Released By: Applause Inc.
Year Released: 1989
Height: 30cm (12 inches)
Summary: With a comical face, black mullet and an inverted color scheme, an unknowing collector may quickly pass this toy up as just another counterfeit; but look closer and you'll realize that this is about as authentic as it gets.
Released in 1989 by Applause Inc. shortly after the debut of Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES, this doll was one of countless interpretations of everyone's favourite mustachioed plumber. His attire is cloth, and well-stitched, with his face, hands and feet sculpted from a durable vinyl. Even his body is firmly (and evenly) stuffed. Definitely a quality toy for the 80's.
Packaged in a blue, cardboard standee box, this was the larger of 2 that were released; the second being only 8" in height. An endearing, albeit slightly goofy, collectible - Applause's Mario has stood the test of time and will continue to look fantastic in any games room over 25 years after its release.