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November 2015 Loot Crate Unboxing
A couple of weeks ago, I donated to the Extra Life stream for Los Angeles Redditors. For those who don’t know, Extra Life is a 24-hour video game marathon through which gamers raise money for local children’s hospitals. My donation entered me into a raffle for a free month of Lootcrate, which I won! The giveaway is over, but you can still donate here if you want to support the cause.
As for the box, I was looking forward to it. Lootcrate can be hit or miss sometimes, but this time I think it was a hit. The theme for November was “combat”, and while I don’t think all of the items fit completely, I was happy with most of what I received.
The first item in the box was a pair of sunglasses themed after Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I’ve heard good things about TMNT, but I’m not personally into it, so this item is a bit lackluster for me. I think TMNT fans will enjoy it, though. The estimated value is $5.
The second item in the box was a Vault Boy bobblehead. Contrary to the sunglasses, I was super excited to see this! I’d seen this bobbleheads around and wanted to get my hands on one. It’s a fitting item with the recent release of Fallout 4. And with an estimated value of $15, it practically covers the box cost on its own. Definitely my favorite item in the box this month.
The third item was a Mockingjay pin. I’m a fan of the Hunger Games series, so I was curious to see what Mockingjay-themed item they would have in the box. I liked how this item varied slightly from the regular Mockingjay pin and has a nicer weight to it compared to the plastic replicas that are given out through promotions. I ended up wearing this pin to the movie theater when I saw the film, although I’m not sure how often I’ll wear it outside of that. I estimate the value at $10.
The fourth item was a Blizzard Cute but Deadly blind box vinyl figure. True to its name, I unboxed a cute - but deadly-looking - Arthas Menethil figure. I’m not incredibly familiar with the character, but I’m happy to display this figure regardless because it’s so darn adorable! I got the regular version of the figure, but there’s also a glow-in-the-dark version available. The estimated value of the blind box is $10.
The fifth item was a set of Blizzard Cute but Deadly magnets to match the blind box. Normally I would disapprove of having two items from the same series in case a box recipient wasn’t interested in the series, but these are so adorable that I think you can enjoy them whether you’re into Blizzard games or not. Plus, magnets have utility in hanging stuff on your fridge, so at the very least you can use them for that purpose. Overall, I was happy to receive them. The estimated value of the magnet set is $10.
The sixth and final item was a Lootcrate-exclusive Street Fighter comic. This was a neat item to get in the box because it fit the theme very well and comics are fun to read. The estimated value of the comic is $5.
After opening a subscription box, I always question “was the value worth the cost?” In this case, the answer is a resounding “yes”. The estimated value of the items in the box is $55. For a box that costs $20 max, this is a great deal.
Some people might be disappointed that there wasn’t a t-shirt in the box, because geek-themed boxes usually have t-shirts in them. I didn’t mind the lack of a shirt, but if you’re one of the people who did, rest assured - Lootcrate announced in their subreddit that all boxes starting in December will include a t-shirt.
So, overall, I was happy with this month’s Lootcrate. Oh, and if you were wondering how Mockingjay Part 2 was...it was as amazing as I’d expected! Highly recommended. If you’re one of the people who abandoned the series after the first movie, I urge you to give it another chance.