Two of the strangest pieces of Seiken Densetsu merchandise I’ve come across are the Zippo lighters that were produced for Legend of Mana. LoM is easily the game with the most merchandise associated with it, stuff like a trading card game, a picture frame, t-shirts, plushies, etc. but the Zippo lighters have always seemed like a pretty random choice for merchandise to me.
I’ve always seen pictures of the Zippos but I figured they’d be so rare that I’d never get them both. Also there is a Dawn of Mana Zippo Lighter as well that looks kind of intricately designed, but I had to choose between buying it and the Sword of Mana silver pendant while I was in Japan, I made the obvious choice.
Anyways, chances are you’ve seen the Rabite Zippo Lighter. I’ve written about it before in this news post (part 1).
I managed to find and buy one quite a few years ago, and I’ve set stuff on fire with it and had a grand time. In all the photos I had seen of it before it looked like an ordinary brass Zippo with some Rabites engraved on it, and that’s what it is. It came in a little metal box with “Original Zippo Lighter Brass” printed on it, and the LoM Logo above it. Also there were only 300 made, and mine is number 284.
The second one I had only seen in small photos for a long time, but as far as I could tell it was less visually appealing because it just had the LoM Logo on it.
It was also a kind of tannish color which I assumed was because it was just normal brass instead of the silver looking color the other Zippo lighters tend to have.
Those two things kind of made me not care too much about getting my hands on it.
Anyways, a couple of days ago I stumbled on a website that had one of these second lighters in stock, so I snatched it up as fast as I could, and just this morning I got a call from the post office that I had a package that just came in, so I ran and got it and came back here to open it up.
I opened the box, cut it open, ripped off the bubble wrap and looked at what I had.
Instead of a metal looking box like the other one, this one came in a little wooden box with “Legend of Mana” written on it, wasn’t the full logo because it didn’t have the Mana Tree on it, and then under that it said “Original Zippo Lighter Wood”.
“Original Zippo Lighter Wood”
Ok, I thought, it’s talking about the box I guess? Surely you wouldn’t make a Zippo Lighter out of wood. So I opened the little thing up and it had all this brown paper grass in it, and lo and behold, a wooden Zippo Lighter.
Luckily it’s a brass Zippo completely coated in wood, so the Zippo insides won’t leak all the lighter fluid directly onto the wood, but it still kind of caught me off guard, because these things make fire, why would you coat it in the world’s favorite thing to burn?
It doesn’t appear to have ever been used, which is good because I would have felt bad if it had any smoke or burn damages on it, also 300 of these were made too, and mine is number 81.
I can only wonder if the other 299 still exist, or if they’ve burned up.
Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll be putting any lighter fluid in this one.