Following the merchandise blowout from Mario’s 35th-anniversary celebrations last year, there’s definitely no shortage of options when it comes to themed clothing. Fortunately for those already stocked up on Mario shirts, Nintendo’s latest collaboration for Mario-themed apparel is with WPC, a company specializing in umbrellas.
Based on the original Super Mario Bros., designs included in the lineup are red and green umbrellas featuring Mario and Luigi sprites respectively, pink Fire Flower and navy Power Star themes, as well as Cheep Cheep, Brick Block, and beige Power Star umbrellas. The subtlety in these designs makes for some very smart-looking rain protectors, but my personal favorite has to be the transparent, underwater-themed umbrella which features Cheep Cheeps, Bloopers, Coins, and other elements from the Super Mario Bros. water levels.
Each umbrella can be folded into a compact size, designed to easily fit in your bag. The Mario/Luigi and pink/navy umbrellas are also designed for use in summer; the fabrics are coated with polyurethane, which has a heat-shielding effect that can protect you from harsh sunlight as well as rain. Prices range from ¥1,980 (around $18.25) to ¥3,520 (about $32.45).
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