Best subscription boxes for nerds 2016/2017 UK

Take a look inside these nerdy monthly boxes and mystery boxes including Loot Crate, GeekGear, Infinity Crate, ComicBoxer, The Bam! Box, Creation Crate and more.

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  • Intro
  • Loot Crate
  • Loot Gaming
  • Loot Crate DX
  • GeekGear
  • Infinity Crate
  • The Bam Box
  • ComicBoxer
  • Creation Crate
  • The Minifig Box
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Best subscription boxes UK: Mystery monthly boxes for nerds

Subscription boxes are a relatively new craze that is taking the world by storm. Everyone seems to love these mystery boxes that arrive on your doorstep each month, and it's easy to see why. You'll find subscription boxes centred around everything from food or beer to stationery or clothes. One particularly popular type of subscription box is the nerdy sort, so naturally we couldn't wait to try some out. Here, we bring you a round-up of the best geeky subscription boxes we've seen so far, which we'll be updating regularly as we receive more.

Also see: Best Black Friday Deals

We've taken a look at 9 of the most popular nerdy subscription boxes available in the UK, including Loot Crate, Loot Gaming, Loot Crate DX, GeekGear, Infinity Crate, Comic Boxer, The Bam Box and more. Read on to take a look inside each box.

Be sure to let us know in the comments section below if you've tried any of these subscription boxes, or if you've tried any that we've not yet seen. We'd love to hear from you.

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Subscription boxes are a relatively new craze that is taking the world by storm. Everyone seems to love these mystery boxes that arrive on your doorstep each month, and it's easy to see why. You'll find subscription boxes centred around everything from food or beer to stationery or clothes. One particularly popular type of subscription box is the nerdy sort, so naturally we couldn't wait to try some out. Here, we bring you a round-up of the best geeky subscription boxes we've seen so far, which we'll be updating regularly as we receive more.

Also see: Best Black Friday Deals

We've taken a look at 9 of the most popular nerdy subscription boxes available in the UK, including Loot Crate, Loot Gaming, Loot Crate DX, GeekGear, Infinity Crate, Comic Boxer, The Bam Box and more. Read on to take a look inside each box.

Be sure to let us know in the comments section below if you've tried any of these subscription boxes, or if you've tried any that we've not yet seen. We'd love to hear from you.

Best subscription boxes UK: Loot Crate review

From £20 / $26
Loot Crate's website.

Loot Crate is one of the biggest names in the nerdy subscription box selection right now, and was one of the first too.

We've had every Loot Crate since April, each with a unique theme and a wide variety of items. You'll get a T-Shirt every month, as well as a figure, a pin, something useful and other items.

One box was themed 'Quest', and included items from Vikings, Harry Potter, Uncharted 4 and more. Each item was exclusive to Loot Crate. (Shown middle)

Another theme was Power, with a Hulk figure, Warcraft T-shirt, Dragon Ball Z Keychain and a Marvel oven mitt. (Shown bottom).

August's theme was Futuristic (shown top), with franchises including Rick and Morty, Futurama and Mega Man, whilst September's was Anti-Hero, with Suicide Sqaud, Archer, Kill Bill and Hellboy.

If you're not certain that you want to commit to Loot Crate, you can get it on a rolling monthly contract and cancel any time. That'll cost you $29.95 with shipping included. Opt for a 3 month plan instead and it'll be $28 per month, a 6 month plan is $27 per month, and a 12 Month plan is $26 per month with a free t-shirt included.

Overall, we think that Loot Crate is very reasonably priced considering the amount you get in each box and that shipping and handling is included, but there's not much in the way of personalisation so it's likely you'll sometimes get items you're not so keen on.

Subscribe to Loot Crate or find out more by clicking here.

Best subscription boxes UK: Loot Crate Gaming review

From £25 / $32
Loot Gaming website

The original Loot Crate box includes a wide variety of different themed items, but if you're thinking you'd like to drop the superheroes, movies and TV shows and focus solely on gaming, you're in luck. Loot Crate has a Gaming box too, and just like Loot Crate, it will arrive on your doorstep once a month with lots of awesome goodies inside.

It's a bit more pricey, but the contents of this one is worth $60+ each month/ The one month plan is $34.95 per month, but that can be reduced to $31.95 if you sign up for a year.

We've had each Loot Gaming since April 2016, which was a Metro themed crate. Inside was a weapon skin for Tom Clancy's The Division, a The Division USB key in the shape of an AK-47, a Mirror's Edge watch, an Resident Evil Beanie, a Fallout Metal Print, a Bioshock T-Shirt and Metro's Coin Pin. And if you were really lucky, you'd have got the Epic Drop crate with tons of extra goodies that can be worth thousands. (Shown middle).

We've also seen a Dungeon themed box filled with a Warcraft flag, Doom glass, Uncharted journal, Zelda dog tags, a Dark Souls t-shirt and a Cute but Deadly figure, as well as the Dungeon pin. (Shown bottom)

Other boxes have included Stranded with franchises including Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed, Dead Island and Far Cry Primal.

We really liked Loot Gaming. It's a bit more personalised in that you know you're going to get gaming merch, so we think you're more likely to be pleased every month with this one.

Subscribe to Loot Gaming or find out more by clicking here.

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Best subscription boxes UK: Loot Crate DX

From £55 / $71.99
Loot Crate DX website.

If you want to take things one step further and if you've got a bit more cash to splash, you can't beat the Loot Crate DX. It's Lootcrate's luxury offering, and that's reflected in its price tag.

It'll cost you $74.99 per month for the DX, which can be reduced to $71.99 if you sign up for 12 months. That's no small sum considering the fact that you don't know what you're going to get.

However, we have been pretty impressed by the contents of the Loot Crate DX boxes we've received. Each is huge, for a start – the biggest subscription box we've seen yet. And there's no doubt that the quality of the items was above and beyond anything we'd seen in a mystery box before.

In our first box we got an Adventure Time figure, a Legend of Zelda Hoodie, a print, a set of World of Warcraft Lowball Glasses and D20 Chilling Dice, all of which are exclusive to Loot Crate. There was also a Compass pin to fit the Quest theme. (Shown bottom).

We were even more impressed with our second box. It included a Marvel hat, a Skeletor Jersey top, a Hulk print, an Iron Man figure and a Street Fighter bag. There was also a pin as always. (Shown middle).

We've also had items including a Star Trek Beach Towel, a Gundam Model Kit, Fallout 4 Headphones, Deadpool Sunglasses and a hardback Preacher Book 1 Graphic Novel. This box is impressive if you can afford it.

Subscribe to Loot Crate DX or find out more by clicking here.

Best subscription boxes UK: GeekGear review

From £19.99
GeekGear website.

Moving on from Lootcrate now, there are plenty of alternatives, and some of them are UK-based which makes shipping times and costs lower. One of those UK-based boxes is GeekGear. GeekGear offers its original box, but also a box just for Harry Potter fans, which is pretty awesome. We tried the original, which was a box full of gear themed around Dragons and Thrones for April 2016.

First things first, the box itself is awesome. We couldn't wait to see what was the treasure chest contained.

Inside was a set of Game of Thrones magnets, a Dark Souls III poster, a Harry Potter Print, a Dragon Ball Z Nano Block figure, an Atomic Fireball sweet and we were lucky enough to get a Game of Thrones bag along with 100 other subscribers, while the alternative was a Game of Thrones Jon Snow Mug or Game of Thrones Coasters. There was also an exclusive Game of Thrones T-Shirt.

The box will cost you £19.99 per month if you sign up for a subscription, or £24.99 for a one-off box with no further commitment. For £19.99 we were pleased with the items – the quality of the t-shirt design and the poster was a bit disappointing but the other items certainly made up for it.

Subscribe to GeekGear or find out more about the box by clicking here.

Best subscription boxes UK: Infinity Crate

From £16.99
Infinity Crate website.

Another UK-based subscription box for nerds is Infinity Crate, which was actually one of our favourites. That's because they're reasonably priced and you get to personalise the contents. When you sign up for Infinity Crate's Classic Crate (£16.99 plus £3 shipping within the UK) or Premium Crate (£23.99 plus £3 shipping), you'll be asked to name some of your favourite TV shows, films and games. The team will then consult that list when choosing your items each month to pick out the best gear to send to you.

We tried the Premium Crate, and received the following bits and bobs in our box: A Wolverine keyring, a Captain America: Civil War Pop! Figure, a Batman Travel Mug, a Golden Snitch bracelet and a little Game of Thrones sword. We also got two t-shirts, one Game of Thrones themed and the other Daredevil. For £23.99 plus a small postage fee if you're in the UK, we thought that was a brilliant haul that we felt thoroughly pleased with.

Infinity Crate also offers a £16.99 kids crate and a £7.99 t-shirt crate too.

Subscribe to Infinity Crate or find out more by clicking here.

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Best subscription boxes UK: The Bam! Box review

From £22 / $27.99.
The Bam! Box website.

The next box we tried is called The Bam! Box, a monthly mystery box that prides itself on offering signed merchandise, limited editions and rare collectibles.

It's important to point out that The Bam! Box is sent from outside of the UK and we incurred a customs charge on this occasion, which meant that our total price was more than £40. The price of a one month plan is actually $29.99 plus shipping (which can be up to $24.99 depending on where you live), $28.99 if you go for the 6 month plan (and you'll get a free t-shirt, or $27.99 per month if you opt for a 12 month plan (with a t-shirt and extra autograph). The Bam! Box creators promise that they are working on bringing shipping costs down.

Inside the box, which was themed RIP for April 2016, we found an Ari Lehman Signed Jason Mask, an exclusive Live Long and Prosper Leonard Nimoy Tribute Sign, a Zombuckz coin, a Gwen Stacy Empire State University ID Card Prop Replica, and an exclusive signed Nurse Joker print by Chris Uminga. The quality of the items was very high, so it certainly felt like we got our money's worth even with that hefty customs charge.

We really like the 1-Up system used by The Bam! Box. You'll probably find a 1-Up card in your box, which means you've got an upgraded version of a product. For example, some customers received a gold variant of the Jason Mask, and others a gold variant of the Leonard Nimoy tribute. We got the Zombucks coin as our 1-Up, rather than the Biohazard Zombie Knuckle Punch we'd have received otherwise.

Subscribe to The Bam! Box or find out more by clicking here.

Best subscription boxes UK: ComicBoxer review

From £14 / $17.99
Available from CrateJoy.

Next is a box that is a bit different from those we've seen so far, but definitely one of our favourites. Comic Boxer is a Canada-based box that is filled to the brim with comics. We got the April 2016 box, and it was fantastic. We like that it's a mystery in that you don't know which comics you'll get, but not so much that you might receive an item that you'd never use. The likelihood is you'll read all of the comics in the box, even if not all of them are comics you'd have normally picked up. And who knows, some comics might surprise you and become one of your new all-time favourites.

We received a signed edition of Joyride #1 by Jackson Lanzing, Rough Riders #1 by Adam Glass & Patt Olliffe, Marvel's Black Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Brian Stelfreeze, Empress #1 by Mark Millar & Stuart Immonen and Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 by Charles Soule & Phil Noto.

For one month, you'll pay $19.99 plus shipping, but if you sign up for 6 months that price is reduced to $17.99 per month. The good news is that the box is thin enough to fit through most letter boxes, too.

Subscribe to ComicBoxer or find out more by clicking here.

Best subscription boxes UK: Creation Crate

From £17.50 / $22.49
Available from CrateJoy.

The final box (for now) in our pick of the best subscription boxes for nerds and geeks is Creation Crate, and it's another one of our favourites. Every month, you'll get all of the components you'll need to build something awesome. Our project was a colour-changing mood light, with all of the wires, buttons and hardware you'll need included.

This is a brilliant option for parents and teachers, as it's designed to be educational and fun, but we think even those without kids will enjoy creating a piece of tech from a bunch of components too (we sure did).

Creation Create is available for $29.99 per month for 1 month, $26.99 for 3 months, $25.49 for 6 months or $22.49 for 12 months.

Subscribe to Creation Crate or find out more by clicking here.

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Best subscription boxes UK: The Minifig Box

From $24.99 per month
Available from CrateJoy.

This is a great little box perfect for Lego lovers. Each month you'll get six new Minifigs, each with a collectable card, to add to your collection. You can choose your favourite theme including Star Wars, DC Comics, Disney Princesses and more and the team at The Minifig Box will endeavour to include one or two figures to suit that theme each month.

Find out more at Cratejoy.

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