Nerd Block Unboxing and Review for March 2015

How many months has it been now since I first suggested that I might cancel Nerd Block? Several, for sure. And this was to be the last! But theeeeennnnnn…. Yeah, they went and threw an “80’s” theme out there for next month so I had to resubscribe to keep my husband’s head from exploding.

But THAT will be the last one, I’m sure of it. >.>

Anyway, check out the unboxing video:

You may have noticed that I wasn’t terribly impressed, though there were a couple of cute items. Let’s take a look at the breakdown:

“A Slice of Fried Gold” t-shirt: My husband seemed to like this shirt of the titular character from ‘Shaun of the Dead’, so it’s too bad that I didn’t get it in his size, because it’s definitely not my favorite shirt. It could be worse, for sure, but I just don’t really see me wearing a shirt with Simon Pegg’s face plastered across it. Value of shirt: approximately $15.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ nesting dolls: Okay, I can’t say that these aren’t cute, albeit a little silly. If anything, my daughter seemed to be amused by them, especially when the smallest one turned out to be baby potted Groot. These are a Nerd Block exclusive, and thus difficult to put a value on, but I found a similar Avengers set that goes for $15. I have a hard time accepting that value, since these are made of pretty cheap materials, but I guess I’ll go with it since I wouldn’t know what to assign to them otherwise.
‘Star Lord’ magnet: One of the nicer magnets I’ve gotten in these boxes, since it’s a shape other than rectangular, and seems to be pretty sturdy. We could have gotten Groot or Rocket as well, but we were kind of glad to get Star Lord since my daughter already has several Rocket toys and I have a couple of Groot collectibles already. I couldn’t find these exact magnets online, but similar ones go for about $5.
MunnyWorld mini munny: I was a bit annoyed to see this item, since we just got a Munny in last month’s box, and I prefer my collectibles to be created for you, thank you very much. That said, I might be able to create something cute. I’m guessing at a value for this one, since it’s only a little fellow and the smallest size on their website is 7″…I’m going with about $4
“April Fool’s” Batman-themed kit: This…this is just silly, I’m sorry. It’s kinda funny since it’s themed with Batman villains on the items, but really…plastic ice cubes with bugs in them and a whoopie cushion? Just…wow. I couldn’t find this little pack online anywhere, but either of these items would be a buck or two at a joke store, so I’m going with a max of $3 for the pack.
“Nerd Do Well” novel: Of course, given that Simon Pegg helped curate this month’s box, it’s not a surprise that he included his own book in with the contents. I’m definitely interested to read it since Simon is hysterical, but it’s longer than I would have guessed so I’m going to have to carve out a bit of time to dedicate before I start it. Though it kills me a bit, I have to admit that this book is currently being sold for $20, so it really does boost the value of the box.

Total approximate value of box: $62
Total cost to me: $36

So first off, I have to mention that the cost to me changed again, this time going back down a couple of bucks. I’m not sure what’s up with that, exactly; I’m just reporting what’s showing up on my credit card statement.

The cost to me aside, this is one of the highest-value boxes I’ve received from Nerd Block, but since the biggest part of that value comes from the book, I’m not really all that impressed. Similarly, the nesting dolls are a large chunk of that value, but I personally don’t feel that they’re anywhere worth that much, considering that they’re made of a super-cheap-feeling plastic. My husband, apparently, would have liked the shirt, but unfortunately I’m not that big a fan, so there’s the third strike. And then there’s the April Fool’s kit…just…I can’t even say how stupid I think this is.

The long and short of it? I’m interested in the book for sure, and the fact that there were two Guardians of the Galaxy items is pretty cool, but overall I don’t feel that this was a great box. I’m really keeping my fingers crossed for the “80’s” box next month, both because there’s supposed to be a Ghostbusters item, and because my husband and I are kids of the 80’s, so it should be a nostalgia trip if nothing else.

Did you receive March’s Nerd Block? What did you think? What was your favorite item? Least favorite? Please share!

Also, a reminder that I am running a contest throughout the month of March. For each comment you post on my blog throughout the month, you will receive one entry toward a draw for a hard-copy of my zombie apocalypse novel, “Nowhere to Hide”! Please note that in order to accept the prize, I will need you to give me a mailing address where I can have the book sent. If the winner drawn did not intend to enter the contest and/or does not want the book, I will draw another name. Please also note that obvious spam/duplicate comments/etc. will not be counted toward an entry…play fair! And good luck!