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Box Review: Comic Bento – December 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 THROWBACKS.

Comic Bento

Youngblood #1: Focus Tested (Retail $9.99) – This one is new to me, and it looks like something I’ll enjoy!

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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story (Retail $19.99) – I’m not a Beatles fan, so this was a big miss. I’d rather they stick to scifi, fantasy, and adventures stories.

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Battlestar Galactica: Memorial #1 (Retail $19.99) – I actually had this on my Amazon Wishlist, so I was really happy to score this title! I love the original BSG.

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Marvel Masterworks (Various) – I received Uncanny X-Men Volume 4(Retail $24.99) – I love Uncanny X-Men series, so I was happy to see this one too!

Summary: The value was fantastic this month! And there’s only one book I’m getting rid of, the rest I’m excited about. I love that this box is so consistent. I probably look forward to this mystery box more than any other.

And…..
January Theme: The Grey Area

Box Review: Supply Pod – December 2015

Supply Pod

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!
Save 10% with the discount code: CHICK10

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.

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

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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.

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Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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November’s theme was INTERGALACTIC.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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Box Review: Funko/GameStop Mystery Box

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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!”

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Box 1

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

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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.

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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.

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Box 2

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

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Batman POP Pin – guessing these were in every box

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

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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.