alwaysPeacock wrote: ↑Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:35 pmGot mine today & finally had a chance to sit down & look at it.
To start, here’s the extent of the “damage” that saved me about $6:
So I think I’ll keep it, lol.
So the box looks pretty nice in person. I still think it looks like a lazy Photoshop job, but I can appreciate the callbacks to the ‘72-‘92 tableaux. Looking closely, Plum, Mustard, and Scarlett are slightly tweaked in their facial expressions/sight lines. I’m also pleased the box is still pretty thin, as I never did enjoy holding/storing the fat boxes Hasbro embraced in the late ‘90s/early 2000s.
Opening the box (after carefully slicing the 4 pieces of tape holding it shut), we’re greeted with this:
And after unpacking some pieces:
So what we’ve got is very similar to how Hasbro has been packing a lot of games in recent years. The big gimmick game piece & a selection of additional pieces fit into a tray. But the board/cards/etc?
Under the insert. Sadly, the insert is too tall to leave any space at the top, so even the board has to be stored below. I’d have been happier with a smaller insert if it meant a bigger tray to also hold the cards, but no.
The mirror is fun to play with, and is much bigger than I’d have imagined it to be (even though I knew it would have to be big enough to hold 3 cards vertically).
Tokens included for scale. It’s also a very solid chunk of plastic. No film here: a hard plastic top layer guards the lights & internal mirrored layer from sticky fingers & scratching. So that’s a point in its favor.
Sadly there is nothing in the game’s text to explain WHY the solution is housed inside a seemingly magic mirror. The only changes to the rules book are the description of putting the cards into the mirror, and the back cover now being dedicated to all the regulatory text required for toys with batteries.
So is it worth $19.99 + tax/shipping? No, definitely not. I can understand those prices for the electronic banking Monopoly games, but this is a product which should only be retailing for $15 or less. The box states, "Made in USA with card-revealing mirror, character tokens, miniature weapons, and dice made in China." So ... the paper bits are made domestically. Maybe that’s part of the price hike? More imported components this time around?
Was it worth $15 and some change for a “damaged” box, with free shipping? Yeah, I’m pleased with it. It could be just enough of a gimmick to easily draw in new/younger players (without going to the extremes of the reinvention era).
A rudimentary tray is included for storage
No good way to store the cards under the insert
The MSRP is way too high for what this is
The mirror is competent & seems well made. It’s just not fully integrated into the narrative of the game, making it feel like another half-baked idea from a stoned Hasbro exec (much like the C.L.U.E. Houses idea that went absolutely nowhere). It should do its job this holiday season, though, and attract plenty of attention from younger potential players eager to demo it on the shelf.
So how do you imagine you’ll actually make the reveal to other players using the mirror, now that you have it in hand?
What are you going to do with the mirror demo vignette cards?
I don’t know about you, but the back of that mirror is not at all how I imagined it would look. It seems unnecessarily complicated to insert the cards, along with unecessary wear and tear on them. Do the cards stay in place when the mirror is turned upside Down? Could you use cards from another edition and flip them for the reveal?