Video Game Crafts ‘N Gear #48: Mario Nursery, Wii Beast, LEGO Arkham Asylum

[Welcome again to Video Game Crafts ‘N Gear! This is a weekly feature wherein I shine the spotlight on three of the best custom-made, video game-inspired projects I’ve come across this week. Whatever the game and whether it’s art, crafts, toys, cosplay, animations or anything creative, if it’s awesome enough I’ll share with you wonderful readers!]

Mario Nursery

Kick-ass parents Jeffery and Ashley Craddock designed this Mario-themed nursery room for their little baby. I’ll just give you a little time for this to sink in: an infant probably has a cooler room than you. Characters from Paper Mario adorn the walls, while Mario plushes and cushions line the shelves. There are ? Blocks you can open up as small cupboards, and is that a Bob-omb lamp? There’s an even a big “R” on the flagpole, for baby Riley. Aww!

Wii Beast

I always like to take the opportunity to occasionally include something a little different on this weekly feature, and this odd creation fits that bill perfectly. This is a robotic beast made of Wii hardware. Wii U GamePads, Balance Boards, Wii Wheels, Wii Zappers, Classic Controllers.. all combined into something genius. Note the Nunchuks used as the creature’s toes–not only an indication of the detail put into this, but that should also give you an idea of the size of this thing. NeoGAF user Khrno spotted this strange yet wonderful statue at British department store Peter Jones. It seems even more impressive when you consider that a simple store went out of their way to create this display just for the viewing pleasure of their customers. Or perhaps they’re working on creating a real life Bladewolf from Revengeance in order to plot world domination? Either way, I’m glad this exists.

LEGO Arkham Asylum

LEGO bricks have the potential to make many amazing things. In fact, I’m convinced that there is nothing that can’t be done with those simple, coloured plastic pieces. Thorsten Bonsch dedicated an entire year into making this glorious construction of Arkham Asylum. It’s clear that that time was well spent in adding the detail to this rendering, with the searchlight on the roof, the vehicles outside and the bloom of plantlife spreading out from Poison Ivy’s cell. This isn’t the extent of Bonsch’s efforts, however; he even made a huge and highly detailed making-of book with a whopping 82 pages, which you can download for free here from Hotfile. That’s right: you can make your LEGO version of Gotham’s home for the criminally insane!

To check out last week’s featured Crafts ‘N Gear, here’s the link for #47: The Pokemon Pumpkin Halloween Special!. You can find all our back episodes here.

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