Released: 1999 | Maker: Toy Biz
These toys are amongst the coolest Nintendo memorabilia ever made. There are a total of seven that I know of; the six pictured here, and a seventh, which is a variation of the Mario racer with a clear body and a Boo in tow (I always assumed it was the “ghost” version of Mario). Sadly, the “ghost” Mario is not a part of my collection… yet!
I didn’t include them in the pictures, but each racer came with items that could be shot from the front or back of its kart. A banana trail, blue shell, red shell, green shell, etc. Seriously, folks, these things are awesome, but pricey. In the package, some collectors charge between $80 and $100 each! If you have the cash laying around, these are amongst the best Nintendo toys, in my opinion. Today’s Mario Kart figures are a fraction of the size and not nearly as intricate. It took a minute for me to gather and photograph all of them, so I hope you all enjoyed! Until next time!