Anything Can Happen Wednesday: My First Subscription Boxes

Cartman Da WizardI finally took the plunge and decided to sign up for some subscription boxes.  I have been very tentative because I am notorious for having buyer’s remorse, so the idea of paying for a box of random stuff was unnerving.  However, a few timely placed ads and a discount code helped me suck it up and jump in with Super Geek Box and Nerd Block’s new Comic Block.  I received both of my boxes this weekend and here is the cool merch I got.

SuperGeekBoxSuper Geek Box

They had so much stuff for the month of June that they had to send it in two boxes.  I received one box on Saturday, so I had to wait until Monday (when the second box arrived) to open them.  (I know, first world problems.) I LOVE this box.  Big scores for me were the figurines, a Cartman Kidrobot from South Park: The Stick of Truth game and a Dorbz Robin.  They made me smile.  I also really liked the shirt.  A mashup of the new Zelda game, called Triforce, with some Star Wars flair.  The shirt reads “May the Triforce be with you.”

CaptAirFreshener

The Link tin has mints, which is a nice geeky addition to my desk.  The Captain America air freshener is already hanging in my car. And if the pin is a common theme, then I might need to add them to my work bag.  The last two items, Dragon Ball Z cards and Bravest Warriors key cover are both “giveaways” for me.  They aren’t in my wheel house, but I know plenty of people who would really appreciate them, so I will pick someone and send them their way.

Overall, I am extremely excited with what I received.  I can’t wait for next month’s box.


ComicBlockComic Block from Nerd Block

Nerd Block released their comic book specific subscription block last month and it was a hit.  I found out about it thanks to Karcossa who provided a great review of the merch.  It was so good that I decided to sign up myself, making it my first official subscription box (the same day I signed up for the Super Geek Box, which just happened to arrive first, so that one is the first subscription box I ever opened.)

As promised, there were three comic books, a t-shirt and an additional comic book themed item.  The t-shirt is pretty cool.  It’s themed after the Dark Knight Returns.  The additional item were a set of Superman themed pens.  They’re cute and they will be another added piece to the ever growing geekiness of my office at work.  The three comics are cool.  From Titan, we have Tank Girl #1.   All I know about Tank girl is that it is a British comic book and there was a movie at some point in the ’90s but I never saw it.  From IDW, we have Ghostbusters #1.  With the promise of a slew of Ghostbuster movies in the future, Ghostbusters has the potential to be a big thing once again.  Finally, from Marvel, we have Groot #1.  I actually have this comic but appreciate the variant cover that came with the box.

ComicBranding

So all in all, a good haul.  However, I did learn something about myself after looking over everything.  Apparently I have a silly issue with branding on comic books. The “Comic Block” logo on all the books irks me for some reason.  I don’t know why, but it does.  Also, I haven’t gotten into the whole variant cover phase yet, so that’s not a big seller for me either.  As I think about it, if I wanted any of these comics, I would have bought them at my local comic shop, which I did in regards to Groot #1.

I think the Comic Block is a great deal and has amazing value but it’s just not for me.  I enjoyed the figurines from Super Geek Box more than the comics.  The figurines are something I enjoy having at the office or around the house, but I don’t buy for myself.  Whereas, I am a weekly buyer of comics.  Though I will be canceling my subscription to Comic Block, I do plan to sign up for one of the other Nerd Blocks.  Again, it wasn’t that the Comic Block was not amazing, it’s just not for me.  Maybe I’ll just try the regular old classic block for next month.


Did you get any subscription boxes this month?  Which ones and what did you think of them?

Don’t forget to check out our other parts of the Adventures of OxenTrot, such as Monday Cinema ClubBookworm TuesdayThrowback Thursday and Friday’s Week in Review.

About OxenTrot

During the day, I am a mild mannered desk jockey who helps to manage a large IT company.  At night, I am a family man, who is insanely in love with his wife and a proud daddy to an amazing girl.  But in the pre-dawn hours, as most everyone else is still asleep, I am my alter ego.  During that time, I am: OxenTrot. Ox was a call sign bestowed upon me while I was an active duty United States Marine, mainly in tribute to the fact that I was a major gym rat. After 5 years and three tours of duty, I reentered the civilian world.  My call sign was replaced by my actual name but the Ox still lived inside. As I began to adapt to my new life, I also began to take on new adventures, such as starting a family, getting a “big boy” job and taking on endurance sports.
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