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Box Review: Nerd Block – September 2015

Nerd Block

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 Hyperspace.

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By Your Command Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This is an exclusive shirt via Shirtpunch.com. It’s a fun design. And I’m happy they included the original BSG Cylon, as I’m a big fan – but not of the reboot. Something for all fans!

Nerd Block

Supernatural Funko Mystery Mini (Retail $8.31) – It’s no mystery that I love Funko figurines.

USS Enterprise Springz (Retail $3-5?) – This is another exclusive. This Original series Star Trek ship has a permanent sticker on the bottom to mount to your car dash. I don’t like putting something permanent on my dash, but I LOVE this ship. So I’ll either just cut out a smaller part of the sticker or keep it on my Star Trek bookshelf with the other memorabilia.

Nerd Block

Jurassic Galaxy Print (Retail n/a) – This is a really fun print for Chris Pratt fans – with a Jurassic Park/Guardians of the Galaxy mashup! My only complaint is that it’s on cheap matt, cardboard and not in a protective sleeve. The Comic Con box does a great job with it’s prints. I wish Nerd Block would do better or not include them at all.

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And the best item in the box…
BB-8 Plush from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! (Retail $9.96) – This super cute droid is the one I’ve been looking for. It’s plush so the spherical design doesn’t want to stay upright, despite the beads at the bottom weighing it down. But I don’t care. I just propped it up against something else. Love it.

Summary: Nerd Block had another great box for me this month. I was very happy. Despite several exclusive items, it’s easy to see that the value is very comparable to what was spent. And exclusive items are great. I’m most excited about the shirt and BB-8 plush – this made the whole box worthwhile.

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And October will be a Halloween theme… shocker!

Box Review: Comic Con Box #5 – September 2015

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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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This is the one geeky box that ships earlier than stated. And they have great, prompt customer service via email! The theme of this box was “Back to Old School.”

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Shell and Back Print (Retail n/a – exclusive) – This print from Rob Prior is excellent. As a Turtles fan, I’ll be holding onto this.

Batman Adventures #12 Variant Comic (Retail $? – I don’t see it listed online anywhere) – The reason this wasn’t #1? It’s the first appearance of Harley Quinn. Very cool.

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Wonder Woman Print (Retail n/a) – Wow, this artwork is incredible. This is by far my favorite item in this month’s box.

Heroes of Newerth Game Download with Avatar – Not a gamer, so not for me.

Street Fighter Pixel Bricks (Retail $12.99) – I’m not a Street Fighter fan, but I love building things with legos and bricks, so I haven’t decided if I’m keeping this to pass along to my nephew or not.

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Pac-Man Mini Plush (Retail $9-10) – I appreciate Pac Man for being Old School, but don’t really care to own a plushy. Looks like Lois Lane may get another dog toy.

Scribblenauts Unmasked Series 3 Blind Box Mini Figure (Retail $6.44 on Amazon) – I received Superman which is very appropriate.

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Funko Pop! Harley Quinn (Retail $9.99) – This is the cute, Roller Derby version. I’m always excited to add to my Pop! collection, if it’s DC or Marvel. And I don’t have this one yet.

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Welcome to the Jungle Tee (Retail $10?) – This is a fun Guns N’ Roses mashup with 80s action stars. But the style isn’t something I’d ever wear.

Summary: Despite not caring for the shirt or the smaller items, I surprisingly liked the prints (which has never happened yet) and the Funko Pop!. So this was still a great box for me.


The #6/October Box Theme is…

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Box Review: Power Up Box – August 2015

PowerUp Box

Power Up Box is a monthly subscription service that provides epic geeks and gamers with a “Christmas morning, gift opening experience.” We pride ourselves in providing the best gear and gadgets to assure immense satisfaction every month, every time.”

Power Up Box has two subscription box options: Deluxe (4-6 items) for $19.95 plus s/h per month or Premium (6-9 items) for $29.95 plus s/h per month.

This box was sent to SciFiChick.com for review.

PowerUp Box

I received August’s box for review. The theme seemed to be Animation.

PowerUp Box

Transformers Tshirt (Retail $10?) – Since this was a review box, all they had left was XXL, so it’s quite big. Subscribers will get the size they request. Even though this is huge, I love it. It’s a very soft vintage look and feel. Plus, I love Transformers. It’s a bummer that they didn’t have my size, but it’ll be a nice sleep shirt!

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TMNT Mystery Mini (Retail $6.99) – I’m a Turtles fan and love Funko mystery boxes. These are almost always a win for me.

The Simpsons Shot Glass (Retail $3.75) – I hate the Simpsons, but this is just a filler item. And it does fit the theme.

Tweety Iron-On Patch (Retail $3.99) – I quit collecting patches in middle school, but I have niece who will love this.

Transformers Plastic Head Candy Container (Retail $1?) – My nephew loves Transformers (of course). This will be a nice treat for him.

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Futurama Bender Funko POP! (Retail $11.80 on Amazon currently) – Usually, I love Funko items, especially POPs! But I’m not a fan of Futurama, so this may be the only Funko POP that I don’t keep around.

Sonic Stress Ball (Retail $8.99) – The kids in my life love Sonic, tho don’t really have any stress in their lives yet. Still, this will be a cute toy for one of them.

Summary: The value is certainly worth the cost of this fun subscription box. Even though the theme wasn’t geared toward me, I’ll still keep a couple things and give the rest to the young ones in my life. I’m impressed with the value, for being one of the cheaper geeky boxes out there!


September’s theme is PIXELS, so that will be another fun box for youngsters and the young at heart!

Box Review: ZBOX – August 2015

ZBox Renegades

The ZBOX: “Looking for the best subscription box to satisfy your inner geek? Trying to find a better alternative to Loot Crate and Nerd Block in the UK and internationally, with free delivery to Europe and just 99p to the rest of the world? Or are you just looking for the flexibility to buy a mystery box as and when you want, without being tied into a long subscription that ends up a hassle to cancel?”

The ZBOX starts at $31.18/month.

ZBox Renegades

The theme for August was Renegades. Each box comes with a nice mini magazine.

ZBox Renegades

James Sallis’ Drive Comic (Retail $3.99) – This is a variant. I prefer superhero comics, so this really didn’t do anything for me.

Rogue Trooper Dog Tag (Retail $1?) – Guessing this has to do with a game, as it’s not at all familiar.

Captain Cold Card Holder (Retail $1?) – Are there that many fans of Captain Cold? This was another filler wasted on me.

There was also a little piece of candy that was tossed in that I’ll give to my niece.

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Breaking Bad Hand Warmers (Retail $13) – Yet another Breaking Bad item I have no use for, as it’s not remotely scifi. At times, I really wish “Pop Culture” wasn’t lumped in with all things “geek.”

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Harley Quinn Mug (Retail $10?) – The style is from DC’s Bombshells series. So, again, this was a total miss for me.

Deadpool Mopeez (Retail $9.99) – The only thing I’m keeping from the box. It’s cute (from Funko) and it’s Deadpool.

Summary: The value barely surpassed the cost this month. I wasn’t really impressed, even if I had liked anything besides the Deadpool stuffed toy. I may try another box in the future, if the theme interests me.

However, September’s theme feels like a repeat:
Heroes and Villains

Smugglers Bounty: New Star Wars Subscription Box!

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If you subscribe to the Marvel Collector Corps or are a big Star Wars fan, you may have already heard that this is coming. I had heard this was coming as well as a DC Comics version sometime this fall. This one isn’t shipping until November. But you can order now!

From Funk Marketing: Star Wars.com and Funko are proud to unveil Smuggler’s Bounty, the only OFFICIAL Star Wars subscription box in the galaxy! Featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from the Star Wars universe, the debut box – entitled Star Wars: The Force Awakens – will ship this November.

For just $25 every other month, members will receive a box full of exclusive Star Wars-themed Funko items valued at over $50. Each box will focus on a different part of the Star Wars universe and include memorabilia exclusive to the program. The initial November box will contain TWO exclusive Pop! vinyl bobbleheads from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as a host of other surprises perfect for any Star Wars fan. Boxes will ship every two months, and there are two member levels available – a monthly plan (Pirate), and an annual plan (Boss) featuring a mystery reward upon completing one year in the program.
Don’t miss this chance to get in early and acquire the premiere box from Smuggler’s Bounty – Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Sign-up today at www.smugglersbounty.com!

Box Review: Comic Block – August 2015

Comic Block “contains licensed merchandise and comic books hand-picked by our team of uber nerds!”
Comic Block starts at $13.99 plus shipping/handling. There’s a discount if you buy more than one block (others include: classic, arcade, boy, and girl).

Comic Block

Can you tell Lois Lane is used to modeling for me? She kept getting in the way for this one!

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Each Comic Block comes with 1 tshirt, 3 comics, and 1 collectible. And a nice card details each of the included items.

Comic Block

Spider-Gwenom Shirt – This could have been a hit for me if it had been just Spider-Gwen – but the face is Venom, and isn’t something I’d wear out and about.

Comic Block

DC Comics Bombshells #1 – A re-imagining of several famous DC characters as pin-up style gals. The feminist in me just doesn’t get anything out of this one.
Red Sonja/Conan #1 – As I pretty much read mostly superhero comics, I actually haven’t read any Conan comics. I was happy to see this included.
X-Files Season 11 #1 – This is the comic I was most excited about – and of course, looking forward to the upcoming new series! This was great timing.
Heart and Brain Print – This was the “collectible” included in the box. Quite a disappointment – not only in the comic itself but it was just on a piece of cardboard.

Summary: Other than a couple of the comics, this was a miss for me in terms of value.

Box Review: Collectible Geek – August 2015

Collectible Geek

CollectibleGEEK is a monthly box company, built by geeks for geeks! We choose great themes every month and deliver a Cache of goods to your door with just the items you want- no candy or stickers. Each Monthly Cache comes with 5 geeky items, including t-shirts, Funko products, nerdy toys, and other great collectibles! We also have other great products that are more specific to the FUNKO fan- we like to say we put the FUN in Funko!”
Caches start at $25 a month, plus shipping.

This box was sent to SciFiChick.com for review purposes.

Collectible Geek

The theme for August was “SuperWhoLock”
I love that they have such a specific theme, so you know if it’d interest you or not.

Collectible Geek

SuperWhoLock Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This is, of course, an exclusive shirt for CollectibleGEEK. Fans of these shows will appreciate this fun blend.

Collectible Geek

Sherlock Smiley Magnet (Upper right) – This is a large magnet, almost the size of a half sheet of paper.
CG Exclusive Micro Poster 3-Pack (Retail n/a) – Each mini poster focuses on each different show. Another exclusive!

Collectible Geek

Supernatural Mystery Mini (Retail $9.41 on Amazon) – I’m always excited to get new (to me) Funko products!
Titan Dr. Who Mini (Retail $12.75 on Amazon)

Summary:
Even though it’s hard to determine pricing on exclusives, the value is obviously greater than the cost. And for collectors who love these three shows – exclusives are better than retail products. I’ll definitely be signing up for future caches, when I see something else I like.


September’s theme is “Quest Accepted,” for all you gamers. Go check it out!

Box Review: Comic Bento – August 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.

This box was sent to SciFiChick.com for review purposes.

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The first thing I noticed is the fantastic packing job. Boarded and wrapped in protective plastic and bubble-wrap, these graphic novels were in mint condition.

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The box comes with a nice card that gives details on each of the selections.

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This month’s theme was EXPLOSIVE and included the following titles:

Grimm Volume 1: The Coins Of Zakynthos by David Greenwalt(W) and Jose Malaga(A)- I’m a huge fan of the tv show, and already own this one. But I highly recommend to fans of the show. (Retail $19.99)

Complete Dracula by Leah Moore(W) and Colton Worley(A)– This is a cool-looking take on Bram Stoker’s original tale. I’m excited to read this one. As a bonus, this is a hardback. (Retail $24.99)

Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz(W) and Bob Gill(A) – Koontz is known for his scifi thrillers, so this will be right up my alley. (Retail $14.99)

New Vampirella Volume 1 by Nancy Collins(W) and Patrick Berkenkotter(A) – Definitely not for me. I usually enjoy vampire stories, but she looks more like an embarrassing pin up. (Retail $24.99)

“Horror” would have been a better theme than “Explosive,” but the reason was that these all have the same publisher – Dynamite!

Summary: This is a great value for someone looking to expand their graphic novel reading and for those just staring out. I eagerly look forward to the next!


September’s Theme is: Fight the Fight

Right now, there’s a coupon code for $5 off the monthly subscription (PROMOBENTO5) or $10 off the 3-month subscription (PROMOBENTO10).