The folks at VGPerlers have recreated a classic scene from Final Fantasy IV with Perler beads.
We’re just going to put this out there. Final Fantasy IV, for all it did to help define early JRPGs, is kind of a narrative mess. It starts off as this dark story about a warrior trying to redeem himself and gradually devolves into a frequently silly tale of good guys versus moon people. That said, the earlier portions of the game boast some genuinely moving moments, chief among those probably being the sacrifice of Palom and Porom.
For the uninitiated (twenty year old spoilers ahead), you and your party find yourself stuck in the medieval fantasy version of the trash compactor from Star Wars: A New Hope. With no way out of the room, your mage friends press themselves against the walls and cast stone spells on themselves to create barriers that halt your impending doom. This, of course, renders them somewhat dead. It was a shocking and memorable twist that people still remember decades later.
So memorable, in fact, that the folks over at VGPerlers, a group that crafts and sells beadwork recreations of pixel art, has rebuilt a three dimensional version of the scene with beads. Setting aside how difficult and time consuming actual pixel can be, we can’t even conceive of how much time and effort this took. As you might expect, we also very much want to make it ours so that we can set it on our collectibles shelf to be admired alongside our Beast Wars toys and LEGO Star Wars models.
Sincerely though, this is an impressive piece of work, and even if VGPerlers opts not to sell it on the group’s Etsy page, it has at least done a good job of grabbing our attention. It just goes to show that diorama work is truly the best sort of marketing.