Super Mario Bros., Bob-omb

original movie prop

“Trust the fungus!” This Bob-omb can be seen in the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie when the fungus offers the dangerous explosive to Luigi (John Leguizamo). The mono-filament attached at the top used to be covered in slimy fungus and was used to lower the Bob-omb to Luigi in that particular scene. “Hey, look at that! What is that?” Luigi asks Mario (Bob Hoskins) as the Bob-omb appears. When Luigi reaches for it, Mario pulls him away and shouts, “Goombas! Let’s go!” This prop is actually a modified TOMY wind-up walking toy hand-painted in matte gray (the Reebok logo on the soles of the Bob-omb would have covered the TOMY copyright). The winding key was added to the prop and is no longer present because it was made of paper and did not withstand after filming. In fact, the paper-made keys did not last long on any of the several Bob-ombs used in the movie. The Bob-ombs, themselves, were also fragile, so it is unknown how many of these have actually survived. This particular Bob-omb was given to the key makeup artist on the film, Jeff Goodwin, after production ended. Goodwin is a BAFTA-winning makeup and makeup effects supervisor who worked on such films as Blue Velvet, Rambo III, The Last of the Mohicans, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This item was obtained from the Profiles in History Icons of Hollywood Auction on December 16, 2011.

prop: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: movie props
coa issued by: Profiles in History (94)
movie: Super Mario Bros. (1993)
original (16)  |  replica (5)
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