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Box Review: Smuggler’s Bounty – March 2017

Smuggler's Bounty

“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 REBELS!

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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 Rebels Tshirt – ANOTHER black tshirt. But the I do like the vibrant colors. Though the characters were already cartoons, and they’re barely recognizable as POPs.

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EXCLUSIVE Chopper Mini Hikari – I could have done without this sparkly figure. There was a possibility of 5 different colors, but I just don’t like Hikaris, so I won’t be holding onto it.

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EXCLUSIVE Captain Rex Funko POP – This is pretty basic, but I like that he’s holding guns in both hands.

EXCLUSIVE Darth Maul Funko POP – This one is awesome. The detail and design is great – and I don’t have a Darth Maul POP yet.

Summary:
I love boxes with 2 POPs! It means I’ll at least love one of them. I do watch Rebels, though only recently – so I at least know most of the characters. I’m sure it will be a struggle to come up with different themes for this box after a while.

Next box theme…. 40th Anniversary!

Blu-Ray Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3D Blu-Ray Combo Pack

SYNOPSIS:
There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away…and is now nowhere to be found.

Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city already on edge—a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post as an investigator. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt and Tina.

Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina’s sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt’s missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsiders—now branded fugitives—ever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.

REVIEW:
Newt Scamander is a socially awkward man who connects better with creatures than humans. But with the help of some new friends, he must protect his magical creatures from false accusations as well as themselves from an ominous investigator.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel to the Harry Potter series. With all of the magic and wonder of the Harry Potter books and films, this standalone story is a fantastic installment. The magical creatures are incredibly fun and exciting. The characters are complex and well-developed. And the story is a great combination of fantasy, mystery, suspense, and humor. While there are some dark elements, it’s still a great family film. And I hope to see a sequel with these characters soon.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
• Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins!
o Join J.K. Rowling as she, David Yates and David Heyman return to Leavesden Studios to build a new and exciting corner of the wizarding universe.

•Characters
o The Magizoologist
o The Goldstein Sisters
o The New Salemers
o The No-Maj Baker
o The President and the Auror

•Creatures
o Meet the Fantastic Beasts
o Bowtruckle
o Demiguise
o Erumpent
o Niffler
o Occamy
o Thunderbird

•Design
o Shaping the World of Fantastic Beasts (360°)
o New York City (360°)
o MACUSA (360°)
o Newt’s Magical Case (360°)
o The Shaw Banquet
o The Blind Pig (360°)

•Deleted Scenes (11 scenes)

Own Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on March 28 or Own It Now on Digital HD!

Box Review: TeeBlox – March 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 Shirt – This is a large, classic Star Trek font and symbol on a navy shirt. I like the shiny gold look. I’ll definitely wear this one.

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Comic and Pin – Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan Comic and Spider-Man pin. The comic is 2 of 3, but still happy to give it a try.

Summary: This is another great shirt design and unique 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!

Box Review: DC’s Legion of Collectors – March 2017

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This month’s theme for DC’s Legion of Collectors was 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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And this detailed card of everything included in the box is handy.

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Superman Tshirt – I really like the color of this shirt, but would have preferred it not be a Funko POP character.

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Superman Comic #1 – I LOVE that they include comic variants in these boxes. And I only read ecopies of graphic novels of the DC lines, so it’s nice to get hardcopies.

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Superman Pocket POP and Superman Retro Action Figure – This were a nice addition. I would of course have preferred an extra Funko POP, but this retro Superman will go great with my retro Wonder Woman from a past box.

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EXCLUSIVE Classic Superman Funko POP! – I really love this design!

SUMMARY: This was a really fun box. Superman is probably my all-time favorite superhero. My mind reels with what could have been done with this box to take it over the top awesome. But the DC box has yet to do that. Hopefully with next month’s box, they’ll do something more unexpected.

The next theme is: Wonder Woman!

Stuff I Get: The Man in the High Castle Promo

Man in the High Castle Promo

Man in the High Castle Promo

Courtesy of Amazon Prime, this curious box arrived the other day.

Man in the High Castle Promo

RESISTANCE RADIO has arrived. This is a new way of storytelling based on the Amazon Prime show – The Man in the High Castle.

Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott, and Frank Spotnitz, The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.

Man in the High Castle Promo

Among the material was a record. Which I though was strange, as most people don’t own records any longer. Until I saw the cool build-your-own record player kit made from paper and a needle! I’m definitely trying this out.

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But in the box was a briefcase that opened to an electric record player as well!
This was a fun and well-thought out promo for the new RESISTANCE RADIO from The Man in the High Castle.

Box Review: Bam Box – February 2017

Bam Box

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.

Bam Box

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 “90s.”

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“Squirt Gun” Parody Pin – There were 4 options that subscribers could receive.

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Beanie Baby – Subscribers had the chance of getting common or rare ones. I have no idea what’s rare, so I guess I’d have to look it up.

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Celebrity Fight Match Poster: AC Slater vs Zach Morris – There were other 90s options of these as well. All are numbered and signed. These would be funny as a gag gift, but I don’t know anyone who would put these up.

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“No Soup For You” Spoon – I saw the Soup Nazi signing autographs at a convention once. This is pretty funny.

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Matt Doherty Signed Hockey Puck – The Mighty Ducks was an iconic 90s movie for all ages. And Les Averman from the film has signed official sized hockey pucks for the box.

Summary:
I was a teen in the 90s, so I love reminiscing from the decade. While I never collected Beanie Babies, I knew plenty who did! And the signed hockey puck and soup spoon were very unique and creative items. This box was a lot of fun.

Next month’s theme is… Indestructible.

Received in February

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

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Abrams:
Star Wars Topps Classic Sticker Book by The Topps Company

Ace:
Vanguard by Jack Campbell

Daw:
The Holver Alley Crew by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig
Radiate by C. A. Higgins
Eagle and Empire by Alan Smale

Disney Hyperion / Marvel:
The Zodiac Legacy: Balance of Power by Stan Lee
Night Night, Groot by Brendan Deneen
Starfall by Melissa Landers
The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

Harper Teen:
The Release by Tom Isbell

Harper Voyager:
The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst
Talon of God by Wesley Snipes
The Bones of the Earth by Rachel Dunne
The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
The Dastardly Miss Lizzie by Viola Carr
The Malice by Peter Newman
The Bones of the Earth by Rachel Dunne

HMH / Clarion Books:
Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst
Fish Girl by David Wiesner

Little, Brown:
Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson

Macmillan Children’s / Feiwel and Friends:
Vanguard by Ann Aguirre

Penguin / Putnam:
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Long Mirage by David R. George Iii

Pyr:
Worldshaker by J. F. Lewis
Black City Demon by Richard A. Knaak

Random House Books for Young Readers / Delacorte Press:
Disruptor by Arwen Elys Dayton
The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel

Scholastic / Chicken House:
Backstories: Batgirl: New Hero of the Night by Matthew Manning
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
Time Shifters by Chris Grine
George Brown, Class Clown: Return to the Scene of the Burp #19 by Nancy Krulik

Subterranean Press:
The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch
Mightier than the Sword by K. J. Parker
The Unorthodox Dr. Draper and Other Stories by William Browning Spencer

Titan Books:
The Blacklist: The Beekeeper No. 159 by Steven Piziks
Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen by Susan Griffith

Tor:
Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey
Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

Tor Teen:
Night Magic by Jenna Black

Ubisoft:
Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization by Christie Golden

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!