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Box Review: Nerd Block Classic – November 2015

Nerd Block

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.

Nerd Block Classic

Nerd Block Classic

Back to the Nightmare Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This Nightmare Before Christmas/Back to the Future mashup isn’t great. I’m generally not a big fan of mashups, and this one really doesn’t work.

Nerd Block Classic

Sherlock Exclusive Vinyl Figure (Retail $24.49 on Amazon) – I’ve never seen the show, and I’m sure I’d like it if I did – but I don’t collect the Titan vinyl figures… So this will be finding a new home.

Nerd Block Classic

Star Wars Mini Calendar (Retail $7.99) – This, I may actually keep – or give as a stocking stuffer to my niece or nephew.

Bill Murray Print (Retail n/a)- I’m at a loss. Not sure why this is a part of a “nerd” box. It’s definitely not for me.

Nerd Block Classic

Griswold Moose Mug Acrylic Shotglass (Retail $7.49) – This will make a great White Elephant gift! Too funny. But nothing I’d ever keep around.

Exclusive Firefly Ornament (Retail $20+) – I already have a much nicer, pewter Serenity ornament. This is “chrome” – fragile and lighter-weight, without near the amount of detail that my other one has. So this was a bit of a disappointment, as I do love Firefly.

Summary: This month was a huge disappointment. Everything was so random. Not one thing made this box worthwhile. They really need to stick with a theme each box so people know to skip a month, rather than just cancelling. I’m just cancelling this Classic Block. It’s funny how it just takes one bad box to ruin the subscription. I hope the SciFi Block keeps my interest.

Next month’s spoilers:

Nerd Block Classic
Nerd Block Classic

I love Star Wars and Star Trek, but too little, too late. I’m sure Smuggler’s Bounty will give me my Star Wars fix every other month.

Supply Pod Spoiler and Coupon!

supply pod

Coupon Code for 10% off: Chick10

Press Release info: Following on from the success of our The Martian-themed Supply Pod, our Holiday edition comes packed with more Star Wars goodies than you could shake a Lightsaber at. While we can’t reveal everything that will come in the pod (the surprise is half the fun), we can tell you that every box will comes complete with a copy of the brilliant Star Wars Psychology, signed by Editor, Travis Langley. The rest is for you to discover when the Supply Pod arrives at your door, packed with over $80-worth of the best Star Wars merchandise in the galaxy. If you want to celebrate your love of Star Wars before The Force Awakens hits the theaters, there’s no better way to do it than with this Star Wars Supply Pod.

Because this edition of Supply Pod will arrive just in time for the Holidays, it also makes the perfect gift for all the Star Wars geeks in your life. But if you’re looking to really impress your loved ones, you can now enroll them on a Supply Pod subscription, which means they’ll get a new Supply Pod delivered to their door every other month.

Single Pod are also available for purchase. Order now and receive by December 18th. $39.99 + $7.99 s/h

December Pod SPOILER: A partnership with author Travis Langley, the renowned psychologist who edited a collection of short essays about “The Dark Side of the Mind: Star Wars Psychology.”

Every Star Wars Supply Pod will have include an autographed paperback copy!

Want to know what else to expect? Check out my review of the last box here.

Mystery Box Review: SciFi Block – October 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

The first-ever SciFi Block!


Dr Who Eleventh Doctor Funko POP Keychain (Retail $6.30) – Not a Dr Who fan, but this will be easy to re-gift.

BB-8 Funko POP! (Retail $8.99) – I know the Smuggler’s Bounty mystery box is starting up soon, but I was very excited to score BB-8, as there were several Star Wars POPs that could have been included. And I didn’t have BB-8 yet. The movie hasn’t even come out yet, and I’m already a BB-8 fan!

SciFi Block

Star Wars Mad Libs (Retail $3.61) – Guess what I’m bringing to the opening of The Force Awakens to kill time before it starts?

Star Wars Can Cooler (Retail $8.95) – This is another item that was just one of several designs. I scored the Dark Side version. This will also make a great stocking stuffer!

Claudia Wells Official, Authenticated Autograph – No retail price, just awesome. I have quite the little-but-growing Back to the Future collection.

SciFi Block

Biff’s Pit Bull Hoverboards Tshirt (Retail $10?) – Speaking of Back to the Future, this shirt design is pretty cool too. Not thrilled with my millionth black shirt, but happy with the design and theme at least.

Summary: The SciFi Block exceeded my expectations with this first box. This may replace Nerd Block for me, even though that has been a solid box as well. It will be interesting to see how they differ.

Next month’s spoilers:

SciFi Block
SciFi Block

Three of my favorite series in one box… yes, please!

Box Review: Comic Bento – October 2015


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 MASKS and was guest-curated by comics writer Gail Simone!

Comic Bento

Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More (Retail $17.99 or $14.21 on Amazon) – I bought the Kindle edition of this when it was on sale and loved it. So happy to have a hardcopy to start collecting the series!

Comic Bento

Green Hornet Volume 1: Bully Pulpit (Retail $19.99 or $13.37 on Amazon) – I’m excited to get a Green Hornet graphic novel that I don’t have yet. I’m definitely looking forward to this one by Mark Waid.

Comic Bento

Orchid Volume 1 (Retail $17.99 or $12.88 on Amazon) – This is a title that’s new to me. The premise doesn’t appeal, but I’ll reserve judgment until I read it.

Comic Bento

Harbinger Volume 1: Omega Rising (Retail $9.99 or $9.65 on Amazon) – This is another unfamiliar title/series. This one looks really promising, with great reviews. I’m looking forward to this one as well.

Summary: Comic Bento remains one of my top two favorite sub boxes (Marvel Collector Corps being the other). The value is always good, and I enjoy reading almost everything I’ve gotten. Even the one title I had already read in this box – I was happy to get a hardcopy for my collection.

Box Review: PopInABox.us

monthly funko pop vinyls

Pop In A Box is now available in the US! Americans can now subscribe to the one-of-a-kind mystery POP box. The site has a very extensive list of Funko products. Once you open a free account, you can track your Funko POP and vinyl collection – this is extremely helpful for collectors like me. I love that you can have a free account just to manage your collection. I had already started a free account to track my collection, and it does copy over to the US site. However, to manage an actual paid subscription, you have to be in the US site.

You are guaranteed to never get a duplicate POP, if you keep your collection up-to-date! And you can sometimes score exclusives. The higher number of POPs you subscribe for, the greater your chances of getting something extra. Subscriptions start at $9.99 plus $4.99 shipping and handling, and you can save more by buying more. See below for a coupon link.

Another great feature is that you can make sure that you only get POPs that you want by going through their extensive list and giving a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” to as much as you can. A thumbs-down and selecting something as a part of your collection guarantees you will not receive it.

Pop In A Box US

I added all my Funko POPs that I currently had, “Liked” a bunch of POPs I didn’t have, and scored these surprises from Pop In A Box:

Dr. Raymond Stantz Funko POP!

Black Widow Funko POP!

Sure, you may be able to get some of these a bit cheaper on Amazon, but part of the fun is the mystery… And I do love my mystery boxes!

Get 5% off now by using this link: https://popinabox.us/?a=SFC-Angela

*Pop In A Box sent a sampler to SciFiChick.com for review purposes.

Box Review: Supply Pod – November 2015 Box 1

Supply Pod

Supply Pod (by Outer Places) uniquely delivers products themed around upcoming sci-fi releases and scientific events.

The first box is based on the real-life science behind Andy Weir’s debut novel, The Martian, which inspired the movie starring Matt Damon about an astronaut stranded on Mars.

Supply Pod

There were two options available for this Martian-themed box, and more details are available at https://mysterybox.outerplaces.com

The Essential Pod ($29.99 plus shipping, handling and tax) contains science and sci-fi items that would be great to have if stranded on Mars.

The Deluxe Pod ($39.99 plus shipping, handling and tax) contains all the items in the Essential Pod plus a paperback version of The Martian by Andy Weir, currently No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

SciFiChick.com received a free Deluxe Pod for review.

Supply Pod

The Martian by Andy Weir paperback (Retail $15) – I’ve read the book, so this may become a giveaway soon! If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend doing so before the movie.

Alien Vs Predator #1 (Retail $3.50) – I always love getting comics. And this movie tie-in is one I haven’t read yet.

Supply Pod

Where Is Your Next Home Poster – This is an informative poster about planets outside our solar system.

Mars Rocks Coupon

Supply Pod

Inflatable Solar Powered Lantern (Retail $14.95) – This is just awesome. Good to have in an emergency. And I may want to play with it when my nieces and nephews are over (for an excuse to try it out).

Astronaut Ice Cream Sandwich (Retail $3.95) – Speaking of wanting to try something out, when I was a kid I always wanted to try Astronaut packaged food. This was a great addition to this box.

Supply Pod

Green Science Weather Station (Retail $9.95) – I LOVE this little science kit as well. This will be such a fun project to do with the kids in my family. (Recommended for ages 8 and up).

Foam Space Glider (Retail $5.38)

Magnifier Spaceman (Retail $7.32) – This is another item that I love the novelty of, and will probably use quite a bit. Very fun.

Summary: The value is pretty good for the price of this box. But the curation is genius. The mix of science and science fiction is fantastic. Not one thing in here was a disappointment. I think this box has a specific niche that will appeal to a wide fan base. Well done.

November’s theme is: Star Wars: The Force Awakens! It costs $39.99 + $7.99 s/h.

Coupon Code:
To get 10% off use code: Chick10

Box Review: Powered Geek Box – October 2015

Powered Geek Box

Powered Geek Box (formerly Power Up Box) is a geek subscription box featuring epic gifts for nerds, geeks and gamers. Our subscription box service delivers great gear and novelty items from big names like DC Comics, Marvel, Nintendo, Star Wars and Capcom right to your doorstep every month. Treat yourself to our geek subscribe box service or send it as a gift.

Powered Geek Box has two subscription box options: Deluxe (4-6 items) for $19.95 plus s/h per month or Premium (6-9 items) for $29.95 plus s/h per month. Plans are cheaper if you buy more than one month at a time.

This box was sent to SciFiChick.com for review.

Powered Geek Box

The October box that was sent to me for review purposes was the Deluxe box.

Powered Geek Box

Today I Feel Awesome (Darth Vader) Tshirt (Retail $12.99) – Pretty much the best shirt ever?! I had to show this off around the office.

Powered Geek Box

Game of Thrones Dragon Figure (Retail $14 on up – in a box) – This figure was a bit of a strange addition as there was no box and no label. I won’t be able to re-gift this other than to my nieces and nephew who like playing with dragon figurines. It looks like the Funko POP Viserion 6″ figure. Hopefully, paying subscribers got their dragon in a box, for those who collect them. I’m guessing the reason is that the Funko box wouldn’t fit in the standard Powered Geek Box. Which is a shame. The value plummets without it.

Powered Geek Box

Tattoo Pens (Retail $25 on Amazon, less than $10 on Ebay and other sites) – These will be a hit with my nieces. They love drawing and temporary tattoos.

Beer’d Bottle Opener (Retail $6.95) – This is another unique, novelty. While it’s not exactly geek, it is pop culture and would make a fun gift.

And some Halloween candy filler is always appreciated.

Powered Geek Box

Zombie Apocalypse Heat Change Mug (Retail $10.34) – Zombies appear with heated liquid. This is another fun novelty item that is very appropriate for Halloween – and zombie fans.

Build Your Own Zombie (Retail $5.00) – Who says playdough is just for kids? Adults can create their own zombie, and after 24 hours of drying – have their own, unique zombie figure. Or the dough can be put back in the containers to use again. I don’t think I’m going to share this with the kids. I may just see what I can come up with…

Summary: This may be the best box yet with the fantastic shirt and the overall value. My only complaint is the lack of box for the Funko POP.

What do you think of this month’s box?

Love Funko POPs?: https://www.poweredgeekbox.com/pop-vinyl-figures
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Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – October 2015 – Villains

Marvel Collector Corp

This is the 4th box from Collector Corps with the theme Villains. The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

Marvel Collector Corp

Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin. Red Skull and Green Goblin, so we’re off to a good start.

Marvel Collector Corp

Marvel Villains Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I was pleasantly surprised with this shirt. It’s full of well-known villains, in a fun, design, and on a gray shirt. Anytime I get a shirt other than black, I’m happy. And this is a nice, soft shirt that feels better quality than past boxes.

Marvel Collector Corp

Invincible Iron Man #1 Marvel Collector Corps Variant (Retail $3.99+) – Another awesome variant that I’ll definitely be keeping.

Venom Funko POP! Keychain (Retail $9.45) – Here’s the first thing that I probably won’t keep. While I like Venom as a villain (and sometimes hero), I don’t need I’m not one to collect ugly villain characters. My collection is getting quite large already.

Marvel Collector Corp

Exclusive Zombie Morbius Funko POP! (Retail $24.99+) – While I collect Funko POPs, I doubt I’ll display this one either. This was my biggest disappointment – the choice of POP this month.

Exclusive Loki Dorbz (Retail $15.00) – I really was hoping for a Loki POP, as I actually don’t own one yet. But a Dorbz is better than nothing. I only have a few of these.

Marvel Collector Corp

Summary: As someone who was leery about this box, due to the Villains theme – I was pleasantly surprised with the shirt and Loki. At least the value is still here if I sell the POP and keychain. I’m still glad I didn’t skip this month.

The next Marvel Collector Corps box theme will be Guardians of the Galaxy. To say I’m completely giddy with excited would be an understatement.