My kids are really getting into Mario stuff since I introduced them to the Famicom a couple weeks ago. The characters have gone from zero to the top of their "childhood fascination" list at break neck speed, displacing Pokemons who were briefly at the top of that list until the beginning of this month.
(Side Note: our state of emergency was lifted, so shops are open again. Japan has gotten off very lightly with Covid 19 so far)
These were originally released back in 2008 in connection with Mario Kart Wii. On a side note, its kind of weird but that means they are about as old as this blog is, so stuff that would have been "new" when I started this thing have now moved into "retro" territory. I've come full circle!
here, while the ones shaped like Karts are from this set here. According to the articles I've read these were not sold in stores but rather given out as prizes (I didn't play Wii back then so I wasn't paying attention to this sort of stuff). I don't quite have either set complete, though I have at least one of each character. Oddly, neither set included a Luigi for some reason.