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Box Review: TeeBlox – August 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 & TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

TeeBlox

Star Wars T-shirt – This is a very fun, camouflage design on the traditional Star Wars logo. Even though it’s another black tshirt, I still love it.

TeeBlox

Indestructible Hulk #16 Comic – I love that these come with a different, random comic. Hulk is a great choice, as my niece is into him right now.

Sticker – I had no idea what this was, other than the guy was holding an 8-bit flower. A friend had to tell me it was from Mario Bros, which then I noticed the M on the guy’s hat. Okay…

Summary: Another great shirt! I like this one even better than the last. The sticker doesn’t do anything for me, but I love the mystery of a shirt and comic combo.

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

Box Review: Comic Bento – July 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!

Comic Bento

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

Comic Bento

It Came! (Retail $19.99) – This looks like a classic B movie in comic form. Can’t wait to check it out.
Publisher: Titan Comics (March 11, 2014)

Comic Bento

BubbleGun Vol 1. (Retail $12.99) – I haven’t been impressed with anything from Apsen so far, but I’ll still give this a try.
Publisher: Aspen (August 16, 2016)

Comic Bento

Diesel Sweeties: I’m a Rocker, I Rock Out. (Retail $19.99) – For something different, this is a collection of webcomics.
Publisher: Oni Press (September 24, 2013)

Comic Bento

Voltron Year One (Retail $19.99) – This will be a fun bit of nostalgia! And I’m sure I’ll pass it along to my nephew for him to enjoy.
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment (April 2, 2013)

Summary: I was a bit disappointed with the selection, when I had high hopes for such a promising theme. I would have liked at least one popular robot series included (Voltron is pretty retro). I wish they’d include a bit more mainstream, as these smaller press series aren’t doing much for me. I may be ending my subscription when it’s up for renewal.

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps Year One AKA: The Box Where Funko Flipped Off All Its Fans

Marvel Collector Corp

In celebration of their first full year, Marvel Collector Corps offered up an exclusive box for subscribers for a hefty $125 per box. I took a chance, as I enjoyed most of the boxes this year when I heard everything would be new and exclusive.

Marvel Collector Corp

The box included the standard patch and pin.

Marvel Collector Corp

And a page describing all the items included.

Marvel Collector Corp

EXCLUSIVE Gold Captain America Hikari (Retail $25+) – This was the big ticket item in the box. But unfortunately, it’s incredibly weird and ugly. What a waste. And unfortunately, this is the theme with this box. And it’s not even numbered to prove rarity.

Marvel Collector Corp

EXCLUSIVE Hobgoblin Funko POP (Retail $10+) – This is an awesome, unique design. At least I was happy with one thing in the box!

Marvel Collector Corp

EXCLUSIVE She-Hulk and Ant-Man Dorbz (Retail $10+ each) – Not sure how they’re “exclusive” as there isn’t anything special about the design. And while I have a few, I’m not a big fan.

Marvel Collector Corp

Groot “Pop Top” Hat (Retail $10?) – I love the Guardians of the Galaxy, but these hats are a dud.

Summary: Wow, Funko and Marvel gave their fans the finger with this box. What a joke. And the joke was on me. Not so much as even a shirt. This was exactly the same as every other box (at $30 each) plus one butt-ugly Hikari. In no stretch of the imagination was this box worth anywhere near $125. Just a great way to piss us all off and make sure NO ONE else will buy these extra expensive, boxes of disappointment. ONE POP in this entire box – and POPs are the reason most of us bought this. Excuse me while I go try to sell everything on ebay and try to make up most of my wasted money.

Received in July

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

Blu-Ray/DVD:
The Bronze DVD

Mystery Box:
The Bam Box
TeeBlox

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig

Disney Hyperion:
Tales from the Haunted Mansion: Volume I: The Fearsome Foursome by Amicus Arcane
Disney Parks Presents: The Haunted Mansion: Purchase Includes a CD with Song! by Disney Book Group
Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch by Serena Valentino
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
Threads by Ami Polonsky
Disney Descendants: School of Secrets CJ’s Treasure Chase by Jessica Brody
Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds by Rick Riordan

Harper Collins / Ecco:
Night of the Animals by Bill Broun

Harper Teen / Greenwillow:
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas
Five Elements: The Emerald Tablet by Dan Jolley
The Dark Army by Joseph Delaney

Hex Publishers:
Cyber World edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola

Little, Brown:
Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott

Penguin Young Readers / Viking:
Max and Ruby’s Preschool Pranks by Rosemary Wells

Phoenix Pick:
Humanity 2.0 edited by Alex Shvartsman

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Original Series: Legacies #2: Best Defense by David Mack

Pyr:
Congress of Secrets by Stephanie Burgis
The Apothecary’s Curse by Barbara Barnett

Random House Young Readers / Delacorte:
Recreated by Colleen Houck

Scholastic:
Frost by M. P. Kozlowsky
Backstories: Supergirl: Daughter of Krypton by Daniel Wallace
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts: The Burning Tide by Jonathan Auxier
The Bronze Key by Holly Black
The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Simon and Schuster / Saga Press:
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez

Simon and Schuster Children’s / Atheneum Books for Young Readers:
This Is Not a Werewolf Story by Sandra Evans
The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

Titan Books:
Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes

Tor / Forge:
Necessity by Jo Walton
Illicit by Cathy Clamp
Night Talk by George Noory
The Sword of Midras by Tracy Hickman
Eterna and Omega by Leanna Renee Hieber

Tor Teen / Starscape:
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians: The Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson

Box Review: Smuggler’s Bounty – July 2016

Smuggler's 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 Jabba’s Palace!

Smuggler's Bounty

Star Wars Jabba’s Palace Patch and Pin – these are small collectibles included in each box.

Smuggler's Bounty

The box now comes with a card describing the items included.

Smuggler's Bounty

C3PO Hat (Retail $10?) – This is a new line. But wow, are they ugly. Please bring back the shirts. I don’t know anyone who would wear these.

Smuggler's Bounty

Jabba Mug (Retail $10?) – I’m not a fan of Funko mugs either. And this is no exception. I’ll be ditching this somewhere.

Smuggler's Bounty

Boba Fett Plush (Retail $10?) – This is yet another new line. While it’s cute, I would have prefered another POP.

Smuggler's Bounty

EXCLUSIVE R2-D2 Funko POP (Retail $10+) – This is a very cool, unique design. Love this version.

Summary: Unfortunately, the only item I really liked was the POP. What a disappointment. No tshirt and no comic. The ugly mugs and hats have got to go, or I’ll be dropping this box.

Box Review: Bam Box – July 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

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

Bam Box

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.

Bam Box

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

Bam Box

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.

Bam Box

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.

Bam Box

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

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 & TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

TeeBlox

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.

TeeBlox

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!


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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.