Geek Fuel EXP is a monthly subscription box filled with fandom tees, figures, comics, and goodies.
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About Geek Fuel
The Subscription Box: Geek Fuel
The Cost: $29.00 per month, save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: Games, toys, collectibles, and other exclusive gear.
Ships to: The U.S. for free.
Geek Fuel February 2021 Review
Included was an info card with details about each item. This month's theme is "When animals attack" and the card has a Jurassic Park design to it.
"Titanus Gojira" Exclusive Shirt - Listed Price $20.00
No doubt a small tie-in to the release of Godzilla vs. Kong, the name is another moniker for the more familiar Godzilla. I believe this is the first shirt I've received from Geek Fuel with print on the back. I really love this design. It's almost adorable with the flowers, his big eyes, and the design's disarming palette. Once again, I think Geek Fuel knocked it out of the park with its exclusive design.
Super Secret Stash Can - Exclusive - Listed Price $20.00
Just as memorable as the actors, the score, and the dinosaurs themselves, Jurassic Park gave us the iconic Barbasol can with a hidden compartment. This one is more simplistic than the one in the movie. The bottom pops off and the entire can is empty inside. However, that doesn't mean it's any less cool. I'm not sure what I'm going to hide in mine. Maybe candy? It also comes in a well designed box with the familiar DNA character from the movie as well.
I did a quick search for Barbasol stash cans and there are many – some very similar to this one. Outside of the box, which is very well done, I'm not exactly sure what makes this "exclusive." Maybe they are saying that they designed it themselves, instead of buying someone else's. Having said that, I'm really excited about it and have already sent a picture of it to a few friends, which I do not usually do.
Planet of the Apes Collectible Super7 Reaction Figure - Listed Price $18.00
Subscribers will receive 1 of 3 Super7 Reactions Figures from the Planet of Apes movies. Either General Ursus, Dr. Zaius, or Cornelius in an astronaut suit. As much as I would have liked Dr. Zaius, I really like having Cornelius. I mean, come on. It's an ape in an astronaut suit. He comes with a little helmet as well. This is the third Reaction Figure I've received since August – that's one every other month. I got a TMNT, a classic movie monster, and this one. I actually kind of like getting one once in a while. They remind me of the action figures I grew up with and it's sort of like I'm collecting them over time.
Fantastic Forgotten Fortunes of Rare Retro Relics, Trinkets Treasure, and Trash (F.F.F.R.R.R.T.T.T. Mystery Bag) – Exclusive - Listed Value $10.00
If you've read my other Geek Fuel reviews, you know I've always been a fan of these little mystery bags. However, at this point I'm ready to say they are relying on them too much. This is probably the fifth or sixth mystery bag since September 2020. They are in almost every box. The problem isn't just the repetitiveness, but that they have started putting things in them so they're not even a mystery any more. This time there was a Geek Fuel sticker – which were always just including in the box – designed to look like the Jurassic Park logo and a Dungeons & Dragons "Dungeon Master" enamel pin. They say there is a chance you may receive a bonus, rare pin as well. While I do not participate in D&D campaigns, the pin is of nice quality. However, I feel it's a little specific and therefore may not be widely enjoyed.
The only mysterious part of the bag is a collectable card from the 80s. Mine was from E.T. Subscribers have received ones like this before. As I've said in past reviews, these do remind me of growing up collecting cards, and buying little trinkets from the quarter machines at the local grocery store in my hometown. It was an absolutely great idea at first, but it's not the same. I am assuming that they are running out of the trinkets they originally found, and are spreading them out by putting them with items like the pin. I think this time they could have just included the pin alone and skipped the mystery stuff.
Verdict: I thought Geek Fuel picked a good theme, and found three good items to fit it. I'm going to pick the stash can as my favorite item, because ever since I saw it in 1993, I've always wanted one. It was a little bit of a shame it didn't feel "exclusive," because so many other versions are available. But it was a good idea and execution. Again and again, I am impressed with Geek Fuel's shirt designs. I like that I'm typically getting a shirt that you can't buy off a shelf. The action figure is cool, even if it IS something you can buy off a shelf. But like the mystery bags, I don't think they should rely on them too much. The more subscriptions I review, the more I appreciate subscriptions that try to make their own stuff. Most subs are just buying you things. It can't hit it out of the park every time, but I see Geek Fuel trying to make and design their own things, and I like that.
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 $29.00 per month + free shipping, each of these four items has an average cost of $7.25. Geek Fuel is now including the their value of the items on the info card. According to the suggested value, this box clocks in at $68.00 – more than twice the cost. I think the three main items can be enjoyed by everyone and therefore they have good value. The mystery bag was never about value, in my opinion. It's was more about being nostalgic. However, including the pin this time did add some value. An enamel pin like this one could easily cost $10.00. So – assuming you like Dungeons & Dragons – I think the value is accurate.
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