Herobox: Boyscout Men’s Edition – February 2015

I’m always excited to review new boxes and products that that are a touch unusual so I was psyched when HeroBox offered to send me a box to review for you lovely folks.

HeroBox is a one time purchase box containing a tshirt plus other items that all feature a supehero theme. You can opt for a specific superhero (like Batman or Deadpool) or purchase a  mystery box that offers a new theme each month. You  select gender and tshirt size (S-XL).  The theme for February was “Boyscout”. Because I rarely review men’s items and I figured my boyfriend would enjoy the Tshirt, I opted for the Men’s Box and his tshirt size.
Box

Now while I enjoy superheroes I’m more a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” girl than a Wonder woman so I’m going to rate these items just by their value and how interesting I think they are.  I apologize in advance for some blurry pictures. My regular camera was malfunctioning so I had to pull out an old one.

Now upward and onwards or some other superhero jargon to tell us to see what’s inside this box.
Open Box 1 Open Box 2
Card

Shirt
Shazam Captain Marvel Tshirt
(Estimated Retail: $19.99)
Description: Made from 100% Cotton, this red t-shirt features an image of the Big Red Cheese himself, Shazam, arms akimbo and confidence high, posing right in front of the icon of his power. Shazam is the world’s mightiest mortal.  He might even be able to take Superman.  Maybe.  If Superman had a cold, or something.  This Shazam t-shirt is absolutely for you, fan of the freakin’ Captain Marvel family!!!.”
Verdict: Hit!
Okay, so I’ll admit that I had to go to Wikipedia to learn who the hell Shazam was (Apparently he is an ancient wizard who gives Billy Batson the power to transform into the superhero Captain Marvel.) This isn’t the most manly t-shirt I’ve seen but I think it fits the theme and I dig the cheerful red. I also imagine it’s not a shirt every guy would have so probably a good option for this box.


Water Bottle
Superman Water Bottle
(Estimated Retail: $12.99)
Description: Because even the man of steel needs to hydrate.
Verdict: On the Fence
I couldn’t find this particular bottle on the superherostuff.com website. Superman definitely fits the theme but I feel like the functionality of this design of water bottle just isn’t that great (like it’s bulky and would be hard to use for something like working out).  I wish the drinkware included was more like this Superman stein.

Socks
Captain America Athletic Socks 2-Pack
(Estimated Retail: $14.99)
Description: The Captain America Athletic Socks 2-Pack seems to be made from some kind of material! Did you guys get I was going with an Avengers reference? No? Argh! Sorry! Made from 98% cotton 2% spandex the Captain America Athletic Socks 2-Pack are two different pairs of socks showing off the stars and stripes with half cushioning and a supportive fit.. One pair are navy with the famous shield symbol while the other pair emulates the look of Cap’s costume. I guess the hardest part about this is figuring out which pair to wear first!
Verdict: Hit!
Captain America is a perfect fit for the theme and I really like the practical items (moreso than say action figures that will just collect dust).


Keychain
Superman Silver Symbol Pewter Keychain
(Estimated Retail: $7.99)
Description: DC Comics’ Man of Steel wants to keep your keys in order for your Car of Steel! Okay, so your car might not be made of steel but fiberglass doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, now does it? The 2 inch high Superman Silver Symbol Pewter Keychain is a thick and durable keychain showing off Superman’s rather prolific symbol in a raised and bold fashion! Pretty sweet, eh? The Superman Silver Symbol Pewter Keychain will make sure that your keys are protected from the likes of Lex Luthor, the DEA Agent from Boardwalk Empire, and Brainiac..”
Verdict: Hit!
This keychain is a bit heavy but I like the simple design of it. It’s like Superman goes sophisticated.  The fashionista in me approves.

Pins
X-men Cyclops Head Button
& Captain America Symbol Button
(Estimated Retail: $1.75 each)
Descriptions: The 1.25 inch diameter X-Men Cyclops Head Button has not yet caused a schism in the X-Men. Well, let’s be honest…I think that tension between him and Wolverine (after a couple of decades) was definitely going to result in a mild difference in opinion. Nothing killing Professor X won’t solve, right? Rendered by John Byrne, the X-Men Cyclops Head Button is just as cool as ruby quartz glasses.”

A is for Apple, Airplanes, Alligators, and AMERICA! Those are some pretty sweet things now that I think about it. That’s what Captain America fights for….Alligators flying airplanes eating apples. See? That’s nice and condense and makes absolutely perfect sense. Suppose you missed that issue, didn’t you? That’s okay. The important thing is that you understand the message being brought to you by this 1.25 inch diameter Captain America Symbol Button. I wouldn’t suggest implanting it on your forehead, though.”
Verdict: Like
I expected some type of button in here and again both superheroes meet the theme (plus I dig Xmen).


Decal
Superman New 52 Car Decal
(Estimated Retail: $5.99 each)
Description: “Superman…doesn’t handle so easy! Well, installing the 5 inch wide by 8.5 inch high Superman New 52 Car Decal is pretty easy but I was, um, referring to the quote from the newly rebooted Justice League in DC Comics’ New 52! Superman has gone through some radical personality shifts, but that’s okay. He’s still good ol Supes to us! The Superman New 52 Car Decal shows off the Man of Steel with arms open and looking for a fight. I would suspect that this stance will keep people from getting too close to your car!”
Verdict: Like
I’d much rather see Superman on a car then crap about someone’s honor roll kid, so thanks superhero box for fighting the good fight.

Tote
Captain America Large Shopper Tote
(Estimated Retail: $6.99)
Description: “Marvel’s Sentinel of Liberty wants you to protect Freedom and this gracious world with the 14.5” by 14.5” Captain America Large Shopper Tote! Made from 100% polyester, the Captain America Large Shopper Tote will help you save on using up some paper and plastic. You want to save the trees from turning into plastic and the oil from turning into paper! Wait, no. That isn’t right. You get the jist with the Captain America Large Shopper Tote which has Cap’s color scheme on the broadside and comic images on the thin side!”
Verdict: Like
I collect reusable tote bags like Lindsay Lohan collects probation violations, so I really like this item. My one issue is that there is no way on earth this bag is worth $6.99. It’s super lightweight and really shouldn’t be valued over $2.00. I would have absolutely loved if they’d included a sturdy fabric bag instead.


Eraser
Superman Eraser
(Estimated Retail: $2.25)
Description: “When you want to erase things with Superman’s face.”
Verdict: Okay
I couldn’t find the Superman eraser on the superhero site so I linked to some other erasers. This is sort of a little filler item although I wish they’d just included something like a pen or pencil instead.

Comic Book
Doc Savage Comic Book
(Estimated Retail: $???)
Description: When you’ve read enough about Superman and Captain America
Verdict: Like
I couldn’t find a price on this and the card that came with box left this as a mystery with “prices will vary”. It makes sense that every box should have a comic book and it’s nice to see something that isn’t Captain America or Superman.

Origami
Superman Foldable
(Estimated Retail: $1.00)
Description: When origami paper cranes just aren’t manly enough
Verdict: Miss
This seems like it should just be a freebie and not included for a specific value. I couldn’t find this on the site and I’m not quite sure it adds anything to the box.

Magnet
Ultimate Frisbee Magnet
(Estimated Retail: $1.99)
Description: So your fridge can be heroic
Verdict: Miss
I feel like the box just had a bit too much of the Captain America logo. I don’t mind another Captain America item, but I wish the magnet had a pic of the superhero or something a little different.

OVERALL
Full Box
Verdict:
Mixed

This is a tough one for me to judge because these items aren’t things I would buy for myself so instead I’m judging on whether the box delivers on its promises. I do think the “boyscout” superhero theme ran through it and, it scored well in that regard. The items were varied, but I do wish there had been something a little more unique, like superhero stationary or superhero ice cube molds or something just a little more useful (but still fun). I also like that these boxes are a one time purchase so you can treat yourself (or a superhero loving friend) without committing to a stockpile of Marvel paraphernalia. My biggest problem with this box is that cost on this seems  high  for the items received. Excluding the comic book, the “retail value” came out to $75.69 and the cost of this box is $49 plus shipping. While on the surface that sounds great, many of the items are overvalued or valued when they really should be freebies (like the foldable superman). The bigger items are all available on the superhero site which also offers sale codes, so you could probably snag those at a discount as well.

If you really love Marvel and superheroes and want a fun surprise, the box isn’t a bad option, but you may be better off just picking your favorite items from the site and building your own “best of” box.

A superhero box is an fun concept and if I was creating my own it would be all Buffy the Vampire Slayer and my tshirt would feature Spike saying “I may be love’s bitch, but I’m man enough to admit it.”

So if you could build your own superhero box, who would you include and why?

THE BACKSTORY
Get a true superhero thrill-ride without ever leaving your desk! Order a HeroBox and the best part: it’s a mystery! You won’t know what’s inside until it gets to your front door! Every box is jam packed with $70+ of SuperHeroStuff plus a few exclusive bonus items you won’t find anywhere else! There are 10 themes to choose from including 9 of your favorite heroes PLUS a themed box that changes every month!
Cost: $49.00 plus shipping

Wet Shave Club Review: September 2014

So today I have something a little different for you guys. The folks at Wet Shave Club graciously sent me a box to review. It’s a shaving subscription for men. I don’t often get a chance to review men’s subscriptions so it’ll be fun to see what’s inside.

First a little info on what this sub is all about:

“WetShaveClub is about bringing back the manly ritual of traditional shaving. A warm lather, a sharp blade, and 10 minutes of bliss. Experience the joy of wet shaving, with a monthly box filled with different soaps, blades, aftershaves, and more from around the world.”

The box I received is the same first box subscribers would so this is not a special blogger perk. Everyone who signs up will get this box (or something very similar).

Now let’s jump right in.

Box Open Box

Cards
Great packaging and we get two cards. One is a membership card and the other is a 10 step description on how to do an “Awesome Wet Shave.” I have to say that I don’t envy guys having to run a blade over their face. I manage to injure myself just on my legs and those are easy enough to cover up.

Because some of the items don’t have specific brands and seem unique to this box, I will find as close an item as I can for comparison.

Razor
Wet Shave Razor & Cover
(Suggested Retail: $31.49)
I spent some time googling razors (and scrutinizing the handles) to find one that seemed the closest to the one included in this box. This razor feels very heavy and seems excellent quality. It comes with a leather cover and has “Wet Shave Club” etched on the top.


Brush
Shave Brush
(Suggested Retail: $10.98)
This brush doesn’t feel quite as heavy duty as the razor, but I’m sure it would do an adequate job and the retail price seems accurate.

Matches
The Legends London – Alum Matchsticks Aftershave Astringent
(Suggested Retail: $2.59)
At first glance this is the item that confused me the most. I was like why are there matches in here? But apparently they are just called matchsticks and are some type of after shave paraphernalia. On the back it says you use after shaving “to calm razor burn, soothe and help keep recently shaved skin in good condition.” It includes 20 matchsticks.

Blades
Blades
Gillette Silver Blue (5):
Suggested Retail: $1.80
Gillette 7’o Clock SharpEdge (5): Suggested Retail: $1.07
Obviously if we have a shave box we need razors. According to the card included they suggest changing your razor every 3 days, so this is a one month supply. The cost of these is negligible so I think it would have been nicer if they’d thrown in a couple other types of blades. If you happen to dislike this brand or style you’re going to need to buy others on your own since there is exactly enough for one month. Since they only cost around $1, an extra package of a different brand would have been nice.

Aftershave
Whiskey Ink & Lace Cedarwood Aftershave 30 mL
(Suggested Retail: $4.80; Retail for 50mL: $8.00)
This aftershave is described as “Woodsy cedarwood paired with notes of eucalyptus and a touch of aloe help soothe a freshly shaven face, leaving it smelling clean and manly.” Clean & Manly? That sounds just perfect for an aftershave. The size included in this box is not available on the website so I did a little math and scaled the price for a 30mL, but you’d have to buy the larger size if you want to pick this up. I really like that they included a handcrafted toiletry and if your guy likes to try new products this would probably appeal to him.

Soap
Red Leaf Shaving Soap in “English Coast” & “Oatmeal, Milk & Honey”
(Suggested Retail: $3.25; Retail for 8: $12.99)
These soaps both smell great. They are clean, fresh & not too feminine. I really love the “English Coast” scent. Again I didn’t see this size for sale so I’ve scaled the retail price down based on the cost for a set of 8. This is another cool find for the guy who likes to try new products. I’ve never heard of the Red Leaf Bath & Body company but they have a great variety of products including vegan soap bars so I’ll definitely spend some time checking out their site.

Full box
OVERALL
According to my googling skills, I get an approximate retail value on this box of $55.98. If you’d opted for the monthly sub you’d have paid $29 for this box. So you know I can’t actually use these items myself, so I’m just looking at this from a gift perspective. When I give toiletry & beauty type gifts I really love including unusual brands and high quality items. To me the razor seemed very sturdy and I really liked the handcrafted and interesting brands included. If your guy wants to expand his toiletry horizons this would be a fun gift. Your best bet would be to go with at least the 3 month option which will save you $5 a month.

For my guy readers – what would you think of this box? Would you want to pick it up for yourself?

And for the ladies, what do you think of this as a gift? Would you consider signing up that favorite guy in your life?

BACKSTORY

There are different prices based on how many months you prepay:
Pricing:
1 Month Subscription = $29 per month (Free Shipping)
3 Month Plan = $24.00 per month (Free Shipping)
6 Month Plan = $22.00 per month (Free Shipping)
1 year = 19.00 per month (Free Shipping)

Plans automatically renew on the 1st of every month you may cancel at any time *$7.99/month shipping applies outside the contiguous 48 states and Canada