World of Wizardry April 2017 review

Sorry that this review is a week overdue but I’ve been on holiday. Had 10days in Disneyworld Florida and so I’m now a little jetlagged. Sorry for any errors or ramblings that may occur as a consequence of my lack of decent sleep.

The subscription box that I am reviewing is a monthly box by Geekgear. It is called the World of Wizardry box and costs £24.95 per month on subscription. I pay in quarterly instalments so it is very slightly cheaper than a monthly payment. If you are interested, you can follow this link: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU  If you purchase through this link I get a point towards a free box so I greatly appreciate it. They have other boxes, one of which is a Harry Potter wearable box, filled with Potter themed clothes. Or a standard GeekGear box, I think next month’s theme is Power Rangers.

There has been one major change that I can see in this box and that is its new booklet. It now has a magazine type guide which shows you the items you will receive, the next month’s box hint, and all others details. It makes the box feel a little more professional but other than that I was once again disappointed with this month’s box contents.

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The first item that I opened was yet another wand. They always feel a bit cheap and to make it worse, this was a GeekGear Exclusive. It was a lot better than last month’s exclusive item in my opinion but, they seem to include a lot of wands which is a bit boring after a while. You could get different shades of wand to dictate its rarity, gold or silver. Mine was a sort of woody colour so I’m not sure if it’s the standard wand or if it was supposed to be gold. It’s pretty but a bit pointless (no pun intended) I have a previous two from this box and this is a better quality then those, but still nothing special. It’s not at a displayable quality like wand replicas are but it will go in a box to be played with if there are ever any kids around.

This wasn’t the only Exclusive item in the box, there were also…shoelaces. Hmmm, now don’t get me wrong! They’re very nice quality, house themed shoelaces. I’m just 99% sure that I have seen them before, or at least, very, very, similar. They will be used and I liked them, just not sure they could be classed as ‘exclusive.’

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This box was really treating us, there is a third ‘exclusive’ item, socks. I’ve not tried them on yet but if they’re anything like the last socks I received in this box then they’ll fit but not be very elasticated once on. It’s a nice little design so I can get away with Potterfying myself at work which I usually can’t. I like them and it is a nice thought.

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There a key with wings pin badge, which is also, alright. Nothing to jump up and down over, nice quality, fairly heavy, kind of useless, pin badge. It will probably go on my Uni wall just so I can flick the moveable wings when I’m in procrastination/boredom mode.

As usual we had some posters, there is always one as standard, this month there were three. The A4 print that is a nice depiction of Aragog, and two rolled up posters. The poster depicting the graffiti type image of the houses was double sided and one of my favourite items of the box. It’s very vibrant and if I get bored of one side I can turn it over. This is coming back to University with me in September. The other was a J.K.Rowling quote. To be fair, it’s nice, but I found it a bit cringe worthy. I’m not a big fan of ‘inspirational’ quotes, I think I’m too cynical for them. This one just seemed a bit forced, but it looks okay on paper.

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One of the nicer but non-fancy items in the box, were the Vinyl Stickers. I can see these going in the car once I feel like I can stay awake long enough to drive again. They are subtle and nicely designed. I can’t comment on the quality as I don’t really buy vinyl stickers so I don’t know what is classed as good or bad. I like them, and I will use them, so I’m happy.

Then last but not least we have the t-shirt. It’s a nice colour and I like the printing around the bird. I’m being a bit fussy with this box but, the bird was not representing the majestic eagle (or raven according to some) very well. In fact, it looks a bit too much like a long beaked Pidgeon. It’s a nice t-shirt though and always good quality so it will be worn.

Overall, I’m sure you guessed that I really wasn’t blown away by this month’s box. It’s been too long since I’ve had a ‘wow’ box and I’m really hoping that Geekgear pull their thumb out for next month. I look forward to the boxes but I now have a feeling of doubt when they arrive. I want the old excitement back. Please let me know what you guys think of your boxes, I want to know if it’s just me being really ungrateful or if everyone is less than thrilled with them recently.

Thank you as always for reading, I apologise once again for my rambles, to make up for it I share with you my purchases of Universal Studios Harry Potter world. It’s Crookshanks and Scabbers! Oh, and Peppermint toads! Now going in there was exciting!

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Thanks again!

Charlotte x

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World of Wizardry March 2017 review

I’ve been waiting for two whole days for this box to arrive. It’s here, I was so excited. This is a review of my March World of Wizardry box which is a monthly box by GeekGear. You can subscribe or buy as a one off box. I pay £24.95 a month. If your interested in purchasing a box, the link is: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU

You can choose which house you want your box to be themed. Mine is Ravenclaw once again as even though I am a Hufflepuff, I wear more blue. They deliver worldwide as well so it’s available to all my readers.IMG_2040

I’m going to admit that I really wasn’t impressed with this one. I was really looking forward to the exclusive item that we were promised. It is the cheapest looking, plasticy figure of Hedwig, that I have ever seen. I saw the little box it came in and I couldn’t wait to open it. It is very poor quality. There are apparently two different birds you can get, a gold of a silver. The gold is 1/50 rarity and the silver is 1/25. I got a weird dirty grey colour. It’s likely to go either at the back of a shelf or in the bin if I’m being honest. I think mine is supposed to be silver as it says it only comes in two colours. Oh dear.

Next up is the exclusive tshirt that you receive in every box. This is just as lovely as usual. Good quality, lovely design, and I love the use of colours on this shirt. One of my favourites so far.

There were some very cute stickers, about the size of my palm. Again, good quality. I’m not sure what I’ll use them for but I think I’ll save them for when I start doing some craft projects, maybe over the summer.

There is a decent enough, elder wand necklace. It’s a good weight and not a bad quality. It’s a nice piece of costume jewellery that I will add to my wall display.

Next, we have a Fantastic Beasts keyring. According to the booklet there were two possible keyrings that you could get. The one I received was of the Magical Congress logo. It’s a nice little keyring but a bit boring. They’re made of rubber so it’ll probably get added to my car keys, but it is a little plain. The other keyring you could receive is a little more interesting but not by much. It’s a Newt Scamander keyring, with the initials forming the central symbol. I don’t know a lot about Fantastic Beasts as I’ve only watched it the once, but it might have meaning behind it, let me know!

The set of coasters came next. Nice cork backed metal coasters in the house colours. I’d have liked it if the animal insignias had been on them as well but they’ll definitely get some use. They also came in a nice little black, geekgear tin. This will also be used.

As a little extra there were two pin badges in this box. A Ravenclaw for my house and a Dobby. Now don’t hate me but, I really don’t like Dobby. Found him a bit annoying to be honest. Cute badges none the less. Another addition to the Potter wall.

That just leaves the poster. Every box has a unique poster and this one was no different. I actually really liked this one. I love Hedwig and it shows her flying with a stunning Hogwarts in the background. Really pretty.

So, that’s it for the box. As I said, wasn’t impressed, don’t get me wrong, I liked the items for the most part, I just didn’t think they were worth the money I paid for the box. If the owl figure had been of a better quality, maybe it would have made the box better overall. Who knows. My favourites in this one were the tshirt and the poster. Let me know what you guys thought.

My next review will be a little later than usual as I am away at the end of April but I will upload once I get back. The hint for next month is an image of Hermione even though they have put that it is a March hint, I think they meant April. There were a few typos in this leaflet, but I’m not one to talk. My grammar sucks.

I apologise for the picture quality, the lighting in my room is awful tonight. I have included my Potter wall from my University hall as it will be coming down in a few weeks when I move out. All items on the wall have come from these boxes.

Thanks as always for reading, if you’re interested in one of these boxes the link is: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU

Charlotte x

 

GeekGear World of Wizardry September 2016 review

It’s here! My second GeekGear Harry Potter box! They have changed its name to the ‘World of Wizardry’ box. After all the goodies I received last month I went back and paid for a three-month subscription as you save a little bit of money if you pay in bulk. This box does deliver Worldwide as far as I’m aware so please check it out. The link is: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU

The link I share takes you to the website but if you purchase a box then it shows that you found the box through me. If five of you lovely readers purchase a subscription using this link, then I get a free box so pretty please share the love!

On to the actual review. I received an email on the 21st to say the box was posted and it arrived on the 23rd. It would have been next day if I didn’t live on a campus, so super quick delivery. Every box is decorated as a crate and has the Harry Potter crests on either side. They continue this theme with any smaller boxes inside which is pretty cool. I also love the fact they use coloured paper in the box depending on your Hogwarts house. Mine is blue which as I mentioned in my previous blog, I chose Ravenclaw even though I’m a Hufflepuff as I prefer the colour scheme. You can choose which house you like or just to receive a mix, depends on personal preference.

In every box there is a pamphlet that shows the information on all the items and the box itself. It also gives a hint of what the following months theme will be. October’s hint is: Hogwarts Express.

My favourite item in this box was the Ollivanders t-shirt, the sizing is perfect (you select in advance) and I like the fact it is a darker colour as the white one from last month has gone into the pyjama shirt pile. Still wear it a lot though! The quality of their shirts is amazing and you get a shirt in every box that is unique to Geekgear so you don’t want to miss out!

This month even included a Lord Voldemort replica wand! It’s really solid and I don’t have one already! I have Snape’s and I think I have Luna’s but none of the others so it’s great for this to go in my collection. It even comes with a note of authenticity!

Another item them I don’t have is a Deathly Hallows necklace, it’s something I’ve been meaning to purchase as I love the design. This one is pretty sturdy, still obviously costume jewellery but it’s nice quality. I actually have it hung on my noticeboard over the Azkaban poster that also came in the box. It’s great to finally have a bit of decoration up. Anyways, the necklace does have a spinning inner circle which is a nice touch and will be worn as often as I can get away with.

The next item is personalized per your house request, it’s a Proud to be ‘Ravenclaw’ badge, it’s a decent size and is currently also attached to my noticeboard. Maybe by the end of the year I will have a Harry Potter themed board thanks to this box! If I do, I’ll make sure to share a few pictures!

Another really useful item is the tea towel. It has Hogwarts written across it and whilst it’s a bit big it arrived just in time. Like I said, back on campus and I only brought one tea towel so I would have been off to buy another soon, now it’s a Hogwarts one! Thank you GeekGear!

I did find the little blank Hogwarts letters a bit boring. I know some people will love being able to print out their own Hogwarts acceptance letter or they might even print them out for their kids. I know I’d have loved one for my 11th birthday, but as I’m going on 25 I know that my letter was lost in the post back then. I will hang on to these and maybe build them into my wall of Potter?

The final item is one that I’m really worried I’ll break. A replica of the Marauders map. It completely folds outwards and is really well made and will definitely be treasured. It’s a perfect addition to the box! I love it! The details are amazing and I really don’t want it getting damaged!

That’s it for this month’s box. A great hall as far as I’m aware. Please let me know what you thought of your own boxes! If you don’t already order it then please give it a try. If it’s not for you then you can cancel your subscription at any time or even do as I did and order a one off box to try out. Be quick though as I’ve been told they’re selling out fast! Anyways my recommendation link is: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU please use the link to help me towards a free box. Even if you don’t use the link please don’t hesitate to purchase one as they really are great little treats!img_1761

Thanks so much for reading!

Charlotte x