Horror Block Unboxing and Review for 2015

What is this nonsense? The first subscription box unboxing of the year is actually the last one that showed up for last year, and also the last of my personal subscription. That’s just…awful somehow. I half-feel like I should just skip it and move on to something awesome, like Pop in a Box, but I just can’t do that, so here we find ourselves.

“Freddy Krueger” plush toy:
The first item in the box is the “Nightmare on Elm Street” item that my husband was interested in, and it turns out that it’s a little plushie. I’m not horribly impressed. It’s not a bad item, and it’s actually kinda cute, but I’m not joking guys, it actually looks and feels super-cheap. The “Chucky” plush I got in another box is much nicer, and that makes this item feel even that more disappointing. I’m not going to toss it or anything; I’m just not that impressed.
Approximate value: this is an exclusive item, so it’s hard to judge, but based on the Chucky plush and the fact that this one feels way worse in quality, I’m going to go with $10, which still feels generous to me.

“Wes Craven” Tribute t-shirt:
This isn’t a bad shirt, although for a lot of people several of the characters would probably be big question marks if you’re not a huge Wes Craven fan. I still don’t know who the two at the bottom are. Still, it’s not bad at all, and an interesting idea for a shirt. I don’t know if my husband will wear it because he’s not a fan of shirts that have too much going on in them, but I can’t argue that it’s not a nice one for a horror fan.
Approximate value: $15

“Daryl Dixon” Pocket Pop keychain:
We knew this item was coming because they flat-out told us that this exact item was coming. I never actually got that much into “The Walking Dead” so this keychain doesn’t mean a whole lot to me, but it’s a cute little exclusive item that I can put with my small collection of Pocket Pops.
Approximate value: depending on where you buy these, they’re about $10

“Zombie Hula Girl” dashboard accessory:
This is definitely amusing, although not something that I’ll use for its intended purpose. A strange idea for the zombie fan, for sure. I don’t even really know what else to say about this…it’s a little hula girl as a zombie.
Approximate value: this is also an exclusive, but based on similar items I’m going with about $10

“Godzilla vs Cthulhu” art print:
Okay, this is pretty awesome. I can’t honestly say that I didn’t laugh when I saw it. Wouldn’t this just make an amazing movie? Totally loving the idea. Too bad these prints are some of the least valuable items that come in these boxes, but I still think it’s pretty amusing. ^_^
Approximate value: $5

“Rue Morgue” magazine:
And as always, a magazine that I don’t read. And as always, I’ll say that if you enjoy these magazines they definitely help make the box more worth it, but they just aren’t for me.
Approximate value: $10

Total approximate value of box: $60
Total approximate cost to me: $20

So we obviously have to address the fact that the cost to me  is significantly lower than it normally is. That’s because there happened to be a half-off sale going on, and that’s the main reason my husband resubscribed to the service for just this one month (the half-off code would only work for a single box). For that reason, the overall value of the box is significantly more impressive this month, but that just goes to show how painful the normal cost of the box really is.

That said, without even paying any attention to the cost, the value of this box isn’t half bad, but as usual with Horror Block the shirt and the magazine take up a large quantity of that value and everything is is a little junky. The Pocket Pop keychain isn’t half bad (although I would have preferred almost any other horror character in the line), but the Hula Girl and Freddy plush are pretty cheap, and the art print – while cool – isn’t exactly a high-value item either.

All in all, I have to say that it wasn’t a bad box, but I probably would have been fairly unimpressed if I had paid full price for it.

And that is to be my last Nerd Block-family box, at least until several factors change considerably. What did you think of it? What was your favorite item? Least favorite? Do you think Horror Block (or any of the Nerd Blocks) is worth it at all? Please share!

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