Arcade Block is an offshoot of the popular Nerdblock subscription box. Obviously, this box is targeted towards those with an affinity for video games, which is a group I find myself a proud member, as illustrated by this site as a whole. Most of the contents of these boxes are specialized trinkets and collectibles, but Nerdblock also tends to throw in quite a few nice pieces that can work as a function in daily life. This box in particular had a couple of really nice items that I could find myself using regularly. Let’s get to it…
First, we get a tee-shirt with every box. This particular one is an old school stylized Team Fortress shirt. The main graphic is pixelated like an 80’s game, which adds a bit of charm to it. I haven’t played much Team Fortress, but the shirt is still pretty cool. Most of these shirts would go for about 20 bucks at a department store, so we’ve already pretty much found our value with this.
Next we have 4 Portal 2 magnets in a nice thick plastic case. These are actually very high quality and I love Portal, so these worked for me. I’m especially happy that they included a cake magnet with the set, which, unless you’ve played Portal, you may not appreciate.
Also included is a COEXIST bumper sticker stylized in numerous gaming fonts. The insert that details these items claims that it is to symbolize that users of all platforms should get along. I guess this refers to the “fanboy” syndrome we see throughout the gaming community where some gamers chastise others for using certain systems, a phenomenon I’ve never understood in the first place. It still looks cool. I might put it on the side of my PC.
Retro Magazine is next in line. Its an amalgam of articles that cover both contemporary gaming and games from the 90’s. I started my obsession with gaming in the 90’s, so pretty much every article in this magazine is interesting to me, but it might not appeal to the younger audience. A few of the pieces in this book actually made me want to go out and find an old SNES or Genesis to revisit the games reviewed. Ah, the good ol’ days. It honestly makes me feel fucking ancient.
I was never really into Metroid, so this next item didn’t really hit home for me. Its a simple piece by artist Russ Moore called “The Hunter of Zebes.” I’m sorry I can’t expound upon this particular item, but you Metroid fans would probably dig it.
Easily the most valuable and interesting product in the June box is the Max Speed Watch housed in a nice tin case. Arcade Block calls this the “Product of the Month.” When you press a button, the led screen lights up like the gauges in a car. The wrist band is rubber, but the overall feel of the watch is very high quality. This may be the nicest product I’ve ever received in an Arcade Block. Its quite beautiful and offers a lot of features.
So there it is. This is one of my favorite Arcade Blocks yet. I’m a huge cynic and I tend to hate on a lot of subscription boxes, but the Nerd Block series rarely disappoints. I highly recommend this box if you’re a gamer or just a nerd in general. You can check out your options at NerdBlock.com, which include options for general nerds, horror nerds, kid nerds, and as illustrated above, gamer nerds. You’ll almost always get more value than what you pay.
If you have any questions about anything in the box, comment below.