Video Game Crafts ‘N Gear #49: Gears/Halo Pendants, Epic Pokemon Posters, Mechanical Donkey Kong

[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!]

Gears/Halo Pendants

If you’re an Xbox 360 owner, you might have heard about these two revolutionary shooter franchises: Gears of War and Halo. You might also be a huge fan of at least one of them, and if so you’ll know better than anyone how awesome those in-game weapons are. Well, time to take those Lancers, Hammerbursts, Plasma Pistols and Energy Swords out of the game, and hang em around your neck with nerd pride!

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, the Gears of War pendants seem to be no longer available, as creator Donald James has since moved from his Etsy store to his own website. The good news is that the Halo pendants are up for sale on his website for $20 each (you can choose which one you want). With the website currently undergoing construction, it’s possible that the Gears pendants may re-appear. Either way, keep your eyes on the store, as there are a ton of other cool pendants to browse through, like themed ones from Zelda, Portal and more.

Epic Pokemon Posters

Marinko Milosevski, master of making epic fake movie posters out of the best that geek culture has to offer, has blown me away yet again with his recent efforts on the Pokemon series. Going back to fan favourites  Red and Blue, his posters are essentially and ingeniously two seperate posters that comprise as one. There is even a Red and Green version, paying tribute to the original Japanese games.

The best of the original 150 roster of beasts are all here, as well as the sinister Team Rocket and Giovanni overshadowing the world with their evil presence. Take a look at both versions below, with close-ups of each half. You can even buy your own prints at Marinko’s shop for $35!

Mechanical Donkey Kong

As one of the most influential games in history, and the game that arguably launched Nintendo into mainstream success, there have been many great tributes to arcade classic Donkey Kong. This recent project by msraynsford is just one more.

He has built a mechanical construction that faithfully recreates the iconic gameplay with laser-cut machinery and marbles. The balls constantly roll and act as the game’s barrels, while the player controls a mechanical Mario and jumps over them. As a special bonus, the creator has also made it so that the machine responds to the inputs of a NES controller. While already impressive, the machine is actually still only in its early stages, with Raynsford noting that this is only “V1”. You can head over to his blog for more detailed information and how it is built and the materials used.


To check out last week’s featured Crafts ‘N Gear, here’s the link for #48: Mario Nursery, Wii Beast, LEGO Arkham Asylum. You can find all our back articles here.

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