I was contacted by the kind folks at 1Up Box to become a 1Up Box Ambassador and show you guys what 1Up Box is all about! 1Up Box is a subscription box service that began in September, 2014 in a style that is very similar to Loot Crate, priding themselves as “a distributor that offers something remarkable, something creative, and something unique in which all geeks and gamers can fancy.” With a name like 1Up Box you would expect a focus on gaming, but the boxes have shown that 1Up Box plans to take gaming as a core, and give it a bit of a pop culture spin. Each 1Up Box is only $12.92 plus $6 shipping and handling. Boxes can also be subscribed to in three month and six month plans for added savings. Each Box is promised to include over $30 of merchandise totaling 4-6 items on average. Plus an exclusive shirt is always included! As mentioned, each month will follow a particular theme at the core.
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Contents of September 2015’s box, as well as my unboxing video are after the jump.
September, 2015’s Theme: Pixels
• “A-Bit-Crazy” T-Shirt
• Minecraft Plush (Baby Ocelot)
• Pixel Sword Necklace
• Cuby Paper Craft
• 8-Bit Bowtie
• 8-Bit Sticker Sheet
• Pixels Theme Pin
1Up Box has been on a roll with two really solid boxes in a row. Unfortunately you can’t win them all, and we’re back to being with is basically a dud. I’ll start by saying that I really do like the shirt. It’s got a lot of references that I really love on there, and it’s a nice tribute to the games of old. Unfortunately that’s about all that shines in this box. The 8-Bit stickers are sort of cute, and they’re my next favorite part of the box. Everything else is a let down. The Paper Craft is something I can print out on my computer. The bowtie, while funny, isn’t something I’d ever use, and something most people probably would never use in general outside of a gag. The other two items are Minecraft related, and anyone that knows me knows I don’t understand the appeal behind Minecraft. The plush is cute (and probably a good value) and the necklace is nice to an extent, but as someone who doesn’t like Minecraft, I just don’t really care. Hopefully next month’s box kicks it back up a notch.
As with any of these subscription services, they aren’t for everyone. However, 1Up Box is currently the cheapest box on the market at only $12.92 before shipping. While you don’t get as much as you would in a Nerd Block or Loot Crate, you still more than get your money’s worth. In essence, it’s a great box for those that are on a little bit of a tighter budget, but still want to experience the joy of receiving that box in the mail. With them doing themes, you once again have the benefit of having a rough idea of what’s in store, to know if you want to get that month’s box or not. For those of you that can’t stomach the act of random goodies, well, these just aren’t for you.