These super-detailed Battletoads sculptures almost make you forget that damn bike level

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One of the most uncanny moments of my young life was wandering through a dollar store and stumbling upon a rack of action figures with the most boring packaging imaginable. Each toy sat in its bubble pack on a red card that was completely blank except for the word "SPACE" written in bizarre cartoon letters.

It was pretty much the kind of thing one would expect to see in a dollar store, except that I immediately recognized the figures themselves as Zitz, Rash, and Pimple, the stars of the infamously difficult 8-bit classic Battletoads.

I never understood how those figures got there, or what was up with that packaging. My point, though, is that these Battletoads sculptures, courtesy of artist and toy designer Sam De Jesus, are cooler than those other ones in every possible way.

De Jesus crafted the Toads out of Super Sculpey modeling clay for a commission. You can see more of the making of these statues in this image gallery, and you can check out more cool gaming artwork at his website.

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