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Thursday, June 30, 2016

#GeekFuel Review: June 2016

Does Geek Fuel's June release fulfill your love of geek? Read on to find out!

Review by Matt Cummings

After May's very good (but not great) Explorers theme - sporting great Nathan Drake and Westeros gear but a lame GF pint glass, we expected June to finally be the month in which the company achieved a rightful place at the sub box subsctiption table. Unfortunately, a hodge-podge of selections pushes GF right out of legitimacy once again.

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:

    Winners
    As you can see, June offers very little in the way of true quality; but there are some bright spots worth mentioning. First, the shirt offers excellent quality and design, with one of those TFury-esque themes from Pokemon. It's nice but not my thing. The one item I will probably keep is the Sherlock Manga, which arrived bagged and boarded. The Steam game looks interesting, if I were into gaming, a fact that I'm sure some players really enjoy. That is one good thing about Geek's monthly offerings, as gamers get a new game each box. Again, that's not me, but it's why I've added it here.

    Losers
    Sadly there's lots to lament here. Most of these items are no better than Hot Topic/Spencer's offerings, regardless if they advertise themselves as 'exclusive.' There is noting interesting about a Donkey Kong stamp, a Super 1-Up plant, or a Turtle stress ball. Perhaps these boxes are made for much younger people, as I think they would be really interested in the cheaper contents. But most kids wouldn't be interested in May's offerings, which were clearly more adult in nature. Another month, and here I am looking to clear out my stock.

    The Bottom Line
    June's Geek Fuel delivers a merely decent collection of geeky goodness. My hope that GF was ready to sit at the big boy table is diminished once again, as the collection feels more like someone raided Hot Topic for last minute filler items. GF needs to up its game soon, before other selections (Star Wars, Marvel, DC) finally put them down. I've never been closer to cancelling my subscription as I am today. One more disappointing box before my October due date and I'll take my money elsewhere.

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