So you would think that the last month would be full munnyload, and a good part of the month has been, although admittedly a lot of munnies started and not as many finished.
But then this other idea popped in my head - wouldn’t my nephew love a Transformers advent calendar.
Now I’m not talking a “High School Musical”-style advent calendar, with bits of chocolate for $1.49, if such a thing could be found in the orgy that is Transformers-related merch. No, I mean a full-on, overload kind of thing. You know, one that comes with TOYS.
But what toys? They have to be small enough to be able to be made into a calendar, and they have to be inexpensive enough to be affordable. So after mulling over possibilities - knock-offs, Legends, Robot Heroes - I hit upon the new 12-pack of mini-cons (at $24.95 at Zellers). Granted it only leaves me with half of the boxes filled (with the rest to be covered by Halloween premium chocolate bars). And, really, what kid is going to complain when 12 toys are better than chocolate bits anyday.
So everything went into a bag and waited for time.
Last night, or rather Thursday morning at 1:00 a.m., using the ironing board set up in the kitchen as a desk, I decided it was the last chance to get things done before the postal window to back home (2-4 days) expired. Really, it had already expired but this was the last point before things got silly.
First I needed an overall storage unit. Thankfully, Loblaw’s No Name Cheese pizza boxes were lingering in the recycling and were easy to open up and cut doors into. Then, using leftover poster board from the Hawk project (see Halloween 2008), I created a 5 X 5 grid about five centimetres squared by intersecting eight strips of poster board into place, which was glued to the back of the pizza box. The sides and top (now featuring ventilation) were then wrapped around the grid and everything glued in place with a glue gun. Then I simply stuck the minicons into place, adjusted the few squares where size was an issue (Brimstone, I’m looking at you…) and voila!
I have a crappy looking pizza box filled with chocolate and mini-cons. While cool for figures, it’s doesn’t really sing. So I sealed it up and, over my lunch hour today at work, I worked through the web to find a varety of Transformer emblems that could cover the pizza-doors.
The end result still looks amateurish, admittedly, but at least it has colour and the date numbers. Also it meant I was able to personalize things a bit and expose the little guy to some pretty neat interpretations of faction logos - I particularly like the Decepticon logo in the middle of the top row. And of course any attempt to throw in G2 faction logos and the Go-Go-Gobots autobot is just joy.
Though I fear my sister-in-law will look at the Car Robot’s Decepticon logo and think I put it upside by accident.
Now this is where working in the same building and eating in the same food court for the past twelve years really pays off. What is the best and most economical way to send a pizza box-filled Advent Calendar in the mail? Well, in another pizza box of course. So I asked the local pizza fellow if he’d do me the favour of a box and he was happy to oblige.
Let it be said - my artery’s sacrifice has not been in vain.