Pixel Frames shadow boxes have been around for some time. The idea is that the line captures a classic moment from a retro game, usually an 8-bit or 16-bit scene. Each of them is officially licensed for accuracy and authenticity. They all add a little depth by placing elements on multiple layers. A number of different series, such as Castlevania, appeared in the collection. Now the latest scenes from Pixel Frames capture moments from Mega man, Sonic the Hedgehogand Street Fighter series. And as always with these elements, the impression left by the final piece varies depending on the chosen scene.
All three Pixel Frames shadow boxes I looked at were nine by nine inches. Each frame is black and about two inches thick. Each also includes a silver metal sticker on a nameplate. One can peel off the pad and apply it on the frame as desired, noting the title of the game and the release date. The shadow box then has design elements that appear in the foreground layer, up to two middle layers and a background layer. The result is an image reminiscent of those old Sega 3D classics entries in the Nintendo 3DS. You have a recognizable scene from the title, only with added depth to provide additional context. The company is uploading videos to YouTube Shorts to offer a better feel for how it works.
As for how well the different ones work, it all depends on the design. Of course, someone will be addicted to these based on the titles they love. But more objectively, the moment does. Take it Mega man 7 Dr. Wily Pixel Frames shadow box. In many ways, this is quite an ideal moment. You have Mega Man, Dr. Light, Rush and Dr. Wily all on stage. There is a gauge on the left side. There is definitely more texture and you can see the 3D effect. However, because so much of it is in the foreground, it doesn’t “pop out” as much as the other two Pixel Frames I have. The composition is great and it’s a fantastic scene. But the effect is not so remarkable.
Now with Street Fighter II A car scene, the Pixel Frames mission approaches the checkbox of all squares, depicting the bonus stage of the game. You can really see how the company understood the task here. Here the layers are extremely obvious and cast a great shadow. (Not counting those who are actually present in the art under Guile, Car and Chun-Li.) The user interface at the top of the screen looks good and pops up. The car is in the midst of breaking. Guile uses Sonic Boom while Chun-Li performs Hyakuretsukyaku. Some of the broken car parts are already flying off and are on their own, which is also going well. The rest of the background may look a little flat, but you can definitely see the difference between the land and the ocean behind it. It is made tactfully and is immediately recognizable.
But from what I saw, I think Sonic the Hedgehog Loop Scene is the shadow box of Pixel Frames, which best shows what this collection can do. First, we are in the Green Hill Zone. Everyone knows it. Sonic has just finished going through one of the series’ trademark cycles. It conveys a sense of speed, as we see that he has already passed it and is on the move. It also provides the ability to place it in one of the middle layers, with the front of the loop and the “stage” in the foreground. Buzz Bomber, one of the more recognizable standard enemies of the series, lurks ahead. In addition, the background layer is far enough away to provide even more context. He highlights many things that people like about the series. We have four layers in force. There is a fairly good distribution of the contents of the four layers. The shadows are really visible when they appear. I think it’s just a very well-crafted piece.
The only thing I want is to have the back of the tripod on each piece of Pixel Frames. They all come with a hanger for paintings with a saw on the back. This means that you can easily mount it on a wall and hang it level. But there is no stand in place in case you want to put it on a shelf or table. The positive side is that everyone’s frame is quite thick. They are about two inches wide, which means they can stand up independently if you put it somewhere. But given the height, I would feel more secure by showing it with a real tripod on the spot. Although, if someone would like that, it will probably be quite easy to buy a tripod back separately and set it up to work.
Honestly, I’m under the impression that Pixel Frames shadow boxes are usually handled pretty well. They are significant pieces. Care is taken to obtain a license for games that people have fond memories of. Selected scenes are usually immediately recognizable by familiar characters. Yes, getting one for a title you prefer will probably be the most influential part of choosing one. But as for the actual display, it seems that the more detailed and active the scene, the more opportunities there are for the 3D effects and the nature of the collection to stand out.
Pixel frames Mega man, Sonic the Hedgehogand Street Fighter shadow boxes are now available at retailers such as Amazon and the IGN Store. The retail price is $ 29.99 each. The official website of the collection is also open.