Box Review: Comic Bento – November 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.

Comic Bento

The box comes with a nice card that gives details on each of the selections.
This month’s theme was BUTTON MASH – graphic novels inspired by video games.

Comic Bento

Tomb Raider: Season of the Witch (Retail $15.13) – I really enjoy the Laura Croft character, and have read and collected a previous run of graphic novels. So, I’m excited to read this one.

Comic Bento

Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (Retail $7.99) – A vague reason is given how superheroes correlate to video games. But anyway, I’m always happy to get a Marvel graphic novel – retro as well.

Comic Bento

Sonic Mega Man Worlds Collide (Retail $11.06) – I’m not 7, so I’m not exactly a fan of either of these 2 characters. It will be treasured by my young nephew who loves both of these cartoon characters and comics. Merry Christmas, little guy.

Comic Bento

Penny Arcade: Attack of the Bacon Robots (Retail $11.78) – This is definitely not one I care for. It will be finding a new home.

Summary: Well, I wasn’t crazy about the theme to begin with, so I was actually surprised that I liked 2 out of 4 of the picks this month. I’m not at all into gaming, so it could have definitely been worse. The value wasn’t quite there for me. But they can’t all be fantastic picks for everyone.

SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Seekers: All That’s Left

Star Trek: Seekers: All That’s Left by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore

Synopsis:
Initially charted by Starfleet probes dispatched to sur­vey the Taurus Reach, the planet Cantrel V now plays host to a budding Federation colony as well as a com­bined civilian/Starfleet exploration team. Ancient ruins of an unknown civilization scattered around the planet have raised the curiosity of archaeologists, anthropolo­gists, historians, and other interested members of the Federation scientific community. Together, they are attempting to shed light on the beings that once called this world home.

After a large, unidentified vessel arrives in orbit and launches a seemingly unprovoked orbital bombardment, the U.S.S. Endeavour responds to the colony’s distress call. As they attempt to render assistance and investi­gate the mysterious ship, Captain Atish Khatami and her crew begin to unlock the astonishing secrets the planet has harbored for centuries. Does the survival of a newly discovered yet endangered alien race pose a threat not only to Cantrel V, but to other inhabited worlds throughout the Taurus Reach and beyond?

Review:
This fourth installment in the Seekers series, which parallels the original series, and is on a similar exploratory mission. If you haven’t read the Vanguard series, these characters wont be familiar as this is an offshoot. Some of the more unique alien crewmates are easy to identify, but others kind of blend together for me at times. I wish they were more distinctive, as I still don’t know who most of them are.

All That’s Left is an exciting, fast-paced adventure. Alien creatures who seem familiar, but are mysterious and dangerous – make for an altogether fun plot. Events build to a thrilling ending that doesn’t disappoint.

Mystery Box Review: SciFi Block – November 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

November’s theme was INTERGALACTIC.

SciFi Block

Kaylee Frye Funko POP! (Retail $7.92) – There were 5 possible Firefly characters subscribers could have received. I only had Wash so far, so I was thrilled to get Kaylee!

SciFi Block

Each SciFi Block comes with a nice card describing each item.

EXCLUSIVE Tribble Screen Cleaner (Retail $5?) – This tribble is a screen cleaner, but I’m afraid my dog will think it’s one of her toys, so this will probably end up on a shelf of collectibles. Love it.

EXCLUSIVE SciFi Block Ray Gun (Retail $2-3?) – This is a cute retro ray gun. It will also make for a cute stocking stuffer for scifi fans.

EXCLUSIVE Paranormal Investigator Patch (Retail $1?) – I don’t have any children in my life who are collecting patches yet, but this is a fun one.

SciFi Block

EXCLUSIVE Star Wars Villain Prints (Retail N/A) – I’m not really a fan of prints in sub boxes for the most part. But these. Are. Awesome. I’m definitely keeping, and probably framing, these.

SciFi Block

EXCLUSIVE Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Tshirt (Retail $10?) – And the best item in the box. I LOVE THIS. Having several awesome Star Wars shirts to choose from for my Star Wars viewings is a good problem to have.

Summary: This month was actually even better than last. It’s like they created this box just for me. The value was just mediocre, but the shirt, POP, and prints made this a hit for me. My biggest complaint is that this is a “November” box that didn’t arrive until December 10th. Kind of ridiculous.

Next month’s theme and hints:

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SciFi Block

Book Giveaway: A Daughter of No Nation

Courtesy of Tor Books, I have a copy of A Daughter of No Nation by A. M. Dellamonica for one (1) lucky winner!

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Fantasy Book Review: Dark Heart of Magic

Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Synopsis:
As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there’s no escaping the spotlight–or the danger.

Even though he’s my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what’s supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious “accidents,” it looks like someone will do anything to win – no matter who they hurt.

As if I didn’t have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone’s going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing’s for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else.

Review:
Dark Heart of Magic is the second book in the Black Blade series. While the main plot is a distinct mystery, it’s best to read these in order to get the background on these complex characters. Lila is a former thief and now employed by a powerful family. Her main goal is to bring down her mother’s murderer. And she does get to learn some dark secrets he’s hiding. Meanwhile, a Lila must also uncover the tournament saboteur.

With just as much suspense and intrigue as the first, this sequel does not disappoint. I love the character development and learning a little more about Lila’s family. The story is full of fun twists and surprises. As with everything Estep writes, I look forward to the next in this exciting series.

Box Review: Funko/GameStop Mystery Box

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Funko partnered with GameStop to offer exclusive Black Friday mystery boxes for $20! So, of course, I had to grab a couple…. As of today, you can still buy them online: http://www.gamestop.com/collectibles/toys/funko-mystery-box-gamestop-exclusive/123889
They had a ton of them left when I came midday, so I’m guessing they didn’t sell as many as they thought they would. If there would have been 2 Funko POPs per box, I think more would have sold.

The Details: “Each box will contain 1 exclusive Black Friday Pop! vinyl figure, 2 ReAction figures, 1 Pocket Pop! Keychain and 1 Pop! Pin all for just $20! On top of everything else, each box also has a 1 in 8 chance of containing a super-rare chase Golden Pop! vinyl figure. The thrill of the Funko chase is on at GameStop this Black Friday!”

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Box 1

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

GameStop Exclusive Blackest Night Superman Funko POP! ($38+ on Amazon) – This was the one I wanted most, so I was thrilled.

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Batman POP Pin (Retail $3.99) – Filler. But it’ll be a nice stocking stuffer for my nephew.

Elsa Pocket POP Keychain (Retail $4+) – This will be a great stocking stuffer for my niece who loves my Funko collection and Frozen.

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Big Trouble in Little China Gracie Law ReAction Figure (Retail $7.12) – Nice retro figure, but not scifi or fantasy – so I don’t really care for it.

Alien Ripley ReAction Figure (Retail $6.99) – Awesome figure, but I’m not collecting ReAction items – so not a keeper.

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Box 2

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

EB Exclusive Batgirl Funko POP! ($28+ on Amazon)- Batgirl was the other POP I was hoping for, so I really scored!

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Batman POP Pin – guessing these were in every box

Jason Voorhees Pocket POP Keychain (Retail $10.95) – Um, no thanks.

GameStop Funko Mystery Box

Predator (Unmasked) ReAction Figure (Retail $6.99 on Amazon) – Again, this will be finding a new home.

Tomorrowland Young Frank ReAction Figure (Retail $9.61) – Ok, as a huge fan of the movie, I’m actually keeping this one. He even comes with a little jetpack.

Summary: The value certainly surpasses the cost, if you’re into collecting all the figures. But the ReAction figures are a waste for me, as I don’t need something else to collect. I would have rather they had 2 POPs, maybe just 1 exclusive at $20 a piece, and leave out the ReAction figures.

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