Sending it Off
Sometime in September, we learned that Mr. Itoi and some others on our list of recipients might be attending a certain event in October, which is being hosted by someone we know (trying not to give too much detail, sorry). We had managed to dig up Mr. Itoi's business address, which wasn't an easy feat, but this was a much better way to get stuff to him and other recipients. So mid-October became the deadline for shipping everything out.
Getting everything together in time was a grueling task to be sure, but everyone's hard work and teamwork prevailed, and on Oct. 15, 2007, a gigantic box of everything listed above was sent to Japan. The main box weighed 22 pounds and cost many hundreds of dollars to ship to Japan in time. Inside this box were five smaller boxes, meant for five different recipients:
- Shigesato Itoi, creator of the MOTHER series
- Hirokazu Tanaka, musician for MOTHER 1 and MOTHER 2 / EarthBound and current president of Creatures, Inc.
- Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo and main programmer of MOTHER 2 / EarthBound
- Shigeru Miyamoto, no explanation needed
- Our contact and event host guy
In addition, a smaller, individual package was sent to Captain Apollo, the webmaster of MOTHER Party, the largest Japanese MOTHER fan site and good friend of Starmen.Net. See his impressions here!
Here is a picture of the final boxes, with the full-sized EarthBound box next to them for comparison. I don't think any of us imagined we'd be sending this much stuff!
Mr. Itoi's box was literally bursting at the seams, so we had to go with a bigger box than originally planned, and even then it was really hard to keep the box closed. Here's what he got:
- Japanese Anthology
- EarthBound Video Album DVD + Fan Music CDs
- Too many figurines to remember, probably 6 to 8 total
- Thank Itoi book with all the extra stuff in it
- Nintendo Power with EB/SM.Net stuff in it
- 2007 Starmen.Net calendar we had lying around
- A refrigerator magnet with a picture of reid, Meeellla, and Plo waving hello from the Dusty Dunes Desert (???)
- The letter
- Probably other stuff we've forgotten about already
Itoi's box was white and tied with red ribbon.
Other recipients received most of the same stuff, but just in smaller quantities. As you can see above, the final package was huge. Hopefully everyone will love their stuff :)