Ultimate Geeky Subscription Box Review – January 2016 – Loot Crate – Nerd Block

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Once again it’s time to round up another month of geeky subscription box reviews! For January 2016 I got 17 boxes (yes 17) that fall into this category. All have been thoroughly documented and reviewed individually here and on YouTube but some like the 1-stop shopping experience which is why I compile them all into one final hurrah for the month! If you are new to my site, I give each box a quick recap of what I liked and didn’t like, a rating of 1 to 5 stars (3 is an average box), and then link to their site (with my affiliate links) in case you would like to subscribe. Each month I always have the main companies like Loot Crate, Nerd Block, Geek Fuel, 1Up Box, Super Geek Box, etc and then some of the smaller boxes you may or may not have heard about. I’ll kick it all off with my video recap… or you can skip below to read all about it…
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…alright now we will jump right into the big guys starting with Loot Crate!

 

loot crate invasion review

Loot Crate “Invasion” – $20/month shipped

I think Loot Crate did a pretty decent job with this theme. They included a big rubber band to put the face hugger plush on your face where it belongs. I love the Multi Pass and Space Invaders vinyl figure but the shirt design was a bit ‘blah’ and the flashlight was ok but extremely pointless to be “exclusive”. Another thing to note is that they ditched the cheap buttons for a nicer pin that “unlocks” some digital content. I wasn’t overly impressed with this box but not disappointed either so I gave them an average rating of 3 out of 5 stars. If you would like to subscribe, please use this link. SAVE $3 with Coupon Code “FB3”

 

loot anime review

Loot Anime “Equip” – $30/month shipped

Loot Crate’s Loot Anime is on it’s 3rd box already and they are still really playing it safe. I love the Kill la Kill shirt and the Dragon Ball Z Scouter would make any fan of the series happy… but the Akame Ga Kill tote bag could have been something so much better for this series and the Monster Hunter 4 pen/sword was also not too impressive. I’m definitely sticking with the service but I wish they would change up the items a bit. I gave them a very average 3 out of 5 stars this month. If you would like to subscribe, please use my link by clicking here. SAVE $3 with Coupon Code “ANIMEFB”

 

loot crate level up review

Loot Crate Level Up “Invasion” – $9-22/month depending on the plan

I get the Level Up Wearables plan which is $15/month which came with the Space Invaders hoodie. I love the look and fit of it and my only gripe would be that I wish it were a little thicker because it’s only slightly more than t-shirt fabric. But for that price I’d say it’s probably about right which is why I gave them an outstanding 5 out of 5 star rating! If you want to try any of the Level Up plans, please use this link.

 

teeblox marvel review

TeeBlox “Marvel” – $10/month + shipping

TeeBlox is just a licensed shirt & a few extras. For the price you cant beat it and there are 8 different themes to choose from. I chose Marvel this month and got this awesome Avengers shirt… although I’ll admit the inclusion of Wolverine threw me off when I first opened it as I follow the movies rather than the comics. I doubt they will ever get a rating from me less than a 5 out of 5 because it’s so easy to get right every month! If you would like to subscribe to TeeBlox, please use my link by clicking here.

 

nerd block review

Nerd Block “Neverending Stories” – $30/month shipped

I had mixed feelings about Nerd Block this month. On the one hand you got this high quality, very detailed Neverending Story notebook plus a Game of Thrones Legacy figure… but then they put in 3 Harry Potter items which, dont get me wrong, I’m a fan of the series… but I would have liked more variety in the box or just name it the Harry Potter & stuff theme so we knew what we were getting. I scored them a bit lower than normal with a 3 out of 5 stars for lacking variety. If you would like to try Nerd Block, please use this link here.

 

 

scifi block review

Sci-Fi Block – $30/month shipped

The Sci-Fi Block was another not-so-good box. I like the 2 Funko items and the Skele-Trek figure is pretty unique. The Doctor Who shirt is nice even though I don’t watch the show but then Doctor Who stickers on top of that and a set of buttons was pretty dull in my opinion. I really like sci-fi and this service seems tailor made for me but I just wasn’t that impressed with this month’s selection. I gave them a 3 out of 5 rating and if you would like to subscribe, I have the link for you right here.

 

geek fuel review

Geek Fuel – $24/month shipped

Geek Fuel really didnt do it for me this moth either. I like the shirt, the Metro Warp Steam game, and the Jakku Comic-con poster… but other than that we got a mug, candy, and a pin… just not alot of stuff. I know the value is at par with their other boxes but the perceived value is much less in my opinion due to lack of substance. I gave them a low 2 out of 5 stars this month. If you would like to try Geek Fuel, I have my link all ready for you right here.

 

 

fandoras box review

Fandora’s Box “Galactic Battles” – $35/month shipped

What can I say about Fandora’s Box other than they are absolutely AMAZING! This is their second box which is every bit as good as their first. I cant pick anything to gripe about because I love Every. Single. Thing! I highly suggest you check out the full review to see how incredible this box company is! 5 out of 5 stars… I’d give them a 6 but it would break the scale lol. If you want to subscribe to Fandora’s Box, check out their website by clicking here.

 

star wars smugglers bounty review

Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty – $34/bi-monthly

The official Funko subscription boxes have great exclusive products but lack originality. There’s really no surprise when you open these boxes because they stick with a very specific formula. I’m not complaining about what came in the box because I love my flocked Chewbacca and the Force Awakens shirt is awesome… just that it was completely expected. I dropped the Collector Corps subscription and will only be getting the first DC box because getting all 3 just feels like you’re getting the same box over and over with slightly different characters. I cant give up my exclusive Star Wars Pops though so Smuggler’s Bounty is going nowhere but they get a 4 out of 5 stars for being completely predictable. If you want to subscribe, visit their website here.

 

zbox review

ZBOX “Blockbuster” – $33/month shipped

I was really impressed with ZBOX this month! I love the DIY Munny, Mad Max Fury Road Socks, and the Martian paperback book. I felt it had great value and cant really complain about anything in the box which is always a plus. I gave them a decent 4 out of 5 stars and if you would like to subscibe, please use my link by clicking here. SAVE 10% With Coupon Code “NERF10”

 

my geek box review

My Geek Box “Legends” – $30/month shipped

My Geek Box was a definite miss for me this month. The rubber duckie is clever but …well it’s a rubber duckie. The Zelda shirt and keychain were alright but nothing too exciting. The only thing I really liked in the box is the New X men graphic novel but sadly it wasn’t enough to swing my opinion. I gave them a low 2 out of 5 stars. You can try out My Geek Box for yourself by using my link right here. SAVE 10% with Coupon Code “NERF10”

 

super geek box review

Super Geek Box “Versus” – $18/month shipped

Normally I am talking about how great the Super Geek Box is but this month fell kinda short. I like Dorbz but they’re not my favorite vinyl figures… the shirt is clever only if you get the reference… and what else did you get??? Some filler. I scored them low this month with a 3 out of 5 stars and if you want to give them a try, please use my affiliate link by clicking here.

 

1up box review

1Up Box “Legend” – $19/month shipped

I’m starting to think that 1Up Box and Super Geek Box have joined back up together because their boxes seem to be very similar. (maybe they always were together who knows). But this box suffers from the same problem the SGB had with the Dorbz being the only item of substance and the shirt is a very hard-to-guess reference that really doesn’t appeal to me. I gave them an average 3 out of 5 stars and if you want to try them out, I have an affiliate link for them too.

 

 

bam box review

The BAM Box – $30/month

The BAM Box is another first launch box. 1 out of every 10 boxes gets a bonus signed item and believe it or not… I got a signed photo of Shane from the Walking Dead! Bonus item aside they still did a great job with the first box giving everyone a full size Doctor Who lunch box and a SIGNED & NUMBERED Rick & Morty Print! I’m excited to see where they go from here and I gave them an above average 4 out of 5 stars for a good launch box. If you want to subscribe to the BAM Box you can visit their website here.

 

geek me box review

Geek Me Box “Battle” – $30/month

Geek Me Box did really well this month with an Awesome Batman book and Kidrobot Street Fighter figure. The Zelda gashapon figure was nicely detailed and the shirt was ok although I would have preferred a different color and maybe have the characters look a bit more polished. I gave them a 4 out of 5 and if you want to subscribe, please use my link by clicking here. SAVE with Coupon Code “NERFHERDER”

 

comic pop box review

Comic Pop Box – $30/month

Comic Pop Box is not a new box so much as newly discovered. What I like best is that your first box is shipped days after you order it so it’s very gratifying to get your box in less than a week. I think they put together a great box for the price… it has good value and best of all there was no filler. My favorite item is the Mickey Mouse Dorbz and I know what you’re thinking because I just ragged on them earlier but the Disney characters translate SO much better to Dorbz form than other established characters. I really like what they are doing which is why I gave them a 5 out of 5! You can check them out on their website by clicking here.

 

retro pop box review

Retro Pop Box “1980s” – $25/month

Retro Pop Box is more of a nostalgia subscription box but that in itself is pretty geeky. This was their 80s box which was pefect for me because I’m an 80s kid. The shirt was great along with the Battlestar Galactica coasters and my only real wish is that there was a little bit more value in these boxes. But then, a trip down memory lane is some value all in itself. I gave them an average 3 out of 5 and you can check out their website by clicking here.
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And that was it for this month’s Ultimate Geeky Subscription Box review! In addition to my expanded geek box line up, I’ve also been diving into other subscription boxes like Japanese snack boxes and such. I highly recommend that you poke around the website and see all of the great services out there.  My goal is to review every box I can get my hands on so be sure to bookmark this site and check back regularly… or better yet follow me on YouTube, Twitter, & Facebook so you never miss out on another subscription box review! Until next time friends 🙂