Box Review: Supply Pod – December 2015

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Supply Pod (by Outer Places) uniquely delivers products themed around upcoming sci-fi releases and scientific events.

A single Supply Pod starts at $39.99 plus shipping and handling. Subscriptions will save you money and ship about every other month now.

SciFiChick.com received a free Deluxe Pod for review.

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This December box had a Star Wars theme.

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Star Wars MimoPowerTube (Retail $30) – I have seen this on retail sites and have been so tempted to buy. And I received R2D2 – the one I had been eying. I was very excited about this.

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It even comes with a little bag to house the charger and cord. The cord has a detachable lightning adapter that houses the micro USB to charge the device itself.

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Star Wars Canon Timeline Poster (Retail $15) – I’m not going to lie. I plan on keeping this to refer to with my Star Wars novels. It’s certainly a lot more simple than Star Trek canon!

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Star Wars Psychology edited by Travis Langley (Retail $14.95) – I love that this box has included a book in both of their boxes so far. I hope they continue to.

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Star Wars Force Awakens Socks (Retail $12.95) – I just received the BB-8 socks in the December Loot Crate box. But only the one pair. I love the black and gray Star Wars pair of socks – I’ll get a lot of use from these.

Crystal Growing Box Kit (Retail $9.95) – Supposedly, “a set of crystals resonates at the heart of every lightsaber.” So, this little science kit is a clever way to grow your own crystals to power a future lightsaber.

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Here’s a list of what the kit includes.

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Star Wars Jelly Bellys (Retail $2-3 each?) – These are perfect for my Star Wars Jelly Belly dispenser I keep at my desk at the office.

Star Wars Pin (Retail $.50?) – I received an X-Wing silhouette.

Summary: This was another fantastic box from Supply Pod. The value greatly surpassed the cost of the box. And the curation was a great mix of science, accessories, and fun. Instead of a monthly box, Supply Pod is now every other month. If the quality of this box remains, I can understand wanting an extra month to plan and find unique items for each theme. It’s easily one of my top favorite mystery boxes. This box sold out, so don’t miss the next one.

Next Supply Pod theme: X-Files, to honor the release of the new movie!
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SciFi Book Review: Queen

Queen by Aimee Carter

Synopsis:
Kitty Doe is a Blackcoat rebel and a former captive with a deadly connection to the most powerful and dangerous man in the country, Prime Minister Daxton Hart. Forced to masquerade as Daxton’s niece, Lila Hart, Kitty has helped the Blackcoats take back the prison known as Elsewhere. But Daxton has no intention of ceding his position of privilege—or letting Kitty expose his own masquerade. Not in these United States, where each person’s rank means the difference between luxury and poverty, freedom and fear…and ultimately, between life and death.

To defeat the corrupt government, Kitty must expose Daxton’s secret. Securing evidence will put others in jeopardy, including the boy she’s loved forever and an ally she barely trusts. For months, Kitty’s survival has hinged on playing a part. Now she must discover who she truly wants to be, and whether the new world she and the rebels are striving to create has a place in it for her after all.

Review:
Queen is the third installment in the The Blackcoat Rebellion trilogy. Kitty and Daxton plan a risky move to discredit Daxton, but they are one step behind. Then, Kitty is captured and once again finds herself in the enemies hands.

Full of intense drama, suspense, and quite a few fantastic plot twists – Carter has created a captivating story from beginning to end. The characters are engaging and the plot is riveting. This series is on the top of my list for must-read YA dystopia recommendations. And the finale is fast-paced, thrilling and doesn’t disappoint.

Box Review: Loot Crate – December 2015

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“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.

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This month’s theme was Galaxy.

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Each box comes with a nice mini mag that gives details about the items, interviews, and more.

Exclusive Halo 5 Ammo Tin Box (Retail $10?)
Halo 5: Guardians Req Pack (Retail ?) – I don’t care for gaming, so these will be tossed or regifted.
Loot Crate Galaxy Pin – Loot Crate standard filler.

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Exclusive Han Solo Funko POP! (Retail $20+) – This one fantastic POP alone may have just made up for the poor past crates. I love, love, love this!

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Exclusive Star Wars BB-8 Crew Socks (Retail $10?) – BB-8 is adorable, I’ll definitely be keeping these.

Exclusive Galaxy Quest Prop Replica Patch (Retail $2-3?) – Of all the items they could have given us, they go with a cheapo patch. Really disappointing after the past month’s promise of an exclusive Galaxy Quest item. I was bummed.

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Exclusive Ugly Holiday Sweater Tshirt (Retail $10?) – Most of us who live in the north can’t wear tshirts in the winter. So, while this is a humorous idea, I might’ve worn this as an actual sweater, not when it’s 30 degrees in late December.

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Each Loot Crate box is reversible with a creative image on the inside.

Summary: The exclusive Funko POP alone made me thrilled with this box. I may have to reconsider cancelling my account now.

Box Review: Comic Con Box – December 2015

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ComicCon Box is “a premium monthly box service that brings everything Comic Con to the doorsteps of fans.” The price is $29.99 plus shipping.

This month’s theme was “Star Box.”

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2 Star Wars: Vader Down #1 Variants (Retail $4.99 each) – Not sure why they bothered with 2 variants. I can’t imagine most people would care for this. I’m keeping one and getting rid of the other.

Excusive Metallic Metroid Samus (Retail $?) – Another toss for me, since no one I know even knows who this is.

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Star Wars Connexions Collectible Trading Discs and Game with BB-8 Disc (Retail ? – you can’t even buy 1 at a time at Walmart as far as I can see) – Cheepo Star Wars filler.

Star Wars Kylo Ren Earbuds (Retail $10.99) – These are fun. I may keep these, though I have more than enough earbuds.

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Random filler that has nothing to do with the theme:
The Walking Dead #1 comic (Retail $2.99) – Pass.
Home #1 Lighter than Air (Retail $2.50) – Flipped through this and tossing as well.
Helifun Copters (Retail $1?) – Looks like something from the dollar store.

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Dark Side B Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This is one of my least favorite Star Wars shirt designs. I already have plenty. So, this will be finding a new home too.

Summary: This month was crap. I opened the box and immediately was disappointed not seeing so much as a Funko POP. The past 2 months have been major letdowns. I’m skipping next month’s “Vengeance” box. And if February doesn’t impress, I’ll probably be dropping this sub. It used to be one of my favorites. But 2 month’s of filler and not even hitting the value of the cost of the box is just ridiculous. Just include a Funko POP and a graphic novel, and I’m a happy gal.

Short Story Review: Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon

The Perfect Weapon: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Delilah S. Dawson

The Perfect Weapon is a fun, short story that focuses on a new character appearing in Star Wars The Force Awakens. Bazine is a mercenary hired to steal a package from a retired stormtrooper. She’s a master of disguise, an excellent fighter, and hard-hearted.

This thrilling adventure was a perfect, quick read to prepare for The Force Awakens. With plenty of plot twists and vivid characters, I thoroughly enjoyed this short story.

Blu-Ray Review: PAN

PAN (BLU-RAY + DVD + ULTRAVIOLET) – PAN releases today on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack or DVD.

Synopsis:
Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

Review:
I heard enough negative reviews about PAN, that I didn’t see it in the theater. Thankfully, having low expectations, I actually enjoyed it. The story does start out quite dark and slow. But as soon as PAN meets Hook, the real adventure begins.

Hook acts and sounds more like a cowboy than a pirate. But this film is set way before that. This is an origin story for Peter Pan. A re-imagining that is a bit different with plenty of fun inspiration. The acting is entertaining, especially Miller as Peter. The CGI left something to be desired. Sometimes it was stunning, other times it looked like a cartoon image from the Polar Express. But all-in-all it’s a fresh and fun film with plenty of swashbuckling adventure, humor, and heart.

Fantasy Book Review: Soundless

Soundless by Richelle Mead

Synopsis:
For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Review:
Fei is a kind and humble girl, who wants to help others. Her friends and family are not only deaf but going blind as well, not to mention slowly starving. When her friend decides to journey down to the city below for answers, Fei joins him.

Soundless is a well-paced, unique fantasy that feels like a fairy tale. Fei is a fantastic character with the heart of a hero. With plenty of mystery, adventure, and a bit of romance – this inventive story is a standalone story from a talented author. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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