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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.”

ComicCon Box

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.

ComicCon Box

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.

ComicCon Box

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.

ComicCon Box

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.

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – December 2015 – Guardians of the Galaxy

Collector Corps

This is the 5th box from Collector Corps with the theme Guardians of the Galaxy! The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

Collector Corps

Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

Collector Corps

Guardians of Infinity #1 Variant (Retail $4.99) – I haven’t started reading this series of Guardians yet, so I’m excited to give it a go. I usually wait and buy the graphic novels.

Exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy Scarf (Retail N/A, tho starting at $18 on Ebay) – This awesome, reversible (image below with the opposite side) scarf was in place of a tshirt this month. Which I was really happy about, since I have so many Guardians tshirts already. I loved getting something so unique and wearable.

Collector Corps

Collector Corps

Star-Lord POP! Mug (Retail $19.84) – This is a huge, wide-mouth mug good for cooling off hot drinks quickly. But unfortunately, the design is not great. Star-Lord is barely recognizable, unless you already know what you’re looking at. I’ll keep this with my Guardians collection for now, but I’m not crazy about it.

Collector Corps

POP! Bobblers Groot and Rocket (Retail $17.96) – These are actually ornaments. They stand on their own, but not well. By this point, I realized that there would be no POP! vinyl exclusive, so I was upset. These are basically the same design as the full-size POP, only smaller. Cute, but a disappointment nonetheless.

Summary: Being a HUGE fan of Guardians of the Galaxy, I was super excited for this box. They could have put in ANY character exclusive POP, and I would have been ecstatic. Instead, I was beyond devastated. There was SO MUCH potential, and Funko blew it. They made a lot of fans upset with this box, not including a (promised) exclusive POP! vinyl. Funko claims the little ornaments are the “exclusive POPs.” Um, nope. Epic fail. I love the scarf, but it in no way makes up for the fact that all of us Collector Corps subscribers were left wanting this month. They better not pull this again. The Deadpool box has a lot to make up for next month.
Also… I want a new Guardians POP!… excuse me while I go cry in the corner…

Box Review: Comic Bento – November 2015

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Comic Bento is a subscription Graphic Novel Box – A surprise selection of fantastic Graphic Novels with at least $60 worth of comics in every box and mailed right to your door!

Pricing starts at $20/month plus shipping.

Comic Bento

The box comes with a nice card that gives details on each of the selections.
This month’s theme was BUTTON MASH – graphic novels inspired by video games.

Comic Bento

Tomb Raider: Season of the Witch (Retail $15.13) – I really enjoy the Laura Croft character, and have read and collected a previous run of graphic novels. So, I’m excited to read this one.

Comic Bento

Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (Retail $7.99) – A vague reason is given how superheroes correlate to video games. But anyway, I’m always happy to get a Marvel graphic novel – retro as well.

Comic Bento

Sonic Mega Man Worlds Collide (Retail $11.06) – I’m not 7, so I’m not exactly a fan of either of these 2 characters. It will be treasured by my young nephew who loves both of these cartoon characters and comics. Merry Christmas, little guy.

Comic Bento

Penny Arcade: Attack of the Bacon Robots (Retail $11.78) – This is definitely not one I care for. It will be finding a new home.

Summary: Well, I wasn’t crazy about the theme to begin with, so I was actually surprised that I liked 2 out of 4 of the picks this month. I’m not at all into gaming, so it could have definitely been worse. The value wasn’t quite there for me. But they can’t all be fantastic picks for everyone.

Mystery Box Review: SciFi Block – November 2015

SciFi Block

Sci-Fi Block contains licensed merchandise and collectibles hand-picked by our team of uber nerds representing the very best in science fiction entertainment. Each item is carefully selected and put through a series of in-house testing based on quality, brand association, collectability, and most importantly – the fun factor.” The price starts at $19.99 plus shipping per month.

COUPON CODE: Use MSA10 to get 10% off your first month!

SciFi Block

November’s theme was INTERGALACTIC.

SciFi Block

Kaylee Frye Funko POP! (Retail $7.92) – There were 5 possible Firefly characters subscribers could have received. I only had Wash so far, so I was thrilled to get Kaylee!

SciFi Block

Each SciFi Block comes with a nice card describing each item.

EXCLUSIVE Tribble Screen Cleaner (Retail $5?) – This tribble is a screen cleaner, but I’m afraid my dog will think it’s one of her toys, so this will probably end up on a shelf of collectibles. Love it.

EXCLUSIVE SciFi Block Ray Gun (Retail $2-3?) – This is a cute retro ray gun. It will also make for a cute stocking stuffer for scifi fans.

EXCLUSIVE Paranormal Investigator Patch (Retail $1?) – I don’t have any children in my life who are collecting patches yet, but this is a fun one.

SciFi Block

EXCLUSIVE Star Wars Villain Prints (Retail N/A) – I’m not really a fan of prints in sub boxes for the most part. But these. Are. Awesome. I’m definitely keeping, and probably framing, these.

SciFi Block

EXCLUSIVE Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Tshirt (Retail $10?) – And the best item in the box. I LOVE THIS. Having several awesome Star Wars shirts to choose from for my Star Wars viewings is a good problem to have.

Summary: This month was actually even better than last. It’s like they created this box just for me. The value was just mediocre, but the shirt, POP, and prints made this a hit for me. My biggest complaint is that this is a “November” box that didn’t arrive until December 10th. Kind of ridiculous.

Next month’s theme and hints:

SciFi Block
SciFi Block

Box Review: Funko/GameStop Mystery Box

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Funko partnered with GameStop to offer exclusive Black Friday mystery boxes for $20! So, of course, I had to grab a couple…. As of today, you can still buy them online: http://www.gamestop.com/collectibles/toys/funko-mystery-box-gamestop-exclusive/123889
They had a ton of them left when I came midday, so I’m guessing they didn’t sell as many as they thought they would. If there would have been 2 Funko POPs per box, I think more would have sold.

The Details: “Each box will contain 1 exclusive Black Friday Pop! vinyl figure, 2 ReAction figures, 1 Pocket Pop! Keychain and 1 Pop! Pin all for just $20! On top of everything else, each box also has a 1 in 8 chance of containing a super-rare chase Golden Pop! vinyl figure. The thrill of the Funko chase is on at GameStop this Black Friday!”

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Box 1

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

GameStop Exclusive Blackest Night Superman Funko POP! ($38+ on Amazon) – This was the one I wanted most, so I was thrilled.

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Batman POP Pin (Retail $3.99) – Filler. But it’ll be a nice stocking stuffer for my nephew.

Elsa Pocket POP Keychain (Retail $4+) – This will be a great stocking stuffer for my niece who loves my Funko collection and Frozen.

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Big Trouble in Little China Gracie Law ReAction Figure (Retail $7.12) – Nice retro figure, but not scifi or fantasy – so I don’t really care for it.

Alien Ripley ReAction Figure (Retail $6.99) – Awesome figure, but I’m not collecting ReAction items – so not a keeper.

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Box 2

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

EB Exclusive Batgirl Funko POP! ($28+ on Amazon)- Batgirl was the other POP I was hoping for, so I really scored!

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Batman POP Pin – guessing these were in every box

Jason Voorhees Pocket POP Keychain (Retail $10.95) – Um, no thanks.

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Predator (Unmasked) ReAction Figure (Retail $6.99 on Amazon) – Again, this will be finding a new home.

Tomorrowland Young Frank ReAction Figure (Retail $9.61) – Ok, as a huge fan of the movie, I’m actually keeping this one. He even comes with a little jetpack.

Summary: The value certainly surpasses the cost, if you’re into collecting all the figures. But the ReAction figures are a waste for me, as I don’t need something else to collect. I would have rather they had 2 POPs, maybe just 1 exclusive at $20 a piece, and leave out the ReAction figures.

Box Review: ZBox – November 2015

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“The ZBOX is a monthly geek box themed around your favorite (favourite for those of you not in the States) geeky interests, from zombies and the undead to retro games and pop culture. Each month you will be sent a box containing over £35 worth of exclusive, licensed merchandise. Perfect as a monthly treat or a gift for your geeky friends, we think that the ZBOX is the best mystery box you can get your hands on!”

The ZBOX is priced at just over $30/month USD.

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The theme for November is Time Travel.

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The box comes with a really nice mini magazine with details of each item in the box and a variety of fun articles.

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Marty McFly EXCLUSIVE Funko POP! (Retail $25+ on Amazon) – This is one of the reasons I bought this box. This exclusive Marty is riding a hoverboard. I love it.

ZBox

Dr Who Tardis Socks (Retail $5-10?) – I’m not a Dr Who fan, so these will be finding a new home.

Blinktime Watch (Retail $5-10?) – This is another ZBox exclusive. It’s a rubber watch that you can push a button on the face of the watch, and the time glows in red numbers. This will make a cute stocking stuffer for a youngster.

ZBox

Cosmonauts Graphic Novel #1 (Retail $6.28) – Another ZBox exclusive (as in variant cover), and a graphic novel I’ve never read about time travel – score.

BONUS ITEM: If you used a coupon code last month, a free Back to the Future comic. This was shipped separately and arrived several days later.

ZBox

Back to the Future Comic (Retail $3.99) – ZBox claimed this was worth $15, but it’s just a variant. I was hoping it was a larger comic or graphic novel for the price listed. But it’s just a standard variant comic.

Summary: Even with the extra variant comic, the value barely covered the cost of the box unless you count the variants at sellable cost. I was a bit disappointed with so very few items included. This will probably be my last ZBox.

Box Review: Comic Con Box – November 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.

Comic Con Box

The theme of this box was “Survivor.”

Comic Con Box

Take a Chance To Megaton Tshirt (Retail $10?) – Does anyone like this design? Not sure why it was chosen as “the” shirt for this month’s box other than fitting the theme. Another shirt toss.

Comic Con Box

Morgan (The Walking Dead) Funko POP! (Retail $10.38) – Unfortunately, I can’t stomach The Walking Dead, so this month’s POP was a big disappointment for me.

Game of Thrones Edition 2 Vinyl Figure Mystery Mini (Retail $7.88) – This is another I don’t care for. So, 0 for 3.

Comic Con Box

Apollo Creed Rocky II Superstars (Retail $22.95) – What’s with the ridiculous price tag on Amazon for this little figure? With the new Creed film coming out, this was pretty cute. Still, it’s not a scifi collectible, so I probably wont keep. If I wasn’t discerning, my house would look like something out of hoarders, I’m sure.

Stikbot (Retail $9.55) – I’m not the target audience for this either. It may end up in a kid’s stocking at Christmas.

Comic Con Box

Nuka Dew Mousepad (Retail $1-2?) – People still use mousepads?

Bonded For Life Print (Retail N/A) – This is the one item in the box that actually caught my attention. And I don’t even care for prints. Pretty sad for this box.

Never Give Up Towel (Retail $1-2?) – An random hand towel? No thanks.

Comic Con Box

Lone Survivor Superman Print (Retail n/a) – I love Superman, but not this style of artwork. Bummer.

Supergirl #1 Comic Con Box Variant (Retail $2.99) – I already have and read this. Which is fine, but something Superman/Supergirl was the one thing I was counting on in this box and they both were disappointments.

Summary: I really felt let down since these were the only 2 Superman/Supergirl items in the box. The shape of the S on Survivor theme logo and the box itself got my hopes up for a Superman (or girl) figure. But this is all we got. There isn’t one thing I’m keeping from this box. Thankfully, this is the first total-fail for Comic Con Box. They have been a strong favorite of mine for several months. I hope they can come back with next month’s box.


The #8/December Box Theme is… shock of all shocks…

Comic Con Box

Every box is jumping on the Star Wars bandwagon. But I’m a huge fan, so that’s okay by me.

NEW! Mystery Box: Smuggler’s Bounty – November 2015

Smugglers Bounty

The details on this new box from Star Wars and Funko:
“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 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. Star Wars Smugglers Bounty celebrates the dedicated fan and the Star Wars enthusiasts in ways no other box can – join today!”

If you’ve seen the Marvel Collector Corps box, you’ll know what to expect.

Smugglers Bounty

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

Smugglers Bounty
Smugglers Bounty

Exclusive Captain Phasma (Chrome) Funko POP! (Retail $20+?) – This exclusive was a spoiler weeks ago, but I was happy to get it as I don’t have a Captain Phasma POP yet. I love the design, and the “chrome” finish is really nice.

Exclusive Tie Fighter Pilot Funko POP! (Retail $20+?) – This is an exclusive version of the Tie Fighter Pilot, which I was happy to add to my collection too. It’s too hard to see the black figure in the box, so I took a picture out of the box with the flash on so you can see more detail.

Smugglers Bounty

Funko Snowtrooper Tshirt (Retail $10?) – While I’m not a fan of Funko figures on tshirts, this is a cute one. And it’s yet another black shirt. Hoping for more variety in the future…

Star Wars Lanyard (Retail $4-5?) – Not sure who wears these other than convention goers.

Summary: I made a point to stop buying Star Wars POPs when I subscribed to this box a couple months ago. I didn’t want too many duplicates.