Toy Chest Theater: Super Mario by Stan Q. Brick

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Is it a little late for a Christmas-themed post? Yes. Do I care? No. I couldn’t help myself with this one from Stan Q. Brick. I just love the idea of a miniature Mario using his fireball powers to light a yuletide candle around the holidays. The scene is also set very well with the out-of-focus tree in the background, and then the ornaments at Mario’s feet. What can I say? I couldn’t resist the charm of it all.

 Or perhaps I’m just secretly drawn to fire. Maybe I want that tree, and the whole damn scene, to burn to the ground…

Super Mario Christmas, Stanley Q. Brick

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Toy Chest Theater: Mario’s Dinosaur Chase

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Super Mario has been intrinsically linked with dinosaurs since Super Mario World in 1990. Wait, do Koopa Troopas count as dinosaurs? If so, then it goes back even further.

Either way, this mash-up of Super Mario Kart and a very angry-looking T-Rex is a perfect fit. The kicking up of the rubble under the cars gives the image a great sense of speed.

Our photographer, Mark Phillips, tipped his hat to Mitchel Wu for inspiration. I assume he’s talking about this image from Wu, which presents a very similar chase. Phillips did a nice job putting his own spin on the idea, though.

Mario Kart, Dinosaur, Mark Phillips

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Toy Chest Theater: Super Mario and the TMNT

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Trying out a new feature this week. “Toy Chest Theater” will spotlight some of the best toy photography out there. (I reserve the right to be subjective in my picks, of course.) Our inaugural edition features an image by James Gibbs of Harri.Hawk Toy Photography.

The premise here is, of course, a funny one. These six-foot tall Turtles are taken aback by these little men who happen to kick turtle shells around. But what really makes the image work is the way Leo is posed. The way I read it, he’s holding his brothers back, trying to keep them from rushing into a threatening scenario. And you know what? Maybe it is a threatening scenario. Those Mario Bros. have been known to throw friggin’ fireballs, after all. Not to mention those invincibility stars.

Either way, the image isn’t nearly as funny if the Turtles are battle-ready.

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