The Stan Lee Box April 2017 Subscription Box Review

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The Stan Lee Box is an official bi-monthly subscription box that’s created, and personally curated, by Stan Lee! For only $49.99 every other month, you’ll get a collection of Stan Lee’s favorite things, ranging from collectible figures, licensed artwork, limited edition items, and a lot more.

It’s no longer the one-and only Stan Lee Box – there’s now also the Stan Lee Comicbook Box – find all the details here!

A short welcome message from Stan Lee! The theme of the box was “It’s Not Easy Being Green” and this letter details the genesis of the Hulk and places it within the history of “green” character development. I think this is an AWESOME theme!

The information sheet gives you a list of all the marvelous items this month  plus details on exactly why they’re chosen. It’s getting better and better! It’s on thick cardstock and totally keepable.

And more about GREEN in the comic book world! Seriously excited about this theme! It’s unique, unusual, and awesome.

Everything in the Stan Lee Box for May!

A couple of Excelsior stickers with the man’s signature!

Fun Facts Collector Card #38

One of these fun facts collector cards are in each box.

Exclusive Stan Lee Jones Soda ($2 for just the soda): It’s green, exclusive, and perfect! The Droste effect (the same picture within a picture) is cool too. The soda, besides being neat (and tasty! Jones makes good craft sodas!), is a tie in with Banner’s job at a Brazilian soda bottling plant in The Incredible Hulk.  The card adds that Stan made his first Marvel cameo in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk!

The Zodiac Legacy: Tiger Island ($3.47)

When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-American teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He’ll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.

This is the first graphic novel that carries on the YA fantasy series Zodiac Legacy: Convergence. The books themselves have illustrations too, it’s a great new adventure for kids and a great way to get them into (age appropriate) comics!

I think adults will like this too, but my kids are all over this one!

Oh, and a few lucky subscribers had their book AUTOGRAPHED!

Exclusive Marvel X-Men Prime #1 Variants ($4.99 each) This book was released right at the very end of March, so awesome to get the start of a new series!

RESURRXION BEGINS HERE! In the wake of their war with the Inhumans, the X-MEN are at a crossroads. Where do they go from here? Luckily, one beloved X-Men has the answer to that question: Xavier’s dream comes full circle as KITTY PRYDE returns to the X-Men, ready to lead them in their mission to protect a world that hates and fears them. The next chapter of the X-Men’s saga starts here!

The cover is illustrated by Todd Nauck, who also did Amazing Spider-man and Deadpool: Too Soon), inspired by Jack Kirby’s X-Men #1 from 1963 (below for comparison!) – see the signature on the book. Stan’s in on the action too, and the whole thing has a fresh style.

Kitty Pryde is read to lead the X-Men in a world that fears them.

And the black & white variant!

Todd Nauck Illustration ($15?) This is protected in a nice plastic case, and shows the cover before the ink and the headers.

The back provides an artist bio.

Stan Lee On Set With The Original (TV) Incredible Hulk And Thor ($10?) Also encased in smooth plastic, this set shot from The Incredible Hulk Returnsshows Stan with Eric Kramer as Thor and Lou Ferrigno as the Incredible Hulk. Interesting factoid in the info card – Stan thinks the success of Marvel’s live action film & TV is precisely because they aren’t exactly like the comicbooks, and I totally agree with that (see, e.g., Marvel films vs. DC films since the late 80s!).

Hulk: Season One ($6 on Amazon, $24.99 cover)

A code was inside the cover for a free digital copy!

By Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man) and art by Tom Fowler (Venom), the definitive Hulk origin story along with Betty Ross (now Red She-Hulk)  and General Thunderbolt Ross (now the Avenging Red Hulk)!

The reception of this arc has been mixed, a little love and hate going on!

Jada Metals Die Cast: She Hulk ($15.94) Subscribers received either She Hulk or the Green Goliath himself – Hulk ($9.94)!

I am personally loving that I scored She-Hulk! And look at this great series!

Power Flex! Look at those muscles!

Created from a blood transfusion from her cousin, I absolutely love her! She’s green, large, and in charge!

Funko Pop! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. #2 Groot Bobble Head Vinyl Figure (about $15)

The info card actually calls this sculpt Baby Groot, and it’s easy to see why they made that mistake – he’s so darned cute! Funko calls him Toddler Groot and he’s a bobble-head!

I love Groot Buns!

Nice detail on the top of his stump too.

Great addition to my Groot collection! Stan created Groot in 1959! I think its amazing that these characters are still going strong!

Green Eggs And Stan T-Shirt ($15?) SUCH a cool story with this shirt, which is an awesome Stan Lee & Dr. Seuss mashup from Zack Morissette.From the info card:

While this looks like your average parody t-shirt, the story goes a little deeper. Like many professionals during WWII, Stan Lee joined the Army to support the War effort. He was eventually assigned to an elite team of artists working on communication materials. Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known know as Dr. Seuss), William Saroyan, and Frank Capra were all part of this amazing powerhouse.

Here’s a bit more from Wikipedia:

Lee entered the United States Army in early 1942 and served in the US in the Signal Corps, repairing telegraph poles and other communications equipment.[23] He was later transferred to the Training Film Division, where he worked writing manuals, training films, and slogans, and occasionally cartooning.[24] His military classification, he says, was “playwright”; he adds that only nine men in the US Army were given that title.[25] Vincent Fago, editor of Timely’s “animation comics” section, which put out humor and funny animal comics, filled in until Lee returned from his World War II military service in 1945.

This really is a box to pore through all the items and read them along with the card. I thought the theme was amazing this month and all the items were really cool. I came up to around $92 estimated, not including the stickers or collector’s card, which is good for using the Amazon prices on everything. This box certainly isn’t for everyone, but for comicbook nerds & Stan Lee fanatics, it’s perfect! At the time of this review, this box is still available!

What did you think of this edition of The Stan Lee Box?

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