Mail Call: Awesome Box from “Unboxing Rocks”!

One of the high points of being on YouTube is that you’ll inevitably meet like-minded people who share your passions, and we’ve found quite a few of those in recent months…HI EVERYBODY! *waves*

One such duo that Jason and I have fallen in love with are “Unboxing Rocks”, and they’re so awesome that they decided to send us a box full of goodies that they thought would be great in our collection. It doesn’t get better than that, and honestly, this is probably one of our most animated videos ever. XD

Marvel Characters Pop Haul

When I was a kid I enjoyed a bit of the Marvel world through cartoons like the 90’s versions of Spider-Man and the X-Men. I also had a few Spider-Man comics, but mainly it was all about the cartoons and, to a lesser extent, the video games.

So when the X-Men movie came out in 2000 it was a huge thing. This was my childhood, but in live action! And it was awesome! (At least, I thought so at the time. It’s been a decade or more since I last watched it so there might be some rose-colored glasses involved here.) It was followed by Toby MacGuire’s first play at Spider-Man in 2002, and I was just as enchanted. My childhood superheroes on the big screen…how awesome was that?

But up until that point I wouldn’t have considered myself a Marvel fangirl or anything. I’d grown up with a few of the characters, but that was pretty much the extent of it.

It wasn’t until Marvel itself started getting into the movie game and began the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the first Iron Man movie that I really started getting into the Marvel world as a whole. The movies about characters I’d never known that much about made me want to know more. I fell in love with Thor after Chris Hemsworth brought him to life, and Chris Evans actually made me care about Captain America, something I never would have expected. And I began to get into characters who weren’t even slotted to get a movie, like Deadpool (although thankfully that changed because the movie was awesome).

Point being, I think it’s pretty safe to go ahead and consider myself a Marvel fangirl now. And (you probably saw this part coming because of the post title) that means that I’ve got a few Marvel Pops in my collection. Okay, more than a few. Okay, they account for about a quarter of the total collection. The point is, I collect them, and recently I added a bunch more. So, yeah. Go watch the video and stop judging me.

Loot Crate “Dead” Unboxing and Review – February 2016

As usual, Loot Crate comes a little late to the fray, but not horribly so considering that it ships at pretty much the last minute of the month. This particular box had a theme of “Dead”, which, needless to say, was fairly enticing. I was particularly happen when I found out that there was going to be a Deadpool item of some kind in the box. Let’s have a look, shall we?

“Deadpool” t-shirt:
The first thing out of the box is a t-shirt (Loot Crate seems to be doing shirts on a monthly basis these days), and it’s definitely an awesome one. Deadpool, for the win, hanging upside down and screaming “Tacos?!” Is it a battle-cry? Is he just really hungry? We may never know, but it’s a pretty sweet shirt non-the-less, and it’s red, which is a little different from the other Deadpool shirts I have which are all black. Definitely an excellent addition to my wardrobe and an excellent start to the box.
Approximate value: $15

“The Walking Dead” Construction Set blind bag:
Upon further examination I believe this item is meant to be used as part of a larger set that must be put together. As near as I can find out, these figures were announced at the New York Toy Fair but aren’t currently available for retail sale. Either way, they aren’t something that hold a lot of my attention since I never really got into “The Walking Dead”, but it’s still kinda neat to get something that’s not available to the average consumer yet.
Approximate value: $5

“Daryl Dixon’s” Ear Necklace (Soap in a Rope):
My husband said that he thought this was clever. I am inclined to agree with him, but I also personally thought it was pretty weird and creepy as well. 😛 This soap-on-a-rope set is designed to look like a necklace of detached ears, after all, so it definitely falls into the “funny-but-weird” category. Again, since I never got into the show this doesn’t mean a whole hell of a lot to me, but I’m betting that big fans of the show got a huge kick out of it.
Approximate value: $10

#Lootpin for February:
This month’s pin features a Loot Crate box that seems to have been zombified, and also unlocks an extra piece of loot in the form of a free “Rare Carl” for the “Walking Dead” mobile game, “Road to Survival”. I’ve never played the mobile game, but they are fun little diversions to have available for when I’m traveling to and from work, so perhaps I’ll check this one out.
Approximate value: the redemption page claims that this is worth $10. I find that hard to believe, but then again I’m the kind of person who refuses to spend any actual money on mobile games.

“Deadpool” figure from Qmx:
I LOVE this figure. I first learned about Qmx toys when we got a super-cute Batman figure several subscription boxes ago, so I actually saw the logo before I saw the figure and got super-excited right off the bat. They make smaller figures that look a little cutesy, but they’re extremely well done, very detailed, and very dynamic. This particular figure has some kind of huge explosion occurring that is thrusting Deadpool forward, swords held out and legs curled up behind him, and it is just such a cool and different pose. I’m highly impressed, and he’s definitely going to have a place of honor on my shelves once I create my separate little Deadpool area. 🙂
Approximate value: $20

Total approximate value of box: $60
Total approximate cost to me: $40

So, aside from the awesomeness of the Deadpool figure, one of the first things I noticed about this particular box is that there really isn’t that much in it; in the past I’ve found Loot Crate to be one of the subscription boxes that has the greatest number of items per box, but this one only had four (five if you count the pin). That said, I did feel that the items that were in the box were excellent, and you can see that the value is still quite decent. Now, mind you, some of that value is based on items that I would never consider paying that much money for ($10 for an add-on to a mobile game…seriously?) but I would happily pay at least the rated value for the Deadpool figure and shirt, both of which are totally awesome in my opinion.

I can’t really say too much about the “Walking Dead” items because, well, you know, but I can honestly say that the two Deadpool items were more than worth it for me with this box. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the figure (maybe I should start picking up more Qmx figures…hmm…) and the shirt is different from what I already had and very, very cool. Two thumbs up for sure!

What did you guys think? Did you get the “Dead” box? What was your favorite item? Least favorite? How did you feel about there being only two franchises in the box? How do you feel about fewer items but with higher values? Please share!

Marvel Collector Corps “Deadpool” Unboxing and Review

Yay, Deadpool! You guys might not realize this as much as my YouTube subscribers, but I’m a pretty huge fan of Deadpool, and I’m also a pretty huge fan of the Marvel Collector Corps subscription box, therefore I was super excited when I first found out that MCC was going to be doing a Deadpool box. 100% Deadpool, curated by Funko? Hells yeah!

And before I even got the box I was hearing so many good things…my subscribers were teasing me, telling me how awesome it was and how they couldn’t wait to see me open it, my husband (who opened it while I was at work) was telling me that it was the best MCC box ever, and my fellow YouTubers were making their own unboxing videos with titles like, “AWESOME DEADPOOL BOX!” It almost killed me, it really did. So, of course, when I got home from my shift it was the first thing that I decided to film.

BOOM! Deadpool-gasm. Breakdown time!

“Deadpool” pin and patch:
As always, the little patch and pin come attached to the inner flap and commemorate the theme of the box. The pin has a bit of a raise-eyed, cocky-looking Deadpool, and the patch has a more “I’m about to stab you in the face”-looking Deadpool. Cute little things to start the box off with.
Approximate value: $2 for the pin, $5 for the patch

“Inverse Deadpool” Funko Pop t-shirt:
There were four different possible shirts to get, all the same design but in different colors. I got the “inverse” one that has Deadpool’s colors reversed, whereas you could have also gotten original Deadpool, yellow-and-blue Deadpool, or X-Force-coloring Deadpool. I would have been okay with any of them, but I am kinda glad I didn’t get the yellow-and-blue one because I just don’t think the design looks as nice with those colors. Anyway, long story short, it’s a cute design, nothing terribly special, but I’ll definitely wear it.
Approximate value: $15

Variant cover #001 “Deadpool” comic:
As with the patch, pin, and shirt, every Collector Corps box comes with a comic related to the theme, with a variant cover that is usually designed to reflect Funko products. This one features Deadpool with a ripped mask, standing atop a mountain of chimichangas and tacos, which is just too perfect.
Approximate value: $6

“Inverse Deadpool” Mopeez plush:
SO FRIKKIN CUTE. As I said in the video, I don’t really have any intention of collecting Mopeez, but I do think that they’re adorable, and this one especially so. He’s one of the least, well…mopey-looking Mopeez, but that’s okay because I love his big eyes and fat little body. TOO CUTE. I can’t get that across strongly enough.
Approximate value: $8

“Cowboy Deadpool” Dorbz figure:
And there’s even more adorable-ness in the box with this Dorbz figure, which is based on the Funko Pop “Cowboy Deadpool” figure. This thing is just too cute. He’s got the happy little face that all Dorbz have, a well-crafted cowboy hat, and the part that really got me: a little stick-horsey held at his side. How goddamn adorable is that? I can’t even get over it. Like Mopeez I don’t really intend to collect a large number of Dorbz, but I do think they’re awesome and I love getting them in these boxes.
Approximate value: $10

Exclusive, Leaping “Deadpool” Funko Pop! figure:
And last, but definitely not least, the best part of these boxes: an exclusive Funko Pop! figure. This one is awesome. The head and the paint job are basically the same as every other red-suited Deadpool Pop, but he’s in this great leaping-attack pose, with his legs pulled up close to his body and a sword held out in both the front of and back. A clear stand attached to his back keeps him  held aloft in “death-from-above” position. It’s just too cool; I absolutely love it and I think it might be the best Pop! to come in a Collector Corps box since the Hulkbuster.
Approximate value: $20

Approximate total value of box: $66
Approximate cost to me: $39

So, without even having to go into any real detail, I totally adored this box. I LOVE Deadpool, so I was bound to like it no matter what, but I also loved the variety of items in the box. There was the usual stuff that is (almost) always in these boxes, but there were also three separate, different types of Funko items, which really made the box feel more impressive than previous ones. Even if it hadn’t been Deadpool, just the fact that there was a Mopeez, AND a Dorbz, AND a Pop, PLUS the other stuff is awesome to me. Definitely, without a doubt, the best box yet.

The value was also there, of course, although I do have to mention that said value is going to be a bit skewed from now on, since this was the last box that I had prepaid for, back when the Canadian dollar wasn’t in the toilet. Now it’s time for me to resubscribe, and unfortunately that will mean that the cost-per-box is going to go up considerably. Sucks, but it’s unavoidable if I want to continue subscribing, and it’s all the fault of the Canadian dollar, not the service itself.

So, all in all, I’m definitely very happy, although I little depressed about the future cost of the service. Now, excuse me while I go snuggle my Mopeez for a while.

What did you think of the “Deadpool” Collector Corps box? What was your favorite item? Least favorite? Are you even a fan of Deadpool? WHY THE HELL NOT? Please share!

What Shall I Read?

I’ve always been a reader, since I was a very small kid, but in recent years I’ve found myself reading less and less. Part of this is because I’m busy writing my own stories rather than reading stories written by others. Part of it is because I like quiet when I’m reading a good story, and it’s hard to get quiet in a house with a 4-year-old present. Part of it is that when I do get free time I’m usually more in the mood for a game or a TV show. However, part of it is just that I fail to force myself to sit down with a book, and that’s sad, because when I actually do sit down with a good book I usually end up engrossed and happier for having read it.

So, although I’m not making it an official goal or anything, I plan to try to read more in 2015. But the question then becomes, what do I start with?

There are a few obvious choices. For instance, I’ve been about halfway through “A Dance With Dragons” by George R.R. Martin for almost a year now. It’s not that it’s a bad book or anything (quite the opposite), but it’s HUGE, and I have this enormous hardcover version that isn’t exactly portable. Also, just a couple of months ago I read the first installment in “The Strain” trilogy, and rather enjoyed it, so it makes sense to continue on with the other two books.

But there’s also a slew of other books I have just waiting to be read. I got Stephen King’s “Revival” for Christmas, plus a couple more volumes of the “Complete Deadpool Collection” which, while actually comics rather than literary fiction, are really fun reads. Then there’s the most recent two additions to the “House of Night” series (which is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine), and I’ve got a number of other horror novels that I never got around to reading when I picked them up at various garage sales and flea markets. Or I could always be a complete goon and choose to curl up with the “How to Survive a Sharknado” guide.

You've got to admit, it looks like pure gold.
You’ve got to admit, it looks like pure gold.

With so many available options, I leave the decision up to you folks. Which book should I start 2015 off with? Should I finish “A Dance With Dragons”, or the “Strain” trilogy? Should I rip open one of the new books? One of the comics? Guilty pleasure? Any other suggestions? Let me know what you think!