Skip to main content

Taron Egerton Is Playing Elton John In Biopic 'Rocketman'

#GeekFuel Review: January 2016

January's Geek Fuel is both a beautiful and frustrating experience.

Review by Matt Cummings

After a somewhat disappointing November and a definite dud from December, we spent a couple of weeks wondering if our love for generic geek boxes was at an end. Having already given Loot Crate the big "See ya - wouldn't wanna be ya!" it was GeekFuel's turn to change our minds. Unfortunately, that didn't happen this month, although some of the items are truly great. But as you'll soon see, those experiences will tempered by exercises in pure frustration.

Before diving in, let's review the details:
  • The cost for a Month to Month is $17.90, $16.90/month for a 3-month subscription, $15.90/month for a 6-month tour and just $13.90/month for a one-year subscription.
  • Shipping $6.00 to the US, Canada, and at least a few other countries.

  • We use QUALITY and TIMING to base our reviews, so let's see how this box stands up. As always, we'll end our review with some additional thoughts after the unboxing:

    For sure, we have to include the Flash mug and time travel t-shirt. It's perhaps the best shirt we've gotten in awhile, with every geek's favorite time swag on display.

    Everything else. From the WTF Mario Mints to the 'special value' cards that require you to set up accounts before checking them, these really feel like fillers. Even the Jakku poster and pin aren't explained. Why is this attractive pin even in here, and will there be some sort of event at San Diego Comic-Con as this poster suggests? This is our problem with generic geek boxes.

    Beautifully Awful
    While not a total disaster, January's Geek Fuel is an uneven hodge-podge, with clear winners (the AWESOME shirt and mug) and so many losers (the quaint but self-promoting Jakku poster, and...well...everything else). It's another scatter-brained box with little connection to any genre or topic. It's not the kind of fail that made my December geek heart hurt, but it does raise whether generic geek boxes are for me. I like the stability of a brand name encompassing the entire box (Star Wars, Marvel, DC) rather than what Geek Fuel has become. That sort of crap shoot might work for the general geek, but for me it's time tobegin worrying. With Marvel Collector Corps and Smuggler's Bounty getting it so right each month, there's zero worry of either sacrificing quality for so much quantity.

    Depending on your interests, January's Geek Fuel is either a beauty or an old hag sitting near a decrepit fireplace in some fantasy novel. But when my dollars are at stake, the hag wears off pretty fast. What won't rub or wash off is that Geek Fuel might be getting Loot Crate's illness in terms of quality and timing. When peering through those lenses, it's another head scratcher.

    Want to read our other sub box reviews? We've got them all listed below: MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS
    August October December



    Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.


    Popular posts from this blog

    Taron Egerton Is Playing Elton John In Biopic 'Rocketman'

    Regular listeners to the Empire Podcast (sorry about the whole Call Me By Your Name theme ear worm, incidentally) will recall that we had Taron Egerton as a guest on the 300th episode, recorded in front of an audience on Valentine's Day. He talked up his hope that Elton John biopic Rocketman would finally come together, and now Paramount is closing a deal to finance and distribute the film worldwide.

    The film, which has been through at least one previous incarnation (Michael Gracey directing Tom Hardy in the lead) is reuniting the Eddie The Eagle team of Egerton, director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn, who has been trying to get the movie made for a while, with Elton's blessing and the support of his company, Rocket Pictures.

    Featuring a script by Lee Hall, Rocketman will follow the career of the artist formerly known as Reginald Dwight, from a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to a global superstar, through his influential and enduring musical partnership w…

    New #DISOBEDIENCE Clip Featuring Rachel Weisz & Rachel McAdams

    Disobedience follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz and based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.

    Discuss this with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms Please Leave A Comment-

    ISLE OF DOGS & Wes Anderson Launch CrowdRise Campaign To Benefit @bestfriends

    Every day, more than 4,100 dogs and cats are killed in America’s shelters, simply because they don’t have safe places to call home. Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing. They believe that by working collaboratively with shelters, rescue groups, other organizations and you, we will end the killing and Save Them All by 2025.

    6 people will win the full set of 6 figures
    These sets are 6 of only 100 ever made
    They will NOT be sold in any stores
    These figures were designed and hand finished in London by the same puppet makers who created the puppets for the film
    Each set comes with 5 dogs and Atari
    This is your chance to own a piece of Wes Anderson and "Isle of Dogs" history

    Every $10 is a chance to win, so $50 = 5 entries

    Click Here for the official CrowdRise page.

    No purchase or donation necessary to enter or win

    Discuss this with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms