May the 4th be with you! Happy Star Wars day to all my fellow Star Wars geeks! It seemed fitting that the first in the new Geek of the High Street series was dedicated to this day. Sadly though, I don’t have much to bring you. There is a distinct lack of anything Star Wars in most British high street stores directed at women. At best we get a few smatterings as seen in this post and the pinterest board, or unisex items. While menswear and kidswear (again primarily boys) are filled to the brim! Even my go to Sports Direct let me down this time. Maybe I’ve just timed it badly and it’s in between stock changes (I hope!) and not a sign of things to come.
I’m going to highlight a few of my favourite things, and then there is the pinterest board for you to browse at your leisure. The Star Wars board featured below is just one section of the bigger Geek of the High Street board so don’t forget to check out the whole board and follow it for your geeky fix!
First up is this gorgeous denim jacket from Gap. The Star Wars™ Icon denim jacket is originally priced at £69.95 but is currently down to £44.99 and is perfect for the coming summer months!
Another item that caught my eye in Gap’s fab Star Wars Icon series is these quirky jogging bottoms that allow you to show your rebel pride while you work out or relax at home. There’s a matching top and even better? It’s also on sale, down from £44.95 to £21.99!
This Stormstrooper t-shirt has been given a bohemian make-over and would look great under your new denim jacket 😉 Find it in the sale at Sports Direct for £7.50.
This may look like just an ordinary boot, however, it’s actually part of an awesome collaboration between Clarks and Star Wars. The Rey, women’s Nature Collection comes in three colours; Grey, Black and Sand (featured here). Each comes in a different colours that reflect the character and her outfits, and feature an exclusive Rey heel detail. They’re priced quite high at £95.00, but Clarks has a good reputation so these are worth the investment.
I am a sucker for cute Droid Star Wars phone cases (I’m currently rocking an R2-D2 one myself!) and this BB-8 iPhone 7 case from TK Maxx is super cute and a bargain at £7.99!
I have always wanted to receive a subscription box and so when the lovely team at Fred’s Box contacted me to offer me the chance to review one, I snapped up the chance! I had hoped to use this as a good excuse to begin my foray into the world of videos via an unboxing video, but sadly my body has decided not to comply with that request. I was good though! I sat on the closed box for a while before having to admit defeat and open it. I may still do a video after the fact, for now I hope you enjoy my review!
About Fred’s Box
So, a little introduction first to the product. Fred’s Box is a kid’s monthly subscription box, but as you can tell from me – aka an adult with no children (cats don’t count for this one!) – this is a box that is just as appealing to geeky adults because it is a box filled with minifigures! Yep, those little guys that fit on building blocks like Lego. I love these and have several keyring versions. There are 9 different versions of Fred’s Box so you can easily get one that works best for you! Small Fred’s Box contains 2 minifigures; Standard Fred’s Box contains 4 minifigures; Medium Fred’s Box contains 6 minifigures; Large Fred’s Box contains 10 minifigures; Party Fred’s Box contains 15 minifigures. There are also boxes available in genders; Fred’s box for boys, Lily’s for girls and Mojo for twins – I really like the fact that there’s a twins version. You also don’t have to pick a gendered one; you can go unisex, so if gendered toys is an issue for you this is one company that puts the option in your hands, as the parent, or your child’s.
Their customisation options go even further; they openly offer you the chance to discuss your box with them and ask for a theme. I was offered this chance and went with the first things that came to mind; Star Wars and comic book characters.
“Every month we choose a different theme: from TV characters, to Superheroes and even Santa or the Easter Bunny. It’s not only the theme that changes each month, either – each month is unique, filled with a fresh batch of awesomeness!”
They offer you the chance to browse their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts to see the full range of figures. Personally I’m holding back as I’d prefer to have it be a surprise if I get another box in the future. The prices are also very reasonable, starting £4.85 for 2 figures for a one off box. You can save a few pennies by going with a subscription for 3 months (for 2 figures) which is £14.50. Six months is £27.50 and a year is £54.00, bringing the price down each time with a yearly subscription coming in at £4.50 a month.
I was very happy to open my box and find out that Star Wars had been selected as my theme! The pre-mentioned keyrings are also Star Wars (and cat woman), and these are all brand new additions to my collection. The box was small enough to fit through my letter box, and the figures were snuggly wrapped in paper confetti – which is a good thing because my postman was not at all careful about slinging it through the post box! The paper confetti doesn’t look like much protection, however, because of the nature of the minifigures with their nooks and crannies, they actually catch in the paper and hold in place. I was able to tip the box up for photo #2 and the only thing that moved were the additional weapons.
Speaking of which; they were a nice additional touch! I didn’t expect to get little props with them, and was so excited to see that there was one that matched each figure – including a bow caster for Chewie! I also was really happy to see that there was such a mix; I’ve got two big characters (Chewie and Vader) from the original trilogy, and prequels, and then K-2SO from Rogue One (which I’ve still not seen, I know, total failure as a Star Wars geek!). The stormtrooper I’m not sure if he’s the newer edition from The Force Awakens or resembles the older ones from the OT – I’d have to hunt down some photos from the movies to actually check for sure. But the fact is, they have that much detail that I actually have to ask the question. From their helmets to the details on their chests, each figure is a wonderful miniature of much loved characters. K-2SO is a bit different from the others as he’s much thinner and his body doesn’t move as much, or come apart like the others (I may have accidentally pulled a few arms out and beheaded the stormie while trying to fit the weapons….).
I was really happy with the box! I had so much fun taking the photos of the individual figures, to the point where I have a distinct feeling you may see a photo shoot set around the house or outside with them in the future 😉 They are fantastic quality and the thought and effort that goes into putting each box together makes it really feel like someone cares about the box you receive – something that makes it even more magical, especially if you’re giving it to a child. The packaging was simple and effective, and I like that it fitted through the mailbox with ease (and survived my not-so-gentle postie bouncing it off the floor..). Sometimes you’re not able to make it to the door, or even be home, when a delivery is due so that is really useful. One thing is for sure; Fred’s box is addictive. These super cute minifigures make you want to have more! I’m thrilled to bits with my Star Wars ones, but now I want to know what else there is! It’s a little bit of magic sailing through your door every month, and whether you’re a kid or an adult, the wonder of what could be hiding in your box this time is huge.
Fred’s Box currently have a competition going on over on their Pinterest account until the end of May. So go check it out, get pinning and good luck! If you win or decide to get a box let me know what you get!
I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions about something I’ve not covered let me know in the comments!