Forget the charity that teaches orphans how to weld the metals they can't afford and immediately give all your extra money to Epic Mario, a Kickstarter project from a PDX-based LEGO maniac who makes Zack look like some kid who played with Duplos, and's seeking to do a scale recreation of famed level 1-1. Contributors will actually get to help piece the thing together, while other rewards range up to a 42"x83" panel from the finished piece once it's disassembled.
Some quick facts you need to know before pawning your Scion:
The six-by-90-foot mosaic will be comprised of 780000 LEGO studs. (most people don't realize there's that many totally hunky dudes who love LEGOs.)
Multiple Marios will progress through the landscape in various states of mushroom-induced sizes, with blocks broken, enemies slain, and fireworks at the flagpole finish.
The first stop once it's done will be the Bricks Cascade LEGO convention, and after that, definitely also somewhere else where there are no girls to work your pipe.
The artist estimates that he's played Super Mario Bros. 500-600 times in his lifetime (which might almost seem low?), and project-completion time's estimated at 200-300hrs.
Will it include that pipe-accessible coin room? That's a secret he refuses to divulge, even if you send him adorable photos of big-eyed orphans whose lives are so tough, they can't even weld a plate for their non-food.
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