It’s story time!
So, a couple of weeks ago I was visiting home for Thanksgiving/my birthday, and my cousin came over to watch the most recent episode of MLP. As he walked into the room, he brought a gift bag out from behind his back, gave it to me, and said “Sorry, I couldn’t resist”. Inside was this:
Yup, that’s right. Brushable Twilight, all-fours Spike, and Pinklestia. I thought it was pretty hilarious, although I’m not generally much of a merch person. As such, the question became how best to use it…
It was at this point that my parents pointed out we were having a white elephant gift exchange in a couple of weeks, and this could be an ideal entry. I was intrigued. How could I best maximize the hilarity value when it was opened? First idea: wrap it in duct tape. Nothing’s more manly than duct tape, right? I wrapped it in a brown paper bag, then completely covered that with duct tape. The result reminded me of the base of a tank, which was perfect — who’s going to suspect ponies inside a duct tape tank? I drew tank treads on the sides, found a CD-spindle cover to use as a turret, and hot-glued the whole thing together to get this:
Fast-forward to the night of the gift exchange. For those who aren’t aware, the rules of it work like this:
- Each person participating brings a gift to put under the tree.
- Everyone draws a number out of a hat. The numbers range from 1 to the number of people playing.
- The person with number 1 selects a gift under the tree, unwraps it, shows it to everyone, and takes temporary custody of it.
- Each successive person now has two choices: They can take a new present from under the tree, or they can gain control of one of the already-opened presents, forcing the old owner to go looking for a new present (either opened or unopened). They can’t take the present they just lost directly back, but all other presents are available to them.
- Once a person has gained custody of a particular present three times, it’s theirs for keeps.
As it turned out, the person who drew Number 1 was my gamer-savvy friend Ben, who enjoys things like World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament. I did an internal fist-pump as he went directly for my tank.
At this point Ben’s sister leaned over to me and said, “Please tell me there’s pretty ponies inside or something.” It was all I could do to keep a straight face.
Luckily for Ben, number 4 or 5 was Violet, a little girl for whom (it would become clear) a My Little Pony figure set would make her night.
So yeah, I was pretty pleased with how it all turned out. Not only did I get to troll one of my friends, but I apparently made a little girl very happy. Success all around!