South Park has been my favorite show since I saw my first episode. I was in sixth grade and the show was just finishing season 1. I was way too young to be watching it but I had seen a few episodes before my mom realized what it was and the damage had been done. I was obsessed. I could not get enough of it and I drove everyone around me crazy impersonating the funny voices on the show...poorly. South Park was my introduction to satire and the early philosophy of the show, "Either everything is okay to make fun of or none of it is" made total sense to me and helped shape my sense of humor. I unknowingly introduced myself to binge-watching as I taped every episode and watched them the way most people watch Netflix nowadays. I suppose I'm a binge-watching hipster, I did it before it was cool. Over the course of the next few years I had watched so much of it I could find a way to connect whatever was happening in my life to something I'd seen on the show. Have you ever been around someone with a one-track mind and they get annoying and kind of kill their subject of choice for you because they just keep bringing it back there? Throughout school I was that guy with South Park. Sorry. I'm pretty sure some former classmate to this day flips channels, sees Cartman, shakes his head and says, "Fuckin' Louie..."
Though I've learned to pump the brakes on the references, South Park is still my favorite show. So when Loot Crate announced a special edition crate I didn't think twice about the price. I had to have one. It's arrived right in time for the end of season 20! Let's take a look.
Every Loot Crate comes with a pin and this Special Edition does not disappoint. Randy is one of the best characters on the show and I'm glad he's represented. I think the only way they could have improved on it is if they had made his eyelids half shut so he looked high. That's not a problem though, I will definitely wear this. For those of you who haven't seen the episode this is referencing, in season 14 Randy finds a medical marijuana dispensary but is told he can't get a card unless he has a serious condition, like cancer.
This Safe Space tape is the one item in the crate I don't see myself using or displaying. I understand wanting to include something from a recent season but I think this is a miss. I'm not going to put it up around my place. Maybe at a Halloween party? I still don't see it. I have a friend who works at a college. Maybe she can give it to one of the students and we can see if today's freshman get the reference or if they think it's an actual product. There are a lot of characters and events I would have rather seen represented: a goth kids notebook for depressing poetry, a menu from City Wok, the Terrance and Philip poster seen in the boy's bedrooms, a Casa Bonita County Jail picture frame...I could go on.
#3 is an item I might display, a South Park coin. I think it looks cool but the detail is so small I couldn't get a decent picture of it with my camera. One side features the classic boys at the bus stop scene and the other has the season 20 logo. I like it, but I'm not a coin collector. I don't see myself heading out to a coin shop to find a display case for it. I wouldn't necessarily call it a miss. I guess I'm just not as excited about it as the rest of the crate. Here, watch a bus stop clip. It's funnier than the coin.
I laughed out loud when I realized what this was. When I opened the package the image of Chef wasn't facing up so I saw the divots of the mold first. Some of the lyrics to the song from the episode are printed on the side of the banner I saw first so once I read the first line I knew that I was holding a mold for Chef's salty chocolate balls. I will definitely use this one. I wish they would have included some kind of recipe. Oh well, I guess I'll have to try the recipe from the full version of the song!
There were two Cartman items included in the crate. I have a lot of art and prints from my favorite shows and this 8x10 is definitely something I can see framing and hanging up next to the rest of my South Park collection. It includes all of the best costumes Cartman has worn over the years. It's hard to pick a favorite, between Fatbeard, A.W.E.S.O.M-O, The Coon, and the 25 other variations featured. I'm glad it's part of the crate!
I've always been a fan of merchandise that's modeled after an item the character from the show would want, like Terrance and Philip dolls or Cheesy Poofs so I was surprised in the best way by this item. Cartman's favorite doll, Clyde Frog, has been brought to life exclusively for this Loot Crate. I can see Clyde frog sitting on the shelf next to a Cartman figure, for sure. This is a solid addition that was cleverly spoiled by the holiday window in Barneys New York this year. I would have never guessed Clyde Frog would be a part of the crate but I'm happy to have it.
I've saved my two favorite items for last. Coincidentally, they're both relevant to the upcoming video game the Fractured But Whole (say it out loud, hehehe). I'm normally not a fan of costume hoodies but this is one is pretty sweet. We have a reversible Kenny/Mysterion hoodie that fooled me at first. I saw the orange hood and assumed it was going to have some blood stains or visible broken bones like the dead Kennys of the first few seasons but I held it up and saw I was wrong. Then I tried it on and saw the question mark on top of the inside of the hood. Nicely done, Loot Crate! I picture myself wearing the Kenny side more often than Mysterion. It's subtle. Most people will probably just assume I'm wearing a regular orange hoodie but hopefully diehard fans will notice the brown cuffs on the sleeves and the line straight down the middle. It'll be nice to have the Mysterion option though, especially if I wait until the last minute next time I'm headed to a costume party.
My other favorite item is, of course, a vinyl figure! This exclusive glow in the dark Professor Chaos is perfect. Kidrobot recently released 7" figures based on The Coon, Mysterion, and Professor Chaos that are worth a post of their own and I'm so glad a variant of one of them was included in the crate. I would have loved getting any of these figures but seeing Butters' super villain identity was the one included made an awesome crate that much better.
The packaging Kidrobot has designed is almost as great as the figure too! The comic book art on the sides looks like it might be just as nice to display. I can't wait to collect the others and complete the set.
I almost forgot. Loot Crate packages can be turned inside out and folded into artwork to display. This one is pretty big. You can unfold it and use the stickers included to make your own South Park Elementary bus! Like what you see? I think Loot Crate still has some of these in stock. As a longtime fan I think this is definitely worth it. Get on down to South Park before they're gone!