Grab yourself an elongated mug with too much coffee and your factory defect knives, it’s time for another FUNboxing!
But before we get any farther I want to talk a bit about the reason it is late. Our nation is being affected in every corner by natural disasters. Harvey, Irma, and Jaun are still causing problems a whole lot bigger than delayed mail. The northwest is really being hit by forest fires too. I’m in the Seattle area and we’ve had 3 solid weeks of smog and a few days of ash falling from the sky. Now and for the next while it is important that we support each other. If you are in an immediately effected area or not, both maintain yourself and giving to the relief groups of our country are the best ways to do so. Give what you can, if that’s time, monetary donations, and/or volunteering. The Red Cross, food banks, and the Humane Society are examples of groups heavily involved and highly beneficial. If you don’t know how to give directly, businesses are doing some of the hard work. Just the other day I donated on my grocery bill. RT and other online entities are also giving you easy ways to find and donate to the right organizations. Watching this week’s Burnie Vlog alone (<14 minutes) will contribute to disaster relief. Thank you for listening to a guy who usually just makes stupid jokes talk about the serious things going right now. The contents of this box are very coincidental and while I’m going to go about this FUNboxing like I would any other I just want to make clear no one is making light of recent events. This is the best way I know how to address that.
Now with complete respect to the previous statements, let’s get on with the FUNboxing!
The theme for this month’s box was Survival and by extension Day 5. The letter was a nice one written by Josh Flanagan focused on all the uses of the following items in the event of world ending disaster.
The first item to pop out is the Day 5 Sandman’s Oasis T-shirt.
I still have not watched Day 5. It has yet to stir interest in me through advertisments or the light word-of-mouth I’ve been exposed to. I’m sure it is a good show, just not my speed (as I said last summer). So, just on the level of a cool looking shirt I can say:
I like it. It’s simple but clearly there was effort put into it. The shirt glows in the dark apparently and that will be fun to look at once it’s out of the wash.
This, the AHWU Bad Decision Repair Kit, is something I expect to see everywhere next RTX.
And not just because of the belt loop on the back.
There’s actually enough handy things in here and there’s enough space to customize it you your specific needs. I for instance will probably add more simple band-aids and include some tooth picks.
By far my favorite item in the box is the Headlight Fluid Flask. I like the Double Gold branded items a lot (like the hat and wristbands) but my absolute favorite things are the items that are deeper references just presented simply (the #StopDolphinPoaching beach ball for instance). The idea itself is hilarious, who would believe in Headlight Fluid? But having a red container of it for the red team is the best (more Red vs Blue items please) and it’s also a joke popularized by Gavin and the RTAA where he fell for the lie (sort of). So yes, this item is both a deep reference and RvB so it has moved up to the top of my list for great items.
This Dragon Grimm sticker is plenty cool itself. I’m not sure what to do with it so far but it’s cool enough that I have a few ideas. Also, if anyone knows what the text in Japanese (?) says, sharing is caring…
I got a signed RT Gold Card this month with a signature I can’t quite make out, but it’s still really awesome to get. By the way the description on the back of the card is what actually might get me into Day 5. I don’t know how accurate it is, but I might give episode 1 a shot sometime now.
The next item is this Day 5 rechargeable flashlight. It’s one of those ones without a cord or battery where you have to pump the little trigger. It’s something that’s good to have for sure and might just find its way into my car for utility.
For those of you who are interested, this month we got a game code for Serial Cleaner. It’s a cool sounding game where you clean up after The Mob. Haven’t looked into it yet.
Last but not least, the Gold Pin of the month is the Geoff Ramsey “Fallout” pin. A good twist on the real design and with all the Fallout Shelter Geoff plays it’s fun too.
And that’s this August’s box. It follows theme really well and even if it’s not my my favorite thing over all, it does have one of the best things I’ve gotten in a box yet. I don’t mean to keep going on with this but I’ve got two (three) huge RvB based projects going on right now (my season 14 review is nearly done, the rewrites on Rec0very, and something else) and this little bottle has got a minor essay starting in my head. Other than my little niche, this is a nice box of cool nerd stuff.
As always, I can’t wait for the next one.
Talk you y’all soon.