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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.

REVIEW: March 2017 Loot Crate – Primal

The March 2017 Loot Crate was designed to help you unleash the beast within. With the Primal theme, this month’s crate features exclusives items from Overwatch, Wolverine, Jurassic Park, and Predator. It includes the “Explore The World Of Primal” Loot Crate magazine.

That plain old black shipping box converts into a big green Tyrannosaurus Rex. It takes a little bit of work getting everything popped out and refolded, but you’ll get there.

Inside, there’s that March 2017 – Primal Exclusive Loot Pin. This month, it’s a circular, yellow happy face with what appears to be dinosaur claws and blood coming from the inside. And with every Loot Pin, there’s DLC you can unlock.

The Loot Crate Edition Jurassic World Warning Sign measures inches tall by inches wide. The metal sign is made by Factory Entertainment. It features the image of an electrified raptor with a nice little warning. The sign includes four zip ties, so you can put it right next to your Beware Of Dog sign on your chain link fence.

Every Loot Crate includes an exclusive t-shirt. For the Primal crate, they’ve included the Overwatch Winston Primal Rage T-shirt. Licensed by Blizzard and made by Loot Crate, the gray shirt features the Overwatch character Winston – a gorilla – with the phrase Primal Rage.

The crate includes an Exclusive Predator Bottle Opener, licensed by Fox and made by Loot Crate. This heavy metal bottle opener is available in one of two variants: the Jungle Hunter from Predator or Gort from the hunting party in Predator 2. I pulled the original Predator version, but have yet to use it to pop a bottle cap.

The big toy in this month’s Loot Crate is the 100% Die Cast Metal X-Men Logan Wolverine Figure made by Jada Toys. This exclusive toy is available in three different variants: Logan; Old Man Logan; Raw Adamantium Logan. We pulled the original Logan figure. Being die cast, it’s a hefty figure.

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: February 2017 Loot Crate

February 2017 marked a major change for the folks at Loot Crate. They swapped out the box logo we’ve come to know so well for a new stylized LC (shaped sort of like a box). Personally, I’m liking this one better.

And with the shock of a new logo out of the way, I discovered that the theme of February’s Loot Crate was Build. The first thing I had to do was build the box the crate comes shipped in into the #LOOTBOT. The instructions were pretty easy, and my kids had fun with it for about 10 minutes before destroying it.

For some reason, I didn’t receive a Loot Crate magazine this month. I’m assuming it was just someone forgetting to put one in and it wasn’t one of my children swiping it out from underneath me. The Loot Crate magazine is always a fun read.

The Loot Pin for February 2017 features the Power Rangers in their assembled format. I watched a little Power Rangers, and realize they’re becoming popular again, but, age-wise, I sort of missed that craze.

There was a Loot Crate exclusive Batman Food Container from Zak! Well, it’s sort of LEGO Batman. And you unscrew his head and put some food or slime in there. Just beware of those spiked ears.

Also building on the Build theme is the Tetris Flexible Magnet Sheet. Featuring a number of Tetris shapes in various colors, basically, you can play a lo-fi version of the game on you refrigerator. You’ll likely need to provide the soundtrack.

Another LEGO themed figure is the LEGO Dimensions Cyborg Fun Pack. If you don’t have LEGO Dimensions, you should think about grabbing the game. It’s very entertaining and includes a lot of 1980’s film licenses. I guess the DC Comics stuff is cool…but they have Goonies, Gremlins, and Knight Rider.

Finally, the included t-shirt features a Power Rangers theme. Like the pin, it’s showing the Power Rangers assembling. Does that robot have a name? There’s a lot of Japanese words written on the shirt, but I have no idea what it says (if it actually says anything). But I love the grid/blueprint look to the dark blue and white t-shirt.

REVIEW: December 2016 Loot Crate – Revolution

The monthly Loot Crate for December 2016 featured the theme “Revolution”. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, we’re looking at definition number one: “a sudden and great change, esp. the violent change of a system of government”. The theme has nothing to do with moving around in a circle around a central point. That might make for a dull box full of loot.

We received this Loot Crate to review from the fine folks at Loot Crate. Where you can sign up for monthly plans ranging from $11.99 to $15.99 a month (depending on the number of months you commit to).

It wasn’t until I read the Loot Crate Magazine, which comes with every Loot Crate, that I realized the crate box was designed to be an Assassin’s Creed style building. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a snapshot of the Aguilar Pop! getting ready for his leap of faith.

The Assassin’s Creed Aguilar Pop! vinyl figure is a Loot Crate Exclusive from Funko. This version shows the main character from the film posed in a crouch. Even if you didn’t see (or enjoy) the film, it’s clear this is an Assassin’s Creed figure. So just pretend he’s from one of the many games. No one will know.

Also from Assassin’s Creed is the Revolution themed pin. It features the Assassin’s Creed “Brotherhood” logo in a textured nickel look. The pin includes DLC, a digital excerpt from the new Assassin’s Creed Heresy novel.

As with every Loot Crate, you’re guaranteed a monthly t-shirt. For December, it was the Exclusive Mr. Robot fsociety tee made by Loot Crate. Mr. Robot is one of those shows that I know I should probably be watching, and would probably like if I did watch it…but for some reason I haven’t started watching it.

The Firefly Independents Patch is an exclusive patch made by QMx for Loot Crate. The design is based on the original art files from Firefly graphic designer Dylan Hay-Chapman. Perfect to put on a brown coat…or something.

This month, each Loot Crate included a pretty interesting exclusive book. The Figure Fantasy harcover book by photographer Daniel Picard is produced by Insight Editions and features incredible toy photography. While Loot Crate might have stretched the “Revolution” theme with this offering, there should be no complaining. It includes some great photos.

REVIEW: November 2016 Loot Crate – Magical

It’s a little late, but due to the holidays, we’re just now checking out the November 2016 Loot Crate (don’t you worry, the December one is nipping at its heels) we recently received from the fine Loot Crate folks.. November’s theme was “Magical”, starting with the black box with all of the various jars and potions on it. And, as with every Loot Crate, you end up with the monthly Loot Crate magazine – featuring information about everything that you receive in the crate.

One of those items is the monthly t-shirt. For November, it’s the Exclusive Fantastic Beasts Obliviator T-Shirt from Bioworld. The black and white design on a blue t-shirt is from J.K. Rowling’s recently released film – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

There’s also an Exclusive Game of Thrones Journal from Caden Concepts. The journal features an image of Melisandre on the front and back. On the front, there’s the youthful Red Woman…the back…the old crone.

And for your reading pleasure, there’s a Loot Crate Exclusive Big Trouble In Little China/Escape From New York Comic from BOOM! Comics. Probably one of the most interesting comic book crossovers, this one sees Kurt Russell meet himself (or Snake Plissken meet Jack Burton).

A monthly pin is another mainstay in the Loot Crate. For November 2016, the Magical themed pin is the The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition Collector’s Pin. The pin includes an upgrade code for The Elder Scrolls Online for PC/Mac.

Finally, the major toy in this month’s Loot Crate is the Exclusive Doctor Strange Q-Fig made by QMx. The maquette is a stylized version of Doctor Strange based on Benedict Cumberbatch’s portraying the character in the recently released Marvel Doctor Strange film.

Remember, you can pick up a monthly Loot Crate for $15.99 per month plus shipping and handling. You can also sign up for 3 month ($13.25/mo), 6 month ($12.95/mo), or 12 month ($11.95/mo) subscriptions. Each month's crate includes 4 to 6 licensed and exclusive items with over $45 in value.

REVIEW: October 2016 Loot Crate – Horror

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We received the October 2016 Loot Crate, which – unsurprisingly – featured the theme - Horror. The box has a photo from last season’s The Walking Dead finale – with Negan holding his bat (Lucille) in front of Rick and his crew. On the back of the box, there’s a Walker mask. You can pop it out and attach the included elastic band to it.

As all Loot Crates, this one comes with a t-shirt. This month, it’s AMC’s The Walking Dead Negan Sluggers T-shirt. This Loot Crate original design would have been perfect to wear during you’re the Walking Dead season premiere viewing party.

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For those who like the softer side of horror, there’s the Exclusive Leatherface Phunny Plush by Kidrobot. There was a 50/50 chance of pulling either a happy or sad version of Leatherface. As you can see…we got the sad one.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street fans shouldn’t feel shorted. The Crate includes Exclusive Freddy Kreuger Chopsticks, made by icup (yes…that’s actually the company’s name). Nothing like eating sushi with chopsticks shaped like Freddy’s iconic glove.

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And if you prefer the Friday the 13th series, there’s the Camp Crystal Lake Pennant. This Loot Crate exclusive is made by The Coop. It will look perfect next to your high school, college, or favorite sports team pennant. And it’ll remind you of the summer you spent at that special camp.

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From the same folks who gave you The League of Regrettable Superheroes comes an exclusive version of The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains book. Made by Quirk, the book features those supervillains that were just…bad. All of those poorly thought out bad guys like Praying Mantis Man.

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And, as with every Loot Crate, you receive a Loot Pin. The October 2016 (Horror) pin is based on John Carpenter’s Halloween franchise. It’s half-jack o’ lantern and half-Michael Myers.

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REVIEW: August 2016 Loot Crate – Anti-Hero

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The August 2016 Loot Crate took on an interesting theme – the Anti-Hero. No. Not the Ant Hero – the Antihero. The antihero is a protagonist who often lacks the morals of your everyday heroic character. They’re usually dark, sometimes dishonest, but often have some sort of redeeming quality (oftentimes not apparent until the end of the film/novel/etc).

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This month’s Loot Crate assembles a group of items based on characters that most likely would be classified as an antihero. First, there’s the box that everything comes shipped in. It can be re-assembled into Harley Quinn’s (the Suicide Squad version) mallet.

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As with every Loot Crate, there’s a t-shirt included. This month, you received the Sterling Archer Dangerzone President 2016 grey tee. Archer fans should rejoice. And he’s likely a viable write-in candidate for those of you who are still undecided.

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The second apparel item is a bright pair of yellow socks. Based on The Bride’s outfir from Kill Bill Vol. 1, these socks are spattered with blood. Try explaining to your kids why you’re wearing fake blood spattered socks. It’s fun.

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Of course, there’s a Loot Pin. The August 2016 Loot Pin is from World of Warcraft. Oh yeah, and there’s some World of Warcraft DLC included with the Crate.

If you were looking for a piggy bank replacement, one of the major items in the Crate is a Hellboy Right Hand of Doom Ceramic Bank from Zak! It’s funny. I looked at the Zak! website and they seem to specialize in trendy dinnerware…with some licensed cups, plates, etc. from mostly kids licenses. But how could one complain about a Hellboy bank?

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Finally, the major item from the Anti-Hero Loot Crate is the Harley Quinn Q Fig statue from Quantum Mechanix. This is the more traditional version of Harley Quinn (maybe more villain than antihero). She’s in her black and red jester outfit. But the rear of the box advertises a Suicide Squad version of the character. The statue also features hyena (Bud or Lou?) dressed in a jester hat and a speech bubble. You can remove the clear “Hi Puddin! Miss Me?” vinyl sticker and write on the bubble with a dry erase marker.

REVIEW: June 2016 Loot Crate – Dystopian

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I might be a little behind in my June 2016 Loot Crate review, but it’s likely due to the fact that last month’s theme was all things Dystopian. It was chocked full of pop culture goodness from a number of cult classic films some might describe as dystopian. RoboCop, The Matrix, and Terminator 2 represented the film side, while Bioshock and Fallout showed up for video games.

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As with every Loot Crate, you get a t-shirt. This time around, the shirt was my favorite item. It’s likely due to Loot Crate going with a RoboCop themed tee (from Grey Matter Art). I’m talking original, Peter Weller RoboCop too. None of this remake stuff.

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As for The Matrix, the included item is a 300-piece exclusive puzzle that measures 11 inches by 14 inches (from Cardinal Games). I haven’t put the thing together yet. But, looking at the image of the puzzle on the box, I’m guessing it’s going to be fairly difficult. Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus are all small and everything in the puzzle seems to be a shade of black or white.

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The Terminator 2 piece is an exclusive Terminator 2 Metal Print from Loot Crate Lab. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the film, the sturdy metal print features the face of the T-800 (with red eyes) alongside the T2 logo. Much better than a poster print.

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The toy included in the June Loot Crate is a Fallout 4 Power Armor Dorbz vinyl figure, produced by Funko. While I’ve reported on this line extensively, this is actually the first time I’ve gotten my hands on one. It might have made a bigger impression if I actually played Fallout (sorry), but it reminded me of a number of other vinyl lines out there. Funko did do some killer sculpting work on the head of the figure, which is specific to this character.

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There’s a blank key from the 2013 video game Bioshock Infinite (an exclusive from A Crowded Coop). I think you could bring this to a key copying place and get your house key cutd onto this. There would be no doubt as to which key opens the front door in that case.

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As with all Loot Crates, there’s a mini magazine that tells you all about the stuff in this month’s crate. Plus, there’s your monthly Loot Pin. This month’s pin is a giant bomb – inspired by Fallout 4 – apparently symbolizing the end of humanity and the beginning of some dystopian future.

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You can pick up a monthly Loot Crate for $13.95 plus shipping and handling. It includes 4 to 6 themed pop culture related exclusive items (worth $50+) in every crate. Order one here.

REVIEW: May 2016 Loot Crate – Power

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The May 2016 Loot Crate theme was Power. Miriam-Webster defines power as the ability or right to control people or things. This month’s Crate features all sorts of collectibles that revolve around that basic theme. There’s a special May 2016 – Power Loot Pin as well as a special book detailing the month’s loot.

Like with all Loot Crates, this one included a t-shirt. The chosen grey short sleeve t-shirt is from the upcoming World of Warcraft film – Warcraft. It features silhouettes of the main characters, with the orc in a cranberry color.

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There’s also the Thanos oven mitt – officially named the Infinity Gauntlet Oven Mitt. The bright yellow glove features six Infinity Stones. However, those Infinity Stones might not be that powerful because I just received a voluntary recall email stating that it might not withstand high oven temperatures. Truthfully, I wasn’t ever going to use this as an oven mitt anyway.

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Then there’s what’s apparently a Dragonball Z plush ball. This was clearly the most popular item in the Loot Crate with my kids. Oh, they wanted to steal it before I was able to take photos. I mean…it’s a dragon wrapped around a ball with a hangtag. What’s cooler than that? Pop it on your book bag and you’re the talk of kindergarten.

Finally, the big collectible for toy fans, and what’s likely the most expensive piece in the May 2016 Loot Crate, is The Hulk Q-Fig statuette from Quantum Mechanix. The 3-inch tall maquette shows off Hulk with a stylized look. The figure reminds me of the now defunct Disney Infinity video game collectible line. Unfortunately, this Hulk doesn’t unlock a digital version of himself in Contra or anything.

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