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Box Review: Comic Bento – August 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.

This box was sent to SciFiChick.com for review purposes.

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The first thing I noticed is the fantastic packing job. Boarded and wrapped in protective plastic and bubble-wrap, these graphic novels were in mint condition.

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The box comes with a nice card that gives details on each of the selections.

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This month’s theme was EXPLOSIVE and included the following titles:

Grimm Volume 1: The Coins Of Zakynthos by David Greenwalt(W) and Jose Malaga(A)- I’m a huge fan of the tv show, and already own this one. But I highly recommend to fans of the show. (Retail $19.99)

Complete Dracula by Leah Moore(W) and Colton Worley(A)– This is a cool-looking take on Bram Stoker’s original tale. I’m excited to read this one. As a bonus, this is a hardback. (Retail $24.99)

Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz(W) and Bob Gill(A) – Koontz is known for his scifi thrillers, so this will be right up my alley. (Retail $14.99)

New Vampirella Volume 1 by Nancy Collins(W) and Patrick Berkenkotter(A) – Definitely not for me. I usually enjoy vampire stories, but she looks more like an embarrassing pin up. (Retail $24.99)

“Horror” would have been a better theme than “Explosive,” but the reason was that these all have the same publisher – Dynamite!

Summary: This is a great value for someone looking to expand their graphic novel reading and for those just staring out. I eagerly look forward to the next!


September’s Theme is: Fight the Fight

Right now, there’s a coupon code for $5 off the monthly subscription (PROMOBENTO5) or $10 off the 3-month subscription (PROMOBENTO10).

Box Review: LootCrate August 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!”

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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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Included is a nice booklet, detailing the box contents.
Los Pollos Hermanos Apron (Retail $29.99 but $25 on Amazon) – This is apparently from Breaking Bad, which isn’t something I’ve ever cared to watch – and isn’t remotely scifi or fantasy. So I’m not sure why the series is sometimes included in geek boxes. Total fail for me.

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Next up is easily the ugliest mug I’ve ever seen.
Carnage Mug (Retail $9.99) – Subscribers could receive either Venom or Carnage mugs (for the Villains 2 theme). Both are equally hideous. And neither would be used, as it looks like something paint-by-numbers not official Marvel. Another bummer.

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The Joker Painted Wooden Figure (Retail $12.99?) – This is another LootCrate original, a cute toy with an interchangeable face.
Hydra Prop Replica (Retail $15) – This was my favorite item in the box, and probably the only thing I’ll keep.
LootCrate Button – Venom

Summary: The two highest retail items were a total bust for me. Not a great start to my LootCrate experience. But they have 2 more months to win me over, since I signed up for a 3-month subscription.

What do you think of this month’s LootCrate?

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – August 2015

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This is the 3rd box from Collector Corps, and this month set a new bar. The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

The theme this month was Secret Wars. And, as the box hinted, we are treated to the female (Jane) Thor.

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As you can see, it’s Jane-Thor heavy with the Secret Wars theme.

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Secret Wars Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This is a cutesy Funko Pop! style that’s newly released to Hot Topic. It’s not my style, but the little ones in my life will enjoy it. I’m also over so many geek tshirts in black. I need more color.

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Secret Wars #1 Variant (Retail $4.99 – though Variants are usually worth more) – I love that the variants we receive have all been #1’s so far. Great for collectors, like me.

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Collector Corps Pin and Patch – I love getting these each month. I’ll have to figure out something fun to do with them, other than just store them in my collection.

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Thor (Secret Wars) Funko Pop! (Retail N/A as this is an exclusive. They are running about $33 on Amazon right now.) – I love, love this Jane Thor. I had heard rumors since the box cover featured her, so I was glad it was true. I was so happy to have more female Marvel Pops to add to my collection.

Spider-Man (Miles Morales) Funko Pop! (Retail N/A as this is an exclusive. Amazon has it listed as $36.94) – As a big Spidey fan, I was doubly excited to receive not 1, but 2 Funko Pops this month! And the designs on both of these are just fantastic!

Summary: Two exclusive, awesome Funko Pop!’s that cost as much (each) as the entire box… Collector Corps outdid themselves this month. How will they come close next time? I guess we’ll have to reserve judgment until we hear what the new theme will be. Is it too much to hope for a Star Wars theme later this year???

What do you think of August’s box… and have you signed up yet?

Box Review: Geek Fuel – August 2015

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Geek Fuel is a monthly subscription box “filled with t-shirts, toys, digital games, limited edition collectibles, and all things epic.” The box can be purchased on a monthly renewal at $23.90 per month, or discounts for purchasing several months or more upfront.

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The box comes with a monthly, mini magazine that’s really well done. I look forward to reading this.

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Deadpool T-shirt (Retail $10?) – It’s a different design – but a shirt I’ll probably only wear to the movie when it releases.

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The World According to Wolverine (Retail $24.95) – This is a really fun collectible book with inserts and a comicbook feel.
Subscribers could have received Wolverine or Spider-Man. I would have preferred Spidey, but I still enjoyed this one.

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Aaru’s Awakening Game ($15 value) – Downloadable game code for PC or Mac.
Adventure Time Pocket Pop! Keychain (Retail $7.50?) – Not a fan. So, this will go in a bin for the nieces or nephew.
TMNT Lollipop (Retail?) – My candy-crazed nieces will probably snag this.
Post Apocalyptic Currency Magnet (Retail?) – Just a little, bottlecap magnet. Guess I can always use another magnet on the fridge.

Summary: I enjoyed this box much more than last month. I signed up for a 3-month sub, so we’ll see what next month’s delivers before I decide whether or not to renew.

What do you think of August’s Geek Fuel Box?

Box Review: Nerd Block Classic – August 2015

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Nerd Block Classic “contains licensed merchandise, hand-picked by our team of uber-nerds representing all genres from movies, television, video games, internet, and more!” The price is $19.99 plus shipping per month.

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The theme of this box was Summer Mix Tape.

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The box comes with a nice card that give an overview of the items in the box.

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Exclusive Ghostbusters T-shirt (Retail $10-20?) – I LOVE this shirt. The made the whole box for me. The artwork is fantastic, and I really dig the comic-book feel. Ladies, the shirts are very fitted. So order a size or two larger than normal.

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Ghostbusters Lunch Box (Retail $10-15?) – This ghost trap look is really clever, and opening it to find this Slimer was really fun.
Ghostbusters Stuffed Slimer (Retail $10-15?) – This exclusive Slimer plush looks more like a character from a musical kids show that haunts me. And unfortunately, it doesn’t stand on its own. But I do love Slimer, so Lois Lane may get another stuffed chew toy.

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Awkward Family Postcards (Retail $9.95) – Yes, I’ve seen most of these from the popular website. But they’re hysterical. I’ll be sharing these with friends.
Rubik’s Cube Stress Ball (Retail $5-10?) – This inspired little item is already sitting on my desk at work.
A Coaster of Kings (Retail $1-2?) – These are cardboard, dragon art coasters that fantasy fans will appreciate. I have too many coasters as it is, so I’ll be passing these along to someone else.

Summary: This was a fantastic first box for me! I’ll definitely be continuing with this subscription. The shirt and uniqueness of the curated items were a big hit. The value is hard to determine on most items, since most were exclusive items to Nerd Block. But the value definitely exceeded the box.

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Finally, I’m super excited for the next box! Don’t miss this one!

Box Review: Boxy Chan – Star Wars Theme

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BOXY CHAN™ is the ORIGINAL THEMED MYSTERY BOX shopping experience dedicated to providing an ever growing and ever changing selection of MYSTERY BOX themed experiences for your fun and enjoyment. Our MYSTERY BOX CURATORS are always searching for new and exciting items to ensure that BOXYCHAN BOX consistently delivers on our promise of delivering the highest value in each and every box.”

Boxy Chan boxes are $25 plus shipping and handling. Subscriptions run cheaper with shipping included.

In honor of the upcoming movie, I picked a Star Wars theme for my first box! There are a lot of themes, and some change. You can buy just one box or pick a subscription of the same theme.

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Chewbacca Funko Pop! (Retail $10-12) – I had this on my wishlist, so this was a great score!

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Star Wars Power of the Jedi Lando (Retail $10-15) – This reminds me of the Lando toy I got as a child, and yes, still own. But this one has nicer detail, a gun, a cloak (my old one is long since gone), and a “Force File” detail on the character.

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Millennium Falcon Ice Tray (Retail $17.99)
Star Wars Playing Cards (Retail $5)

This was a great value for the price. I signed up for a 3-month Marvel subscription, and now am even more excited to see what’s coming!

ComicCon Box #4: August 2015 Review

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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.

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The Fourth ComicCon Box arrived earlier than their website stated it would, so I was really excited about that. Most of the geeky boxes that I’ve looked at all ship at the end of the month. The theme of this box was Science.

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The box came with a nice card that describes most of the items in the box. I see how the shirt correlates to the theme, but everything else was a bit of a stretch. Hey, it’s all science fiction, so who cares? I loved this box.

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How to Make Your Alien t-shirt (Retail $10?) – I love this shirt, both funny and Alien-themed!

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Funko Pop! Colossus (Retail $8-11) – This was on my wishlist, so I was very happy to score this one.
Two Sets of UFS Cards (Retail $5? each) – Not a gamer, so I’ll be passing these along.
Portal 2 Keychain (Retail $10.91 on Amazon) – Cute, my nieces or nephew will enjoy this little gun.

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Daken Dark Wolverine: Vol 1 Empire Graphic Novel (Retail $19.99) – I love Marvel comics, so this was another win for me.
Live Long and Prosper Sticker Set (Retail $5?) – So awesome. I will definitely use these.
Rocket & Stitch Print (Price ?) – I don’t collect prints, but this one is pretty nice. I’m thinking my nephew or nieces may want it framed in their room.

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Gods & Titans Print (Price ?) – The artist is obviously talented, but this one isn’t my taste or style.
Civil War #1 Variant (Retail $4.99) – Since I just got a Variant edition in my Geek Fuel box, I’ll probably be getting rid of one of them.
SpeedRunners Game Download (Retail $14.99) – Windows only game, so useless for me. May run a giveaway for it, if a family member doesn’t want it.

All-in-all, this was a fantastic first box for me. Looks like I’ll be sticking with this one. The value was quite a bit over the price. And the shirt, Funko, and graphic novel alone just about came to the price of the box.

And just a heads up, the Box Five/September Box Theme is…

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