Oh, how I would love a coffee mug like this.
This is one of those "random bursts of inspiration" kind of deals, out of the blue I just had this crazy idea and had to design it.
Japanese toy developers are always coming up with unique and interesting ways to incorporate Mario characters into everyday life - cushions, blankets, lamps, chairs, the list goes on. I thought of how some people like to chug a drink and then slam their mug down on the bench, and the solution was painfully obvious. Everybody loves Thwomps! Why not drink out of one?
The underside has a sensor device that detects when you set the mug down, and plays a classic thwompy sound to dignify it (click the speaker on the magnified section for a sample - the entire reason I made this swf instead of jpg).
As you can see, it has a small battery compartment to hold some of those hearing-aid sized batteries, and you can easily just switch off the sound if you don't want it to do that.
Just don't "thwomp" your mug until you've finished your drink!
What do you people think? Would it sell? Would YOU buy one? Maybe I could try to find a job making official merchandise...
Modeled in Maya, took about 7 hours amidst distractions.