Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box filled with 6-8 pieces of epic geek and gamer gear, typically curated around one or more themes, with a guaranteed value of $40+. The crate is $13.37 + shipping, and I hope that touch is not lost on subscribers.
So…Heroes 2, a follow up to a previous crate themed around the beloved title characters from some of our favorite franchises.
You would have a difficult task walking into a room full of geeks and attempting to get a unified opinion on sequels. I’m often torn–my opinion ever changing depending on the merits of the source material, how well the sequel stands on its own, and sometimes, I’ll admit it, whether or not I’ve had enough caffeine that day. Therefore, when the theme was first revealed, I wanted to hate this crate. I felt strangely obligated to detest its lack of originality. All I could think was, “They’ve run out of themes already?!”
Then, like the voice of reason, my completely unpretentious inner child spoke up, “but… there’s Batman.”
One cursory glance at the contents of this crate and I knew it wouldn’t matter if Loot Crate missed the mark by miles–there was Batman!
First thing’s first, I’d been promising to showcase one of these crate crafts for the last few months. So, I carefully extracted all of the contents and did just as the box said, flipped it inside out.
There was absolutely no doubt in my mind what needed to happen next. I went straight for the Q-Pop Batman and rescued him from his packaging.
This figure came with a dry erase marker so you could choose any number of sayings to feature on the word bubble. There was also a colorful “POW!” cling included which I’ve kept in case I decide I want a more traditional look for this piece.
Taking him down from his perch atop the Crate-turned-Gotham-highrise, he looks perfectly at home on my living room bookshelf. This is not the only place I have set aside in my home for Batman collectibles, but it is the room which gets the most use and I wanted this fantastic figure to live somewhere I could see him all the time.
While I love the look of the Batman multi tool, I did test it out and it is incredibly awkward as a bottle opener because of the curves and angles; essentially, you have to palm this thing just right in order to apply the correct amount of pressure. I didn’t try out either of the screwdrivers, but I imagine they’d be every bit as ungainly.
The Legend of Zelda wristband is also a bit of a disappointment–I was hoping for a figure or print featuring Link, not yet another piece of merchandise featuring the wingcrest.
I was also quite crestfallen (I’m sorry–that’s unbearably lame. I shouldn’t try to be punny) to discover my Vulcan Salute air freshener was missing the very tip of its ring finger. Apparently, Vulcans have the capacity to withstand a number of difficult life events including the Pon Farr, but cross-country postal service is just out of the question.
In among the expected items, like the monthly magazine and theme button, was a game code for Brawlhalla. I have yet to decide whether I’ll be keeping it for my own use or including it in some type of giveaway. More to follow on that in the future, though.
I feel like it has been quite some time since Loot Crate last included a game code, and typically these are hit or miss.
I haven’t read all the way through this quite yet, but next to the Q-Pop figure it was my favorite item in the box.
A sneak peek inside shows just how fantastic this little book is, giving a rundown of 50 different regrettable characters, their misadventures and attributes. So fa,r it has even given me a few interesting ideas for some future cosplays.
Finally, if you’ve read any of my beer reviews, you’ve seen my glassware and know how much I love the DC bombshells. This collectible poster is a bit on the small side, but it will get framed and hung in my office nonetheless. I love seeing Wonder Woman like this in all her curvy, badass glory.
Well, that’s it for this month’s crate; not a perfect specimen by any means, but the value of that Q-Pop figure alone was enough to make it a hit for me.
With the absolute perfection of last month’s crate, you certainly won’t hear me opining about Loot Crate’s lack of enjoyment for some time to come. I signed up for a few new subscriptions so be sure to stay tuned for more geeky goodness over the next month!