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Super Mario Hungry Hungry Hippos munch marbles

Move over, hippos, the Koopas are taking over. A toy hacker turned Hungry Hungry Hippos into a Mario-themed gaming extravaganza.

Mario Hungry Hungry Hippos
Who's hungry? Kodykoala

When you think of Super Mario, do you also think of insatiably ravenous semi-aquatic animals? No? You must not be Super Mario fan Kodykoala.

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Take a gander at the full set. (Click to enlarge.) Kodykoala

The custom toy crafter created a detailed and outlandish mashup of Hungry Hungry Hippos and Super Mario. The starving hippos are turned into Koopa Kids complete with pointy little shells on their backs. These minions of Bowser are from the "Mario Party" series.

According to Kodykoala, each hippo took 10 hours of tinkering and painting to complete. Even the base has hand-carved bricks to look more like the Super Mario world. The whole functioning set represents 50 hours of work. That's dedication to a dream.

Mario himself doesn't make an appearance, but who can blame him? It looks dangerous in there with those fanged Koopa Kids vying for marbles. Kodykoala will be offering the set for sale at El Paso Comic-Con on September 14.

Super Mario hippo
Stare into the hungry face of a Koopa Kid. Kodykoala

(Via Technabob)