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US Army Valor Blocks Subscription Box Review – April 2017

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Valor Blocks is a brand new subscription box from the makers of Nerd Block. Valor Blocks is set to feature gear, merchandise, and collectibles from the protective services – there will be specific boxes for the US Army, Marine Corps, and the US Navy. The only block that is currently shipping the US Army Valor Block.

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

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The Box: US Army Valor Blocks

The Cost: $34 + S/H ($6 for non-military, $5.40 for military)

The Products: “Valor Blocks is a monthly subscription box featuring exclusive gear, merchandise, and collectibles from the world’s most prominent protective services organizations.”

Ships To: US + APO Addresses

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You can expect each Valor Block to feature exclusive and licensed items from the specific branch.

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It comes with an information card that details each item in your box.

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U.S. Army Est 1775 Shirt – Value $15?

The shirt I received didn’t match the shirt pictured on the card. It features a lot of the same hallmarks, though, and I think I like the black and gold version much better.

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U.S. Army Pint Glass – Value $15-20 based on similar products

You’ll receive a pint glass displaying both the U.S. Army crest and a bald eagle.

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It feels like a heavy-duty glass and the print has a bit of 3-dimensional texture to it.

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U.S. Army Bottle Opener – Value $10-15?

You’ll get an official Army bottle opener.

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It features the crest on both sides and can be used to open your bottle with either side. It’s a thick metal and will surely hold up over time.

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U.S. Army 4 Pack Coasters – Value $10?

To continue stocking up on you U.S. Army drinkware – you’ll also get a 4 pack of coasters.

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The material is exactly like a mousepad – it’s got non-slip on the bottom and is completely flexible. Each has the crest on top of a pixelated camo print.

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Exclusive Challenge Coin: Eagle Crest – Value $5-10?

This is essentially just a coin – the ‘challenge coin’ in the name is really just a name.

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It’s got the crest on each side of the coin – and seems to be very high-quality.

Verdict:  The value is going to be tough to determine with these boxes since all items seem to be manufactured be Nerd Block – so they’re really setting the value. I can see this as a good gift for members of the US Army, Veterans, or for family supporting a loved one – and does include a lot of useful items in the second installment!

What did yu think of the March US Army Valor Block?

Written by Eric Cadman

Eric Cadman

Eric is the co-founder of My Subscription Addiction. He’s been hooked on geek subscription boxes since 2012 thanks to Loot Crate and Nerd Block. Geek boxes sparked his desire for collecting Funko Pops and comic book statues!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

11 Comments

  1. The idea behind an “armed services” subscription box is baffling to me. I grew up in a military family, and I can’t see my dad or anyone else I know finding these items appealing. It’s pretty funny. As another said, its gimmicky junk. I’m guessing a civilian thought of this lol?

    Just putting this out there for those who don’t know…A little while ago one of my coworkers was surprised to find out that not all army soldiers carry guns on a daily basis (unless you’re an MP (military police) or it’s specific to your duty). And no, they’re not all weapons experts. But they probably would all not find any value in any of these items 🙂

    • I feel like that as well. I guess because we’re around it all the time. My husband wouldn’t want any of this stuff. But as another person commented, this might be good for the proud parents of some new recruit.

      But again, if you’re thinking of getting gifts like that, and you’re close to a Mil Installation check out on post/base shopping, some of those funds return to fund MWR and/or there are often veteran’s selling hand made items in the main PX/BX area.

  2. I am a retired Army Veteran, these things are all gimmicky junk you can buy at the military base for really cheap separately, a few bucks a piece. I don’t think a service member would enjoy it, they would probably regift the things to their civilian friends.

    • As a veteran I agree, but I think this would be nice for parents of someone serving. Especially ones that like to have every reason to bring up their kids service, like my ex in laws lol.

  3. Hi! Sorry to ask this, but are there some typos in your review? It would be great if you would fix them, as I like the idea of this box, but I don’t quite know what you are saying about a box that is supposed to honor the individuals that sacrifice their lives for our freedom.

    • I don’t see any typos. Also, it kind of sounds like you’re implying Eric is disrespecting our armed forces, which I am certain he is not doing. That may not be your intention, but that is how your comment reads.

      • Her comment doesn’t make sense to me either. I didn’t see any typos, but it seams like she’s saying that typos are disrespectful.

  4. The card you pictured looks like it says the USAF is also going to be featured soon. I’m curious if they’ll all be almost the same. My dad is retired Air Force.

    • I would bet they’ll all be similar. Looks like they’re manufacturing a lot of the items so I would bet it’ll be similar

  5. Hi there is actually a reason they are called challenge coins. If you lose the
    Challenge you have to buy the drinks!

    • good to know! thanks!

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