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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. It is the first month where Nerd Block included a Product Card. I like seeing product cards, and this assures me he received everything, but this does not help much in the way of pricing out items for box value. 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.
This is also the first time the Nerd Block came with a discount code for $10 off at Shirtpunch.com. It will be in every box from here on out. A $10 credit is given with all new subscriptions as well. These work on anything, not just shirts. They are valid for 45 days. There is a puzzle piece on each card. If you collect all 9, you’ll get a $100 ShirtPunch! gift card.
The Lego Ninjago Ninja Vs. Ninja Reader #12 retails for $3.99 at Barnes and Noble. This is the suggested retail value on the back on the book, so it is one of the rare box items where I am 100% sure I have the correct price. Receiving this is perfect, because we just got back from a Legoland trip where both boys could not get enough of the Ninjago ride. It was our fourth trip to the theme park, but we’d never ridden this before. They spent most of their souvenir money in the Ninjago store outside the ride, so they are huge fans of the series.
The Sorry! Revenge Card Game retails for $3.99 at Hasbro. This is a game I played as kid, although I never played this version. I like seeing it making a return. What was once old is new again. It would be nice if he likes this, because I would love to play with him.
The Skylanders Swap Force Lightcore Bumble Blast Figure Pack retails for $21.99 at Walmart. I double checked that, because I buy them Skylanders all the time, and they are usually $11.99 to $13.99 unless you buy a special one. This does have a foil card where most come with regular cards, but the pricing still seemed odd to me. My boys cannot get enough Skylanders and this is one they did not already have. He is a great addition to their collection, which mostly consists of Trap Team and Super Chargers. They got into the series after these Swap Force characters were no longer the latest and greatest, so his rarity may explain the cost. Both boys are really looking forward to Imaginators launching later this year as well. Of course, this is his favorite from the box.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Dorbz 015 retails for $11.41 at Walmart. He’s received a few Dorbz from this subscription, and they are all equally adorable. Who knows how they pack so much cuteness into 3″ figures.
The Zootopia Stickers 4 Sheets retail for $2.25 at Etsy. They looked the same initially, then I realized two sheets are regular stickers and 2 sheets are holographic. Both of my boys like stickers, but Xander does not love stickers as much as Connor does. As soon as he opened the box, he told Connor he’d give him half. I’m guessing Connor will want the holographic ones. This movie is super adorable, so I will happily accept any stickers they choose to give me.
There is a teaser for next month inside. This card shows that next month’s box will feature something from Sonic the HedgeHog, Angry Birds, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Connor takes over the next month, because we give each boy a six month subscription (and other gifts) for his birthday. He just turned 5, and this was Xander’s 6th box. Granted, he is a little young for the target age of this box, but he chose this box himself. I know he loves Angry Birds and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so I think he’ll be happy with his first box.
This box cost $17.89 ($11.89 plus $6 shipping) and is worth $43.63. His personal value is also $43.63, because he is keeping some of the stickers and everything else. 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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