Geek Fuel EXP is a monthly subscription box filled with fandom tees, figures, comics, and goodies.
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: $29.00 per month, save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: Games, toys, collectibles, and other exclusive gear.
Ships to: The U.S. for free.
Geek Fuel March 2021 Review
An info card is typically included in the box so subscribers know what they are getting and its listed value. For one reason or another, a card was not included in the box this month. So keep that in mind as I am guessing at the names and values.
"Galaxy Quest" Exclusive Shirt - Typical Listed Price $20.00
"Galaxy Quest" is one of my family's favorite movies. It's a movie so pure, genuine, and comical that it rises above satire and becomes an instant sci-fi classic in its own right. The shirt features several creatures and not one, but TWO quotes from the film. I like the design. However, I do think they should have dropped the "By Grabthar's Hammer..." and saved it for another "Galaxy Quest" shirt 18 months from now.
Quantum Mechanic Alien Face Hugger Figure - Retail Price $20.00
Alien is among a long list of movies that I can't wait to watch with my kids. Unfortunately, my oldest is only four and won't watch "Goosebumps", so it will be some time until that happens. Maybe this friendly face-hugger will ease the process? The figure is 3.37 inches tall (excluding base) and made of PVC. I thought the figure had a mistake on it because the "fingers" had human-like fingernails, but I went back and checked it out and sure enough, those creepy things did have fingernails. I like the humor of the "Free Hugs" sign. "Free Mask" also would have been funny and topical. Overall, a very cool piece if you like figures and the "Alien" franchise.
Pin Palz Alien Enamel Pin - Estimated Price $10.00
Another "Alien" item. Subscribers will receive one of five "Alien" enamel pins. They are 1-1/2 inches tall and have a single clutch on the back. I received a Ripley pin, but there are also the Ovomorph, Facehugger, Xenomorph, and the rare Chestbuster. I thought I had seen this pin before. MSA received this pin in April 2018. I think three years is plenty of time to repeat an item, although it's funny that we received the same exact pin out of the five. Did anyone else receive a different pin? I couldn't find a specific place to purchase these pins. If you want one, you may have to check out eBay and the like.
1983 Kenner Original Vintage Figure with Hookah – Estimated Value $18.00
A blast from the past. These little things are original "Star Wars" toys that never made it to the store. Similar to the mystery bags, Geek Fuel says they found a stash of these figures in a warehouse. The character's name is Salacious B. Crumb, whom you may remember sitting and cackling with Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. The figure comes with a hookah and slave collar. The items were originally accessories for the Jabba figure sitting on his dais. In fact, the inside of the box resembles Jabba's dais. Even if it is a very minor character, it is extremely cool to have an unopened Star Wars figure from 30 years ago.
I found the same thing on Amazon for $18. Since we don't have Geek Fuel's own prices, $18 sounds good to me.
Verdict: I found this to be a good effort from Geek Fuel. I'm a sucker for pins and enjoy the "Alien" movies. The figure is unlikely to get displayed in my house, but I appreciate the humor. I love all things "Galaxy Quest" and think the shirt was good, but not as great as Geek Fuel usually does. That leaves my favorite item as the "Star Wars" vintage figure. Even though we'd prefer any main character, there was something about getting a real vintage "Star Wars" toy in its original packaging. It kind of felt like being a kid again and you can't put a price on that. I think Geek Fuel walks a line between manufactured and genuine nostalgia. Sometimes it seems forced and other times it feels thoughtful. It must be hard to dial in on that nostalgia factor. I like that they are trying.
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 value of the items on the info card, but we didn't get a card this month. So the ESTIMATED value of this box clocks in at $68.00 – more than twice the cost. I felt like each item was good, but left me wanting something more. I still think I got my money's worth, but there was nothing that knocked me off my feet.
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