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"Hungry Hungry Koopas" Devour The Hippos

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

A well-loved game with a twist

Many who read this will be familiar with Hungry Hungry Hippos, a children's game that's popular around the world. You won't necessarily have heard of Hungry Hungry Koopas, however, as it's a custom-made one off game from toy and video game enthusiast Donald Kennedy, or KodyKoala as he's known on his website.

Kennedy has produced a number of video-game themed figurines and models, often taking a popular series and giving it a twist, such as a Mega Man Mario. This latest creation is actually a playable game with a Bowser and Koopa Kids twist, and as he explains it's been a big project.

Here is Hungry Hungry Koopas. This one has been a long time in the making. I have been working on this on and off since January. Initially I was going to use Koopa Troopas, but I decided that using the Koopa Kids would give it an extra flare. Each “Hippo” took about 10 hours to complete, and the main base took about the same, so I would have to say that the whole build took about 50 hours. The brick pattern was carved into each of the bases using an exacto knife. I also wanted to try a different style intn terms of how I painted this. I wanted this to look good and be functional.

I clear coated this 4-5 times to make sure that the paint would not come off when being played with. I printed the label using a laser printer and then I put a clear coat over it, so that the label would stay intact.

Kennedy will be attending the El Paso Comic Con on 14th September and selling this game, though no price is given at the moment. If it doesn't sell it'll be available on the website, but there's every chance that someone will gobble it up before then.


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User Comments (21)



chiptoon said:

I used to love Hungry Hungry Hippos. Partially as a game, but mainly because it was such a cool looking object to have in my room. And it seemed so big (when I was 3)



theblackdragon said:

That's awesome! I used to love Hungry Hungry Hippos, but us kids kept losing all the little marbles



NintyMan said:

Neat, he did a good job! I remember Hungry Hungry Hippos from my childhood, so this is a nice tribute.



Knuckles said:

Lets start the bidding at 1 coin, 1 coin, anybody 1 coin?
[Mario raises bid] 1 Million Coins!



Undead_terror said:

Thats neat, but on another note, I went on the site and everything is so pricey...and Misty Seducing Ash figure o.0



Alienfish said:

Coolest thing I've seen all month. This thing should be mass produced so everyone can enjoy the Koopa goodness!



StarDust4Ever said:

Hungry-Hungry Hippos rules! My fiance thinks it's stupid though. Maybe that's because she was already too big for it when it came out...

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