I was playing Lego with my kids on a rainy day over the weekend when I decided to try out an idea I had been toying with for a while: making Super Mario Brothers characters out of Lego blocks.
I wasn’t sure how it would go, but its surprisingly easy to do if you have a massive pile of Lego bricks lying around. I just did a Google search for some 8 Bit Mario pixel art grids and then went to town recreating them in Lego.
I went with 2×2 Lego Bricks = 1 Pixel as a scale for Mario, the first one I did. The bricks aren’t quite square so it gives him a slightly chubbier appearance than normal, but its close enough. The Cheep Cheep and Goomba I did the same for.
Ice Climber was the last of the three and you’ll notice he looks a bit taller and skinnier than the Mario ones. That is because I went with 1×2 bricks = 1 pixel for him, mainly because I was running out of bricks by that point.
My son went crazy for these things, which made me really happy. Super Mario Bros and Ice Climber are his two favorite Famicom games. He’s been carrying them around everywhere with him, which gives me that “I did a good dad thing” feeling, which I really like. I also made a Yoshi for him, which was his favorite, but by the time I took these pictures it had been broken and put back together so many times it no longer really looks like Yoshi so I decided not to put him in the picture. Of these Mario is the least sturdy, his arms, nose and legs get knocked off real easily but unlike Yoshi its pretty easy to put him back together so he has survived nonetheless. Cheep Cheep originally had a more elaborate tail, which is long gone but the remaining bits are sturdy!
The one thing that sucks about Lego though is that pink bricks are hard to come by. I wanted to make a princess one for my daughter (who is absolutely mad for all things pink these days) but didn’t have any pink bricks to make that happen. D-oh!
Anyway, if you’ve got a combination of Kids at home + they like Mario or other video game characters + a ton of lego bricks handy, this is a pretty good project to keep them happy.