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December 2015 Geek Fuel Unboxing
As a person who loves nerdy stuff, I’m always tuned into subscription boxes that center around nerd/geek culture. I was therefore excited to have the chance to open the December 2015 Geek Fuel, one of the most popular of the geek boxes.
The first item in the box was a set of 8-bit wrapping paper - super adorable, and timely for Christmas! Unfortunately, I was away visiting family when the box arrived, so I didn’t get to use the paper in time. However, I’m planning to make use of it next year. This pack of wrapping paper is valued at $8.
The second item was a bundle of two games: Devil Bluff and Bloo Kid 2. I support geek boxes that include video games, because I think they’re a useful and valuable part of nerd culture. I personally don’t have time to play a lot of video games, though, so I probably won’t make use of these myself. The two games are collectively priced at $19.
The third item was a Star Wars-themed holiday card, another item that was adorable whilst being timed for the holidays. Like with the wrapping paper, I plan to make use of it next year, even though The Force Awakens will be old news by then. Droids will always be cute! I estimated this card’s value at $2.
The fourth item was a Death Star mold. I expected a lot of Star Wars items this month, so I didn’t mind that most of the box stuck to that theme. In addition to expressing dedication to the fandom, the mold also provides utility as a means for making Death Star-shaped ice cubes and chocolates. This mold typically costs about $5.
The fifth item was a set of liquid candy lightsabers. It can be nice to get some edible treats in a geek box, so I was happy to see these, although I haven’t tried them yet. I expect the package costs around $2.
The sixth item was a rubber eraser in the shape of BB-8. This is a fairly large eraser that depicts the cutest droid in the Star Wars franchise (IMO.) I’ll probably opt not to use this, simply because I want to keep the image in its original state. For people who need erasers, though, I believe this will be highly prized. The estimated value of the eraser is $1.
The seventh item was a completely unexpected Bart Simpson’s Manual of Mischief hardcover book. In a box that revolved around Star Wars, the placement of a Simpson’s item was a bit odd. This is a nice quality book, however, and it’s something any Simpson’s fan can enjoy. It also looks like an item that is great for all ages. Definitely a nice item to get in one of these boxes, especially considering the MSRP of the book ($24.99) exceeds the cost of the entire Geek Fuel box. After doing research, I found this book sells for around $20, so it still provides good value.
The eighth and final item was a t-shirt that included a crossover image combining Batman’s The Joker and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Even though The Nightmare Before Christmas revolves around Christmas, I feel like this shirt is better suited for Halloween time. Then again, I’m not big on t-shirts, usually. This is a decent shirt that I think shirt collectors will enjoy. I value it around $10.
Overall, the December 2015 Geek Fuel box delivered $67 worth of products for only $23 (or less.) Even if you remove the video games from the equation, the tangible items in the box are worth $48, more than double the box’s cost. All in all, it appears that Geek Fuel provides a great value for its cost. The question, then, is whether the items appeal to the recipient. I’m a huge Star Wars fan, so I really enjoyed this month’s contents. Most people should be happy with Geek Fuel as long as they are fans of the fandoms included in each month.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary box for reviewing purposes.