Month: August 2016

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Loot Crate Unboxing Video: August 2016 Anti-Hero Theme

The Loot Crate August 2016 theme is Anti-Hero with connections to Suicide Squad, Archer, Kill Bill, and more. We’re here to unbox all that’s included to show off the $20/month geek/gamer box for the new month. Our Loot Crate unboxing:

Loot Crate ($20/Recurring)

Loot Crate has become quite popular, and with that comes added expectations. Not only that, but Loot Crate needs to find products that can be produced in the numbers to match their rise in popularity. Loot Crate has had ups and downs in 2016 as they try to deal with their increased presence in the monthly subscription space. The August 2016 edition of Loot Crate cuts down the number of items, and instead focuses on improved quality of those items. The first item is a pair of Kill Bill socks to give you a blood splattered rendition of The Bride’s yellow and black attire.

The next smaller item is a coin bank with a Hellboy theme. You can now drop coins into a ceramic version of Hellboy’s fist. Loot Crate likes to include one collectible figure each month, and they have include a few QFigs this year. This month’s figure is a QFig version of Harley Quinn based on her classic comic style, and included due to the release of Suicide Squad. The QFigs really stand out on a shelf with nice detail in a small package. Loot Crate also did a good job of planning this one out to predict that Harley Quinn would stand out in Suicide Squad. Not only that, but Loot Crate offers the classic version with people looking for more about the character.

Finally, there’s the t-shirt, and this one is all about Archer. It’s a grey shirt (not black!) that offers a 2016 election style. Sterling Archer is depicted as the president of The Danger Zone. The shirt has a catching design that nails the Archer style. All four items are appealing, and really fit with the theme. As an added bonus, all Loot Crates can be unfolded to show off an artistic representation of the theme. This one in particular is really neat as you can unfold the box into a Harley Quinn inspired mallet.

The August 2016 Loot Crate is one of the best of 2016 that delivers great value for the price.

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Marvel Collector Corps Unboxing Video: August 2016 Spider-Man Theme

Monthly mystery boxes with pop culture connections are becoming more and more prevalent. A number of them include Funko Pops as one of the included items, and Funko has leveraged that to make their own monthly subscription boxes. They have three monthly boxes with Marvel Collector Corps, Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty, and DC Legion of Collectors. Each box offers a bi-monthly subscription that retails for $25 plus $6.95 shipping. The Marvel Collector Crops August 2016 theme is Spider-Man, and here is all that’s included.

Marvel Collector Corps ($25/bi-monthly + shipping)

Every Marvel Collector Crops (MCC) box includes various Funko lines, and not just Funko Pops, though the exclusive Pops are the highlight. The August 2016 Pop is action pose Spider-Man that shows the web-slinger in mid leap with a clear base stand to suspend the pop in air. The pop uses the Spider-Man design from the Captain America Civil War 4 pack with a clean suit design as compared to the black lines of the original Spider-Man pop. It would be neat to see a little web shooting out from the Pop’s hand. Also, the Pop itself is very similar in form to the Leaping Deadpool Pop from the MCC February 2016 Deadpool box. The Avengers, Secret Wars, and Civil War boxes give you hope for two Pops in a box, but that’s not the case with Spider-Man.

The next big item instead of a second Pop is a Spider-man from the Funko Fabrikations lines. Fabrikations offer a similar design style as Pops, but in a bigger form factor with a plush outside. The Spider-Man version definitely has design appeal for a shelf, but Fabrikations are hit or miss with collectors as there’s nothing particularly distinct about them. Funko’s best boxes have included two pops and a shirt, and their worst boxes included an odd different Funko line instead of a second Pop and no shirt. Sadly, the Spider-Man box falls into the latter category with the Pop Top Spider-Man hat, instead of a T-shirt. Like the Smuggler’s Bounty Jabba’s Palace box, the hat inclusion is a definite oddity. Less people wear hats than shirts, and hats allow for less design style than shirts. This particular Spider-Man hat is as generic as can be, with an odd great color choice. As in all of the MCC boxes, a comic, patch, and pin round out the box. All three aren’t box highlights, but they’re always nice to have and look good with the Spider-Man theme.

Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s most prolific Pop lines with variations that include Iron Spider, Black Suit Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, as well as bad guys including Green Goblin, Venom, Anti-Venom, Carnage, Doc Ock, and more. The Spider-Man box has a ton of potential, and that makes it that much more disappointing. It makes sense for Funko to try and test out their other lines in these subscriptions, but they still need to understand many of their paying customers pay based on the past successful boxes with two pops and a shirt. Also, Funko included the Hobgoblin pop in the Year One anniversary special edition box, but the Hobgoblin is just a different paint job on their Green Goblin pop. It seems that originally Funko planned for action pose Spider-Man and Hobgoblin in the Spider-Man box, but came up with the $125 Year One box, and the $25 Spider-Man monthly box suffered because of that decision. That’s just speculation, but mugs, Fabrikations, and hats aren’t going to satisfy those looking for Pops and shirts. Funko has set a standard for their customers to expect, and changing that up a year down the road just doesn’t fit with the customer base they have built up.

The Marvel Collector Crops Spider-Man box is one of the Funko’s more disappointing MCC boxes and is one to skip.

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Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty Unboxing Video: July 2016 Jabba’s Palace Theme

Monthly mystery boxes with pop culture connections are becoming more and more prevalent. A number of them include Funko Pops as one of the included items, and Funko has leveraged that to make their own monthly subscription boxes. They have three monthly boxes with Marvel Collector Corps, Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty, and DC Legion of Collectors. Each box offers a bi-monthly subscription that retails for $25 plus $6.95 shipping. The Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty July 2016 theme is Jabba’s Palace, and here is all that’s included.

Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty ($25/bi-monthly + shipping)

Every Smuggler’s Bounty box includes various Funko lines, and not just Funko Pops, though the exclusive Pops are the highlight. The July 2016 Pop is R2-D2 bartender from Jabba’s sail barge. The R2 pop isn’t technically even from Jabba’s Palace, but it does deliver a really neat mold. There are a lot of details in the drink tray apparatus to accent the nature of R2 in Pop form. The disappointment isn’t in the R2 Pop, but rather than there is only one pop, rather than two. The Bounty Hunters, Cantina, and First Order boxes all featured two Pops, and were well worth the price. Also, the Jabba’s Palace theme makes you think of Han in Carbonite or Lando in Disguise, but neither were included.

Beyond the Pop, this month’s box included a C-3PO themed hat as part of the new Funko Pop Tops line. It seems the hat was included rather than the expected T-shirt further increasing the disappointment. For the main Jabba’s Palace item, it’s a Pop Home! Jabba mug that offers a neat design, but a rather awkward drinking cup. Finally, there’s a plush Boba Fett, which is another new line, this one Plush as compared to Funko’s existing Mopeez line. Each Funko box also features a pin and a patch with the ones in this box featuring Gamorrean Guard and Boushh, respectively.

The July 2016 Smuggler’s Bounty may be the worst from Funko yet because it fails on the promise of the theme, and offers an odd collection of items. Funko’s best boxes have featured two Pops and a T-shirt as shown by the Bounty Hunters, Cantina, and First Order themes. Jabba’s Palace offers a Cup and Plush in place of the second Pop and a hat instead of a T-shirt. The replacements in the formula of two pops and a shirt are substandard in comparison. Most people wear shirts rather than hats, and more people collect Pops than mugs and plushes, especially when signed up for a Funko product. It makes sense that Funko is experimenting with new lines, but the experimentation should be just one at a time in addition to two pops and a shirt, rather than three experimentations in one box.

Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty Jabba’s Palace is not worth the $32 price tag, and is a negative on Funko’s track record that will likely lower subscribers of the next box in September.

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Nerd Block Unboxing Video: July 2016 Squad Theme

The Nerd Block July 2016 theme is Squad with connections to Suicide Squad, Ghostbusters, and more. We’re here to unbox all that’s included to show off the $20/month geek/gamer box for the new month. Our Nerd Block unboxing:

Nerd Block ($20/Recurring +shipping)

Nerd Block and Loot Crate are the two biggest names in the geek/gamer monthly subscription space, and go head to head each month. For July 2016, Nerd Block includes five main items beginning with a Joker Plush based on Suicide Squad. It’s an exclusive, though the design and texture aren’t the best of plush figures out there. Continuing the Suicide Squad theme is an exclusive Harley Quinn Funko Pocket Pop. Pocket Pops are keychain versions of Funko Pops, and the exclusive is a black and white variant of Harley Quinn. The Pocket Pop is a stand out in this box.

The highlight is probably the t-shirt, which is all about Zuul from Ghostbusters with the tagline, “There Is Only Zuul”. It’s another black shirt in these mystery boxes, but it’s a nice design for fans of the original Ghostbusters. The shirt theme is extended thanks to the $10 Shirt Punch credit that is included in every Nerd Block. Shirtpunch.com has three daily $10 shirts that fit in with the same themes as Nerd Block. A couple smaller items are included in this month’s Nerd Block. The first is Attack on Titan blind bag, which gives you a mystery chance at a keychain/backpack hanger figurine. To round it out, there’s a Transformers Autobot pin, and it’s another exclusive.

Our unboxing video includes a few additional items as part of a Welcome Box, as this was our first time subscribing to Nerd Block. The items were simply added in to the main Nerd Block box beginning with a Titans figure two pack from Alien. The 2 pack includes blood splattered Alien alongside Ripley in Titan forms, and the 2 pack is a Nerd Block exclusive. Titan figures aren’t quite Funko Pops, but they have their own appealing design aesthetic that’s great to have. The next item is a Super Mario Bros. magnet set allowing you to make your own Mario levels on your fridge complete with bricks, pipes, goombas, and more. Finally, there’s a postcard booklet of Awkward Family photos, like a daughter kicking a soccer ball into her dad’s groin. There are 35 postcards included, and it’s a fun little bonus.

Nerd Block July 2016 delivers what you expect with these mystery boxes with a shirt, and a few collectible figurines. The choices definitely fit the theme, and are worth displaying/wearing. Nerd Block offers good value this month.

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