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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.

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.