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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 has 5 items. 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.
The Angry Birds Stickers retail for $2.49 plus $4.99 for shipping at Amazon. There is no way I would order something where the shipping costs more than the item, but I could not find these anywhere else. I immensely dislike prices that look low only to find exorbitant shipping charges actually make them more expensive. At $7.48, I think this is a little steep. We are Amazon prime members, but this is not eligible for Prime shipping. Shipping price aside, the set is cute. It has a lot of quality stickers, the leading piece looks like a book mark.
The Real Bug Mini Dig Kit retails for $5.95 at TeacherSource. It grosses me out a little. There is an actual bug specimen inside, and Xander has to dig through it to see what it is. I am pretty sure the spider on the outside is fake, but there are three real possible bugs to discover in this. Until he uses the digging tool and brush that come with this, he will not know which bug he received. An identification guide comes with this to help him identify and discover facts about his bug. I can safely say I will be throwing this out as soon as he discovers the bug, unless for some strange reason he wants to keep it.
The Mega Bloks Despicable Me Snowball Fight retails for $9.99 at Walmart. My son opens all these items and only gave me the Minion to photograph. Hopefully, he did not accidentally toss the other pieces and has them somewhere. He received an Arctic Stuart as his mystery Minion in his February box, so he now has two of these.
The Duncan Minion Bee-Do! Bee-Do! Yoyo is $5.99 at YoYoPlay. My son is not coordinated enough for a yo-yo, but I hope he tries to play with this.
The Funco Batman Dorbz in 035 Killer Croc retails for $8.99 at Walmart. I know this little vinyl guy is a killer, but he is so cute.
There is a teaser for next month inside. This card shows that next month’s box will feature something from Guardians of the Galaxy, Ninjango, and Skylanders. Xander loves Skylanders and would not mind toys from the other two. It looks like a great box is coming.
This box cost $17.89 ($11.89 plus $6 shipping) and is worth $38.40. His personal value is also $38.40, because I think he will use everything. I always use the lowest or most conservative price I find to price the boxes, which usually explains why I come up with a lower than advertised value. It is possible Nerd Block uses the new, inflated prices when valuing these, because most of the items inside their boxes are hard to find elsewhere. Xander was very happy with the box overall, so I’d say it was a successful month. There were no duds in this box (even though I doubt he can use the yo-yo).
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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