Loot Crate October 2014: FEAR review

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.

The Breakdown:

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.


The Goodies:


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

Total: $75.20.

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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LootCrate Galactic September 2014 Unbox & Review

September 2014 LootCrate Galactic Unboxing and Review

Galactic is the theme for September’s Loot Crate. If you like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Aliens, then this is the Loot Crate you have been waiting for.

The Breakdown:

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.


The Goodies:


Science Fiction Vinyl Figure: This is a LootCrate exclusive made by Funko. All the LCE Mystery Boxes are the same and inside is Mal from Firefly. These go for about $6.00.


Reaction Figure The Alien: It’s also a Funko item. This is by far the coolest item in the box. The little mouth inside pops in and out and his ‘brains’ glow in the dark! I first saw one of these in my local Hastings about a year ago. Over there it retailed for just under $17.00 but Hastings has always been overpriced on it’s stuff like this. I’ve recently started to see these at Wal-Mart for $8.00 so I’m going to stick with that price for this add up.


Firefly Bank Robbery Money: Yeah, the band on these states 10,000 scrips, but it’s actually just 12 bills. You get six 500 Alliance scrips and six 100 Alliance scrips. Sorry, the face value is not 10,000 it’s just 3,600 (frowny face). And even less, these sell over online for about $10.00 (and actually come with a map – the LootCrate version does not).


Star Trek Tribble: This tribble, according to the package,” was bred exclusively for Loot Crate.” That makes him pretty special I suppose. I also think this one was genetically modified so it won’t multiply when it eats. Either that or it’s dead. Non-LCE versions of this guy sell for $10.00 direct from Quantum Mechanix (the company that makes em).


Star Wars Asteroids Magnet: This is a small magnet, measures 3.5” wide by 4” tall. Take a closer look and it’s actually REALLY cool; lots of “easter eggs” are displayed, how many can you spot? I can’t find this for sale online outside of eBay, but if I had to place a price on it, I’d say about $1.00


Halo Escalation Digital Loot: Another LCE; this contains a download code on the back to get a free Dark Horse Halo Digital Comic for your mobile device. Price: The Dark Horse Digital Comics for the Halo series run right at $2.00 each.


Pop Rocks and LC Button: Green Apple pop rocks. They pop and fizzzz when you eat them. Don’t drink a cola after you eat these or your guts will blow up. Oh wait.. that’s a myth… Mikey is alive and well. You also get the September Loot Crate Galactic Button. You can get a 3 pack of pop-rocks at the dollar store for, well, a dollar. So one would be right at $0.33.


LC Magazine issue #14 and Catalog: Issue 14 of LC’s Magazine talks mostly about Firefly and also lists the contents of this month’s Loot Crate. It also shows what the Mega Crate contains. The Fall Into Savings catalog just shows you some “deals” that being a Loot Crate member can save you. Nothing noteworthy here. No price being attributed to these.


Han Solo Carbonite Mini Poster: This is kindav cool. It measures 9” wide by about 27” long. It’s just a little poster of Han Solo frozen in Carbonite (I wonder if you can take his identity?). I can’t really attribute a price to this, I’ve seen plenty of things like this included free in magazines.

The Crate Box itself: This is another neat diorama setting. Looks like the inside of a space ship docking bay. Has R2-D2 hiding in the corner and a Weyland Yutani Corporation cargo box in another corner. No price attributed to this.

Pretty cool goodies I gotta admit! BUT does it add up to $40.00 worth? Let’s check:

Sci-Fi Vinyl Figure: $6.00

Alien Figure: $8.00

Firefly Money: $10.00

Tribble: $10.00

Star Wars Magnet: $1.00

Halo Digital Comic: $2.00

Pop Rocks: $0.33

Total: $37.33 Uh oh! That’s $2.67 short!!! Loot Crate oh noes! That’s okay, I tend to round things anyways, so we can call it an even $40.00 I guess. I think I may do a contest somewhere down the road and give some of this stuff away.. But let me know that you are interested, leave comments below!

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Dungeons & Dragons 5.0 is HERE!

I can remember sitting down to play my 1st game of Dungeons and Dragons. ..

(overdubbed deep voice here) Previously on GameMasters.com…

“back in 9th grade.  That was around the year… 1988 I think.  I was at a friends house, his brother was the Dungeon Master.  This was back when Dungeons and Dragons was still D&D.  Way before Advanced D&D..  We spent a good 2 hours rolling up our characters, and must have played 4 hours before we died and called it a night..  I was a thief (yeah they were called thief back then, not this friendly term, Rogue), and had run across a locked chest.  I snuck into the room without any party members seeing me and thought I had found a trap on the chest, thought I had disarmed the trap, opened the chest and..

“Make a roll.”

“What kind?”


“Okay, I rolled a 5.”

“You are dead.”

“What happened?”

“You saw your life flash before you, you died.”

I was in love with the game ever since.”

In February of 2009 I had just picked up the Dungeons and Dragons 4.0 books. D&D 4.0 had actually come out in 2008 but I was reluctant to get into it. I was still having loads of fun with 3.0 that had been released 8 years prior (that would be the year 2000 according to my calculator). Before then I was kicking ass with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and that’s what I knew best. But when 3.0 came out, along with it was this new thing called ‘The D20 System’. Oh and it was cool. Away went THAC0, in came all kinds of neat ability checks. Yeah, Armor Class got a little wonky and backwards but we learned it’s new workings and we had fun.

Okay so then I made the change to 4th Edition. There really wasn’t much of a change in the mechanics really. It still utilized the D20 System and I really didn’t see much of a use for 4th Edition over 3rd (or 3.5 for that matter). Yeah, some rules were cleared up a fair amount, things were streamlined except combat.. combat got a bit more lengthy. 4th Edition wasn’t all bad, I just had a hard time delving into it’s innards.

However… four years ago I started hearing hushed rumors in the darkened corners of the Realm that a new edition of Dungeons and Dragons was being considered. I dismissed it at the time figuring that it was that hard-core group of adventurers that were stuck in their old Advanced D&D ways. I realized that I may have been one of those adventurers, only stuck in 3.0.


I’ve always been the Dungeon Master (or Game Master) and as such I’ve always come up with house rules. I took the features that I liked best of all the different editions and mish-mashed them all together and came up with something that flowed VERY nicely and very fast. Hell, I can recall a point when I had 23 players in 1 group! You would think that combat would last forever, but rarely did it ever take more than 10 minutes and every person usually got to participate in the battle. As for story telling.. consider your average episode of The Walking Dead. You have 3 groups of characters that they flash back and forth with, keeping you hooked on the previous one’s tale while they jump into the next group’s story. That’s exactly how I ran my games.

Okay, so now that the picture has been painted, what the hell am I talking about?

Four years ago I heard about Dungeons & Dragons Next. D&D 5.0

Excited I became, not because I was burned out on 4.0 or even 3.0 but because I had come to embrace change. I actually thirsted for a change in my adventures.

Over the next three years I participated in a couple of.. eh.. how would you say this.. “beta” tests? I think that sums it up, beta tests of this D&D Next. It was still heavily based in the D20 System, but there was certainly something new and fresh to it. I’ll be honest, in what I’ve gone over with the new Player’s Handbook, things are quite a bit different than what I play tested a few years back.


I’m just now starting to scratch the surface on this new Player’s Handbook so many of the mechanics I’m not 100% familiar with yet. I’d love to give you some side by side comparisons from edition to edition, but just to keep this review short, I’ll make that comparison in a future post.

For now, I’ll simply say this:

If you have played Dungeons & Dragons in the past, regardless of the edition, then you will most certainly want to check this 5.0 Edition out. If you have played other RPGs, I don’t care if it’s another pen and paper rpg or a computer rpg or a console rpg, you will want to check this 5.0 Edition out.

The Player’s Handbook is a high quality book with everything you need to get started in a grand adventure.

We also have in the Monster Manual and Hoard of the Dragon Queen (an adventure designed for characters between the levels of 1 and 7).

As of now the Dungeon Master’s Guide is not out. According to a press release by Wizards of the Coast, it originally was set to be released in mid November, however it has been moved to mid December. The reason given was to include a bit more content and to provide the best possible product that they could. I, for one, am happy that they are doing this. I’d rather Wizards take a little extra time to put a good polish on a good book rather than simply shipping it out just to grab a few dimes.

On the surface, these books include outstanding artwork. Within, everything is broken down into nice bite sized chunks that’s easy to digest.  It looks like many things have been scaled down a fair amount in regards to combat. As for races and classes, there are oh so many more choices now to start off with.

Level is capped at 20 (it takes 355,000 exp points to attain level 20 now, as opposed to 190,000 for 20th in 3rd Edition or the variable exp points per level that was found in AD&D). That’s not a bad thing really. I’ve played in many a game where the point was to gain as many levels as fast as you could. Yes, there is something in that, but often times I found that the story was lost in the process.

Things in D&D 5.0 seem a bit more.. tame. I’m not giving it that word to be nasty, I certainly don’t intend for that to come across as meaning that 5.0 is boring. Far from it. When I say tame, I mean that in previous editions there was an element of chaos in learning the rules. I’m not finding that chaos here. Everything seems very straight forward and everything, so far, is making sense (mechanic wise).

I can’t wait for the DMG to be released because I know that’s going to be my continued roll with this game. However, until then, you’ll be able to find me rolling my weighted D6s and making up a new character. What? You didn’t know that Dungeon Masters cheat?

I’m not done with this Monster Manual either. Not by a long shot. Give me a monster from a previous edition and I’ll do my best to give you a side by side comparison between what it was back then and what it is and can do in 5.0. The Tarrasque was always among my favorites… What would you like to see compared?

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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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