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LootCrate Heroes August 2014 Unboxing & Review

August for LootCrate is all about Heroes.  Today we have the unboxing of.. well.. the August LootCrate Heroes box.  Check it out and beneath I’ll break it all down:

Remember how we break this down for you; the Monthly Subscription 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.

TMNT Sunglasses: 1st up we have some Ninja Turtle Sunglasses.  These are pretty cool, too small for me (not to mention I’m a 4-eyes so I really can’t see with them on anyways), but they make you look like one of the Ninja Turtles!  The one I got is Red, so that would make me.. Raphael.  Okay as for the price, I only found 1 place online selling them and they were going for $18.00.  That’s insanely high in my opinion, so I went to look on ebay (I like to use ebay for price reference as it usually tells me what people are actually willing to pay for something) and on there they seem to be listed at anywhere from $2.00 on up to about $12.00.  I’m going to be VERY conservative here and price them at $5.00.

Membership Card: Next we have an official LootCrate Membership Card.  This is just a credit card sized piece of plastic.  It’s thick and not flimsy, but I cannot attribute any monetary value to it at all.

Groot: I have Groot.  This is a LootCrate exclusive.  His arm and hand glow in the dark.  We like stuff that glows in the dark.  It’s from PoP! Marvel, and the non-glow version retails for $11.00.

TMNT Raphael: We also got an Ooze Action Glow in the Dark TMNT Raphael from Kidrobot.  Did I mention that we like stuff that glows in the dark?  Sadly it’s only the tips of his sais that glow, so don’t lose them!  This one retails for $10.00.

Shwings:  Thanks LootCrate, now I can’t get Wayne’s World out of my head…  I’ll have to watch that tonight, but I digress.. Shwings is a silly little thing that gives your laced shoes wings.  Get it?  Shoe Wings?  Just understand that they don’t really make your shoes fly.. Unless you throw them.  They retail for $9.00

Sonic Breeze Air Freshener: I’m hesitant to open this and see what it smells like.  It’s an air freshener for your car, hangs off the mirror, old school stuff.  Okay okay, for the sake of this article I’ll open it and sniff.  Hold on while I do that..  Oh the stench!  That evil vile.. oh wait.. the dog just farted.  Good thing I opened this Sonic Breeze Air Freshener!  It smells like.. well.. according to several websites it’s scent is.. Sonic Breeze.  I can’t really describe it, just a generic ocean breeze I guess (or maybe it’s Sonic’s Fart?).  It retails for $3.00.

Chimichang’Os Magnet:  Deadpool reference.  It’s just a small magnet, about the size of a credit card.  Sadly they used super thin magnetic material so it doesn’t really hold anything up on the fridge other than a small sheet of paper.  Retail Value about $1.00

August LootCrate Button:  It’s a button.  Represents August.  From LootCrate.  I cannot attribute any monetary value to this.

Bonus Digital Loot:  Bonus is always cool.  Is it worth it?  You get 3 codes to unlock some digital stuff.  The digital stuff is:  Doctor Who Legacy, this code provided lets you unlock 11 Doctors, Rose Tyler, Clara, and K-9.  Defense Grid the Awakening, this code gives you the complete game (a $10.00 value).  Gauntlet, this code grants you an exclusive in-game helm – Mask of the Wyrm Slayer.  Personally, I’m never going to check these out, but for value’s sake, I’m going to say it’s worth the price of the Defense Grid game, $10.00.

LookCrate Issue 13:  We also have Lootcrate’s Mini-Mag issue 13 that gives a bit of detail about all of the goodies in this month’s box.  I’m not going to assign any value to this.

The Box:  Normally I would not list this, but this go around I am.  The box itself (the inside) is a small diorama of a sewer, perfect for your Ninja Turtle to play in.  I like that they are doing this, makes the box something you are less likely to toss out and fill up a land fill with.  However.. I’m not going to assign any value to it.

Now that you know what’s inside, let’s add up the value.  Remember it’s supposed to be over $40.00 worth of goodies.

TMNT Sunglasses – $5.00

Membership Card – $0.00

Groot – $11.00

TMNT Raphael – $10.00

Shwings – $9.00

Sonic Fart – $3.00

Chimicagos Magnet – $1.00

LootCrate Button – $0.00

Digital Loot – $10.00

LootCrate Issue 13 – $0.00

LootCrate Box – $0.00

Total – $49.00

Yup!  It’s over $40!  Yeah, I may not like every item listed, but overall it’s got some fun stuff in it, certainly some cool things I can give to some cool friends!  If only I had friends…

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LootCrate Villains July 2014 Unbox & Review

Back in May we did our 1st LootCrate unboxing.  In June we let the time get away with us (something that can happen when you are working on a time machine), but it was all about Transformers.  July, this month’s LootCrate is all about Villains and we have an unboxing for you.  We even shot a short video showing you the loot stuffs so be sure to check it out.

 

Now that you’ve watched the vid, here is the low down on the goodies within.

Unboxing and Review of LootCrate’s July 2014 Villains theme crate of loots:

What I’m going to detail out is the retail cost of each item and you can decide for yourself if it’s worth it.

What we have is a small box 9″ x 3″ x 6″.  Crammed inside is all of this:

I Want You – Super Mario Brothers magnet featuring Bowser on the front.  It’s a low stick magnet, meaning it’s not really going to hold anything other than itself to your fridge.  Retails for about $2.50

Marvel Deadpool Socks for Shoe Size 6 to 12.   They retail for about $9.00 but I’ve seen them for sale at a couple of online retail places for about Five bucks.  I’ll stick with the retail price of 9 dollars for this addup.

Villians LootCrate Issue 12 – a small catalog type booklet free if you ask me.

Necessary Evil Super-Villains of DC Comics CD  Oh wait!  This is a DVD!  I’ll watch it after this posts and leave a review of it separately in the comments section.  Looks and sounds cool though!  The Blu-Ray retails for about fifteen bucks, I cannot find this as a stand alone DVD but I’ll assume it going to run right at $9.00.

Star Wars Darth Vader Plasticolor Keychain – retails for $4.80

Joker and Harley Quinn poster – these are attached to each other so be careful cutting them apart, each one measures 8″ x 12.4″  I cannot find a retail price but I’d imagine IF you found them anywhere it’s going to run about $1.00.

LootCrate Villians July Button – free

LootCrate Exclusive Issue #1 Rocket Racoon Marvel Comic – retails for $3.99  I’m leaving mine in it’s package, I’m a geek and comics are one thing that I’ve never touched.  I just know they sometimes go up in value when in mint condition.  However, with that said.. I don’t hold out much hope that this one will sky ‘Rocket’ in value.

Alternate Art Joker (in the likeness of Loki) t-shirt – this Joki shirt, as best I can find it’s retailing for about $20.00.

I spent $19.37 total for this month’s LootCrate, with $6.00 of that being for shipping, so really I spent just over $13.00 for this.  They stated that it would contain $40.00 + of retail value.  Let’s do some math and see..

Mario Magnet – $2.50

Deadpool socks – $9.00

Villains of DC DVD – $9.00

Joker/Harley poster – $1.00

Rocket Racoon Comic – $3.99

Joki Shirt – $20.00

Total: $45.49

It’s over that $40.00 claim, and honestly, I lilked the goodies within much better this go around.  As stated before, you may not like everything within the LootCrate, but you will certainly get something you like.  The rest.. give away as gifts.  Remember to check the comments below for my in depth review of the DVD!

 

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LootCrate May 2014 Unbox & Review

What is LootCrate?  It’s a box of crap for geeks.  No other way to explain it really.  Yes, the LootCrate website dresses it up much better than that because, really, who would but a box of crap?  Well.. me.  I’m a geek.

No, it’s not literally full of feces.  It’s full of geeky gamer stuffs.  If you are a gamer of any type, chances are there will be something in this box that you will like.  You may not like ALL of it, but there will probably be something in it that you will like, at least one item.. at least.

The Concept:

LootCrate charges you $xx a month and in exchange they ship to you a box of goodies.  Each month has a theme, with the goodies revolving around that theme.  They also claim that each box will hold over $40.00 of retail value.  Not bad since you are paying, well, see the plan cost breakdowns:

The Cost:

1 month plan is $13.37 plus $6.00 shipping ($19.37 total)

3 month plan is $12.37 plus $6.00 shipping ($55.11 total – you save $3.00)

6 month plan is $11.67 plus $6.00 shipping ($105.99 total – you save $10.00)

I chose the 1 month plan because I’m just not 100% sure about this yet.  Others just LOVE it and it’s on their word that I decided to sign up.

The Theme:

Each month caters to a different theme.  The items in the box all revolve around that common theme.  For example, March 2014′s theme was ‘Titan’ in which several items revolved around the game ‘Titanfall’.  April’s theme was ‘Dragons’ and you guessed it, the goodies were based on dragons. May’s theme (the one that I am reviewing in this article) is ‘Adventure’.

Unboxing and Review of LootCrate’s May 2014 crate of loots:

What I’m going to detail out is the retail cost of each item and you can decide for yourself if it’s worth it.

What we have is a small box 9″ x 3″ x 6″.  Crammed inside is all of this (well, minus the Twin Peaks backdrop):

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To be honest, I had almost forgotten that I signed up for this.  It was the middle of last month when I did and at the time I was unaware that it was not shipped out immediately.  I guess they ship them all out at the same time, which thinking about it makes sense.

Okay, on to the 1st goodie..

Adventure Time tin with a random figure inside.  According to all of my research this tin actually premiers this month and has not been available until now.  A couple of websites I ran across has these guys on sale for $6.67.  I cannot say as I’ve watched Adventure Time, but I am familiar with it.  The figure kindav just stands there, and coupled with the tin I get the Happy Face, Sad Face thing going on.  Great for any aspiring actor!

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Next up is a MineCraft random hanger.  Actually it’s a keychain dangler.  This too I have never played, but again I am familiar with MineCraft (my daughter and her cousin do play it).  Looks like it retails for $6.99.

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Next out of the box The Friend Zone Soundtrack.  huh?  Okay, I admit, I have never heard of this.  It says to watch Fridays from 3PM to 6PM PST.  I had to look this up just to see what it is.  This proved to be a bit difficult.  The term ‘Friend Zone’ is plastered all over the place (it simply means that someone wants to date someone else but that someone else just wants to be friends).  The CD jacket really does not go into specifics as to where to go to watch from 3PM to 6PM, nor does it list a link to any kind of official website.  From what I’ve learned MTV has a show that airs called ‘friendzone’ but their website shows little detail about it. IMDB lists a show called ‘Friend Zone: The Series’  YouTube shows hundreds of results for the same title.

Maybe I just stink at trying to research this one, but I really have no idea where to direct you for more information about it.

I did manage to find the soundtrack itself for sale and according to the website it’s a limited edition CD and retails for $10.99. However, the website fails to mention where to find more info about the show itself.  It also appears that it is somehow associated with something called Polaris (more on that in the next picture).

As for the CD itself; there are 11 tracks (one is a bonus track) and each one has the sound of mid 80′s 8-bit video games.

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Random stickers.. or are they?

Perhaps the clue to the friendzone soundtrack can be found in these stickers..  I noticed that on one of them is a logo for Maker.  That same logo appears on the back of the CD as well. Hmm..  Okay, so we have a CuratorStickerSet that has 7 stickers on it, none of which I recognize.  Another sheet, CaptainSparklez Stickers with 2 stickers on it, again I don’t recognize them.  A sheet of MarkiplierTats temporary tattoos (has 2 on it), and a button from LootCrate indicating this month’s theme.  I am not able to find any kind of pricing available online anywhere for these, but I’ll be generous and say total it would be about $5.00.

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Next up is a Legend of Zelda It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Take This… bottle opener.  I like this one, it’s actually pretty cool.  Graphics from one of the first Nintendo Adventure games adorn the front while the back is just a shiney silver (hey you might could use it to signal for help!).  I scoured the internet to find one and could not find it.  I’ll be generous and say it’s cost is about $6.00.zeldaopener

And lastly, another Legend of Zelda item, a cool Link t-shirt.  it’s made out of super thin 100% cotton (so expect it to shrink a little).  I found a VERY similar shirt style on a clothing website that had it retailed for $19.99 (that alone is more than the cost of the LootCrate!).

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To Wrap It All Up:

Okay, not everything in this LootCrate was a hit.  I really don’t care anything about the stickers, I have no idea who Josh Jepson is, although doing a quick google search tells me that he is a gamer dude that does game reviews and other geeky stuff.  Perhaps I need to reach out to him..

But now it occurs to me.. Perhaps this is the gold within the LootCrate.. It has actually exposed me to some geek culture that I never really knew existed, and I know a lot about various geek cultures!  I do know that I’m going to continue my research and see if I can solve a few of these unknown items.

With all of that said, let’s take a look at the pure numbers.

I spent $19.37 total for this month’s LootCrate, with $6.00 of that being for shipping, so really I spent just over $13.00 for this.  They stated that it would contain $40.00 + of retail value.  Let’s do some math and see..

Adventure Time Tin = $6.67

MineCraft Dangler = $6.99

Friendzone soundtrack = $10.99

Sticker collection = $5.00

Zelda Bottle opener = $6.00

Zelda T-shirt = $19.99

Total = $55.64

I’d say purely based on the numbers that they certainly exceeded the $40.00 plus claim!  While I was being generous with some of those numbers above, I also realize that some of them are simply promotional items and probably never had a retail value attached to them, however, I’d say that this is kindav a cool deal.

I’ll keep my subscription up for at least one more month and see what June’s LootCrate will bring me.

OH.. and be sure to hit this link to check out LootCrate’s webiste, it’s my referral link:  GameMaster’s LootCrate Referral Link

Thanks for reading!

 

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Godzilla (2014) – a Movie Rewiew

Godzilla (2014) – a Movie Rewiew by D. Brian Hardin II

Is Godzilla a monster? Think about that for a moment. The character has been around for a long time. Godzilla is more than a pop-cultural icon, he is a global icon. He even has a star in Hollywood! So with that in mind, would you make a movie in which that icon seeks out to destroy the planet? Would you ruin and tarnish that icon if you were to make a movie reboot about Godzilla?

That’s exactly what the writers (Max Borenstein and Dave Callaham) along with the director (Gareth Edwards) had to think about. Again, I ask you to ponder that while I go into a brief history of Godzilla…

60 years ago is when the 1st Godzilla movie came about. 1954. It was very much a political movie, something to show how nuclear weapons were a bad thing. Look at what radiation did; it created this massive lizard-monster! In that movie Godzilla rises from the water and destroys Tokyo. Keep in mind that many people at the time still had first hand knowledge of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Godzilla represented that. In essence, well.. let me explain it like this; Godzilla allowed them to recreate a history in which they were attacked and destroyed by a nuclear monster, a literal hulking beast from the ocean, as opposed to being attacked with military nuclear bombs.

As time moved on, Godzilla became less of a monster and more of a protector. This is when various other monsters were brought in, Godzilla would fight them then slink back into the ocean until a new monster popped up.

Now back to the 2014 Incarnation of Godzilla.

Fans of the original Godzilla movies are going to love this one. It takes several ideas from the past and mushes them together into something that I think fans are going to get a kick out of.
Go in with the knowledge of recent historical events (say.. from the last 15 years or so) and you will find a bit more to enjoy. They did some very clever writing to explain a couple of things that happened in the recent past.

Spoiler: I cannot believe.. Just kidding. I’ll give the spoiler away in the first comment after this post (so don’t read the comments if you don’t want me to give away anything).

I will say that there is massive destruction, a couple of head-scratching how-in-the-physics does that happen, moments.
I will also say that I feel that the trailer was VERY misleading (more on that in my spoiler comment below, however).

There are some slow moments. The movie clocks in at just over 2 hours in length (more on this in my spoiler comment below too) so be sure to pee before sitting down. All in all, it’s a fun ride.

We give it 3 stars out of 5.

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Night of the Hunter by R.A. Salvatore

Dungeons & Dragons New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore brings more adventure to the Forgotten Realms with his newest book – Night of the Hunter, available March 11th, 2014.

With faithful friends by his side once again, Drizzt Do’Urden returns to Gauntlgrym to find and turn Pwent, Bruenor’s loyal shield dwarf, from vampire back to mortal. Not only do he and his cohorts face a perilous journey through the Underdark and the dangers of the undead that lie within, but in order to do so, they must face a colony of drow and their leader, who would like nothing better than to see Drizzt Do’Urden dead.

dnd_products_frnovel_nighthunter_pic3_enR.A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling saga continues as Drizzt Do’Urden and the Companions of the Hall join forces in an adventure filled with drow intrigue, the likes of which have not been seen in Salvatore’s work since the hugely successful the War of the Spider Queen series.

Item Details
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Item Code: 65350000
Format: Hardcover
Series: Companions Codex, Book I
Price: $27.95; C$29.95
ISBN: 978-0-7869-6511-3

 

RASalvatore.com has started taking reservations for signed/personalized copies of Night of the Hunter: Companions Codex, Book I. RASalvatore.com offers numerous e-signings throughout the year so fans have a chance to own a signed/personalized book from New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore. Keep visiting RASalvatore for more information.

You can also pick up a copy of the book here:


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