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Box Review: Bam Box – September 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.

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The box has upgraded just a sheet to a nice mini mag with a description of all of the items in the box and any possible 1-Ups!

This month’s theme was “Strange”!

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Beetlejuice Pin (Lydia) – There were several possibilities, including Beetlejuice himself.

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Demogorgon Killer (from Stranger Things) – I haven’t been able to start watching Stranger Things yet, so I had no idea what this was till I opened the booklet. It’s a popular show right now though, so I’m sure many people did know.

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White Rabbit Pocket Watch – This was by far the coolest item in the box. Alice in Wonderland fans, young and old, will appreciate this iconic watch. The detail is great. And it even comes in a nice little bag.

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Inception Totem Set – Again, I haven’t seen this movie, mostly because I don’t care for DiCaprio. At all. So, I had no idea what this was from until I opened the booklet. But I have been told all about the movie, so I know what the set means. It’s a clever idea for fans of the film.

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Grimm Comic #1 Variant – I LOVE Grimm, so I was excited to score this rare 1-up variant. The more common variant is in color.

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Kiss Comic #2 – This was on the back side of the bagged Grimm comic, and it wasn’t mentioned in the booklet. So, I’m guessing this was a bonus item? No complaints here!

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Mindy Wheeler Print (Strange) – There were 3 possible prints – one of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, or this Doctor Strange print, or a rare Doctor Strange print with his eyes open and the 3rd eye closed.

Lastly, there was a possible “Instant Winner” of a signed, Stranger Things Hat replica. I wasn’t bummed about not getting it, as I haven’t started watching the show yet. Yes, it’s in my queue though.

Summary: This was a very fun box. I loved the pocket watch, Grimm variant, and Doctor Strange print. It makes up for last month’s disappointments. I wish I was already up on Stranger Things, but I’ll get there soon enough.

Next month’s theme is: Watching!

Book Giveaway: Gemina

Courtesy of Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers, I have a copy of Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 21. I’ll draw a name on October 22, and notify winner via email.

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SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Prey: Book 1: Hell’s Heart

Star Trek: Prey: Book 1: Hell’s Heart by John Jackson Miller

Synopsis:
When Klingon commander Kruge died in combat against James T. Kirk on the Genesis planet back in 2285, he left behind a powerful house in disarray—and a series of ticking time bombs: the Phantom Wing, a secret squadron of advanced Birds-of-Prey; a cabal of loyal officers intent on securing his heritage; and young Korgh, his thwarted would-be heir, willing to wait a Klingon lifetime to enact his vengeance.

Now, one hundred years later, while on a diplomatic mission for the United Federation of Planets, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise are snared in the aged Korgh’s trap—and thrust directly in the middle of an ancient conflict. But as Commander Worf soon learns, Korgh may be after far bigger game than anyone imagines, confronting the Federation-Klingon alliance with a crisis unlike any it has ever seen!

Review:
I’ll admit that Klingons aren’t my favorite race. The honor-bound, often violent people have never really held my interest. So I really only picked up this book because I enjoyed the film the trilogy is based on… and it’s Star Trek – so I knew I’d still be entertained.

However, I was pleasantly impressed that the plot held many twists and surprises along the way. It’s full of adventure, mystery, and very diverse Klingon characters. The characters, especially the villains, are intriguing and engaging. I also love that the story spans the two Enterprise crews. What we learn about past events with Kruge’s people helps to understand what’s going on in the future. I even enjoyed the Kahless clone character more than previous stories about him. Excitement and suspense builds to a cliffhanger ending that made me eager for the next book.

TeeBlox Giveaway!

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!

See reviews of past months here:

Box Review: TeeBlox – September 2016

Box Review: TeeBlox – August 2016

Box Review and Giveaway!: TeeBlox – July 2016


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 October 7. I’ll draw a name on October 8, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

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Box Review: TeeBlox – September 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.

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Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back T-shirt – It’s a simple, official, white logo on black shirt. But I love it just the same. Hey, it’s the best movie from the franchise.

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Planet of The Apes Comic – I love comics and love Planet of the Apes! Awesome – except it may mean I have to go collect #1 and 2 now…

Super Mario Coaster – This is a cardboard coaster with Mario Bros on the back. Fun little item if you like retro gaming.

Summary: The shirt and comic combo is fantastic. The shirt is well made, yet soft. And this is another great design! Can’t have too many Star Wars or Star Trek shirts in my opinion!

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

Book Giveaway: Frost

Courtesy of Scholastic, I have a copy of Frost by M. P. Kozlowsky for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 14. I’ll draw a name on October 15, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

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

Legion of Collectors

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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And this detailed card of everything included in the box is handy.

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DC Villains Tshirt – There was a chance of this one or a Heroes shirt. I was extremely bummed I didn’t get the Heroes one as it was the only one I liked of the two. The retro Harley Quinn outfit is so corny, I would never wear this out in public.

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Batgirl Comic #35 – I LOVE that they are include comic variants in these boxes. And the Batgirl run is great. I already read this series, so I’ll probably pass this on to my niece.

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EXCLUSIVE Hawkgirl Funko POP! – I love this retro Hawkgirl design. And it’s a character I don’t have yet, but

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EXCLUSIVE Wonder Woman Invisible Jet and Action Figure – This was an extremely fun bonus. I would have loved it even more if it was a POP style instead of just an action figure. But this way, I’ll let my niece and nephew play with it.

SUMMARY: This was a great box, despite the tshirt disappointment. It’s still better than a POP-style shirt. I would have just preferred all female heroes vs having any villains spotlighted. My favorite item in the box was the Wonder Woman and invisible jet exclusive.

The next theme is: Batman Villains – so I’ll be skipping that one.

SciFi Book Review: The Last One

The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

Synopsis:
She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.

It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.

Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.

But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.

Review:
A Survivor-type reality show turns horrific, but Zoo can’t grasp the truth and clings to the hope that everything is just a part of the show – elaborate props and hidden cameras. The show starts like many others, with likable and unlikable characters (who soon become the “villains” of the show). And drama makes for better tv. After team challenges, comes the solo adventure – when Zoo becomes separated from the others. And her reality becomes skewed.

The Last One is a survivor story told in a unique way. We follow Zoo’s journey, with flashbacks to the start of the show. I thoroughly enjoyed this way of unfolding the story and characters. Suspense builds from the post-apocalyptic Zoo and her companions, to a Zoo who can’t comprehend what has happened in “present day.” The story is well-paced and wrought with excitement, drama, and engaging characters. The adventure builds to a surprising but satisfying conclusion. I highly recommend this one for those who enjoy psychological thrillers.