18 October 2011

Gifts for my nephew

     My nephew is a huge fan of all things Mario, and had a nice collection of plush figures started.  For his birthday a month or two ago I was told he'd like to add to his collection.  Ever the obliging uncle I took to Amazon and acquired his desires.  What follows are the reviews for each of the items that I purchased, all of which he was beside himself with joy to receive:


How long one searches for that perfect steed that will eat your bad guys like so many dried out leftovers and render them into eggs to aid in your quest. How one longs for that perfect blend of dinosaur, horse, and well, it's Yoshi!

Yoshi seems fairly well put together, and my nephew certainly did enjoy receiving him as a birthday gift. I kept the doll in plastic to keep it clean, but did handle it through the clear plastic bag in which it was contained. He appears to be sturdily constructed and there doesn't appear to be much of a choking hazard, but caution is always indicated with such toys.

He was a welcome addition to the collection, and will likely be a welcome addition to yours.

Nintendo Yoshi on Amazon.com

Luigi, eternally in the shadow of his brother's fame

Ma and pop weren't planning to have me at first, but my brother Mario needed someone to share his playtime with, a second player if you will. And so I was born to the green, tall and thin, ever the juxtaposition to my brother and his own crimson garb. We share a love for mustaches, overalls, plumbing, and beating the snot out of mythical creatures who somehow always manage to capture our Princess. You think bein' the hero is hard? Try bein' the hero's second banana. Lemme tell ya, Plungers to pasta, it seems like everything I ever had was a hand-me-down from Mario. But I love my brother. He's always good for a few gold coins when you need them, capisce?

Luigi will be good in an older kid's collection, or as a display piece for the grown-up Mario afficionado. The younger child (or adult, you know who you are) who has to put everything into his mouth would not be a good recipient of Luigi, since one could easily aspirate or ingest that fine felt mustache he sports. If you get or receive it for a younger kid, maybe put it on the question-box shelf you know you have in the kid's room. When he's old enough to knock Luigi down, then he's old enough to have him.

Nintendo Luigi on Amazon.com

The Right Castle

We searched low, we searched high. We found Toadstool along the way, my brother and I did. We gained and lost super powers at the hands of blocks and Goombas more time than I care to recount; but we were on a mission. No brick would go unsmashed, no flag unlowered until we found Princess Peach. We would tear down every last stone of the evil Koopa's empire in search of Our Fair Monarch. The King Koopa, Bowser himself, would be made to pay for this offront.
And so we found Peach not in a Koopa castle, but on Amazon. For sale. Thus was her liberty purchased, and she was delivered back to us.
We gave her to our nephew for his 11th birthday, secreting her under Luigi and Yoshi (purchased elsewhere, look for my reviews). He was thrilled to receive her as a gift, the prefect compliment to his growing collection of Mario-themed toys.
We'd recommend her for a mature 4 year old, or an immature 6 year old. There are bits and pieces of her that we can see coming off if tugged by little hands and easily ingested / aspirated. 

Super Mario Plush - 8" Princess Peach on Amazon.com

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