Just Killin’ Time is a monthly subscription box for fans of all thing true crime. Price is from £29.95 per month, depending on subscription.
I’ve received the box for September, and I have to say that it’s remarkable!
There’s no obvious branding on the box, but it has a couple of clues to what’s inside.
A chain of custody-style label.
And to seal the box, evidence tape! This is a great start. Cutting that tape certainly adds some extra excitement.
When you open the box, the menu is right on top. It’s not just any old list of contents, but it’s fantastically illustrated in comic-book style. It notes, quite correctly, that it’s not for the easily offended or fainthearted.
The paper wrapping underneath is really cool. This is the pattern, isn’t it fantastic? I’ve saved it as the design is too good to throw away.
First out is this Nightstalker Hat. The logo is a a fantastically sick mashup of Mickey Mouse and The Night Stalker/Richard Ramirez. It’s also a lovely soft brown corduroy material.
This is a koozie from the Nashville CrimeCon earlier this year. It’s great for keeping your beer cold while you read…
This month’s true crime book, Serial Killers And Psychopaths. This is a bit like an encyclopedia of serial killers, with a concise overview of cases going back to the 1800s.
Here’s a Limited Edition Art Print. The subject is Charles Manson, as you might have guessed by the tattooed forehead.
There are three information cards and three collectible trading cards. Perhaps if you have friends who are subscribers these can be swapped and collected!
Three humorous stickers. I have to say that I think the Peoples Temple one is my favourite, it’s sick yet funny.
A copy of Real Crime Magazine.
Finally, no fan subscription box is complete without a t-shirt. This has a Helter Skelter design, which is a reference to the Manson Family. It’s also pretty good quality, and 100% cotton.
Well, this is a pretty remarkable collection!
In terms of value, this is great. The magazine retails at £3.99, the book at £11.99. Geek-type t-shirts are usually valued at £10, and the baseball cap is nice enough to be cost at least a tenner. That puts you over the price of the box, plus there’s the other items as well.
It’s not too serious either, with definitely some twisted humour going on with the stickers and cap. The packaging design is fantastic, and is a great way to start the unboxing experience.
There’s plenty of reading material here with a book and a magazine, and two items of apparel. The stickers are a lot of fun, great for stickerbombing, and the cards and art print are great collectibles.