New Toys: Marianna Reviews Her New Bowser Plush

Since I got a nintendo Wii (mainly to play Gamecube games, since to buy a second hand wii was £9, but a second hand Gamecube is over £50) Marianna has been obsessed by The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario games. This has since been fuelled by introducing her to the Legend of Zelda, Sonic X and Super Mario Brothers cartoons, courtesy of Youtube.

So with that in mind I’ve slowly been getting her some plush toys from all of the above. (See her Zelda review here) So without further adieu, here is what Marianna thinks of her latest acquisition.


I don’t like his sharp teeth, I don’t like his sharp fingernails, they scram people, he eats people with his sharp teeth, When we play he captures the princesses, hes very soft and very cwthcy, his back is good, because his back spikes aren’t sharp. He’s a good toy, his white bit is good (on his shell) he’s fun to play with, I make his jump soooooo high, thats all. 


Marianna seems to like him as a toy, but can’t get over the fact that he’s meant to be a bad guy, that really doesn’t endear him to her. However as Bad Guys go in her little games, Bowser is definitely someone that she loves to hate.

Mario’s Most Underappreciated Bad Guy’s

When it comes to Mario’s villains, all you really think about is Bowser (or King Koopa as he used to be known), and possibly Wario before he became a sort of anti-hero in his own right. But what people often over look is the variety of really great and well thought out bad guys that plagued the Mushroom Kingdom, and lets be honest frustrated the crap out of many of us on our quest to save the princess.

Bullet Bill

Bullet Bill

Literally just a flying bullet that chased you across the landscape, but how many times were you caught out trying to jump on this things head only to miscalculate and then die?

Shy Guy

Shy Guy

I never got what a Shy Guy was meant to be, other than a major pain in the backside, they used to just swoop down and attack you, sometimes throwing fire and sometimes spitting bullets… as I said, pain in the backside.

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A literal ticking time bomb that would often explode in your face.

Koopa Troopa

Koopa Trooper

A weird Chelonian race that seemed to be able to survive without their shells.

Piranha Plant (AKA The Venus Fire Trap)

Venus Fire Trap

What the Triffids aspire to be, a snarling gnashing, sometimes fire breathing plant designed to make mince meat of Mario and pals.



Possibly the most pointless of all Mario bad guys, they just seem to run into you, or occasionally bounce.



An annoying thing in a cloud, it usually throws down those red spiky things at you throughout the game, although in some versions of Mario, you could steal the cloud and fly about for a short time.

WINNER: Donkey Kong

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If ever the association is made of Mario and Donkey Kong, its usually regarding the original 1981 Donkey Kong Arcade Game, but not many people realise , This marked Mario’s first appearance in a video game, literally jumping over barrels to save the Princess from a monkey.

Wedding Centrepieces

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So I got married on Friday, and I was left in charge of everything (with exception of the brides outfit and flowers) so instead of going the traditional route of floral centrepieces that’ll be dead in a week I decided to revel in both my incredibly geeky nature and Jessica’s love of all things miniature (mind out of the gutter) and here are some (not all, I haven’t been able to get photo’s of two of the 10 I did…yet) of the ideas that I came up with.