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Wil Wheaton Quarterly Subscription Box Review #WIL01

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Wil Wheaton Quarterly Subscription Box Review #WIL01 Box

Wil Wheaton is one of Quarterly’s newest curators – this is his first box. Here is a brief summary from Wil of what you can expect from this subscription:

Starting with my childhood and working towards present day, each box will represent a decade of memories, moments, and the objects that defined them.

This box was sent to us early for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Wil Wheaton Quarterly Subscription Box Review #WIL01 Items

The Subscription Box: Wil Wheaton Quarterly Box

The Cost: $100 (plus $8 shipping)

The Products: “Starting with my childhood and working towards present day, each box will represent a decade of memories, moments, and the objects that defined them.”

Ships to: US and Worldwide (Additional shipping costs for International subscribers).

Wil Wheaton Quarterly Subscription Box Review #WIL01 Letter

Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator detailing the items included and why they were selected. This isn’t the typical Quarterly letter format, instead it is one sheet, front and back:

Wil Wheaton Quarterly Subscription Box Review #WIL01 Letter Signed

This letter is basically Wil’s flashback to the ’70s.

Wil Wheaton Quarterly Subscription Box Review #WIL01 Littlebits

littleBits Base Kit – Value $99

Wil Wheaton Quarterly Subscription Box Review #WIL01 Littlebits Open

My husband is so excited about this kit. Wil included this as “the modern equivalent of the electronics project kits I loved so much as a child.”

This box also included a coupon code for $20 off any kit. (FYI – it expires very soon – 3/15).

Wil Wheaton Quarterly Subscription Box Review #WIL01 Star Wars

1970s Storm Trooper Action Figure

1970s Star Wars Trading Cards

In the letter Wil only identifies that subscribers will be receiving a 1970s Action Figure, and a set of 1970s Trading Cards, so I’m guessing there will be variation in boxes, and not all subscribers may receive Star Wars items.

I’m really curious about how they sourced these items since they aren’t in original packaging. I wish Wil would have explained that in the letter.

Here are each of the cards we received:

Wil Wheaton Quarterly Subscription Box Review #WIL01 Cards

Wil Wheaton Quarterly Subscription Box Review #WIL01 Radio Free

Radio Free Burrito Poster

In the letter, Wil mentions that there will be a new Radio Free Burrito poster with each box and the artwork will reflect that decade.

Verdict: I’m not sure exactly how to put a value on this box since some items are vintage, and the poster I believe is a unique item for Quarterly subscribers. I think it can be tricky though when one item represents the vast majority of the value in the box – if you don’t like it then the box will definitely me a miss. Fortunately, my husband loves kits like littleBits so this box is a win for him, and the action figures and cards have the nostalgia appeal.

I’m guessing this box will be a hit with some and a miss with others. What do you think of #WIL01?

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Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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24 Comments

  1. My geeky self is embarrassed to admit that I have no interest in the electronics kit which made the box a miss for me. Maybe I’m crazy but I’m going to try one more box and see how it goes. I really hope that he doesn’t go with one big ticket item again.

    In the meantime, I’ve put my kit up for sale on Amazon where I hope to get back some of the money I spent.

    I hear that some people got Planet of the Apes trading cards so I’m hoping I can swap my SW cards for some of those. I’ve been trying to finish my PotA trading card set for fifteen years!!

  2. Those cards came in bubble gum. and the backs all went together to make a larger picture. I have them somewhere…

  3. If anyone doesn’t want their action figure, hit me up on swap 🙂

  4. This box was a total miss for me, so I cancelled my subscription for his future boxes. I’m hoping my son enjoys the electronics kit and I think he probably will. I have no clue what I’m going to do with my Obi Wan action figure or the trading cards.

  5. I bought this box for my husband (born in ’74.) He was pretty excited about it and is looking forward to sharing the nerdiness with our daughter. I think Wil reached his target audience – nerdy guys his age 🙂 I’m looking forward to box #2!

  6. I passed on this box when they first announced the theme because I could tell that as a girl born in the 80’s, a box about his boyhood in the 70s was not going to be for me. But it looks like he’s putting a lot of thought into the curation and the next couple decades are more my speed, so I’m going to be keeping an eye out for spoilers for the next boxes.

  7. I started subscribing to Quarterly from the beginning. Over the past several years, I have found that the first boxes from a curator are often the best. I have been disappointed a lot and liked that Quarterly had the money back guarantee (I have returned several boxes). Now that they don’t have that option anymore and seeing the contents of this box….I cancelled my subscription before I was charged. I grew up in the 70s, but this box seems geared a) toward guys b) contains items that I have no interest in. Yes, I love Star Wars, but I never had action figures or trading cards. I also wish that Quarterly would bring back the one box option, so you don’t have to automatically subscribe. I have cancelled and tried several of the curated boxes and stuck with some longer than I should have. Liz, I loved your box, too bad you are no longer a curator at Quarterly.

  8. Don’t forget that if you subscribed to the Quarterly GE box you’ll be getting another littlebits kit – the cloud one, and they all interact.

  9. I loved the electronic kits so much as a kid, that we have a couple I purchased at Target that my son and I play with all the time. This looks like it’s more advanced than what we have. I can’t wait to play with it. That being said, I was hoping to see more than one large ticket item as the box’s value. I hope he doesn’t do that for every box. But…I will continue to get them because I love the item, regardless. Mine is set to arrive around tomorrow. I’m so excited to get it that I’ve been literally having dreams about its arrival. ha ha The wait was ridiculous!

  10. I had zero interest in this box but the kit intrigues me, I loved those radio shack kits in the 70s, so despite hating Star Trek I guess I still am a nerd 😉

  11. I bought this for my stepdad (born in 64) as a Christmas gift. I saw the spoilers over the weekend and was disappointed and I really didn’t get it. I watched him open the box yesterday and he was giddy as he looked through the items, totally stoked and nostalgic. I guess it’s all about how much you relate to that moment in time and these particular items.

    • I’m so glad to hear he liked it! 🙂

  12. rather odd that there are Star Wars figure and cards but nothing to do with Star Trek. Star Trek is what made WIl famous

    • Got this for my husband and he really loves the electronics kit! I was so relieved. I love the figurine, and the trading cards.
      All in all this was a good box for us, but he has a very specific slant market, so I can see how it’s definitely not going to be loved by everyone!

    • Star Trek originally aired 1966-69. Will Wheaton was born in 1972. Star Trek: The Next Generation, first aired in 1989. It stands to reason that he may include a Star Trek item in the ’80’s box, but more likely in a ’90’s box, when the bulk of the series aired.

    • I don’t think so…. He says he’s going decade by decade. I assume there will be Star Trek items in either the 80s or the 90s box (or he might do a box that straddles the two decades since the show was on from 87-94).

      • Ooh, you are right, Sophia! I bow to thy superior needless.

        • *nerdness

  13. I love, worship, and adore Wil. I think he’s genius. But I’m glad I didn’t pull the trigger…. this box would not have made me happy.

  14. My husband also really enjoyed this box–he really identified with what Wil wrote, also played with an electronics project kit, etc., so this was actually pretty nostalgic for him. I collected the Star Wars cards and action figures myself in the 70s so while those items have really little value, it brought back a lot of memories. I say they have little value since they aren’t in very good condition…

    Anyway we enjoyed this but I think a lot of people will unfortunately hate the box! We are sticking around for the next box. At least we have the loyalty shipping credit for the next one…

    The $20 coupon code, by the way, really is only valid on the kits so you can’t really use it without spending a lot out of pocket. I am also a bit shocked that it expires already this Sunday!

  15. I was born in 1973, but this box is not for me. I cancelled when Quaterly changed their return policies. Glad I passed and I have $100 to spend on Rachel Zoe’s box!

    • Hope you already signed up for it; it’s sold out.

      • Wow that was fast! I hestitated at first but I’m glad I went thru with signing up for the Rachel Zoe box

      • Yes, I’m signed up. I jumped on it when I got the announcement email and I got a confirmation right away. I’m so excited!

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