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What’s in the Box? Unboxing the Fallout Mystery Box from Toynk



Fallout LookSee Box Review Mystery Box

Toynk Toys has come a long way since its humble inception in 2001 when it was operating from a small apartment in Chicago, Illinois. According to their website, the company now boasts a 125,000 square foot facility which is home to their offices, retail store, and warehouse – not to mention they regularly visit Comic-Cons around the world and now staff up to fifty employees. To be honest, I’ve never ordered anything from the company and so this would be the very first time I have ever received a package from Toynk, and while I am still on the fence about many of their products, I have to admit I’m more than satisfied with the Fallout LookSee box I received.

Back in June, I attended E3 and if you’ve read my article, you’ll know that I wasn’t at all a fan of my trip to the world’s most important gaming convention. Of the many things I complained about in that article, what I did not mention was my sheer lack of disappointment from the physical loot boxes I purchased on the show floor. There were several choices I could have made when buying a loot box but being the host the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, I thought it only made sense I purchase the Nintendo-related mystery boxes, hoping that I would discover something cool inside and thus have something interesting to talk about on the show. Unfortunately, the most interesting item I received in those mystery boxes was a gigantic Pikachu coffee mug, and while I’m sure many Pokemon fans would love to have one, it just wasn’t enough to justify the steep price tag.

For the unfamiliar, the advertisements for these mystery boxes stated that each box contained $100 worth of merchandise yet only cost $40 USD ($43.70 in total with tax). Obviously, anyone with half a brain would know that there is no way a company can continue to exist and make a profit if they are losing roughly $60 on every mystery box they sell. I wasn’t expecting to walk away with a $100 worth of cool merch, but I was expecting something more than a tacky pair of Legend of Zelda socks and some air fresheners for my car. The entire package was so disappointing, I ended up throwing everything in the trash except for the Pikachu coffee mug. Luckily this time around I am more than pleased with the Fallout mystery box I received from Toynk.

Toyynk Fallout Mystery Box

Much like the mystery boxes I purchased at E3, the Fallout Gift Box is also advertised as having a value-price of $100 worth of cool Fallout collectibles – and while I have no idea if this is at all accurate (although, I highly doubt it), I can say that I at least like each and every item included in the set.

Here’s what I got.

As with the physical loot boxes I bought at E3, this mystery box came conveniently packaged in a gift box that was decorated to match Bethesda’s famous property and featured the iconic Vault Boy on the front cover. Inside was an 8-inch tall Vault Boy cell phone holder, a mystery mini tote, a Vault Boy bobblehead, a Fallout pin set (which was only previously sold at San Diego ComicCon), a four leaf clover 16oz plastic cup, a bottle of Nuka Cola, and yes, an air freshener.

Fallout Vault Boy Bobblehead

While I don’t really care much for the air freshener, this might be the coolest looking air freshener I’ve ever seen. I know that sounds ridiculous but seriously, this air freshener is pretty dope! Meanwhile, the bobblehead figure looks fantastic and is a welcome addition to my already overcrowded collection of video game figurines, most of which consists of Nintendo’s amiibo. As someone who collects pins, I was more than happy to receive the SDCC collectible set which includes artwork for Gasoline Diesel Fusion and Atom Cats, two items found in the Fallout series. And while the plastic cup is nothing more than a plastic cup, at least it comes in useful on hot summer days.

Fallout Vault Boy Control Holder

Control / Cell Phone Holder

Of all the items, however, my favourite of the bunch would have to be the cell phone holder which also doubles as a game controller holder and includes a micro USB charging cable. Unfortunately, instead of receiving the Fallout version of the mini tin tote, they packaged the Skyrim edition instead. For the unfamiliar, each tin tote comes with a matching sticker, measures 14 x 11.9 x 5.1 cm, is made of metal and features designs from Bethesda’s most famous IPs. I guess if you have kids, it would make for one heck of a cool lunch box, although given the size, you wouldn’t be able to cram much food inside. Still, I was hoping to get the Fallout tin box, if only because I was told it is the hardest to find.

Nuka Cola Quantum

Last but not least, the strangest and maybe coolest item I received is an actual bottle of Nuka Cola. Obviously, I’m not going to drink it (although I’m tempted to taste it) but I have to admit, I love the packaging and I intend on adding it to my mini bar.

While I may not actually make use of some of these items, after doing some quick research online, it seems that the Fallout LookSee Box is actually sold at a fair price given that the Vault Boy phone/controller holder retails at Walmart for $57 and the bobblehead figures are each sold for $15 on the Bethesda website. Of course, one could maybe save money and individually purchase the items that only interest them but that would also mean they would be losing out on what is actually a great package for any fan of the Fallout series.

In short, the Fallout LookSee Box from Toynk is well worth the price and given how satisfied I am with the delivery and the products, I will most likely order something from them again.

– Ricky D



Some people take my heart, others take my shoes, and some take me home. I write, I blog, I podcast, I edit, and I design websites. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Goomba Stomp and Tilt Magazine. Host of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast and the Sordid Cinema Podcast. Former Editor-In-Chief of Sound on Sight. Former host of several other podcasts including the Game of Thrones and Walking Dead shows, as well as Sound On Sight. There is nothing I like more than basketball, travelling, and animals. You can find me online writing about anime, TV, movies, games and so much more.

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Sad News DS Fans: The Nintendo 3DS Has Been Discontinued



After almost ten years in service, Nintendo’s portable 3DS console has officially been discontinued according to Nintendo’s official website. This applies to all the various models of the console: the 3DS, the 2DS, the New 3DS, the New 2DS, the 3DS XL, the New 3DS XL and the New 2DS XL.

The 3DS was an innovative handheld gaming console upon its release in 2011, combining 3-D technology and gaming without the need for special 3-D glasses. The 3D effect was obtained via an optical illusion with the systems screen- a stereoscopic effect that could be turned on with a slider. I remember the awe I felt the very first time I used the 3DS. It felt like a whole new era of gaming encased in a small and sleek package.

Although not hugely popular when it was first released, sales of the console grew a few years after. Since the release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017, sales of the 3DS have been steadily declining so it is not a huge surprise that Nintendo have made this decision. However, it is still a sad moment for DS fans as it means the end of solely portable consoles for Nintendo. I have a lot of fond memories from my 3DS and my plain old DS. I still remember getting the original DS for my birthday in 2006 and spending the rest of the day playing Nintendogs. Good times.

So raise a glass, bid farewell and press F to pay your respects to the 3DS and the DS console in general. You will be missed, dear friend.  

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The ‘Mass Effect’ Remastered Trilogy Rumours Are Back in Full Swing



Desperate Mass Effect fans- myself included- have long been hoping for an announcement of a remaster of Bioware’s epic space drama trilogy. Despite no news coming from Bioware themselves or publishers EA, the fandom has been clutching at straws in regards to a remaster. However, there have been a couple of suggestions here and there- such as the listing of a Mass Effect art book coming in March 2021- that point towards a remaster coming our way. The most recent suggestion is possibly the strongest yet so let’s take a look.

A Portuguese retail website recently posted a listing for the Mass Effect Trilogy game, complete with box art and various console versions. The listing showed three different versions of the remaster: A PlayStation 4 version, an Xbox One version and a Nintendo Switch version. Prices were also posted with the retail listing- though they are listed as the euro currency due to the location of the site- with the PS4 and Xbox One versions listed as 59.99 euros and the Switch one down as 49.99 euros. The listing has since been deleted by the retailer site but thanks to Twitter- more specifically the Twitter user Nibel– you can check out the listing below.

This is very encouraging for us Mass Effect fans. It’s not so good for the person responsible for the listing though. Let’s be honest, they are losing their job for sure. The trilogy remaster has been circulating the gaming rumour mill for a while so here’s hoping that we will get some concrete information- and an actual confirmation- sometime soon.

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Square Enix Announces ‘Final Fantasy XVI’ for PlayStation 5





During today’s PlayStation 5 Showcase event, Square Enix revealed that acclaimed creators Naoki Yoshida (Final Fantasy® Xiv, Dragon Quest X) and Hiroshi Takai (Final Fantasy Xiv, The Last Remnant) are collaborating on an all-new standalone mainline Final Fantasy game, titled Final Fantasy XVI, for the PlayStation 5 system.

The news was revealed via the Final Fantasy XVI“Awakening” trailer which can be viewed below.

Here’s what Producer Naoki Yoshida had to say:

Final Fantasy Xvi producer (that’s right, just producer) Naoki Yoshida here. How did you enjoy the trailer? The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real-time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game. In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay.

Our next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021, so in the meantime, I expect everyone to have fun speculating, as we have a lot in store—not only for Final Fantasy XVI, but for Final Fantasy XIV, too. Needless to say, I’ll be working hard on both!

Final Fantasy XVI

And here is what director Hiroshi Takai had to say:

When Final Fantasy I was released, I was just another player─a young student with big dreams. By the time Final Fantasy V was in the works, I had earned myself a seat at the developers’ table… albeit at the very end. From there, I moved “online” leaving my mark on both Final Fantasy XI and XIV.

And now…XVI.

From the establishment of an all-new development environment, to learning the ins-and-outs of the PS5, the team and I have taken on countless challenges during our journey to bring you the sixteenth chapter in the storied Final Fantasy franchise. And though we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands. However, I promise it will be worth the wait!

Final Fantasy XVI

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