Category Archives: Box Reviews

Box Review: DC’s Legion of Collectors

DC Legion of Collectors

This is the 1st box from DC’s Legion of Collectors and the theme was Batman v Superman! The Legion of Collectors offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

DC Legion of Collectors

Like the other mystery boxes from Funko, each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

DC Legion of Collectors

EXCLUSIVE Armored Batman Funko POP! (Retail $20?) – This was a spoiler, so subscribers already knew about this. It’s awesome, and definitely one of the sturdiest POPs I own. Like other DC POPs, this is not a bobble head for some reason.

DC Legion of Collectors

EXCLUSIVE Superman and Aquaman Dorbz Set (Retail $20?) – These are cute, but I wish we would have gotten a Superman POP instead. And the weird green color bother’s me. I would have preferred regular coloring on these. I doubt I’ll be keeping these.

DC Legion of Collectors

Batman/Superman #5 Comic Variant (Retail ?) – I love getting variants of comics I haven’t read yet. These are bagged but not boarded.

DC Legion of Collectors

Batman v Superman Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I love the light blue color of the shirt and that it’s not cutesy POP characters. The Spanish wording is a bit weird. Are they going for a Mexican wrestling feel? This is a keeper for me, either way. Though, I do wish they had fitted women’s shirts by now.

Summary: While I wasn’t impressed with the Dorbz selection, this was a solid 1st box for the DC/Funko box. The value was good. And I’m always happy when the shirt is not yet another black tshirt. Next time, the theme is DC TV! I’m hoping for an awesome Supergirl POP!

Box Review: Comic Bento – February 2016

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Comic Bento is a subscription Graphic Novel Box – A surprise selection of fantastic Graphic Novels with at least $60 worth of comics in every box and mailed right to your door!

Pricing starts at $20/month plus shipping. Sign up now and save 15% with code SAVE15 and this link!

Comic Bento

This month’s theme was AMPED. Each box comes with a nice card describing each of the month’s picks.

Comic Bento

Put the Book Back on the Shelf (Retail $19.99) – I’ve never heard of the band, nor does look at all interesting to me. Next.
Publication: Image Comics, March 2006

Comic Bento

Death Sentence (Retail $22.99) – I flipped through this one, but it’s too dark and depressing for my taste.
Publication: Titan Comics, July 22, 2014

Comic Bento

Alice Cooper Vol. 1: Welcome To My Nightmare (Retail $24.99) – I’m definitely not a fan. Another fail.
Publication: Dynamite Entertainment, September 1, 2015

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Amazing Spider-Man: Edge of Spider-Verse (Retail $15.99) – Finally, something I’ll read – and enjoy! This is actually one I’ve been wanting to pick up for a while now.
Publication: Marvel, May 12, 2015

Summary: This was definitely the biggest disappointment with this sub box yet. I actually tried to skip this month when I heard the theme, but wasn’t able to because of their system limitations. Keep that in mind if you subscribe. Now, this didn’t stop me from renewing with a 6-month membership this time. I’ve been happy with almost all their past boxes, though not always all of the selections. The value is strong. And I’ll be able to turn around and sell the books I don’t want.

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Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – February 2016 – Deadpool

Marvel Collector Corps

This is the 6th box from Collector Corps and the theme was Deadpool! The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

Marvel Collector Corps

Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

Marvel Collector Corps

Deadpool #1 Variant Comic (Retail $4.99 +) – Deadpool is a fun read. I just read Hawkeye vs. Deadpool graphic novel and highly recommend! I haven’t started this line yet, so I’m happy to give it a go.

Marvel Collector Corps

Funko Deadpool Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I’m usually not a fan of the Funko-looking characters on tshirts. And ANOTHER black shirt. But this is a pretty cool design. I like it.

Marvel Collector Corps

Deadpool Mopeez (Retail $10+?) – I actually have a similar one to this in another color (mostly red) from another mystery box. I don’t see this mostly black color available for purchase on Amazon, so I’m guessing it’s exclusive too!

EXCLUSIVE Deadpool Dorbz (Retail $10+?) – How cute is this Cowboy Deadpool?! I love it!

Marvel Collector Corps

EXCLUSIVE Deadpool Funko POP! (Retail ?) – This design is just fantastic! It’s probably one of the most unique I’ve seen. It’s hard to see from the picture, but Deadpool has his legs kicked up under him and swords swung out, in an awesome action pose. He has a clear plastic stand that slides up under his back, and not very stable. But I’m not really complaining, because I love it too much.

Summary: I was really disapointed with the last Collector Corps box. But they hit it out of the park with this one. The shirt was solid. And 3(!) exclusive (2 of them very unique) Funko figures! Funko set a high bar with the exclusive POP this month too.. I would love if all had such a unique mold. Well done!

Mystery Box Review: SciFi Block – February 2016

SciFi Block

Sci-Fi Block contains licensed merchandise and collectibles hand-picked by our team of uber nerds representing the very best in science fiction entertainment. Each item is carefully selected and put through a series of in-house testing based on quality, brand association, collectability, and most importantly – the fun factor.” The price starts at $19.99 plus shipping per month.

COUPON CODE: Use MSA10 to get 10% off your first month!

SciFi Block

There wasn’t a theme this month, but they let us know ahead of time what movies they are focusing on.

SciFi Block

I LOVE STAR WARS Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This is my favorite item in the box. Despite yet another black shirt, I like the simple and fun design.

SciFi Block

Yondu Funko POP! (Retail $6-10) – Subscribers had a 50-50 chance on getting Yondu or The Collector in this box. Unfortunately, I have all of the Guardians POPs save for Drax. And this isn’t even an exclusive. So my niece gets to start collecting my duplicate POPs. She’s a Guardians fan too, so she was happy to get my leftovers.

SciFi Block

Alien: Ripley Funko Reaction Figure (Retail $8) – It was nice to get 2 Funko items in the box! Though, I don’t collect these, so I’ll be regifting.

EXCLUSIVE Star Trek Communicator Note Pad (Retail $1?) – This was disappointing, as the one exclusive item is just filler. I don’t know many people who use little note pads like this anymore.

SciFi Block

Star Wars Beanie (Retail about $15) – This was a fun, featured item. With “Storm” on the front and “Trooper” on the back. This will definitely get some use.

SciFi Block SciFi Block

Summary:
Despite a few disappointments, this remains a solid box for scifi lovers. The value is great, and the items are (for the most part) unique and wearables and collectables.
I’ll skip next month, as I don’t care for Dr Who or the 5th Element (another spoiler via email).

Box Review: Comic Bento – January 2016

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Comic Bento is a subscription Graphic Novel Box – A surprise selection of fantastic Graphic Novels with at least $60 worth of comics in every box and mailed right to your door!

Pricing starts at $20/month plus shipping.

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The box comes with a nice card that gives details on each of the selections.
This month’s theme was THE GREY AREA.

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Superior Iron Man: Infamous (Retail $19.99) – I’ve heard of this one, but haven’t read it yet, so I was really excited this was included. Also, this is a new release in paperback this month – it’s nice to get a mixture of newer as well as older graphic novels!
Publication Date: January 19, 2016

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RAI: Welcome to the New Japan (Retail $9.99) – I haven’t read this series yet, but the synopsis sounds interesting. I’m looking forward to checking it out.
Publication Date: October 28, 2014.

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Troublemaker (Retail $17.99) – I’m a fan of Janet Evanovich’s mysteries, so this was a great surprise! And it’s a hardback.
Publication Date: July 20, 2010

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Lola XOXO: The Journey Home (Retail $14.99) – I’ve never heard of this. But a post-apocalyptic story with a strong female lead sounds promising.
Publication Date: February 2, 2016

Summary: This is the mystery box I look forward to the most each month. This month did not disappoint. I loved the Iron Man and Evanovich selections, and look forward to checking out a couple new books with interesting premises.

Box Review: Supply Pod – January 2016

Supply Pod

Supply Pod (by Outer Places) uniquely delivers products themed around upcoming sci-fi releases and scientific events.

A single Supply Pod starts at $39.99 plus shipping and handling. Subscriptions will save you money and ship about every other month now. And save 10% with the discount code: CHICK10

SciFiChick.com received a free Pod for review.

Supply Pod

This January box had an X-Files theme!

Supply Pod

Dana Scully Funko POP! (Retail $11.57 on Amazon at the moment) – I love this POP! The detail down to her badge is fantastic. Now, I have to go buy Mulder…

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X-Files Timeline Poster (Retail $14.99) – Click on the image for a more detailed look.

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Cell Phone Wallet (Retail $10) – This is an adhesive, felt sticker for the back of your cell phone. Maybe if you had a dull or plain cover, you’d want to use this. But I love my cover too much to hide it. And I’d never put adhesive on the back of a phone I’d eventually want to sell back for an upgrade.

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EXCLUSIVE Knit Beanie Hat (Retail $5-7?) – These fun beanies are stitched with “Be Ready” and a flying saucer on the front and Supply Pod’s logo on the back! This all-sizes wearable item was a great idea for winter.

Truth Detector Card (Retail $3) – I remember these from childhood! With these and mood rings, mine would always stay the most boring color, if it changed at all.

Supply Pod

Guess I’m a truth-teller!

Supply Pod

The Real Science Behind the X-Files by Anne Simon (Retail $19.99) – This autographed (!) book is the one science item in the box. There are some nice reviews on Amazon for this book, though none of the lengthy ones are verified purchases. I’m still curious enough to check it out…

X-Files Season 11 #1 Comic (Retail $3.99) – I’ve read a review copy of this, but didn’t have a hardcopy yet. I collect comics, so this was another plus for me.

Summary:
I was a bit bummed that there wasn’t a science experiment or project like the past boxes. Besides the book, this could have been a X-File themed box from any other geeky box sub. Yet, it was still a really fun box full of X-Files goodies, so I’m not complaining! The value was pretty spot on too.

X-Files box is still available for a few more weeks! I haven’t heard what the next theme will be yet…
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Box Review: Smuggler’s Bounty – January 2016

Smugglers Bounty

“Star Wars and Funko are proud to present Smuggler’s Bounty, the only OFFICAL Star Wars subscription box in the galaxy! Featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from the Star Wars universe, each box is carefully curated for Star Wars fans and shipped directly to your doorstep. Every box is themed specifically around the Star Wars films with collectors in mind. For just $25 (plus shipping) every other month, members will receive a box full of exclusive Star Wars-themed Funko collectibles and a host of other surprises valued at over $50. Each box will focus on a different part of the Star Wars universe and include memorabilia exclusive to the program, perfect for any Star Wars fan.”

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Star Wars Resistance Patch and Pin – these are small collectibles included in each box.

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Resistance POP Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I’m not crazy about POP shirts, because they’re a bit too cutesy. But this one does have a lot of fun characters, so it may end up as a sleep shirt for my niece.

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C3PO POP Mug – These POP mugs are really weird, and don’t really work well. And are terrible to clean. I don’t need another collector-only item. I wish they’d either switch to traditional mug design or stick to the POP figures, not mugs. This is a fail.

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EXCLUSIVE (Force Awakens) Flocked Chewbacca Funko POP – As you can see, he’s fuzzy all over and super cute. I love this one. Though, I do wonder why they chose to do ANOTHER flocked Chewbacca, when GameStop already has an exclusive flocked Chewie. This is fuzzier and “older” but let’s face it, he really didn’t age much. I wish they would have gotten a little more creative here.

Summary: I was really bummed there wasn’t an exclusive Poe POP, as this was a RESISTANCE theme. And he or Leia should have been included. Hopefully, they do another soon!

Box Review: Comic Bento – December 2015

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Comic Bento is a subscription Graphic Novel Box – A surprise selection of fantastic Graphic Novels with at least $60 worth of comics in every box and mailed right to your door!

Pricing starts at $20/month plus shipping.

Comic Bento

The box comes with a nice card that gives details on each of the selections.
This month’s theme was THROWBACKS.

Comic Bento

Youngblood #1: Focus Tested (Retail $9.99) – This one is new to me, and it looks like something I’ll enjoy!

Comic Bento

The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story (Retail $19.99) – I’m not a Beatles fan, so this was a big miss. I’d rather they stick to scifi, fantasy, and adventures stories.

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Battlestar Galactica: Memorial #1 (Retail $19.99) – I actually had this on my Amazon Wishlist, so I was really happy to score this title! I love the original BSG.

Comic Bento

Marvel Masterworks (Various) – I received Uncanny X-Men Volume 4(Retail $24.99) – I love Uncanny X-Men series, so I was happy to see this one too!

Summary: The value was fantastic this month! And there’s only one book I’m getting rid of, the rest I’m excited about. I love that this box is so consistent. I probably look forward to this mystery box more than any other.

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January Theme: The Grey Area