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This was a Secret Santa gift that until recently sat on the shelf gathering dust; I had taken a brief look at it when given, had a chuckle, then promptly ignored it. Having recently broken my...sob...beloved Superman mug, I spied this as a quick replacement. So what is it?
I suppose the easiest way to describe it is as a novelty mug; it is a normal mug for your tea or coffee, but is plain white, with the basic picture of a train going around it; kind of a black and white mug. The novelty is, it comes with three marker pens, with which you can personalise your train; so you can just colour it in, draw rude shapes, or do your own 'tags' if you are a street artist.
The mug comes in cardboard packaging, covered in graffiti art, with the pens included inside; mine were black, pink and green, although I'm not sure if everyone gets the same standard pens. The pens are specially for use with the mug, not for general use I'd imagine. Instructions are included. The mug is your standard size mug, average quality and weight.
So what do you do?
You basically draw whatever you want on your blank train, and you can wipe away anything you are not happy with and try again. Once happy, you then (I kid you not) bake in the oven for 30 minutes! at this point, whatever you have drawn on will stay there, so that amusing body part you drew is there to stay, remember that when you offer gran a cup of tea! If you left some space, you can actually draw some more, and re-bake the cup, but I just went mad first time round.
To look after it, all you have to do is wash it the same as anormal cup, so soapy water is fine, but it is not dishwasher or microwave friendly, so avoid those.
It is not a bad little novelty item, and a cheap easy way to get a personalised cup; it retails for about £4, so you haven't got much to lose. I quite like it, but I made an amusing doodle on it that makes me chuckle everytime I have a cuppa. The gift that keeps on giving!