Sunday, February 1, 2015

January Arcade Block Review

I was trying to find the overall theme for January's Arcade Block, but I don't think it has one.  I know that there are monthly themes for the regular Nerd Block boxes, but I think this one just has a random assortment of things.  Anyway, on to the review...

Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love!

Arcade Block costs $19.99 per month and ships from Canada, so if you live in the U.S. like me it'll cost you around $30 per box.  They feature only video game gear from all genres of games, and each box contains a t-shirt (you choose your shirt size when you sign up).  They also include things like Funko POP Vinyls, stationery, candies, accessories, and more.

  • Tetris Notebook ($7.99) - This was also in the December Nerd Block Classic box, so if you subscribe to both, congrats--you are now the owner of two Tetris notebooks!  Pete only subscribes to Arcade Block, so this wasn't a problem for us.  I thought it was weird that they would include this in two boxes so close in succession, but the info card says that they received a lot of emails requesting it, so that's why it's in this month's Arcade Block.
  • Retro Sega Genesis Buttons ($5.00?) - I had a Sega Genesis when I was younger and I loved it!  I instantly recognized Earthworm Jim (lower right corner).  The other characters are Sonic the Hedgehog, Ninja Golden, and Battletoads.
  • Gorilla Stickers ($3.00?)- The info card says that they "put a Gorilla twist on the best characters from Scorpion to Starfox" for these stickers.  I don't really know what Gorilla is, but I'm assuming it's another game or character.
  • Plants vs. Zombies Timepocalypse Comic Book ($9.99) - This is a standalone story based on the popular app game.  I've never played it myself, but I'm familiar with the premise.  I think this is more appropriate for younger kids, so it might be put up for swap.
  • Mega Bloks Halo Ghost ($11.99) - I think this was probably Pete's favorite item this month, especially because he bought the Master Chief Collection Halo game a little while ago (I think that's what it's called--sorry, I am not a gamer).  It has 104 pieces and is appropriate for ages 8+.

Here's a peek at what the Plants vs. Zombies comic book looks like.

Bottom Line: It's kind of hard to calculate the value of these boxes because they often include items like the buttons and stickers that I can't find elsewhere online, but guessing at the values of those this box is worth around $37.97.  Value aside, I think this is a really fun box for video game enthusiasts!

What do you think of this month's Arcade Block?


  1. I am a gamer. And I hated this box. Arcade Block is treating gaming (a very profitable industry) like a joke and treating gamers like children. If they only cater to children, they need to note that. I'm stuck with a bunch of dumb toys for games for little kids now. And they refuse to acknowledge customer feedback unless it's glowing. There are a ton of indie games they could be promoting but instead we get junk.

    1. I have noticed that a lot of the nerd/gaming boxes come with a lot of toys and miscellaneous knick knacks, which is why my boyfriend cancelled his Loot Crate subscription and signed up for Arcade Block instead. Hopefully they listen to feedback and start to improve soon :(

  2. Hello , I am in Brazil , it is possible to send me this kit?


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