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CRATE EXPECTATIONS: March Sci-Fi Block – The Unboxing

We get lots of swag at SF Signal HQ. Most of it is in book form, which is fine by us since we’re bookworms. Occasionally we get other stuff, too.

Case in point: the March edition of Sci-Fi Block from Nerd Block, the monthly subscription service that offers geek stuff for geeks.

Here, I’ll let them explain:

Sci-Fi Block contains licensed merchandise and collectibles hand-picked by our team of uber nerds representing the very best in science fiction entertainment. Each item is carefully selected and put through a series of in-house testing based on quality, brand association, collectability, and most importantly – the fun factor.

Working with some of the biggest brands in the business, Sci-Fi Block not only delivers on value but also rewards members with exclusive items found nowhere else! At Sci-Fi Block we live by our motto: Geek Tested, Nerd Approved

So I get the box in the mail. I open it. And what do I find? All of this:


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Let’s a took a look at each of the items below:

Star Wars T-Shirt

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Being a self-proclaimed Star Wars geek, this was a terrific start. The large T-shirt sports a cool Darth Vader image, which is a huge plus. I mean, it could have been Jar Jar, right? The illustration is cool as well. That’s also a plus. Art appeal varies by viewer, but I like this illustration. Too bad my daughter scooped this one up before I could.

Doctor Who Stuff

Despite popular opinion at Nerd club, I am not a fanboy snob, meaning: I like more than just Star Wars. Doctor Who is another media property that I like. Actually, it’s something my whole family enjoys. Knowing that, it should come as no surprise that the cool Doctor Who TARDIS drinking cup and lunch box were scooped up by my daughter faster than that Vader T-Shirt. But lo and behold! That TARDIS lunch box had some extra heft!


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Yep, inside the lunch box were 2 packs of card decks. One of the decks (“Heroes and Enemies”) contain facts about a few dozen characters from the long-running series. Doctors, companions, foes…they’re all there. Bonus: the deck doubles as a card game. I haven’t played it yet, but it looks easy enough. (Instructions come on additional cards.) The second deck (“Stories”) contains 30 cards with synopsis of various episodes. What’s nice about the selection is that it, too, covers the decades-long run of the series. There are synopses from older and newer episodes. Cool beans.

Here’s a picture of the cards:


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The Fifth Element

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If you’re keeping score, my daughter is winning 5 – 0. But here’s where I rake in some points because she has yet to see…The Fifth Element. Not a recent film — it was released in 1997 — but one of my favorites nevertheless for its unapologetic action. And every single character was over-the-top. That includes Zorg (played by Gary Oldman in the film), who is included in this SciFi Block in small action figure form. It even comes with one of the most bad-@$$ guns in film: the Zorg Industries ZF-1 gun. Just don’t press the little red button on the bottom of the gun.

BONUS: There’s also a customizable multipass so you’ll be ready to travel abroad in the 23rd century. (“Leeloo mooltipass…”)

Guardians of the Galaxy

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One item was included from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise: a cute pocket Pop key chain of Rocket Racoon. Can you say “Tiny Brad Cooper”? I thought so. My daughter kept this one as well because she saw and loved the film.

Here’s a close-up of Rocket outside the box, because…Tiny Brad Cooper…


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The Bottom Line

Your mileage may vary, of course, but I was pleased with what I found inside the SciFi block. My daughter even more so, because…well…she got more stuff than I did.

If you like what you see here, try your luck with our Sci-Fi Block Giveaway — but hurry! It ends tonight!

About John DeNardo (13014 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.
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