Box of Dread, FEB ’16
I just received my February Box of Dread, the monthly horror-themed subscription box from the folks at Dread Central. The box features handpicked, horror-related collectibles and promotional products from horror movies, television shows and games.
Each box is $20 shipped, making it one of the more affordable boxes of its kind. There’s no flashy packaging with this one. Goodies arrive in a plain brown box, and you won’t find any fancy inserts explaining box contents. There are no shirts included with this box so, if that’s your thing, you should try an alternate subscription like Horror Block. But if custom art and collectibles are more your thing, this one has a lot of appeal.
This month’s Box of Dread theme was DRACULA, in honor of the 85th Anniversary of the seductive monster’s first on screen appearance. Now let’s sink our teeth into this and find out WHAT’S IN THE BOX?!
1. THE TOY
Each month you can expect to receive some type of genre toy/action figure. It’s always a good month when your box is extra big, and you know there’s likely a Pop hiding inside. Keeping with the theme, this month we get a Funko Pop! Dracula Vinyl Figure. This guy is part of the Universal Monsters lineup and is licensed by Lugosi Enterprises.
2. THE SIGNATURE SERIES
If you’re a collector of movie memorabilia, this monthly item alone is probably worth the price of the box, and it definitely helps differentiate this box from others on the market. Each month, you get a signed print. This month’s print made my undead heart skip a beat. It’s a stunning, hand painted tribute to one of my all-time favorite movies, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA. The print, entitled “Love Never Dies” comes signed by Artist Aaron Kai.
3. THE EXTRA GOODIES
In addition to the premium toy, there are usually 1 or 2 bonus items that vary each month. This month we get a double Funko bonus with the inclusion of a Pocket Pop! Keychain from Child’s Play 2.
4. THE POSTER
Finally, each box contains at least one poster to decorate your walls. This month, we’re treated to a wonderfully nostalgic cartoon print from artist George Peed. This image was used for the cover of Ghostly Sounds put out by Peter Pan records in 1975.
Next month’s theme hasn’t been released yet, but you can follow Box of Dread on Facebook for the latest updates, contests, and the chance to purchase individual boxes from prior months if you fall in love with something.