Arcade Block is a new subscription box from Nerd Block focused towards people who love gaming. They now have five different iterations in the Nerd Block family, and I think they all offer pretty great value. Its a monthly gift to yourself from your inner geek, and typically, they are high quality and at the very least, satisfactory. They all include a t-shirt and often come with a Funko POP! figure, which are now sort of consuming me as a hobby thanks to my subscription. I was sort of happy with my Horror Block subscription this year, but the newest Arcade Block seemed to fit me like a glove, so I switched and so far I’m quite happy.
First off, the box comes fashioned as an old NES system, which is pretty nifty. Unfortunately, this box was delivered by a mailman who allowed it to sit in the rain while I was at work, so I received it as a fucked up lumpy mess. Thankfully, the contents were not terribly wet, so we can move forward.
This one comes a little lighter than most, but what it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. First, the shirt.
Everyone likes Mario. This was a sure-fire win for any gamer. I figure these things cost like 20 bucks at any retail store, so really the box already paid for itself, but I’m very particular. I want more. The Funko figures always make me happy, so I was excited to see what it was.
Ezio from Assassin’s Creed. I admit that I am not a huge fan of the AC franchise, or any Ubisoft product for that matter, but again, Funko can really do no wrong, and this is a pretty cool figure. Because I am amassing a huge amount of POP! figures, I’ll probably sell this off, as they have a great resale value on ebay, and usually flat out pay for my subscriptions if I’m not into them. This, with the shirt alone, is enough for me to have made my 20 bucks worth it. I’m happy. There’s more.
Next up is a little plastic Mario star and a Minecraft pig keychain. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the tiny star other than let my pets destroy it, but whatever. It could be a cool desk accessary. I’m again, not a huge fan of Minecraft, but if I was, I’d definitely be placing this on my keyring. Its posable and relatively durable. Pretty cool little doo-dad.
I love Team Fortress, but I don’t know anyone else that I’m buying presents for that I would use this wrapping paper for. Its a stupid add-on, but oh well. My sisters don’t know what the game is, but their presents will be adorned with it this year.
A DOTA 2 headband… Why? I’ve never played the game, but I might wear this to the gym actually.
Even when I’m disappointed by the Nerd Block offerings (and I often am), there’s no denying that I’m gambling for the times when I’m just blown away by the box. Again, this is Arcade Block, so its more geared towards me than their other boxes. This was not my favorite block ever, but it STILL manages to be a blast to open. For this, I give it a favorable review. Hopefully Nerd Block continues on with their quality and doesn’t become marginal and boring like Loot Crate has become.
Decree: If you have 26 bucks burning a hole in your wallet monthly, and you have nerdy tendencies, its hard to argue that this is a bad offering. I’d say just get it as a nice little gift to yourself every month. Its a nice stress release after a long day. It doesn’t always hit your mark, but it will on occasion. Box Rating: 8/10