The Super Mario Brothers, Mario and Luigi are one of the most recognizable and lasting characters and franchises of the Nintendo company. Since their 8 bit days to today’s high graphics platforms and different gaming genres they have been a part of it, the short pudgy plumber, his reed thin green jumpsuit clad brother, the ever pink gown wearing princess, the mushrooms that aid them and the whole slew of cast members have been seen in racing games, adventure games and even in toy stores all over the world. The fans of the game have ages ranging from high definition display bred tweens to more seasoned and old school 30 something’s that remember the days when Mario was not to be found and King Koopah can be beaten with the A and B buttons and a four way control pad.
In fact, the franchise has been so successful that Mario toys can now be found in many shapes, sizes and ages that it can be confounding. The subculture and cult following that these types of games have gained have now generated into collecting memorabilia, games, consoles to play all the games in, and toys that are all about Super Mario. For discerning fans, though, current Mario toys do not hold much weight against late 80’s to early 90’s originals which were Mario toys that were only made and sold in Japan and its neighboring countries. Before Mario went stateside, he was first seen as simple, five jointed figurines side by side with sonic figures in Japanese toy stores. These classic Mario toys are now very rare and have huge price tags as the number of people collecting them has risen steadily with the perseverance and continued fame of the Nintendo franchise.
But what can you get when you collect these kinds of toys? Rarely do people go into this hobby with the prospect of making money. Sure, you can make a pretty penny if you know how to wheel and deal, but there are so many easier and faster ways to make dough. Rarely do they collect these Mario toys to play with, as many of these toys do not even experience the air outside from their original packaging. What you do get when you collect these collectibles is a sense of ownership and fulfillment as a real passion for the Super Mario universe. Other niche collectibles like Star Wars or Matrix memorabilia, stems from the profound way that the movie, game or series touches you and the community that shares this special passion for these kinds of memorabilia are usually close knit and exclusive, misunderstood by many. So there really is no specific list of things you get from this kind of hobby as the sense of fulfillment and joy is very personal to each collector.
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