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Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – August 2015

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This is the 3rd box from Collector Corps, and this month set a new bar. The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

The theme this month was Secret Wars. And, as the box hinted, we are treated to the female (Jane) Thor.

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As you can see, it’s Jane-Thor heavy with the Secret Wars theme.

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Secret Wars Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This is a cutesy Funko Pop! style that’s newly released to Hot Topic. It’s not my style, but the little ones in my life will enjoy it. I’m also over so many geek tshirts in black. I need more color.

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Secret Wars #1 Variant (Retail $4.99 – though Variants are usually worth more) – I love that the variants we receive have all been #1’s so far. Great for collectors, like me.

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Collector Corps Pin and Patch – I love getting these each month. I’ll have to figure out something fun to do with them, other than just store them in my collection.

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Thor (Secret Wars) Funko Pop! (Retail N/A as this is an exclusive. They are running about $33 on Amazon right now.) – I love, love this Jane Thor. I had heard rumors since the box cover featured her, so I was glad it was true. I was so happy to have more female Marvel Pops to add to my collection.

Spider-Man (Miles Morales) Funko Pop! (Retail N/A as this is an exclusive. Amazon has it listed as $36.94) – As a big Spidey fan, I was doubly excited to receive not 1, but 2 Funko Pops this month! And the designs on both of these are just fantastic!

Summary: Two exclusive, awesome Funko Pop!’s that cost as much (each) as the entire box… Collector Corps outdid themselves this month. How will they come close next time? I guess we’ll have to reserve judgment until we hear what the new theme will be. Is it too much to hope for a Star Wars theme later this year???

What do you think of August’s box… and have you signed up yet?

Box Review: Geek Fuel – August 2015

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Geek Fuel is a monthly subscription box “filled with t-shirts, toys, digital games, limited edition collectibles, and all things epic.” The box can be purchased on a monthly renewal at $23.90 per month, or discounts for purchasing several months or more upfront.

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The box comes with a monthly, mini magazine that’s really well done. I look forward to reading this.

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Deadpool T-shirt (Retail $10?) – It’s a different design – but a shirt I’ll probably only wear to the movie when it releases.

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The World According to Wolverine (Retail $24.95) – This is a really fun collectible book with inserts and a comicbook feel.
Subscribers could have received Wolverine or Spider-Man. I would have preferred Spidey, but I still enjoyed this one.

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Aaru’s Awakening Game ($15 value) – Downloadable game code for PC or Mac.
Adventure Time Pocket Pop! Keychain (Retail $7.50?) – Not a fan. So, this will go in a bin for the nieces or nephew.
TMNT Lollipop (Retail?) – My candy-crazed nieces will probably snag this.
Post Apocalyptic Currency Magnet (Retail?) – Just a little, bottlecap magnet. Guess I can always use another magnet on the fridge.

Summary: I enjoyed this box much more than last month. I signed up for a 3-month sub, so we’ll see what next month’s delivers before I decide whether or not to renew.

What do you think of August’s Geek Fuel Box?

Box Review: Nerd Block Classic – August 2015

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Nerd Block Classic “contains licensed merchandise, hand-picked by our team of uber-nerds representing all genres from movies, television, video games, internet, and more!” The price is $19.99 plus shipping per month.

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The theme of this box was Summer Mix Tape.

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The box comes with a nice card that give an overview of the items in the box.

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Exclusive Ghostbusters T-shirt (Retail $10-20?) – I LOVE this shirt. The made the whole box for me. The artwork is fantastic, and I really dig the comic-book feel. Ladies, the shirts are very fitted. So order a size or two larger than normal.

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Ghostbusters Lunch Box (Retail $10-15?) – This ghost trap look is really clever, and opening it to find this Slimer was really fun.
Ghostbusters Stuffed Slimer (Retail $10-15?) – This exclusive Slimer plush looks more like a character from a musical kids show that haunts me. And unfortunately, it doesn’t stand on its own. But I do love Slimer, so Lois Lane may get another stuffed chew toy.

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Awkward Family Postcards (Retail $9.95) – Yes, I’ve seen most of these from the popular website. But they’re hysterical. I’ll be sharing these with friends.
Rubik’s Cube Stress Ball (Retail $5-10?) – This inspired little item is already sitting on my desk at work.
A Coaster of Kings (Retail $1-2?) – These are cardboard, dragon art coasters that fantasy fans will appreciate. I have too many coasters as it is, so I’ll be passing these along to someone else.

Summary: This was a fantastic first box for me! I’ll definitely be continuing with this subscription. The shirt and uniqueness of the curated items were a big hit. The value is hard to determine on most items, since most were exclusive items to Nerd Block. But the value definitely exceeded the box.

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Finally, I’m super excited for the next box! Don’t miss this one!

Box Review: Boxy Chan – Star Wars Theme

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BOXY CHAN™ is the ORIGINAL THEMED MYSTERY BOX shopping experience dedicated to providing an ever growing and ever changing selection of MYSTERY BOX themed experiences for your fun and enjoyment. Our MYSTERY BOX CURATORS are always searching for new and exciting items to ensure that BOXYCHAN BOX consistently delivers on our promise of delivering the highest value in each and every box.”

Boxy Chan boxes are $25 plus shipping and handling. Subscriptions run cheaper with shipping included.

In honor of the upcoming movie, I picked a Star Wars theme for my first box! There are a lot of themes, and some change. You can buy just one box or pick a subscription of the same theme.

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Chewbacca Funko Pop! (Retail $10-12) – I had this on my wishlist, so this was a great score!

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Star Wars Power of the Jedi Lando (Retail $10-15) – This reminds me of the Lando toy I got as a child, and yes, still own. But this one has nicer detail, a gun, a cloak (my old one is long since gone), and a “Force File” detail on the character.

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Millennium Falcon Ice Tray (Retail $17.99)
Star Wars Playing Cards (Retail $5)

This was a great value for the price. I signed up for a 3-month Marvel subscription, and now am even more excited to see what’s coming!

ComicCon Box #4: August 2015 Review

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ComicCon Box is “a premium monthly box service that brings everything Comic Con to the doorsteps of fans.” The price is $29.99 plus shipping.

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The Fourth ComicCon Box arrived earlier than their website stated it would, so I was really excited about that. Most of the geeky boxes that I’ve looked at all ship at the end of the month. The theme of this box was Science.

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The box came with a nice card that describes most of the items in the box. I see how the shirt correlates to the theme, but everything else was a bit of a stretch. Hey, it’s all science fiction, so who cares? I loved this box.

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How to Make Your Alien t-shirt (Retail $10?) – I love this shirt, both funny and Alien-themed!

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Funko Pop! Colossus (Retail $8-11) – This was on my wishlist, so I was very happy to score this one.
Two Sets of UFS Cards (Retail $5? each) – Not a gamer, so I’ll be passing these along.
Portal 2 Keychain (Retail $10.91 on Amazon) – Cute, my nieces or nephew will enjoy this little gun.

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Daken Dark Wolverine: Vol 1 Empire Graphic Novel (Retail $19.99) – I love Marvel comics, so this was another win for me.
Live Long and Prosper Sticker Set (Retail $5?) – So awesome. I will definitely use these.
Rocket & Stitch Print (Price ?) – I don’t collect prints, but this one is pretty nice. I’m thinking my nephew or nieces may want it framed in their room.

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Gods & Titans Print (Price ?) – The artist is obviously talented, but this one isn’t my taste or style.
Civil War #1 Variant (Retail $4.99) – Since I just got a Variant edition in my Geek Fuel box, I’ll probably be getting rid of one of them.
SpeedRunners Game Download (Retail $14.99) – Windows only game, so useless for me. May run a giveaway for it, if a family member doesn’t want it.

All-in-all, this was a fantastic first box for me. Looks like I’ll be sticking with this one. The value was quite a bit over the price. And the shirt, Funko, and graphic novel alone just about came to the price of the box.

And just a heads up, the Box Five/September Box Theme is…

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Fantasy Book Review: Wings of Fire: Moon Rising

Wings of Fire: Moon Rising by Tui T Sutherland

Synopsis:
The war between the tribes is finally over, and now the dragonets of the prophecy have a plan for lasting peace: Jade Mountain Academy, a school that will gather dragonets from all the tribes and teach them to live together, perhaps even as friends.

Moonwatcher isn’t sure how she feels about school, however. Hidden in the rainforest for most of her life, the young NightWing has an awful secret. She can read minds, and even see the future. Living in a cave with dozens of other dragons is noisy, exhausting–and dangerous.

In just a few days, Moon finds herself overwhelmed by her secret powers and bombarded by strange thoughts, including those of a mysterious dragon who might be a terrible enemy. And when someone starts attacking dragons within the academy, Moon has a choice to make: Stay hidden and safe? Or risk everything to save her new friends?

Review:
As Moonwatcher attends the new school founded by the famous dragonets of prophecy, she must keep her unusual abilities a secret. But someone at the school can communicate with her through her thoughts and seems to have the same abilities Moonwatcher has. But even more important than that mystery is the attacks on her classmates that may lead to murder.

Moon Rising is the sixth installment in the Wings of Fire series, and an offshoot storyline with new characters. Moonwatcher is a great new character – honest, brave, and easy to like despite the reputation of the rest of her dragon clan. Her new friends are very diverse and just as vivid and engaging as the original dragonets. This story is a suspenseful mystery that is unpredictable and pure fun from beginning to end. I look forward to seeing the path these new, young dragons take as a new prophecy is revealed.

Box Review: Geek Fuel – July 2015

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After enjoying Marvel’s Collector Corps boxes so much, I decided to join a few other geek-centered mystery boxes. Geek Fuel is a monthly subscription box “filled with t-shirts, toys, digital games, limited edition collectibles, and all things epic.” The box can be purchased on a monthly renewal at $23.90 per month, or discounts for purchasing several months or more upfront. And right now, there’s a $3 off coupon for any plan.

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The box comes with a monthly, mini magazine that’s really well done.

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Le Tour de Geek T-Shirt – (Retail $10)

The t-shirt this month is a mash-up, that I’ll probably give to my niece as I’m not a gamer – and not a fan of Zelda. But I DO LOVE that Geek Fuel offers women’s sizes in shirts. Be sure to order your regular size. I ordered 2 sizes larger (and XL), thinking that it may be fitted like a Junior’s size. But it’s not. I’ll be sticking to Mediums in the future. It’s also nice that you can adjust your shirt size for any future shipments.

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Also included in this month’s box:
-Marvel Civil War #1 Variant Edition (Retail $4.99+) – I was excited to get start this new run!
-Aliens vs. Vampirella Poster (Retail? – selling on Ebay for $8-20) – Not thrilled about this, but will try to find someone who wants it, or a local comic shop.
-Burnstar Downloadable Game (Retail $10) – It’s a PC-only game, so unfortunately worthless to me. I’ll pass along to family.
-Ant-Man Mini-Pint Shot Glass (Retail? – selling on Ebay for $10) – I LOVE Ant-Man, so I enjoyed getting another collectable.
-Firefly Shiny! Button (Retail $1?) – All things Firefly rule.

When I subscribed, just a few days ago, I was hoping to skip this month. Seeing as how it was the end of July, I thought I’d get in with August. Unfortunately, the value didn’t add up for things I’ll actually keep. I’ll stick with it for a while though. Other past boxes looked great.

What do you think of July’s Geek Fuel Box?

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps July 2015 Box – Ant-Man

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This is only the 2nd box that Collector Corps has done, and I’m pretty sure I’m a subscriber for life… or at least as long as they continue these boxes. The last box was fantastic too. The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h. Marvel fans, these are a must.

Each box comes with a t-shirt. You pick your shirt size when subscribing. This box was Ant-Man themed, so I was happy to have a Ant-Man shirt before the movie even released. The shirt has the Ant-Man logo large across the chest with a tiny figure and the words below “(Actual size).” It’s a black t-shirt, which I’m not really fond of getting. But it makes the logo pop. (Retail $10?)

This month’s comic is Ant-Man #4 Variant edition. (Retail $3.99, though it’s a variant.)

The best part of each box is the Funko Pop Marvel figure. And this exclusive figure includes a Scott (sans helmet) and a mini bobble head (that really bobbles!). (Retail $39.99)

There were two Funko Marvel Ant-Man Mystery Minis, mine were Scott (sans helmet) and Yellow Jacket. (Last month only had one mini fig and it wasn’t nearly as cute and detailed.) (Retail $8.99 each)

And rounding out the box, and attached to it, are a collectible patch and pin – both featuring a retro Ant-Man head with the Collector Corp logo. (Retail $9.99 for both)

I even love the boxes these ship in. They are collectors items themselves, each unique to the theme that ships each time.

Next month’s box theme is Secret Wars.
Do you subscribe? If so, what do you think of this month’s box?