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 December 2020 Review
Included was an info card with details about each item. This month's card is Geek Fuel's own art designed to look like the classic Portable Containment Unit from Ghostbusters.
"I Don't Wanna Grow Up" Shirt - Exclusive
After two months of awesome movie t-shirt designs, Geek Fuel is doing a throwback design of the Toys R Us logo. The classic giraffe logo and iconic lettering are accompanied by the store's tagline "I don't wanna grow up" from their familiar jingle. I know that I have many, many memories in my local store picking out Nintendo games and Nerf footballs. Nowadays Toys R Us is more of a brand than a store, but they do have two locations currently and are planning a comeback in the near future. Maybe someday my kids will remember it as fondly as I do.
Kevin's Knit Beanie - Exclusive
In case you are wondering who Kevin is, this is Kevin McCallister's beanie from the film Home Alone. While Home Alone is an all-time favorite, I'll have to admit I don't think I would have recognized the beanie otherwise. But I looked it up and it is indeed pretty close to the one in the movie and better than most available on the internet. I think the hat is rad, but not quite my style in terms of fit. I'm going to give this to my daughter, so she can stop stealing mine. This is an exclusive item to Geek Fuel, but a quick search brings up several versions for purchase – ranging in price, availability, and accuracy.
Ghostbuster Ring (1 of 3) - Listed Price $40.00
I grew up a big Ghostbusters fan. I had the proton pack and everything when I was a kid. I can remember seeing the movie in the theaters and, well, I could go on and on. I was really pumped to see the Ghostbusters info card in this box – hoping that the whole box would be Ghostbusters themed. Even one item is still cool. Subscribers will receive one of three Ghostbusters rings: a Terror Dog, Ghostbusters logo, or, like me, an "Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts" spinner ring. I'd have to say I received my least favorite of the three, but it's still pretty cool. I like that you can spin the silver part because sometimes I fidget a bit. However, I am personally not a ring guy. I don't even wear a wedding ring. So I wasn't overly excited about this item, but for someone who IS a ring person, this is pretty cool.
Note: I couldn't find a good link for purchasing these items. So, if you're dying for one, you may have to do a little extra searching on your own.
Fantastic Forgotten Fortunes of Rare Retro Relics, Trinkets Treasure, and Trash (F.F.F.R.R.R.T.T.T. Mystery Bag) – Exclusive
If you've read a few of my past reviews, you know that I am a fan of these mystery bags. They kind of make me feel like a kid. Back when it was truly exciting to get something out of a quarter machine. This is the third time they have been included in a box. While I don't think I'll get tired of them, I could see how some subscribers might not enjoy them the way I do and see them as filler. As I've said before, the mystery bags are more of an emotional value. In addition, each bag includes a Toys R Us sticker and a Little Nero's Pizza magnet (from Home Alone). These are cool little items for sure, but I felt took away some of the "mystery." The two small items that were a mystery were a Moonraker card and a small Doraemon figure with a removable hat. We've received similar items before. Overall, I still like these bags, but subscribers looking for more bang for their buck may feel differently.
Are you a subscriber? What do you think of the mystery bags?
Verdict: After absolutely crushing the last two boxes, I felt like this one was a step back. I will still call this box a win for me because I like the hat and shirt. The ring is cool, but just not for me personally. I'm picking the shirt as my favorite item because I enjoy the retro design and have fond memories of the store. Again, I love the mystery bags but would caution Geek Fuel not to lean on them too many more times. Overall, it was a good box. I know every time can't be out of the park, but this one stands in the shadows of the last two months.
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 four items has an average cost of $7.25. If we guesstimate the shirt to be $15 and the beanie to be $12, this box clocks in at about $67 – give or take depending on what you can find the rings for. I didn't include the mystery bag, because I don't think there is much monetary value. Although the magnet and sticker were neat. Overall $67 sounds like a good value for the cost, but, in my opinion, the Ghostbuster ring is a little overpriced. Again, just my opinion, and that's assuming some prices. Still not a bad value for functional items.
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