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This Nerd Block Jr For Boys subscription is for my 9-year-old son, Xander. It costs $13.99 plus shipping ($6) per month and is for boys aged 6-11. All plans auto-renew. You get a discount paying up front for a set number of boxes. Save 10% at 3 months ($12.59 each plus shipping), save 15% at 6 months ($11.89 each plus shipping), and save 20% at 12 months ($11.19 each plus shipping). Each box has at least $40 in value and gives 4-6 toys. We are on the six-month subscription. You pay for all boxes and shipping on all boxes up front. Nerd Block has a variety of subscription offers including: Classic, Arcade, Horror, SciFi, Comic, Jr For Boys, and Jr For Girls. For details on all boxes, visit my Nerd Block Page.
This box actually has 7 items, which seems incredible considering he should only get 4-6. There is no product card, which I generally like to see. It is also difficult to price out items in the box. Many are not easily available for purchase. While I can find similar products or items marked up from the original seller on eBay or Amazon, the actual items are difficult to find. That also makes the value very subjective. If something originally retails for one price but is now only available for purchase through a marked up reseller, valuation can fluctuate.
As soon as Xander opened the box, he pulled out the Despicable Me Minion Dog Tag Necklace and handed it to his little brother. Xander knows his little brother gets as excited as he does when his box arrives. He immediately gave him something he was not interested in. It was a hit, and he wanted to put it on right away, and I am very pleased for my son’s heart. Pricing this is difficult, because it is only available on eBay and Amazon in a two pack. The prices vary drastically from one exact set to the next. Based on the way this looks and feels, I am taking a while guess that it is worth about $3.99.
Xander loved this when he saw it. He is a budding artist, so I look forward to seeing what he comes up with. His imagination is more grand than reality, so I imagine it will look different from it should. I can only find pricing for the Transformers Pop-Outz! on Amazon and it varies. Thus, I am taking another wild guess and pricing this at $7.99.
The Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda #1 Comic Book retails for $6.99 at Target. This particular comic book is not available but Daze of Thunder and others from Kung Fu Panda are. Xander loves reading, so I think he will enjoy this.
Xander has played with this Transformers MASHEMS piece a lot since the box arrived two days ago. It is really squishy, so I think of it as a stress ball. These sell at Wal-Mart for $3.99. It seems like you do not know which one you’re going to get until you open it. I am uncertain, but I think the one he received in this box is Megatron. I am really happy that it I can easily buy more of these, because my younger son wants one of his own.
The item from the spoiler in the last box is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ice Cube Tray. He was actually pretty excited when he saw this, because we recently purchased a Lego one to make jello molds. This will make great jello molds as well. It retails for $7.99 at Wal-Mart.
The Illumination Entertainment InkWorks Minion Projector Pen is really neat. This is my favorite item in the box. He spent a lot of time projecting Stuart on the wall. It is only available on Amazon for $7.50 now, but I found a listing to find it in a local store for $4. I thought the pen would have been worth more than $4 based off the thickness, how well it writes, and how well it projects.
The Mega Bloks Despicable Me Mystery Minion is difficult to find. I found something similar at Wal-Mart for $7.99, but I think this is different. This one is hard, and the Wal-Mart one is soft. He received arctic Stuart.
It really is a shame I cannot find a retailer that carries the exact figures, because the boys wanted all the different minions they could collect. On second thought, maybe it’s for the best.
There is a teaser for next month inside. This card shows that next month’s box will feature something from Yo-Kai Watch. I’ve never heard of this, and I am unsure my son has either. Hopefully, he views this as an opportunity to look up a new character than getting upset over receiving a toy he is unfamiliar with.
This box cost $17.89 ($11.89 plus $6 shipping) and is worth $42.94. His personal value is $38.95, because he gave the necklace to his brother. It stayed in the same house, so we really did get all the value. Pricing the box is always difficult, because many items are not available for sale by the time they arrive inside a box and while Nerd Block may use the over-inflated Amazon value, I do not. Xander was very happy with the box overall, so I’d say it was a successful month. Even with giving an item away, he still had 6 left. The squishy toy was his favorite item and the dog tag Minion necklace was his least favorite.
Ready to Subscribe? Remember to check my Nerd Block Page for all information about subscription options. Discount codes (which only apply to month-to-month subscriptions) do pop up at times. If there are any available codes, I will place them there. The discount will only apply to the first block, so you’d only get $1.40 off a 10% offer or $2.10 off a 15% offer. It always saves you more to purchase multiple blocks up front than to wait for a discount code that only saves you money of the first one. Blocks start shipping on the 15th, so you must subscribe before the 15th to get a box from the current month.
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