“Pop in a Box” Unboxing and Review

I’ve been subscribing to Pop in a Box for a few months now, but I haven’t been doing “unboxing and review” posts (except for this comparison post), which is actually a bit unfair to the service since I do a post for every other subscription box I receive. So, okay, no sense in talking about it…let’s just start doing it! I’m not going to go back and do the previous boxes I’ve received, but I’ll start with the most recent one and go from there.

So, first of all, since this is the first of this kind of post that I’m doing for this service, what is Pop in a Box? Well, as the name suggests, it’s a service that sends you Funko Pop figures…in a box (presumably). The service originated in the UK, but has also been running out of the US for several months now, which makes it significantly more affordable for Canadians. You can choose the number of Pops you want to receive each month – from one to twelve – and there are methods to ensure that you don’t get anything you already have, or don’t want. First, you build your collection on their site so they know what you already have. Then you give a “thumbs down” to anything you do not want, which creates a “graveyard” list of Pops that they’ll never send you. Finally, you give a “thumbs up” to things you want, which creates a “wishlist” that they’ll attempt to pick from if those Pops are available at the time. Anything that you haven’t given a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” is considered fair game; you’re basically saying that you don’t mind if they send you those Pops. Keep up with this easy system and you should always be happy with whatever comes in your box.

So, on to the actual fun bits! Here’s the unboxing video from my most recent Pop in a Box:

So, I like to be able to give you a sense of the value of the box, so for the sake of these posts I’m going to set the “value” of each Pop based on the value that is currently listed on Pop Price Guide. Keep in mind, of course, that these values are based on what kinds of selling prices are currently occurring around the internet, and are therefore subject to change. They also don’t reflect retail value, which is normally between $12 and $25 depending on the type of Pop and where it was purchased. At the end of the list I’ll give you the total based on Pop Price Guide, as well as the approximate retail value.

Luke Skywalker (Hoth) – Star Wars line #34
I love Star Wars, and I love Star Wars Pops, which is quite convenient since Pop in a Box seems to love sending them to me. This one particularly amuses me because it adds to an awesome little “Hoth” collection that I’ve got going on. Although when he’s standing alone you might not immediately realize that this is Luke, I’m certain that he’ll look perfect  standing next to my flocked, 6″ Wampa. Definitely an awesome start to the box!
Pop Price Guide Value as of March 3 2016: $10

First Order Stormtrooper – Star Wars line #66
And another Star Wars Pop comes out on the heels of the first, this one from the newest movie, The Force Awakens. I’ve collected several Imperial and First Order soldiers at this point and there’s not too much that I can say since they’re so similar, but I’m quite happy to be able to add another one of the “bad guys” to the collection.
Pop Price Guide Value as of March 3 2016: $10

C-3P0 – Star Wars line #64
Aaaaand, one more Star Wars Pop just for good measure. This version of our favorite golden protocol droid is almost identical to the original versions, but he’s sporting his snazzy red arm from The Force Awakens. Unfortunately, this also happens to be a Pop that I picked up in stores recently, which is one of the hazards of continuing to purchase Pops while waiting for your Pop in a Box shipment to arrive. That’s my bad though, and not something I can really fault the service for. It would have been a good pick if I hadn’t bollocksed up.
Pop Price Guide Value as of March 3 2016: $9

Agent Coulson – Marvel line #53
This is definitely one of the plainer Pops in the Marvel line. To be honest, if you didn’t already know who he was you probably wouldn’t be able to guess, and that’s why I never picked him up…there’s just nothing special about him, other than the teeny badge on his coat. That said, I’m perfectly happy to have him because I do actually love Phil, and he’s part of the Marvel Universe, which is my jam.
Pop Price Guide Value as of March 3 2016: $6

Mulan – Disney line #166
I may not have gotten this across in the video, but I really like this Pop. I think her hair and outfit are very nicely done, and I love that she’s holding Shan Yu’s sword instead of just standing there looking pretty like most of the princesses. She makes an excellent addition to my growing Disney collection.
Pop Price Guide Value as of March 3 2016: $8

Princess Celestia – My Little Pony line #8
I’ll be totally honest: I was a little disappointed to pull this one out of the box, not because I don’t like it, but because it’s basically a lesser version of a Pop I already have – the Hot Topic exclusive with sparkly hair. I didn’t want to give this one a “thumbs down” on the website though, because it would be nice to actually complete the entire line, although it’s not really a big deal to me to have both. I’ll probably let my daughter add it to the mini-collection she’s been gathering. 🙂
Pop Price Guide Value as of March 3 2016: $10

Petyr Baelish – Game of Thrones line #29
This was an unexpected (but not unpleasant) Pop to pull out of the box. I haven’t been actively looking for Game of Thrones Pops – simply because there are so many other lines that I’m focusing on – but this is an awesome one to add to the group. I love the character on the show, and although his Pop is one of the more plain, human ones that I tend not to like, it’s also one that is extremely well done. All the little details of his hair and outfit are spot on, making him instantly recognizable to any Game of Thrones fan.
Pop Price Guide Value as of March 3 2016: $8

Lumpy Space Princess – Television (Adventure Time) line #30
Adventure Time is one of the oddest shows I’ve ever watched, but also tons of fun, and the Pops are excellently done. This particular one doesn’t have a huge amount of detail because the character is basically a purple blob with arms, but she’s also very unique-looking in the world of Pops. Personally, I think she’s adorable, and she’s definitely going to look great with the rest of the crew from the show.
Pop Price Guide Value as of March 3 2016: $9

Capt. Apollo – Television (Battlestar Galactica) line #228
This is the first Pop that I’ve gotten from this service that means absolutely nothing to me, but I am hoping that won’t be the case for too long. I purposely left the Battlestar Galactica Pops open-ended on the Pop in a Box website because I’ve never actually watched the show, but I believe that I will probably love it when I do eventually get around to it. In the meantime, this little guy will have to hang out by himself, being under-appreciated.
Pop Price Guide Value as of March 3 2016: $6

Mushu and Cricket – Disney line #167
I’m really glad that these two little guys came in the same box as Mulan, because all three are going to look so cute together on the shelf. Mushu is an adorable little mini-dragon whose design is very loyal to the movie, and I just love that he came with a teeny Cricket Pop. Funny add-on in case you didn’t watch the unboxing video: there was an actual dead but in the Pop box when I opened it up. Maybe he was trying to rescue his buddy from the plastic.
Pop Price Guide Value as of March 3 2016: $10

Cogsworth – Disney line #91
Okay, I have to admit that I was pretty excited to see this Pop because, although I haven’t been actively collecting them, I think the Beauty and the Beast Pops are super-cute. I loved the movie as a kid, and I think they did a really great job on Cogsworth’s mold and paint. Now if I could only find a Beast to stand him with!
Pop Price Guide Value as of March 3 2016: $7

Ariel – Disney line #27
And last, but certainly not least, we have the princess of the sea. I feel like I didn’t express nearly enough joy when I pulled out this Pop (I think I was having an off-day during filming) but believe me, I was super happy to see this little mermaid. Ariel was my princess when I was growing up, so if I was going to collect any Disney Pop, she is definitely the must-have. I had previously gotten the human Ariel and the hipster Ariel Pops, but this is one I hadn’t seen around and I absolutely love her. I especially love that her fin is covered in pretty green sparkles. Magical!  ^_^
Pop Price Guide Value as of March 3 2016: $10

Total approximate value on Pop Price Guide: $103 (US) / $140
Total approximate retail value: $156 (CAD)
Total cost to me: $154 (CAD)

So, that was the whole box, and although there were a few negative points, I thought it was pretty great. I’m always happy to get Star Wars Pops, and I’ve been enjoying getting the random Disney Pops that I don’t normally look out for. I was a little disappointed in the MLP Pop since I much prefer the version I already had, and I don’t really have any feelings either way about the Battlestar Galactica one yet, plus there’s the accidental C-3P0 double, but the awesomeness of the Petyr, Lumpy Space Princess, and Cogsworth make up for those three. I also absolutely love the Luke Skywalker, Mulan, and Mushu and Cricket. And, of course, there’s Ariel, my all-time favorite princess in the history of Disney princesses.

The value is a little bit subjective, depending on how you look at it. I provided the Pop Price Guide values mainly because it gives you an idea of whether the Pops are common or rare, but personally I prefer to think about it in the sense of how much I would have paid for them if I’d bought them in store. Either way, the numbers work out so that I’m basically paying almost exactly the same amount of money, without having to actually go out and search for these Pops, some of which are impossible to find in Nova Scotia. So in that sense, the cost is definitely worth it; otherwise I’d have to order some of these Pops online and pay individual shipping costs every time. Plus, if the Canadian dollar ever does go back up, I’ll actually be paying a good bit less than retail value for each Pop, which would be awesome (fingers crossed).

There are downsides to Pop in a Box that I should mention. For one, their shipping to Canada is painfully slow (although half of that might be the idiocy of customs in recent months). In addition to that, their shipping is very basic, so for people who are very concerned with pristine packaging, you have to realize that your Pops may not come in perfect condition. And finally, while it is possible to receive exclusives in your box, there is no guarantee that they will come with the sticker that proves the exclusive status.

That said, if you’re not terribly concerned about a dent or two or a missing sticker, and you’re patient enough to not get upset with the slow shipping, it’s an awesome service.

So yeah, basically, long-story-short, I love this service. 🙂 And if you’re interested, please use this link, which gives you 20% off your first order, whilst also giving me a percentage toward a free Pop. Win-win!

Loot Crate Unboxing and Review for June 2015

Next up on the unboxing list is a late Loot Crate from June!

The theme of the month was “Cyber”, and this particular Loot Crate is one of those ones that I’m iffy about because some stuff was cool but some stuff didn’t really do it for me. My husband thought it was pretty awesome though, so let’s take a look at the breakdown and see if I’m maybe being a little too harsh.

“Prime” t-shirt: Okay, right off the bat I have to admit that this is a pretty decent shirt. Transformers was a huge cartoon of my childhood, and though I’ve never even managed to sit through a Tron movie, the crossover is okay because it’s a pretty cool design for Optimus Prime. I’ll definitely wear it, is what I’m saying. And while we’re on that note, I don’t think Loot Crate has ever sent me a shirt that I didn’t like, and that’s a pretty decent record. Two thumbs up, Loot Crate. This shirt gets the usual value of $15.

Terminator Genisys “Endo Skull” replica: And this is kind of the star of the show right here. Though I know nothing at all about Genisys, I do know that the original two Terminator movies were all kinds of awesome, and it’s pretty neat to have this very detailed Terminator skull replica. It’s way, way lighter than it looks, which leads me to believe that it’s not a particularly high quality item, but it’s still pretty cool and has an awesome paint job. This is an exclusive item, so I can’t really find a value to apply to it. The only similar items I can find are super-high-quality, super-expensive stuff, so I don’t really have anything to compare with either. I’m going to have to go ahead and pick a number for myself, and just based on the size of the item and the feel of the material, I’m going to go with about $15.

Terminator Genisys “Brain Chip” key ring: My husband originally thought this was a USB drive, but no, it’s just a key ring. It’s still pretty neat, but less so, obviously. If given the chance I would have traded this for  something from a different fandom, just because the Endo Skull is from Terminator too, but I can’t complain too much because it is a pretty neat little item. This is an exclusive item as well, and I can’t find anything similar at all, so we’re going to go ahead and give it a pretty standard key ring value of $5.

Future Replicant Corporate Logo Patch: Okay, I feel bad about myself now, because I just looked it up and this is a Blade Runner reference. But I feel less bad about myself because my husband didn’t get it either, so there. I don’t really have any feelings one way or the other about this item; I don’t use patches, so it’s just kinda there. What could this possibly be valued at? I feel I can’t give it more than $2.

Battlestar Galactica target set: I do like the way that this item was packaged in its own little envelope with special stamps and stuff on the outside. That was pretty cute and neat. On the other hand, I still haven’t watched Battlestar Galactica (I know, I know, for shame), and this is not something I will use. Maybe I can set one up and give my daughter a Nerf gun, but that will probably be the extent. This particular item can actually be purchased as a full-sized poster. Based on the price of that poster and the fact that Loot Crate gave us two of these smaller-sized targets, I’m granting about $5 for these.

Glow in the Dark gadget pouch: I’m going to go right ahead and say it: this is a pencil case. It’s kinda cute with the glowing and all, but it is really just a plastic pencil case. It feels and looks cheap. I can’t really say much more than that. It’s also another exclusive (ha), and because of that I get to say what I think it’s worth. I’m feeling about $2, to be honest, but I’ll be super-nice and give it $5 since it glows in the dark.

Borderlands 0 game mat: I’ll grant that this item is actually pretty decent…if you’re a PC gamer. That’s what makes it useless to me. Sorry comp gamers, but I’m a console girl, and thus will never get any use out of this huge game mat. The design is pretty cool, but it’s not like I’m going to hang it on my wall or anything. This is yet another exclusive item, and I can’t really find anything similar online, but based on the price of mouse pads I’m going to say it’s approximately $10.

Nerd HQ stickers: There’s not much to say about these, obviously, because they’re just stickers. A little addition from the Nerd HQ team over at Comic Con, worth maybe $1

Total approximate value of box: $58
Total cost to me: $36

So here’s the thing: this box had a lot of stuff in it, which is pretty nice because sometimes  you get these subscription boxes and they only have, like, four items in them. However, many of the items in the box were kind of junky and cheap, like the pencil case. That said, the shirt is pretty cool and the Terminator skull is awesome. The brain chip key ring is pretty cool as well, and the game mat would be cool if I were a PC gamer, but that’s probably not going to happen any time soon. Everything else is just kind of filler.

So in the end, I still feel on the fence, even thought my husband was pretty happy with this box. The first two items were awesome, the third was okay, and everything else was filler.

What do you think? Did you receive a Loot Crate for June? What was your favorite item? Least favorite? Please share!