Hello everybodeee! Welcome to my review of King of Tokyo Monster Box starring Loveable, Furry old Wade! You probably want to stand back, I may have to bust out some flowcharts and possibly a spreadsheet to explain exactly who I think need to pick up this Monster Box. What? We blew the budget on the Monster at the end of the review shtick and there is nothing left to create flowcharts and spreadsheets? Damn, time for a flashback then: In 2016, just after the 2nd Edition of King of Tokyo was released, I picked up my (current) copy. Since then, it has made it's way to the table about once a week. I've never bought into sleeving cards but even after six years of considerable play, my copy has held up remarkably well. The only real causality was that a few of the character counters (for recording hearts and stars) have gotten loose, so they tend to move way too easily. So, when I came upon the Monster Box at my local game store and mentioned it to my wife, we agreed picking it up was a good idea.
Wait,what did that say? In the title of the review, did that say there will be a monster at the end of this review??? It did? Oh, I'm so scared of monsters! Okay, I'm not really that scared of monsters, if I was then the Monster Box would have terrified me. It comes with all of the normal monsters from 2nd Edition of King of Tokyo, the two monsters featured in the Halloween Expansion (Boogie Woogie and Pumpkin Jack), Pandakai from the King of Tokyo Power-Up expansion and Baby Gigazaur (which was only previously available in a Target exclusive version of King of Tokyo...and I'm not sure if they swapped Baby Gigazaur for regular Gigazaur in that version or included both...Either way, the Monster Box includes both.) Of course, it doesn't just include the extra monsters, The full versions of the Base Game, Power-up and the Halloween expansions are inside, including the second set of Orange Halloween dice.
Shhh, listen. I have an idea. If you do not scroll any further down, we will never get to the end of this review. And that is good because there is a monster at the end of this review...and there are bonus items included in this Monster Box: The aforementioned Baby Gigazaur, a cardboard KOT-themed dice tray, and 11 promo power cards. So, even for an obsessive like myself, there were plenty of extras even I didn't have. And while they do call this a Monster Box (it's big enough that I can include all my additional King of Tokyo Characters), it isn't a massive coffin box. So, update your flowcharts, if you are a veteran King of Tokyo 2nd Edition owner who has everything and just want a crisp, new version with some kickstarter-esque extras, you won't regret this purchase.
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The Monster Box is also a near-perfect entry point for anyone interested in King of Tokyo. The base game is a battle of Stars and Scars, with players attempting to either eliminate all the other monsters by reducing their health to zero or earning twenty stars. You do so by rolling six dice with faces that include Paws (Damage to other monsters), Hearts (That give you back Health), Energy (the currency you use to buy evolution cards that give you variable powers), and numerical faces of 1, 2 and 3. Roll at least three of any number and you earn that many stars. You get three rolls per turn, so “It's like Yahtzee with monsters” will almost inevitably come up when teaching the game.
The inclusion of the Power-up and Halloween expansions mean it has almost all of the extras you will inevitably want for King of Tokyo. New to King of Tokyo? My flowchart says: Pick this up. I no longer have to say “If you pick up King of Tokyo, you probably want to get the Power-up expansion, it really makes each monster feel unique.” I can just recommend this Monster Box. Upgrading from King of Tokyo 1st Edition? The Power-up cards for the now discontinued Kraken and Cyberbunny are included...flowchart says: Snag this if you have the first edition. As you can tell, I'm ecstatic with my purchase of King of Tokyo: Monster Box. Okay, maybe my enthusiasm getting the better of me. No, you don't need the Monster Box if you already have King of Tokyo and the Power-up expansion. If you are buying it for the extra storage space and the few exclusives, you might be disappointed...Or just take the opportunity to gift your old King of Tokyo to the next generation of Kaiju addicts.
This will stop you from scrolling down. A heavy, thick, solid, strong picture of the contents of the King of Tokyo Monster Box! I would like to see you try to scroll down past it.
Well, look at that. This is the end of the review and the only monster here is Baby Gigazaur!
Isn't he the cutest! And you were so scared! What does he have? It's the power-up card “Tiny Tail” that let's you change any two dice to 1's! And look, he's purchased two cards with his tiny little energy! One is called Herd Culler (that lets you change any dice to a 1) and the other is called Freeze Time! It allows you to take another turn (with one less dice) if you roll at least 1,1,1! Uh..., wait, that means no matter what he rolls, he will always have at least three 1s until he has taken at least 1,2,3,4 turns! And if Baby Giga is in Tokyo, he gets TWO additional stars every time he starts another turn! Oh no. I told you and told you there was nothing to be afraid of....but I was wrong. Run, run for your very life. He has those unbelievable sharp baby teeth and finger nails, like every real baby, that are literal blood drawing talons.