The Super Mario Bros. Movie & Top Ten Appropriated Super Mario Bros Toys on TOYSREVIL



From #Illumination and #Nintendo comes a new animated film based on the world of Super Mario Bros. Released today is the first TEASER TRAILER (watch below)! The "Super Mario Bros. Movie" will be released in North America on April 7, 2023 and in Japan on April 27, 2023.



Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (collaborators on Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies) from a screenplay by Matthew Fogel (The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Illuminations’s Minions: The Rise of Gru), the film stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.

The film is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo. The film will be co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo and released worldwide by Universal Pictures. #supermariomovie



Cue the TOYS - both licensed and appropriated! No wait, they ALREADY EXIST? "Business as Usual", then...! Here are my TOP TEN PICKS for TOP APPROPRIATED SUPER MARIO BROS TOY



DISCLAIMER #1: ALL CHOICES featured here are based off FEATURES on the TOYSREVIL-blog, with links back to the original blogpost(s). Select originators are tagged to theoir Instagram accounts, cheers.

DISCLAIMER #2: TOYSREVIL Do Not Retail/Sell any of the items featurd/listed here, nor do I have any idea where to pourchase these now! Do check in with your fav etailers and sources for availability thanks!

#10 TOP APPROPRIATED SUPER MARIO BROS TOY"
>>> "MARIO GRIN" BY RON ENGLISH!



I first featured the MARIO X GRIN by Ron English (at New York Toy Fair 2015), which showed a straight-up Mario with Ron's iconic GRIN, and subsequently released by MINDstyle as a production vinyl ... and I even have Jon-Paul Kaiser customising one too (Check out the one-of-a-kind piece featured here on TOYSREVIL)







#9 TOP APPROPRIATED SUPER MARIO BROS TOY"
>>> "DARUMARIO" BY JUCE GACE!



Mario manifests on the face of a "Daruma", with this 2019 VINYL-release from @juce_gace X Mighty Jaxx (whom had also made another SMB-themed release with "MANEKI-DINO" in Green and Red). Always down to see familiar faces on different forms - Hey that's how "appropriation" works, innit? :)





#8 TOP APPROPRIATED SUPER MARIO BROS TOY"
>>> "AKASHI" BY DAVE BONDI



The first incarnation of "AKASHI" by @davebondiart was first released in 2008 (above), and available in three colorways, before a re-sculpted (in Zbrush and 3dsMax) and (rotocast) VINYL-made "AKASHI 5YL" was first released in 2014, followed by more colorways (seen below) FTW! Mickey Meets Mario! Gottan love it when "Appropriation" also means "MASH-UPS"!







#7 TOP APPROPRIATED SUPER MARIO BROS TOY"
>>> "MARIO PUÉMAPE" BY CAMOTE TOYS



With inspirations evoked of shamans of Cupisnique culture (located in Peru), as well as the Tlatilco cultures in Mexico and Chorrera in Ecuador, Denis Paradis of @camote.toys sculpted and resin casted the "MARIO PUÉMAPE", released in 2020, limited to only 10pcs! CLICK THRU for more of CAMOTE TOYS's toy-art on TOYSREVIL!





#6 TOP APPROPRIATED SUPER MARIO BROS TOY"
>>> "ZOMBIE MARIO" BY LUAISO LOPEZ



Designed by @luaiso_lopez and produced in vinyl by @pobbertoys, the 11" Resin Art Sculpture was revealed in 2018! Dude's gonna be looking for mushrooms to munch on...! Who doesn't love a good zombie?





#5 TOP APPROPRIATED SUPER MARIO BROS TOY"
>>> "SUPER CRASH BRO" FROM JOSH DIVINE!



You don't need to just show Mario's FACE and MOUSTACHE to evoke the iconology, and in this particular case done humorously with "SUPER CRASH BRO" from @joshdivinestudio, where a simple slip will turn your world upside down!

Seen above is the original colorway, while there've since been multiple colorway releases for this sized 9-inch tall vinyl figure (as produced by @strangecattoys).



And similar to Josh's other pop culture icon in a "oops-fall-flat-in-my-face"-concept with ASTRO CRASH and POPEYE CRASH, there's a "surprise" facing the floor...!







#4 TOP APPROPRIATED SUPER MARIO BROS TOY"
>>> "SUPER METAL MARIO" FROM I BREAK TOYS!



Mario as a connoisseur of "Heavy Metal" music by Lisa Rae Hansen AKA UK-based @ibreaktoys was first borne as a RESIN release for DesignerCon 2016 (Check out blister carded packaging seen below), and was subsequently followed by a GREY colorway (released for ToyConUK that year)! Loving the evolved handlebar moustache! ROCK-ON!




#3 TOP APPROPRIATED SUPER MARIO BROS TOY"
>>> "ONE PEACH : ONE LOVE" FROM FAT LANE TOYS!



Mashing up Super Mario with One Piece resulted in this PVC + Resin release (Featured on TOYSREVIL in 2021), in three distinct pieces (25cm tall Pirate / 15cm tall Treasure Chest / 35cm tall Flag) from @fatlane17 (CLICK HERE to view other FAT LANE TOYS products featured on TOYSREVIL).







#2 TOP APPROPRIATED SUPER MARIO BROS TOY"
>>> "MAKIRA" & "KOOBALA" FROM BID TOYS!



So I've decides to split #2 between two appropriated releases but both by the same folks, in this case: BID TOYS, starting with the above featured "MAKIRA" (Mario X Akira)! Appropriating the classic "AKIRA" anime, Mario is now "Kaneda" atop his infamous bike (check the detail of the bike hood character ornament :p). I certainly love me sum pop culture mash-ups...!



"MAKIRA" was released in 2020, and donned the helmet of Kamen Rider for "HERO-M" in 2022!




The second part of this rank goes to "KOOBALA", which is a mash-up of BOWSER X GODZILLA, and had been released in a trio of guises, alongside a MARIO X ULTRMAN: MA-NULTRA VS KOOBALA (2020), DARK MA-NULTRA VS KOOBALA CRIMSON MODE (2020), and standalone MECHA KOOBALA (2021)!







#1 TOP APPROPRIATED SUPER MARIO BROS TOY"
>>> "SUPER PROFESSIONAL" BY FOOLS PARADISE!




SUPER MARIO BROS X LEON THE PROFESSIONAL = "SUPER PROFESSIONAL" by Hong Kong based toy brand Fools Paradise, with this first released in 2018, and subsequently continued forth with Mario's guise appropriated into numerous film and television themed releases, including;

Fools Paradise Does Super Mario Bros


Squid Game, John Wick, Forrest Gump, Total Recall, Pulp Fiction, and celebrities such as Andy Warhol ... not to mention versions of "Super Professional", including SUPER PROFESSIONAL 3 with a "familiar guest"...!









And while I have decided on the above rankings based on the closest iconological depiction of Mario, the COLOURS of the video game character(s) are oft used to showcase the connection, including @quiccs' TEQ63 and SUPER NANOBROS ... and even sub-characters, with this particular case of @diko_art's "FAMILIAR MEATUS" resin releases in 2014 (WHAT ARE / About the TOYSREVIL Edition)!



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