Geek Fuel EXP is a monthly subscription box filled with fandom tees, figures, comics, and goodies.
Note: Due to a shipping error, we received this late-February.
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 January 2021 Review
Included was an info card with details about each item. This month's card is designed to look like a PlayStation game with a "90s Gamer Edition" theme. A new addition to these info cards is the value of each item.
"Button Masher" Shirt - Exclusive - Listed Price $20
While I wasn't the biggest PlayStation guy, I was certainly a button masher. I do have fond memories of playing Crash Bandicoot and Twisted Metal with my cousins. They were phenomenal. This shirt features four popular PlayStation games representing the classic buttons of a PlayStation controller. They are Spyro the Dragon as the square, Crash Bandicoot as the triangle, Cloud Strife of Final Fantasy as the X, and Snake of Metal Gear Solid as the circle. I think this is an amazing design and gamers that grow up with a PlayStation will love it.
Sleep Fighter "Throw" Pillow - Exclusive - Listed Price $24
Now here is a clever item. This small pillow is designed to look like the "Hadoken" fireball from Street Fighter and, as its name suggests, it's meant to be thrown at your enemies. Of course, it can also double as a good nap pillow. It's roughly 20 x 12 inches. The pillow comes double vacuum sealed, but is ready to throw at your friend, sibling, or spouse immediately. I like the playfulness of this item. I think my kids will like it.
Playstation Metal Drink Coasters - Listed Price $12.99
The set of four coasters are, of course, the four buttons of the PlayStation controller. I really like cork-backed coasters like these. They are a little small, thin, and very light. My coffee mug just fits them. They are nice, but I think I'd like a little more room to work with. Being metal, I was worried a glass might easily slip off them but found that not to be true. Overall, a nice item.
Gaming Console Skin – Exclusive - Listed Value $6
If you're looking to add some personality to your PlayStation, here is a skin to decorate the console. It has a lot of game characters and references on it. The sheet is 9-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches at its widest and is low-tac adhesive. So it won't leave marks on your console. It looks like it will fit all generations of the PlayStation. It even suggests the original generation, but I don't think that will work. I like the idea, but Geek Fuel is banking on subscribers to have a PlayStation AND want to put a decal on it. I suppose you could cut it up and use it in different ways, but it's pretty specific.
Verdict: I think this will be a great box for the right gamers and just good for others. A PlayStation-centric box will appeal to plenty of subscribers, but I bet there will be some that feel a little left out. Having said that, I think Geek Fuel did a wonderful job with its theme and design. I like the coasters a lot, but have to pick the pillow as my favorite item. It's really clever, fun, and functional. Maybe I should say it puts the "fun" in "functional." I do think the decal was a good idea, but it's a bit of a risk. Then again, I'm not the kind of guy that expresses himself with decals or stickers. I'm sure others will like this item. As usual, the t-shirt design is great. All in all, I think this is a good box, but how much you enjoy will be based on if you grew up with PlayStation or not.
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. This is the first time that I have seen Geek Fuel include the value of the items on the info card. According to the suggested value, this box clocks in at $63 – more than twice the cost. Aside from the decal, everything is functional, which is always a plus for me. I think there is good value here, but your enjoyment of that value will be based on how much you like PlayStation.
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