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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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Loot Crate Unboxing Video: July 2016 Futuristic Theme

The Loot Crate July 2016 theme is Futuristic with connections to Star Trek, Futurama, Rick and Morty, 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 had good months and bad months through the first half of 2016. The July 2016 box kicks off the second set of six monthly boxes for 2016 with a compelling theme of Futuristic. The items included definitely nail the theme beginning with a replica plaque of the USS Enterprise. It’s a sticker sheet that you can put on anything you like to give your item that feel of the flagship of the Federation from Star Trek. The Star Trek item is a bit of a let down though, as it could have been so much more. The next item is a Mega Man mystery box, though for LootCrate, it’s specifically the red variant of Mega Man. One small addition is the inclusion of a sealed comic of 4001 AD.

The highlight of the month is the Futurama item that delivers a Planet Express ship figurine by QMx. It’s a great representation that is definitely worth displaying, even if you’re only remotely interested in Futurama. The figure itself also includes a magnetic attachment to the base for a smooth connection. The final item is the monthly t-shirt, and this one is based on Rick and Morty. The shirt is a nice light blue that shows a diagram of Rick’s portal gun, and it looks like the entire shirt could be glow in the dark.

Loot Crate for July 2016 is a solid outing that offers a neat shirt and figurine, but the smaller items are a bit of a let down. It would have been neater to see a USS Enterprise figurine, and a Planet Express plaque.

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Infinity Crates Unboxing Video & Review: June 2016 Respawn Theme

Infinity Crates is a UK based monthly subscription service that services multiple countries including the US. It’s another geek & gamer box along the lines of Loot Crate and Super Geek Box, just UK based. Infinity Crates also personalizes some of the bigger items each month based on user preferences, and guarantees a T-Shirt and Funko Pop vinyl in each crate. We’re here to unbox the June 2016 Premium box with the theme Respawn. There are items connected to Mario, Deadpool, Captain America Civil War, and more.

Infinity Crates comes in two sizes with Classic and Premium, and all prices are in British Pounds. The Classic Crate is £16.99 plus £9 for shipping, which comes to $34.02 for the U.S. The Premium Crate is £23.99 plus the same shipping for $43.19 to the U.S.

We received the Premium Infinity Crates box, and it comes with a premium cost at $43.19 at the time of writing. We expected a premium box, and we were not disappointed. These subscription boxes can blend together a bit, but we still always look for a good shirt design and a Funko Pop in any given box. This month’s Infinity Crate delivered two t-shirts, and a Funko Pop with the second shirt mainly determining the premium designation.

The first t-shirt is of Deadpool with a playing card style design on a white backdrop that allows for Deadpool’s red suit to really stand out. The second shirt is Gandalf’s Eagles in school pride style. The Eagles in The Hobbit film are a bit humorous in their timing, and it’s a nice shirt to depict that sequence. It’s worth noting that both of these shirts shrunk a lot in the wash, so it’s best to get one size larger than you normally wear. The Funko Pop is current with the Captain America Civil War version of Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier. It’s a nice common Pop for any Marvel fan.

Beyond the big guaranteed items, there are some surprisingly great smaller items in this month’s crate. First off is a Deadpool plush that is bigger than the Mopeez brand, but with a similar design. There was also an Avengers Trivia card game included as a surprising bonus. The ultimate highlight for this Infinity Crate for me was the Mario cap. It’s a great stylized cap that is puffy just like Mario’s actual hat, as compared to a baseball cap. There’s a puff, and yet, the cap still includes an elastic band to fit snuggly on your head. It might be my favorite item that has appeared in any monthly subscription box.

The Infinity Crates June 2016 Premium box delivers true value for the price. It comes at a premium, but at least delivers a premium collection of items. You need to understand the premium price going in, but it is definitely is worth subscribing to if you take into account the cost going in.

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Super Geek Box Unboxing Video & Review: June 2016 Villains Theme

The Super Geek June 2016 theme is Villains with connections to Star Wars, Zelda, Mario, 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 Super Geek Box unboxing:

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This is our first time unboxing Super Geek Box, so we weren’t sure what to expect beyond 5-8 items tied to the theme. The June 2016 theme is villains, and the definite stand out is the t-shirt. It presents a mash-up of Zelda and Star Wars, entitled, “Welcome To The Dark Side”. Link is seen carrying a red lightsaber in the foreground with Darth Vader’s silhouette in the background combined with the Death Star and TIE fighters. This might be my favorite shirt that has come in any subscription box with great artwork, mash-up idea, and theme appeal.

Beyond the shirt, there are five additional small items, each with their own neat aspect. The Funko Mopeez could have been one of six with either Joker, Herley Quinn, or one of four colored Deadpools. We got the grey Deadpool plushie, that has a nice bean bag base to sit upright by itself. Then, there’s the TR8R draw string canvas bag that combines the FN-2187 blood streak stormtrooper helmet with Dry Bones from the Mario universe. Speaking of Mario, there’s also a Chomp Chomp keychain, and who doesn’t love Chomp Chomp. One other small item is a Harley Queen playing card styled sticker. Finally, there’s a canvas minimalistic wallet that folds in half, and comes with Meowth from Pokemon.

The June 2016 Super Geek Box delivers a great collection of items that definitely offers the stated value, and is well worth the $20 price tag.

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Funko Pop Unboxing Captain America & Kylo Ren Exclusives

Funko Pops are fun minimalistic designed versions of well known pop culture entities. The main Funko Pop style is a 3.75″ vinyl figurine with big eyes, minimal facial expression, and distinctive details to represent the given character. Today, we have a new Funko Pop unboxing for you with two new Funko Pops to add to our collection. Both are exclusives from Khol’s and Wal-Mart, respectively.

The first Pop is Captain America with Photon Shield that is made for Captain America’s 75th anniversary, and it’s a Khol’s Exclusive. Khol’s doesn’t sell the most Pops, so this Pop is relatively tough to track down. The Pop takes cues from the classic comic book style of Captain America with the wings on the cap, simple costume, and the relatively dark blue outfit. The shield is the main distinguisher, and it offers a translucent style. Like other Marvel Pops, there’s the bobble head, though all be told, it’s not the most advanced variant that Funko has released.

The second Pop is Kylo Ren Unmaksed, which is a Wal-Mart exclusive. Funko has made standard Kylo, Unhooded Kylo, and now Unmasked Kylo to give you a look at his face. Unmasked Kylo takes the same stance as the standard Kylo, just with his face and black hair showing. It’s worth noting that Funko is releasing a new Battle Damage Kylo Ren in the June/July window. Battle Damage Kylo looks just like Unmaksed Kylo, but with a different in-action pose. Unmasked Kylo is another variant of the original, while Battle Damage Kylo is a new number in the Star Wars set. Unmaksed Kylo features the bobble head and black stand of the Star Wars series, and fits Kylo in the latter fourth of the movie.

We hope you enjoyed our Funko Pop unboxing, and we will have more coming soon.

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Loot Crate Unboxing Video: June 2016 Dystopia Theme

The Loot Crate June 2016 theme is Dystopia with connections to Terminator, Fallout, The Matrix, 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)

The June 2016 Loot Crate nails the theme, and covers each entertainment property that was teased. The past few months have emphasized fewer high quality items, but the June 2016 box goes back to the 2015 style of more items. The big item of the month is usually the t-shirt, and June offers a great print of Robocop. You don’t have the be a Robocop fan to appreciate the print. Now, instead of a Funko Pop figure, this month’s Loot Crate includes a Funko Dorbz. Dorbz is the newer, smaller, and less popular line of vinyl figures, and it instantly makes you think of a Pop instead. With that said, the Fallout Power Armor Dorbz really looks good, but it would be nice to have an exclusive, instead of a common.

Beyond the two big ticket items, there are three smaller items that definitely have appeal. The metal plate print for Terminator 2 might be my favorite item of the month, and it’s definitely worth hanging up. The metal aspect nails the Terminator theme, and there’s no fluff in the print beyond the skull. The Matrix puzzle is only 300 pieces, and the scene is from the later films, rather than the original. The puzzle is still worth putting together. Finally, there’s a blank key with a Bioshock Infinite theme. It doesn’t offer the most of the theme, but could be used daily.

The June 2016 Loot Crate offers good value, and a wide range of themed products. There could have been a few alterations to improve the overall box, but it’s definitely one of Loot Crate’s better efforts.

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Funko Pop Unboxing Melisandre Exlusive and Mrs. Potts & Chip

Funko Pops are fun minimalistic designed versions of well known pop culture entities. The main Funko Pop style is a 3.75″ vinyl figurine with big eyes, minimal facial expression, and distinctive details to represent the given character. Today, we’re unboxing two new Funko Pops to add to our collection. We picked them both up at our local Barnes & Noble, and the first one is a Barnes & Noble Exclusive. It’s Melisandre from Game of Thrones, and the exclusive nature offers a subtly translucent style to her red dress. The second Pop is of Mrs. Potts & Chip from Beauty and the Beast. Enjoy our Funko Pop unboxing video below.

The B&N exclusive Funko Pop Melisandre really looks good with a light background, and nice lighting where you’re displaying it. The translucent nature looks great, and it’s an exclusive that offers worthwhile distinction from the standard Melisandre. The Mrs. Potts & Chip Funko Pop is a nice one as Mrs. Potts is about the size of Melisandre, and you get the bonus Chip included. Chip is super cute in its small stature, and Chip is a stand out in the Disney catalog for cuteness.

We hope you enjoyed our Funko Pop unboxing, and we will have more coming soon.

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Loot Crate Unboxing Video: May 2016 Power Theme

The Loot Crate May 2016 theme is Power with connections to Marvel, Warcraft, 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)

The big geek & gamer release of May 2016 is Captain America: Civil War. Loot Crate offered a Marvel connection this month with Thanos’ Infinity Glove oven Mitt and a QFig Hulk. The oven glove might be the best piece of this month’s crate with the power of the infinity stones, while you cook. QFigs are high quality creations, and we last saw one in February with Deadpool. The Hulk figurine depicts a nice action pose, though it’s not quite a Funko Pop.

The t-shirt of this month’s box is a silhouetted image based on the upcoming Warcraft movie, that also ties directly to the gaming pedigree. It might have been better to get a Marvel based t-shirt with an extra item based on Warcraft, rather than the other way around. The final piece of the crate is a Dragonball Z plush key chain accessory. It’s the first Dragonball Z item in Loot Crate, and it’s a nice depiction of the series. There are only four items in this month’s loot crate, as there’s an emphasis on quality over quantity. The range of items might not be for everyone, but the theme is used well. It would have been nice to see more timely Marvel items, but the items that are included are definitely good. This month’s crate isn’t the best or worse loot crate, but it’s fun to open.

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