Spotted at E3 2011: Super Mario Bros. inflatable seats
E3, the video game trade conference at the L.A. Convention Center this week, is a riot of big-screen televisions, loud noises and neon lights -- not exactly the place one expects to find cute kids-room decor. But what can I say, I'm in love with this set of inflatable poofs with iconic Mario Bros. imagery. If there had been anyone manning the booth when I walked by, I would have snapped these guys up for my boys' room faster than a gamer can murder 23 people in Halo.
The poofs are made by Atomic Accessories, based in Italy, a company better known for making video game accessories such as guns and remote controls. They are marketing these poofs as small chairs for gamers, but that feels like a stretch. I'd just sprinkle them around a play room or child's room.
I wish I could tell you more about where you can buy these poofs and how much they cost, but unfortunately, the Atomic Accessories website is not very helpful. I determined that Atomic Accessories is indeed the maker of the products, but I could find few other details. An email inquiry to the company's PR department has thus far gone unanswered.
The poofs appear to be available for purchase in sets of four on Amazon UK for 39.99 pounds (about $66) starting June 17.
No mention of the poofs' U.S. release at E3.
-- Deborah Netburn
Photo credits: Top photos, Jason La / Los Angeles Times. Product image courtesy of Atomic Accessories.