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REVIEW: January 2018 Loot Crate

The January 2018 Loot Crate theme is Discovery.  “The well-worn road is safe, but it hides no secrets. The path less taken is bumpy, almost impassable at times, but if you travel on it, you may find hidden truths, strange worlds, or a whole new destiny. Go ahead. Explore. You’ll be amazed by what you… Discover.

The crate includes the following exclusive items.

Westworld Maze Pin
Licensed by Warner Bros. Made by Loot Crate.
From the hit HBO show Westworld, this pin shows the maze that’s part of the Man in Black’s mysterious background.

Rick and Morty T-Shirt
Licensed by Cartoon Network. Art by Anthony Petrie.
This white t-shirt features a cross-section of Rick Sanchez’s brain. This art was originally seen at the Official Rick and Morty Show that took place at Gallery1988, last year. If you were ever wondering what was on Rick’s mind, well…now you know.

Harry Potter Socks
Licensed by Warner Bros. Made by HYP Hosiery.
What Harry Potter fan wouldn’t want to show off their fandom on their feet? Loot Crate has included a pair of Harry Potter-styled socks that feature the Sorting Hat and each house’s animal emblem.

X-Files Card Game
Licensed by Twentieth Century Fox. Made by IDW Publishing.
All packed up in an FBI looking wallet, the X-Files game is made for two players. You can choose to play as either Mulder or Scully…and I’m sure you’ll be solving some very important mysteries.

Westworld SuperEmoScenes Diorama Figure
Licensed by Warner Bros. Made by Loot Crate.
Artist J Salvador returns with another (the second) exclusive SuperEmoScenes diorama. This one features Dolores and Bernard in what was one of the most iconic scenes from Season 1 of Westworld.

REVIEW: Aaron Judge Ballers

Aaron Judge had a pretty solid rookie season. In addition to winning the AL Rookie of the Year award, he was second in the AL MVP voting. Plus, he led the league in homers, runs scored, walks, and (unfortunately) strikeouts.

And since Sports Crate hadn’t released his likeness as a part of their Ballers line, it just makes sense for Judge to be the 5th Yankees’ player to be added to the stylized line.

This is the second round of figures featuring the newly-designed Ballers body. I’m a fan of the enhancements that they made to the figure. It’s more solid. You don’t have the loose ankle joints, which made displaying a little difficult. But they’ve kept the great, stylized look of the series.

And while I had some issues with the svelteness of last Yankees’ Crate Ballers figure – C.C. Sabathia – the Judge figure is an excellent likeness. (Although, he is missing the gap between his front teeth that’s shown on the illustrated box art.)

The Judge figure comes with a pair of accessories for displaying. There’s a stand, in the shape of a base. Also, the figure includes a baseball bat. I did notice that this figure didn’t have the interchangeable gloved hand, which the old design would include.

Of course, this is only one of the items that’s included in a Sports Crate. You’ll get other team specific collectibles, such as t-shirts, cups, games, and plenty of other things. And while those items vary, there’s a Ballers figure included in every Crate. Also, included with every Ballers figure is a Topps trading card of that player.

The Facts



Aaron Judge Ballers
Series: Ballers
Manufacturer: Loot Crate/Sports Crate
Material: Plastic
Authorized Likeness: Aaron Judge
Dimensions: 4.75 inches tall
Points of Articulation: 21
Accessories: Bat; Plate figure stand
Pricing: Included in $29.99 Sports Crate

Pick one up at the following:

SportsCrate.com: $29.99 (includes a Crate full of other team-related items)

REVIEW: October 2017 Loot Crate

The October 2017 Loot Crate theme encompasses all things Mythical. But it wasn’t all unicorns and fairies in this crate. Loot Crate describes the October theme as the “things in this world beyond what science has explained”.

As with other boxes, the Crate can be turned into a theme-specific item. This month, it’s Thor’s Hammer. A little ripping and folding and you get a cardboard weapon that you can use to smack around flies.

This month’s pin features the art of Gabriel Silveira. It’s his take on Dracula. I must say, I had to do a double take to make sure I was looking at this pin with the correct side up.

Ghostbusters T-Shirt
(Licensed by Sony Pictures. Designed by Loot Crate. Loot Crate Exclusive.)

Every month, we get to add another t-shirt to our burgeoning collection of pop culture related tees. October 2017 was from one of the most iconic sci-fi films of the 1980’s – Ghostbusters. A little different from your traditional Ghostbusters logo, this version features blue and pink pastels with cheesy 80’s graphic embellishments.

SuperEmoScenes Stranger Things Diorama Figure
(Licensed by Netflix. Designed by J Salvador. Loot Crate Exclusive.)

Loot Crate included a collectible diorama depicting artist J Salavador’s take on the showdown between Eleven and the Demogorgon. (That’s from the Season 1 finale, so I’m not dropping any Season 2 spoilers) This is my first time seeing the SuperEmoScenes style. I’m digging it. I like seeing new designer toys lines hit that once bustling market.

Thor and Loki PhatMojo Figure
(Licensed by Marvel. Designed by PhatMojo. Loot Crate Exclusive.)

This is one of those “I have no idea how to feel about this” figure. I’m not a huge fan of Thor or Loki. The design doesn’t do much for me. And the fact that it’s a diorama style piece means you have to display them in this action pose.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Mr. Pointy” Bookmark
(Licensed by FOX. Designed by Loot Crate. Loot Crate Exclusive.)

I think I need to read more. But I sort of go through phases where I want to read physical books and then others where I only want to read off of my Kindle. If I’m doing the Kindle thing…this won’t be very useful. But if I’m reading a physical book and ever have to defend myself? I will want this…

The Loot Crate subscription runs $15.99 for a single month; $13.25/mo for 3 months$12.95/mo for 6 months$11.95/mo for 12 months. Each Crate features over $45.00 retail value of collectible goods and gear.

REVIEW: CC Sabathia Ballers Figure – Sports Crate

Sports Crate’s (a division of Loot Crate) MLB Diamond Crate is a bimonthly box of official gear from your favorite Major League Baseball team. Currently, they’re offering 10 different teams (about 1/3 of the league), so there’s a possibility that your favorite team is not yet represented. But plans are to keep on adding teams next season.

And while a lot of the items in your SportsCrate is amazing, exclusive stuff, the big draw – in my opinion – is that each MLB Diamond Crate includes a special Ballers action figure. Standing around 4.75 inches tall and featuring 21 points of articulation, these figures are produced exclusively by Loot Crate/Sports Crate for inclusion in these boxes. As you might already know, each bimonthly offering features a specific theme – shortstops, team leaders, ace pitchers, etc.

In recent months, Sports Crate has reengineered their Ballers figures. They’re a little taller. Have legs that are a little thicker. And they feature better articulation. Basically, they noticed some issues with the first few releases and made the figures better (I wish a lot of toy companies would follow this example). Compare the Sabathia (new) and Gregorius (old) figures in the above photo.

The most recent release – at least for the Yankees MLB Diamond Crate – was CC Sabathia. So, if you know of Sabathia, he isn’t the most svelte gentleman. That’s where having a standard body hurts a line. The Sabathia head sculpt looks good, although they maybe could have made his face extra fat to compensate. The stylized (caricature-like) look is something I’m a big fan of.

The stylized look, plus the articulated body, give sports fans a toy line we haven’t had for…well…ever. Starting Lineup was great back in the day. McFarlane produced more statuesque products. But the Ballers line is something that you can display or play with. (I know my kids have stolen several of these guys to battle against their WWE wrestlers) Collectors have been pining for articulated sports toys...and we have finally  them thanks to Sports Crate. Now...if they would expand to some of the other major sports...

The Facts



CC Sabathia Ballers
Series: Ballers
Manufacturer: Loot Crate
Material: Plastic
Authorized Likeness: CC Sabathia
Dimensions: 4.75 inches tall
Points of Articulation: 21
Accessories: Base Stand
Pricing: Included in $29.99 Sports Crate

Pick one up at the following:

SportsCrate.com: $29.99 (includes a Crate full of other team-related items)

REVIEW: September 2017 Loot Crate

Robotics is the theme of the September 2017 Loot Crate. And while you won’t find anything relating to Small Wonder in the monthly box, you will find items from Blade Runner 2049, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Aliens.

Cog Crispies Box
As always, you can turn the Loot Crate box into something related to the monthly theme. This month, you turn the Crate inside out to form the Cog Crispies cereal box. What exactly are they? Well, I’m guessing, something that robots eat for breakfast.

September 2017 Loot Pin – Loot Bot
(Designed by Loot Crate)
The robot on the Loot Pin for the month is very similar to the character on the Cog Crispies box. Check out the four panels on the Loot Bot’s chest. You might completely miss the Loot Crate logo in one of them.

Blade Runner 2049 T-Shirt
(Licensed by Alcon Entertainment. Loot Crate Exclusive)
So, there’s this big sci-fi film out called Blade Runner 2049. You might have heard of it. It’s a sequel of another very popular film. And there are androids in it. September’s Loot Crate T-Shirt features the logo of the Wallace Corporation (which makes artificial intelligence). This dark blue tee has glow-in-the-dark writing on it…well, because…

Star Trek: The Next Generation Mirror Universe Comic
(Licensed by CBS. Made by IDW as a Loot Crate Exclusive)
Written by Scott and David Tipton, this full-length, alternate universe Star Trek comic book details the origin of the Mirror Universe version of Data (everyone’s favorite Star Trek android).

Star Wars R2-D2 IncrediBuild
(Licensed by Lucasfilm. Made by Insight Editions)
This one is the highlight of the September Loot Crate. The Star Wars R2-D2 IncrediBuild includes a book with loads of information about the character. Then, there’s a sheet with wooden pieces. You have to follow the included instructions to put the wood model together. It’s fairly simple, but includes a number of steps. Then, you have the option to paint up the whole thing to look like R2-D2. (I’ll admit that I picked up a few of these for my kids following this review).

Aliens “Queen Takes Bishop” Mini Figure
(Licensed by FOX. Designed by Loot Crate as an exclusive)
Recreating one of the key scenes from the film Aliens, Loot Crate and Phat Mojo have included the “Queen Takes Bishop” Mini Figure. It shows the android – Bishop – getting skewered by an Alien Queen. The mini figure comes disassembled and involves very little effort to assemble.

The Loot Crate subscription runs $15.99 for a single month; $13.25/mo for 3 months; $12.95/mo for 6 months; $11.95/mo for 12 months. Each Crate features over $45.00 retail value of collectible goods and gear.

REVIEW: June 2017 Loot Crate

I am running behind on Loot Crate reviews, so get ready to be bombarded over the next week with Loot knowledge.

The June 2017 Loot Crate’s theme was AlterEgo – “there are two sides to everyone’s personality – the side we show others and the one we keep hidden.” It featured characters and licenses that personified this duality.

First off, the shipping box actually transformed into Optimus Prime (the tractor trailer version). It took a little time, some patience, and a steady hand…but I was able to cut out and assemble the paper Transformer in time to snap some photos (and then have my children demolish it).
Optimus Prime Box – 9/10

June’s Pin of the Month was inspired by the age-old tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Made by Loot Crate, the pin shows the character’s split personality in visual form. And in the middle is the test tube with the serum that caused the transformation.
Jekyll and Hyde Pin – 7/10

As with every Crate, June 2017 included a t-shirt. With the AlterEgo theme, we’re given another taste of Optimus Prime. The light blue tee features the G1 Optimus Prime transforming from big rig to Autobot in five action-like illustrations.
Transformers G1 Optimus Prime T-shirt – 9/10

Loot Crate included a book for those of you who don’t like to read. From Insight Edition, the Exclusive DC Comics Mini-Poster Book features The New 52 (the 2011 revamp from DC Comics). The book features 40 removable posters with many of your favorite DC characters.
DC Comics Mini-Poster Book – 7/10

And when you think of AlterEgo, of course Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk has to be in the conversation. And with Thor: Ragnarok on the Marvel film horizon, Loot Crate included an Exclusive Hulk Bowl from Vandor. It’s large enough that you might not be able to fit your smaller-than-Hulk-size-hands around it.
Hulk Bowl – 9/10

The collectible “toy” included in June’s Loot Crate was the Exlusive Spider-Man Webslinger Q-Fig variant figure from QMx. They packaged this one in there to help celebrate the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming. This exclusive figure features a black and white Spidey hanging from a lamppost as he’s slinging out a web.
Spider-Man Webslinger Q-Fig Variant – 8/10

The Loot Crate subscription runs $15.99 for a single month; $13.25/mo for 3 months; $12.95/mo for 6 months; $11.95/mo for 12 months. Each Crate features over $45.00 retail value of collectible goods and gear.

REVIEW: April 2017 Slam Crate

The theme of the April 2017 Slam Crate (powered by Loot Crate) is Master of the Mic. It features items from some of the best talkers to enter the squared circle.  Whether it’s following a thrilling victory or talking some pre-match smack, the Crate highlights a handful of the best on-mic talkers.

The included information sheet/poster gives you information about all of the included items. Also, it has the “Outside The Ring With” feature on it. The April 2017 Slam Crate’s insert spotlights wrestler Alexa Bliss. And the poster is of The Rock yelling into a microphone, overlaid by his Team Bring It motto.

 

Exclusive Finn Bálor Authentic T-Shirt  (7/10)
In my opinion, Finn Bálor isn’t in the upper echelon of exceptional talkers in WWE. It could be because we’ve seen him in limited action over the past year. But he was the chosen one for the April 2017 exclusive t-shirt. The black shirt features the artwork of the Demon King on the front along with the wrestler’s name on the upper back area.

Exclusive WWE Microphone Cup Set (8/10)
Speaking of  Masters of the Mic – how about a pair of Microphone plastic cups? The set of two 16 oz. cups includes one classic WWE mic and the unique microphone that Enzo Amore totes to the ring.

Exclusive WWE Mini Encyclopedia Vol. 1 (7/10)
If you’ve never seen a copy of the WWE Encyclopedia, it’s worth checking out if you’re a professional wrestling fan. This one is simply a smaller version highlighting some of those big talkers that the Crate is looking to show off. But it gives you enough of a sample size for you to determine whether or not you’d want to purchase the full Encyclopedia.

Exclusive WWE Attitude Era Championship Pin (9/10)
So…the Loot Crate pamphlet calls this the WWE Attitude Era Championship Pin, but it clearly states Universal Champion on the bottom. (And it’s the exact same design as the Universal Championship) Since the Universal Championship was established in 2016, it obviously couldn’t be an Attitude Era belt. Nonetheless, this is a pretty sweet pin…all decked out in sparkles.

Exclusive WWE Slam Stars Stone Cold Steve Austin Figure (9/10)
So this is the big piece, right? Designed by artist Brian Baity of The Creation Crib, the Stone Cold Steve Austin Slam Stars figure was created for Loot Crate just for their Slam Crate line. So it’s a brand new line of collectibles and you’ll only be able to get them through Slam Crates. 

The Stone Cold figure features limited articulation (neck, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles). I would have liked to see some articulation at the shoulders and elbows, but it seems like they’re shooting for more of a displayable collectible than a wrestling toy. The stylized look lends to its uniqueness amongst the wrestling collectible market. And the quarter ring that’s included is perfect for a display base. Also, Series 1 includes four figures, so you’ll be able to complete a ring with the entire set.

REVIEW: April 2017 Loot Crate – Investigate

The April 2017 Loot Crate is all about the theme “Investigate”. We get our first glimpse of this with the themed investigative briefcase box. It features illustrations of everything you’ll need to start your very own forensic investigation. Also, the included Loot Crate magazine looks like it includes the silhouettes of Dana Scully from X-Files and Jim Hopper from Stranger Things. They might just be, since, inside, you get items from both licenses.

The t-shirt of the month in the April Loot Crate is a Stranger Things black tee featuring a homage to the cover of Uncanny X-Men #134. It features Eleven with the Demogorgon flaring up in the background and other characters in black and red on the sides.

Made by A Crowded Coop, the X-Files Pencils features four (maybe No. 2) pencils with various sayings from the show. There’s “That’s Why They Put The ‘I’ In FBI”, “I Want To Believe”, “The Truth Is Out There”, and “Trust No One”.

This month’s Loot Crate pin is basically a mini cassette recorder. I’m guessing most people under the age of 30(?) have no idea what one of these things are, but investigators used to take voice notes on these before iPhones were invented. Just ask Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks) who always spoke to Diane into one.

From The Dark Knight, who is a detective in his own right, the crate includes an Exclusive Batman Color-Changing Mug from Zak! Designs. Featuring the Gotham skyline, put a little hot beverage in this mug and witness the Joker’s gas and the Bat-Signal overtake the once peaceful cityscape.

Finally, there’s the collectible figure (some might say toy) that’s included in the Investigate Loot Crate. It’s the Exclusive Marvel’s Jessica Jones Q-Fig from QMx. The head of Alias Investigations is kicking down walls in the Q-Fig as she’s all dressed up in her trademark scarf, leather jacket, and boots.

The Loot Crate subscription runs $15.99 for a single month; $13.25/mo for 3 months; $12.95/mo for 6 months; $11.95/mo for 12 months. Each Crate features over $45.00 retail value of collectible goods and gear.

SportsCrate and the MLB Ballers Line

The folks at LootCrate have introduced a new monthly subscription service called SportsCrate. Featuring items from ten Major League Baseball teams, the Crate starts at $39.99 per month. Or you can pick up a season pass, which covers from May through September, for $179.99. You basically choose one team (Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Mets, Rangers, Red Sox, Royals, Tigers, or Yankees) and receive 5 to 7 team specific items. What drew my eye was that LootCrate has produced their own line of action figures called Ballers.

Recently, I spoke with Logan Lubera, the Creative Director at Loot Crate, about the new Sports Crate subscription box and, specifically, the Ballers line. Logan, who previously worked at Marvel Comics, Hasbro, and Blizzard, gave me the low-down on what to expect from the Ballers line.

If you’ve seen the May lineup, each SportsCrate includes that team’s Ace Pitcher Baller. Subsequent monthly Crates will have a similar theme. For example, one month could be clubhouse leaders or home run hitters. There could be a month of .230 hitting utility infielders…although, I doubt they’d be that popular.

The Ballers line is unique in a somewhat congested sports collectible arena. Logan said each figure has at least 21 points of articulation, giving the line much more movement than other baseball figures out there. Also, I like how they’ve captured each player’s look with a stylized, slightly oversized head. I can’t imagine that baseball fans won’t love the Ballers line.

As far as the other teams, there are no concrete plans to add more for this season. So you might need to wait until next year to grab one of the other 20 teams. If you do pick up that Season Pass SportsCrate (for $179.99), you’ll get an additional exclusive Ballers figure (plus a reduced price on the 5 months). But that deal is only available through May 31st.

REVIEW: February 2017 Slam Crate

I was able to get my hands on the February 2017 Slam Crate thanks to the folks at Loot Crate. Their specialized Slam Crate is made for wrestling fans, specifically fans of the WWE. Since February was the last crate before Wrestlemania 33 in early April, there were plenty of reasons to want to nab that loot. One of those reasons being that the Slam Crate informational insert was also a poster of The Undertaker from what I believe was last year's Wrestlemania.

The Road To Wrestlemania Slam Crate included an Exclusive Seth Rollins Authentic T-shirt. The grey short sleeve tee shows off Rollins’ logo as well as having “The Architect” and “Seth Freakin’ Rollins” printed around it. Apparently, Rollins even sported this version on an episode of RAW.

There was also an Exclusive Topps Card Pack, which featured three full-color trading cards (John Cena, Kevin Owens, and Charlotte Flair) as well as a code card that unlocks something in the Topps WWE Slam Card Trader App.

And, as with all crates, you get an exclusive pin. This month, it’s the WWE Attitude Era Championship Belt Enamel Pin. You can celebrate the title runs of The Rock, The Undertaker, and Mankind with the replica of this 1990’s belt.

The big toy included in the February Slam Crate is an Exclusive The Rock Figure from Jada Toys. The figure is part of Jada’s Metals line, a die-cast series of hefty and solid collectibles. The 4-inch tall figure features a single point of articulation at the waist. It also comes with a small black stand base. I often test my 6 and 5 year olds on who a toy is supposed to be, based on its sculpt, and they got my fellow Freedom High School alum correct.

The final piece in the crate, and what will likely get the most use around my abode, is the Exclusive World Heavyweight Championship Belt Pouch. Think of it as a giant fanny pack in the shape of a WWE belt. But the great thing about it is that it can fit a not-so-svelte 39 year old as well as a 6 year old because it’s got some serious adjustability. My kids love that they can pretend to be a WWE champion, and my wife suggested I use it as a part of my next Halloween costume.

You can sign up for the bi-monthly Slam Crate with the following plans: 1 Crate - $29.99; 3 Crates - $28.99 ea.; 6 Crates - $27.99 ea.