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 per month, save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: Games, toys, collectibles, and other exclusive gear.
Ships to: The U.S. for free.
Geek Fuel "Champions Edition" June 2021 Review
Included was an info card with details about each item. This month's theme is "Champions Edition" and the card has an Olympic theme. Geek Fuel included a maze and word search, which is new. The accordion booklet is once again on heavy card stock, which I'm assuming we can start to expect monthly. Again, it's really nice.
"Return of the Mac" Exclusive Shirt - Listed Price $20.00
The shirt is designed to look like an old boxing flyer promoting a fight between Little Mac and King Hippo from Nintendo's Punch-Out game. I love the old, screenprint look and that the date on the shirt is the same day the game was released in North America. I have to admit that I didn't immediately recognize the characters or know what game it was referencing. But for those who played the game more than me, I suspect you will love this shirt. Although it didn't resonate with me personally, I still think Geek Fuel killed it again with another cool design. I could even see them doing a print of something like this as a future item.
Andre the Giant Super 7 Reaction Figure – Retail Price $18.00
Subscribers will receive one of two Andre the Giant figures: one in a wrestling singlet or his trademark vest. Both figures include a small can of beer. I'm a fan of the man, the myth, the legend, but if I'm being honest I don't remember him much as a wrestler. When I think of Andre the Giant, I think of The Princess Bride and his role as Fezzick. (Shout out to the "As You Wish" shirt from the April 2021 box.) Having said that, I really like this action figure, because Andre seemed like a cool, good guy. I will say, however, that Geek Fuel is really leaning on these Reaction Figures. This is the third one just this year and there was one in half the boxes last year. They are pretty cool, but I think Geek Fuel is relying on them a lot.
"Secret Stuff" Water Bottle - Exclusive - Listed Price $10.00
The new Space Jam movie hits theaters in a few weeks, but if you're like me, nothing will compare to the original 1996 Space Jam featuring Michael Jordan. This bottle is from the latter and is from a scene where Bugs Bunny fools his Looney Toon teammates into thinking Mike drinks a secret formula that makes him so good. Anyway, just watch the movie. I like that the bottle is full size. It's huge and it even looks cartoonish. I only wish my name was Michael because everyone who hasn't seen the movie will think it is. I might throw this in my disc golf bag, but it'd also be funny to see someone using it at the gym or in a game. (I don't do either of those things.)
Pin Palz "Going Aggro" Enamel Pin – Exclusive - Listed Value $10.00
My wife and I actually just spent a night going down Memory Lane with the old Nickelodeon shows we used to watch as kids. Double Dare, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and, of course, GUTS. For the uninitiated, a few kids competed in "extreme" versions of athletic events, which culminated in the final round of scaling a mountain called the Aggro Crag. The winner received an iconic piece of the Crag, which this pin replicates. The pin is 2x2 inches, glows in the dark, and has some weight to it. It's almost unwieldily heavy, especially for only having a single clasp. I think it would look good on a gym or messenger bag. It's not something I'd wear on clothing.
Verdict: Last month, I said "Sometimes, it's as if Geek Fuel is targeting me directly." This month it felt like they missed me by one degree with each item. I thought each item was spot on . . . for someone else. And that's just how this subscription is; based on a period of time that people my age are nostalgic for. So your enjoyment of the items is based somewhat on the specific movie, show, book, or wrestler you watched and liked. All these items remind me of growing up but weren't bullseyes like last month. Obviously, that's just me, and subscription boxes have a lot of personalities to consider. Short story long, I really appreciate this effort from Geek Fuel. I think they have had a really good streak of fun, clever, and thoughtful items. Not every time can be out of the park, but I appreciate them swinging for the fences. I'm going to pick the water bottle as my favorite item because it's functional and think it'll look good in my disc golf bag. Now I just need to find the time to get outside.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box will be the July box.
Value Breakdown: At $29 per month + free shipping, each of these four items has an average cost of $7.25. According to the suggested value, this box clocks in at $58. That is twice the cost. The more I get this subscription the less I care about the overall value. I like to remember my childhood and occasionally an item hits so close to home it puts a big smile on my face. That doesn't happen with other boxes for me. Plus, there is added value in getting items that you can't buy in a store. So there is a little give and take with subscriptions like Geek Fuel.
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