Jul 18

Nerd Block Jr. Girl Review

Disclaimer: I received a free Nerd Block Jr. box for review. All opinions are my own.

JulyUnblock copy

As you may have noticed from my Loot Crate posts, I’m a sucker for subscriptions boxes. I’m always looking for new ones to try, so when my friend introduced me to Nerd Block, I was immediately smitten. So smitten that I asked them if I could review a box and they told me yes!

On the surface Nerd Block seems like your ordinary subscription box, but it’s not. What makes Nerd Block so special is it has options! Four options to be exact. 

Classic Nerd Block, for the nerdy adults out there. They call it “comic con in a box”. Every month you will receive a t-shirt and a bunch of geek themed items from brand like Star Wars, Marvel, Nintendo, and more. The regular Nerd Block retails for $19.99 with $6.00 US shipping. (Nerd Block is located in Canada)

Then they have Horror Block, a box full of zombies, monsters, and other gruesome items. Horror Block also comes with a t-shirt and, like the classic Nerd Block, it retails for $19.99 with $6.00 shipping.

Now I bet you are wondering if there was something out there just for the kids, well, there is. Nerd Block Jr. is a box designed just for kids ages 6-11. Nerd Block Jr. comes in two options, girl or boy. The girl box contains items from brands like Barbie, Monster High, My Little Pony, and more! The boy box features brands like Marvel, Nintendo, and DC Comics. The Jr. boxes cost $13.99 plus $6.00 US shipping.

For review purposes, I received a Nerd Block Jr. Girl box. I picked a Jr. box over the adult because I just love children’s toys! And I went girl because I adore Barbie, Disney, and other items you find in the pink aisle of the toy store. And boy, I was NOT disappointed! So without further ado, let’s get on with the unboxing!

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Since the Nerd Blocks come from Canada, there is a short custom’s list on the packing label. It gives you a nice little preview about what’s inside. My list said Snow White, Brave, Barbie, and Crayola, a bunch of my favorite things!

The items that were actually inside were: 

  • Funko Pop Minis – Snow White & Grumpy – An adorable set of mini vinyl figures that I can’t wait to display in my studio.

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  • Brave Plush Brother Bear – if you are familiar with the movie Brave, then you are aware that there are three small bears in the film. This plush is one of those bears. He’s already sitting on my bookcase with some of my other Pixar collectibles.

NerdBlockBrave

  • Mega Bloks Barbie Build ’n Style – A small 30 piece interlocking brick set featuring outfits and accessories to dress the mini Barbie. Kids will have loads of fun dressing Barbie.

NerdBlockBarbie

  • Crayola Minnie Mouse Mini Coloring Pages with Markers – A set of 80 mini coloring pages and 6 washable markers for hours go coloring fun.

NerdBlockMinnie

  • The set also included a sample of a Baby Filly Princess Blind Bag Mini Figure and a package of Topps Wacky Packages Stickers. The Baby Filly Princess is a little royal horse about the size of a quarter. I’d never seen them before so I’m looking forward to finding out more about them. As for the Wacky Packages Stickers, I grew up on the first series of these and I’m thrilled to see they still make them! If you’ve never heard of Wacky Packages Stickers, they are similar to baseball cards in size and each card contains a sticker of an every day brand warped into something weird, like Ditz Crackers instead of Ritz Crackers.

Overall, I was beyond thrilled with my Nerd Block Jr. box. So much in fact that I went and subscribed to the Nerd Block Jr. boys box! I’m looking forward to checking that out. From there I’ll decide if I want to keep a subscription to the boys or girl boxes. The Jr. boxes really cater to what kids like today and really are perfect for the 6-11 age group, or the adult kids at heart.

Geeksig

Disclaimer: I received a free Nerd Block Jr. box for review. All opinions are my own.

Jul 17

Guardians of the Galaxy – Knowhere Escape Mission LEGO Set

Rocket Raccoon and Groot

Rocket Raccoon and Groot

When I first heard LEGO was going to be releasing some sets based on the upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy, I immediately knew I would be picking up which ever one came with all the guardians. When I saw the sets I was a tad disappointed because in true LEGO fashion, there wasn’t one set which contained all 5 of the main characters. If I wanted to collect them all, I would have to buy at least 2 of the 3 sets in the series and my budget currently did not have room to do that. So, I picked the set which had the more interesting guardians,  Knowhere Escape Mission. This $39.99 set contained the minifigure Rocket Raccoon and a build-able Groot. 

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Contents of Box

When you open the box, you will find 3 bags of LEGO pieces, two instruction books, decals, Groot’s head, and a mini comic book. The main part of the set is broken up into 5 sections that are attached to a central hub. The other sections are Rocket’s ship, Groot, and Sakaaran blaster. It’s a fun build, especially with all the movement it has.

Trap Door

Trap Door

Tower Flip

Tower Flip

Firing Cannon

Firing Cannon

Overall, the Knowhere Escape Mission set is an easy and quick build, has good play value, and has some of the more interesting characters from the movie.

Completed Set

Completed Set

Pros

  • Knowhere Escape Mission happens to have two of the most interesting guardians in this set, Rocket Raccoon and Groot. It also has Nebula and a Sakaaran figure, both bad characters in the film.
  • It’s a great set for people who like to do custom builds because if has a bunch of unique colors, lots of transparent pieces, and some interesting shapes.
  • Besides being a fun set to build, it also has lots of playability. There is a firing gun, a catapult, a trap door, grabbing hands, and a tower collapse feature. You can stage a real battle for hours of play time.
  • It’s a good set for siblings, because the set is split between two instruction books, making it easy for each child to build a section of the main component. And it has good and bad characters for them to take sides.

Cons

  • One of the biggest cons really doesn’t have to do with the actual set, it has to do with the Guardians of the Galaxy collection. In order to collect all five guardians, you need to buy this set for $39.99 AND set #76021 The Milano Spaceship Rescue for $74.99 which has Star-Lord, Gamora, and Drax. I found that a bit pricey for those that just want to collect a minifigure set.
  • Decals – I really don’t like putting on decals
  • I wish it had a baseplate to build on instead of the set just standing on its own. I’m a fan of grounded sets, unless they are meant to be in the air, so there’s an environment to play in.

Set Details
Set: #76020
Ages: 6 – 12
Pieces: 433
Price: $39.99
Minifigures: Rocket Raccoon, Nebula, Sakaaran, and a build-able Groot

From the LEGO website:

Team up with Groot and Rocket Raccoon to plot an escape from Knowhere! They’ve discovered the rare orb in the mining fields, only to be ambushed by the bad guys. Evade shots from the huge bazooka assembled by the Sakaaran and the evil Nebula and return fire with Rocket Raccoon’s custom space blaster. Leap into action with the gigantic posable Groot to confront the sword-wielding Nebula. Launch a fierce counter-attack so Rocket Raccoon can get away in the mining pod with the precious orb in its grabbing claw!

Geeksig

Disclaimer: I purchased this set, because I thought it was neat. My opinions are my own.

 

Jun 28

June 2014 Loot Crate Unboxing – Transform

Loot Create June Unboxing

Last month I introduced you to a subscription box service called Loot Crate I subscribed to. Now it’s time for June’s unboxing, which was themed Transform. I was excited for June’s box for 2 reasons. 

  • It hinted that there would be Transformer items, which as a child of the 80s, I grew up on these awesome bots and still love them to this day!
  • It guaranteed a t-shirt and that alone made it worth my monthly cost of $18.37 ($12.37 plus $6 shipping for the 3 month plan).

Based on those two hints, I was looking forward to the box and boy, it did not disappoint! Here’s all the goodness, and the few misses, that was packed into June’s box:

  • LC June ShirtA red t-shirt that was a Back to the Future and Transformer mash up. The image is of a time traveller Transformer named Marty McPrime and he transformed into a DeLorean. It’s very, very cool.
  • LC June TransformerThe Transformer blind box contained one of 11 different vinyl figures. I received an Autobot named Sideswipe. I’m not normally a fan of vinyl figures, but this one is neat because it has weapons, giving it play value instead of just being shelf fodder. As for the Transformer sticker, I also got an Autobot one. Looks like all signs point to me being a good guy!
  • LC June Hex BugAnother item in the box was a Transformer branded Hex Bug. Hex Bugs are tiny, battery operated critters that walk around any flat surface. The normal ones look like actual bugs, so they can be creepy if you are not a fan of bugs (like me). But these, these are awesome. And in keeping with the trend, I received an Autobot Hex Bug, which you can open the wings on its back and send it off on a walk!
  • The rest of the items in the box were sort of throw away items for me. Warheads Sour Candy, a Major League Gaming (MLG) wrist band with a starter kit that contains stickers and a promo code. I’m not a fan of sour flavors and the MLG stuff is just not my thing. If any of you out there are interested in the promo code, just message me and it’s yours.

Loot Create June

And there you have it, June’s Loot Crate! Overall, there were some real winners in the box. The t-shirt and Transformer items are A+. The rest of the stuff is just so-so, but that’s how it goes with subscription boxes… full of hits and misses. As long as the hits outweigh the misses, then I’ll be back for another month! And July looks like a good one, the theme is Villains!

Geeksig

Disclaimer: I pay for my own Loot Crate Subscription. All opinions are my own.

May 29

Loot Crate and May’s Unboxing!

LC May UnboxingIn recent years you might have seen a growing number of advertisements for subscription boxes. Everything from clothes to food to dog toys has a box these days. I’ve always been a fan of the concept and had been waiting until I found one that was a perfect fit. Enter Loot Crate. 

Loot Crate is a box designed for geeks and gamers. I can completely identify with the geek community and I don’t mind a good game every now and then, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I watched each month for the theme announcements and teasers to come out, waiting till one struck my fancy. That month came in April, when they announced May’s box was going to be themed “Adventure”. The teasers showed a lot of Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, and Adventure Time images, and there was going to be a t-shirt in the box. If the shirt is good, it’s worth the entire month’s subscription fee! I was sold.

 

Once I knew I was going for it, I needed to pick a box plan. Loot Crate offers 3 different subscription plans:

1 month – $19.37 ($13.37 per box)
3 months – $55.11 ($12.37 per box)
6 months – $105.99 ($11.67 per box)

I decided to give the 3 month plan a try, just so I could really feel out the boxes and see what they are all about.

When the box arrived near the end of May, I was excited, yet terrified. Did I just waste my money on junk? All I could do to get over the fear was just open it up and do as they call in the community, my first unboxing! 

Here we go!

LC May TeeFirst we have a black Legend of Zelda t-shirt, featuring Link made up for words which describe him. This shirt is pretty epic as the Looters like to say, but I noticed that the size I ordered is way too big. I like my geeky tees in a men’s 3XL, and this fit like a 4XL. Had to go and change my settings to indicate I need a 2XL in the future. There was also a Zelda keychain/bottle opener. I geeked out a little too much over this keychain because, well, it’s just awesome.  

LC May Adventure TimeNext up is an Adventure Time character tin with a vinyl character inside. Now I’ll be honest, I don’t quite get the whole craze surrounding this TV show, but the characters are cute. My tin was of Jake the dog and the vinyl figure was Fionna, a female version of Finn.

The other big item in the box was a Minecraft blind bag clip on figure. It’s cute for Minecraft fans to clip onto their jackets or bags. I received the skeleton and I like that he has jointed arms, legs, and head so you can pose him. LC May Minecraft 

In the rest of the box was a The Friend Zone soundtrack, Markiplier temporary tattoos, and some assorted sticker sets. Nothing really special to write home about. The tattoos are kind of neat, if that is your thing.

And there you have it, my first unboxing. Overall, there is some nice stuff and the cost is right. The biggest thing is it’s just stuff I would never buy on my own, so I like the variety it sends. Very nice for a collector of geek pop culture. 

Geeksig

Disclaimer: I pay for my own Loot Crate Subscription. All opinions are my own.

May 01

Welcome to The Toy Box Geek!

Welcome to The Toy Box Geek!

Ever since I was a little kid, I always had a bit of an obsession with toys. Legos, Barbies, Play-Doh, Strawberry Shortcake… it didn’t matter, I loved them all. I even had a blast with all the cool toys my brother got like Star Wars and Thundercats. After 30+ years, that obsession has not gone away. That’s why I decided to create this blog. I wanted to share my love of toys with the world.

I needed something to do with all these toys, so I decided to pop open my toy box and invite you in for a little playdate! I hope you enjoy reliving your childhood and finding out about great new toys for the current generations!

If you have any questions, please contact me at toyboxgeek [at] gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Geeksig