Geek Fuel EXP is a monthly subscription box filled with fandom tees, figures, comics, and goodies.
Note: Due to an error in their shipping department, we had been receiving the Geek Fuel boxes a month late. This has since been corrected. However, we still receive them late in the month.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Geek Fuel
The Subscription Box: Geek Fuel
The Cost: $29 a month, save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: Games, toys, collectibles, and other exclusive gear.
Ships to: The U.S. for free.
Geek Fuel November 2020 Review
Included was an info card with details about each item. This month's card is Geek Fuel's own art depicting a "Season Geek-ings" theme. There is often a sticker included in the box. This month they've included a sheet of holiday movie gift tags. Movies include Jingle All the Way, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Elf, and everyone's favorite Christmas classic – Die Hard. I think these are great.
"Mogwai Movie Madness" Shirt and Movie Watching Kit - Exclusive
Another awesome shirt from Geek Fuel. Last month's shirt was a wicked Beetlejuice design. This month is inspired by the film Gremlins. It's a red, white, and blue design on a black shirt. The overall design is shaped like a Gremlin wearing 3-D movie glasses, which is from the movie itself. It has a lot of cool Christmas details like snow, lights, and some hidden Gremlins. In addition, the shirt comes with a "movie watching kit" that includes popcorn, 3-D glasses, and a movie ticket for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" – all of which are also from the movie. The glasses are just like you remember and you get a trippy effect out of the shirt. Just like last month, I really appreciated Geek Fuel's awesome, unique design for their shirt. An obvious reference without even mentioning the name. If you know, you know.
A Die Hard Christmas Book and Ornament - Retail Value $13.13 (Does not include ornament)
This is great. A "children's" book telling the story of Die Hard written as "The Night Before Christmas." It's actually pretty well done.
"His feet, how they hurt,
his soles, oh so bloody.
John crawled to the bathroom
and called his good buddy.
John was weary and
ready to throw in the towel
until he got a pep talk
from Sergeant Al Powell."
The illustrations are warm, wonderful, and whimsical, even if they are from an R-rated movie. It's worth noting that the book does stay true to the movie. That is to say, there are some deaths and the movie's famous tagline. So take that into consideration before you think this is a children's book.
In addition to the book, Geek Fuel has partnered with the manufacturer to include a Christmas tree ornament that looks like the famous scene where John McClane is crawling through an air vent. They use the same illustration from the book. It's actually an idea from the internet, but a great addition nonetheless. Mine is already on our tree, against my wife's wishes. I think the box is unnecessarily big and should be reflective on the inside, but maybe I'm just being picky. I love this book and ornament combo. I think I may even buy a few copies for Christmas gifts.
Harry Potter Mini Snow Globe - Retail Price $29.08
Subscribers will receive one of seven Harry Potter character mini snow globes. (Although the box says there is an eighth mystery character.) The plastic globe is three inches tall and filled with gold glitter. It has a black base with the HP logo. Don't hate me for this, but I've never seen or read any of the Harry Potter franchise. I've heard nothing but good things, but I never dived in. Having said that, I am familiar with the characters and know that I enjoy the character of Ron Weasley, which I received. I think Snape would have also been a good one since Alan Rickman was also in Die Hard.
Verdict: After knocking it out of the park with their Halloween box, Geek Fuel returns with another great box in time for Christmas. The boxes arrive late in the month (for me at least), so it was smart of them to make the November box Christmas themed. Again, the shirt design was cool and nostalgic. However, my favorite item has to be the Die Hard book. I'm not sure I'm going to read it to my three-year-old, but I know my friends will get a kick out of it. Although I'm not a Harry Potter fan, I appreciate the snow globe. It's a real item with real value. I know that sounds funny to say, but some items I receive in boxes feel like cheap knock-offs. That is all to say, I think Harry Potter fans will be happy with it. The "movie watching kit" was cute, but didn't sway me either way. However, I really enjoyed the gift tags. What a great throw-in item. I know who each one is going to and that they will love them.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You'll likely start with next month's box.
Value Breakdown: At $29 per month + free shipping, each of these three items has an average cost of $9.66. I didn't include the "moving watching kit." While cool, I didn't feel like it really added value. However, I do think the gift tags add something to the box. I could see them being sold for a couple of bucks (or more) in pop culture stores. And it's worth mentioning that the price of the book doesn't include the cool ornament. If we guesstimate the shirt to be $15, this box clocks in at about $57 give or take. Add your own value for the ornament, stickers, and kit. While not a huge extra value, I think each item is on target and well-themed. I consider this another solid effort from Geek Fuel. Keep up the good work.
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