A New Era

In case you missed The EVENT this past Thursday, Sept 19th, you can check out the replay here:

Or hit up the replay on our Facebook page!

Those that were able to tune in got to see a number of MAJOR announcements we had been waiting to release.

Those announcements included:

  1. We’re moving to Austin! This is to help us with shipping and partnering in the future with those who can help us take our boxes to another level.
  2. BAM! Boxes (Pop Culture and Horror) are now CAPPED at 2500 each!
  3. Every other MONTH there will be a BAM! BIG BOX which will vary in size, price, and availability. It will be filled with MORE items, BETTER autographs, and MORE!
  4. A BAM! subscription is now MORE than just getting a box. It’s an entry into an exclusive CLUB that gets you discounts on merch, behind-the-scenes access to the company, access to our exclusive community, and MORE to come!
  5. We have launched a NEW company and box called The Drop! The DROP will be available beginning in November and will be an exclusive subscription box filled with wearable merch, toys and other collectibles, and FOOD from around the world!

We are so incredibly excited about this new direction of our company!

Now you might be wondering…

“WHY!?

Why would you change everything? We loved BAM! the way it was!”

And we totally get that.

But the truth is, we definitely had areas to improve in.

So we asked ourselves…

What are we good at? And how can we do BETTER?

The best part of BAM! is the community. Yes, it’s built around a box filled with collectibles and autographs…

So we wanted to make that even more exclusive. We wanted to make it even MORE special to be a part of BAM!

By capping the boxes, we believe that we have accomplished that. This makes your boxes more valuable IMMEDIATELY. It also enables us to better plan out future boxes, have more control over our shipping, and not run into the problems of falling behind.

By moving to Austin, we are putting BAM! in a position to have access to all the benefits of a major city. But not just any city, a city that is one of the centers for TECH and ENTERTAINMENT. A perfect place for us to be!

With the Big Box, we now are able to regularly offer a HIGHER end product for those that have been clamoring for it! In other words, we heard you! We are excited about what we can do with this Big Box going forward.

Also, as a BAMMER, we are figuring out more and more ways to reward those of you who subscribe to us, WITHOUT increasing the price of anything! This is our way of saying “Thank you!” to our subscribers, while also strengthening the community that is BAM!


Finally, by launching the DROP we hope to provide more fun to all of those who will have it. While the BAM! Box will continue to be more exclusive and geared to collectors, the Drop will offer the opportunity to those who want more of a monthly EXPERIENCE to be part of our community too.

We know there’s going to be a lot of questions going forward and a plenty of other unexpected things that happen from change, but we know this is the best road to take for BAM!

So bear with us as we start this new journey! We are working hard to give you all the best experience possible…

and we’re so thankful for all of you, our favorite people!

Good things are coming!

Be sure to check out the NEW BAM! Box website at www.thebambox.com,

And you can pre-order the Drop NOW at www.scorethedrop.com

Nerds or Geeks? Settling the Great Debate

Now that nerds (or is it the geeks?) have “won” in popular culture, with superheroes, video games, and tech dominating the world, we figured it’s time to really settle down and determine something incredibly important (but not really):

What makes a NERD, and what makes a GEEK? And which one really won?

Not quite accurate… BUT…

In a world where the geeks (or is it the nerds?) reign supreme, we want to first acknowledge that…

If you’re under 30 you probably won’t get much of this at all.

You see, my younger friends, there once was a time when reading comics, talking about superheroes, speculating about upcoming movies or shows, and playing video games meant there was a good chance you were going to get teased, bullied, or looked down upon.

*GASP* “WHAATTT?

It’s true! All the things that nearly every Tom, Sue, and Joe Bob are now regularly doing used to be considered “weird” or “silly”.

I’m 35 now, and as long as I can remember my favorite hobbies were watching movies, read comics (especially Marvel), collect memorabilia, play video games, and deep dive into the lore of everything I loved (especially Star Wars, X-Men, and Lord of the Rings).

In school, this made me completely… not cool.

In fact, the only thing keeping me from being completely ignored by most of the school (or mocked) was that I also just happened to love sports, and grew to be pretty good at them.

So I existed in this weird in-between world. One day I’d be at the jock table, the next day with the “geeks” (or, “nerds”).

But I witnessed the difference. Other than me, there were no others “crossing the streams.”

The truth is, there are still sometimes when I take a step back, and I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone.

The geeks and nerds have taken over.

Obviously, at BAM! we love this.

So we decided to put this out so we all could decide…

Which one am I?

You said it Austin

THE NERDS:

The word “nerd” was barely used until the 1980s. Until…

Wanna guess?

The Personal Computer (PC) was introduced!

It’s no coincidence, the rise of the use of “nerd” directly coincides with the growth of digital technology.

Originally, the title of “nerd” was applied to people who were singularly focused on growing intellectually and achieving mastery of intellectual achievements.

More often than not that leads to the “nerd” being socially awkward while also being superior in their field.

Because of this, they are also usually obsessive in their other hobbies or interests. But those interests are usually not very broad.

Nerds tend to be attracted toward science fiction and fantasy for their entertainment. They LOVE deep lore because the more information means more understanding (think Lord of the Rings and Star Trek).

They also love games that are intellectually stimulating (chess, not checkers).

Actually these days… you probably do!

THE GEEKS

Like its cousin, “nerd”, the title “geek” also started really being used in the 1980s.

Before that, the word “geek” was mostly ascribed to carnival wild men who bit the heads off of live chickens and snakes.

(Note: This means that Ozzy Osbourne is NOT a geek, since he usually bit the heads off of bats)

So how did it become mixed up with the word “nerd”?! Seems like quite the stretch!

The word “geek”, it turns out, has always been descriptive of someone with an extreme interest.

And that’s why it’s so easy to mix them up with the “nerds.”

Since both nerds and geeks are passionate about niche areas which often overlap, they can seem to be the same!

BUT, while nerds are all about the mastery and the understanding, geeks are about the experience.

For geeks, it’s about the lifestyle. They have their passions, but they always want the NEW aspect of that passion.

Geeks are early adopters, they like to keep trying things. But they are also very opinionated about what they like. Geeks tend to what feels right, whereas nerds will pursue the knowledge to make sure.

Geeks are collecting oriented, even of facts and items, because of what it means for their preferred lifestyle (versus mastery for nerds).

Which one sounds like you?

THE CONCLUSION

Ok, I feel very nerdy right now having written all that. Let’s get back to the fun part…

So, figured out which one you are yet?

I’ll admit, for years I believed I was a nerd. All the things I loved seemed to point in that direction.

BUT!

I’m a collector. I collect memories and experiences. When it comes to clothing, style, and even technology, I find what FEELS the best and then I stick with it. Once I’ve dug in, it’s REALLY hard to convince me otherwise.

I want to beat all the games I play to fully experience them. But when I’m done, I’m on to the next one. I rarely take the time to master them.


I was a film critic because I liked watching MANY movies. I’ve seen well over 10,000 in my life. I have my favorites I’ve watched 30-50 times each, but more often than not I want the new.

After all this I’ve realized…

I’m a GEEK.

It really doesn’t change anything. Doesn’t mean that much. But it was fun to figure that out.

And that’s why I wrote this for you too.

So, BAMMER, now that you know that geeks and nerds are NOT the same thing…

Which one are you?

(And if you’re like, “NEITHER!”, I want to believe you… I really do… but you’re reading the BAM! blog so…

Darn straight I used two Austin Powers graphics in one blog… WHAT?!

Embrace it, and let us know what you are in the community!

Because whichever one you are, one thing is clear…

We BOTH won.