Nerd Block April 2015

Nerd Block is a Canadian subscription box that is making it big in Canada and the US. They have a number of variety of boxes included Nerd Block, Horror Block, Arcade Block, Nerd Block Jr. (girls and boys) and most recently, Comic Block. The costs vary from $13.99-$19.99 with $8.75 shipping to Canada, or $9.50 to US. Each box contains various gear, toys or collectibles pertaining to a particular theme for the box.

First Look

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I had been tempted to try Nerd Block for awhile, but when I found out that the April theme was going to be “Growing up 80’s” and that there was a coupon code out, I just knew that I had to subscribe for the month. There were two spoilers released before hand, and that was that there would be a vinyl Ghostbuster collectible, and something to do with Back to the Future. I couldn’t wait to see what this box would contain! When I opened the box I was instantly thrilled with some of the things I saw.

The Goods

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Exclusive Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Vinyl–This is a rare and exclusive collectible from Titan Merchandise. At this time I think I’m going to leave this in the box. This wasn’t exactly what I was expecting when I heard “vinyl” but it is pretty awesome! It’s a great little collectible and we definitely have room on a shelf for this!

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88 MPH T-shirt–Every Nerd Block box will include an exclusive t-shirt, and this one is perfect for the 80’s! When I chose the shirt size I went based off of what Ian wears, but I’m not sure if he’s getting this shirt. It’s a really comfy material, and I mean look at it. It’s not something that I will wear very often (too casual for work) but it’s a great comfy shirt. Or maybe I’ll let Ian have it, and borrow it once in awhile. We will see.

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Though Sh*t by Kevin Smith–Kevin Smith gives his best advice for succeeding as a creative entrepreneur in today’s world. Amazon says:

“That Kevin Smith? The guy who did Clerks a million years ago? Didn’t they bounce his fat ass off a plane once? What could you possibly learn from the director of Cop Out? How about this: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-three, and since then, he’s done whatever the hell he wants. He makes movies, writes comics, owns a comic book store, and has built a podcasting empire.

Tough Sh*t is the dirty business that Kevin has been digesting for forty-two years and now he’s ready to put it in your hands. Kevin provides you with a blueprint for success, taking you through some big moments in his life to help you live your days in as Gretzky a fashion as you can: going where the puck is gonna be. Read all about how a zero like Smith managed to make ten movies with no discernible talent and how when he had everything he thought he’d ever want, he decided to blow up his own career.”

I’m not much of a book person, but I’m actually really excited to read this. I have no doubt that it will be hilarious, but also contain some solid advice. Kevin Smith has definitely accomplished a lot and has managed to stay pretty true to himself through all of it. I still remember his little stint on Degrassi The Next Generation!

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Pac-Man Mug–I love this mug. When you first look at it, it’s just like in the first picture, the dots are all greyed out. Put something hot into it, and all the dots and characters get color to them! This heat activated mug is so cool. I am graciously handing this mug over to my husband as I’m really not much of a hot beverage drinker. He’s already used it and was pretty excited about it.

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Nerdplay Trading Cards–These cards feature some of the world’s top cosplayers dressed as their favorite characters from comics, games and film. I feel really out of touch right now. I have no idea what a cosplayer is, and have no idea what to do with these cards. I used to be all about collecting cards (and still am if they are old ones like Elvis or something), but these do nothing for me. I’m sure these are a big deal to some people but I just don’t get it.

Final Thoughts

Other than the Cosplay cards (seriuosly, what is that?!) this box was a total win. It was a lot of fun to open, and each of the items (again, the cards being the exception, we are just ignoring those from here on out) definitely hold a special meaning to me! Anytime you have a box that contains Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Pac-Man you reall can’t go wrong. I also can’t wait to get through the whole book as well and see what great advice I get from it! I have canceled my subscription for now because while I loved this box, I know that the subscription isn’t totally for me. I’ve been watching reveals for quite some time and most items I probably wouldn’t end up keeping. I’ll keep my eye out for another theme like this though because this box was awesome and well curated. These boxes definitely make a great subscription for any nerd, horror, or comic book lover! The Jr. boxes are also great for anyone with kids! Also, bonus points for being a Canadian company!