Mafia Wars unveiled a new Collection today. You'll find it under a new menu in your Collections page, on the right, entitled "Mission":
There are 7 items to collect.
The reward for vaulting is among the nicest I've seen for any Collection: a total of 40 upgrade points and a nice Armor piece:
Where are the Mission Collection items? I found the Stick Shift Grip available as a Rare Reward in the 6-person, Hard level Mission 'Transport the Uranium'
When you click on 'See the Rewards', you'll see the Stick Shift Grip. Going to be tough to get any one of these, much less all seven.
The Fake Identity Collection piece...
...is an Uncommon Reward in this 7-person Mission.
Other Collection items are found in these Missions:
Blasting Caps - Truck Hijacking (Uncommon Reward - EASY Mission)
Code Breaker - Bank Robbery (Uncommon Reward - MEDIUM Mission)
Earbud Shade - Steal a Dockyard Shipment (Uncommon Reward)
Mook Jong - Bribe the Government (Rare reward)
Sniper Scope - Bribe a Contact (Rare reward - EASY Mission)
The Collection will be a true challenge to round up, as many pieces are long-shot Rewards in the more difficult-to-complete 6- and 7-member Missions. So Mission leaders - make sure you get your Missions complete once you post them!
So now you have a reason to do certain Easy and Medium Missions, which were being passed over regularly beforehand. I haven't yet located the Collection items as Rewards in the drop-dead useless Holiday Traffic Missions.
These Collection items are *HARD* to find. I've led or participated in about 20 Missions since the Collection started and have not once gotten a Collection piece. I have gotten a lot of "Mission Loot" items with great stats AND the ability to Wishlist them.
The first Mission Collection piece I got - as pointed out by a reader below - was through the Daily Take. I'm happy for the charity, given my .000 batting average in Missions this weekend.
The second Collection piece I got ALSO didn't come from a Collection - instead, it came from clicking on a GREEN "Claim Prize" links on my Facebook newsfeed. Usually, no matter how fast I click on these, I am told that I am too late to collect a prize. But today I saw this:
I was still batting .000 in getting Mission Collection items after completing about 45 missions... yet was slowly working my way towards vaulting the Collection with these charitable donations. And there are four VERY nice "Mission Loot" items that have top stats AND drop from Mystery Bags if they're on your Wishlist. So I'll keep trying.
Eventually I won a Stick Shift Grip - the easiest of the 7 Collection items to earn (since the most common job is 'Transport Stolen Uranium'. I traded some Weapon Parts for the Mook Jong since I barely ever saw the 'Bribe the Government' job come up. At that point, I had 6 of the 7 Collection items.
The Sniper Scope is the toughest of the seven items to win, judging by the trading boards. I've seen one 'sell' for 850 Weapon Parts and another for 16 Foo Fighters. And - a week after getting my Fake Identity - here's how I got mine:
Don't trade away your kingdom for these items. The Daily Take will fill them out for you if you're patient. Of course, on my very next mission, I won a second pair of Earbud Shades. Duplicates of the Mission Collection items are easy to trade for the remaining items you need, or other Mafia Wars loot.
While you're completing Missions to unearth these 7 items, you'll also pick up four outstanding "Mission Loot" items (click to see separate post). Even if you don't have any of them yet, you can get them in your Wishlist and collect them from Red Mystery Bags.
The new Mission Collection certainly infuses life into the Missions, which were headed towards flickering flame status.
Thanks to JS and MV for the tips.