Crafting: Custom DS Boxes. Again!!

“Seriously, what’s wrong with this guy, all he ever does is showing all those custom DS boxes he makes, what’s with that?”

‘Cause they’re AWESOME. That’s why! And this time I finished 13 of them, leaving 7 empty cases to fill up. And this time I have a neat little trick to show you! They say necessity is the mother of invention… nay, I say. NAY!!

LAZINESS is the mother of invention! CONVENIENCE or FEAR even!! Let’s explain this to you with an example of mine.

2015-12-17 15.13.24Earlier they told you to use hobby knives, cardboard cutters or an electric angled saw, but all of those can cut your fingers up. Knives and blades take strength and patience when you cut through those plastic tabs too. This looks risky, right? Well, don’t fret! Here’s the perfect solution for you!

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This little bugger is all you need to easily remove those tabs! Just get a firm hold and twist those tabs clean off! If there’s anything left you can use those knives to shave off  what little imperfection and bump that might be left. This takes half the time needed and gives the same result with less risk of cutting your fingers.

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My Messi workspace (pun intended)

 

Alright, I wanted a case for this bootleg Game Boy cart, 82 in 1,  that I got in Spain for more than 10 years ago. I chose this one amongst the stack of bootlegs they had, and it turns out I did good. The glossy box was thrown away a long time ago though. The cart doesn’t contain 82 games at all, but rather about 10 or so with alternating titles, and even though you can use it on the GBC and GBA it’s full of original GB titles. You get to play Othello (which isn’t an awesome RPG as they want to lead you to believe on the cover, but rather the game with the same name), Castlevania Adventure, Spiderman 2, Bugs Bunny’s Crazy Castle, Tetris, Battletanks and Bomb Jack to just name a few. A solid selection of games, and Tetris works with Link Cable support too! 2015-12-17 15.12.54

Here’s the cart itself. But I wanted the cover to be different! Unique!! So this below is what we got. If I make a cover by scratch I add symbols and such but leave the barcodes be. In this one I went to great length to remove the “Original” and “Official” texts on the Nintendo Seal and the Game Boy Game Pak Seal. Hah! That was amusing to me.

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I decided against better judgement to make a cover for Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway for the Game Boy Advance. The game is pretty much crud and a blatant Mario Kart Super Circuit knockoff with half the framerate. Stay away! For me it’s worth to own as a novelty item and to show off to people who can’t believe this kind of game was made in the ’00’s…

So I took the opportunity to mock the game! The blurb is authentic and all, but the rest of the text, layout and images are custom made by yours truly.2015-12-17 15.12.15

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T’was a good day, sirs and madams! A good day indeed!

Tingle Bells, Tingle Bells

Here comes the mandatory Christmas song re-write, this time a re-write of the instant classic Jingle Bells.

Happy Holidays!

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Tingle Smells

Floating ‘gainst the flow,
On a red balloon each day
Over the fields he go
Laughing all the way.
Maps and items brings
Imitating fairies bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
On a red balloon tonight.

chorus:
Tingle smells, Tingle smells
30 all the way,
Oh what fun he has to ride
a red balloon each day, O
Tingle smells, Tingle smells
30 all the way,
Oh what fun he has to ride

A red balloon each day

A day or two ago
I thought I’d take a ride
And soon Mr. Tinkle, right
Was seated by my side;
The man was ugly and stank
Misfortune seemed his lot,
He tries to fill up his rupee bank
He thinks he’s a fairy and I will tell you what:

chorus:

Tingle smells, Tingle smells
30 all the way,
Oh what fun he has to ride
a red balloon each day, O
Tingle smells, Tingle smells
30 all the way,
Oh what fun he has to ride

A red balloon each day

A day or two ago
The story I must tell
I went out on the snow
And on my back I fell;
Tingle was riding by
With a red balloon that day
He laughed as there I sprawling lie
But I quickly dashed away.

chorus:

Tingle smells, Tingle smells
30 all the way,
Oh what fun he has to ride
a red balloon each day, O
Tingle smells, Tingle smells
30 all the way,
Oh what fun he has to ride

A red balloon each day

Now the ground is white,
Use Potions while you’re young,
Take the Ocarina tonight
And sing this Tingle song.
Just get a sharp nice Sword,
The steel light without lead,
Then lure him to you with a clever word
And slash! You’ll take his head!

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Images from, in order:

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and

The Luigi that Wanted to be a Mario

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This plushie is supposed to be a Mario one, but you can’t fool me. This is the Luigi that wanted to be a Mario. This is Luigi, no doubt. He’s thinner and has a longer face. He’s curled his mustache up and dressed up in Mario gear. Can this be a Halloween get-up?

I can tell you that of all the Mario plushies, this was is the only one looking off. So is this off-looking Mario actually Luigi in disguise?

Sonic & Tails – Pixel Bricks!

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I got these tiny Pixel Bricks (mini-Lego, but not officially) from my brother last birthday. I assembled them a while ago, but since my finger’s been dislocated (the right dominant F-U finger, or the proximal interphalangeal joint of digit III of the right hand) I haven’t been able to update much at all. Since then I’ve become proficient in writing with the index finger of the right hand and also flip people off with the left hand, so everything has been working out well. These very delicate Pixel Bricks were assembled before this accident, mind you, and all ten fingers were needed as the pieces did tend to get wrecked whenever I held to them too hard.

Each one took me about an hour or so, Tails being a bit trickier because of his tails and I’m actually not sure if I attached them exactly as instructed, but I’m not spatially gifted enough to see the difference which in this case is a blessing. I didn’t want to disassemble all of my work with great effort and reassemble everything so I just went with this. It was a very rewarding experience, and I was able to watch the first 2-3 episodes of Myth Busters to this task. While Sonic had many more pieces to assemble Tails showed to be trickier because of his design.

A note about the first episodes though… They showed waaaay to much of the process of how they’d acquire the material needed to conduct their experiments, which was such a bore to watch. I get it, it was much bigger of a deal when they were new on air and not as well known, but it felt like watching how, let’s say, Bruce Wayne is struggling to find his car keys on his way to a gala or something. That’s no fun at all. But since I had this crafting to do, that became bearable to watch, so 10 points to Pixel Bricks.2015-10-13 21.02.56

Aren’t they pretty? Gives me such pleasure and joy watching these pixelated beings. Thank you, dear brother! These are AWESOME!!