After the BTS-Themed UNO Cards, We Want to Have These Special Editions Too
by Jace Amodo, July 31, 2019 12:23pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
At parties or sleepovers and even lunch breaks, playing the classic UNO card game is always a blast. Who knew a 112-card deck can build (or break) friendships? When you thought the classic tabletop game is entertaining enough, then you haven't heard of themed UNO cards yet.
Developed in 1971 and owned by toy company Mattel in 1992, UNO has seen hundreds of designs and rule alterations ever since. The most recent being the Bangtan Sonyeondan's (BTS) limited edition deck, featuring none other than this K-pop band’s members: Kim Nam Joon (김남준), Kim Seok Jin (김석진), Min Yoon Gi (민윤기), Jung Ho Seok (정호석), Park Ji Min (박지민), Jeon Jeong-guk (전정국), and Kim Tae Hyung (김태형). It has been the talk on the interwebz by BTS fans (aka ARMY) around the world, including Filipino stans; which is why they'd be delighted to know that these bad boys are exclusively available for pre-order at National Book Store for 400php.
There are countless designs of UNO cards for us to choose from, but not ample to say any type of pop culture fans can celebrate their fandom. With that, we're drawing more than two cards of ideas for this tabletop game to elevate our UNO experience. Which one would you cop?
We already got BTS, why not collaborate with the current highest-charting female K-pop act? As with the rise of collaborations between K-pop and Western pop acts (see BLACKPINK and Dua Lipa's Kiss and Make Up), it's only a matter of time before UNO keeps up—unless YG Entertainment, BLACKPINK's company, won't see the market. Give us BLACKPINK in this area, and we'll play as if it's our last.
Can you believe that EXO's maknae (youngest member) is now 25 years old? That's Oh Se Hun (오세훈). He’s probably one of the K-pop idols you grew up fangirling or fanboying, especially if you're on the cusp of being a Gen Z and a Millennial. Now imagine a card game that celebrates the same passion you have for them. It'll prolly be out of stock in a few minutes c/o Filipino EXO-Ls.
Reverse? How about flip with an Upside Down card? With a Stranger Things-themed UNO, the thrill is much more exhilarating. The "Draw Two" cards can be represented by Demogorgons; the "Draw Four," by the Mind Flayer. It's also worth noting how UNO's color scheme is somewhat aligned with the sci-fi series's palette—much to a colorful, flamboyant person's pleasure.
Game of Thrones
Saying Game of Thrones had its fair share of audience is an understatement. Whenever a new episode aired, the world watched. A slight difference is that it only takes a few minutes for this game to declare the "one" winner. Isn't that better than the game that took eight years? *insert shrugging emoji*.
Rick and Morty? Family Guy? Bob's Burgers? Whatever, man. UNO has several designs inspired by Cartoon Network shows, but none so far from Adult Swim, which is CN's adult-oriented nighttime programming block. The product may not amass a huge consumer count as CN editions, but it'll fare to specific, loyal fans of Adult Swim. That scores as a marketing strategy, right?
Hardcore The Office fans won't hesitate to cop its UNO deck. That's because, in Michael Scott's words, it's exactly what they know they have to do, but in a much more real sense, they have no idea what to do. Themed UNO comes with slightly varied direction and special card; this deck's special rule could be to cite a quote from the series while keeping a straight face (let's be honest, it's hard). But if your memories are clogged, maybe distract them with memes throughout to turn the tables around. Winner takes the dundy!
DC? Done. Marvel? That's dealt with. Our local superheroes deserve a slot in this list not only to celebrate our local comic artists but also to preserve the legacy beyond TV and film adaptations. Lastikman, Captain Barbell, Dyesebel, Panday—these and much more Mars Ravelo's characters are enough to create a deck. Skip shouting UNO; We'll do you one better: DARNA! (could've also been Captain Barbell, but we'll be preceded before we even finish).
When the cashless tap-and-go Beep card collaborated with Sanrio for a limited edition Hello Kitty Beep Card, Filipinos were quick to head wherever it's available. The same will be true once UNO collaborates with the fandoms mentioned above. For now, let's settle with what's available and continue to beat our friends to it.