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Use your toys more often with these Toy Box addons

Adam Koebel, @bendakwow
October 26, 2014
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I think the toy box feature is glorious. It's something I was pining for even before it was announced at BlizzCon 2013. Having access to toys at any time -- and especially on all my characters -- has been a lot of fun. As of today, I'm up to 90 toys with plenty more in the pipeline.

I suppose the only thing I've struggled with is the tediousness of going into my toy box, searching for the item I want, then using it from there. Yes, I could throw some favorites on action bars but that would get cluttered fast. Pinning favorites helps, but with 90 toys you can imagine I have a lot of favorites.

I did some digging and came up with 3 addons that make using your toys a whole lot easier. If you're a toy collector who wants an easier way to use your favorite toys, then keep reading. The first addon we're looking at isn't aimed specifically at the toy box, but the author has recently added support and it works like a charm.





OPie

OPie is a radial menu addon. It lets you add any item or ability to customized radial menus (known as "rings") that pop up when you hold down a hotkey. Then it's a matter of simply hovering over the item you want and releasing the hot key to use it. The nice thing about this addon is it takes up zero screen real estate when it's not in use.

I've setup two different toy rings in OPie so far. One of them is for miscellaneous toys like the Fishing Chair or Pandaren Firework Launcher, and the other is for transformation toys like Ai-Li's Skymirror or Mr. Smite's Brass Compass. OPie's usefulness isn't just limited to toys. I find it particularly handy for quickly selecting raid markers.

As you can see above, adding toys to OPie is a simple matter of creating a new ring and then selecting the toys you want inside of it. In each ring's settings you can change its hotkey, and in OPie's general settings you can change the behavior of the rings. For example, you can have the ring spawn in the center of the screen or at your cursor's current location. It can also be scaled in size. Finally, there is a companion addon that adds Masque support to OPie if you currently use that to skin your buttons.

Download OPie from Curse.

ToyBoxQ

ToyBoxQ is a new addon geared towards toy collectors. As you can see above, it lists all toys by category. It will even show toys you are currently missing, along with brief tooltips on where to acquire them. I think that feature alone makes it a must-have for toy collectors.

Favorite toys are defined by using the check boxes beside each toy. Any toys you have checked will appear in a drop down menu by hovering over the ToyBoxQ mini-map button (as seen to the right).




If you look in your key binding interface under "Other," you'll notice ToyBoxQ has a couple of key binds available. One is to use a random toy and the other is to use a random transformation toy. Clicking the ToyBoxQ mini-map button will also use a random toy from the currently displayed list.

Overall, I think it's a must have for collectors. I'll probably continue to use both OPie and ToyBoxQ.

Download ToyBoxQ at Curse.








ToyPlus

ToyPlus is a lightweight addon that has less features than the previous addons but it might be exactly what you're looking for if you don't collect many toys or only use a handful of them regularly. ToyPlus allows you to select 5 or 10 favorite toys and have them display in a small, movable window as shown above. This window's visibility is toggled with the ToyPlus mini-map button or the /toyplus command.

Favorites are defined in a pop out window and the first 5 or 10 are displayed depending on whether you have the window display 1 or 2 rows of toys. There are no other options or fluff. Just a quick way to access some toys.

Download ToyPlus from Curse or WoWInterface

Which one to use?







  • If you're an avid collector I would recommend ToyBoxQ.
  • If you frequently use a large number of toys I'd recommend either OPie or ToyBoxQ depending on which interface you prefer. Even though I enjoy OPie's interface, I still use ToyBoxQ for its other features. These addons don't conflict with each other.
  • If you don't use many toys but have a handful of favorites you want quick access to, I would recommend ToyPlus.
Hopefully one of these addons will get you using your neglected toys more often. Have fun!


















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