Gaming has always been a core element of the Nerd Block Classic, but the company has hence decided to split the world of gamin into a new product: Arcade Block. For the same $19.99 plus shipping as Nerd Block Classic, you get a t-shirt and a boxful of goodies all related to your favorite gaming franchises. What you get inside is random every month, so you never know what franchises or items the Block Crew will touch upon next. For those of you not quite into gaming, you can check out Nerd Block Classic (pop culture/comic based), Horror Block (horror based), or the Nerd Block Jr. (kid franchises) varieties as well. There’s a Block for everyone! Click on the link below to subscribe.
Contents of November 2014’s block, as well as my unboxing video are after the jump.
• Anatomy of Mario T-Shirt
• Team Fortress 2 Gift Wrap
• DOTA 2 Convertible Bandana
• Creeper – Minecraft Hangers
• Super Mario Super Star Stress Toy
• Ezio – Assassin’s Creed POP! Vinyl Figure
While October’s Arcade Block wowed me, this one left me relatively bored. I’ll get it out of the way that I really like the shirt. The anatomy shirts usually freak me out, but the Mario one isn’t nearly as creepy as some of the Pokémon ones I’ve seen, so it’s pretty neat. I even got a complement from wearing it while grocery shopping. As an ex-Team Fortress 2 nut, I really like the wrapping paper, to the point I’ll never use it. Having never played DOTA or DOTA 2 (my only major Warcraft experience is minor sessions of Warcraft II, a little bit of WoW, and Hearthstone) the bandana is kind of meh, but it’s a cool item nonetheless. As I’ve stated in many of these unboxing videos, I don’t get Minecraft, so having another one of these hangers is moderately annoying to me. Guess my girlfriend’s niece is gonna get a Creeper to go with her mousepad from the 1Up Box. The stress toy is cool, even if I never really need something like that. It’s fun to toss around when I’m bored. Finally, as someone who’s recently been bitten by the POP! bug, having a POP! vinyl for Ezio is really neat! Ezio is Cat’s favorite assassin, so she really appreciates it. Overall, while the Block isn’t necessarily bad, it didn’t wow me like October’s did. Hopefully December will change things around.
As always, these aren’t for everyone, but if you’re willing to dish out about $30 a month for a surprise box filled with a bunch of neat (and possibly exclusive!) items, then this is a great thing to do. If you’re a horror fan, comic fan or have children you want to share the experience with, be sure to check out the Horror Block, Nerd Block Classic, and Nerd Block Jr. subscriptions as well. These things are really fun to me, and I look forward to next month’s Block.
Thanks Arcade Block!