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Box Review: Geek Fuel – November 2016

Geek Fuel

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.

Geek Fuel

The box comes with a great mini magazine that’s always fun to flip through.

Geek Fuel

There is now a spoiler card listing all the items in the box.

Geek Fuel

Wonder Woman and Batman Mugs – These are a little small for my use. But they’ll make great stocking stuffers for my superhero-living niece and nephew.

Geek Fuel

Exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy “Pair and a Spare” Socks – These are cute Rocket socks with one spare mix and match Groot sock. I don’t like the idea of three socks as one will wear out faster than the others. It’d be better to have 2 complete sets of mix and match socks.

Geek Fuel

Geek Fuel Temple Pin – Does anyone actually collect all these filler pins that ALL these mystery geek boxes seem to have? I’ve tossed more than I can count.

Downloadable Dandy Game – I don’t play these types of games, so I’ll probably see if someone else wants it.

Geek Fuel

Futurama Tshirt – I have zero desire to ever watch an adult cartoon, let alone Futurama. So, this is a bummer. I don’t know a soul in real life who actually watches the show (or would admit it) either. Another for the donate pile.

Summary: Thankfully, I had a coupon code and got this box for a big discount. Maybe if I had liked the shirt, this wouldn’t have seemed like such a letdown. But I don’t think I’m keeping ANYTHING from this box. A couple things will be re-gifted and the rest tossed or donated. Bummer.

Received in November

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

Blu Ray/DVD:
The Shannara Chronicles Season One Blu-Ray

Mystery Box:
TeeBlox
The Bam Box – November

Amazon Publishing / 47 North:
Ocean of Storms by Christopher Mari

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno

Disney Hyperion:
Jed and the Junkyard War by Steven Bohls

Penguin Young Readers / Razorbill:
Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Prey: Book Three: The Hall of Heroes by John Jackson Miller

Random House Kids / Delacorte Press:
The Fever Code by James Dashner

Scholastic:
Exo by Fonda Lee
Velocity by Chris Wooding
Last Descendants: An Assassin’s Creed Novel #2: Tomb of the Khan by Matthew J. Kirby

Simon Teen / Pulse:
Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

Simon and Schuster / Ubisoft:
Assassin’s Creed: Heresy by Christie Golden

Subterranean Press:
Dear Sweet Filthy World by Caitlin R. Kiernan
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Titan Books:
Star Trek Beyond – The Collector’s Edition by Titan

Tor Books:
Apes and Angels by Ben Bova
Gather Her Round by Alex Bledsoe
Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson

Box Review: Bam Box – November 2016

Bam Box

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.

Bam Box

The box has a mini mag called “Spoiler Booklet” with details on the box, with all possible 1-ups. But there was only rare pins and custom comic variants as far as I could see.
This month’s theme was “Adult Cartoon.”

Bam Box

The pin I received this month was Chef from South Park. Subscribers also could have received Cartman, Kenny, or rare Kenny’s with an additional Dead Kenny.

Bam Box

Homer Simpson Metal Sign – I don’t like the Simpsons, but this is a pretty funny sign. I’ll probably use as a gag gift at some point.

Bam Box

Cosplayer dressed up as Jessica Rabbit Print – Who wants a print of a random person no one knows dressed up as a cartoon character? Not me. Weird. If you’re going to include a print, it needs to be an actual famous person or artwork that some people would care about.

Bob’s Cronen-Burgers Print – Subscribers could have gotten a Beavis and Butthead print instead. Neither appealed to me.

Bam Box

Betty Boop Comic Variant – Some boxes could have received custom sketch covers. It looks like I received the standard exclusive black and white variant. It is signed though, so that’s cool.

Summary: I don’t like adult cartoons, or children’s either for the most part. So, already I wasn’t going to like most of the series. I thought last month’s box was sparse, but this one was even smaller (literally a smaller box). I would think two prints, a comic, sign, and a filler pin would be quite a disappointment for someone who paid full price. This used to be a unique box with fun additions I rarely saw in other boxes. But it’s definitely missing uniqueness now. A shirt or accessory or fun toy needs to be added if they’re going to keep the price point where it is.

Box Review: TeeBlox – November 2016

TeeBlox

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 and TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

TeeBlox

Star Wars Shirt – This is yet another fun and unique Star Wars design. The cute, 8-bit characters makes for an awesome retro look.

TeeBlox

Generation X Comic – This is actually one of my favorite all-time comic lines. I own them all, including the graphic novels. But I certainly don’t mind a duplicate to be able to hook another friend or family member on the retro series.

Batman Silicone Wristband/Bracelet – This will be a great stocking stuffer for my niece or nephew.

Summary: Another awesome shirt and comic combo! And this time the bonus item was a hit too! One can never own too many geeky tshirts, so be sure to check out the great variety with this mystery pack.

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

Graphic Novel Spotlight: Days Missing Volumes 1, 2, & 3 (Enox)

Days Missing Volume 1

Synopsis:
Since the beginning of time, there has existed a being whose interaction and interference with mankind has shaped human history. His powers of time and intellect have allowed his secrecy and resulted in certain days being absent from any historical record. Their stories have never been told. Their details have never been documented. Their existence is not remembered. But, the occurrences of these days have forever changed the course of humanity’s evolution. These are the “Days Missing” from our existence, and they are about to be revealed.

Days Missing Volume 2: Kestus

Synopsis:
This thrilling sequel to the critically acclaimed series adds another layer to the story of The Steward, a mysterious being whose ability to “fold” days of time has resulted in critical human events being absent from our historical record. Their existence is not remembered…but the occurrences of these days have forever changed the course of our evolution. Since humanity’s birth, The Steward has stood alone as a guiding force for our species. But now, he is about to learn that that he is not the only one influencing our evolution! The emergence of the ancient being, Kestus, may put everything he knows in question, and the future of those he means to protect in jeopardy.



Days Missing Volume 3: Enox

Synopsis:
Days Missing: Enox concludes this saga of The Steward, an ancient being whose ability to “fold” time has resulted in critical human events being extracted from our memories and absent from any historical record. Their existence is not remembered, but the events of these days have forever changed the course of human evolution. In this epic finale, the haunting voice of Enox materializes, giving form to the Steward’s nemesis and unquestionable purpose to his existence.
The unprecedented battle that ensues will bring humanity to the brink of extinction and readers to the edge of their seats.

Review:
I was able to read all three graphic novels back-to-back. The first volume introduces The Steward and his goal of protecting humanity. The stories jump around in time among various ages. The second volume introduces Kestus, another immortal without Steward’s penchant for helping humanity. Instead, she’s a selfish woman who considers herself a goddess – until the influence of Steward begins to cultivate. And the recent third volume – Enox is bent on humanity’s destruction. And he seems to be even more powerful than Steward, and begins to affect the present day and future. This time-jumping, adventure series was fast-paced and exciting. The climactic scenes with Enox were dark, emotional, and surprising. The artwork did a wonderful job reflecting the mood and action. I highly recommend this graphic novel series for science fiction fans – even those new to comics.

Graphic Novel Review: Grave Surprise

Charlaine Harris’ Grave Surprise

Synopsis:
Harper Connelly, a psychic capable of finding dead people and reading their last thoughts, discovers a grave in Memphis with two bodies: a man centuries dead, and a girl recently deceased. How the two bodies ended up together would be perplexing enough… but the sudden appearance of a third body the next morning makes this a mystery that perhaps even Connelly can’t solve!

Review:
This is official graphic novel adaptation of the novel of the same name by Charlaine Harris. I’m not as familiar with this series as I am the Southern Vampire series, but I have read the first in this series so I was somewhat familiar with the characters. Harper has the ability of seeing the last moments of the deceased.

Grave Surprise is a suspenseful mystery. And the characters are well-developed for a graphic novel as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-paced and dramatic story. And the artwork fit the dark tone. I’d definitely pick up more in this series.

Box Review: Bam Box – October 2016

Bam Box

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.

Bam Box

The box has a mini mag called “Spoiler Booklet” with details on the box, with all possible 1-ups.
This month’s theme was “Watching”!
And the pin I received this month was Sam from Trick r’ Treat – whatever that is. I don’t watch horror films.

Bam Box

S-Mart Employee ID Badge – A fun little prop if you’re a fan of Evil Dead.

Puzzle Cube – This is like a Rubik’s Cube, but much harder – as it’s all gold and several sides are similar. Still it’s fun to play around with.

Bam Box

SIGNED Kiss Comic #1 / Bam Box Variant – This is a signed variant from the cover artist John Lucas!

Bam Box

SIGNED Jason and Freddy Print – Each is signed and numbered by the artist, John Branham. Another possible variant was Michael Meyers and Leatherface.

Bam Box

SIGNED Ghostface Print – The print is signed by actor Skeet Ulrich himself! Another possible variant was a signed, Linda Blair print from The Exorcist.

Summary: I didn’t receive any 1-ups this month. But it doesn’t look like there were any besides the pin. This box seemed a little sparse – it needed a tshirt or something. And there was just a horror theme a month or two ago, so this seemed a bit repetitive to me – as I’m not a horror fan.

Next month’s theme is: Adult Cartoon.