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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.

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.

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!

Box Review: Comic Bento – February 2016

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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. Sign up now and save 15% with code SAVE15 and this link!

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This month’s theme was AMPED. Each box comes with a nice card describing each of the month’s picks.

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Put the Book Back on the Shelf (Retail $19.99) – I’ve never heard of the band, nor does look at all interesting to me. Next.
Publication: Image Comics, March 2006

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Death Sentence (Retail $22.99) – I flipped through this one, but it’s too dark and depressing for my taste.
Publication: Titan Comics, July 22, 2014

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Alice Cooper Vol. 1: Welcome To My Nightmare (Retail $24.99) – I’m definitely not a fan. Another fail.
Publication: Dynamite Entertainment, September 1, 2015

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Amazing Spider-Man: Edge of Spider-Verse (Retail $15.99) – Finally, something I’ll read – and enjoy! This is actually one I’ve been wanting to pick up for a while now.
Publication: Marvel, May 12, 2015

Summary: This was definitely the biggest disappointment with this sub box yet. I actually tried to skip this month when I heard the theme, but wasn’t able to because of their system limitations. Keep that in mind if you subscribe. Now, this didn’t stop me from renewing with a 6-month membership this time. I’ve been happy with almost all their past boxes, though not always all of the selections. The value is strong. And I’ll be able to turn around and sell the books I don’t want.

Sign up right now and save 15% with code SAVE15 and this link!

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – February 2016 – Deadpool

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This is the 6th box from Collector Corps and the theme was Deadpool! The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

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Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

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Deadpool #1 Variant Comic (Retail $4.99 +) – Deadpool is a fun read. I just read Hawkeye vs. Deadpool graphic novel and highly recommend! I haven’t started this line yet, so I’m happy to give it a go.

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Funko Deadpool Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I’m usually not a fan of the Funko-looking characters on tshirts. And ANOTHER black shirt. But this is a pretty cool design. I like it.

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Deadpool Mopeez (Retail $10+?) – I actually have a similar one to this in another color (mostly red) from another mystery box. I don’t see this mostly black color available for purchase on Amazon, so I’m guessing it’s exclusive too!

EXCLUSIVE Deadpool Dorbz (Retail $10+?) – How cute is this Cowboy Deadpool?! I love it!

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EXCLUSIVE Deadpool Funko POP! (Retail ?) – This design is just fantastic! It’s probably one of the most unique I’ve seen. It’s hard to see from the picture, but Deadpool has his legs kicked up under him and swords swung out, in an awesome action pose. He has a clear plastic stand that slides up under his back, and not very stable. But I’m not really complaining, because I love it too much.

Summary: I was really disapointed with the last Collector Corps box. But they hit it out of the park with this one. The shirt was solid. And 3(!) exclusive (2 of them very unique) Funko figures! Funko set a high bar with the exclusive POP this month too.. I would love if all had such a unique mold. Well done!

Mystery Box Review: SciFi Block – February 2016

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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!

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There wasn’t a theme this month, but they let us know ahead of time what movies they are focusing on.

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I LOVE STAR WARS Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This is my favorite item in the box. Despite yet another black shirt, I like the simple and fun design.

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Yondu Funko POP! (Retail $6-10) – Subscribers had a 50-50 chance on getting Yondu or The Collector in this box. Unfortunately, I have all of the Guardians POPs save for Drax. And this isn’t even an exclusive. So my niece gets to start collecting my duplicate POPs. She’s a Guardians fan too, so she was happy to get my leftovers.

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Alien: Ripley Funko Reaction Figure (Retail $8) – It was nice to get 2 Funko items in the box! Though, I don’t collect these, so I’ll be regifting.

EXCLUSIVE Star Trek Communicator Note Pad (Retail $1?) – This was disappointing, as the one exclusive item is just filler. I don’t know many people who use little note pads like this anymore.

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Star Wars Beanie (Retail about $15) – This was a fun, featured item. With “Storm” on the front and “Trooper” on the back. This will definitely get some use.

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Summary:
Despite a few disappointments, this remains a solid box for scifi lovers. The value is great, and the items are (for the most part) unique and wearables and collectables.
I’ll skip next month, as I don’t care for Dr Who or the 5th Element (another spoiler via email).

Box Review: Comic Bento – January 2016

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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.

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The box comes with a nice card that gives details on each of the selections.
This month’s theme was THE GREY AREA.

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Superior Iron Man: Infamous (Retail $19.99) – I’ve heard of this one, but haven’t read it yet, so I was really excited this was included. Also, this is a new release in paperback this month – it’s nice to get a mixture of newer as well as older graphic novels!
Publication Date: January 19, 2016

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RAI: Welcome to the New Japan (Retail $9.99) – I haven’t read this series yet, but the synopsis sounds interesting. I’m looking forward to checking it out.
Publication Date: October 28, 2014.

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Troublemaker (Retail $17.99) – I’m a fan of Janet Evanovich’s mysteries, so this was a great surprise! And it’s a hardback.
Publication Date: July 20, 2010

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Lola XOXO: The Journey Home (Retail $14.99) – I’ve never heard of this. But a post-apocalyptic story with a strong female lead sounds promising.
Publication Date: February 2, 2016

Summary: This is the mystery box I look forward to the most each month. This month did not disappoint. I loved the Iron Man and Evanovich selections, and look forward to checking out a couple new books with interesting premises.