I’m a sucker for opening up random boxes. I figured as an attempt to cure me of my mild addiction, I’d try some of these subscription boxes and see how that goes.
Previously I had liked Loot Crate but they were very hit or miss with how much I liked the items every month. Much of it just had to do with quality of the products.
After a few months of both Arcade Block and Loot Crate overlapping, I decided to cancel Loot Crate and go with solely Arcade Block. Sadly, I’ve just started to have the quality problem with Arcade Block. This is the first box of theirs I haven’t been super happy with but let’s go through the items.
The fad of crossover mashup pop culture shirts is starting to wear a little thin, but I still appreciate this Team Fortress 2 crossed with NES box art. At least it stays within the video game realm. There are however some print quality problems with the shirt, which I haven’t had from other shirts printed by the same company (ShirtPunch.com)
These Portal 2 magnets are pretty great and indicative of the quality type of product that I expect to see in a random box like this. Not an expensive product but of nice quality. It’s topical and will look great on my desk or fridge.
This art print dealing with Metroid is fairly nice. I haven’t heard of the artist before (Russ Moore) and I wish it was glossy instead of this matte style that makes the art look fairly washed out. The camera exaggerates it a bit but the printing is fairly lightened because of the paper used.
I enjoyed reading this magazine in last month’s ArcadeBlock and I guess I’d like to know if this is going to become a regular thing. If not, I’d love to subscribe to the magazine but I definitely don’t want to waste my money on two copies. I’m not sure how the Arkham games fit in to their “retro” theme.
Now on to the real stinker. You can see from the outer box art that they tried real hard to connect this watch to the “Arcade” orientation of ArcadeBlock. So forget that a “speedometer” design watch has nothing really to do with gaming. How about the watch itself?
It’s one of those awful watches that stays dim until you press a button. Then it lights up super bright so you can barely read it. At night or in a dark room I can’t imagine being able to read this thing. You can barely read it in a bright room lit by the early afternoon sun.
At least it comes in a nice tin?
From the card that comes in every block, the description of the watch: “Keep track of the hours you spend with your favorite racing games with this LED watch designed to look like the instrument gauges of a vehicle’s dashboard. The watch remains unlit until the push of a button. Then, it lights up as if you’ve just turned the ignition. Game on.”
How’s that for a stretch? lol. Totally video game related! You can keep track of how long you play video games by using this watch! sigh.
Well for $19.99 plus shipping and handling I suppose this month’s box is worth it still. I really wish they would have dropped the watch idea and used that money to upgrade the quality on the shirt and art print.