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Box Review: Loot Crate & Level Up – March 2016

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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 Vs.

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

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Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This is a pale yellow color and a great design. And my favorite – Star Trek! I’ll definitely be using this one.

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EXCLUSIVE Reversible Daredevil/Punisher Knit Hat (Retail $20-25?) – Having just binge-watched Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix, this is very cool. It’s almost a shame I have to wait another 7-8 months before the weather gets cold enough to wear.

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Standard Loot Crate Pin.

Batman V Superman Wallet (Retail $10+) – This is the exclusive B/S item in the box. Pun intended. It’s a Tyvek (synthetic paper) wallet. Bummer. I was really hoping for something Funko. As is, I’ll still probably keep the wallet and give to a niece or nephew to play with. See next picture for a view of the inside of the wallet.

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Harley Quinn #1 Loot Crate Variant (Retail $5+) – Pretty cool variant. I love the cover.

Just one advertisement for a free app download.

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EXCLUSIVE Alien vs. Predator Titan Vinyl Figure (Retail $10+) – I’m not a fan, so I’m not bothering to open mine to show you whichever of the 2 figures I received. I plan on just selling it off eventually.

Summary: This was a great theme. I just wish the Bats vs Supes item was better. I was really hoping for a Funko item. Still the value isn’t bad.


P.S. I decided to upgrade to get the featured Accessories Level Up item this month! I had a coupon.

Loot Crate Accessories Level-Up (Cost: $15 per month, shipping included):

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Batman and Superman Necklaces (Retail $15-20?) – These fit on top of each other to form the movie logo, or can be worn separately to show your support for your favorite. #TeamSupes

DC Trinity Hair Ties (Retail $8.85) – These are super cute. They’ll get a lot of use this summer.

Summary: If I see another coupon, I’ll probably get another one of these Accessories Level Ups again!

Box Review: Smuggler’s Bounty – March 2016

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“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.”

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

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Momaw Nadon WANTED Tshirt (Retail $10?) – It looks like this was just one of the options subscribers could receive. It looks like I lucked out getting the Hammerhead version vs Muftak or Ponda Baba.

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EXCLUSIVE Red Snaggletooth Funko POP! (Retail $20) – This was one of 2 versions offered. 1 in 5 received a rare BLUE Snaggletooth. I’m fine with either since they’re both exclusives.

EXCLUSIVE Ben Kenobi Funko POP! (Retail $25) – I LOVE this exclusive, especially since I don’t have a Kenobi POP yet. I’ve been holding off buying too many Star Wars POPs, since I subscribe to this.

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Chewbacca Pen (Retail $5-8?) – This is a bit of filler. But since they aren’t including comics, at least it’s something else that’s kind of fun.

Summary: I love anytime we receive 2 exclusive POPs! And getting two so different than others was really great. Since there are Star Wars comics out right now via Marvel, it would be nice to get variants in these boxes like the Marvel and DC boxes. But if not having comics means we get 2 POP’s more often, I’m all for that.

Graphic Novel Review: X-Files: Season 11 Volume 1

X-Files: Season 11 Volume 1 by Joe Harris (Author), Matthew Dow Smith (Artist)

Synopsis:
For years, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully toiled in the X-Files Unit, a one-office division of the Bureau dealing with cases deemed unsolvable and related to unexplained phenomena. Eventually, both agents left the FBI and began a new life together in peaceful anonymity. However, recent events prompted them to return to the Bureau and the X-Files.

Since then, Mulder has seen his work with the FBI discredited and has found himself a fugitive from the U.S. government―all thanks to the mechanizations of a former ally, Gibson Praise, who now wields powers far beyond even what Mulder can imagine. Meanwhile, Scully remains at the FBI under the watchful eye of Gibson, as she works to prevent the government from falling further into his clutches and to clear her partner’s name.

Review:
The artwork was an immediate disappointment when starting this graphic novel. It’s unfortunately really rough, and hard to pick out characters. There is very little contrast and just looks sloppy. It detracted from the story to the point that it was hard to tell what was even going on at times.

The story was okay, very suspenseful as we follow Mulder, now a fugitive. Not enough is explained though. It all felt disjointed and confusing. I’ve seen some of the artist’s other work, but I just didn’t care for this at all. If the drawing doesn’t get tighter and clearer (as well as the pacing and plot), I probably won’t continue with the series.

Graphic Novel Review: Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic Novel

Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic Novel

Synopsis:
Everyone’s favorite tale of good versus evil takes on a whole new look in this graphic novel! Join Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and the rest of the heroes and villains from a galaxy far, far away in this graphic novel collection that retells the original three Star Wars films: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Review:
I assumed, by the cartoonish characters on the cover, that this version would be geared towards children. Instead, this is very true to the films, almost word-for-word. There is even a frame where Luke’s arm gets cut off. I’m not sure why the characters are drawn this way. I much prefer more life-like drawings in comics and graphic novels instead of the feel of a children’s cartoon.

But this will definitely appeal to younger readers, with the cutesy characters. See some samples pages below. And I love quality of this hardback with thick pages. This will last a long time, even with younger kids reading it.

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Box Review: Comic Con Box – March 2016

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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 “Justice.”

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Cat Kent Supercat Tshirt (Retail $10?) – While I’m happy it’s a color other than black, and it’s Superman-themed, the design just doesn’t do it for me. It’s cute and funny, but not something I’d ever wear.

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Wonder Woman Funko POP! (Retail $9.61 on Amazon) – While, I’m happy they included a POP this month, it’s one I already had… one of the first ones I bought. I wish they would’ve included the NEW Wonder Woman POP from Batman v Superman. These old ones are hit or miss.

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HeroClix Man of Steel Foil Pack Collectible Miniature (Retail $2.99 on Amazon) – With how old this is, I’m thinking last-minute filler from Big Lots.

Justice League Trexi Figure (one of 3 options) (Retail $6.36 on Amazon) – I received a faceless Green Lantern. It looks like a tiny gumball machine head made of clear plastic. I won’t be keeping this either.

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Rob Prior Print – This was another one printed on cardboard. I don’t care for it at all, so it went in the trash.

Justice League Print (wasn’t mentioned mentioned in card insert, but art by Kirkham) – This was an actual poster rolled up in a tube. And as an official DC licensed, it’s pretty cool and I’ll probably keep it.

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Justice League of America #1 Variant Comic (Retail $?) – Here’s the 2nd and last item I’ll be keeping. Notice it matches the poster.

Summary: Out of this entire box, all I’m keeping is the variant comic and the mini poster. Sad. I’ll be cancelling this subscription permanently now. Such a bummer. It seemed to start out so strong. But too much filler kills the value.

Graphic Novel Review: Martian Manhunter Vol 1: The Epiphany

MARTIAN MANHUNTER VOL. 1: THE EPIPHANY by Rob Williams (Author), Eddy Barrows (Illustrator)

Synopsis:
For some time now, the Martian Manhunter has been lost in our world. An alien in every aspect, he has struggled to find his place even after joining the Justice League of America, Justice League United and Stormwatch. Now his past has come back to haunt him as an alien invasion threatens to destroy the world. In order to prove to the world, and to himself, that he is the hero he knows himself to be, the Martian Manhunter must make the ultimate sacrifice. What happens next is truly alien!

Review:
The Martian Manhunter has always been a bit like Superman, the last of his race. Though J’onn’s past is a much more traumatic having witnessed the murder of his wife and children and the rest of his race. But this story takes what we know about J’onn and throws in a huge new twist that changes everything.

While I don’t like messing with origin stories, I have to admit that this is a wild and inventive story. I won’t say more, because I’m not fond of spoilers. With plenty of action, suspense, and crazy plot twists – this a very memorable graphic novel. And the artwork fits perfectly with sharp edges and vivid colors. The end leaves off with a huge cliffhanger, so I’ll definitely be picking up the next volume as soon as it’s available.

Collects MARTIAN MANHUNTER #1-6.

Box Review: DC’s Legion of Collectors

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This is the 1st box from DC’s Legion of Collectors and the theme was Batman v Superman! 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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EXCLUSIVE Armored Batman Funko POP! (Retail $20?) – This was a spoiler, so subscribers already knew about this. It’s awesome, and definitely one of the sturdiest POPs I own. Like other DC POPs, this is not a bobble head for some reason.

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EXCLUSIVE Superman and Aquaman Dorbz Set (Retail $20?) – These are cute, but I wish we would have gotten a Superman POP instead. And the weird green color bother’s me. I would have preferred regular coloring on these. I doubt I’ll be keeping these.

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Batman/Superman #5 Comic Variant (Retail ?) – I love getting variants of comics I haven’t read yet. These are bagged but not boarded.

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Batman v Superman Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I love the light blue color of the shirt and that it’s not cutesy POP characters. The Spanish wording is a bit weird. Are they going for a Mexican wrestling feel? This is a keeper for me, either way. Though, I do wish they had fitted women’s shirts by now.

Summary: While I wasn’t impressed with the Dorbz selection, this was a solid 1st box for the DC/Funko box. The value was good. And I’m always happy when the shirt is not yet another black tshirt. Next time, the theme is DC TV! I’m hoping for an awesome Supergirl POP!