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 January, 2015’s Loot Crate, as well as my unboxing video are after the jump.
January, 2015’s Theme: Rewind
January’s Loot Crate contains:
• Loot Crate “Rewind” Magazine
• Loot Crate “Rewind” Pin
• Loot Crate Exclusive Star Wars Issue 01
• Loot Crate Exclusive 10-Doh! Alien Attack So Analog Figure
• Loot Crate Pixel Shades
• Comic Note Book
• BlackTieGeek Gaming Tie
• Blueprint Lion Voltron T-Shirt
This is another crate where I’m left sitting here going “Well…I like some of it at least.” This was a shirt month for Loot Crate, and I have to say I love what we got. I’ve always been a moderate fan of Voltron, so it’s cool to have a shirt like this for sure. The tie is kind of neat, should I ever need a geek tie, which will probably be never. I don’t like ties. Moving along to the note book. It’s a neat little thing for sure, but nothing I would actively seek or buy. This is also my second pair of pixel shades. They weren’t really all that neat the first time. I always love the variant comic issues, if only to say “Hey, I got this thing!” While bring Issue 01, I might check it out, I don’t really have a huge ambition to. Finally the 10-Doh figure is my favorite thing in this. I would have loved to get pretty much ANY other one then the one I got, I still really like the toy itself, and might make a custom sticker for it. Overall, this crate was just okay. If February’s theme doesn’t wow me, I think I might can this subscription too. While I love all the exclusive stuff in Loot Crate, it’s hard to justify the money anymore.
As with any of these services, 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.