Nerdy Post Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2017
Nerdy Post is a monthly celebration of your favorite fandoms from TV, movies, and books. Every month, you’ll get 5-7 handcrafted items centered around a different monthly fandom.
Everything you get in Nerdy Post is handmade by Alexis, Nerdy Post’s creator. Here’s what their site says:
“…we wanted to provide unique, high-quality designs that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Hand lettering and illustrating these designs means that nothing is created using fonts or stock images from a computer. Designs are of course digitized in order to be printed on the products, but they will retain their hand-crafted quality.”
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This review is of the Nerdy Post, $13.95 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Nerdy Post
The Cost: $13.95 a month. The Nerdy Tees subscription is $15.95 a month.
COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first box!
The Products: 5-7 exclusive items centered around a popular fandom from books, movies, or TV
Ships to: U.S. and beyond (Shipping rates apply!)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This month’s theme is Sarah J. Maas, the acclaimed author of the Throne of Glass series. I’m so bummed to say that I don’t know anything at all about this author nor her work, but it isn’t the first time I haven’t been in the loop about the fandom this box has focused on. I like this subscription a ton, often regardless of how well (or not so well) I know the subject matter, so I figured I’d still get it this month. (You can always skip the month if the theme isn’t your thing.)
I love reading Alexis’s note each month. She’s always really detailed and considerate about the quotes and iconography she uses. And I love how her voice shows through in how she phrases things!
You Could Do Anything If Only You Dared Poster
I love this encouraging, challenging quote from Throne of Glass. I haven’t seen Alexis make such an interesting, intricate design before, and I’m totally smitten. The fine green lines of the leaf design are gorgeous and looks incredible alongside the deep purple letterpress-like patterns in the letters. Pretty and inspiring!
There are two posters in this month’s box, unlike the usual one. This design is by artist TJ Lubrano, whose work has appeared in this subscription before. There’s something sweet about how cutesy this design is, given the dragon-like, powerful creature it honors.
Amulet of Orynth Lapel Pin
I really liked this stag pin when I saw it in the box—not immediately knowing what it was, it reminded me of Harry Potter’s patronus. As Maas fans know, though, this is the Amulet of Orynth, a symbol of the Galathynius lineage.
The pin has a nice shine to it, thanks to its silver setting. And it grips onto my thicker jacket really nicely. I wasn’t sure how sturdy it’d be (always my worry with pins like this), but this one is great.
This side of the bookmark, which has a lovely, velvety-smooth finish to it, was done by an artist named Her Bookish Things. I like that Alexis has been introducing new artists into the mix, creating an awesome community of geeky creatives and helping beautify Instagram feeds everywhere. This design is simple and sweet. The quote is a great little pep-talk to see peeking out of a book!
The other side of the bookmark is a quote from Celaena, the Throne of Glass protagonist. The design nods to the Amulet of Orynth with the stag. I love how this bookmark doesn’t just speak to fans of the book series, but to fans of reading as well!
According to the info card, these inch-big buttons represent quotes from the characters Rowan, Manon, and Sam. They all echo a similar aesthetic, which makes them look great all together. The colors are a little dull for me, but I see how they capture the austerity of the story.
Night Court Sticker
This sticker probably isn’t waterproof, but it does feel surprisingly sturdy and high-quality. I love the geometric, almost crystal-like shape of the mountains. The quote is from Sarah J. Maas’s book A Court of Myst and Fury. This is a quote I’d like to get more context for—I’m not sure if the first half is good or bad! That’s one thing I like about this subscription, even if I don’t know the fandom. It gets me excited about new things to watch and read!
This print is a great example of Alexis’s skills as an artist. I love how seamlessly and beautifully she fits this entire, very long quote onto a glossy-finish card about the size of a postcard. The colors are dramatic and echo the images of darkness captured by the quote itself.
Coloring Book Postcard
Alexis always includes a coloring postcard with a unique design that nods to the fandom at hand. This design is beautifully intricate, and apparently, illustrates the combining powers of the heroes of this story. So cool!
The back features info about the subscription’s contact info—be sure to share your finished coloring creation!
Night Court Star Dust
This is a new, cool kind of item to get in this box! This bath salt was made by She Wants Brains, and it’s the first body product I’ve gotten from this box. I love the twinkly black appearance of these salts, which have a sweet, pretty scent about them.
Bonus Item: Feyre’s Tattoo
This temporary tattoo is a part of a larger tattoo (the design you can see on the coloring postcard, I think). I love a temporary tattoo, especially in summer—they’re just so darn fun! And this design is gorgeous. What a clever idea for a box item!
Verdict: So I obviously don’t know just how well these items represent the world of Maas’s books, but as a total outsider, I love the art style, the compelling quotes, and the clever products. I love that Nerdy Post is only $13.95 a month, which makes it super affordable (each piece of unique art or other creations would only be about $1-$2—that’s way lower than I’d expect to pay for this kind of fan art at a convention or online). I do hope next month (which is going to be an awesome anniversary box!) features some more familiar content, but I loved this less familiar content even so!
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