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Confessions of a BTS Addict

As soon as I said I couldn’t afford it, I found myself in queue for BTS’ Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour tickets *shame*

And what the hell made me jump on Ticketmaster as if I didn’t JUST proclaim I couldn’t afford it!?

Love.

It was love.

Now my bank account has belly flopped, but I get to see The Boys in a stadium! *cue massive light ocean!* 《《o(≧◇≦)o》》

 

~ “Cheats” for Tomorrow’s Rumored Sale! ~

 

  1. Get into pre-queue!
  2. Select ticket prices first, then seats.
  3. Be quick (or fans will steal from under you).

The process was much better than for Love Yourself Tour tickets.  The page set-up was smoother.  The site remembered my place in queue when I accidentally refreshed the page.  I could select the specific seats I wanted instead of waiting for P1-P7 ticket mayhem to flash across my screen.  Best of all, it took me 2 hours to see tickets for Metlife and there was still higher level seating available.  The site just needs a way back to the seating chart from check-out; otherwise, there’s no way backwards.

No worries! All stadium tour stops are hinting at a second sale tomorrow!

Keep trying and stay fighting! (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و

 

 

Experience: #LoveYourselfInChicago

Before BTS in Chicago, I didn’t believe in post-concert depression.  Clearly, I was wrong.

BE FOREWARNED!

If you thought some of my other posts were long, you’re in for a treat! This one is longer!

 

~ 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 ~

 

I spent four, long, arduously stressful months trying to get tickets to see BTS in New York or Chicago.  My friend and I combined devices to become a tiny force to be reckoned with, only to lose out on tickets for New York AND Chicago!

October was coming around the corner.  I had set-up dozens of Facebook and Twitter notifications for various BTS groups and one extra special gem, BTSTicketBOT.  Eventually, I had to make a decision on one location instead of being bombarded by notifications for two, so I picked Chicago.  I started to search for BTSxChicago hashtags and various keywords in search engines until I hit the jackpot! I found LoveYourselfxChicago, a BTS fanbase in the Chicago-area that organizes fan events and charity drives.

DO NOT buy from unreliable websites such as Craig’s List.  You WILL be scammed.  No matter how tempting and how desperate you may have become during your search, DON’T DO IT! There will be tickets, just keep reading! (•̀ᴗ•́)و ̑̑

LoveYourselfxChicago was selling tickets for a suite ($250 each), at the tip-tip-tippy top of the arena with a full meal plan and semi-private bathrooms.  I told them, “I do.”

K, I was at peak gambling mode at this point before I had to look at the time and stop taking chances.  Originally, I told them NO! I wanna see sweat dripping from Namjoon’s forehead from P1 seating! Then I crumpled my wish on a piece of paper (seriously, I wrote exactly what I wanted multiple times on several slips of paper), before I meekly asked to be put on a waitlist.  (*≧▽≦)ノシ))

Luckily, we had already booked an Airbnb and THE cheapest transportation through Megabus ($13 total with tax, for two tickets)…..but you ought to know I’m never on time, so we missed it and had to drive (LOL!).

Yoooooo, my friend and I wanted to enjoy those charter seats and avoid the erratic Chicago traffic so bad that I called my niece to see if I got ahead of the bus, would she keep my car at her college over the weekend, just gas it up.  We didn’t make it.  Which…worked out for us later…We stocked up on flavored soju at Joong Boo Market and got some awesome food at San Soo Gab San Korean BBQ *cackles*

Finally! We’re in Chicago! We go to Mecca and it’s a barricaded parking lot across from United Center with people dancing it out to BTS music blaring from BigHit speakers.  Choreo, cheers, screaming over biases, everyone was just having so much fun! Hanging out in a parking lot was a bit of a let-down considering how much money we ARMY deliberately and emotionally give BigHit, but at least the Love Yourself banners and images were displayed everywhere.  It was nice seeing the block decked out for BTS:

 

 

Right at the entrance of the barricade was the lightstick help desk, so I made a beeline!

HERE’S THE ULTIMATE V3 LIGHTSTICK FIX!…put a little cushion on the bottom of the battery pack to boost it up.  There’s an issue with the battery not completing the circuit, so the light doesn’t come on.  The cushion eliminates that issue.  o(≧∇≦o)

There was NO line for merch.  Everyone came and went.  (I meeeaaaan, if you’re going to line up all night for first dibs, you shouldn’t have to wait all day right?).  Luckily, I had found a GO and we got merch without having to wait in line! We were able to meander over to the merch table after getting my lightstick fixed and lazily check off the order ballet whatever we wanted.  Merch availability was posted on banners.  The more popular items like the photo book, slogan, certain t-shirt sizes, premium photos, etc., were sold out, but there was a ton of lightsticks, mini lightstick rings, and photo cards, left over.

Legit. We were in and out in minutes.  The longest part was making up my mind.  I even purchased more PCs after a change of heart while still staring at the cashier (I needed at least two packs!).

Next, we were on the prowl…to sell fanmerch! This was our first time.  We had created some Love Yourself themed pocket mirrors and were hoping to recoup some of the concert costs.  We almost got bounced by BigHit Staff (LOL!).  This lady came over to us like, “this is your final warning.” My friend said to her, you mean our first?! Cause, we ain’t never seen this chick or spoke to her before.  She pursed her lips a bit cause she knew that was dumb to say.  Meanwhile, fansites and savvier fan merchants were stealthily dodging BigHit Staff and United Center Security, just making a KILLING!

I friggin love fan merch so much.  I buy from fans all the time online and it’s my favorite thing to do at a kpop concert. Fan merch can be beautiful and are usually the better things the band’s company doesn’t sell.  Since they’re unique, you’ll never find it anywhere else and if they’re discontinued, it’s once in a lifetime, so it was a bit disappointing that BigHit had the place on lockdown.  It was greedy, especially with how they’re pummeling us fans with various collaborations and activities (Mattel dolls, Funko Pop Vinyls, UNO cards, BTS World, The Notes Books, etc.)  Support your fandom family!

Honestly, there’s not much more to do and since I didn’t enter the photo booth lottery, I don’t have more to describe. I realized the set-up is more of a dip-in and dip-out scenario.  Buy merch, see some sights, get pictures, then bounce (although, I’ve seen posts from fans in Asian countries where it’s a whole damn festival, but whatever America.  Capitalism sucks.).  We tried to sell more merch while fans were lining up at the entrances, then made our long walk back to the bus stop (I was not driving or paying for parking) and turned in for the night.

The lines into the United Center were extraordinary…because people wouldn’t listen.  Granted, everyone had to form a line prior to the doors opening, but eventually, security was telling people to exit the lines and enter through any of the other doors.  One whole section, with multiple entrances, had no lines, but fans were so damn scared to lose their place that they didn’t trust to leave their spot.  Most had reserved seats!  Swear, fans must have PTSD from how they have to fight for everything.  Security was checking bags and scanning people through the metal detectors very quickly, so there was no need for the uncertainty.  ¯\_(⌣̯̀⌣́)_/¯

The next day was CONCERT DAAAAAAAY! I’m gonna skip a bunch of stuff because it’s redundant and I pretty much talked about security.  How. Ever.  We did sell more fan merch (Thanks!), made mutuals, spoke to some great people, and even met Dee Skelliton.  Eventually, it was time to check our bags and ride that evasive elevator to the sky-I mean, our suite.

Kudos to the people that handed out free stuff.  I got a couple of PCs and lyrics to Seesaw in support of Yoongi’s solo stage.

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Word of caution.  Don’t overexert yourself.  We brought water, snacks, a hand fan, extra batteries, charger, and other necessities.  I thought we were ready, but that walking! Ugh! We must’ve walked the equivalent of 10 miles from the bus stop to United, around United several times, to Subway for grub, back to United.  We were tired AF, so when we got to the suite, we wanted to chill, but there were 20 other people already there and not enough seating with a view (suites can accommodate 20 people, but only have 10 stadium seats.  There were barstools and couches, but the TVs were not broadcasting the show).

But we had fooooooood, baby!  *raps* I’m a big girl, that likes big things, and I keep a plate, for my big dreams.  There was hotdogs, ciabatta sandwiches, meatball subs, fruit, a bunch of other stuff and champ-angia.  I was so stressed from low sales and so many people around me, I really needed a breather so when the attendant cracked that bottle open, I didn’t shy.  I got lit.

Music videos were blasting.  Snapchat Geofilter was on! We had our fan project banners ready (Day 1 and 2)! Fans were singing along with their lightsticks on.  And then, THE LIGHTS DIMMED! Our lightsticks went crazy colorful! BTS popped up from beneath the stage and I blacked out.

Swear, I remember screaming my head off, trying my best at the Korean lyrics, crying a shitload, streaming to my closest BTS friends (shhhhh! (*≧艸≦)), hopping from our suite to the practically-empty-suite these beautiful, magnificent, gracious girls were willing to share, but otherwise, I don’t remember a lot.  Luckily, there’s film….but I’m too embarrassed by my screeching to post it (and it’s taking forever to upload!), so enjoy these photos instead!  Mind you, we reached the last summit when we walked off the elevator.

 

We also got some amazing scenes:

If I were to describe the euphoric feeling I had seeing the boys in person, I’d never do it justice.  They were marvelous, engaging, funny and oh-so-sweet.  Hence why I’m pissed that I’m missing their stadium tour.  I told myself, I’m definitely seeing them next time…who knew they’d drop tickets this week?! This sounds weird, but I was extra upset that I won’t be able to go to one of the stadium stops and see the awesome light show.  Up to 80-90,000 lightsticks flickering and forming multicolored art in unison! Have you seen those videos? Wow. It would be such a breathtaking experience.

If you’re looking to get BTS Tickets, check out my other post.  The title is a little misleading, but my Plan B for getting tickets after they’re sold out is there.

If you’re banking on getting tickets direct from Ticketmaster…it’s all luck.  You can do everything correctly according to fans:

  1. Have multiple devices
  2. Recruit friends with multiple devices
  3. Have the fastest internet service
  4. Have multiple browsers and tabs open
  5. Not refresh the page
  6. For certain platforms, refresh the page
  7. Log-in hours in advance and wait to be placed in the queue

Even Ticketmaster provided a preparation guide.

You can do all that and some (I did) and still not score a single ticket.  Remember, based on the stage set-up, only 2/3s of the stadium’s seating will be sold, part of the tickets are already reserved for BigHit, Ticketmaster or another broker, and season ticket holders.  That means even fewer tickets will be available! Not only are you competing with each other but also scalpers with dedicated servers to snatch up tickets.

I’m not trying to scare anyone, just stating facts.  If Plan A doesn’t work, don’t give up hope! Plan B may be your best option. Just keep storing your coins and be flexible.  A couple of things on my previous post in the bonus section actually happened:

  • Ticketmaster released additional tickets, unannounced, a week or two before the Chicago concert date.
  • United Center sold extra tickets both nights of the show
  • People were posting last-minute ticket sales in various groups

It pays to keep checking the website, staying tuned to social media and just waiting in the box office line at the venue.

Another thing I learned while talking to various fans at United Center and also from social media posts, is that sometimes people with extra unsold tickets may just give them away! *screams*

If you choose to purchase resale tickets, do it through StubHub or Vividseats.  Both sites guarantee similar tickets if the ones purchased are fake or will refund your money.  Last year, StubHub realized how popular BTS is and created a dedicated customer service hotline (too many people were calling lol!).  Also, if you call into Vividseats, they might give a discount (the rep offered me 15%).  Lastly, if purchasing resale tickets from another fan, ask for proof and have someone else look at the proof with you.  You can even ask in groups if other people know of the account selling the tickets.

 

~ My Last Humble Opinion ~

 

Last year, Love Yourself tour tickets for Metlife Stadium had a decent resale price on StubHub because many ARMY had already purchased tickets: extremely overpriced resale tickets and multiple face value tickets in hopes for the right seats.  I’ve seen many ARMY say they might sit this tour out because they’re broke like me, they’re saving for other kpop concerts, or they’re unsure how different the Speak Yourself concert will be from Love Yourself stages.  That ups the chances for tickets and, if the demand isn’t as high as last time, the resale prices will go down about two or three days from the concert date and they’ll become lower the day of.  Hell, Ontario wasn’t a popular destination and those tickets were nuts.

Just don’t buy tickets because you can and then hold them in hopes of better tickets.  There will be more chances.  There were lots of tickets that were unclaimed.  Some of the top tier levels. Were. Not. Full.

So anything is possible! Believe it and stay fighting!


 

There you have it: This behemoth posting that tired me out enough over the weeks that I had to just publish the sucker and get it over with! LOL! Hopefully, this is useful.  I wanted to get it out sooner than the day Speak Yourself tickets go on sale.  I also forgot about DPR! Oh well. (੭ ˃̣̣̥ ω˂̣̣̥)੭

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BTS…Why You Do Me Like Dis?

Dudes, random and straight-up, why BTS tryna ruin my wallet with a spontaneous stadium tour?!

Sure, we can say they gave us a heads up, with “Oooo, I wish we could do a stadium tour,” but you were JUST here in October! (An experience I HAVE to share with you guys!) Their current tour ain’t even finished. I would’ve thought they’d return during the fall at the most outrageously earliest timetable.

When will they rest? Will they be okay? Will they be healthy by the end? Will Suga get enough sleep?! Is RM gonna do his UN speech?! How many new stages will there be?! WHAT EPIC LOOKS WILL THEY KILL US WITH?! AHDAHDFHAHFAHDFSA! (ू˃̣̣̣̣̣̣o˂̣̣̣̣̣̣ ू)⁼³₌₃

Also, they threw this on me (YES! MEEEEEE!) after announcing a Mattel and Funko Pop collaboration (UNO cards?! Effin really?!…I’m getting them tho ✧(σ๑˃̶̀ꇴ˂̶́)σ), The Notes books, I’m sure I’m forgetting more that I’m already paying for! OH! What about new BT21 Releases! And BTS World?! They still have to release new albums this spring. How much do you wanna bet they’ll drop new merch that says Speak Yourself? If they drop a new lightstick, we fightin!

UGH! I’m so broke…I still love them tho…with all my heart. *whimpers in defeat* RM…call me! 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

Anyway, here’s links for y’all that can actually make it *kicks rocks*

Transformation: How Do You Love?

This February I want to challenge myself.

February is all about love.  Think Valentine’s Day:  Chocolates, cards, sweets, Kdramas and the like.

It just so happens (lucky me!) I’m a part of a Facebook group (a heavily BTS biased group, but embraces multifandom too) that does various events for camaraderie.  This time, they’re having a Valentine’s Day edition card exchange! Perfect! This will get me out of my comfort zone and interact with different people around the world (Yes! I’ll be sending cards to the UK!).

Coincidentally, I’ve already given a lot of thought about love.  What is it, how does one portray it, how is it possible to exude love after building up defenses?  It doesn’t seem easy, but I wanted to try to understand and be more loving.

I’ve always thought myself to be a bit difficult and hardened towards other people.  This February,  for the card exchange, it would be great to challenge myself to show love to people I don’t quite know.

Hopefully, you know by now that I love me some RM.  I’m still recovering from Mono. and one of his singles Forever Rain (I listen to it every day y’all).  In it he says:

“I wish it rains all day
Cuz then people wouldn’t stare at me, yeah

Cuz the umbrella would cover the sad face
Cuz in the rain people are busy minding themselves.”

Genius Lyrics

We individually hide our feelings from each other as if we’re scared to be honest, afraid of ridicule (hence the scary faces in the MV and RM’s desire to mask his emotions in the rain).  This is silly because we all have the same feelings and we all share similar experiences.

When this album came out, so many people appreciated RM’s honesty.  Plenty of people experience depression, dissatisfaction with life, and a myriad of other emotions within the album. Why can’t we show these feelings outwardly in hopes to connect with other people who need help too? And why can’t those people be honest and reach back? It’s like we’re afraid of each other.  We shouldn’t be.

Soooooo, I hate when people ask me how are you cause I’m obliged to say “I’m good and you?” Well, I’m not good! And if I told you, would you listen? Or would you feel inconvenienced? Did you even care to know in the first place or are you just being cordial? It sucks! I should just start saying, “I’m terrible! I have uncoerced mood-sings, I don’t want to be here and I’m unhappy with my life!” Shake things up a bit! Lol!✧(σ๑˃̶̀ꇴ˂̶́)σ

This is why I’m challenging myself. Love is the most powerful force in life.  It shouldn’t be complicated or withheld from someone that needs it. So my cards all have love in it, within the body of the message, stickers, and salutations. I’ve been saying I love you more to family and friends, but now I’ll make a bigger effort (Since it’s February/Valentine’s Month, I can get away with it without being creepy lol!).

Hopefully, these cards will hit the spot and I’ll learn something from this challenge.  In the very least, I want to be able to say the word “love,” more often.  Every little step towards love, loving others and myself, will be excellent progress. I’ll give an update when the event is over with some additional remarks.

I love you!

It’s over the top, but I had fun making it! The front of the card is to the right. The PC and heart confetti goes inside! Uwu! (ෆˊ͈ ु꒳ ूˋ͈ෆ)

PS:  Cause I love Forever Rain soooooo much, I’ve added some analyses for your viewing pleasure ❤

Randomness: ARMY, Ya’ll Paying Those Ticket Prices?!

This will be my very first BTS concert.  In Chicago.  On October 3rd.  Me and my friend will be in that ARMY Bomb ocean doing the wave as long as God hears me and answers my prayers.  I’m fearful now that my optimism, at the highest it’s EVER been, was shot down in a brawl for tickets.

Lemme say something:  I was christened with the strength of K-Pop determination through the grit of getting tickets for KCon LA 2017 and GOT7 World Tour 2018 in NY.  I was made tough damnit. I knew I’d get tickets for BTS Love Yourself Tour!

My time limit was 10 to 15 minutes to score tickets.  I’d have up to 7 minutes for P1 or P2 tickets if I was lucky. GOT7 tickets completely sold out in 20 minutes, so I knew BTS tickets would sell out quicker including tickets released from check-out carts.  Three devices were at the ready.  My friend had two.  Not an impressive ARMY set-up, but we were doing our best!

So I’m in Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge with multiple tabs open, refreshing the pages sequentially.  Meanwhile, I’m checking Twitter and Facebook groups:

“I GOT TICKETS!!!”

“Powerhouse website crashed again!”

“Guys, don’t refresh! That’s how I got my tickets!”

“Tickets JUST went on sale and they’re sold out?! AGHAGJDAALNDAF!”

But I didn’t let that sway me.  I was on a mission.  In fact, I knew the perfect tickets were waiting for me.

I bought the limited edition Billboard BTS package with large posters and special Billboard Magazine covers for each of the boys and the first picture I saw was RM’s beautiful face.  Epiphany! I knew in my spirit I’d see him in person.  That’s how I knew these tickets were mine. ლζ*ε*ζლ 

Anyways, I didn’t get the tickets (LOL!), so I’ve been resale stalking for four desperate and starving months.

Here’s my real issue:  These resale prices are too damn high! Granted, I realized P1 tickets were underpriced.  BTS and BigHit love ARMY enough to give us a discounted price of $250 dollars for P1 and GA tickets.  Once tickets hit resale, I knew it was game on, but ARMY, why are you paying these outrageous resale prices? I’ve seen ARMY repost resale tickets at the same price they bought them, around $750 dollars or more!  I’ve watched LA and Oakland tickets sell from around $600 to over $700 dollars on StubHub and VividSeats.  There are barely any tickets available for Fort Worth, and those started at $900 dollars!

ARMY are panicking everywhere.  They’re asking each other whether to buy tickets at the current resale price and they’re encouraging each other to do so! Don’t do that.  I need everyone to take a deep breath and walk with me some more.

Remember, supply and demand.  As demand increases for limited resources, the prices increase.  We see this with the state of resale ticket prices.  It also doesn’t help that initially, a percentage of tickets were squirreled away by the venue, promoter, entertainment company and possibly the artist.  It’s all contractual, it’s all business.  That’s the way it is across the board, so we didn’t have much to purchase from the git.  Once the smaller amount of tickets hit the resale market, the prices sky-rocketed over time.

And ah-nother thing!  Have you seen ticket prices for Citifield and Hamilton?! They’re practically dirt cheap compared to everywhere else.  People are trying to trade with Citifield and Hamilton tickets.  Dude, I’m sure everyone got their tickets already.  You can’t beat those prices, even with the extra fees. ˃̶̀˂̶́)σ

But listen, in order for resellers to recoup the cost of these tickets, they have to sell them by the concert date.  Truly this is motivation to lower the ticket price.  If ARMY wait to purchase tickets, resellers will be forced to drop prices to recoup costs, especially if they have too many tickets to sell.  Buying tickets at the current rate will increase the prices across the board.  In turn, ARMY will begin to feel obligated to pay these ridiculous prices.

Watch any other resale on StubHub and see that resale prices typically are cheaper closer to the concert date.  In fact, the closer to the hour, the better.  The first LA concert is a perfect example.  A couple of hours before the concert, ticket prices hovered around face value.  This corresponds with what most BTS tour veterans have said about last minute resales.  Then Friday hit, and everything was a bust.  It got to social media that resale tickets are being bought up and all other dates suffered.  People have already bought all of the P1 and P2 tickets in the $500 dollar range for Chicago.  Ugh, stop!

Please be considerate.  If you have extra tickets, release them now.  Increasing the supply will decrease the price, therefore positively affecting ticket sales and last minute mark-downs.

This literally JUST happened with Fort Worth a few hours ago.  Now tickets start at $463, NOT $900.  Progress, yes! (•̀•́)و✧

If you have tickets but are looking for different ones with a closer view, stop.  Be grateful for what you have.  Have you already seen them? Possibly four times? Good, now stop.  Don’t be greedy.  And trading tickets for one location for another isn’t helpful.  Just sell the ticket! Me and my friend have two weeks before the Chicago concert with bus tickets, an AirBnB and absolutely no way into United Center.  Let’s help each other.

From what I’ve learned from my interactions on social media, there are four different ways to score tickets outside of StubHub and other ticket resale companies:

  1. Ticket trade and resale groups. Most I’ve found are on Facebook.  There’s BTSTicketBot on Twitter.  No sales fees! Yaaaay!
  2. Club suites. There are organizers out there purchasing suites and selling the seats for affordable prices.  Plus, food and drinks are included!
  3. Last minute online ticket sales. Without warning, sites like Ticketmaster and AXS will release tickets at face value.  Are tickets ever really sold out?
  4. Last minute sales at the venue. On the day of the concert, people are walking around or posting to social media (Twitter and resale groups) that they have spare tickets.  I read that someone got a free ticket.
  5. Last minute box office sales. This legit happened in Oakland.  The box office opened around 5:30 PM and started selling P1 tickets.  Ain’t that a bbbbbb…

Well, that was five things.  Now, go forth and scour the inters-of-net, set all the notifications and please, stop the madness.

♥ ボーナス! ♥ 

Here’s something underhanded that I think may be happening.  Scalpers can snatch dozens of tickets immediately at the start of ticket sales.  They can manipulate the market by posting only a few tickets to inflate prices.  ARMY will buy the tickets thinking there are no alternatives, and the prices stabilize at or increase to a higher price.  Once prices are higher across the platform, scalpers can introduce more tickets closer to the date at the higher prices and the demand will still be there to purchase them.  This is just my inkling.  I could be totally off base.

But this is true: resale ticket prices are usually reasonable right after a ticket sale.  Even though Citifield still has reasonable ticket prices, I’ve watched GA prices increase to around $600 (although there’s still so many cheaper tickets left, like wut?), so time really is a factor. Save up over the year so you can throw that money down!

The Unboxening: ARMY Bomb Version 3

I love BTS so much that I have two ARMY Bombs, wtf.

That’s right, I scoured the internets last year to find an ARMY Bomb Ver 2 and after a long exhausting search, I found it!

Noooobody had them, except Choice Music.  I cannot believe, one of the most popular, trustworthy KPOP shops that sells out of things in minutes had this damn bomb when it was sold-out EVERYWHERE! I can’t say I’m not lucky.  Or maybe…it’s destiny?  ʚ♡⃛ɞ(ू•ᴗ•❁)

Fast-forward an entire year later, I thought I was cute cause I already had the Ver 2 lightstick when everyone was breaking their necks to buy one, THEN BigHit drops Ver. 3! It’s a racket…but I’m here to review it!

They want our blood, sweat and tears y’all! All of ARMY’s college tuition, overtime and underfunded bank accounts.  Fly away my tiny dollars! Fly! o(╥)o

I have to preface this review by stating that I have two other official lightsticks:  MonstaX and GOT7 Ver. 2.  This ARMY Bomb Ver 3 is THE best!

In terms of material, it’s still made of lightweight plastic, but the quality is in the embellishments.

First off, the damn package came dented and I was afraid the lightstick may have been damaged.  Lucky me (땡!) the product was just fine!

Apart from MonstaX’s lightstick packaging, this design is very nice.  BigHit stuck with the Beyond the Scene logo with their usual minimalist aesthetic.  The box is very sleek and cool.  I almost didn’t want to give it up, but a girl only has so much room.

When I opened the box, the first thing I saw was the top of the ARMY Bomb.

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Not very interesting, but like I said it’s the details that count.  This Bomb came with: an attachable wristlet, cloth bag, user manual, customer rewards card, AND PHOTOCARDS!

I’m skipping to the photocards.  They’re glossy, oversized and are tha shit.  Plus, there’s a card for each member.  No need to trade.  All ARMY can feel complete after one purchase.

My other official lightsticks didn’t come with a bag, but they all have a nice attachable wristlet so the lightstick is easy to carry around.  Ver 3’s is a mammoth.  No dinky, thin strap here!  It’s wider, softer, though a little shorter, and where it only said BTS on one side, it now has ARMY on the other.

They love us! It’s so beautiful we’re being included throughout this release and that they realized ARMY needed a ride or die strap.  Must be all those surveys!

The ARMY Bomb has the same structure as the previous version:  BTS block type font, clear camouflage pattern, rattle pieces (although now more misshaped as opposed to previous ovals and now they easily stick to the interior walls), and ignition wick.  The size is still the same, but can now stand on its own because of the built-in base.  ARMY and BTS return on the base of the hilt, with BTS being replaced by the Beyond the Scene logo and ARMY with our logo *hairflip.*

The feel of the bomb is a little bulkier – think lightsaber – with a new second button to pair to Bluetooth.  The hilt color has also changed.  Ver 2 is silver and black.  Now it’s just all black.  Also, there’s an ugly manufacturer’s sticker on the side that crinkles around the edges.  I’m definitely removing it with Goo Gone so there won’t be leftover adhesive.

What I love most about this version is the inclusion of the BTS logo in the center of the Bomb.  It’s such an attractive feature, and when lit, it’s mesmerizing.

AGAIN! These *clap* embellishments *clap* are giving me heart palpitations.  BigHit and BTS must love ARMY ridiculously.  We’re now visually represented on this ARMY Bomb twice, they want us to stop getting wrist burns AND we can now stand this lightstick up without jimmy-rigging it for our display. (๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و

This does require 3 AAA batteries and will last approximately 5 hours according to the user manual.  One thing you may have already noticed, that I do not appreciate with this release is that the opening to the battery container screws onto the hilt, and doesn’t line up with the design.  You have to make sure it does, otherwise, it just looks silly.  This issue isn’t as noticeable with Ver 2, but correcting this would’ve been better.

As I was writing this review, I pulled out the Ver 2 and realized I left the batteries in by accident since the release of Love Yourself: Her and it’s still working! That’s some serious shelf life.  In comparison, I forgot to take the Ver 3 off Bluetooth mode for two weeks and it still worked for my photoshoot! (ू′o‵ ू)*✲゚

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Once you slide the button up for the LED light, there are five settings to switch through by pushing the single button below it:  Keep, Slow, Quick, Flash and Dimming.

And lemme just say, the light on this thing is MUCH clearer and MUCH brighter than the previous one.  It doesn’t vibrate when turned on, which I don’t care about that.

But let’s ask the question, why were ARMY going nuts online about this version vibrating? There’s no vibration in manual mode. At. All.  Besides, Ver 2 vibrated like mad.  It’s not like we didn’t already have it lol.

Here’s a preview of Ver 3 in each mode:

 

Now, you’re probably wondering about how this works with Bluetooth.  I don’t have great news about this.  It’s defective AF.

I’m a part of several BTS concert groups on Facebook and many of the members are posting the same issue.  The damn thing won’t flash blue in the pairing mode.

Downloading the BTS Official Lightstick App allows ARMY to manipulate the colors of the Ver 3 lightstick in Self Mode for late night parties and also place the Bomb in Concert Mode to be controlled by BigHit at the concerts; hence, the spectacular multicolor oceans circulating online.

There’s plenty of ARMY videos that demonstrate Self Mode.  What I’m going to discuss is how I got mine to actually work.

My friend also got a Ver 3 ARMY Bomb which paired with no problem.  Each time she moved the button up, center or down, there was a click.  Mine didn’t do that.  My initial reaction was that the button wasn’t aligning with the Bluetooth symbol like her’s; therefore, no third clicking sound.  So what I did was I pushed the button down into the curve of the track with a little pressure.  BAM! It flashed blue.  I pressed the Self Mode button in the app and the rest was a disco.

I tried demonstrating this in another video (it’s much easier with two hands):

 

Disclaimer:  If your Ver 3 doesn’t work after applying a bit of pressure, not extreme force, not using objects to push down on the button, nothing crazier than I did in the demonstration, just see if you can have the lightstick replaced.

The User Manual does recommend visiting the concert Help Desk for assistance or email btslightstickver3@compactd.com.

I’ve also read in one of the Facebook groups that the Help Desk might replace ARMY Bombs if they’re defective and that 1:1 Inquiry customer service in the BigHit Shop can be notified of the problem and will respond after a day’s time.

Regardless, my opinion is….that this release is AMAZING! Even my iGOT7 friend remarked about the quality.  I stand by my assessment that BigHit listened to ARMY for this release.  We’ve paid so much of our hard earned cash in love for BTS and BigHit clearly reinvested it.  A lot of thought went into this version, including the shipping.  I’ll admit I was disappointed at first that BigHit nullified fan coordinated light oceans, but in hindsight we’re saving money and efforts can be invested in more creative opportunities.  Really, the only downside to Ver 3 is that the Bluetooth function may not work with each product.  Otherwise, I’m in love with this release.  Please BigHit, don’t drop anymore LOL!

If you would like to purchase a Ver 3 ARMY Bomb, visit BigHit ShopVer 2 will not be controlled at the concerts. Packages ship within the US via UPS.  Once I received notification that “Shipping is Complete,” I received a second email entirely in Korean with a tracking number (출고번).  The package got here in a week’s time.

Or, just buy one at the concert.  It’s a separate line.  Swear, they ought to be much shorter.