Well, this was meant to be my last Nerd Block since I haven’t been overly impressed with them over the past few months, but I’m glad I stuck with it a little longer. This month’s block was definitely the best one I’ve received, so check out the unboxing vid:
Not too shabby, hmm? So let’s try a breakdown:
“Sounds of the Galaxy” t-shirt: As usual I’m assigning this shirt a value of about $15 since it’s difficult to put a value on something that is never put up for sale (as it turns out, all the shirts that come in Nerd Block boxes are exclusives made just for the block).
Giant Microbes “Chlamydia”: I’ve always thought that these are the strangest thing, but you can’t deny that they’re kinda cute. The original size also goes for about $10. (You can also get “Gigantic” Microbes for $30, and multiple smaller microbes in a “petri dish” for $15, if you’re interested).
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Adventure blind box: These little blind boxes, like most of the ones I’ve found, seem to go for about $10 each, which I personally think is outrageous for something where you don’t know what you’re getting.
Nerd Block 1st Anniversary Stress Ball: This little extra is worth $1 at most.
Marvel Series 1 Mega Bloks blind bag: There are a variety of Mega Bloks blind bags out there, and the Marvel series, like most of them, goes for about $5 per bag.
Ninja Turtles (Classic) Boxos Papercraft Kit: The price on this one varies pretty wildly depending on where you look, but I’ve seen the regular retail price as low as $10, so I’m going with that.
Total approximate value of box: $51
Total cost to me: $35
So the value of this month’s block is definitely there, but as usual that depends on personal preferences. Myself, I would never pay $10 for those blind boxes, and the Giant Microbe is something that I would never normally purchase for myself. The best items for me were the t-shirt and the Turtles Papercraft kit, which are a combined approximate value of $25, so it’s difficult to call the box worth it. Overall I thought it was a good box, but it still has the same problem as the other Nerd Blocks I’ve received, which is that the value of the items I actually enjoy is not on par with what I’m spending on the box. When you’re dealing with mystery boxes like this you can’t expect to love every item, but if I were to take all the boxes I’ve received and add up the value of all the items I’m actually happy with, I know that the number would be nowhere near the amount of money I’ve spent. So in that sense, I feel like Nerd Block is a failure for me. As mentioned in the video I’m going to give it one more month, but that’s only because I suspect that Kevin Smith will choose things that I think are awesome. Fingers crossed!