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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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Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – June 2016 – Women of Power

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This is the 8th box from Collector Corps and the theme was Women of Power! The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

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Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

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And now a card detailing the contents of the box with a look at early concepts.

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Spider-Gwen Tshirt (Retail $10) – While I’m glad they went with something other than a POP-looking character, I would have preferred a Ms Marvel or Captain Marvel shirt. And is it just me, or does Gwen’s face look alien-like?

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Civil War II #1 Comic Variant (Retail $5.99) – I’m excited to read Civil War II! I usually wait for graphic novels, but I’m happy to get any comic variant.

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She-Hulk Marvel Mystery Mini (Retail $9+)

Captain Marvel Marvel Mystery Mini (Retail $9) – I don’t have many of these mini figs, only the ones I get in the Collector Corps boxes. But I love these two choices. I only wish they were full-size POPs!

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EXCLUSIVE Squirrel Girl Funko POP! (Retail ?) – This is easily one of my new favorite POPs! I love Squirrel Girl. And this is an awesome design, complete with a little squirrel friend!

Summary: What a great theme?! I was incredibly excited for this box – and was really happy with the choice of the exclusive POP! The shirt could have been a bit cooler, but I’m just happy it’s not black again.

Next month’s theme is Spider-Man! I’ll be ordering an extra box for my nephew!

Box Review: My Geek Box – May 2016

My Geek Box

My Geek Box is the must-have mystery subscription box of geeky goodness, hand-picked and sent straight to your door every month by our passionate team of Geek aficionados.

The ideal monthly treat for yourself or a gift for a geeky friend, My Geek Box offers you a haul of unique and rare novelty items, in addition to our signature limited edition T-shirts, to put you one step closer on the road to superfandom.”

My Geek Box has just launched is US-based store!

One-month subscriptions start at just $19.99.

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

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SpongeBob Sandy Wacky Pack Mega Bloks (Retail $9.99) – I can’t stand SpongeBob, but my nieces and nephew will love this!

Yummy Breakfast Keychain (Retail $7) – I’m not sure what this is from or if it’s just filler, but the kids will probably think it’s cute.

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Ray Gun Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I have no idea what this is from or if it’s just an original design. It’s a fun design, but I wish it was any color but black. They do have womens/junior’s sizes so that’s a plus!

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Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Titan Figure (Retail $15) – I love the original Ghostbusters, so this will be a fun addition to my collection.

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Doomsday Lead Figure (Retail $25+) – These lead figures are nice and heavy figurines for display only. This has great detail and looks fantastic. As it looks sold out here in the US, the $25 is only the retail price. This was a great value addition to the box.

Summary: There isn’t a specific theme for this box, so items will always be a surprise. But the value in this box was fantastic. I’m not sure if it’s this high every month, but I’m certainly impressed. The two figures alone made this a hit for me.

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Box Review: Comic Bento – May 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!

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

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Ivar Timewalker: Making History (Retail $9.99) – This is new to me and about time travel – I’m excited to check it out.
Publisher: Valiant (June 2, 2015)

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Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol (Retail $19.99) – The time travel AND Allies against the Nazis and Dinosaurs? Yes, please.
Publisher: Titan Comics (March 11, 2014)

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Mankind: Story of All of Us (Retail $14.99) – This one really isn’t time travel – it’s based on a History Channel show. Kind of dull. I’ll be skipping this one.
Publisher: Zenescope (November 27, 2012)

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (Retail $19.99) – This is the inspiration behind the film – and a fun, retro book. I also have the prose novel based on this story, but I’ll probably read this one first.
Publisher: Marvel (December 21, 2011)

Summary: 3 out of 4 titles that I’ll read and keep is great. The value is as good as always. And I LOVED the theme this month!

Box Review: Loot Crate – May 2016

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“Loot Crate™ delivers the best in geek + gaming gear. From collectibles, apparel, tech gadgets, art, and other epic gear, it’s like Comic-Con in a box!”

LootCrate is $13.95 plus $6 shipping and handling for month-to-month subscription. Less for multiple month purchases. They also now offer “Level Up,” 3 apparel upgrades at different pricing levels that you can add to your monthly subscription.

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This month’s theme was POWER.

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Each box comes with a nice mini mag that gives details about the items, interviews, and more.

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EXCLUSIVE Infinity Gauntlet Oven Mitt (Retail $15?) – This is genius… and hysterical. I love it.

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EXCLUSIVE Dragon Ball Z Shenron Plush Keychain (Retail $3-5?) – This really isn’t a keychain as it’s a plastic hoop. It’s more like a strange plush toy for a child or dog. Though, Lois Lane wouldn’t care about it since it doesn’t have a squeaker in it.

LootPin – A new one each month for collectors… or hoarders.

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EXCLUSIVE Warcraft Tshirt (Retail $10?) – Just in time to wear to the movie release! I haven’t played the game, but the trailers look great – so, I’m excited to see it. This is a clever design on a really soft shirt that I’ll definitely get use out of.

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Hulk Q-Fig (Retail $10+ on Amazon) – I haven’t heard of Q-Figs before. But then, I only really collect Funko POPs. This is a really cool figure for Hulk fans though. I can’t decide if I’ll keep it or save it for my nephew for his birthday.

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Summary: While there wasn’t a Funko POP figure, I really like this Q-Fig for something different. And the great shirt and oven mitt made this box a hit for me.

Next month’s theme is: Dystopia (logos of The Matrix, Fallout, RoboCop, Terminator 2, and Bioshock all shown in the email.)

Received in May

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

Blu Ray/DVD:
The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1

Mystery Box:
1Up Box
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Del Rey / Ballantine Books:
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
Infernal by Mark de Jager

Disney Hyperion:
Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De la Cruz
The Trials of Apollo: Book One The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty
Munchem Academy: The Boy Who Knew Too Much by Commander S. T. Bolivar III
Race the Night by Kirsten Hubbard
Forever, Again by Victoria Laurie
Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia
Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Spindle by E. K. Johnston
The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison
This is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Waterfire Saga: Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly
The Drake Equation by Bart King
Gabby Duran: Troll Control by Elise Allen

Harper Voyager:
Urban Allies by Joseph Nassise
Breath of Earth by Beth Cato
The Perdition Score by Richard Kadrey

KTeen:
Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Macmillan Teen / Henry Holt / Feiwel and Friends / Roaring Brook Press / Imprint:
The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker
Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino
Flashfall by Jenny Moyer
Nemesis by Anna Banks
A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith

Penguin Teen / Putnam:
Lotus and Thorn by Sara Wilson Etienne

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Original Series: Elusive Salvation by Dayton Ward

Roc:
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Scholastic:
Harry Potter Artifacts Coloring Book by Scholastic
Wings of Fire: Darkstalker by Tui T. Sutherland

Subterranean Press:
Resume Speed by Lawrence Block
The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred by Greg Egan

Titan Books:
Warcraft: Durotan: The Official Movie Prequel by Christie Golden
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film by Peter Aperlo

Tor/Forge:
Chapel of Ease by Alex Bledsoe
Awakenings by Edward Lazellari
Eternity’s Mind by Kevin J. Anderson

Tor Teen:
Exile for Dreamers by Kathleen Baldwin

Graphic Novel Roundup: Back To The Future, Ghostbusters, Star Trek, and BSG

Back To The Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines

Back to the Future creator/screenwriter Bob Gale returns with all-new tales from the twisting and turning timeline that made Back to the Future a, well… TIMELESS pop-culture phenomenon! Take a trip back to 1985 and be there when Doc Brown and Marty McFly first meet, and then jump even farther back, to 1945, to witness Doc’s involvement in the super-secret Manhattan Project. Collects issues #1–5.

Review:
This is a fun collection of humorous tales told from mostly Doc’s point of view. In many time periods and alternate realities, this is an eclectic mix of stories. It’s definitely word-heavy rather than action. And the artwork is great and colorful and fits the light-hearted feel. I really enjoyed this book.

(I received free electronic copy from NetGalley for review.)

Ghostbusters International

There’s something strange in the neighborhood… and whether that neighborhood is in New York City or Venice, Italy, the Ghostbusters will be there! After a bust at the United Nations, the boys in gray are engaged to investigate an Old World haunting, where they begin to unravel a mystery that sends them around the globe (while still trying to keep their contract with the City, County, and State of New York!).

Review:
I know there have been Ghostbusters comics for a while now, but this is the first I’ve read. I have no idea who some of the main characters were. But it was still a fun, suspenseful story with plenty of humor and bizarre, supernatural creatures. The artwork is more comical than I prefer. It took me a while to figure out who Peter and Ray were supposed to be. No one looked remotely like the actors from the films. But if you can get past that, it’s an enjoyable story – and I look forward to reading more.

(I received free electronic copy from NetGalley for review.)

Star Trek: Manifest Destiny

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the STAR TREK franchise with this all-new adventure! At the edge of explored space, Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise come face to face with a new Klingon threat… with the fate of the galaxy at stake! Also includes the Klingon Language version of issue #1!

Review:
The e-galley I received only included the first 24 pages of this graphic novel. But from what I read, I definitely want to buy the full copy to read the rest. The artwork is fantastic! The characters and scenery are stunning. And the story is full of suspense… and Klingons. Fans of the new films will want to check these new stories out.

(I received free electronic copy from NetGalley for review.)

Battlestar Galactica (Classic): Starbuck

Finally, the origin of Lt. Starbuck can be told! Battlestar Galactica’s roguish Viper pilot, unbeatable gambler, and notorious womanizer has always been a mystery. How did he wind up a feral child on the planet Umbra, and when did he first fight Cylons alongside Commander Adama? What early adventures solidified his friendship with Apollo, and how will Starbuck react once he discovers the identity of the traitor responsible for destroying his family? It’s the world-shaking origin story that fans have been begging over thirty years for, as revealed by #1 New York Times best-selling author Tony Lee and artist Eman Casallos.

Review:
This is one I bought, as I want to read anything I can get my hands on of the classic Battlestar Galactica. Of course, Starbuck is a favorite character, so I was excited to read his origin story. This was a fun, fast-paced adventure from his boyhood days up to his swashbuckling heroics as a young pilot. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The artwork fit well, with only minor complaints. And I enjoyed the new (villain) characters as well.

Box Review: DC’s Legion of Collectors – May 2016

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This is the 2nd box from DC’s Legion of Collectors and the theme was DC TV. The Legion of Collectors offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

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

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The Flash #123 Legion of Collectors Variant (Retail $4+?) – Not sure what the retail price is, as it’s not on the comic itself. But I was happy to get a Flash comic

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Arrow Tshirt (Retail $10?) – Yet another black shirt. But I do like this design! I’ll be keeping this one.

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EXCLUSIVE Jay Garrick Funko POP! (Retail $15+) – I LOVE this Jay Garrick exclusive! It’s unique looking and one I don’t have… a nice surprise.

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EXCLUSIVE Rock Candy Supergirl (Retail $15+) – While I was a bit bummed this wasn’t a POP, I really like the look of these Rock Candy figures. And they aren’t ones that I’d buy for myself. Here’s a comparison of the exclusive versus the regular version available in stores below.

Summary: I enjoyed this 2nd box even more than the first! The value is great. And I loved the choices this month. I only wish they could have incorporated Legends of Tomorrow with more than just a pin, since I’m a big fan of the show. Hopefully, down the road, we’ll see some Funko POPs from the show.

The next theme is Suicide Squad, which is appropriate with the new film coming.