Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – October 2015 – Villains

Marvel Collector Corp

This is the 4th box from Collector Corps with the theme Villains. The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

Marvel Collector Corp

Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin. Red Skull and Green Goblin, so we’re off to a good start.

Marvel Collector Corp

Marvel Villains Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I was pleasantly surprised with this shirt. It’s full of well-known villains, in a fun, design, and on a gray shirt. Anytime I get a shirt other than black, I’m happy. And this is a nice, soft shirt that feels better quality than past boxes.

Marvel Collector Corp

Invincible Iron Man #1 Marvel Collector Corps Variant (Retail $3.99+) – Another awesome variant that I’ll definitely be keeping.

Venom Funko POP! Keychain (Retail $9.45) – Here’s the first thing that I probably won’t keep. While I like Venom as a villain (and sometimes hero), I don’t need I’m not one to collect ugly villain characters. My collection is getting quite large already.

Marvel Collector Corp

Exclusive Zombie Morbius Funko POP! (Retail $24.99+) – While I collect Funko POPs, I doubt I’ll display this one either. This was my biggest disappointment – the choice of POP this month.

Exclusive Loki Dorbz (Retail $15.00) – I really was hoping for a Loki POP, as I actually don’t own one yet. But a Dorbz is better than nothing. I only have a few of these.

Marvel Collector Corp

Summary: As someone who was leery about this box, due to the Villains theme – I was pleasantly surprised with the shirt and Loki. At least the value is still here if I sell the POP and keychain. I’m still glad I didn’t skip this month.

The next Marvel Collector Corps box theme will be Guardians of the Galaxy. To say I’m completely giddy with excited would be an understatement.

Received in October

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

Back to the Future Trilogy – 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray Edition
Terminator Genisys Blu-Ray

Subscription Box:
Powered Geek Box

Dark Horse:
How to Pass as Human by Nic Kelman

Starbound by Dave Bara

This Census-Taker by China Mieville

Disney Hyperion:
Animas, Book Two Flight of the King by C. R. Grey
Mouse Mission by Prudence Breitrose
A Frozen Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry

Night Shade Books:
Weighing Shadows by Lisa Goldstein

Penguin Teen / Speak / Razorbill:
Atlantia by Ally Condie
Zodiac by Romina Russell

Phoneix Pick:
Inci by Mike Resnick
Wishing on a Star by Harriet Kamm Nye

The Prison in Antares by Mike Resnick

Random House / Bantam:
The Official Outlander Coloring Book by Diana Gabaldon
The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book by George R. R. Martin

Random House Children’s Books / Knopf:
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

The Night Voice by Barb Hendee

Saga Press:
Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Simon and Schuster / Emily Bestler Books:
The New Hunger by Isaac Marion
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus

Simon Teen / McElderry Books / Simon Pulse:
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Willful Machines by Tim Floreen

Subterranean Press:
This Year’s Class Picture by Dan Simmons
Hell’s Bounty by Joe R Lansdale
DJSturbia by David J Schow

Titan Books:
Conspiracy of Angels by Michelle Belanger
The Lazarus Gate by Mark Latham
The Sword and the Stallion: The Eternal Champion by Michael Moorcock
The Madness of Cthulhu Anthology by S. T. Joshi
The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School by Kim Newman
The Society of Blood: Obsidian Heart by Mark Morris

A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe
Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper by David Barnett
Air and Darkness by David Drake
The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan
Mystic by Jason Denzel

Book Giveaway: Illuminae


Courtesy of Knopf Books for Young Readers, I have a copy of Illuminae by D. J. MacHale 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 November 20. I’ll draw a name on November 21, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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Box Review: Marvel Comics Mystery Box from Groupon

Marvel Groupon

For quite a while, Groupon has offered a Marvel Comics Mystery Box with a guaranteed shirt, tumbler, and 25 comics for $39. I waited until it decreased or found a coupon, and snagged it for $10 off. Since there were no reviews on the site, I didn’t want to pay full price. I have since posted a review, though it’s still pending as of the time I write this.

Marvel Groupon

The Shirt: Spider-Gwen – (Retail $10?) Sorry, this is a terrible photo. The color is actually a really nice midnight blue, not black. I’ll actually wear this. I especially appreciated that it was a female superhero. There weren’t women’s sizes, only men’s, just FYI.

Marvel Groupon

The Glass Tumbler: Thor – (Retail $10) – I love Thor, so I’m definitely keeping this too.

Marvel Groupon

The Comics: Wow, this was a great selection! There is a great variety here from various years. There are even a few I’ve never heard of, which is nice. I can’t wait to dig into these.

Summary: At $20 for the shirt and glass, and $10 for the comics – this was a great deal. I wouldn’t spend more than $30, just because you don’t know what comics you’ll get. If I can find another decent coupon, or if the price drops, I’d definitely purchase this again!

Book Giveaway: Animas: Book Two Flight of the King

Courtesy of Disney Hyperion, I have a copy of Animas: Book Two Flight of the King by C. R. Grey 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 November 27. I’ll draw a name on November 28, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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SciFi Book Review: Departure

Departure by AG Riddle

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.

Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they’ve crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

Five passengers seem to hold clues about what’s really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schröder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw, the son of a billionaire philanthropist.

As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they’re letting on—answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past—to save our world . . . or end it.

Harper and Nick meet on a cross-Atlantic flight that suddenly crashes. And the two instantly form a bond, while trying to save as many of their fellow travelers as possible. Chaos ensues. But it soon becomes apparent that a couple of the passengers know something about the plane crash.

While it’s easy to compare Departure with Lost, the two stories are nothing alike save for the plan crash and engaging characters. It’s a unique and exciting story that science fiction fans will enjoy. Full of suspense, intrigue, ethics, and time travel – this isn’t a story I’ll soon forget. The intense plot paired with great characters made for a book that was hard to put down.

SciFi Book Review: Journey to Star Wars The Force Awakens: The Weapon of a Jedi

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry

Luke Skywalker returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet, and explores a dangerous duel between Luke and a strange new villain. Hidden in the story are also clues and hints about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!

Luke follows a call from the force that leads him to a dangerous planet, surrounded by the Empire. Along his journey, Luke meets a mysterious guide who leads him to a cavern that will test his abilities.

The Weapon of a Jedi is a fast-paced, fun story centered on Luke and his training. It reminded me a bit of Luke’s (upcoming) trip to Yoda, yet on a vastly different planet with more suspense coming from more danger surrounding him. Middle readers on up will enjoy this brief story with fantastic illustrations. As the other’s in this series, the book begins and ends with a post-Return of the Jedi sequence, with the bulk of the book telling the story about Luke’s adventure in the past. I hope to see many more of these standalone children’s and young adult books once The Force Awakens arrives. I can’t get enough of them.

Box Review: Loot Crate – October 2015


“Loot Crate™ delivers the best in geek + gaming gear. From collectibles, apparel, tech gadgets, art, and other epic gear, it’s like Comic-Con in a box!”

LootCrate is $13.95 plus $6 shipping and handling for month-to-month subscription. Less for multiple month purchases. They also now offer “Level Up,” 3 apparel upgrades at different pricing levels that you can add to your monthly subscription.

Loot Crate - October 2015

This month’s theme was Out of Time!

Loot Crate - October 2015

EXCLUSIVE Dr Emmett Brown Funko POP! (selling for $28.00+ on Amazon) – I didn’t have a Doc Brown POP yet, tho I do have the Marty in a Delorian. So, I was super excited to see this guy. The standard, non-Loot Crate version with a remote control is $17.95 on Amazon. This version has his goggles on and holding jumper cables.

Loot Crate - October 2015

Hover Board Replica (Retail $25+ on Amazon) – This is really cute, tho I’m not sure where to display it. But I won’t say “no” to any Back to the Future item.

Loot Crate - October 2015

Dr Who Sonic Spork (Retail $14.98 on Amazon) – I don’t care for Dr Who, so this will be the one thing I won’t be keeping.

And each LootCrate comes with an exclusive pin. This one is the Flux Capacitor!

Loot Crate - October 2015

Be Excellent To Each Other Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I LOVE this shirt! Unfortunately, their “Womens” sizes are actually Juniors. Fair warning – get a size or 2 larger. Thankfully, it’s a thinner shirt that I can probably stretch out.

Loot Crate - October 2015

Another great thing about Loot Crate – you even want to keep the box!

Summary: This month more than made up for the miss with August’s box. I’m keeping everything but one item, which is great. If next month is just as good, I may have to keep up my subscription.

What do you think of this month’s Loot Crate?

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