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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?