Loot Crate, like Nerd Block, is a monthly subscription service. For $13.37 per month (get it? 1337. INTERNET JOKES!) plus $6 shipping (with three and six month plans as well to save a little money) you receive a box filled with a number of themed “geek and gamer” items supposedly retailing for over $40. Shirts CAN be included, but aren’t necessarily included every month. When they are, the print is exclusive to Loot Crate and can be found nowhere else. Loot Crate also includes a collectible pin and book detailing the theme. The book also has articles and interviews related to the theme as well. Each month carries a specific theme that usually matches something happening in pop culture. For instance, one month was “Titans” dedicated to items based on Attack on Titan and Titanfall. When the Xbox One and PS4 were releasing, the box was “Console Wars.” It’s actually pretty neat. Like Nerd Block, Loot Crate selects one subscriber to receive the “Mega Crate” containing over $750 worth of prizes. While you never really know what’s inside, the franchises are usually easy to guess based on the theme and hints dropped by the Loot Crate crew.
Contents of July, 2014’s Loot Crate, as well as my unboxing video are after the jump.
June, 2014’s Theme: Villains[youtube http://youtu.be/O2jBZRx0LAU]
July’s Loot Crate contains:
• Loot Crate “Villains” Magazine
• Loot Crate “Villains” Pin
• Deadpool Socks
• Darth Vader Keychain
• Bowser “I Want You!” Magnet
• Harley Quinn & Joker Mini-Posters
• Rocket Raccoon Issue #01 (Loot Crate Exclusive Cover)
• “Joki” Shirt (Loot Crate Exclusive Print)
Loot Crate was on a roll with catering to my interests, but I can safely say this is the first one that I’m really on the fence about. The crate itself covers franchises I like. Star Wars, Mario, Marvel, DC, etc. The issue sort of lies in the fact that I’m not big on villains nine times out of ten. Being more of a heroes kind of guy, I knew that going in. Regardless, the items inside are interesting to say the least. We have socks, a magnet, a keychain, posters, and a comic book. Compared to the toys and collectibles we usually get, I just feel a little bit let down. That being said, I do enjoy the comic book. While I’m not super big on comics, I like having the exclusive print! Even if I don’t plan on reading the series, it’s just a cool thing to have. The shirt is an interesting concept that I just don’t really like. Not even sure if I’m gonna wear this one. Overall, I just don’t get a whole lot of excitement from this month’s crate. But for the price, it’s still not a bad deal, and if you are a comic book fan, you’ll probably really enjoy this month’s crate.
As with Nerd Block, these are NOT for everyone. While it’s easy to peg what franchises are included based on the theme and images, the items you are getting are still random. However, at only $13.37 before shipping, the price is a bit easier on the wallet (plus shipping is $4 cheaper than Nerd Block thanks to Loot Crate being US based). Plus when you get a crate with a shirt included, the deal is just unbeatable. Really a great deal.