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 September, 2014’s Loot Crate, as well as my unboxing video are after the jump.
September, 2014’s Theme: Galactic[youtube http://youtu.be/7bOrznl52hA]
September’s Loot Crate contains:
• Loot Crate “Galactic” Magazine
• Loot Crate “Galactic” Pin
• Star Wars Astroids Magnet
• Star Trek Tribble Plush
• ReAction Aliens “Dallas” Figure
• Loot Crate Exclusive Mal Reynolds Vinyl Figure
• Firefly Replica Money
• Pop Rocks Candy
• Bonus Digital Loot – Halo Escalation Comics
I kind of knew going in that I wasn’t overly familiar with a lot of the franchises that were going to be present in this crate. I haven’t gotten a chance to watch Firefly, I never got into Star Trek, and I figured the Star Wars representation was going to be pretty small considering how often Star Wars gets tossed into these things. Fortunately, at the end of the day, I can say the Aliens figure is the only thing I don’t really care for. Despite not knowing much about Star Trek, the Tribble is fluffy and pretty awesome. Firefly is a show I really do want to check out (because Nathan is awesome), and regardless of how I end up feeling about the show, the exclusive Mal figure is all sorts of neat, as is the replica money. I’m excited about the bonus digital loot too, as I want to check out the Halo comics after poking my head back into that franchise again. All in all, this was a crate I thought I was going to hate, but it actually surprised me quite a bit. Even if you aren’t a fan of these franchises, there’s something to enjoy with here.
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.