I was recently contacted by Zavvi, who wanted to know if I’d be interested in reviewing a Zbox for them. To be honest, I had never heard of a Zbox, so I had to do a bit of googling. Zavvi, if you’re wondering, are the folk who bought out Virgin Megastores. They sell DVDs, film merchandise and other exciting things. Their Zbox is a monthly box full of exciting nerdy things. Obviously I said yes to reviewing one, since I am a big nerd.
Each box has a specific theme. This month the theme was “retro”, and its contents focussed on old school games from the 80s and 90s (a classic gaming era!). I was super-excited to receive the box in the post, and the box itself is cool. Look at it above! Sonic!! This box will not fit through your letterbox, so if you order one make sure you’re home, have a nice neighbour or your postman knows your secret hiding place.
A Zbox costs £19.99, and I was quite impressed at the amount merchandise included. There was a white t-shirt (not included in photo, I will be doing a separate blog post on this), a notebook in the style of a Dreamcast console, a Lemmings door sign, Sonic socks and a Pacman fake Lego model!
When you order the box, you indicate what t-shirt size you want, and they do women’s sizes. I don’t think they did when they launched the boxes in January, but they have since adjusted stock to include women. This is great, because too many geeky t-shirts are only available in men’s sizes, and it’s not fair!
The socks are “one size fits all”. One size does not fit all, and these socks are huge, so just be aware of that! However, I love novelty socks so I will wear them anyway.
I think most have us have probably played Pacman at some point in our lives, so for me a Pacman toy was very welcome. It’s a fake Lego-type toy, and I need to build it. I’ll be showing you the completed model in a separate post. I will also be reviewing the notebook separately.
Included with the box is a small leaflet explaining the box contents, and sharing fun facts about the box theme. Since this box had a retro theme, the facts were about the rise of the gaming industry, and some of the games included in the box. There was also a voucher for playing a game for free online, but I don’t play many games on my computer nowadays so I haven’t used it.
I’ve tried a few subscription boxes, and this is definitely one of my favourite iterations. I love films and games so the theme is definitely to my taste. In addition, you don’t have to subscribe in advance as with many boxes. You get an email when orders open for the next month’s box, and you can then decide if you want it or not. As mentioned, the box costs £19.99, and they sell out pretty quickly. Next month’s box theme is Animation, and you can order it here. I’m not in to animation so I won’t be ordering the April box, but I will definitely be having more boxes in future as I’m sure they’ll be doing themes that fit my interests. I need them to do another space box, as I missed the January box with the cosmic theme and I want everything that was in it!
I received this box for free, but these words are all my own. Thank you to Zavvi for offering the box to me for review.