So thanks for the magic of friendship I have the opportunity to open a Nerdblock box from nerdblock.com. So what is Nerdblock. Well it is the same basic ideas as the LootCrate (or vice versa… Not sure what crate was first on the market) But unlike the LootCrate, Nerdblock is often less themed and have a greater range of products in each box. But on the other hand they have different fixed themes that you can subscribe too. At this point they are Nerdblock Classic (this one) Nerblock Jr boys/girls more aimed at children, Nerdblock Horror and Nerdblcok Arcade (new theme released this month) This is both a blessing and a curse in my mind as it results in very uneven boxes that it can be hard to anticipate in the classics line and the themed boxes can be a bit to narrow. You can click the link above for a more in-depth description of what these nerd subscription boxes are.
So let´s dig in to the box.
And let me preface this with that the box is really sturdy and well-sealed, that is why it looks like it does now. But they list the content of the box on the top packaging slip so unless you want your surprise spoiled you might want to rip it away or in other ways cover it.
Opening the crate things are laid out roughly as you see them here. But I forgot to take a before image so everything is opened. Nerdblock ship all items in the original boxes in case you like to display them that way. So no worries.
First up we have a Spiderman blind-bag mini-figure from MegaBloks these comes sealed in a bag (duh…) and you do not know before opening it what you get. MegaBloks is a LEGO type product that are big in to licensed sets. Their figures are bigger and more articulated then regular LEGO figures. But for a size reference that block he stand on is a normal sized LEGO brick.
Next up we have a Nerdblock branded stress-ball shaped as a brain. A fun and goofy little thing that I guess can work very well as a conversation starter at your workplace or study hall. Beyond that it is fairly unremarkable. But a good solid stress-ball.
This is a Scribblenauts Unmasked mini-figure. These also come as a blind box. They have a surprising amount of articulation for something that is 7 cm tall. It is hard to see but the stand is shaped as a notebook. While I would not pick one of these up my self it is a very nice figure and since my Groot was quickly claimed, I have counter claimed this one to go on my nerd-shelf. It now hangs out with Raphael and the Sunflower and Traffic cone zombie from Plants vs Zombies.
This is probably the most adorable pox you will ever encounter. From a plush toy line called Giantmicrobes, we have Syphilis. Is it not adorable? The idea with Giant microbes is that they are giant soft toy reproductions of microbes (again.. duh…) but with eyes and sometimes faces. As slightly morbid as these are I think that they are a perfect gift to anyone with a sense of humor. Go on kids, go play with your new Syphilis.
Next up is a T-Shirt with a Guardians of the galaxy inspired print. If you still have not seen the movie and want to understand why everyone is going ga-ga over it hit THIS link and read my review. But if you have seen the movie you will get a lot of the references and like me you will feel a strong need to have it. Well tough luck because these are a special print made for Nerdblock.
Last but not least we have a papercraft set for teenage mutant ninja turtles. Papercraft is what would happen if your cut-out dolls got together with origami and made sweet sweet love. You fold, crinkle and wrinkle these figures from the provided sheets of paper and make small play sets. These in particular comes from Funko and you can see their very stylish POP! design in these sets.
Included was also some facts sheets about the products.
This was a very coherent Nerdblock with a clear superhero theme and I liked the content. Not very much I would have picked up my self but that is half of the fun with these boxes. You get stuff you might enjoy but never would have picked up on your own. While I still like the LootCrate better due to a stronger theme on each box this is a very good box to get if you want a more random approach and the fact that you can get themed boxes like the blue and pink (yes they call them boys and girls boxes but I am being PK and difficult) or the horror and newly released arcade boxes still give you more control over what type of content you like to see in your box.