Two competing pixelated Mario sets


One set of pixel straps comes from the Nihon Auto Toy company and features twelve different styles, where the set from UraraCube has nine rubber keychains. All have similar characters, but it is rare to see a stage castle/fort. Both are pretty expensive. The Nihon Auto Toy set is out now, while the UraraCube set is set for May.

Puppets and magnets for the next Mario cat plushes


Remember that flyer we showed with the cat puppets? San-ei Boeki obviously thought that was a great idea, because it's coming to fruition in early June! Along with the Mario puppet, four new cat plushes featuring magnets for gripping are coming at the same time. Sweet!

AmiAmi has all of these for pre-order.

Discuss in the forums.

New Kirby cushions

SK Japan keeps churning out quality Kirby merchandise. It's a bit of a cheap shot to the wallet when all they change between two pieces is the mouth . . . but that's Kirby merch! Check the back of the cushion after the break.

Return of Auction Crawler

Hey gang. I'll be posting a selection of our less rare auctions on here as often as I can, but there will most likely always be better or more rare auctions in our forum's "Auction of Interest" section. So sign up!
If I mention "bid", it means that there is a Buy It Now on the auction, which I abbreviate to "BIN". All prices are in Japanese yen, which is easily converted these days by moving two decimal places. So 3000yen ~ $30.00. Tends to change though, so I'd convert if you're really interested. Check our FAQ for info on how to bid. Good luck!
If you'd like to help or add to the Auction Crawler, send an email via the contact form or a PM in the forums. Thanks!


Here are selections for this week. Mostly Mario, but I tend to check several characters out.

Luigi's Mansion pillows - 3000yen, 5 days
Boss Coffee Mario Racers - (not the figures), 1200yen, 2 days.
Mario hat bottle cap toppers - 1580yen bid, 1738yen BIN, 6 hours - will most likely restart
Famicans keychains - 900yen bid, 1200yen BIN, 1 day.
Famicans mini figures - 1200yen bid, 1500yen BIN, < 12 hours, but will reset.
Dr. Mario pill capsule - 200yen bid, 300 yen BIN, 5 days.
Standard set of Mario figures - Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi for around 1000yen each. Nice! 6 days.
Club Nintendo Mario Family Figures - 2500yen BIN, 5 days.
Kirby Triple Deluxe OST - 100yen bid, 2200yen BIN. 1 day.
Luigi's Mansion light ups - 1880yen bid, 2068yen BIN, 1 day.
Nintendo Controller History set of controllers - 880yen bid, 968yen BIN, 1 day.
Polterpup plush - 1000yen. 1 day.
Luigi's Mansion pocket watch set - 2800yen bid, 3500yen BIN, < 1 day, but will reset.
Scarfy plush - 380 yen, 4 days.
The only Snifit figure in existence - from SMW2:YI. 500yen bid, 800yen BIN. 4 days.
Stress Mushrooms (Rare) - 750yen, 1 day.
Super Mario 64 Adventureland Playset - 2800 yen, 3 days.
Pikmin earphone pluggers - 1,848yen bid, 2217yen BIN, 1 day.
Mega Man Buster Projectors - 1408yen bid, 1,689yen BIN, 1 day.
Dragon Quest mini figures - 1595yen bid, 1,914yen BIN, 1 day.

USAopoly expands its Nintendo license

A new press release has confirmed several new items featuring Nintendo characters from USAopoly. A Monopoly version for both The Legend of Zelda and Pokemon will be released late August or early September for around $45 each (MSRP). Connect 4: Super Mario will cost $24.95 (MSRP) and is set for a spring 2014 release.

Thanks for the heads up xdarnokx!

Via Zelda Dungeon via PidgiPress.

New Mario Bath Towels

Let Mario, Bowser, and Boo dry your heiney off. 145cm × 700cm (57" x 31") each.

Bandai ups its game by adding more cats

Remember these? Apparently Bandai didn't think these were awesome enough so they decided to add four more cats to the set. Now, along with the magnets, you can get these little clings too. Maybe I'm slightly clairvoyant considering the title of the referenced link . . .
Yeah, no . . .
Another pic after the break.

Make your room smell like Peach, or plumbers . . . or Bowser?

Here's something you don't see every day. Hase Pro has made a fragrance collection based on Super Mario characters. Tough to sell fragrance over the internet anyway. People want to smell what they buy. Still, Peach may make sense, as princesses are supposed to smell good. However, I can't imagine Mario or Luigi smelling like a botanical garden, and Bowser? Maybe if you like the smell of burnt things, lava, and dragon scales. These are out now for around $10 each.

Found on Amazon.jp

Pikmin 3 chains

Finally, a set of figures containing all the new Pikmin figures. Only thing that would be better? If it had also contained Alph, Brittany, and Charlie. Oh well. Takara TOMY Arts presents the Pikmin as they always tend to come: with leaf, bud, and flower varieties. This time all five types from Pikmin 3 are represented, and they can all hook together like the Mario Kart item chains.
Hit the break to see the actual items.

Discuss in the forums

Mario Golf . . . bag

The detail that went into this exquisite bag is worth the 50,925 yen (around $500) that Enjoy Caddie Bag is asking. Stars on the zippers? Big Mario face? Custom logo? Mushroom buckle? Wow. Classy. Now, I need to take up golf . . . and find $500.

via Kotaku via NariNari.

Toy Fair 2014! The Video Gamer's guide


The American International Toy Fair opened in New York City yesterday, and there are plenty of things to get excited about, but most of it has been revealed before. We just got a better look at it. Hit the link to see the goods.

Yoshi's New Island 3DSXL Bundle Officially Unveiled & Another Monster Hunter 4 LE

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Set to release the same day as Yoshi's New Island (March 14th). So far only confirmed in Europe.

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This one is of course a Japanese exclusive, set for release on March 27th.

Gaming Heads Space Marine Plush brings plushy DOOM

$20 buys you the plush capable of destroying these plushes. This 11-inch hero is armed with his plasma gun and is available now at Gaming Heads.

Pick a badge, any badge, with Mega Man

Some simple badges are being made by Capcom for some Mega Man fun. Four badges in all are set to release in late March. They're asking around 500yen each, so I hope these badges are at least large, because that's a lot to ask for a badge.

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Nendoroid Snake is the cutest little tactical stealth operative you'll ever see

Quite the surprise at Wonder Festival 2014 is this Nendoroid announcement about Solid Snake. No other details, of course . . . but he's coming!

via Tomopop

New Nintendo Figmas mean life will get better soon

This image, coming out of the twitterverse from Wonder Festival, shows that another Link Figma is in the works based on his appearance in Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds. Also in the pic is a Zero Suit Samus Figma, and a Cordelia figure from Fire Emblem. That is a lot to take in. Hopefully, for our wallet's sake, all three will not release at the same time! Which one are you most excited for? Ring in on the forums.

Thanks to Lalam and Legend!

Discuss on the forums:
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Super Mario World Jump & Seesaw Games

Jump, man!

Set to ship in May. You can preorder a complete set of 6 here.

If you have any clue what these are / do, be sure to tell us in the forums.

Super Mario 3D World item keychains

Bandai is introducing a set of keychains featuring the items from Super Mario 3D World. Well . . . some of them. Where is the Double Cherry? Seems like a tremendous oversight, or maybe it's setting up a second set? Oh well, at least the bell will ring when you shake it. I mean, how could it not?

via NCSX

New Starman light lets you collect a star the easy way

Taito really like to light up your rooms the Mario way, previously making some Boo lights. Totally called this in that last article by the way . . .
Now, they have moved on to a popular item, the Super Star, or, as I know it, Starman.
Very similar to the older Starman light from Banpresto, but much easier to attain . . . for now.