Thursday, January 26, 2012

More Famicom Stuff: Super Mario Bros Stage Figures

Another day another post about some Famicom stuff I recently acquired.

I found a set of these the other day at Mandarake. Super Mario Bros stage figures they are called. The pictures speak for themselves, basically they are just little scenes from various levels of Super Mario Bros.
The figures, via the wonders of magnetic technology, can be repositioned wherever you want them. I`d like to say that this significantly enhances their appeal, but it doesn`t. Moving a maximum of two figures around on a 10cm by 10cm piece of plastic is an activity that gets old real quick. Unless, you know, you are into that sort of thing.

To each his own.

I do like these though. Generally I don`t like faux retro stuff, but these ones I like. They capture the 8-bit look quite well and remind me a lot of the Pepsi bottle caps with Mario figures that I have.

I have five of them, which is a good number as there are five rows on my favorite Famicom cart shelf so they fit rather well atop that:
Hammer time. I`m sorry, its the wittiest thing I could think of to say about this one:
I do like the boxes they came in too. They are a pretty faithful recreation of the Super Mario Bros Famicom box:
Their best feature though is their portability. As they are pocket sized you can take them with you wherever you go for hours of entertainment moving the two plastic figures around on that 10 by 10 board (again - assuming you are into that sort of thing).

At the train station:
At the bus stop:
Whilst shopping for bananas:
Or picking up a six pack:
Its the perfect gift for the modern woman on the go. Or for the modern man on the go for that matter. Again, assuming they are into that sort of thing.

Related Posts:
-Super Mario Bros Bottle Caps


  1. Very cool blog!

    Any tips for finding a cheap famicom?

  2. I remember seeing these for sale a few years ago on Play-Asia. Very cool thing to put on top of your collection. I think it looks very nice there!

  3. ThePanman - thanks. I might be able to hook you up, send me an email to famicomblog (at mark)

    Mark - thanks, I think so too:) I did a little search out of curiosity and it seems they can be purchased at a few places relatively cheap.

  4. Oh, I love these! I especially like how you use them to top off your stacks of Famicom carts. :) For once, I'm glad I don't live in Japan, BTW. It's easy enough to resist such things when you're snooping around, etc., but I'd be unable to resist their charms in person.

  5. Thanks Bryan!

    Yeah, if I had seen these online I wouldn`t have bought them. But when I saw them at Mandarake in person I just HAD to have them;)

  6. Haha, I love your 'taking Famicom stuff around town' posts! :) They are great looking things too and they look fantastic on your game shelf. Great buys! :)

  7. Thanks, Simon!! I love doing those posts, if I had unlimited free time and nice weather I think I would do one every day!!