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The Collectors Case is a Canadian subscription box that delivers pop culture collectables, one of which is a T shirt, every month. This is the perfect subscription for the geek and collector in your life. They promise over $60 worth in every box, which is more than double the cost.
I received one of their past boxes (May 2016) to review and add to my Holiday Gift Guide in case I like it.
The Collectors Case offers a monthly subscription, and you have a chance to get an autographed collectable in each case. You can also get ‘The Sure Thing Case’ ($55), which is a one-off purchase and includes a guaranteed celebrity autograph. This box is limited to 75 boxes per month, though, so if you want one, be quick. December 2017 ‘The Sure Thing Case’ will come with a 8′ x 10′ autographed photo of Michael Dorn (Star Trek).
The boxes ship on the 25th each month, and you get a tracking number. You will be charged on the day you sign up, and then every month on that same date. You can choose the T-shirt size, but they are all unisex.
The cost: US $25 + $10 shipping to Canada and the US ($18 shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, Europe) + taxes
Ships to: Canada, USA, UK, Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden
Everything comes neatly packed in a sturdy brown box. The boxes are delivered by UPS, so mine arrived undamaged and clean (rarely happens with Canada Post and some other couriers). The box can be easily reused for storage.
Every box includes an info card, with details on what’s in the box. May 2016 theme was Walking Dead. I have to admit this is not my favorite fandom, but every month has a different theme, and if you don’t like one theme, you may love the next one!
This is everything that came in the box:
T-shirt designed by Todd McFarlane
This is an exclusive design for The Collectors Case, so I couldn’t link to anything similar online. In case you don’t know, Todd McFarlane is a famous comic book creator, and some of his most known works are “The Amazing Spide-Man” and the horror series “Spawn”. This particular T-shirt features The Violator from the Spawn series. I am not into horror anymore, but the shirt is quite cool and I’ll probably gift it to one of my nephews. Again, you can choose the T-shirt size when you’re subscribing.
This is the collectable that arrived signed in ‘The Sure Thing Cases’, while some of the random regular subscription cases received a signed one, as well. I didn’t. This collectable is sold for $19.95 CAD on amazon.ca, so if it’s your thing it almost covers the cost of the box. I didn’t open it since I decided to gift it, but you can see there are some pretty good details, including dirt on the clothes, and quite life-like face. There are 6 more figurines in this series for the ones that decide to collect them.
This is a 44 piece set, that resembles LEGO sets a lot, only you need to assemble figurines in this set, also. It is sold for $8.97 USD on amazon.com (amazon.ca has some ridiculous price). Everyone received the House Stark or Lannister Banner pack. This is my favorite item in the box, since I love construction sets. Everything comes neatly packed in 3 little pouches, but they are no resealable, so I recommend you store the pieces in a small Ziplock bag, since they can easily get lost.
It didn’t take me long to assemble the 44 pieces, maybe 20 minutes, with 15 being spent on the figurines – some strength is needed to attach all the pieces together. This is the assembled set. I like how it looks, and would probably display it if I had room for it.
This little blind bag contains one of 8 tiny figurines. I surprisingly found them being sold at londondrugs.com for $3.99 CAD. This figurine is similar to the Game of Thrones ones in the previous box, and you’ll need some strength and patience to assemble it. I put the figurine on a standard-size coaster so you can have a size reference – it’s tiny. I received the Hero Walker Male 1. It has movable joints and some really bloody details, as it is expected for this series.
This is a card game that comes with 104 Walker and 6 Hero cards, and an instruction booklet. The game is made for 2-6 players and recommended for ages 15 and up. Considering the images, I really don’t recommend it for younger kids. The rules are not too complicated, and the instructions say each game lasts 10-30 minutes. I found this game being sold on amazon.ca for $15.51 CAD.
This would’ve been a great box if I liked the theme, but it’s really not my favorite fandom. Regardless, I will probably gift most of the items to friends that like The Walking Dead more. Most items are not fillers, except the blind bag. I calculated total retail value of the box at $51 CAD + the value of the T-shirt, which is really good for $35 USD (box+shipping), and about the same as the promised $60 value. This subscription would make a great gift for the geek in your life!
Do you have any questions about this subscription? Do you subscribe to any boxes? Are you a collector or know one?