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Nerd Block Subscription Box Review – April 2015

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Nerd Block Subscription Box Review – April 2015 Box

Nerd Block is a monthly subscription box for geeks and gamers. This box typically includes at least a figurine or two, and always a new exclusive shirt. Nerd Block recently introduced Arcade Block, so this box is now known as Nerd Block Classic.

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

Nerd Block Subscription Box Review – April 2015 Items

The Subscription Box: Nerd Block

The Cost: $19.99 plus shipping (Shipping is $8.75 to Canada, $9.50 to US, $12.50 Worldwide)

The Products: Every Nerd Block comes with a custom t-shirt (in your size) and 5-6 geeky items.

Ships to: US, Canada, and Worldwide!

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Nerd Block Subscription Box Review – April 2015 80s

This month’s theme is Growing Up 80s – and I think this might be the best Nerd Block box we’ve ever received!

Nerd Block Subscription Box Review – April 2015 Info

On the flip side of the card, all the items included are detailed.

Nerd Block Subscription Box Review – April 2015 Tee

88 Miles Per Hour T-Shirt – Value $10

This shirt design is exclusive to Nerd Block subscribers, and officially my husband’s favorite tee he’s ever received in a subscription box!

Nerd Block Subscription Box Review – April 2015 Ghostbusters

Titans Vinyl Figures Ghostbusters Ecto-1 – Value $14?

This piece is designed exclusively for Nerd Block subscribers, so it is kind of impossible to know the exact value, but I suspect this piece will be especially popular on ebay/swaps – it is awesome!

Nerd Block Subscription Box Review – April 2015 Top

Nerd Block Subscription Box Review – April 2015 Side

Nerd Block Subscription Box Review – April 2015 Mug

PAC-MAN Heat Change Mug – Value $10

Another fun 80s item! (And a useful one too). Here is what the mug looks like before you add a heated beverage to reveal the characters:

Nerd Block Subscription Box Review – April 2015 Mug Shown

Nerd Block Subscription Box Review – April 2015 Kevin Smith

Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith – Retail Value $16 (On Amazon for $13.30)

I love that Nerd Block has started to include books in their boxes! Here is the summary from Amazon:

That Kevin Smith? The guy who did Clerks a million years ago? Didn’t they bounce his fat ass off a plane once? What could you possibly learn from the director of Cop Out? How about this: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-three, and since then, he’s done whatever the hell he wants. He makes movies, writes comics, owns a comic book store, and has built a podcasting empire.

Tough Sh*t is the dirty business that Kevin has been digesting for forty-two years and now he’s ready to put it in your hands. Kevin provides you with a blueprint for success, taking you through some big moments in his life to help you live your days in as Gretzky a fashion as you can: going where the puck is gonna be. Read all about how a zero like Smith managed to make ten movies with no discernible talent and how when he had everything he thought he’d ever want, he decided to blow up his own career.

Nerd Play Series 1 Cards – Value $3?

This is another Nerd Block exclusive item that I’m not sure how to put a price on. Here is the complete list of card options.

I was surprised to see these in the box since they were also in the February box, but everything else in this box is so awesome, it’s not a big deal to me.

Verdict: Based on my estimates this box has a value of about $50. I think the retail value is good, but even more importantly, we’re really happy with the curation! I hope they do a 90s box next!

What do you think of the April 2015 Nerd Block box?

 

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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15 Comments

  1. I loved this box – even more since my book had a sticker inside with Kevin Smith’s autograph, yes, real, not printed, done with a Sharpie by the look of it. Well impressed, as I have been a Kevin Smith fan since ‘Clerks’ was first released. It struck me that many people don’t like books, and simply did not open the volume, so they never discovered the autograph.

  2. Did not care for the book, not sure why it even was in their when Kevin was nothing in the 80’s, not part of the theme.

    Loved the other stuff….

    BUT

    My Ecto-1 came with a crease in the middle under the front/bottom window AND the left side was tucked in wrong to were it covered up the background. Which sucks because the way its made, its supposed to be displayed in-box. Wrote NerdBlock over it. They asked for pics and sent a generic letter back of: “Thank you for the photos. All Nerd Block items are inspected and quality controlled prior to packaging. While we can appreciate the collectable nature of the products we send, there is a chance products will shift while en route to customers. We strive to package our Blocks to ensure minimal movement during shipping. Unfortunately, we can not replace items due to minimal package damage such as small creases or bends, as we cannot guarantee a new item will arrive without minimal damage due to the shipment as well.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

    BUMMER!!! So my so-called collectible item isn’t in collectible or displayable condition and NO help from them. I came across an eBay seller with one of their boxes and it had a damaged Funko (torn, top right corner above front window, torn to top). Said he was contacting NB for a replacement, gave him the same run: photos please, generic letter letting you down.

    So yeah, quality control is lacking with them as well as customer service. Really makes me question if I ever want to go back to them.

    Best customer service I have come across so far have been by Geekfuel & Collectible Geek

  3. The NERD PLAY cards are going to be in every other box per their site:
    “Every other month will feature a new pack with new cards and costumes.”

  4. I am sooo happy that I read this. I’ve been trying not to read too many spoilers, but I’ve been ordering gaming/geek boxes for Emmy for a couple of months for her 12th birthday in May and I did see the spoiler for Back to the Future which she loves and I had to get this box. I’m a Kevin Smith fan, so I will enjoy this book, however she will never watch Clerks until she’s about 70 or never would be good also. I just have to get the book out now and put something else in. Thanks for the details Liz, you saved me big time on this one!

  5. I must be the only one who is totally disappointed. I guess I was hoping for at least one slightly girly toy- like Care Bears or My Little Pony or even Rainbow Brite- because that is what I grew up playing with. I really think I need to be subscribing to Nerd Block Jr for Girls!!

    • I am kind of glad they didn’t include those, because it would of probably been the newer versions of them. The newer versions are just not the same as the classics.

    • I am totally with you! They should have had some sort of My Little Pony reference – somehow. There are plenty of “Bronies” out there – so why not? I was all excited for the 80s theme. I think the Kevin Smith book is really stretching it a bit. It looks like a cool book, but I think they could have found something that fit the theme better. To me Kevin Smith is then but is also now – this should be a time capsule.

  6. This was my first Nerd Block, and am so excited that these awesome 80s items were a part of my first box. I’m a definite Nerd Block fan! 🙂

  7. Omg! I want this! My son gets Jr. This is the best retro box I’ve seen. I was hoping for loot like this in the Wil Wheaton Quarterly box. That didn’t happen. Lol

  8. Love the shirt, the Ghostbusters car, and the Pac-Man mug but I’m really disappointed in the book. I know Kevin Smith helped curate the box, and I’m a big fan of his. But KS’s place is in a 90s box. Clerks was released in ’94. (And I also say all this being 2 years younger than he is, so I do “get” that he grew up as an 80s kid.) But that book knocked an awesome 80s toy or momento out of this Block – not to mention it was written in 2013.

  9. Shirt has a $19.95 tag on it…

  10. I love this! I can’t wait to get ours, my fiancé is going to love it too! Good idea with the 90’s box…I was hoping for more 80’s themed boxes but didn’t even think of a 90’s box.

  11. Gah! I want this box but it’s not available anymore! Boo. (I should’ve known when I saw that Kevin Smith was curating.)

    Enjoy all your awesome stuff, you lucky people! 😀

  12. I agree that this is the best nerd block I’ve seen. I am excited about the shirt, book, and mug! One thing I like about the shirt is that it is a little less obvious, even if you don’t get the reference, it is a cool shirt!

    • Agree – we love the less obvious shirts 🙂

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