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Box Review: TeeBlox – October 2016


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!

* received a box for review purposes.


Star Trek T-shirt – I LOVE this design. It’s a mashup of the different crews in their primary colored shirts, in the shape of the saucer section of a ship with a fade out for the tail end of the ship. I would have liked it even more (and gotten more use out of it) if it were gray instead of black.


2000AD Presents #18 – This was a fun, retro comic.

Deadpool Air Freshener – I haven’t opened it to smell it yet. But the image of Deadpool doesn’t convey something smelling good to me. But it’s Deadpool, so it’s cool.

Summary: The shirt and comic combo is awesome. This Star Trek shirt is even better than the last. This is one of the more affordable mystery packs – and it’s one of my favorites.

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

Graphic Novel Review: Dresden Files: Wild Card

Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Wild Card

A bizarre double murder draws the interest of Chicago’s only wizard-for-hire. But as Harry Dresden begins his investigation, the clues lead to troubling conclusions about the possible perpetrator, and set him on a path that will place him in the middle of a conflict between the city’s three most powerful factions – a conflict that could engulf all of Chicago!

This original story is set in between White Night and the graphic novel Down Town. For those of us impatient for the next novel, these comics are a welcome addition. The story is fast-paced and fun – with plenty of suspense, humor, and magic. I only wish it was longer to see more character interactions. The artwork is fantastic, though I wasn’t a fan of how the villain was drawn. This story arc definitely makes me want to go back and read the graphic novels that I’ve missed.

Mystery Box Review: Supply Pod – August 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

This July/August box had an Warp Speed theme.

Supply Pod

EXCLUSIVE Live Long / Warp Speed Tshirt – I probably would’ve liked this shirt better with a more stylized hand, but it’s still something I’d wear. And it’s a nice, soft material that will be comfy.

Supply Pod

Galaxy Night Light – I would’ve loved this as a kid. Heck, I love it now. I’ll definitely be using this for my nieces and nephew when they’re over.

Supply Pod

Spock Ears – For any Halloween when you want to dress up as a Vulcan. Yes, I’ve done that.

Supply Pod

Star Trek #59 Supply Pod Variant – I love comics, variants, and Star Trek. This was a win.

Supply Pod

Star Trek LED Watch – I own an Apple Watch, so I have no use for this. It’s a cute design for Star Trek fans, so I may ask around to see if any of my friends want it.

Supply Pod

Captain’s Log Notebook – This is cute filler that a young Star Trek fan would enjoy.

Supply Pod

Solar System Planetarium – This is why Supply Pod stands apart from other geeky boxes. They incorporate cool science items in the box. I love this.

Summary: This box shipped out a month late! But customer service was very helpful. When I was dealing with a move, I didn’t think I’d actually receive the shipment as it took so long that it had to be forwarded. But when I was dealing with the shipping concerns, customer service went above and beyond – even though it was initially a pain, it was worth the wait.

Mystery Box Review: Zwag Box

Zwag Box

“ZWAG BOX is a wholly-owned subscription box that is the fastest-growing subscription box of its kind. Already making massive waves, this platform gives us ever-expanding audiences that specifically reaches out to the YouTube young adult, teen and tween consumers unlike any other subscription box.”

For our special inaugural subscription box, we’ve chosen to reveal the much-anticipated Markiplier #1 comic book with an exclusive variant cover! This design is not only unique to Zwag Box subscribers, but sports a RED FOIL logo as well, making it even more collectible!!!

Straight out of YouTube, Markiplier stars in his first comic book adventure! In this issue he gets a mysterious watch that transports him through space and time. The madcap dangers he encounters in these pages are just the beginning of a hilarious and nail-biting 4 part mini-series monthly event.

Four lucky ZWAG BOX subscribers will win a GOLDEN TICKET to hang out at the KEENSPOT/RED GIANT ENTERTAINMENT booth with Keenspot, Red Giant and the whole ZWAG BOX team in 2017! Each subscriber with an active subscription between July and December of 2016 will earn entries as follows:
• Monthly subscribers get 1 entry for each month active up to a total of 6 entries!
• Quarterly subscribers will receive up to 2 bonus entry for the period active. If active all 6 months, Quarterly subscribers will receive up to a total of 8 entries.
• 6-Month subscribers receive 3 bonus entries – up to 9 total entries depending on months active.
• Annual subscribers will receive a whopping 6 bonus entries – up to a grand total of 12 entries depending on which months active!
Winners will be chosen at random beginning in January 2017. No purchase necessary. See terms and conditions for full rules.

* received a free box in exchange for an honest review.

The shipment came in a blank, white box (above), so I wasn’t sure who it came from other than the sender said “Red Giant Entertainment.” Hopefully, in the future, they can customize a cool box design like other geek boxes.

Zwag Box

Captain Cold Action Figure (Retail $24.95, or $17 on Amazon) – As a fan of Legends of Tomorrow, I was excited to get this large, action figure. And I’m sure my nephew will be asking to play with it as soon as he sees it.

Zwag Box

Build. Conquer. Inspire. Tshirt – I’m not sure what this is from, so I’m guessing a game?

Zwag Box

Tiny Markiplier Pins – They look like REALLY tiny cell phones.

Zwag Box

Star Trek Coaster – I’m guessing it’s an odd-shaped coaster just because there’s cork on the back.

Markiplier Poster – I have no idea who this is. I had to Google him to find out why so much in the box was about him. Again, I’m not a gamer or into watching YouTube. So, the internet-famous is lost on me. But since this box is geared towards kids who do watch YouTube, I can see the reason.

Zwag Box

Markiplier Comics – Yep, more Markiplier swag. I’ll be skimming through it to see if it will interest me.

Summary: I LOVED the action figure. But other than the one, small Star Trek item, everything else was a wash for me. Hopefully, future boxes will have more variety. Though, items themselves are solid – action figure, tshirt, comics, etc. It’ll be fun to see what else this new mystery box comes out with.

Mystery Box Review: SciFi Block – September 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’s a nice card with details of the items in the box.

SciFi Block

Starship Troopers Temporary Tattoo and Patch – Well, my niece loves temporary tattoos, but she can’t watch this movie yet. And I don’t know many adults who would wear a temporary tattoo of something like this. Pretty much just filler anyway.

SciFi Block

Dr Who Comic Variant – Not a fan, so I’ll pass this along.

Tom Kennedy Art Print “Space Girls” – While I’m all about girl power, and this is well-done, I have no use for this one.

SciFi Block

Star Wars Death Star Ice Mold – I think this is the 3rd Star Wars ice mold I’ve received in mystery boxes. Pretty funny.

SciFi Block

SciFi Block

Star Trek Teeny Tin – I took one close-up and one pic to show just how small this tin is! It’s cute, but WAY too small to be of any use save sitting on a shelf of collectibles. It’s too bad, because a full-sized lunch box would’ve been awesome. This is just.. meh. I thought it may have been a set of tiny playing cards, but no – it’s empty.

SciFi Block

EXCLUSIVE X-Files Lunch Bag – This is a fun, insulated bag that will keep your evidence… or lunch at the correct temperature for a little while. Unfortunately, there’s no handle, so I probably wont get much use out of it. As I have plenty of lunch bags that are larger and more convenient.

SciFi Block

X-Files Tshirt – Thankfully, it says “I want to believe” in small print, so most people will know what this is from. But it’s not blatant otherwise. It’s a cute shirt I’ll probably wear. Just as a warning to women though, the sizes are MUCH too small. So, order at least 2 sizes up from normal.

Summary: I decided to buy this box based on the Star Trek, Star Wars, and X-Files hints. Yes, I kind of regret it as the value just isn’t here. This will probably be my last SciFi Block.

Box Review: Smuggler’s Bounty – September 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.”

The theme this month was The Death Star!

Smugglers Bounty

Darth Vader Patch and Storm Trooper Pin – these are small collectibles included in each box.

Smugglers Bounty

The box comes with a handy card detailing the items included.

Smugglers Bounty

Death Star Luggage Tag – I enjoyed this bonus item. And it’s something I’d definitely use for my suitcase.

Smugglers Bounty

Vader vs Kenobi Tshirt – It’s a cutesy-POP style, that a child would enjoy. I doubt I’d wear it in public. But I like it well enough to keep and wear around the house.

Smugglers Bounty

EXCLUSIVE Darth Vader Funko POP! – I knew we’d get a Darth Vader POP, but this is a really cool design. Sorry for the bad quality photo, but he’s standing at an angle with his arm and lightsaber extended.

Smugglers Bounty

EXCLUSIVE Grand Moff Tarkin Funko POP! – They even put the sharp angle of his cheeks as a subtle detail. I love this one as well!

SUMMARY: I really enjoyed this month’s box. The boxes with 2 POPs are always my favorite. The designs this month were fantastic. And I’m so glad I’m not stuck with another hat or mug.

Next month’s theme is ROGUE ONE.. just in time to get here before the film’s release!

Received in September

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

Blu Ray/DVD:
Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray
Approaching the Unknown DVD

Mystery Box:
The Bam Box – August
The Bam Box – September

Weregirl by C. D. Bell

Del Rey:
A Night Without Stars by Peter F. Hamilton
Crosstalk by Connie Willis
StarCraft: Evolution by Timothy Zahn
Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Disney Hyperion / Kingswell:
Quinny & Hopper Partners in Slime by Adriana Brad Schanen
Art of Coloring: Moana: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity by Disney Book Group
Moana and the Ocean by Disney Book Group
Moana Read-Along Storybook & CD by Disney Storybook Art Team
The Story of Moana The Story of Moana: A Tale of Courage and Adventure by Disney Book Group
Elena of Avalor A Palace Fit for a Princess by Disney Book Group
Elena of Avalor Elena and the Secret of Avalor by Craig Gerber
Elena of Avalor Feliz Navidad: A Royal Christmas by Disney Book Group
Bionic by Suzanne Weyn
A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby
The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle by Gabrielle Kent
Black Widow Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl
This is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Frozen: A Pop-Up Adventure by Matthew Reinhart
High Heat by Richard Castle
Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Galaxy Press:
Battlefield Earth Special Edition by L. Ron Hubbard

Macmillan Children’s / Imprint / Feiwel and Friends:
Freya by Matthew Laurence
Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

Penguin Young Readers / Puffin / Putnam / Philomel:
The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove
Double Eclipse by Melissa De la Cruz
The Turncoat’s Gambit by Andrea Cremer

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Prey: Book One: Hell’s Heart by John Jackson Miller
Star Trek: Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory’s Key by Dayton Ward

Judgment at Verdant Court by M. C. Planck

Random House Teens:
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Last Descendants: An Assassin’s Creed Novel by Matthew Kirby

Simon & Schuster / Gallery / Atria / Keywords Press:
HALO: Fractures: Extraordinary Tales from the Halo Canon by Various
Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa

St Martin’s Griffin:
Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World by P. C. Cast

Sterling Publishing / Lark:
Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book by Odessa Begay

Subterranean Press:
Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold
Voyages: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones Vol V. by Mike Resnick

The Dreaming Hunt by Cindy Dees