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Box Review: Bam Box – July 2016

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The Bam Box was founded in 2015 by Bloof, the same team of geeks, comic book lovers and pop culture collectors that started ComiconAuction.com. We love collecting. We love the thrill of it, the mystery of it and especially that feeling you get when you have a collectible in your hands that you are really excited about. So we set out to bring something different to everyone.

There are some great subscription boxes on the market, but we felt there was still something missing. We went to the drawing board with the goal of creating the box we would want to show up on our doorstep. After a lot of ideas and prototypes we arrived at the Bam Box. From the design of the box to the items inside to the instant winners we send out, we accomplished what we wanted to do: give you the subscription box we would be jealous of.”

Cost: 1 month plan starts at $24.99 plus $7.99 s/h

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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There is a handy sheet included with a description of all of the items in the box and any possible 1-Ups!

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This month’s theme was GALACTIC!

BAM! Pin – I received a cute Rocket pin from Guardians of the Galaxy. There were possible black and gold variants of this, but I actually like the common version I received best.

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EXCLUSIVE Boba Fett Steel Silhouette Figure – This exclusive size is perfect as a book end, which is what I’ll be using it for! There was also a possible Yoda or a 1-Up Darth Vader. These are very well-made and sturdy

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Mars Space Sand (Retail $5-8 on various sites) – This is a fun item that will be great to share with kids.

EXCLUSIVE Alien Resurrection Wardrobe Card – I’m not a big fan of the movie, so this was pretty much the only item I wont be keeping. It’s kind of a cool, unique collectible if you are a big fan of the movie.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Rank and Pin Set (Retail $20+ on ebay) – I’m a HUGE Next Gen fan, so I loved getting this collectible set. They do seem quite a bit larger than actually used on the show – but I’d probably only keep them on display rather than ever wear them anyway.

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Thanos Print by Logan Pack – This is a fantastic print. I’m very glad I received this Thanos option – it’s my favorite of all the possibilities, even compared to the 1-Up versions.

Did anyone receive a Gold Star Instant Winner with a signed comic?

Summary: This was yet another solid, unique box of goodies from this new mystery box subscription. I’m not usually one for prints, but Bam Box’s has been constantly top notch. And the 1-Up possibilities are such a fantastic idea and always fun to receive.

Box Review and Giveaway!: TeeBlox – July 2016

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TeeBlox is a t-shirt subscription service that brings 100% authentic licensed geek and gamer shirts to your doorsteps every month. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime. Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Get 1 shirt and 2 other items starting at $12.99/mo and use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Subscribers can pick from the following categories: SciFi, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoons, Movies & TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

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Star Trek T-shirt – I love the color and the retro 8-bit look to this unique shirt. And I love the funny quote. This is one I will definitely wear.

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Ghost Rider Comic – This is a classic Ghost Rider comic. And I don’t think I’ve read any Ghost Rider yet, so I was really happy this was included!

Star Wars/Monty Python Mashup Sticker – I’m not a fan of the artwork, but it’s a clever mashup and pretty funny.

Summary: I really like this new mystery subscription! It’s a decent price for a quality shirt and a couple other fun items. I love that you can pick your theme. Though, maybe in the future it may be nice if you can switch your theme up without having to cancel and resubscribe under a new theme. I definitely recommend this sub if you love geeky shirts like I do!

Remember, use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!


Courtesy of TeeBlox, I have a code for a free shipment for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. Make sure to leave a valid email! To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends August 19. I’ll draw a name on August 20, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

Good luck!

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SciFi Book Review: Marvel’s Thor: Dueling with Giants

Marvel’s Thor: Dueling with Giants by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Synopsis:
During just another day for the God of Thunder, Thor is defending Asgard against invading trolls when the unthinkable happens―his hammer Mjolnir loses its enchantment. Thor is still more than a match for his enemies, and after vanquishing them he learns the secret to his sudden weakness. Mjolnir was switched without him knowing, and only one being would be cunning enough to carry out such a trick: Loki.

Review:
Dueling with Giants is the first in the Tales of Asgard Trilogy, this focusing on Thor and Loki. Loki make a deal with the frost giants all to trap Thor – but his plans never quite work out the way he hopes. His jealousy and trickery are very like his comicbook and film self. And he was really the highlight of the story. The archaic speech of Thor and the others are like the comics and film as well. So, it may slow readers down a bit, but it’s not confusing to understand. There is a good amount of action and Thor fight scenes – an especially exciting one near the climactic ending. This is a fast-paced, quick read that Thor (and Loki) fans ages 10 and up will enjoy. Books 2 and 3 will focus on Lady Sif and the The Warriors Three respectively.

Box Review: Comic Bento – June 2016

Comic Bento

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!

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This month’s theme was Valiant Entertainment. All picks were from this publisher this month. Each box comes with a nice card describing each of the month’s picks.

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Faith Volume 1: Hollywood & Vine (Retail $9.99)

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Harbinger Wars (Retail $14.99)

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Harbingers Vol 2: Renegades (Retail $14.99)

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Armor Hunters Vol 1 (Retail $14.99)

Summary: This was a bit of a letdown for me. I’m not a big fan of any of the Valiant lines, and I prefer to more of a variety. At least if any were hardbacks or exclusive covers, it would feel like a better value. I’m hoping next month makes up for this disappointment.

Box Review: Z-Box – June 2016 and Welcome Box/Bonus Box

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“The ZBOX is a monthly geek box themed around your favourite geeky interests and will include a variety of items tied to a monthly theme. Each month you will be sent a box containing over $50 worth of exclusive, licensed merchandise. Perfect as a monthly treat or a gift for your geeky friends!”

Monthly boxes start at $22.99. And right now, you can get a FREE mystery box and collectible figure with the purchase of a 1-month sub with code: ZBOXGIFT.

Continue reading Box Review: Z-Box – June 2016 and Welcome Box/Bonus Box

Received in June

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in June for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Ray/DVD:
Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan Director’s Cut Blu-ray
Star Trek 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Star Trek: Into Darkness 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
The X-Files: The Event Series Blu-ray

Mystery Box:
My Geek Box
Munch Pak
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Amazon / 47North:
Enemy by K. Eason

BBC Books:
The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who by Simon Guerrier

Dabel Brothers:
Dark-Hunter Coloring Book 01 by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dark-Hunter Coloring Book 02 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Daw:
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
The Transference Engine by Julia Verne St. John

Disney Hyperion / Freeform:
Star Wars ABC-3PO: Alphabet Book by Calliope Glass
The Amateurs by Sara Shepard
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
Pete’s Dragon: Elliot Gets Lost by David Lowery
Pete’s Dragon Junior Novel by Disney Book Group
Pete’s Dragon: The Lost Years by Elizabeth Rudnick

First Second:
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

Harper Voyager:
Lost Gods by Brom
The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
Remnants of Trust by Elizabeth Bonesteel
A Shattered Empire by Mitchell Hogan

The Library of America:
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

Penguin / NAL:
The Great Library: Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
The Great Library: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Penguin Young Readers / Viking:
My Gym Teacher Is an Alien Overlord by David Solomons

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Force and Motion by Jeffrey Lang
Star Trek: The Original Series: Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain by Greg Cox

Pyr:
Gods of Nabban by K. V. Johansen

Random House / Doubleday / Ballantine:
The Devil’s Evidence by Simon Kurt Unsworth
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

Scholastic:
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Simon & Schuster / Saga / Gallery:
Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja
Zombies!: A Creepy Coloring Book for the Coming Global Apocalypse by Juscelino Neco
The Binding by Nicholas Wolff

Sterling Children’s Books:
Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings

Subterranean Press:
The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne

Tor:
All Your Wishes by Cat Adams
Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine
Time Siege by Wesley Chu

Tor Teen / Starscape:
Flying by Carrie Jones
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians: The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians: The Knights of Crystallia by Brandon Sanderson

Blu-Ray News: Captain America: Civil War Release Details

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Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (3D BD+BD+Digital HD) can be pre-ordered here now!

BURBANK, Calif., July 1, 2016 — Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” has conquered both audiences and critics, debuting to $179.1 million—the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time—and earning a 90% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Captain America: Civil War” is the highest-grossing film of 2016 domestically, internationally and globally, earning more than $1.14 billion at the worldwide box office. It also continues Marvel Studios’ winning streak as the 13th consecutive film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to debut at #1 at the domestic box office.

When Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” arrives early on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on Sept. 2 and on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 13, viewers can join the nonstop action and pick their side—Team Cap, commanded by Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), or Team Iron Man, led by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).

Rogers and Stark are joined by a star-studded lineup of beloved Marvel Super Heroes, including Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), along with new recruit Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and joined by two new additions to the MCU: T’Challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Peter Parker aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

More than 60-minutes of thrilling, exclusive bonus material includes: an inside look at the evolution of lead characters Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, a behind-the-scenes exclusive on the making of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” never-before-seen deleted scenes and hilarious outtakes. Plus, home audiences can learn more about the latest additions to the MCU and get an exclusive, first look at Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, coming to theaters Nov. 4, 2016.

Bonus features include*:
DIGITAL HD/3D & BLU-RAY:

• United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.

• Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.

• Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

• Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.

• Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of “Captain America: Civil War.”

• Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.

• Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer. The DVD does not include any bonus materials.

The most explosive clash to ever rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe ignites a firestorm of conflict in the game-changing epic, Captain America: Civil War. In the wake of collateral damage, government pressure to rein in the Avengers drives a deep wedge between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), causing a catastrophic rift that escalates into an all-out feud. Against a backdrop of divided loyalties, their fellow Avengers must deal with the fallout. Pick a side in this spectacular adventure, packed with mind-blowing action, suspense and exclusive bonus content!

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” is directed by Emmy® Award-winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Kevin Feige, p.g.a. is the producer of the film, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

DISC SPECIFICATIONS (applies to film content only):
Product SKUs: Disney Movies Anywhere, Digital HD/3D/SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D+Blu-ray+Digital HD), Blu-ray, DVD (no bonus) and On-Demand
Feature Run Time: Approximately 147 minutes
Rating: PG in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3D = 1080p High Definition Widescreen (2.39:1) / DVD = 2.39:1
Audio: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French & Spanish

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: Facebook.com/CaptainAmerica
Website: Marvel.com/CaptainAmerica
Twitter: Twitter.com/CaptainAmerica
Instagram: Instagram.com/Marvel

Box Review: Bam Box – June 2016

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The Bam Box was founded in 2015 by Bloof, the same team of geeks, comic book lovers and pop culture collectors that started ComiconAuction.com. We love collecting. We love the thrill of it, the mystery of it and especially that feeling you get when you have a collectible in your hands that you are really excited about. So we set out to bring something different to everyone.

There are some great subscription boxes on the market, but we felt there was still something missing. We went to the drawing board with the goal of creating the box we would want to show up on our doorstep. After a lot of ideas and prototypes we arrived at the Bam Box. From the design of the box to the items inside to the instant winners we send out, we accomplished what we wanted to do: give you the subscription box we would be jealous of.”

Cost: 1 month plan starts at $24.99 plus $7.99 s/h

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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The box comes with a half sheet, full-color information on what’s in the box.
This month’s theme was 1980s!

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Retro Sunglasses (Retail $9.99?) – Totally tubular sunglasses. These are hysterical. I’m definitely saving them for any 80s parties.

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EXCLUSIVE Truffle Shuffle Pin (Retail ?) – Everyone loves the Goonies! This an item with a possible 1-Up, but I actually like my standard color version better.

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Back to the Future Prop Replica License Plate (Retail $19.95 on Amazon) – Subscribers could have received the original or Back to the Future 2 license plate. I got the “futuristic” one from 2015. The original may be more recognizable. But as a fan of the movies, I knew what this was right away. Very cool.

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Original Pencil Sketches! (Retail N/A) – This is one of the coolest items in the box. I completely unique and original sketch from one of several 80s cartoons! I received Alvin and the Chipmunks. I would have loved any of the ones listed on the sheet, but my niece may be stealing this from me as she loves Alvin now.

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EXCLUSIVE Rocky Davies Signed Ghostbusters Print (Retail $10-20?) – Most will receive this print, but 500 will receive a 1-Up of the “Ecto Cooler” variant. Slimer is looking pretty awesome.

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Ralph Macchio Signed Karate Kid Print (Retail $20?) – And rounding out this choice box is an iconic scene signed by the original Karate Kid himself! I just met Billy Zabka a couple years ago, so this is great!

Summary: This was a Most Triumphant box of 80s goodies. Several items were great exclusives. And the sunglasses were a great accessory addition. I love how different this box is. If you are into unique prints and autographed items, this box doesn’t disappoint.

Next month’s theme is GALACTIC… and look at the awesome mash-up of series possibilities. Can’t wait!

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