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October 2015 Arcade Block Unboxing
Today I received the October 2015 Arcade Block. On one hand, it was exciting to receive my first box that was a continuation of a subscription. On the other hand, I was disappointed by how late I received the box. This is the October box, but I received it a few days into November. I believe that Nerd Block (creator of Arcade Block) is based in Canada, so that could explain the delay in receiving the box in the United States. However, it’s still a bit disappointing.
That having been said, I can excuse the delay as long as I enjoy a box’s items.
The first item that I pulled out of the October 2015 Arcade Block was a Fallout Mystery Minis Vinyl Figure. I haven’t actually played Fallout, but I think I’d enjoy it based on what I’ve heard of the game. I also enjoy unboxing mystery figurines. With those things considered, this figurine was probably my favorite part of this month’s Arcade Block. The estimated value of the figure is $10.
The second item in the box was a baseball cap featuring the Atari logo. It’s a decent-looking cap and Atari is recognizable enough to make this a viable item for a lot of people. For me...well, I barely wear baseball caps and I think I prefer the other ones I own. Still, a decent item. The estimated value is $10.
The third item was a box advertising the game Retro City Rampage. At first the box confused me, but then I discovered a CD inside. The CD enables installation of the game. The Arcade Block also came with a Humble Bundle link to get a downloadable version. This looks like a fun game with lots of references to the 80s, but it’s not my style. The estimated value is $10.
The fourth item in the Arcade Block was a Titanfall K’nex Militia Pilot Attack building set. A K’nex set is a fun item to have in a subscription box, but I haven’t actually played Titanfall, so some of the appeal is lost on me. A fan of Titanfall should enjoy this. The estimated value is $13.
And, of course, we have a shirt. The shirt this month is themed for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. I don’t play FPS games, so I didn’t recognize the design at first. The estimated value of the shirt is $10.
All things considered, the October 2015 Arcade Block contained merchandise amounting to over $50 in value, which exceeds the ~$30 monthly cost. However, was it worth it for me? Honestly, I don’t think so. I suppose I’ve been lucky so far with my subscription boxes in the sense that every box I’ve opened has contained at least one item that I could use. I don’t feel that way about the October Arcade Block. If I eventually play Fallout, I’m sure I’ll appreciate the Mystery Mini more. The other items, though, don’t really appeal to me.
Overall, I think the October 2015 Arcade Block will make some gamers very happy. For someone who doesn’t play the relevant games, however, it was a bit of a let-down. I really enjoyed the previous month’s Arcade Block, but I don’t think I’ll be continuing my subscription in the future. There’s simply too much variability in the items they provide for me to feel like I can get value out of all of the items they send.