Get geek swag delivered to your door with these three services
We may be adults, but let's be honest, we all still love our toys here, be it Lego sets, figurines, or plushies. If you're looking to have the finest of geek loot without spending a fortune, there are a few services around that will deliver a box of nerd each month, for $20 or less.
For $20 a month, Nerdblock will send you a box crammed with a geeky shirt and various interesting toys. Even though it launched just this year, it already has partners such as Marvel, Adventure Time and Star Wars providing the swag. All you need to do is set up your subscription, which you can cancel at any time.
Pleygo is perhaps best suited to those who enjoy Lego projects but don't have room for their hobby. Starting at $15 per month for smaller Lego sets (the most expensive being $39 for massive 5400-brick sets), this rental service will send you assorted projects for you to make.
It works a little like Netflix: You can borrow a set and build it, and return it when you're ready to. Although you can have only one set at a time, there's no limit to the number of sets you can go through in a month. And you can create a wish list to pick and choose the sets you want next. Lost a piece? No biggie—Pleygo won't charge you extra. The only downside? You don't get to keep your masterpiece (unless you're happy to pay the suggested retail price, that is).
If you're a geek gamer, LootCrate ($13 per month) is the service for you. Each box gives you a monthly selection of items such as Pez dispensers, themed air fresheners, DVDs, Star Wars earbuds, and other endless accessories. Each month's box has a distinct theme, too—for instance, this month's theme is "cake," so expect some sweet goodies (get it?). And you have a chance to win a "Mega Crate" too, meaning even more loot.
With so many tempting offers, which one would you pick? Personally, anything that can see the importance of Adventure Time in one's life gets my money, but the story behind the Pleygo box is also very sweet. Decisions!