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 December, 2014’s Loot Crate, as well as my unboxing video are after the jump.
December, 2014’s Theme: Anniversary
December’s Loot Crate contains:
• Loot Crate “Anniversary” Magazine
• Loot Crate “Anniversary” Pin
• Loot Crate Exclusive Batman Issue 36
• Loot Crate Exclusive POP! Heroes The Joker Batman-Batman
• The Simpsons Wallet
• Tetris Sticker Set
• Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Socks
• Ghostbusters Door Hanger
• Captain America Air Freshener
• Small Candy Cane
• Bonus Digital Loot: Free Month of Crunchyroll
While last month’s crate left me speechless, this month’s crate leaves me somewhere in the middle. Instead of a few high quality items, this crate gives us a lot of smaller things. Right off the bat you do get an exclusive POP vinyl figure, this time of Batman colored like the Joker. Pretty odd thing to include, but I dig it. To follow the Batman theme, you get an exclusive cover for Issue 36 of the current run of Batman. You also get some pretty neat other things, like a Simpsons wallet, Tetris sticker set, a Captain America air freshener, Guardians socks, a Ghostbusters door hanger, and a small candy cane to get you in the holiday spirit. I’m really mixed. There’s nothing in here I really hate, but there’s nothing here that leaves me excited like the Assassin’s Creed coin or Mega Man helmet from the last crate. I mean, the socks are really neat, as is the POP vinyl, but those just aren’t enough to leave me super excited. While I was overall positive throughout the video, once it all sort of sank in, I was left wanting more. Loot Crate fortunately has a few more chances before I quit this train like I did Nerd Block.
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.