At it's core it's a normal light metal TV or lap Tray. When the legs are extended it's roughly 4" tall and measures probably 16" across*. At the time a TV tray was a perfectly reasonable piece of merchandise and something most homes had in the 80's so it was normal thing for Nintendo to market. What wasn't normal is to find an a drug addled artist to put an even more incoherent spin on the already clearly drug influenced world of the mushroom kingdom.
There's a lot of especially crazy stuff going on. That's not even taking into account the things you just accept about the mushroom kingdom, like mushrooms reading in the living room and stars making phone calls. There's honestly so much, I'm not sure I can't properly even mock it all, but that won't stop me from trying:
Television screen seemingly made of paper, and while looking at that note that one of Bowser's claws in backwards.
- Luigi coming from Doorway quite possibly designed by a drunk MC Escher.
- Barber Pole in what should be a plumbing shop
- Phonebooth inside house (or whatever sort of dwelling this can be called)
- Lamp screaming (this is unfortunately very hard to see in my picture, but I assure you it's happening)
- Toad, just look at toad. He's um...phallic.
- And that thing on the wall that looks sort of like a muffin or a hair comb? That's half of a woman's face with fringe on the bottom. Seriously.
In spite of all the awful there are some things about I consider good:
- Old, Italian Stereotype Mario and Luigi. I know it's insensitive, but I love how ridiculous and inappropriate their old designs are.
- The NES Advantage, sure it's drawn inaccurately, but how often do you see something other than your standard NES control in merchandise?
- The goomba. Look at him over there with his hands he shouldn't have peering in the window, adorable.
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