In what may sound like heaven to some (such as myself) or a nightmare to others, when you work in the world of retail, you get see and access most holiday items way before the customer does and long before the holiday arrives. I’m fine with this and I’m always on the lookout for two things: Halloween candy and Christmas merchandise.
Mid-July is typically about the time my store starts getting in Halloween candy but Halloween came even earlier this year — a few items arrived in late June. Nothing too impressive. So far it’s been the standard stuff from Russell Stover and Reese’s, but candy caught my eye. It’s a candy I don’t even like but I couldn’t resist the gimmick:
3 Musketeers Muskefears fun-size bars! First off, I LOVE the name they’ve give them for Halloween — “Muskefears”. That’s awesome.
Secondly, while they didn’t really mess with wrappers too much, at least they added the Muskefears name to them.
Finally, they colored the nougat “Spooky Red”. I guess “Blood Red” would be too gruesome for the kiddies. The color quality of the photo above doesn’t really do them justice. They aren’t that pinkish looking but they are no way as dark red as the bag would have you believe.
If you like 3 Musketeers and you like Halloween, this is a big win for you. After buying the bag and eating one and then coming down off my Halloween rush, I remembered that 3 Musketeers are one of my least favorite candy bars. Why would you stop at a 3 Musketeers or Milky Way when a Snickers is obviously superior to both?
I was really pleased with last month’s initial Comic Block. It’s not as extravagant or junk-filled (I mean “junk-filled” in a nice way) as other mystery boxes such as Nerd Block, but it’s a fun, fairly inexpensive treat for a comic fan to look forward to every month.
Apparently they won’t be doing anything special with the design of the box the Block ships in, so I didn’t bother taking a photo of it this month. Check here to see what it looks like.
Short and sweet, here’s the contents of the June 2015 Comic Block:
- Groot #1 (Marvel Comics) – Seriously? They gave Groot his own book? Anyway, this is a Comic Block exclusive variant.
- 21st Century Tank Girl #1 (Titan Comics) – Variant cover. I’ve never read Tank Girl and I’ve never seen the movie. Not sure if that will ever change.
- Ghostbusters: Get Real #1 (IDW Publishing) – Another variant cover. Looking forward to reading this as it’s based on the animated series. Can’t be any worse than the new Ghostbusters movie sounds.
- “Superhero Writing Apparatus” – Avengers pen/notepad set. Apparently this one is a random pull as I could’ve ended up with four Superman pens or a Captain America pen/notepad set instead.
- “BVS.” – A ShirtPunch.com exclusive taking inspiration from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.
I’ll read Groot, I’ll read Ghostbusters, I’ll wear the t-shirt and use the pen. Don’t care much for Tank Girl but it’s good that Comic Block throws in an indie comic or two every month. Overall, another winning month for Comic Block!
From the same people who put together Nerd Block, Horror Block, Gamer Block, etc. now comes Comic Block! May 2015 is the first month for this new mystery box service and having recently gotten hooked on stuff like this and being a comic book fan, I was excited to see what the Comic Block would bring. I won’t go into details of the service (Hey, I’m not getting comped here, so why should I?) but head on over to nerdblock.com/comic if this ends up looking like your thing.
The Comic Block box as it arrived in the mail! I wonder if they’ll change the theme of the box every month. Lots of cool comic book-related stuff they could do.
Opening the box, the first thing I see is a shirt. I couldn’t remember if a t-shirt came with this Block. All I could remember to expect was some comic books but t-shirts are pretty common for this type of stuff. In fact, I think the t-shirt is usually the best thing about these mystery boxes and they usually make the subscription price or one-time fee well worth paying.
Wine Gums were another package I had imported from Germany (it took, like, a month to get here). I wasn’t sure what to expect when I ordered them and I definitely wasn’t sure of their connection to England that the packaging proposes. When I think of European wine, France and Italy comes to mind way before England does.
The shapes of the gummies are kind of weird as well. Included are circles, diamonds and oblongs. One version of the oblongs is squiggly. Again, what does this have to do with wine? Labeled on each gummy is what type of wine it supposedly represents: gin, port, hock and sherry. Apparently there’s claret and champagne as well but I never saw those in my bag.
A few days after I signed up for Loot Crate, I came across Nerd Block and decided to sign up for that as well. Both boxes arrived on the same day and the Nerd Block was a big larger and quite a bit heavier. Let’s a take a look inside!
Please excuse the blur. No, I wasn’t going to retake the photo.
Okay, so there’s thing called Loot Crate. It’s subscription service that you sign up for online (there’s various subscription levels) and they send you a box of geeky junk you don’t really need every single month. With a recent promotion at work, I’ve had some disposable income so I figured it’d be fun to sign up for after watching a bunch of “unboxing” videos on YouTube.
What’s genius about all of these box subscriptions services is that they all get unlimited free advertising. These companies encourage their customers to blog, tweet, Instagram, and YouTube about their goods. And what geek can’t resist the urge to review something on a blog or YouTube? Who knows, maybe some day I’ll take the YouTube plunge and do video reviews (under a mask or something) but until then, I’ll stick to spilling digital ink.
A year ago, I talked about the Irish cream-flavored items that Dunkin Donuts was doing and a couple of candles. I have no food this time but I’m back with another round of St. Patrick’s Day-inspired candles!
Yankee Candle’s website was a having Buy 2 Get 2 Free sale and I couldn’t pass it up. I decided to be a wee bit festive and picked up their Lucky Shamrock and Irish Cream candles. I picked up Eucalyptus as well and the fourth candle is Wild Sea Grass (not pictured).
Lucky Shamrock smells like one of YC’s summer candles called Summer Wish but I’m not sure if they are exactly the same. I know Yankee has sometimes re-labeled candles to fit a certain season or holiday. Both have a very nice clean smell to them but they both also suffer from the same problem of their scent not being very strong. I had Lucky Shamrock lit for a few hours to the point where the entire top layer had pooled. I was sitting right next to the candle. I could barely smell it. Nice scent, but not recommended because it’s extremely weak.
With Eucalyptus, I fared a bit better. I’ve never noticed this one before but I read a customer review online that stated YC carried it for years and years and they have apparently just recently brought it back. It’s another good clean smell and I was most interested in it because the reviewer stated it helped open her nasal passages. I’m not sure about that but I do like it. It’s got a much stronger scent than Lucky Shamrock but still a bit weak, I think.
Irish Cream was probably the candle I was most interested in trying. Unfortunately, I think YC took either their Vanilla Cupcake or Buttercream candle and gave it a new label. So that was disappointing.
But hey, you don’t know until you try, right? I’ll still burn through all of these candles but so far I’m liking Eucalyptus the best.