Friday, January 2, 2015

December Arcade Block Review

December's Arcade Block was one of the best yet!  My boyfriend, Pete, subscribes and he texted me when he got it saying it was his favorite box so far.

Arcade Block costs $19.99 a month plus shipping, which brings it to about $30 if you live in the U.S. (it ships from Canada).  It's part of the Nerd Block family, and the items inside are all from different video games.  Like the original Nerd Block subscription, there is a t-shirt in every box.

  • Portal Scarf ($19.99) - I don't know a lot about video games, but I do know that Aperture Laboratories is from Portal.  This was Pete's favorite item in the box.  Even if you're not a Portal fan, this scarf is really nice for winter; it's warm and well-made.
  • Asobu Touch Control ($9.99) - This attaches to your smartphone so that you can play games with an arcade-style joystick.  It works with all touchscreen phones and tablets.  I think this is such a cool idea!
  • The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass Figure ($4.99) - This is a blind box item with a Zelda character inside.  I didn't take a picture of the figurine we got, but Pete didn't even know who/what it was and he knows Zelda pretty well. I was able to find it just now through a Google search, I guess his name is Linebeck.  The figurine inside can be found here, it's the one on the left in the second photo.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Fridge Magnets ($6.95) - I love these magnets!  You can arrange them on your fridge to create a scene from the game.
  • Halo Lanyard ($5.95) - This has an attachment you can add your ID too, which is nice if you work at a place like I do that requires you to badge in through every door.
  • Super Smash Bros: Brawl City T-Shirt ($20?) - Pete really liked this shirt, and I think it's pretty clever, too.  It's a play on the Grand Theft Auto logos, except for Super Smash Brothers.
Bottom Line: This box had a good assortment of things from games that Pete likes, so this was a great box for him!  It's a little difficult to place value on these items because I often have to go to Amazon or eBay (and I can never find the actual t-shirts, either), but I think with boxes like this one the value is more in finding items that match up with your interests.  Either way, I approximate the value of this box to be about $67.87, which is well worth the $30 price!

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

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