Horror Block is a monthly subscription box by Nerd Block that specializes in horror culture. This is my third month total and my first month back after cancelling previously. My experiences with it haven't been great but I'm hoping that this block will turn things around.
|Not my picture, it's from an ebay listing. Only one I could find since I gave it away.|
1. Overlook Hotel T-Shirt
This shirt was decent, but nothing special. I'm not a big fan of shirts with pop culture references that aren't immediately recognizable like this one (which is from the Shining, by the way). I gave this shirt away to my sister and she seemed to love it so maybe I'm just not a big enough Shining fan, but this shirt just didn't appeal to me.
|The Pop! is on the right. Figure on the left not included, unfortunately.|
2. Universal Monsters Pop! Figure
Pop! vinyl figures are awesome. They're cute, they're inexpensive, and they cover so many franchises, not to mention that they look fantastic on a shelf. In the horror block there was a randomly selected universal monster Pop!, and I was lucky enough to get the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The other options were Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Wolfman, and characters like that.
3. Maggot Eye Skeleton Toy
I've seen some complaints about this and I completely understand that it's silly and sophomoric, but I had a lot of fun with it. It's a rubber skeleton with a giant head that you can squeeze, revealing blood and maggots inside of it's eyes. As soon as I opened the Horror block my little sister began screaming at the skeleton and then playing with it's eyes and making it dance. For what it is, the skeleton toy is actually very high quality and I'm impressed that the creators bothered to put a full body on it rather than just a head. Great little toy in my opinion.
4. Poltergeist Mouse Pad
The mouse pad itself is pretty thin, but after testing it out a bit (I'm actually using it right now), it gets the job done. The graphic on the mouse pad is the iconic television scene from Poltergeist, which is a fantastic movie and makes for an awesome design. Although, lot of people complained about this item because they use laptops primarily. A valid complaint, sure, but as a gamer I need to use my mouse frequently. And for the record, I use a laptop with a USB mouse, so take that as you will.
5. Zombie Hand Sanitizer
This is the only item in the entire block that I didn't like. What a strange thing to include... at least I got a good laugh out of the label.
6. Rue Morgue
As you may already know, Horror Block always comes with a magazine. Rue Morgue is the original (I believe?) that they included and after switching around a bit, and this issue was a nice read. The feature article was an interview with the Ghostbusters director, so that was cool. Not a surprise, but still enjoyable.
Overall, this block really pleased me. This is my third Horror Block (I got September 2014, October 2014, and now December 2014) and I have to say that this is my favorite so far. The Pop! figure is fantastic, the skeleton toy is hilarious, the mouse pad will be getting a lot of use, and the T-shirt at least made someone happy.