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):

overview

 

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!

adventuretime

 

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.

minecraftkeychain

 

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.

friendzonecd

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.

stickersbutton

 

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!).

zeldashirt

 

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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