Summary: This was a bit of a letdown for me. I’m not a big fan of any of the Valiant lines, and I prefer to more of a variety. At least if any were hardbacks or exclusive covers, it would feel like a better value. I’m hoping next month makes up for this disappointment.
“The ZBOX is a monthly geek box themed around your favourite geeky interests and will include a variety of items tied to a monthly theme. Each month you will be sent a box containing over $50 worth of exclusive, licensed merchandise. Perfect as a monthly treat or a gift for your geeky friends!”
“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.
The box comes with a half sheet, full-color information on what’s in the box. This month’s theme was 1980s!
Retro Sunglasses (Retail $9.99?) – Totally tubular sunglasses. These are hysterical. I’m definitely saving them for any 80s parties.
EXCLUSIVE Truffle Shuffle Pin (Retail ?) – Everyone loves the Goonies! This an item with a possible 1-Up, but I actually like my standard color version better.
Back to the Future Prop Replica License Plate (Retail $19.95 on Amazon) – Subscribers could have received the original or Back to the Future 2 license plate. I got the “futuristic” one from 2015. The original may be more recognizable. But as a fan of the movies, I knew what this was right away. Very cool.
Original Pencil Sketches! (Retail N/A) – This is one of the coolest items in the box. I completely unique and original sketch from one of several 80s cartoons! I received Alvin and the Chipmunks. I would have loved any of the ones listed on the sheet, but my niece may be stealing this from me as she loves Alvin now.
EXCLUSIVE Rocky Davies Signed Ghostbusters Print (Retail $10-20?) – Most will receive this print, but 500 will receive a 1-Up of the “Ecto Cooler” variant. Slimer is looking pretty awesome.
Ralph Macchio Signed Karate Kid Print (Retail $20?) – And rounding out this choice box is an iconic scene signed by the original Karate Kid himself! I just met Billy Zabka a couple years ago, so this is great!
Summary: This was a Most Triumphant box of 80s goodies. Several items were great exclusives. And the sunglasses were a great accessory addition. I love how different this box is. If you are into unique prints and autographed items, this box doesn’t disappoint.
Next month’s theme is GALACTIC… and look at the awesome mash-up of series possibilities. Can’t wait!
And now a card detailing the contents of the box with a look at early concepts.
Spider-Gwen Tshirt (Retail $10) – While I’m glad they went with something other than a POP-looking character, I would have preferred a Ms Marvel or Captain Marvel shirt. And is it just me, or does Gwen’s face look alien-like?
Civil War II #1 Comic Variant (Retail $5.99) – I’m excited to read Civil War II! I usually wait for graphic novels, but I’m happy to get any comic variant.
Captain Marvel Marvel Mystery Mini (Retail $9) – I don’t have many of these mini figs, only the ones I get in the Collector Corps boxes. But I love these two choices. I only wish they were full-size POPs!
EXCLUSIVE Squirrel Girl Funko POP! (Retail ?) – This is easily one of my new favorite POPs! I love Squirrel Girl. And this is an awesome design, complete with a little squirrel friend!
Summary: What a great theme?! I was incredibly excited for this box – and was really happy with the choice of the exclusive POP! The shirt could have been a bit cooler, but I’m just happy it’s not black again.
Next month’s theme is Spider-Man! I’ll be ordering an extra box for my nephew!
Kozinaki Sunflower Seed Snack Bar (Retail $2.00) – I took a small bite of this, but it’s pretty bland for the amount of calories listed. I may offer it to a family member. Country: Ukraine
Pei Tien Energy 99 Sticks Egg Yolk Flavor (Retail $1.00) – This “vegetarian” bar is made from “12 kinds of natural cereals by the latest technology and no preservatives, artificial flavors added.” Country: Taiwan
Lotte Waffles (Retail $2.00) – These are a cookie-like texture rather than the soft, European kind. But the flavor is still great! Country: Korea
Lucas Skwinklote Spicy Candy (Retail $2.00) – This pineapple “flavored hot candy strip with tamarind filling” sounds intriguing. Country: Mexico
Homerun Ball Choco Flavor (Retail $3.00) – These are little pastry puffs with just a little bit of chocolate filling. Nothing like the picture. They’re still good, but not as tasty as they could be with a bit more filling. Country: South Korea
Botan Rice Candy (Retail $2.00) – “Soft, chewy, slightly lemon-orange flavored candy with an outer layer of rice paper. The rice paper is clear and plastic-like when dry, but it is edible and dissolves in the mouth.” These look like individually wrapped candies. And the rice paper does look like plastic. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to stick the whole thing in my mouth when it looks like a plastic wrapper. Country: Japan
Summary: Joselyn is a pro at packing! I could NOT get all of these snacks to fit back in this large box! There were 13 snacks (several of them with fairly large packaging) that came to a total value of about $25. So the value comes to just over the cost of the box which is great, especially when you consider the world-wide curation. The variety of items was really impressive: sweet, spicy, salty, sour, and nutty. I love trying out different snacks, and this was a really fun box with something for everyone. And the option to customize is fantastic as well. The snack scanner app is a great idea to add things to your “favorites” list or order more.
“My Geek Box is the must-have mystery subscription box of geeky goodness, hand-picked and sent straight to your door every month by our passionate team of Geek aficionados.
The ideal monthly treat for yourself or a gift for a geeky friend, My Geek Box offers you a haul of unique and rare novelty items, in addition to our signature limited edition T-shirts, to put you one step closer on the road to superfandom.”
Yummy Breakfast Keychain (Retail $7) – I’m not sure what this is from or if it’s just filler, but the kids will probably think it’s cute.
Ray Gun Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I have no idea what this is from or if it’s just an original design. It’s a fun design, but I wish it was any color but black. They do have womens/junior’s sizes so that’s a plus!
Doomsday Lead Figure (Retail $25+) – These lead figures are nice and heavy figurines for display only. This has great detail and looks fantastic. As it looks sold out here in the US, the $25 is only the retail price. This was a great value addition to the box.
Summary: There isn’t a specific theme for this box, so items will always be a surprise. But the value in this box was fantastic. I’m not sure if it’s this high every month, but I’m certainly impressed. The two figures alone made this a hit for me.