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This a small flat-rate box stuffed with an assortment of goodies from Zen Magnets, Neoballs, Micromagnets, and Speks! Compared to the first, Box #2 has new and updated prototype tools in greater quantities and a wider variety of packaging inclusions. The contents of the box will be worth more than the price purchased individually. Consider this the raffle you can't lose. Even masterminds need some randomness in their lives. You'll get:
- At least $60 worth of magnets: Neoballs, Micromagnets, Zen Magnets or Speks.
- Potentially Mid-batch and prototype coated magnets.
- Prototype tools, and unique samples seen by nobody else.
- Stickers, microfiber cloths, other random schwag.
We can assure you that inside each mystery box there are at least 650 magnets, and 6 other items. And unless you're the 1% that wins a brand new Zen Magnets Mandala Set, something will be wrapped in an out-of-print page of Nintendo Power. Just cuz. Here's a summary of the major odds:
- 52% - Prototype Flag Tool (V42). A near final design multi-use variable thickness magnet manipulation tool, with a poker/lever at one end. Feedback appreciated.
- 35% - New Conveyor Tool (T13+R15). A new two-part tool to assist in one handed construction from a single chain. This is an early prototype. More about this below. If you end up with this, we beg for your feedback.
- 25% - Imperfect Mandala Box without accessories. This is the only way to get a handmade Mandala Box without buying a Mandala Set.
- 50% - Last Generation Zen Bamboo Box. The ones with solid lids that don't deserve to experience the landfill.
- 13% - At least 1 set of Zen Magnets. Of 200 boxes, 24 contain one set of Zen Magnets. And 2/200 are brand new Mandala Sets, valued at $289.
- 10% - A fresh Neoballs Tesseract in a newly released Multimetal or Rainbow variant.
Beyond that... it's a mystery! We're going to try our best to surprise you.
This is a chance for you to get your magnet-craving hands on a grab bag of one-of-a-kind magnet spheres and make some really creative sculptures. Maybe you'll be getting a test batch of glowing Neoballs that glow really well, but have a weird dull color to them. You might even get some magnets that aren't spheres! The images above do not show all of the possibilities.
About 1/3 boxes of trying out an early prototype of the Conveyor Tool. It's a one handed magnet extrusion assistant that allows you to feed magnets from your fingertips. While it's satisfying to loop them forever like rosary beads, the tool is (hopefully) useful for the single chain construction methods needed for most advanced builds. These will work with Zen Magnets or Electroplated Neoballs, but may be too abrasive for Polymer Neoballs.
No two mystery boxes are identical; they're like snowflakes or fraternal twins. So why not buy 2? Or 3?
Mystery Box #2 - Released 7/18/2018
200 boxes produced. Minimum 650 magnets, at least 5 other items. Including but not limited to: Mid-batch and prototype coated magnets, prototype products, unique samples, and random shwag. Median value ~$90, Minimum value $60.
- 1% - New Zen Magnets Mandala Set
- 13% - At least 1 set of Zen Magnets
- 5% - Neoballs Rainbow Tesseract
- 5% - Neoballs Multimetal Tesseract
- 52% - Flag Tool V42
- 12.5% - Feeder Tool T13+R15
- 25% - Imperfect Mandala Box
Mystery Box #1 - Released 5/29/2018
101 boxes produced. Minimum 650 magnets, at least 7 other items. Including but not limited to: Mid-batch and prototype coated magnets, prototype products, unique samples, and random shwag. Median value ~$90, Minimum value $60.
- 1% - New Zen Magnets Mandala Set
- 10% - Zen Magnets in addition to Neoballs
- 39% - Flag Tool, V31-V42
- 99% - Imperfect Mandala Box
I believe zen magnets to be the most beautiful magnets in the world. So when I found out that zen magnets made it though their proceedings I was over the moon. Because I was quite distort because of the absurdity of what was taking place.
I ordered 2 mystery boxes along with a multi coloured set of Neoballs. I was slightly confused when I received a shipment notification with an unusually large weight of 7lb stated. So when the package arrived and I opened it I almost fainted when I found that I had been sent a mandala set; more than I could have dreamed. It is truly a work of art in every detail and I couldn’t be more greaful. I also received a set of silver plated and nickel Neoballs in the second set with this awesome magnet sliding tool that has a satisfying click as the magnets slide though; very useful for counting quickly and just continuously running them though in a loop.
I would highly recommend anyone that respects magnets, mathematics and what I like to call sacred geometry to have a look at purchaseing themselves some zen magnets; they are stress relieving and mind expanding. You end up learning all sorts of strange things like fractal geometry and how to visualise vortex based mathematics.
I couldn’t be more greatful for my order; thank you so much everyone on the team there. Everyone please buy zen magnets, they are nothing to be afraid of, they just ask for respect. They are not a tool, they are an instrument for expressing the mind.
So i recently came across these little magnets and have enjoyed them so far. When i saw the mystery box, i was a little bit skeptical at first thinking i might not like what i get. But, what the heck, lets give my luck a try and grab 2 boxes.
Box #1: 859 micromagnets, 194 assorted magnets (white/dark blue/light blue/purple/nickle/red), 2 neo boxes (magenta/silver with slight discolor), 4 cards, the plate from a mandala box, 3 guide with cloth inside, 8 stickers, and the conveyor (which i have yet to try out)
Box #2: 3 neo boxes (silver with slight discolor/green/gold), a mandala box (i didnt thoroughly inspect it, but it looks like its still good quality for a reject), 2 3D glasses, 5 stickers, 1 guide with cloth inside, 1 cloth (that looks to be made for the mandala boxes), 8 little baggies that the extra magnets would come in, and the flag tool (which i have yet to try out as well)
Overall i think i liked the first box better, since who's gonna turn down that many magnets. I didn't get my fill with just 2 sets, so im asking for punishment and going back for 2 more. Only "reject" magnets in the 2 boxes that i saw were in the first one. The white magnets look to be oversized (when stacked with one of the other sets, they clearly made a longer chain), and i found a single dented silver magnet. Those rejects aside the set seemed more than worth its price. I look forward to seeing what i can build with my new magnets, and hope i get an even better box in the next 2.
I ended up ordering 3 of these mystery boxes because after I got the first one, I wanted more :)
In the first shipment, I got an imperfect Mandala box, a tin of nickel neoballs, a tin of assorted colored neoballs (a full set of red, some purple, some orange, and some green) in a mass, the penultimate tool, and then various cloths, cards, 3d glasses, etc.
In the second shipment, I got 2 more set.
Each set came with a mandala box padded insert packed outside of the boxes containing the rest of the shipment (ie, there was a large box with 2 inserts and two other boxes inside). In one of the boxes was multicolor neoball tesseract, a tin containing about 20 white neoballs and 2 pins, the new conveyer tool, the large building plate, and then a bunch of cloths, cards, stickers and 3d glasses. In the second, there was nickle neoball tesseract, another penultimate tool, and a bunch of cloths, cards and stickers (like almost 30 stickers).
Overall, I now have a ton of magnets to play with and a much larger collection which means I can take on some bigger build attempts.
The conveyer tool seems like it might be nice, but it's sadly built for hands that are smaller than my gargantuan paws. (I already have slight problems with the magnets and fine control of builds because my hands are large) For anyone who had normal sized hands, the tool would probably work great though (it works, sort-of for me.. I just cannot put it on my finger, so it's not a 1-handed tool)
If you’re reading this you are probably curious (slightly worried?) about what you can get in this. I got a tessaract cassette so I’m certainly a happy camper. Based on the statements neo/zen makes about the potential mandala boxes and slight defects, I was worried that they were looking to unload defects. Which is A-ok, I was just looking to get my first set, but they put the care into this offering. Nintendo power pages!? Are you kidding me, freaking amazing substitute to bubble wrap. Microfiber cloths? Probably didn’t need 5, but you sorta can’t have enough of these, so how can I complain. Stickers? I don’t really have a place to stick em’, but I’m sure there are plenty of people who would, so why not. Prototype splitter; probably useful if I need to pick one magnet off a full build, but I like magnets because of the tactile sensation so not sure if this will get a workout, but heck might as well get some feedback before committing to the machining and manufacturing.
No different colors, also not a complaint since Nickle is their most(?) durable coating.
Tl;dr, the challenge was on zen/neo to make a $60 mystery offering to satisfy whoever opens the box. I’m older and won’t use most of the accoutrements, but they still nailed it. Good job y’alls, I don’t write reviews, so consider this me giving you my praise. Buy a beer for whoever thought this up. Great way to get some revenue from things that don’t make the first QA pass. Happy I handed over my money.
I just received my little priority package today! it came with text notifications the ENTIRE way. it was a very nice feeling knowing where everything is in real time.
In my randomized albeit very slightly imperfect box of awesomeness I got the following prizes:
- 1 slightly imperfect box
- 1 key
- 1 sticker
- 2 pairs of 3D glasses
- 3 tins of neoballs
1 - 288ct Sterling Silver (looks perfect!!)
1 - 288ct Green (slight discoloration on few)
1 - 288ct Black (this one was tossed into a tin with no packaging also had an extra 72 black magnets!)
- 24 copper colored ball magnets
- 2 microfiber cloths
- 1 zen snap palette
overall I am extremely happy with this box of randomness and wish that zen magnets would continue to do these fun grab bags.
My Neoballs Mystery Box just arrived and here is the overview:
1. The shipping was crazy fast. Amazon Prime levels of fast (and free!). I ordered on May 29th and got it on June 1st.
2. The Mandala box is great, even if it's imperfect one a misaligned logo and other markings.
3. For magnets I got 216 black, 216 green, 216 silver, and 18 magenta. Unfortunately, 1 of the silver magnets had a big dent in it immediately upon opening the tin. Since I'm a "filthy casual" magneteer I can live with it.
4. The other swag included was 3d glasses, a sticker, 4 tiny ziploc bags, 5 microfiber cloths, and 5 instructions.
5. Also included was a "Penultimate Magnet Tool" prototype version 3.1B. It's basically a splitter made of hard plastic instead of something flimsy like a credit card. So far it seems to do its job fine.
The part I liked the least was having so many duplicate cloths and instructions (paired together). It would be better if there were multiple different designs on the cloths (would add to the collectability) and different instructions (current instructions are a basic overview, it could be split into multiple in-depth pieces instead). Or just 2-3 sets instead of 5. Then again this is likely just random rather than a set formula (somebody else might've gotten different results).
Overall it's a nice package for people who feel they want more magnets in their life but don't know where to start.
PS: The 1500 character cap is too restrictive IMO. >_