Geeky mystery boxes o’ crap appear to be the latest online fad that is taking the Internet by storm. Popularized by Loot Crate, these subscription boxes focusing on geek and gamer culture are the perfect gift for the person who has almost everything, but not everything, as well as those just looking to spruce up their desktop environment.
Geek Fuel is the latest contender to enter the fray and promises to bring a monthly mystery box consisting of colossal surprises, legendary toys and games, a custom t-shirt, digital downloads and exclusive collectables right to your doorstep for $23.90 a month. With Loot Crate rapidly rising in popularity, the recently funded Kickstarter success has a lot to prove. The folk over at Geek Fuel were nice enough to send us an inaugural box of fuel to review.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the box is the level of care that went into its presentation. Sure, there was no fancy box art, but in the grand scheme of things, that doesn’t even matter. What matters is the innards, what you actually get once you crawl inside it for warmth. In this case, the strategically placed tissue paper gave Geek Fuel a humble, personal touch. Of course, you aren’t going to want to pay money for tissue paper.
Inside you will find issue one of Armor Hunters, a brand new comic book from Valiant Comics. I’ve actually never heard of the Valiant Universe before, which is surprising considering it’s a shared universe than spans an impressive amount of comics. What better way to get into the universe than by a holographic-covered number one issue? Seriously, that cover is pretty.
Another item, which I’m assuming is their way of celebrating the Star Wars teaser trailer, is a random Pez dispenser featuring a fan favorite Star Wars character. In my case, I got badass bounty hunter Boba Fett! At first, I felt a little cheated. I mean, it is a Pez dispenser I could have picked up from a dollar store, but never would have. But shortly after I curbed my cynical adult mind, I was taken back to my childhood. It’s a simple, cheap item that managed to make me remember a time when all I had to worry about in the world was debating who shot first in that cantina on Mos Eisley. That was the life.
Speaking of childhood remembrance, I’m sure the next item will tickle the fancy of several geeks. Within a lovely little velvet pouch was a back of playing cards, but not just any playing cards, no, but The Princess Bride playing cards! I haven’t watched that movie in forever, so these cards were a sign from the heavens that I’m in dire need of watching The Princess Bride. The cards themselves are high quality Bicycle cards from Albino Dragon, who specialize in officially licensed playing cards for geeks.
But wait, there’s more! There’s a Geek Fuel branded post card that shows you everything that is in the box, which kind of takes the mystery out of discovering it for yourself (much like this review, in retrospect), as well as a launch issue of the Geek Fuel’s little magazine, a promotional post card for Kitchen Overlord, a sticker of Geek Fuel’s robot
mascot overlord, a humorous Eye of Sauron recipe mini-poster, a blind bag from Mega Block’s Halo alpha series, and an individually numbered Geek Fuel branded t-shirt.
I feel like Geek Fuel is certainly on the right track, but you may want to wait a month or two before you commit to their monthly plan, as they still need a bit of time to find themselves and it’s sort of hard to judge the quality of their boxes with the launch box feeling quite focused on self promotion. However, Geek Fuel is capable of doing the impossible and reverting even the most cynical geek into a state of childlike wonderment and that alone is worth supporting.