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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:

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!

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

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 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?

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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.

Box Review: Marvel Comics Mystery Box from Groupon

Marvel Groupon

For quite a while, Groupon has offered a Marvel Comics Mystery Box with a guaranteed shirt, tumbler, and 25 comics for $39. I waited until it decreased or found a coupon, and snagged it for $10 off. Since there were no reviews on the site, I didn’t want to pay full price. I have since posted a review, though it’s still pending as of the time I write this.

Marvel Groupon

The Shirt: Spider-Gwen – (Retail $10?) Sorry, this is a terrible photo. The color is actually a really nice midnight blue, not black. I’ll actually wear this. I especially appreciated that it was a female superhero. There weren’t women’s sizes, only men’s, just FYI.

Marvel Groupon

The Glass Tumbler: Thor – (Retail $10) – I love Thor, so I’m definitely keeping this too.

Marvel Groupon

The Comics: Wow, this was a great selection! There is a great variety here from various years. There are even a few I’ve never heard of, which is nice. I can’t wait to dig into these.

Summary: At $20 for the shirt and glass, and $10 for the comics – this was a great deal. I wouldn’t spend more than $30, just because you don’t know what comics you’ll get. If I can find another decent coupon, or if the price drops, I’d definitely purchase this again!

Box Review: Loot Crate – October 2015


“Loot Crate™ delivers the best in geek + gaming gear. From collectibles, apparel, tech gadgets, art, and other epic gear, it’s like Comic-Con in a box!”

LootCrate is $13.95 plus $6 shipping and handling for month-to-month subscription. Less for multiple month purchases. They also now offer “Level Up,” 3 apparel upgrades at different pricing levels that you can add to your monthly subscription.

Loot Crate - October 2015

This month’s theme was Out of Time!

Loot Crate - October 2015

EXCLUSIVE Dr Emmett Brown Funko POP! (selling for $28.00+ on Amazon) – I didn’t have a Doc Brown POP yet, tho I do have the Marty in a Delorian. So, I was super excited to see this guy. The standard, non-Loot Crate version with a remote control is $17.95 on Amazon. This version has his goggles on and holding jumper cables.

Loot Crate - October 2015

Hover Board Replica (Retail $25+ on Amazon) – This is really cute, tho I’m not sure where to display it. But I won’t say “no” to any Back to the Future item.

Loot Crate - October 2015

Dr Who Sonic Spork (Retail $14.98 on Amazon) – I don’t care for Dr Who, so this will be the one thing I won’t be keeping.

And each LootCrate comes with an exclusive pin. This one is the Flux Capacitor!

Loot Crate - October 2015

Be Excellent To Each Other Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I LOVE this shirt! Unfortunately, their “Womens” sizes are actually Juniors. Fair warning – get a size or 2 larger. Thankfully, it’s a thinner shirt that I can probably stretch out.

Loot Crate - October 2015

Another great thing about Loot Crate – you even want to keep the box!

Summary: This month more than made up for the miss with August’s box. I’m keeping everything but one item, which is great. If next month is just as good, I may have to keep up my subscription.

What do you think of this month’s Loot Crate?

New Mystery Box (and Coupon!): Supply Pod from Outer Places

supply pod

Here’s a new mystery box for you science and science fiction lovers! The first box will ship at the end of the month, so I don’t have a review for you yet. But if you want to get in on the ground floor, I have a coupon code for 10% off! Use code: Chick10
You may want to hurry though, as the first box closes on October 29th.

Press Release info: Outer Places, the digital media company that explores the intersection of science and science fiction, is launching its Supply Pod mystery box program. Supply Pod 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.

“We can’t say exactly what will be in the box because the mystery is part of the fun! But it might include survival gear, astronaut essentials, engaging collectibles and much more.”

There are two options available for purchase, and more details are available at

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.

In addition, 50 Deluxe Pod customers could receive an autographed copy of The Martian.