can create a closed loop, complete with finish line sounds. Two collectible items from the game - Bullet Bill and a red turtle shell - can help prevent either Mario or Yoshi from finishing first. 4 "AAA" batteries required (not included). Ages 6 years and up.

Mario Kart Mario vs. Delfino Oak Tree Building Set from K'Nex

While zooming along the Mario Circuit, players have to get past the Delfino Oak Tree in this 139-piece construction set. This portion of the course comes with Mario, in his Sprinter Kart for an extra boost, as well as two collectible items from the game - a banana peel to trip Mario up and a mushroom, which grants extra speed. For even more fun, kids can add the Delfino Oak tree set to the Mario Circuit finish line for even more racing fun. 2 "AAA" batteries required (not included). Ages 6 years and up.

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