How y’all doing? I’m back for yet another origin post from the 2014 TSTO Christmas Event. With new stuff comes my promise to let you know just where the items come from in The Simpsons universe. For this edition, we’ll take a look at the Tropical Island and Small Islands.
So the Tropical Island becomes available as our 8th Phase II prize once tappers collect 22,500 elf bells. The other three are $10,000, 30 donuts and 90 donuts respectively. Seems an archipelago wouldn’t fit in with The Simpsons but it does actually. To find their origin, we head on over to yet another Simpsons Christmas episode, this one aptly titled “Simpsons Christmas Stories” (S17:E9).
This episode is another three-part holiday episode. In the second segment titled “I Saw Grampa Cussing Santa Claus”, we discover Grampa Simpson is not a Santa fan. In fact, he’s setting a bear trap on top of the chimney. It all goes back to Grampa’s service during World War II. Grampa was a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater. Mr. Burns was his tail gunner and they were shot done by Japanese Zeros and crash landed on a tropical island. They find themselves there during Christmas.
Burns sees something in the sky and mistaking it for enemy aircraft, shoots down Santa Claus instead. Grampa and Burns rebuild Santa’s sleigh using aircraft parts. Burns steals it but thankfully Grampa is able to stop Burns by following on Prancer.
The sleigh is returned to Santa but he never returns for the downed airmen, hence Grampa’s grudge against the jolly fat man not named Homer. Best part is the episode rounds out with Santa appearing proving it’s not just one of senile Grampa’s far-fetched tales.
So the new decorations are islands with a sleigh, presents, and plan parts crash landed on them. The tropical island also has WWII airplane wreckage in the water. I think they are a neat way to pay tribute to Grampa Simpson’s service. While I’d say pass on the premium offerings especially considering they have no bonus multiplier, the prize and freemium island are a cool addition to the waters of your Springfield. What do y’all think? Hopefully lots and lots of tappers earn enough bells to add the tropical island to the waters of their towns. Until the next post… stay classy.
TTFN… Wookiee out!