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Box Review: ThinkGeek Capsule – July 2017

ThinkGeek Capsule

From the site:
“We’re ThinkGeek. We enjoy movies, books, and long space walks outside the vehicle. We want everyone to embrace their inner geek, and the ThinkGeek Capsule is our monthly mystery box that gives you the fun of a blind box with the security of knowing you’re getting gear hand-selected by ThinkGeek.

Each ThinkGeek Capsule is packed with $50 worth of collectibles. Items may include desktop replicas, stuff for your home, enamel pins, art prints, t-shirts, and more. Contents will vary by month, but you will ALWAYS get an exclusive t-shirt.”

Cost: 1 month plan starts at $24.99 plus $5 s/h

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

ThinkGeek Capsule

The box comes with a list of spoilers that I skipped until I went thru the box on my own.

ThinkGeek Capsule

Because pins seem to be the norm in most mystery boxes.

ThinkGeek Capsule

The BONUS item I received this month was the 12th Doctor Pocket POP! Keychain. There were 2 possible Doctors I could have received.

ThinkGeek Capsule

Game of Thrones Mini Canvas – I’m not a GoT fan, but I know I’m in the minority. These are cool and unique collectibles, if you are a fan.

ThinkGeek Capsule

Vulcan Travel Guide and Hulk Poster and Colored Pencil Set – The Vulcan Travel Guide is my favorite item in the box! And the value is almost as much as the box price, so subscribers are getting a great deal. The cute colored pencil/poster set will be a great gift for my nephew!

ThinkGeek Capsule

ThinkGeek Promo Code – This is a great idea to get people to go buy more stuff from the site! Mine have been for the minimum $5 each month so far.

ThinkGeek Capsule

Dungeons and Dragons Tshirt and matching Patch – This is a cute, unique design if your a D&D fan. And a large, matching dice patch, if you’re a collector.
(Heads up for the ladies – the sizing is Juniors, so you may want to order 2 sizes larger if you’re older than a teen.)

SUMMARY: This was an even better 2nd box! There seemed to be higher value items in this box, despite fewer items. And I enjoy the variety of geek culture. I’m excited to see what the next Capsule holds!

Received in July

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

Blu-Rays:
Kong: Skull Island
Ghost in the Shell

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box
ThinkGeek Capsule

47 North / Amazon Press:
(ID)entity by Pj Manney

DC / Young Animal:
Mother Panic Vol. 1: A Work in Progress by Jody Houser
Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye Vol. 1: Going Underground by Gerard Way

Del Rey / Balantine:
Gilded Cage by Vic James
The Core by Peter V. Brett
Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

Disney Hyperion:
The Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark
Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Percy Jackson Coloring Book artwork by Keith Robinson
Apex by Mercedes Lackey

Epsilon Games:
Primus Vita – Issue 1

First Second:
Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 by Alex Alice

Harlequin Teen:
Legion by Julie Kagawa

Harper Voyager:
The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter
Sinless by Sarah Tarkoff
Breach of Containment by Elizabeth Bonesteel
The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster
The Rift Frequency by Amy S. Foster

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / John Joseph Adams / Mariner:
Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn
Retrograde by Peter Cawdron

InkShares / Geek and Sundry:
The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein
Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn

Library of America:
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels and Stories

Little, Brown:
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Pyr:
A Kiss Before Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton

Scholastic:
The Knowing by Sharon Cameron

St. Martin’s Griffin / Thomas Dunne:
Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews

Subterranean Books:
Don’t Live For Your Obituary by John Scalzi

Titan Books:
The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley
Clade by James Bradley
Infinite Stars by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Titan Comics:
Assassin’s Creed: Volume 3 Homecoming by Anthony Del Col

Tor:
Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine
Killing Is My Business by Adam Christopher

Tor Teen:
Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz

William Morrow:
Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill

Box Review: TeeBlox – July 2017

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 Han Solo shirt is an awesome black and white image on a white shirt. I love it!

TeeBlox

Comic and Sticker – This is a strange comic, that doesn’t look like something I’ll enjoy. But the large Storm Trooper sticker is great.

Summary: I love the character tee this month! It’s retro and an awesome, iconic image.
If you need to replenish your geek wardrobe with nice quality tees, look no further.

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

Box Review: Smuggler’s Bounty – July 2017

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 Droids!

Smuggler's Bounty

Patch and Pin – these are small collectibles included in each box.

Again this month, there was no card detailing the items included. Are they just getting lazy?

Smuggler's Bounty

Star Wars Droid Tshirt – Yet another black tee. It’s a cute design at least.

Smuggler's Bounty

EXCLUSIVE Unfinished C-3PO – This is a really cool and unique design!

EXCLUSIVE R5-D4 – This is a fun retro droid from the first Star Wars film.

Summary:
I love getting 2 Funko POPs in a box. And the Smuggler’s Bounty seems to be the one that offers the most over the course of the year. I miss having the detail card though. And I’m still waiting for them to include a comic from any of they’re fantastic Star Wars lines.

Blu-Ray Review: Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

Synopsis:
In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that her life was stolen instead of saved. Now, she will stop at nothing to recover her past while punishing those who did this to her.

Review:
I had low expectations of this film before watching, as I have seen all the negative reviews and anger at the “white-washing” of characters. Scarlett Johansson stars as Major, who’s brain has been installed in a completely cybernetic body. Her memories are spotty, but she makes for a perfect soldier. Though, her new enemy reveals the truth of her existence, and everything she knows she now has to question.

Ghost in the Shell is an action-packed, scifi thriller. While it’s not a bad movie, there isn’t much more than good acting and impressive CGI that stood out to me. The story has been done (Robocop had more of an impact), and nothing was surprising. And the futuristic world needed more backstory – it wasn’t confusing, but felt choppy. I’m not familiar with the source material, as I’m not a fan of Manga – so I can’t speak to that. But it was a fun, suspense-filled adventure.

SciFi Book Review: Invictus

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Synopsis:
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

Review:
Farway is a young man who’s dreams are shattered when he fails the final exam before becoming a Recorder like his mother. So when he’s presented with the job of leading a crew back in time to steal minor artifacts from the past, Farway sees it as the next best thing. And it’s also an opportunity to possibly find and rescue his mother who has been missing in time for years.

Invictus is an exciting romp through time. With engaging characters and an intriguing plot, this action-packed story was absolute fun. There were a couple twists I didn’t see coming. And a big finale that doesn’t disappoint. This is a standalone novel, but the fantastic worldbuilding left me wanting more.

Blu-Ray Review: Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island

Synopsis:
This compelling, original adventure tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers, and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.

Review:
When I saw the trailers for this film, I knew I had to see it. John C. Reilly’s character alone added a lighthearted feel to an otherwise action-packed film. Unlike previous Kong films, this had plenty of humor which evened out the intense suspense. Tom Hiddleston was fantastic too, as a daring explorer. He’s the hunky hero, and plays it well – a nice diversion from everyone’s favorite Loki. Samuel Jackson plays his same type-cast character as usual.

Kong: Skull Island is a fun and exciting story that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s surprising and unexpected. With a great cast, solid story, and filmed in stunning Vietnam locale, this film exceeded my expectations (as I didn’t care for the drawn-out Peter Jackson film at all). A post-credit scene hints to a sequel, that I really hope happens.

Blu-Ray and DVD Features:
– Director’s Commentary
– Creating a King: Realizing a Icon
– Creating a King: Summoning a God
– Monarch Files 2.0
– Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler
– Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography
– On Location: Vietnam
– Deleted Scenes

SciFi Book Review: Dragon and Thief

Dragon and Thief: A Dragonback Novel by Timothy Zahn

Synopsis:
Jack Morgan has been framed for theft. He’s hiding on a distant planet with the virtual presence of his deceased Uncle Virge, a con man who has been his only family since Jack’s parents died. Jack knows he must clear his name before the cops catch up with him. A firefight among ships in the skies above leaves a downed ship near Jack’s hiding place, with a single unlikely survivor. It looks like a dragon, and it must join with a human host within six hours or die. The only available host is Jack.

Draycos, Jack’s new “companion,” is a K’da, a dragon-like species that lives symbiotically with the humanoid Shontine. The attackers, determined to exterminate Draycos’s people, will find them if they don’t flee; so the pair works together to escape the planet and begin a search for the truth behind Jack’s frame-up and the identity of the attackers.

With Jack’s future hanging in the balance, as well as the future of billions of Draycos’s people, the pair must track down the people who framed Jack, and prevent the destruction of the remaining K’da and Shontine. They’ll also discover whether their union was mere coincidence, or a friendship written in the stars.

Review:
Draycos is a two-dimensional being who needs a host in order to survive. When his ship is attacked, he vows to seek justice. Jack is a reformed thief on the run, after being framed. The two maintain their separate personalities and entities, Draycos simply needs to return to Jack as a tattoo to recharge. When Jack is forced to take a job for those who framed him, Draycos may be just the ally he needs.

Dragon and Thief is a reprint and first in a series. I read Zahn’s Star Wars novels years ago and loved them. The universe is creative and exciting. And the characters are fantastic. Full of mystery, action, and humor – this fun, space romp was over too soon. And I will now be picking up the rest in this Dragonback series.