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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