Friday, February 07, 2014

- - Loot Crate | "Launch" | January 2014 Review - -

Hey everyone!

Today I have for you the latest Loot Crate. Seeing how awesome the December Loot Crate was made me and Andrew really excited for the January box to arrive. Unlike last month, the January box took only about a week to arrive at Andrew's house and I got a shipping notice on the 17th (rather than the 20th). Please read further for a full review...
Loot Crate - Basic Info
Frequency: monthly
Monthly Cost: U.S. - $13.37 + $6 S&H
                                Canada/U.K./Australia - $29.95 (S&H included)
Ships: 20th of every month
Products: 6-8 geek and gamer goodies (shirts, stickers, gadgets) that are curated around a theme
Discount Code: use LOOT2014 to receive $3 off any subscription

On the 3rd of January it was announced that the January theme was going to be "Launch," which celebrates the fact that the Loot Crate was the first subscription box to be launched into space. You can check out the video of the launch event down below:

(Source: YouTube)

Andrew and I have been signed up for this subscription only for about a month, so I'm not sure if announcing the theme early on in the month is a typical thing for Loot Crate. For February it was announced that the theme would be "Warriors" - I'm certainly looking forward to that!

Moving on to the January box:



1 ||  Superman Pop! Vinyl (Funko)  ||  ~$10
        (Link to product)

Before I signed up for this subscription, I knew that Loot Crate sometimes had these Pop! collectables in their boxes. This is the first figurine that we've received, but we're looking forward to starting a collection.

2 ||  Star Wars Galactic Phrase Book (Random House) || ~10
         (Link to product)

I've enlarged this picture so that you guys can get a peak at some of the words inside this book.

This is a pretty neat dictionary of phrases for all kinds of possible intergalactic relations. Makes an awesome gift for any Star Wars fan, and I imagine it a really good coffee table conversation starter.

3 ||  Minecraft 2014 Wall Calendar (Trends International) || $7.49
       (Link to product: product page | Amazon)

This is a pretty awesome calendar that's sure to please all the Minecraft lovers out there :)

4 || Star Wars Pocketmodel TCG (Wizkids) || ~$6

I wasn't familiar with these cards or the game that they are for when I initially saw them. Looking further into it, I found out that these cards are actually for a Star Wars PocketModel TCG game that was released in 2007. In this game, you get to use built models, which you would assemble out of punched out of cards. There's quite a lot to this game, so if anyone is interested, there are some useful links here, here and here.

5, 6, & 7 || Melting Rubik's Cube (Walls360- (Link to product)
                  || Star Trek Communicator Badge (Walls360
                  || NASA "Meatball" Emblem Patch (A-B Emblem) - (Link to product)

                  || ~$6?

Checking out the Walls360 website, I found out that the melting Rubik's Cube sticker is actually meant for walls! You don't have to be limited to walls though. You are able to stick this anywhere you'd like. Clicking "link to products" beside the sticker name will take you to the brand page for this product where you can see a variety of photos of where people have stuck their melting Rubik's Cube sticker (e.g. a microwave - get it??). Check out the link for inspiration! Also, Walls360 seems like a really neat company that creates custom wall stickers. You can check some of the ones theyve made in the past, here.

I was looking at the A-B Emblem website, and it turns out that A-B Emblem has actually been the "official supplier to NASA for all of their mission patches since 1961." It's pretty cool to get a legitimately official NASA patch. As neat as it may be, I'm not really sure if I or Andrew will have any kind of use for this patch but I'm sure we'll figure something out!

Our last item - Loot Crate announced that they will be having collectable badges in their boxes - starting with the January one - to celebrate the theme of each month. Andrew and I will be looking out for these badges in the coming months!


One of the items that I really liked from the December Loot Crate was the Console Wars shirt. Although the January Loot Crate didn't contain a shirt, it did have some good collectable pieces. I was pretty happy to see that a Pop! figurine was included this month. The other items that stood out to me were the Star Wars Galactic Phrase Book and the Minecraft calendar. The stickers are such unique pieces that pricing them becomes a bit difficult. Overall though, I would say the value of this box is roughly $39.49, which surpasses the $29.99 I paid for this box. I think this month wasn't a bad one for Loot Crate, and I am definitely looking forward to what February will bring!

Have a good weekend everyone! -A.~

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