A Nerdy Summer - Review of June, July and August 2014 Nerd Blocks
Nerd Block is a monthly subscription service for nerds; a monthly box packed with clothes, collectibles and other merch from all your favorite entertainment franchises! You can read an informational Hub about the service here.
Coming home to a Nerd Block is always exciting, but perhaps extra much so during the summer when the weather is perfect for the printed T-shirts the boxes always include. Here are the contents and my impression, as well as approximate value, of the Nerd Blocks sent out during the summer months in 2014.
The June box was a big hit and a double T-shirt box to boot! Both prints were fantastic, too. One featured a Ghost Busters print with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the other a brilliantly thought-out and executed cross-over of X-Men and The Iron Giant. They're worth approximately $12-$18 each depending on where you buy them.
Below the T-shirts, from left to right, you see a Minecraft sticker (value ~$1 at best), a fun desk sized pin art setup (~$5, but a Nerd Block exclusive), a Doctor Who Titans vinyl figure ($10, I got the Vashta Nerada one) and a small Mario Cart collectible toy/figure (~$3, I got Mario). I didn't care for the sticker since I'm not into Minecraft but I absolutely loved the Doctor Who figure; the Vashta Nerada happen to be one of my favorite villains. And of course I loved the T-shirts too, so overall I was very happy with this box.
Total value: ~$50
July's Nerd Block features a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-shirt. Now, personally I am not a big fan of the Turtles but in spite of that it was a great print made to look like an add for a combined repair shop and pizzeria. The value of the shirt is $12-$18,
Apart from the T-shirt, the box contained a couple of other special items: a Comic Con documentary on DVD (value ~$29) that's supposed to be very good, and an issue of the Star Wars Insider fan-magazine with a collectible cover (~$5). I'm not a big fan of Star Wars but I'm very pleased with the DVD, a fun watch!
Furthermore, there was a Star Wars plushie ($10, I got an At-At but there were some other available also) and a really awesome zombie-themed Nerf Gun ($7-$10). Nerf Guns haven't been that common in my country (Sweden) but it looks like a great toy and since I am a big fan of The Walking Dead I was happy about the zombie theme.
Overall this was a great box, my favorite items being the Nerf Gun and the DVD. This was also a high-value box with a total value of over $60!
The August Nerd Block wrapped up the summer with as much style as it started! The T-shirt this time featured a fun Pokémon print showing the inner workings of a Pokeball (value $12-$18). This is one of my favorite T-shirts so far!
Other products in the box included a Funko Pop exclusive Batman figure (worth ~$11), a Doctor Who comic ($4) and two small toys: a Bravest Warriors keychain ($5) and a pack of two Minikins figures ($2). I liked the Batman figure (which became an appreciated Christmas present) and I loved the comic since I'm a big Doctor Who fan. I didn't like the Minikins but that was such a small part that I don't care.
Total value: ~$35. This value was a bit lower than normal but I liked the products so much that I don't mind.
Which of the Blocks had the nicest T-Shirt?
All in all, I'm still very happy with my Nerd Block subscription. Every box has included at least one big product I've loved (a T-shirt, something else or both) and at least one thing I would happily give as a gift to a friend. The value of the box is also consistently more than the total price plus shipping which is great. My favorite box of these three is probably the August block, with the June block as a close second.