Review: ThinkGeek Capsule #1 – Fantasy
This summer saw the introduction of an all new monthly subscription box from ThinkGeek that offered a selection of items professing to value over $50. Each month offers items ranging from apparel, home and office, collectibles, and exclusives. This month’s theme was fantasy, and included a number of officially licensed items from popular franchises and is already sold out.
Fair warning, if you’re waiting for yours to arrive and wish to remain unspoiled, read no further as we’re revealing the contents including images and our opinion of each item.
Full disclosure: The following ThinkGeek Capsule was provided to The Nerd Recites without cost in exchange for an honest review and as such all of the views and opinions of the author are their own. Being sent a review sample does not guarantee a written review or even a positive review, but should we enjoy the product we will give it due exposure.
Admittedly this month’s theme wouldn’t have been my first choice, however there were a number of items that I found genuine interest in. The franchises featured include Harry Potter, Fallout 4, and The Legend of Zelda, among others.
Each mystery box is guaranteed to included an officially licensed t-shirt, and this month’s offering was from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I’ve personally subscribed to similar boxes in the past, and based on my experience with those I feel quality of the top from ThinkGeek is superior. The fit is true to size and its well made from durable fabric (not thin and flimsy material as is often the case, made from cotton and polyester) with an excellent looking print that appears will hold up to frequent use and washings.
In addition to the t-shirt the box includes another wearable item in the form of Harry Potter Hogwarts Alumni crew socks. I’m a fan of collectible socks and these are really nice. While a number of items in the box will be passed on to family or friends that will get more use or enjoyment out of them, these I’ll be keeping for myself. Though socks are a bit of an odd choice for a summer shipment, and I’ll be putting them away until cooler days.
The collectible featured this month was a Fallout 4 power armor helmet coin bank. In all honestly I would have preferred a figure of some sort, and I know very little about the franchise. However I can attest that this is made of durable plastic and nicely articulated. My teenage son has already claimed it for himself, which really speaks for itself.
And the ThinkGeek Capsule exclusive item this month is a Magical Mixing Pony Pint. It’s sturdy plastic cup with a metallic looking finish that holds 16 fluid oz. It comes in seven different colors (shipped at random so you don’t know which you’ll receive) and has a unicorn crest embellished on the side. Although it’s a fairly unique item, I would have expected more from a ThinkGeek exclusive, as this isn’t from any franchise or established property (at least that I’m aware of). Furthermore it’s not dishwasher or microwave safe, so not terribly practical either. Easily the least impressive item in the box (though admittedly my image doesn’t really do it justice).
The box also includes 2 enamels pins, the first being another ThinkGeek exclusive item in the likeness of their mascot Timmy the ThinkGeek monkey. The second pin collectible mystery pin, which comes wrapped so you can’t determine which item you received until opening it, the options being in line with the fantasy theme including a dragon head, wizard hat, spell book, or a bottle of potion. I happened to get the latter, which would have been my second choice. I enjoy it nonetheless. These are both made from Pinz and are quite detailed with raised metal with a black hard rubber backing (which I personally find preferable to the metal ones). Though these are fine items, I would have preferred if they were from a popular franchise.
A limited number of boxes also included a pack of playing cards from several franchises including Princess Bride, Supernatural, The Goonies, and Ghostbusters. I got lucky here and received The Goonies pack, an item I’m definitely hoarding for myself.
Each box also included a ThinkGeek gift card valued between $5-100, to be used towards merchandise on their site only. If I understand the fine print correctly, these can not be used toward future capsules. Not a deal breaker in my opinion, as their website offer an abundance of collectible merchandise.
Despite a couple of the items being somewhat underwhelming, I feel that the capsule offers a good variety of quality items and is an excellent value overall. I did some cross checking on the items (or similar) and would value the total of the contents between $60-70. The subscription only goes for $24.99 + shipping, so certainly a worthwhile investment. Even if you don’t enjoy all the items, there’s likely something you’ll adore and you can gift the rest to family or friends.
In my opinion the ThinkGeek Capsule is superior to similar subscriptions boxes that I’ve tried in the past (that turned out to be a waste of money). Next month’s contents includes items from Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Dungeons and Dragons, which falls more in line with my interests and I will be purchasing at my own expense.