Photo credit: Catastrophic Creations
Chain Chomps made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, and bear a resemblance to a ball and chain. Shigeru Miyamoto’s inspiration for this character was from a childhood experience: a dog once tried to bite him, but fortunately, a chain held it back. As a result, this enemy also possesses canine qualities, like barking, and are commonly used as guard dogs throughout the Mario series. Catastrophic Creations decided to pay tribute by building a cat bed shaped just like the Chain Chomps found in game. The company says: “I wanted to design something that could sit in a room as art, but also have a practical use. The box that Chain Chomp’s attached to has hinges mounted from the inside to hide them, but to let you open the box for storage. At first, I really wanted to make a litter box, because in my opinion most litter boxes are very ugly. I liked the thought of people showing off their litter boxes, rather than hiding them in some back room or closet. Once I started on the Chain Chomp, however, I realized it would be a little too small for a litter box. It was the perfect size for a covered bed, though!” Continue reading for more pictures.