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 November, 2014’s Loot Crate, as well as my unboxing video are after the jump.
November, 2014’s Theme: Battle
November’s Loot Crate contains:
• Loot Crate “Battle” Magazine
• Loot Crate “Battle” Pin
• “Pirates vs. Ninjas” T-Shirt
• Street Fighter Ryu Headband
• Mega Man Mini Helmet Replica
• Halo MegaBloks Blind Pod Figure
• Assassin’s Creed Unity Collectible Medallion
• Bonus Digital Loot: Lichdom Battlemage Discount, 2 Mega Man Comic Issues, and Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition on Steam
If I said I was disappointed with this Loot Crate, I’d be lying. This has got to be, hands down, my favorite crate to date. I’m really big into gaming, and this is what the entire crate is centered around. I have to say the shirt this month is probably my least favorite things about the crate. I dig the whole Pirates vs. Ninjas debate the internet seems to latch on to, and I always like the typography art, but the design itself I just can’t get behind. It’s not bad, but I just don’t really like it. I’ve always been a Street Fighter fan, even if I suck at it, so the headband is a pretty neat touch. Probably gonna go put it on one of my big stuffed animals for the laughs. Most of you know I played Halo in the past, and really miss the franchise, so having a little MegaBloks Elite sitting on my desk to terrorize my Power Ranger MegaBloks is pretty rad. While I love the Assassin’s Creed series, I generally get too bored with the games, so I live vicariously through my girlfriend as she plays them instead. Needless to say she loves the medallion. Finally, the big kicker is the Loot Crate exclusive Mega Man Mini Helmet Replica. I LOVE Mega Man. LOVE. So having an item like this sit on my gaming shelf is just really cool. At the end of the day, I probably would have preferred the normal blue helmet, or the Rush red helmet, but Leaf Man’s green is still cool. He has a cool song. At least I didn’t get Bubble Lead. Finally the Digital Loot is cool as always. I’m upset I can’t play Street Fighter because it’s only on the PC, and I use a Mac, but such is life. The Mega Man comics are always really fun reads, so those are cool too. I just love this 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.