June 2016 Geek Subscription Box Roundup

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Super Geek Box

Image by Randy Slavey
Image by Randy Slavey

Super Geek Box “Villain” (June, 2016) – $19.92 ($12.92 + $7.00 s/h)

What’s in the Box?

  • Funko Mopeez Joker, Harley Quinn, or 1 of 4 Deadpool
  • Money Meowth: Pay-Day Wallet
  • Team Rocket Official Member pin
  • Super Geek Box Chomp Chomp Keychain
  • TR8R Star Wars / Mario Mashup Drawstring Bag
  • Super Geek Box Harley Queen Decal
  • Welcome to the Darkside Dark Link / Darth Vader Mashup T-Shirt
  • Super Geek Box collectible pin

Product Quality

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No complaints about the quality of the items this month per se. They could have gone cheap with the wallet and made it out of plastic, but it’s actually canvas and appears to be something that might hold up for a while. Funko rarely disappoints, and the two Deadpool items we received were no exception.

That said, I do take umbrage at the Super Geek Box QA department itself. We received two boxes, and one of them was missing both the collector pin as well as the Harley Queen Decal. While the products included were of good quality, to me, not including two of the eight items is a serious problem.

Price / Value

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Again, Super Geek Box impresses me with the lack of junk at this price point. Like I mentioned, they could have thrown in a plastic wallet. They also could have used some second-rate plush instead of a Funko. The t-shirt was clever and of good quality. Even the obvious knockoff Chain Chomp (I’m sure there’s a legal reason they called it a Chomp Chomp) was decent, although being made out of rubber instead of hard plastic, I question the longevity of the loop holding the keychain (the reason for the half point reduction).

Theme Appropriateness

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Sigh. They were so close on this one. Koopa Troopas, Stormtroopers, Team Rocket, Joker, Harley Quinn, Darth Vader, Dark Link…and then, there’s Deadpool. Sorry, Super Geek Box, but I think you need to google “anti-hero.” Deadpool is no more a villain than Punisher, Blade, or Wolverine. They all do what needs to be done, albeit with a severely damaged moral compass. But villain? No.

Unboxing


Geek Fuel

No fun photo available as my son decided to take the Pikachew shirt to camp with him before I could take the picture, so here’s a scan of the card that came in the box.

Geek Fuel June 2016

Geek Fuel Monthly Mystery Box (June, 2016) – $23.90 ($17.90 + $6.00 s/h)

What’s in the Box?

  • Super Mario Ink Stamp
  • Bit Evolution Downloadable Steam Game
  • Super 1-Up Planting Pot (Exclusive)
  • Turtle Trainer Stress Ball (Exclusive)
  • Pokemon Temporary Tattoo
  • Sherlock Manga “A Study in Pink” #1 Issue (Exclusive)
  • Big League Pikachew T-Shirt

Product Quality

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I poked, prodded, inspected, squeezed, played, read, and stamped, and I couldn’t find any problems with any of the items. They all appear solidly built. Even the Steam game was better than most I’ve received from Geek Fuel. The stress ball came in a solidly built little cardboard cylinder I can see being reused by one of my kids. Really, top notch quality, Geek Fuel.

Price / Value

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While each individual item was of good quality, I had a hard time coming up with $24 worth of value. The stress ball, stamp, planter, and tattoo are dollar store items, and the Steam game is $2.49. I’m not sure the Manga and t-shirt are worth $18. I wouldn’t necessarily call this one a poor price/value month, but you’re certainly not getting any deals buying them all together.

Theme Appropriateness

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Geek Fuel is always tough to rate in this category. While I’m tempted to go with N/A, they do tout it as a “Comic Con in a box,” so the criteria I used are “Is it geeky?” and “Is it timely?”

To me, Mario kind of gets a pass because it is timeless, but a planter is not exactly at the top of the geekiness scale. That said, if you do manage to get a Venus Flytrap to grow in this thing, you’ve definitely got yourself a super geeky conversation starter. TMNT is both geeky and timely as the new movie is in theaters right now, even if it’s only pulling a 38% on Rotten Tomatoes. Sherlock is in filming now for its highly anticipated 4th season, and Pokemon is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year as well as releasing Pokemon Go within the month.

Unboxing


Nerd Block Classic

Image by Randy Slavey
Image by Randy Slavey

Nerd Block Classic (June, 2016) – $29.90 ($19.95 + $9.95 s/h)

What’s in the Box?

  • Tobin’s Spirit Guide (Ghostbusters)
  • Toon Link Rupee T-Shirt
  • $10 Shirt Punch coupon
  • Dorbs Guardians of the Galaxy Groot or Starlord
  • Game of Thrones Coin
  • Harry Potter Gryffindor Bookmark
  • The Goonies Map

Product Quality

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All of the products were of good quality. I’ve never been dissatisfied with Dorbz, and the Starlord I received is, well, dorbz. The bookmark crest is a nice heavy metal. Half a point was taken off because the coin was a pretty rough stamping, and the map, while resembling canvas, is made of plastic similar to what they use for those seasonal table covers.

Price / Value

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No problem reaching the $19.95 value here, in my opinion, but once again, Nerd Block is the leader in excessive shipping cost. I have to assume it’s because the box is coming from Canada. You may also find yourself actively avoiding spoilers waiting if you’re in the US, as my boxes didn’t arrive until the very end of June. That said, I do think the Nerd Block Classic is one of the best out there for stuffing the box full of geeky swag you’ll probably actually enjoy using. I haven’t used the $10 coupon yet, but it did get me to check out Shirt Punch, which has some pretty sweet Tees. Overall, especially with the coupon and this month’s book, which especially triggered my nerd squee, I’d say this one is even worth the $30 total cost, but it’s borderline.

Theme Appropriateness

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Like the Geek Fuel, Nerd Block Classic is a general geek box. Using the same criteria as I did for Geek Fuel, I have to give a slight edge to Geek Fuel this month (although not enough to rate this one a 3.5. Call it a rounded up 3.9). They are equally geeky, but Harry Potter, The Goonies, and even Guardians of the Galaxy are not exactly timely. Yes, Goonies is a classic that you could argue defies timeliness, but so is Ghostbusters, which is still relevant with the new movie releasing recently.

Unboxing

Double unboxing this month with Classic and Sci-Fi. See the end of the Nerd Block Sci-Fi section for the video.


Nerd Block Sci-Fi

Image by Randy Slavey
Image by Randy Slavey

Nerd Block Sci-Fi (June, 2016) – $29.94 ($19.99 + $9.95 s/h)

What’s in the Box?

  • Jurassic Pops T-Shirt
  • Back to the Future art print
  • Aliens “Army Men”
  • Back to the Future coasters
  • Independence Day: Resurgence Jake Morrison Funko Pop
  • Battlestar Galactica comic

Product Quality

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This was a tough one. I wanted to give this a lower rating, but I realized I was unjustly skewing the entire box downward because I really dislike this shirt. A lot. I first noticed when it came out of the box how wrinkled it was. The cotton was definitely different from the regular Gildan t-shirts most boxes use. It did not have a tear-off tag like the others, so I had to painstakingly remove it without damaging the stitching holding it on. Also, when I went to lay it out to take a photo, it simply would not lie straight. It was wider than a regular men’s Medium, and it was cut skewed. Finally, the image was your basic cheap plastic-feeling iron-on. I have no idea why Nerd Block went this direction with this t-shirt, especially given how much I have enjoyed their others, but I strongly recommend they go back to what works.

The other items were standard sub box fare. Decent quality, and even the army men were pretty good quality. I remember growing up how you’d often get a machine gunner or walkie talkie guy (lamest toy soldier ever) that, due to poor molding quality, looked like Quaid at the end of the original Total Recall. No such extra flashing or sprues on these.

Price / Value

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Unlike the Classic, the Nerd Block Sci-Fi, in my opinion, didn’t even rate a decent value before shipping costs. The t-shirt is bargain bin quality, and the Funko is easily the most expensive item in the box. At the end of the day, you’re dropping $30 on a $10 Funko, a $5 (being generous) t-shirt, and a few dollar store items. The poor value was particularly evident in comparison to the Nerd Block Classic. Finally, at the same price as the Classic, you’d think they’d throw a Shirt Punch coupon in the Sci-Fi as well. No such luck.

Theme Appropriateness

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While I will say that 100% of the items were Sci-Fi related, the ID:R Funko was the only item even close to timely. Thankfully, all of the others are fantastic classic Sci-Fi properties, so I was a bit more forgiving on the timeliness scale than I would have been for less popular movies.

Unboxing


I received a Super Geek Box, Nerd Block Classic, and Nerd Block Sci-Fi box gratis for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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