Box Review: Comic Con Box – December 2015

Comic Con Box Comic Con Box

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.”

ComicCon Box

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.

ComicCon Box

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.

ComicCon Box

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.

Short Story Review: Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon

The Perfect Weapon: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Delilah S. Dawson

The Perfect Weapon is a fun, short story that focuses on a new character appearing in Star Wars The Force Awakens. Bazine is a mercenary hired to steal a package from a retired stormtrooper. She’s a master of disguise, an excellent fighter, and hard-hearted.

This thrilling adventure was a perfect, quick read to prepare for The Force Awakens. With plenty of plot twists and vivid characters, I thoroughly enjoyed this short story.

Blu-Ray Review: PAN

PAN (BLU-RAY + DVD + ULTRAVIOLET) – PAN releases today on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack or DVD.

Synopsis:
Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

Review:
I heard enough negative reviews about PAN, that I didn’t see it in the theater. Thankfully, having low expectations, I actually enjoyed it. The story does start out quite dark and slow. But as soon as PAN meets Hook, the real adventure begins.

Hook acts and sounds more like a cowboy than a pirate. But this film is set way before that. This is an origin story for Peter Pan. A re-imagining that is a bit different with plenty of fun inspiration. The acting is entertaining, especially Miller as Peter. The CGI left something to be desired. Sometimes it was stunning, other times it looked like a cartoon image from the Polar Express. But all-in-all it’s a fresh and fun film with plenty of swashbuckling adventure, humor, and heart.

Fantasy Book Review: Soundless

Soundless by Richelle Mead

Synopsis:
For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Review:
Fei is a kind and humble girl, who wants to help others. Her friends and family are not only deaf but going blind as well, not to mention slowly starving. When her friend decides to journey down to the city below for answers, Fei joins him.

Soundless is a well-paced, unique fantasy that feels like a fairy tale. Fei is a fantastic character with the heart of a hero. With plenty of mystery, adventure, and a bit of romance – this inventive story is a standalone story from a talented author. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Fantasy Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Synopsis:
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

Review:
Riordan has created another off-shoot series of Percy Jackson, though this only overlaps one character at the moment. And these Scandinavian gods and folklore are much different than the Greek and Roman gods. As someone from Scandinavian descent, I’m fascinated and was drawn to this new series immediately.

The Sword of Summer is the first in the Magnus Chase series. Magnus is a homeless youth who has been through incredibly hard times, but is still sweet and a good friend. The characters a colorful and complex, especially a certain Valkyrie who happens to be of Middle Eastern descent. Familiar and lesser-known gods and fantastic creatures make for a fascinating premise. And this first installment has plenty of fast-paced adventure, mystery, and secrets. From Boston to Valhalla – Magnus’ adventures have just begun. I can’t wait for the next in this incredible new series.

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

Collector Corps

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.

Collector Corps

Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

Collector Corps

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.

Collector Corps

Collector Corps

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…

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