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):



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!



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.



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.


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.



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!).



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:

Night of the Hunter: Companions Codex, I

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Kaijudo Organized Play – Two New Formats

Kaijudo is rapidly growing and the Organized Play program is reaching new heights with two new play formats for even more ways to get in on the fun!

Two New Formats Come to Kaijudo Organized Play!  

Beginning with the Quest for the Gauntlet set on May 30th, Kaijudo will offer two new play formats: Standard constructed play and Booster Draft.

Here’s what you have to look forward to!

  • Standard Constructed Play: The new Standard Format will include all cards in the current block year, as well as the previous block year. This new offering will keep the game fresh for players and, with the addition of Standard, get ready for newer cards being used in powerful combinations and never-before-seen decks entering the field. The Open Format, which includes every card printed to date, will still continue alongside Standard. The possibilities are endless!
  • Booster Draft: Booster Draft is a popular way to play trading card games as it establishes a level playing ground for new players while at the same time offering new challenges for more experienced players. Now duelists can master their deck building, sharpen their strategy skills, and look forward to new tests! To ensure the ultimate drafting experience, the Kaijudo booster pack size will increase from 9 playable cards to 14 playable cards, at no additional cost.
  • Organized Play: Thanks to these new Kaijudo offerings, duelists can expect even more exciting game-play during OP events. Set Premieres are the best ways to dive into a new set and Duel Days are weekly events that will help players continue to master their skills. Don’t forget about Kaijudo’s Booster Brawl releasing on February 21st, The 5 Mystics on March 14th, and the Spring Kaijudo Master Challenge season, which will run through May 4th.

For more details about the new play formats, as well as products announcements and Organized Play news, visit www.kaijudo.com.

Want to check the game out? Grab a starter kit here:
Kaijudo Trading Card Game Dragon Master Collection Kit

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Tyranny of Dragons D&D Press Release

Wizards of the Coast charges into the biggest and most exciting year in Dungeons & Dragons history with Tyranny of Dragons! This action-packed storyline starts this summer and will fuel Dungeons & Dragons entertainment experiences that will have players reeling with anticipation as they prepare to take on the most villainous dragon of all time.

Here’s a glimpse of what to expect:

  • The Legacy of Tiamat Continues…  

Starting this summer, fans will be immersed in the Tyranny of Dragons, coming face-to-face with hordes of evil dragons and, for the first time ever, will take on Tiamat, the evil 5-headed queen of dragons from the Nine Hells. You can get a preview of the action to come here.

  • Multi-Platform Experience

Through video games, mobile games, in-store play at local hobby stores, and more – this year will be a major milestone in Dungeons & Dragons history. Wizards of the Coast has even enlisted best-in-class partners who will bring these epic adventures with friends to life by further immersing players into the Tyranny of Dragons! Stay tuned for additional details.

For more information on D&D and Tyranny of Dragons visit www.dungeonsanddragons.com or like Wizards of the Coast on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dungeonsanddragons

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