Laserbrain Patch Co “Game of Thrones” Box Review + Coupon – August 2017
Laserbrain Patch Co. is a monthly subscription box for fans of patches, buttons, and stickers. Each month, they send you 2-3 exclusive designs, which may include enamel pins, embroidered patches, and other cool collectibles.
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The Subscription Box: Laserbrain Patch Co
The Cost: $12.50 a month + $3.50 US shipping
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The Products: Enamel pins, embroidered patches, and other collectibles
Ships to: USA & Canada
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If you follow any artists or indie designers on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that enamel pins and embroidered patches are having a bit of a moment. I’m personally all about this trend: they are basically small, affordable pieces of original artwork that you can wear!
Laserbrain Patch Co Monthly Club is one of a few similar artist-driven fandom subscription boxes that send original pins and patches and other ephemera like stickers and postcards. I am a big Game of Thrones fan, so I was excited to check out their August box! (If you’re familiar with the series already, then there shouldn’t be any spoilers here.)
Everything came in a bubble envelope and was also sealed within a knight-themed goodie bag. The intro card runs though all of the items included and in some cases lists the designers.
After looking at their About Us page, it looks like most of the items in Laserbrain are designed by Joshua Belanger, James Moller Wulfe and Stina Sardinha Wulfe, who are all professional tattoo artists and/or illustrators. They sometimes have guest designers, too.
The back of the card is also a coloring postcard, featuring Drogon and Daenerys Targaryen at Dragonstone. Love this artwork and definitely notice that it has a tattoo-like feel!
Ghost Embroidered Patch
This is a pretty big patch, about 5″ x 3″, and it’s got a lot of detail! This features Jon’s direwolf Ghost, a weirwood tree, and a quote from the series often repeated by followers of the Lord of Light. The night is dark and full of terrors, indeed. There’s also an iron-on backing on this, so it would be super easy to stick on a tote bag or denim jacket if you’re so inclined.
Crow Enamel Pin
“Dark Wings Dark Words” is the name of Season Three Episode Two, but it’s also a general reference to the use of crows to send messages across far distances in the series. This pin is smaller, about an inch tall. It’s a really nice quality for an enamel pin and has two clasps so you can fix it in position just so.
It does look like this crow outline was previously used on a different pin from Laserbrain. I don’t love the idea that I’d potentially get an almost identical product in this subscription over time, but I’m also not positive if that other pin was ever shipped to subscribers before… so it may not be a big deal.
Hand of the King Pin
This is an obvious choice to be included in any Game of Thrones box: a replica of the pin worn by those in the position of The Hand, advising their respective leaders on military and other political matters. I thought this was plastic at first, but it is actually made of brass! It’s more petite than a real costume pin would be, about 2″ long, which makes it a bit more wearable in my opinion.
Reversible Arya/Daenerys Bookmark
This bonus piece of artwork would be great if you’re reading (or re-reading) A Song of Ice and Fire. It features the same Dany and Drogon artwork from the postcard and Arya with Needle on the back. Both quotes are about fear, which is a constant theme throughout the series, and certainly relevant to these two characters in different ways.
This petite sticker of Jon Snow’s sword features the same quote from the Arya side of the bookmark. This one strikes me as a bit clumsy for detail oriented fans since the quote has nothing to do with Jon specifically (and if anything, he’s more about uniting people against fear than using it to gain power for himself). But the design and illustration itself are awesome.
Verdict: Compared to similar fandom and geeky subscriptions that send similar products, Laserbrain Patch Co is definitely on the more affordable side of the spectrum at $12.50/month plus shipping (which was $3.50 for us). The postcard, sticker, and bookmarks are fun additions, but I think of the value in terms of the bigger ticket items, the patch, and pins: so it’s like paying $5.33 for each of those. That is definitely a fair break and is a good price if you’re just trying to build your collection; I usually spend $8-$10 on artist-made pins when I buy them individually.
What do you think about Laserbrain Patch Co? Do you wear or collect enamel pins or embroidered patches?