Wednesday 11 February 2015

And Now For Something Completely Different...

As a novelist and freelance writer, I am one of those lucky dads who gets to work from home. Being around the house, and working to my own schedule, means I get the great privilege of spending a lot more time with my four-year-old daughter than some other parents do.

It also means I get to spend a lot more time wearing princess hats and having tea parties with stuffed toys than some other parents do.

Fortunately, despite my daughter's love of My Little Pony and Sofia the First, she also happens to be a keen boardgamer, and a huge Marvel superheroes fan. She actually knows more of the superheroes than my wife does, and seems to have aspirations of becoming Black Widow, Hulk, Captain America, or Loki, depending on the day of the week.

So, when we were shopping in our local superstore the other day, and she noticed that Kinder Surprise have released a new range of Avengers Assemble surprise eggs, she naturally asked if I would buy her some.

Kinder Surprise Captain America
He looks annoyed about that hole in his head.

Who am I to refuse?

To be honest, there was no real way of telling what was inside those eggs, and I was expecting some cheap little model or something. And yes, what we got are cheap little models. But they are also something more...

Kinder Surprise Falcon
Bird brain.

Inside each egg there is small Marvel character.

Each character has an oversized head.

Each head has a hole in the front of it, and a disc inside with a series of numbers printed on it.

When you press down the head, the disc spins, and a different number shows through the hole.

The numbers range from 1 to 6.

So, these things are random number generators...


They are the most unusual dice I have ever seen, and for superhero themed games that require a D6 they are the perfect accessory, although it is probably much easier to fudge the results than if you were using a regular dice.

Yes, it might be a little bit creepy to see Captain America with a hole like a lobotomy wound in his swollen forehead, staring vacantly as you crush his spine to project numbers on his brain, but...

Okay, no buts. It's just creepy.

But kinda cool.

Kinder Surprise Hulk

I intend to wrestle them away from my daughter to use on games nights for determining player order. It has to be better than playing a round of Cthulhu Dice. Right?

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