They say imitation is the sincerest form of flatery, if that's the case, then the first person to come up with the idea of a monthly subscription
gift box service should be extremely flatered. Because they have become incredibly popular with new ones popping up all the time. And now there is
a new one devoted to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans and TMNT merchandise: TMNTbox.com. And not only are they offering up monthly gift boxes of
Ninja Turtle merchandise, they even offer seperate boxes each month for items based on the classic Turtles, the modern Nickelodeon version or a combo
box that is a mix of both. I was a bit slow and missed out on the boxes for June. But my subscriptions for the classics and modern boxes arrived this
week. So it's time to see what's in the box or boxes in this case.
Packaging - 4/10Okay, I'll admit that the packaging is not neccessarily all that important for subscription gift boxes like these. But much like the wrapping on a birthday or Christmas gift, a little extra effort in the the presentation can go a long way to make even an underwhelming gift seem special. I've been a subscriber to Loot Crate for almost two years and even on months when I have little to no interest in the monthly theme or the contents of the box, I still look forward to seeing what they do with the box and thumbing through the little magazine that they include. It's also quite handy when a subscription box contains something particularly cool and you want to know where it came from (or how to get more/another). Unfortunately there is none of that kind of extra effort here. There's not even an indication of what is suppose to be in the boxes. So if something were missing from one of the boxes you wouldn't even know it.
Classic Box - 9/10The classic box came with six items this month:
Modern Box - 3/10The Modern box includes seven items:
Value - Modern Box 4/10, Classic Box 9/10As with many of the gift box subscription services, TMNTbox has a tiered pricing system. If you are paying monthly, each box is $19.95 plus shipping. If you sign up for 3 months, the price drops $2 per month. If you sign up for six months or a year the price drops another $1 or $2 per month. At the $16.95 I paid per box, the classic box is well worth it just for the shirt. The modern box is far less impressive. It has enough variety that there should be at least one item of interest for most people. But it lacks a centerpiece item like the Classic box's shirt. And I doubt that very many fans are going to be interested in more than one or two of the included items.
I will say, while the projector flashlight turned out to be underwhelming, I do think that they had the right idea. The highlight of any of the past subscription gift boxes I have received has been when they have included at least one or two items that are unique or that I probably wouldn't have come across on my own. But simply etching a name in the side of a cheap trinket isn't the way to do that. But it does at least show that the people who are selecting the items for these boxes are trying to find unique items that could make subscribing for future boxes worth the price.
Happy Hunting:TMNTBox is a monthly subscrpition box service. Once they have shipped the boxes for any given month, they're done. But if you are interested in signing up for future boxes, head over to TMNTbox.com and sign up.