Nerd Block is a monthly subscription service from the people behind ShirtPunch. Each month, for only $19.99 USD, you receive a box containing a T-Shirt, along with four to six collectibles from a variety of franchises that people love. For you horror genre fans out there, Nerd Block has started the Horror Block, a different $19.99 box that focuses strictly on top horror franchises. They’ve also introduced Arcade Block, yet another $19.99 box that focuses strictly on gaming franchises. Finally, available for the younger is the Nerd Block Jr. for both boys and girls, for $13.99. The Nerd Block Jr. doesn’t have a shirt, but contains a few extra toys, and focuses on kids franchises like My Little Pony, Pokémon, Skylanders, etc. Both are great values, and you always receive more than what you pay for. The fun is in the surprise!
This month is not themed. Themed Blocks will officially begin January, 2015.
Contents of December 2014’s block, as well as my unboxing video are after the jump.
• Butter Beer Pub Crawl Shirt
• Oberyn Martell Shirt
• Gremlins Gizmo Plushie
• Tetris Notebook
• Kre-O Dungeons & Dragons – Crull
• “Willow” Print with Val Kilmer Autograph
This month was once again another one of those “Double Shirt Months” that Nerd Block does from time to time. However, this month’s extra shirt was a random bonus from Shirtpunch.com, meaning you never know which shirt you were going to get, and everyone’s is different. The main shirt this month is a Butter Beer Pub Crawl shirt, which I think is pretty neat. The second shirt was one that went well over my head. Despite enjoying Game of Thrones, I haven’t seen last season, so Oberyn totally just went right past me. I like it more now that I know it’s Game of Thrones related, but it’s still a pretty boring shirt. The rest of the block is pretty hit and miss. I love the Gizmo plush (surprised I didn’t have one already). The Tetris notebook is a neat novelty that I’m going to pass off to my buddy for Christmas. The D&D Kre-O figure is neat I suppose, and the Val Kilmer autograph was a neat bonus as well. Overall, this Block just didn’t really do it for me. I like certain things, and there’s nothing I hate, but it just didn’t wow me. After two Blocks in a row that were just okay, I finally pulled the plug.
I cancelled my Nerd Block subscription starting January, 2015. The theme didn’t impress me. Coupled with a tightened budget, and the knowledge that Star Trek and Planet of the Apes (two franchises I don’t care about) were in it, I decided to bail. I’ll resubscribe if a theme pops up I can’t live without, but for now, I’m sticking with Arcade Block.
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 or have children you want to share the experience with, be sure to check out the Horror Block, Arcade Block, and Nerd Block Jr. subscriptions as well. These things are really fun to me, and I look forward to next month’s Block.
Thanks Nerd Block!