Super Mario Collector Pins Series 1 - Unboxing and Video Review
My lovely wife surprised me this past Christmas with a Nintendo product I had not seen before. Super Mario Collector pins. Apparently this was a product that was released late last fall by PowerA, and distributed to Walmart, GameStop, Target and other retailers. Now besides Target, I personally have not seen these anywhere else in stores. When doing a lookup on GameStop.com, it seems that only select stores are carrying these, not all. Target seemed to have an ample supply, so I decided to pick a couple more up to match the Luigi that I received for Christmas.
Retailing for $4.99 each, it is random what pin you will receive, as this is another "blind box/bag" product. As far as I know each pin has equal rarity, with the exception of the elusive Gold Mario pin which you only have a 1-in-48 chance of receiving. There are 12 pins in every box, which I assume means that there are 4 boxes in a case (48 pins) with only one Gold Mario pin per case. A Gold Mario pin can be picked up for around $55.00 at the time of this posting on eBay if you don't want to hunt for them.
The thing I have to say I like most about these is the quality. The paints are nice and bright, and there is a nice shiny enamel finish to the pin, making it look very professional. Being officially licensed by Nintendo, they used the licensed characters effectively and accurately. The pins themselves and backs are all metal, with no plastic parts. They did a superb job on these, and have seem to become very popular in Nintendo collector circles given that they are so nice to look at. I plan on attaching a couple of these to my Gaming With Swag name tag lanyard for my next visit to a video game convention. I highly recommend you pick these pins up, and I am looking forward to acquiring more, and hopefully they make a Series 2! Check out my unboxing and review video below to see what other pins I received: