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September 2015 Arcade Block Unboxing
I’ve heard mixed reviews about Arcade Block, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the September 2015 box. In the end, I was pretty happy with what I received. Read my breakdown and see if you agree.
The first item I took out was a Boo plush. This is a fairly safe item to include in a box because everyone knows Mario and plushes are usually popular. I, for one, am a huge fan of plushes, so I was happy with this item. The estimated value is $8.
The second item was a Hylian shield keychain. The item says it is an exclusive, but I’m fairly certain you can get identical ones from multiple sources. However, I was actually in need of a decently-weighted keychain, so this was well-timed and I’m happy with it. The estimated value is $5.
The third item was a Springz chicken. I don’t have a car so I can’t put it on my dashboard. I think it might be a fun item to display at my desk at work, though. The estimated value is $10.
The fourth item was a Galak-Z 7” Record. I like the idea of putting a record in the box because it is an unusual item, but I don’t have a record player, so I’m not sure I’ll get any use out of this. The estimated value is $5.
The fifth item was a small canvas of “The Hero’s Triumph” by Russ Moore. This was SO COOL to get. The art was printed well and the canvas includes everything needed to hang the item, which is nice. This was definitely my favorite item in the box, with an estimated value of $20.
Finally, I took out the t-shirt, which was blue with a printed Windwaker design. For one thing, I’m always happy to receive shirts that aren’t black. The colors on the Windwaker design were also vibrant, although I can’t speak to their long-term resilience at this time. I have a lot of gaming shirts and not many opportunities to wear them, so I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of it, but it’s certainly a nice shirt. The estimated value is $10.
Overall, the box contained items amounting to about $58 in value, far above the price I paid. I believe I’ll get use out of about half of the items and the canvas in particular left me with a good impression. Apparently the theme was “Legend of Zelda”, which makes it odd that the Boo plush and Galak-Z record were included. At the same time, I could see Arcade Block including those items for customers that might not be Legend of Zelda fans (as if they exist.) I found these off-theme items acceptable, even though they made the theme less prominent. My primary judgment of subscription boxes is based on the items they include, not necessarily the theme, and I was happy with the items that came in the September 2015 Arcade Block.