Loot Crate October 2014 “FEAR” Review
Do you like scary? We sure do. We love October, and Halloween. I gotta be honest though, I’m not much impressed with this month’s Loot Crate. I really wanted more zombies, but I do realize that they don’t cater the box’s content to my specific wants. I am also going to add a new feature to this monthly review, What I Might Pay (WIMP). I’ll explain that when we get down to that section.
With that said.. let’s jump in and check it out.
Monthly Sub is $13.37 plus $6.00 for shipping. LootCrate states there will be $40.00 worth of goodies in each box. I’m going to list the contents and their respective prices so we can add them up and see if this month’s Loot Crate was worth it.
Death By Cats T-Shirt: It’s a black t-shirt with cats on it in the form of a skull. It’s made by Super 7 and is supposed to be a Loot Crate Exclusive shirt, however, you can grab one directly from Super7’s website… for $30.00. Now.. In the past I’ve based these prices on what I’ve found them to be direct from the manufacturer’s site. But as Macklemore might say, Yo, that’s thirty dollars for a t-shirt. I might pay something like $10.00 for it. That’s what they are going for on eBay. Even at that price, it’s too much.
Loot Crate Temporary Tattoos: I guess these are kindav cool. Five temporary tattoos: zombie bites, vampire bite, werewolf bite, a scratch and a zombie mouth. Who knows a retail price on these, but I’d guesstimate it to be about $1.50.
DeadRising 3 Pen: This is somewhat neat. It’s a pen in the shape of a sledgehammer-buzzsaw weapon. It makes a great scratcher too. I’ve been in the promotional business in the past and I have a fairly good grasp on the cost of this pen. The sad part is, the box and custom packing foam it came in probably cost more than the pen did (not the design of the pen but the actual cost of molding the pen). I’d wager that these would retail for close to $10.00.
Blue Raspberry Toxic Waste Sour Candy: It’s candy. It’s sour. It’s $0.10.
Walking Dead Oh Brother Art Card: It’s neat and all, I just can’t see spending actual money on it. Maybe if I was at a convention and the artist was selling them I might buy it. It is by artist JSalvador of Super Emo Friends fame. I might pay $5.00 for it, but probably not. It’s just not really my cup of tea (sorry JSalvador!). However, for sake of this review I’ll stick to the actual price found online. JSalvador sells similar sized printed on an Etsy account for $15.00 so we will price it as that.
Battleground of the Gods Smite Exclusive Skin: It’s a download code for a game called Battleground of the Gods Smite. You can unlock Thanatos and an exclusive Jack the Reaper skin. From the research I’ve done, all I can tell is that the game is free to play, but they may have an in-game purchase of items or abilities. I dunno what to price this out at, $5.00?
3-D Glasses: Old school red and blue 3-d glasses. I’ll price them out at $0.50. They are no frills, no special design, just plain red, white, and blue 3-d glasses, made of card stock and plastic film.
Issue 15 Loot Crate Magazine: This month is all about FEAR! The scary part, they even put on the cover of this, $0.10. It does have an exclusive Robert Kirkman interview within, but c’mon, ten cents for this Loot Crate? $0.10 it is I guess.
How to Survive a Sharknado Book: This may be rather neat. I may do a separate review of it, I just gotta go eat something and poo first. That’s when I do my best reading. Amazon has it listed at $10.00.
Walking Dead issue #132: This is the comic with an exclusive Loot Crate cover. I’m going to keep it enclosed in it’s plastic and sell it for millions in a few years. For now, however, the non-exclusive cover can be picked up for $3.00 (okay, it’s actually $2.99 but I like to round my numbers for these reviews).
Loot Crate Button: it’s this month’s theme FEAR on a button. No price.
The Crate Box itself: Fun artwork, looks like zombies pushing in, has Wrench o’ Rama logo (from Dead Rising), as well as various weapons.
Was It Worth It?
Cats T-Shirt: $30.00
Temporary Tattoos: $1.50
Dead Rising Pen: $10.00
Toxic Waste Candy: $0.10
Walking Dead Emo Art: $15.00
Smite Game Skin: $5.00
3-D Glasses: $0.50
LC Mag: $0.10
Sharknado Book: $10.00
Walking Dead Comic: $3.00
Yeah.. Well, based on my criteria that’s what it adds up to; it is certainly over the $40.00 that they claim it to be… however.. However… Let’s be realistic here.. I’m going to do something I’ve not done before.. I’m going to give a list of What I Might Pay. In other words, what I think it’s worth – ‘cause ain’t no way I’m gonna pay $30.00 for a t-shirt of cats, or ten cents for a catalog that I would not normally be getting if I did not have this subscription, or five bucks for a download code to a game I don’t play, or.. or.. or…
What I Might Pay:
Cats T-Shirt: $10.00 (and that’s even too much)
Temp Tatts: $0.00 yep, that’s right, zero.
Dead Rising Pen: $4.00 (that assumes that I’d buy it in the first place)
Toxic Candy: $0.10
Walking Dead Art: $5.00 (and that’s only at a convention, I’m just not that impressed by it’s small size)
Smite Game Skin: $0.00 I don’t play the game, so I’d never buy it.
3-D glasses: $0.00 I’ve got several already.
LC Mag: $0.00 I’m not going to pay for something that is more or less your catalog.
Sharknado Book: $10.00 I probably would not buy this to begin with, but if I did, I guess ten bucks is what I’d pay.
Walking Dead Comic: $3.00 yeah, I’d buy it for three bucks.
WIMP Total: $32.10 That seems to be a more realistic price on this month’s Loot Crate. I’m not 100% impressed with it, but as I mentioned earlier, I know it’s not catered specific to my wants. I’m sure there are others out there that are ecstatic for this month’s goodies, I’m just not among them.
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