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joe_of_war
08-06-2011, 04:59 PM
3 " Super Mario in Raccoon Costume with Koopa Shell
ACTION PICS AT END OF POST LOL

One of my favorite video game series of all time - like countless other gamers - is Super Mario Bros. And out of those games, I must have played a thousand hours of Mario Bros. 3! In this game, you could find outfits for Mario to wear that gave him special powers. This custom is based on the incredibly awesome raccoon costume from Mario Bros. 3, and helped Mario to fly!!!

A pretty basic cartoony paint job for Mario on this custom. I also wanted him to have a detachable raccoon tail in case he had to be stored in a tight space. To achieve this I used 2 rare earth magnets and a Dremel. First I dremeled a 1/4" wide, but 1/8" shallow hole on Mario's backside. Next I sculpted the tail with Aves Apoxie and embedded one magnet into the end of the tail. By the way while I was sculpting the tail I hung it by magnets from my metal lamp to not leave fingerprints on it when it dried - yeah that was fun. After that I glued the second magnet into the hole I dremeled, and WHAM - removable tail!

Mario uses so many things in his game environment, so I thought it would be fun to give him at least one accessory! I used a spare Vinylmation head to make this turtle (koopa) shell. I sculpted a ridge around the head to look like the shells in the game. I painted half of the shell red and the other half green to represent a few of the different koopa shells you encounter. The ears I painted a sky blue. On the bottom of the shell I painted arm, head, and tail holes. Also painted some eyes to make it look like the koopa was ducked in his shell scared. Left the neck hole unfilled in case I want an interchangeable Mario head just for kicks!

The shorter version:
Mario's body - blank white Vinylmation
Mario's raccon tail and koopa shell ridge - Aves Apoxie
Koopa turtle shell - Pluto's Sweater Vinylmation head repainted
Rare earth magnets used for detachable raccoon tail

WORK IN PROGRESS PICS:
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/mariofacepencilwip.jpg

Yeah that's the sculpted tail hanging from my lamp lol
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/mariotailwip.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/mariotailwip2.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/marioshellwip.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/marioshellwip2.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/marioshellwip3.jpg

Finished Mario in Raccoon costume with koopa shell accessory:
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario1wlogo.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario3.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario4.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario5.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario6.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario7.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario18.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario8.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario9.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario10.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario11.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario12.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario13.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario14.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario15.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/MarioShell1.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/MarioShell2.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/MarioShell3.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/MarioShell4.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario16.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario17.jpg

Mario, whatcha got there? A to-be completed accessory you say??
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp19/joe_of_war/Mario19.jpg

Ticklyvinylmonkee
08-06-2011, 05:05 PM
Awesome job! Raccoon suit was always my favorite one. I really like the detachable tail. The koopa shell is very cute with those beady little eyes staring out.

Mr. 9 Inch
08-06-2011, 05:14 PM
Awesome!

acxus921
08-06-2011, 05:16 PM
awesome Mario!!! nice detail..

HawkeyeVinyl
08-06-2011, 05:29 PM
Haha this is fantastic, love it!

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Qsk50
08-06-2011, 05:35 PM
You did an amazing job :clap:

choanata
08-06-2011, 07:04 PM
I love it! It works so amazingly well as a vinyl, and the execution is perfect! Now if I remember correctly, Tanooki Suit Mario also turned into an impervious statue when you pressed down and the b button or something like that. Any chance of making the statue mario? And I love the accessory too, Bob-Bomb!

zero4073
08-06-2011, 07:09 PM
Love em!

joe_of_war
08-06-2011, 07:21 PM
I love it! It works so amazingly well as a vinyl, and the execution is perfect! Now if I remember correctly, Tanooki Suit Mario also turned into an impervious statue when you pressed down and the b button or something like that. Any chance of making the statue mario? And I love the accessory too, Bob-Bomb!

Thanks so much for the kind words everyone!!! The statue is a maybe lol. I think first might be other suits such as the frog suit. You got it choanata, that's a sculpted Bob-Omb. I'm sure I'll have made a handful of accessories by the time the next Mario is complete.

choanata
08-06-2011, 07:55 PM
Oh yeah, Frog Suit will translate really well! Can't wait to see!

crazybones27
08-06-2011, 08:01 PM
That is seriously AWESOME!!!!!

bashful
08-06-2011, 08:01 PM
Omg epic want!!!!!

JTChief82
08-06-2011, 08:01 PM
Awesome:thumbsup:

CRAZY_AMOEBA
08-06-2011, 08:04 PM
Totally old school...the memories. I remember I had a penny stuck in my nintendo and was never able to get it out. Very awesome vinyl!

lintman
08-06-2011, 09:22 PM
Awesome! It looks great. The paint looks incredible and all your sculpted items turned out spectacular.

Lost Obsessive
08-07-2011, 05:46 AM
I've never really paid a great deal of attention on Customs and have always said I wouldn't want one in my collection but I would make an exception for this. It looks amazing, it looks official! Great job! http://eurobattle.net/images/smilies/banana-mario.gif

swtkatydid7
08-07-2011, 11:15 AM
Wow, impressive! You did a wonderful job on these customs. I love Mario and how fresh he looks, especially his face and how you added his raccoon tail. TERRIFIC JOB!! =)

Kelpich
08-07-2011, 11:23 AM
WOw that is incredible!

Vinyl~lover
08-07-2011, 01:48 PM
Joe_of_war i really like this one! I love how the tail is detachable. My little brother likes it too:lol:

TrEX214
08-07-2011, 10:06 PM
You have awesome work. I grew up playing Mario. . . I should start saving some money to commission some of your work. marios, accessories, and maybe even a 9" bowser for him to battle.

Steph
08-08-2011, 02:55 AM
That's really awesome! Great job on the face. I really like how smooth your paint is also. I can't wait to see frog Mario!

joe_of_war
08-08-2011, 07:56 AM
Thanks so much everyone! Glad you all like the Raccoon Mario custom (costume)! Frog Suit Mario will be finished in I dunno, a day or so. Will post him when done!

estrattman
08-08-2011, 10:13 AM
I absolutely love this. Love Mario!

NeutralNovice
08-08-2011, 10:23 AM
Oh man, this totally brings me back! I absolutely LOVE Mario! That Koopa shell is amazing!