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Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – February 2017 – Super Hero Showdowns

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This is the February 2017 box from Collector Corps, and the theme was Super Hero Showdowns.

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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And a card detailing the contents of the box with a look at early concepts.

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Spidey vs. Green Goblin Tshirt – I like the color of blue on the shirt. And as always, it’s a nice, soft quality. The design is fun too despite being POP-looking characters.

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Inhumans vs. X-Men Comic – With Wolverine vs Sabertooth on the cover, I can’t wait to check this one out.

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Captain America AND Red Skull Pint Size Heroes – These little characters are making thier debut. Though Funko already has enough small figure lines like this, so I’m not crazy about a whole other figure line that aren’t super unique. I’ll probably pass these on to my niece or nephew.

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Bullseye vs. Daredevil 2-Pack Funko POP Set – I don’t like Daredevil’s black suit instead of the traditional red, but otherwise this is a cool set. I always love when 2 POPs are included instead of just one.

Summary:
This is a great box with plenty of fun stuff to unbox. I like the variety and unique new POPs!

The next theme will be… Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2!

Box Review: TeeBlox – February 2017

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TeeBlox is a t-shirt subscription service that brings 100% authentic licensed geek and gamer shirts to your doorsteps every month. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime. Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Get 1 shirt and 2 other items starting at $12.99/mo and use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Subscribers can pick from the following categories: SciFi, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoons, Movies and TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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Star Wars Shirt – This is an iconic scene of Luke vs. Vader that I love. I’m not excited it’s another black shirt, but the silhouette does look cool.

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Comic and Pin – Squadron Sinister Comic and Captain America pin. It’s more of an obscure team with characters I’ve never heard of, but I’ll try it out.

Summary: This is another great shirt design and different comic. And the shirts are always nice quality. If you need to replenish your geek wardrobe with nice quality tees, look no further.

Remember, use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Digital HD March 24 and Blu-ray April 4!

Star Wars fans, rejoice!

From Press Release: “Announced today on The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be coming home on Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray on April 4th. This news comes on the heels of the start of production announcement of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story. “Rogue One” has established its place within the Star Warsuniverse and the hearts of moviegoers, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S.

Arriving early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4, the release includes never-before-seen “Rogue One” bonus material that will take fans behind the scenes with the movie’s diverse, dynamic cast and inspired team of filmmakers. An intimate collection of stories reveals how the film came to life, as well as hidden Easter Eggs and film facts that audiences may have missed in the theater.

Bonus features include*:
• A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
• Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
• Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
• K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
• Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
• Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
• The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
• Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
• The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes– – back to the screen.
• Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
• Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.
* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer. ”

SciFi Book Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

Synopsis:
WHO RUNS THE WORLD? SQUIRRELS! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born! She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and dissuades vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?

Review:
Doreen is a sweet and naive girl, just trying to make some new friends in her new school. But besides her different personality, she also hides a big secret – she has a big, bushy tail and can talk to squirrels. I’m a big fan of the comics, so I couldn’t wait to check out this novel.

Squirrel Meets World is a quirky and fun book, very similar to the comics – even including comments at the bottom of every page. The plot is very predictable, but it is written for a younger audience. And it only reinforces how sweet and innocent Squirrel Girl is. My favorite parts were when she messaged various Avengers as well as Rocket Raccoon for advice. The humor makes this series standout. Fans of all ages will enjoy this fun-filled adventure.

Box Review: Bam ANNIVERSARY Box – January 2017

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The Bam Box was founded in 2015 by Bloof, the same team of geeks, comic book lovers and pop culture collectors that started ComiconAuction.com. We love collecting. We love the thrill of it, the mystery of it and especially that feeling you get when you have a collectible in your hands that you are really excited about. So we set out to bring something different to everyone.

There are some great subscription boxes on the market, but we felt there was still something missing. We went to the drawing board with the goal of creating the box we would want to show up on our doorstep. After a lot of ideas and prototypes we arrived at the Bam Box. From the design of the box to the items inside to the instant winners we send out, we accomplished what we wanted to do: give you the subscription box we would be jealous of.”

Cost: 1 month plan starts at $24.99 plus $7.99 s/h

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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The box has a mini mag called “Spoiler Booklet” with details on the box, with all possible items subscribers could receive.
This month’s theme was “Anniversary.”

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“Stranger Things” Parody Pin – There were 4 options that subscribers could receive. Unfortunately, they should have provided Bam Anniversary pins to all subscribers to celebrate. I’m not a pin collector, but it seems like a missed opportunity.

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Battle Bros Print – It doesn’t do anything for me.

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Custom, Signed Jason Mask – I’m not a horror fan, so another Jason mask was a disappointment as we already received one several months ago.

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One-of-a-Kind Animation Cel: Ghostbusters – This was pretty cool. I loved the Ghostbusters cartoon as a kid.

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Full-size License Plate from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Other options were from Anchorman 2 (which I don’t think I ever watched) and Knight Rider (which would’ve been awesome). I would have loved the Knight Rider plate. And while I love Ferris Bueller, I’m not sure anyone would recognize the license plate.

Summary: This month’s anniversary box was a look back at several popular items from boxes this past year. I liked the unique animation cels idea in this box! And license plates are fun collector’s items. It would have been nice to include something different than a duplicate Jason mask – a different prop replica would’ve been nice.

Next month’s theme is… 90’s!

Received in January

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in January for review and/or giveaways:

Blu Ray/DVD:
The Accountant Blu-Ray

Mystery Box:
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Ace:
Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black

Amazon / 47 North:
The Man of Legends by Kenneth Johnson

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by Douglas Adams

Del Rey:
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
A Conversation in Blood by Paul S. Kemp
Gilded Cage by Vic James

Disney Hyperion / Marvel:
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale
Rocket and Groot: Keep on Truckin’! by Tom Angleberger

Gallery Press:
The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn

GP Putnam’s Sons:
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Harper Voyager:
Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

Macmillan Teen / Imprint:
The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry
The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

Penguin Teen / Putnam / Viking:
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
The Metropolitans by Carol Goodman

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Headlong Flight by Dayton Ward

Pyr:
Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 by Julie E. Czerneda
Department Zero by Paul Crilley

Random House Children’s / Crown / Delacorte Press:
The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins
The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius

Scholastic:
Enchanted Pony Academy: All That Glitters by Lisa Ann Scott
The Width of the World by David Baldacci
Wrath of the Storm by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Boy X by Dan Smith
Star Wars: Backstories: Darth Vader: Sith Lord by Jason Fry
Umberland by Wendy Spinale

Shadow Mountain:
Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull

Simon & Schuster Children’s / Aladdin:
Valkyrie: The Runaway by Kate O’Hearn

St. Martins / Thomas Dunne:
Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking

Titan Books:
Off Rock by Kieran Shea

Tor:
Death’s Mistress: Sister of Darkness by Terry Goodkind
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
The Skill of Our Hands by Steven Brust and Skyler White
The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis

Tor Teen:
To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

Box Review: Smuggler’s Bounty – January 2017

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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.”

The theme this month was The Empire Strikes Back!

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The Empire Strikes Back Patch and Pin – these are small collectibles included in each box.

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The box comes with a handy card detailing the items included.

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Star Wars Socks – I already have several similar pairs, so this was slight a bummer.

Wampa Plush – This is a super cute and super soft plush.

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EXCLUSIVE Han with Tauntaun Funko POP! – Despite this having been spoiled weeks ago, this is probably my favorite Star Wars POP yet. My biggest complaint is that the weight distribution is off. It kept tipping forward. Looks like they needed to do more testing on this design.

Summary:
I can’t stand the spoilers, as these are supposed to be mystery boxes. That said, the awesome POP Ride will attract a lot of new subscribers I’m sure. I just wish the rest of the box was better.

Next box theme…. STAR WARS REBELS!

Box Review: TeeBlox – January 2017

TeeBlox

TeeBlox is a t-shirt subscription service that brings 100% authentic licensed geek and gamer shirts to your doorsteps every month. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime. Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Get 1 shirt and 2 other items starting at $12.99/mo and use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Subscribers can pick from the following categories: SciFi, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoons, Movies and TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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Star Trek “Keep on Trekkin'” Shirt – I have to admit that I love this shirt. It’s a nice color, a fun design, and a vintage look.

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Comic and Pin – Batman Detective Comic and Wonder Woman pin!

Summary: A fantastic shirt and fun, old school comic. It’s easily one of my favorite picks from one of my top favorite mystery packs. If you need to replenish your geek wardrobe with nice quality tees, look no further.

Remember, use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!