Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
The snow in Springfield is falling and friends are calling…oh wait. Anyway, the snow is Springfield is falling and the store is full of premium items from Christmas past! It’s like 2 of Ebeneezer’s 3 ghosts are visiting us, as we’ve got premium items of Christmas past & Christmas present in our stores.
As with Christmases past (and other events) EA has decided to make old items new again, and give players who might have missed out on something a second chance to get it. Of course that second chance doesn’t come with out a price, as many of the returning items are premium.
Last Friday EA brought back Several items from Christmas past…although most are from recent past (like Phase 1)….Zutory, Mr, Plow, Plow King, Plow King’s Plow, Fever Cabin, Homer Fever Snowman & Burns Fever Snowman.
I know many of you have been asking if these items are worth your Sprinkles. Well before you hit that confirm button…let’s break down the pros and cons and take a look and see if these items are worth YOUR donuts!
This will run a little different than our typical Should I Buy posts. Basically I’ll give you a quick overview, some pros and cons & my opinion on it now…but I’ll also link you to the previous Should I Buy for more insight…
REMEMBER: ALL of these items will leave the store on 1/9/15. So make your purchases before then…or you’ll miss out.
Let’s get started with…the Characters coming back for this week.
Cost: 115 Donuts
First Introduced to TSTO: Christmas 2014, Phase 1
How Did You Get it Before: Prize you won for completing all of the Elf Tunnel Tasks.
What Does it Do: Premium character for Springfield, full list of tasks and questline.
-Premium character, earns 50% more on all cash and xp for tasks completed.
-Comes with a full questline
-Chance for those that missed out on completing all of the Elf Tunnels, and didn’t earn him, to get him.
-Was completely free just 2 weeks ago
-Crazy Expensive for just a character. No building/decoration comes with him.
Personally this one is a complete pass for me (although I already have him from Phase 1). It’s a complete slap in the face (IMO) that EA is offering this an a premium option during Phase 2. Especially with so many players having a glitch that prevented Zutroy from hitting their games. Personally I think you should save your donuts and pass on this guy, if you don’t already have him.
Character: Mr. Plow
Cost: 90 Donuts
First Introduced to TSTO: Winter 2012, Reintroduced Christmas 2013
How Did You Get it Before: Premium
What Does it Do: Typical Premium Skin
-A Simpson Classic! (Come on I dare you not to sing the song…)
-The same price he originally was in 2012.
-Has a lot of fun outdoor tasks (Melt Snow is my favorite)
-Makes Homer earn at a premium rate (50% on all cash and XP)
-Should have a questline associated with him (at least he did last year)
-A Skin for Homer. So you’ll need Homer free to use it
-A bit overpriced for just a skin for Homer
I own him and love him. How could you pass up Mr. Plow? He has got a lot of fun outdoor tasks & allows Homer to earn at a premium rate. If you have the donuts this is one I say go for…and then sing the jingle over and over again!
Character: Plow King
Cost: 80 Donuts
First Introduced to TSTO: Christmas 2013
How Did You Get it Before: Wheel Prize
What Does it Do: Skin for Barney. If you don’t have Barney you can’t use it.
-Another classic to pair with Mr. Plow
-Comes with a questline (at least he did last year)
-Requires Barney. So if you didn’t shell out the donuts for Barney it’s basically useless.
-Was basically Free last year..a prize from the Wheel.
-Steep price for a Skin…that has to go on a premium character
-Questline is short & not as good as Mr. Plow’s.
I own this, because I won it last year (and yes I have Barney). But paying 80 donuts for this skin, in my mind, is a pass….especially when you have to shell out another 200+ just for Barney. So my advice is save your donuts (unless you REALLY want him and have nothing else you can get) and spend them on Mr. Plow or Stupid Sexy Flanders.
Decoration: Plow King’s Plow
Cost: 50 Donuts
First Introduced to TSTO: Christmas 2013 and again in 2014
How Did You Get it Before: Christmas Prize (9th Prize Won) & a Tunnel Prize if you didn’t already have it.
What Does it Do: Basically nothing. It’s a decoration for Springfield. No bonus % awarded though. Does boost Vanity by 600 points
-Another vehicle for Springfield
-Was free last year & this year (was a tunnel prize if you didn’t get it last year)
-No character interaction
-Like all other cars and objects in Springfield it cannot be placed on the road.
I own it and it’s ok. It sits outside of my Skating Rink but really serves no purpose to my Springfield. This is another complete pass for me. There’s no benefit to having it in your Springfield (other than it looking cool) and personally I don’t think it’s worth the 50 donuts. So save those sprinkles for something a little better down the road…
Buildings/Decoartions: Fever Items….Cabin, Homer Snowman, Burns Snowman
Cost: 20 Donuts each for the Snowmen & 60 Donuts for the Cabin.
First Introduced to TSTO: Christmas 2014, Phase 1
How Did You Get it Before: Tunnel Prizes
What Does it Do: All are decorations. So basically they just sit there…although the Cabin is animated. No bonus % associated with them. They do each improve Vanity (200 each for the Snowmen & 1,000 for the Cabin)
-Chance to get some items you may have missed from Phase 1 if you didn’t do the Tunnels
-Cabin has a nice animation when tapped.
-Were free just two weeks ago
-No $/xp associated with the cabin…it’s decoration only.
-No bonus % paid out for any of the items.
I own all three from Phase 1 of Christmas (as i’m sure most of you do)…but it was a struggle to find the right fit in my town for them. These are a pass, IMO, because they’re just not worth the donuts. Plus you don’t know if the Snowmen will melt when Winter’s over (like the other snowmen do)…and then you shelled out donuts for a non bonus % earning decoration that’s melted and you have no idea what it is. My advice…save your donuts.
Where Did That Come From
So that sums up all of the…”if you haven’t seen them, they’re new to you” premium items!
Remember…everything is marked Limited-Time. And they will ALL leave the store on 1/9/15. So if you’re thinking about making a purchase do so before they disappear again!
What do YOU think of the items? Have you purchased any? Have some from previous Christmas, or Phase 1? Any advice on what to buy for TSTO Noobs? Sound off in the comments below, you know we LOVE hearing from you!