Should I Spend Donuts On the December 21st Returning Items?

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s snowing in our pocket-size Springfields!  Yes that magical time of the year when our towns are blanketed with snow and there are LOADS of items from Winters past to spend those sprinkles on!

Of course with that limited-time label it can be tempting to buy everything that looks awesome because it’ll be gone soon.  But don’t sweat it!  That’s where we come in to tell you what’s worth those donuts and what you might want to hold off on.

Wondering if you should add The Best Snowman Ever, Gingerbread Mansion, Murderhorn, Snow Monster, Reindeer, Fancy Igloo, Duff Beer Tree, Ice God, Holiday Totem Pole, Bonestorm Santa, Annual Gift Man, Candy Kevin, Kearney’s Other Son, Duff Center Arena, Giant Outdoor Fireplace, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers (and Babysitter Bandit), Elf Home, Egg Nog Bar, Festive Trashcan Fire or the Exotic Petting Zoo (and accessories) to your Springfield?  Well before you hit that confirm button let’s break down the pros and cons of adding these throwbacks to your Springfield…

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EVERYTHING Listed Leaves Stores January 3rd, 2017

There are A LOT of items to cover…so before I get into this list I want to be clear on one point.  Don’t buy any item for the voucher rebate.  Buy the item because you like it/want it not because of the vouchers attached to it.

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Item(s): Super Bundle: Gingerbread Mansion and Best Snowman Ever (fully leveled up)
Donut Cost: 110 Donuts, can purchase separately if you already have one
Voucher Return: 240indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt on Best Snowman and 420indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt on Mansion.  So bundle 660indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Best Snowman Ever; Gingerbread Mansion
Earns: Nothing.
My Opinion On Them Now: Not worth the donuts.  They were cute last year when they were free, but not worth spending 110 donuts on.  Especially without a payout/bonus %. Final Thought: Pass

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Item: Murderhorn
Donut Cost: 250 Donuts, 100 Donut Rebate. Net 150 Donuts.
Voucher Return: 1,500indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Murderhorn
Earns: 5% Bonus on all cash and XP
My Opinion On It Now: I still don’t think it’s worth the donuts.  (and the bonus % still isn’t that great..) It’s massive.  So unless you really want this item because of an attachment from a past episode…pass.  Final Thought: Pass, unless you have an emotional attachment towards it.

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Character: Snow Monster
Donut Cost: 70 Donuts
Voucher Return: 420indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Snow Monster WDTCF
Full Character or NPC?: Snow Monster is now a full character, thanks to an update a short while ago
My Opinion On Him Now: He’s not bad, but it’s still over priced for a stand alone character.  While he does have tasks, he’s completely limited in what he can do and is never used for Events.  If you like him, grab him.  Otherwise pass. Final Thought: Meh…

Reindeer

Item: Reindeer
Donut Cost: 20 Donuts
Voucher Return: 120indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Reindeer
Earns: .50% on all cash and xp
My Opinion On It Now:  While not a great return for donuts spent, I know this little guy has been on the wishlist of many of you for awhile now.  So if you’ve been wanting him, now’s your chance.  Final Thought: Ok pick up.

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Item: Fancy Igloo
Donut Cost: 20 Donuts
Voucher Return: 120 indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Fancy Igloo
Earns: .5% On all cash and XP
My Opinion On It Now: Similar thoughts like the reindeer, but this one is more of a novelty.  I’d grab one if you really want it and be done with them.  Final Thought: Meh

Duff Beer Tree

Item: Duff Beer Tree
Dount Cost: 10 Donuts
Voucher Return: 60 indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Duff Beer Tree
Earns: .25% on all cash and XP
My Opinion on it Now: Fun item, in my mind anyway.  10 Donuts isn’t a bad price for something fun in Springfield.  If you like the design grab it. Final Thought: Ok to buy.

Ice God

Item: Ice God
Donut Cost: 30 Donuts
Voucher Return: 60indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Ice God
Earns: 2.25% Bonus on all cash and XP
My Opinion On it Now: Bonus % alone is worth it on this one (too bad it’s unique).  Pick it up! Final Thought: Buy

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Item: Holiday Totem Pole
Donut Cost: 10 Donuts
Voucher Return: 60indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Holiday Totem Pole
Earns: 2.5% Bouns on all cash and XP
My Opinion On It Now: Buy it!  Bonus % is amazing for 10 donuts spent. This should even be a question..grab it. (once again, too bad it’s unique!) Final Thought: Buy!

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Character: Bonestorm Santa
Donut Cost: 45 Donuts
Voucher Return: 270indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Bonestorm Santa
Full Character or NPC?: NPC on this one, animation when tapped
My Opinion On Him Now:  Meh.  NPCs never really do much for me, and this one is no exception.  If you’re an NPC collector pick it up, otherwise pass. Final Thought: Meh, pass.

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Character: Annual Gift Man
Donut Cost: 45 Donuts, 10 Donut Rebate. Net 35 Donuts
Voucher Return: 270indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Annual Gift Man
Full Character or NPC?: NPC on this one, animation when tapped
My Opinion On Him Now:  Meh.  NPCs never really do much for me, and this one is no exception.  If you’re an NPC collector pick it up, otherwise pass. Final Thought: Meh, pass.

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Character: Candy Kevin
Donut Cost: 40 Donuts, 10 Donut Rebate. Net 33 Donuts
Voucher Return: 270indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Candy Kevin
Full Character or NPC?: NPC on this one, animation when tapped
My Opinion On Him Now:  Meh.  NPCs never really do much for me, and this one is no exception.  If you’re an NPC collector pick it up, otherwise pass. Final Thought: Meh, pass.

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Character: Kearney’s Other Son
Donut Cost: 90 Donuts
Voucher Return: 540indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Kearney’s Other Son
Full Character or NPC?: Full character, complete with questline and tasks
My Opinion On Him Now:  A bit expensive for just a character, but he’s fun and makes me laugh.  If you’re in the market for new character to play around with this is a fun buy.  It’s over priced but fun. Final Thought: Lukewarm buy.  Fun item, but overpriced.

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Item: Duff Center Arena
Donut Cost: 200 Donuts, 60 Donut Rebate. Net 140 Donuts
Voucher Return: 1200indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Duff Center Arena
Earns: $120, 12xp/6hrs
My Opinion On It Now:  Still overpriced, even with the rebate, for just a building. So unless you really feel like this is missing from your sports complex, pass.  Final Thought: Pass

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Item: Giant Outdoor Fireplace
Donut Cost: 35 Donuts
Voucher Return: 210indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Giant Outdoor Fireplace
Earns: 1% on all cash and XP
My Opinion On It Now:  Ok buy for the donuts.  At least it has a bonus %.  But it is giant, so make sure you have the right spot for this before buying.  I’m still meh on it..it was free last year and I don’t think i’ve taken out of inventory. Final Though: Meh

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Building/Character: Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers Babysitting Service and the Babysitter Bandit
Donut Cost: 120 Donuts
Voucher Return: 720indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers Babysitting Service and the Babysitter Bandit
Earns: $90, 10xp/4hrs
Full Character or NPC: Full character, with questline and tasks
My Opinion On It Now: Hands down the best offering of the bunch.  If you passed on this last winter don’t let it slip away again.  Buy this classic combo!  Final Thought: Buy!

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Item: Elf Home
Donut Cost: 60 Donuts
Voucher Return: 360indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Elf Home
Earns: 2.5% bonus on all cash and XP AND $260, 26xp/10hrs
My Opinion On It Now: One of the better buys of the stand alone buildings offered in this round.  Not only earns a bonus % but also income.  Nice buy.  If you can get it i’d pick up one or two. Final Thought: Decent Buy. Consider grabbing one (or two)

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Item: Egg Nog Bar
Donut Cost: 60 Donuts
Voucher Return: 360indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Egg Nog Bar
Earns: $105, 11xp/ 3hrs
My Opinion On it Now: I like this bar, mostly because of how it fits into my Springfield.  Another one of those if you like it grab it.  But honestly I’d rather you spend the 60 Donuts on an Elf Home over this.  Final Thought: If you really want it, grab it. Otherwise pass.

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Item: Festive Trashcan Fire
Dount Cost: 3 Donuts
Voucher Return: 20 indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt
Previous Post: Festive Trashcan Fire
Earns: Nothing
My Opinion On It: These are fun to add around Springfield, and at 3 donuts each it’s not a bad decoration.  Downside is it earns nothing.  So if you’ve got a need for them, and would like to spruce up Springfield pick them up.  Otherwise pass. Final Thought: Toss up

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Item: Moe’s Exotic Petting Zoo Bundle.  Includes: Moe’s Petting Zoo, Pig of Paradise Pen, Wooly Mammoth Pen, Land Octopus Pen.
Donut Cost: 8o Donuts (Can buy individually as well if you already own any)
Voucher Return: 205 indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt for Moe’s, 90indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt for Pig Pen, 90indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt Wooly Mammoth Pen and 105 indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt Octopus Pen. Total 490indicator_xmas2016_giftreceipt for full bundle
Previous Posts: Moe’s Petting Zoo, Pig of Paradise/Wooly Mammoth/Land Octopus
Earns: Pens earn .50% bonus each, so 1.5% total. Moe’s earns cash/xp
My Opinion On It Now: Unless you really regret not getting this last year, pass.  Bonus % isn’t worth the donuts spent and it’s a massive Zoo when assembled.  Final Thought: Pass. 


Whew! And there you have it my friends, the breakdown on the returning premium items to hit our stores yesterday!

What are your thoughts on the returning items?  Do you own any of them already?  Will you be purchasing them this year?  Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!

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92 responses to “Should I Spend Donuts On the December 21st Returning Items?

  1. Does the reindeer stay still or walk around like Santa’s little helper
    Don’t want to waste 20 D’s on something that stands still

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  2. Seriously I would get the egg nog bar over the stupid elf home
    It don’t fit in Springfield the bar does it’s just a shame homer don’t have a task for it lol like cheat on moe drink at another bar lol
    The elf home I have I had to get a bunch of other Christmas crap
    Just to make a Santas workshop area get the bar not the elf house

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  3. Kinda funny how the Elf Home now gets “Nice buy. If you can get it i’d pick up one or two.”

    Two years ago it was “don’t waste your donuts on this. It’s a complete pass in my opinion.”

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  4. If you already have the giant snow pile from last year but weren’t able to finish it to the giant snow man, is there a way to finish him?

    Didn’t see it available for purchase so hoping there’s something, but I know it’s a long shot.

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  5. I have a question about the Babysitter Bandit. For her 24hour task does she go house to house or just stay in one building at a time?

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  6. Well, I pulled the trigger on the duff arena, which I agree is still expensive with the rebate but I really like the building. And, it got me enough vouchers for the platinum box and I got Sophie, which is great. I was worried I’d get the monorail station instead, but it worked out beautifully for me 😊

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  7. I’ve got a quest for Martin to show Lisa his Ice Castle, but I don’t have the Ice Castle. Is this something anyone else has encountered?

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    • Yeah. Since we already had ice princess Martin without the castle, the game is acting like we have it. I’m hoping they will fix it. I’ll be damned if I’m buying the castle just to clear a task. I would be fine if they just removed the task from my book.

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  8. I bought the murderhorn and got a free Northpole monorail station because of it! Can’t say that’s a bad deal for 150 donuts! And I’m trying to save enough tickets for another platinum prize!

    If it doesn’t work I’ll just go for the golf one but there is a 50% chance I’ll get plow king (the other is Victors secret, already have the rest). But I don’t have Barney so it’s useless! :/

    I really like the murderhorn though, I love how it looks next to my vulcano lair. “Do I have to climb that Mountain?” “No a little to the right!

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    • ThatOneWeirdTapper

      That’s exactly what I did, but sadly I got wally weasels as I didn’t get that prize from last year :/ Disappointed I didn’t even get a premium item.. I might get the duff arena for another platinum box, but I’ll probably end up getting the pay less motel.. 😦 I do agree though, the murderhorn is great! Hoping to squeeze it next to the gorge when the event is over 🙂

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  9. I don’t see a SIB on the giant snow globe. Last time it was offered as a Gilmdeal, you weren’t sure you were going to do one. I can wait until after Christmas, but I’d love to know what the Addicts think if any of you feel so inclined to share your opinion. I feel like it was hideously overpriced as the Gil deal (as almost all Gil deals are–so say my Addicts), but is it a better/good deal with the rebates?

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  10. Am I blind but I didn’t see the Giant Snow Globe, was it covered in another post? I’m asking because it gives 2.25% bonus and costs 125 but I was curious to see just how “giant” it is before deciding if I should go for it or not. Thanks

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    • If you have the confirm buy option on, I think you can “buy” it and then you can see it as you try to place it then cancel the buy. [Don’t blame me though if it sticks it in inventory]

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      • I can confirm that you can do it…I just did it myself a couple of times today.

        Another thing I also do when I’m debating getting something is to look for it in one of my friendvilles.

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    • Only reason I’m considering the snow monster is because he has a task at the snow globe

      I really like the globe!
      I passed on it for being too expensive when it first came out. Didn’t pass on it this time ☺️

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  11. If you buy the petting zoo do you get the animals as well? I missed the whole event originally and don’t want an empty zoo! Thanks 🙂

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  12. Good morning Sandra, saw it as it is now, I love the way you incorporated the ice burgs with land animals. I hope you have a happy, safe and some what pain free holiday.

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  13. I love that they’ve brought back stuff I’ve missed. I don’t know if I’ll get any of them, but I’m tempted to buy doughnuts for the first time ever.

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  14. Josephine Kick@$$

    Thank you Alissa 😊 I have a good choice for % on this one. So happy BB is available, I’ve wanted her for some time 😀 Picked up more reindeer, my single one was so lonely 😂 Definitely picking up more Duff Beer trees, they take up little space also 😀

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