Update: Not to get your hopes up, but I may have found a way to make this chair mat a reality. Please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks. Original post as follows:
There are really no geeky chair mats available right now (I can’t find any), but if I had my way there would be one based on the star player icon from NHL ’94. This could also apply to other 16-bit sport series made by EA back in the day, like Madden or Bulls Vs. Lakers.
Also pictured: NHL ’94 figurine, another pipe dream from long ago.
UPDATE: A prototype was made, and it looks great! Still trying to sort out the logistics of offering these to people. Everyone would want a different number and position, so that level of customization warrants a lot of effort.
I own a few McFarlane NHL figures (mostly Calgary Flame players), and they are awesome sculpts that are very detailed and lifelike. What I am proposing is the opposite of that: pixelated figures that celebrate the video game sports legends of the 16-bit era.
These nondescript blocky versions of athletes would only need to be 2-4″ tall, as it would look a bit too weird in the 6-7″ range (the size of McFarlane sports figures). The small size would be perfect for collecting a whole bunch, perhaps even assembling a re-creation of the video game (arena and all). Because the players of the 16-bit erea didn’t feature any names or numbers or likenesses, you could probably buy entire teams by the bag full (like green army men).
Though the current model in which McFarlane releases figures – a select series of several players released annually – would be fine as well. Standout players like Jeremy Roenick could receive the star treatment, like the design above.
Speaking of Roenick and NHL 94, it would be sorta cool/slightly disturbing to see a ‘Gretzky bleeding’ figure too. Well, it would be a humorous release that is for sure. UPDATE: added it!
This is all reference to the classic scene from Swingers, which Jeremy Roenick recently reenacted (language is NSFW):
Some basic pose-ability would be nice (like a Lego minifig), but is not essential. Obviously this idea can be applied to other sports video games like Madden, NBA Live, Tecmo Bowl, FIFA, etc. Even non-sports video games would have a lot of potential for ‘pixelated action figures’, such as Mario and Zelda and the like.
UPDATE: Here is a goalie figure: