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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Excavating a Treasure X Figure from Moose Toys
* Once you open the package you get quite a bit of stuff: A treasure block, a black tray/ display base, a red digging tool and a treasure map. The clear plastic tray is just part of the packaging but I took a picture of it anyways. You could theoretically use it to keep some water in while your digging. I collected the bones I found in it.
Surprisingly, Step 1 is not "cut a hole in a box." It's actually to find the map. The map isn't really hidden, though, but I can understand Moose Toys' logic. The map does help guide you through the digging process. It also serves as a checklist for the treasures and as a way to show off all of the available minifigures in the line.
*Inside is the digging tool. It kind of reminds me of a four-way lug wrench but instead of having socket wrenches on the end it has four different excavation tools: A flat spade, a drill, a spear, and a rake. This is made of plastic but it is pretty heavy duty and definitely shouldn't break on you when you're using it.
* Here are all the pieces after the dig. You're going to have to rinse everything off and make sure that the holes for the joints are cleaned out. The sandy material rinses off pretty easily and doesn't really stick, so cleaning them isn't too much of a chore. At this point, once you have every piece, you can toss out the remains of the treasure block, too. I opened mine on a flexible cutting board so I could fold it up and slide it right into the trash.
* And here is everything cleaned off. Again, you're looking for a head, torso, weapon, two arms, and two legs (as well as the treasure chest). The joints are swivel joints and they plug in and pull out quite easily.
* And here's the assembled Goldblade! The assembled figure stands between 2 1/4ths and 2 1/2 inches tall. He's pretty cool and features swivel shoulders, swivel hips, and a swivel head. The weapon fits easily in his right hand while his left hand is designed for holding the treasure. Oh, yeah, treasure. Let's see what we got!
* The treasure chest comes wrapped in chains. In reality it is three layers of plastic with "chains" printed on it, but it keeps the chest dry and safe and goes with the theme. You can definitely use the included excavation tool to peel it open although a handy, dandy pocket knife works even better.
* After you remove those chains you are left with this small brown treasure chest! It's kind of cool and might work well in displays or in a game of Dungeons and Dragons.
* Take the lid off of the chest and you'll find this mysterious orange powder (Is it sand? Is it gold?) and a scroll. The scroll tells you to add water. Let's do that...
* Whoah! What's that? It's bubbling! Adding a bit of water causes the mysterious orange substance to bubble away. This is definitely the time to use the included black plastic tray.
* Inside is the treasure! I got the cool glow-in-the-dark "Jade Fortune Cat." I really like this treasure as it has a near sculpt, plus the cat is wearing some funky sunglasses.