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Box Review: Powered Geek Box – September 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 SciFiChick.com for review.

Powered Geek Box

September’s box that was sent to me for review purposes was the Deluxe box.

Powered Geek Box

Call of Duty T-shirt (Retail $10?) – I’m not a gamer, so this shirt is a miss for me, but I do like the design.

Powered Geek Box

Super Mario Bros. Wallet (Retail $18.38 on Amazon) – This is a cute bifold wallet that my nephew will love.

Superman Crew Socks (Retail $8.65 on Amazon) – These are large, crew socks and seemingly well-made. These don’t seem to fit the gaming/pixel theme, but are probably my favorite thing in the box this month.

Powered Geek Box

MugBoy GameBoy Coaster (Retail $?) – I couldn’t find this listed on Amazon. But it’s a large, rubber coaster. At first, I thought it was a large magnet by the weight and feel. It’s a clever, cute design, looking like a retro GameBoy. However, I’d recommend only wide cups or mugs used on this, as there is a bit of texture to it.

Twisted Lip Pops (Retail $5?) – This is filler, but my niece is a candy fiend and will love it.

Nintendo Keychain (Retail $8.53) – Again, fans of classic gaming will may enjoy this large, rubber Nintendo key chain, made to look like an old controller. See, even though I never played as a teen, I recognize this stuff!

Summary: While the theme was a bust for me, as I’m not (nor ever have been) into gaming, the value is definitely here for the right audience. I look forward to seeing what this new branding may bring. I’m hoping for a more definitive theme, and one that’s announced on the updated website each month.

What do you think of this month’s box?

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Box Review: Comic Bento – September 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 FIGHT THE FIGHT and included the following titles:

Comic Bento

Superman Batman: Vengeance (Retail $12.99) – I already had the first and second volume of this series, so this was a win for me! I loved this series when it started. I just got distracted and forgot about it after a while. I’m happy to get back into it though.

Comic Bento

Daredevil Season One (Retail $24.99) – I just started collecting these Season One editions, so I was happy to see this. It’s also a hardback, which adds more value to the box. I don’t think I have any standalone Daredevil books.

Comic Bento

X-O Manowar Enter: Ninjak (Retail $14.99) – Here’s a series that’s new-to-me. It has good reviews on Amazon, so I’m excited to try it.

Comic Bento

Executive Assistant Iris Volume 1 (Retail $18.99) – This is another new one for me, not being mainstream DC or Marvel. But a strong, female lead – I’m willing to give it a go.

Comic Bento

Highlander Volume 1: The Coldest War (Retail $19.99) – This was a bonus item that I would otherwise love, but I already own volumes 1 and 2. But hey, it was a bonus item.

Summary: This is probably my favorite subscription box. I could only love it more if it was weekly instead of monthly. I love that it introduces me to new series and offers older books. I already buy newer graphic novels, so there’d be more likely of an overlap that way. And the value in the box always greatly exceeds the price. So, I highly recommend this sub to comic lovers and new comic readers.

Box Review: My Geeky Goodies – Mystery Mega Mashup 4.0


My Geeky Goodies is a monthly surprise package delivered straight to your door filled with geeky and nerdy apparel, toys, and collectables! Every pack of goodies will come with either a custom t-shirt (in your size) or a POP Vinyl Figure, and 4-6 other super cool items for you to get excited about!”

My Geeky Goodies is currently on a monthly sub hiatus. However, they are still doing Monthly Mashups with hints give out each day they are selling. You have to buy fast, though as these do sell out. These are one-time boxes, not a subscription.


Sackboy Funko POP! (Retail $8.95 on Amazon) – I love and collect Funko toys, but I’m not a gamer – so I’ve never heard of Sockboy or Little Big Planet. So, this was a disappointment for me.


Robin Funko Mopeez Plush (Retail $9.88) – This is my first Mopeez, and it’s Robin – so yay!

Infinity Gauntlet Keychain (Retail $7.36 – originally $9.99) – Move over Thanos, I have the power now. This (pewter) keychain is HEAVY, so I wont be using it on my regular batch of keys. But if there’s a key I don’t use daily, that I don’t want to lose – this is the keychain to use! Or it’ll probably just go on my shelf of fun Marvel props.


Here comes the filler:
Lucky Charms Lip Balm (Retail $4.62) – This will go in a child’s Christmas stocking.
The Ugglys Pet Shop Toy Figure 2-Pack (Retail $4.15) – This will probably go in a White Elephant gift exchange.
Hook Trading Cards (Retail$2.99) – These are so dated, I don’t know of anyone who’d want these.


Transformers KRE-O Prowl Police Car Set (Retail $8.99) – KRE-O sets are usually cheaper than LEGO, but just as fun to assemble. If I don’t keep this, it’ll be loved by my Transformers-loving nephew.

Summary: While a great value, there wasn’t enough here for me to try it again until the subscriptions come back – if there’s an interesting theme.

What do you thinks of My Geeky Goodies?

Box Review: Hero Crate – August 2015

Hero Crate

“Each month, HeroCrate ships a themed mystery box centered on a new hero and stuffs it with a guaranteed epic t-shirt + 4-6 additional items!”

The Hero Crate monthly subscription is $29.99/month. Cheaper, if you buy more than one month at a time.

I received this August Anniversary box from Hero Crate for review.

Hero Crate

The theme for August was Batman!
Included, was a HeroCrate comic that went along with the theme (in the upper right hand corner of the pic above.

Hero Crate

Batman Tshirt (Retail $10?) – These are juniors sizes for women, and run very small. So order a size or 2 larger.

Hero Crate

Funko Dorbz Batman (Retail $7.91) – These Dorbz are super-cute, and I don’t have Batman yet. So, yay!

Funko POP! Batman Keychain (Retail $6.17) – Another Funko item – always a fun item to get.

Batman Mirrored Sunglasses (Retail $12.99) – My nephew will love these. Nice stocking stuffer for Christmas!

Summary: The value seems just above the monthly price. And this box only came with 3 items instead of “4-6” as described. But they’re probably higher value than the smaller items that are often included. I love that this box focuses just on heroes. I will probably check out future boxes.

What do you think of Hero Crate?

Box Review: Nerd Block – September 2015

Nerd Block

Nerd Block Classic “contains licensed merchandise, hand-picked by our team of uber-nerds representing all genres from movies, television, video games, internet, and more!” The price is $19.99 plus shipping per month.

Nerd Block

The theme of this box was Hyperspace.

Nerd Block

By Your Command Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This is an exclusive shirt via Shirtpunch.com. It’s a fun design. And I’m happy they included the original BSG Cylon, as I’m a big fan – but not of the reboot. Something for all fans!

Nerd Block

Supernatural Funko Mystery Mini (Retail $8.31) – It’s no mystery that I love Funko figurines.

USS Enterprise Springz (Retail $3-5?) – This is another exclusive. This Original series Star Trek ship has a permanent sticker on the bottom to mount to your car dash. I don’t like putting something permanent on my dash, but I LOVE this ship. So I’ll either just cut out a smaller part of the sticker or keep it on my Star Trek bookshelf with the other memorabilia.

Nerd Block

Jurassic Galaxy Print (Retail n/a) – This is a really fun print for Chris Pratt fans – with a Jurassic Park/Guardians of the Galaxy mashup! My only complaint is that it’s on cheap matt, cardboard and not in a protective sleeve. The Comic Con box does a great job with it’s prints. I wish Nerd Block would do better or not include them at all.

Nerd Block

And the best item in the box…
BB-8 Plush from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! (Retail $9.96) – This super cute droid is the one I’ve been looking for. It’s plush so the spherical design doesn’t want to stay upright, despite the beads at the bottom weighing it down. But I don’t care. I just propped it up against something else. Love it.

Summary: Nerd Block had another great box for me this month. I was very happy. Despite several exclusive items, it’s easy to see that the value is very comparable to what was spent. And exclusive items are great. I’m most excited about the shirt and BB-8 plush – this made the whole box worthwhile.

Nerd Block

And October will be a Halloween theme… shocker!

Box Review: Comic Con Box #5 – September 2015


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 is the one geeky box that ships earlier than stated. And they have great, prompt customer service via email! The theme of this box was “Back to Old School.”

ComicCon Box

Shell and Back Print (Retail n/a – exclusive) – This print from Rob Prior is excellent. As a Turtles fan, I’ll be holding onto this.

Batman Adventures #12 Variant Comic (Retail $? – I don’t see it listed online anywhere) – The reason this wasn’t #1? It’s the first appearance of Harley Quinn. Very cool.


Wonder Woman Print (Retail n/a) – Wow, this artwork is incredible. This is by far my favorite item in this month’s box.

Heroes of Newerth Game Download with Avatar – Not a gamer, so not for me.

Street Fighter Pixel Bricks (Retail $12.99) – I’m not a Street Fighter fan, but I love building things with legos and bricks, so I haven’t decided if I’m keeping this to pass along to my nephew or not.


Pac-Man Mini Plush (Retail $9-10) – I appreciate Pac Man for being Old School, but don’t really care to own a plushy. Looks like Lois Lane may get another dog toy.

Scribblenauts Unmasked Series 3 Blind Box Mini Figure (Retail $6.44 on Amazon) – I received Superman which is very appropriate.


Funko Pop! Harley Quinn (Retail $9.99) – This is the cute, Roller Derby version. I’m always excited to add to my Pop! collection, if it’s DC or Marvel. And I don’t have this one yet.


Welcome to the Jungle Tee (Retail $10?) – This is a fun Guns N’ Roses mashup with 80s action stars. But the style isn’t something I’d ever wear.

Summary: Despite not caring for the shirt or the smaller items, I surprisingly liked the prints (which has never happened yet) and the Funko Pop!. So this was still a great box for me.

The #6/October Box Theme is…


Box Review: Power Up Box – August 2015

PowerUp Box

Power Up Box is a monthly subscription service that provides epic geeks and gamers with a “Christmas morning, gift opening experience.” We pride ourselves in providing the best gear and gadgets to assure immense satisfaction every month, every time.”

Power Up 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.

This box was sent to SciFiChick.com for review.

PowerUp Box

I received August’s box for review. The theme seemed to be Animation.

PowerUp Box

Transformers Tshirt (Retail $10?) – Since this was a review box, all they had left was XXL, so it’s quite big. Subscribers will get the size they request. Even though this is huge, I love it. It’s a very soft vintage look and feel. Plus, I love Transformers. It’s a bummer that they didn’t have my size, but it’ll be a nice sleep shirt!

PowerUp Box

TMNT Mystery Mini (Retail $6.99) – I’m a Turtles fan and love Funko mystery boxes. These are almost always a win for me.

The Simpsons Shot Glass (Retail $3.75) – I hate the Simpsons, but this is just a filler item. And it does fit the theme.

Tweety Iron-On Patch (Retail $3.99) – I quit collecting patches in middle school, but I have niece who will love this.

Transformers Plastic Head Candy Container (Retail $1?) – My nephew loves Transformers (of course). This will be a nice treat for him.

PowerUp Box

Futurama Bender Funko POP! (Retail $11.80 on Amazon currently) – Usually, I love Funko items, especially POPs! But I’m not a fan of Futurama, so this may be the only Funko POP that I don’t keep around.

Sonic Stress Ball (Retail $8.99) – The kids in my life love Sonic, tho don’t really have any stress in their lives yet. Still, this will be a cute toy for one of them.

Summary: The value is certainly worth the cost of this fun subscription box. Even though the theme wasn’t geared toward me, I’ll still keep a couple things and give the rest to the young ones in my life. I’m impressed with the value, for being one of the cheaper geeky boxes out there!

September’s theme is PIXELS, so that will be another fun box for youngsters and the young at heart!

Box Review: ZBOX – August 2015

ZBox Renegades

The ZBOX: “Looking for the best subscription box to satisfy your inner geek? Trying to find a better alternative to Loot Crate and Nerd Block in the UK and internationally, with free delivery to Europe and just 99p to the rest of the world? Or are you just looking for the flexibility to buy a mystery box as and when you want, without being tied into a long subscription that ends up a hassle to cancel?”

The ZBOX starts at $31.18/month.

ZBox Renegades

The theme for August was Renegades. Each box comes with a nice mini magazine.

ZBox Renegades

James Sallis’ Drive Comic (Retail $3.99) – This is a variant. I prefer superhero comics, so this really didn’t do anything for me.

Rogue Trooper Dog Tag (Retail $1?) – Guessing this has to do with a game, as it’s not at all familiar.

Captain Cold Card Holder (Retail $1?) – Are there that many fans of Captain Cold? This was another filler wasted on me.

There was also a little piece of candy that was tossed in that I’ll give to my niece.

ZBox Renegades

Breaking Bad Hand Warmers (Retail $13) – Yet another Breaking Bad item I have no use for, as it’s not remotely scifi. At times, I really wish “Pop Culture” wasn’t lumped in with all things “geek.”

ZBox Renegades

Harley Quinn Mug (Retail $10?) – The style is from DC’s Bombshells series. So, again, this was a total miss for me.

Deadpool Mopeez (Retail $9.99) – The only thing I’m keeping from the box. It’s cute (from Funko) and it’s Deadpool.

Summary: The value barely surpassed the cost this month. I wasn’t really impressed, even if I had liked anything besides the Deadpool stuffed toy. I may try another box in the future, if the theme interests me.

However, September’s theme feels like a repeat:
Heroes and Villains