Life-size Mario seeks a new home
When he's not starring in video games, Mario moonlights as one of the greatest game room decorations of all time.
No game room is complete without a pinnacle piece, and perhaps this near life-size Mario could be the perfect attention-getter -- and/or nightmare inducer for small children.
But obtaining a nearly 5-foot-tall homage to the world's most famous Italian plumber might be tougher than beating Bowser with only one life left. This giant Mario, available through Dream Shop in Japan, costs a whopping 285,000 yen ($2,900) plus shipping. Hopefully you've been saving up all those gold coins collected over the years.
Fortunately, it seems like this version of Mario might be a little more durable than the video game iteration, as this figure is made of fibre-reinforced plastic. That sort of material will likely resist any curious youths knocking into everything like a turtle shell.
The giant plumber stands 2.4 feet wide and 2.1 feet deep, but that leaves me wondering if they considered the depth of his tummy; that figure might be off since Mario's mushroom and pasta addiction has enlarged his breadbasket considerably.