Supply Pod from Outer Places is a new, unique, entry into the geek box category. The tagline for this box is "The subscription box where science meets science fiction." and their first offering definitely holds true to that idea. Each box is themed after upcoming sci-fi releases and scientific events - and their first offering is based on Andy Weir's fantastic book, and now movie, The Martian
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The Box: Supply Pod by Outer Places
The Cost: $39.99 + $7.99 s/h
ACTIVE DEAL: 10% off your first box
The Products: unique products themed around upcoming sci-fi releases and scientific events
Ships to: US
The box includes a detail card outlining all the items inside with cool callouts to the movie/book!
The Martian - Value $9 on Amazon
Naturally, you have to include the book! I absolutely loved this book - Liz read it first and basically forced me to read it, it was a good decision! While I have yet to see the movie, I've heard good things from friends and family that had read the book as well - which I was happy to hear, because the book really didn't have much to improve upon.
Green Science Weather Station - Value $10.69 on Amazon
And here's were the box is unique, and where the science portion starts to come into the items - included is a mini weather station! No item could be more appropriate for The Martian than a weather station with a greenhouse to grow plants.
Inflatable Solar Powered Lantern - Value $9.99 on Amazon
Here's an item that even Liz was excited to see, and inflatable solar powered lantern. I really like this item, and it's fully charged after a couple of days in my office, and not in direct sunlight. You can inflate it by blowing into it, like a pool inflatable - its solar panel are on the base, along with the power button. It has two bright white light settings, a flashing white light, and a flashing red light. This is just a useful item in general, and probably nice to have in the car with me all the time.
Spaceman Magnifier - Value $5.92 on Amazon
Next up is a small 5X magnifying glass from Kikkerland. Kikkerland makes a lot of cool, quirky, and unique items, and this is no different. It also has a bright LED light built in!
Foam Space Gliders - Value $.50
I pulled the value based on a the cost of a 12 pack. I used to love things like these when I was a kid - so I'm sure this would be a hit with the kids, at least for a tiny amount of time.
Astronaut Ice Cream Sandwich - Value $6.19 on Amazon
Liz was in such disbelief that I had never had this, as it was a staple in her science center visits as a child. But, this is my first time trying something like this, and it was delicious. I could stock up on these.
AVP Fire and Stone #1 of 4 - Value $3.50
The also include issue #1 of AVP Fire and Stone from 2014. While it's an older comic, it's still new to me, so I love it.
They include a fold out poster with some info on exoplanets! Interesting info, I feel out of the loop because I didn't know what exoplanets were...it's been a while.
There were a couple of bonus items included as well. A Martian bookmark to keep your place while reading this awesome book, and an exclusive offer of a free Mars rock with Planet Mars gift package purchase.
Verdict: This was a unique entry into the geek genre, and it was a blast to unbox and uncover what each item was. The value of the items pretty much breaks even with the cost of the box, shipped. I, personally, loved the mixture of items - from the comic to the weather station, each item felt thought out and held to the theme. It's definitely on the higher end of geek box prices, but if you're looking for something the includes fun items and scientific items - this is it.
Get excited - because their next box is based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!
What did you think of Supply Pod?