IT’S HERE! Holy crap, it’s here. The theme for this BOOM!Box cycle was, “Automaton,” and featured all sorts of robot goodness. I think this was originally meant to ship in February, but there was a delay which was well communicated and WELL worth the wait. On first opening the box, I was greeted with an insert about the new makeup palettes which should be releasing for pre-order soon. Under that was a little card about entering to win a free BOOM!Box with posts on social media using the hashtags #ecboombox and #post4boom. There was also a little rolled up scroll with a note from Marissa Meyer who collaborated on this box.
Just underneath that was something new! A silver envelope that contained product cards for everything in the box, information on Nexus and Nexus OP, as well as a reminder to check your email for the sale code for the box. I really love this level-up on the product card. Having separate pages for each item may use more paper, but it also gives us more information about each product which is nice.
Also inside the envelope were three stickers featuring still more automaton goodness. There’s nods to the Iron Giant and Terminator, and even a special Espionage Cosmetics robot sticker. I have to admit that the Skynet FREE WIFI sticker is making me laugh – I’m going to have to stick that to my laptop.
Next up was the Wires and Nerve makeup bag featuring artwork from the new graphic novel by Marissa Meyer, Wires and Nerve Vol. 1. The bag has some really beautiful artwork on both the front and the back and is lined with a bright orange fabric. The outer fabric is a heavy canvas while the inside is a slightly lighter nylon, and it has padding between the inner and outer layers. The fabric choice and padding make this a really stand-out item. It’s not a cheap cotton bag, it’s a seriously heavy-duty, thick bag and will undoubtedly work great to protect items inside the bag.
The nail wraps this month are GORGEOUS! We also have some new nail wrap packaging which I absolutely adore. On the left is, “We’re Doomed,” which is a little nod to C3PO with a quote from Return of the Jedi. Gold and silver foil accent these glossy nail wraps around a design of exposed wires. On the right, we have, “U-87,” which is definitely Battlestar Galactica themed. This is another glossy nail wrap with silver foil accents and one bright red glitter accent wrap. We also got a brand new nail file – it’s shorter and thicker than the old cardboard ones, but I like the way it looks, and it feels more substantial with the foam core between the two sides.
WOW. This is the A-Maze-Ing Lantern made by Geekify, Inc. The lantern came flat-packed in a burlap bag as six pieces. A little bit of glue and foot-tapping later, my lantern was ready to go! Two sides have a maze design, one side has the quote, “These violent delights have violent ends,” and there’s a solid back, bottom, and top. Obviously, if you’re using a tea light candle, you have to remove the top while lit. The quote is more recently recognized as being from Westworld, but has its origins in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. When lit, the lantern casts pretty shadows on the wall from the maze design, and I suppose you could even turn the quote side around so it can be read when illuminated on a wall instead of read while glowing through the lantern. It’s made of laser cut wood and painted brown, and is really a lovely, unique piece.
Our artwork this month comes from Jen Taylor and features Roxie the Robot, a retro glam automaton, self-aware, and done taking orders! The colors on this print are just perfect, and she’s such a lovely, badass girlbot.
I’m not sure I could even begin to come up with a value for this month, but even just with the nail wraps being $10 each, the cost of $30 per month is nearly covered, and we haven’t even gotten to the value of the lantern, makeup bag, or print yet! Yet again, they nailed the theme in every single item, and I’m consistently wowed by how well they work a theme in each delivery. In case you’re thinking about subscribing and want to send me some love, hit up my referral link!