REVIEW / Loot Crate (August 2017)

 

Sorry about the delay, but if you know what’s in this month’s Loot Crate, you know it’s one I wouldn’t skip. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, Loot Crate is the original geeky subscription box. Each month, they send a themed collection of geeky goods to your door. For August, the theme was Kingdom. We were promised items from Adventure Time, Lord of the Rings, and most importantly for me, The Legend of Zelda. We’ve got the keys to the kingdom, so let’s see what’s inside.

Legend of Zelda T-shirt

This is pretty much all I needed. While the last Zelda item in a Loot Crate was a boring off-the-shelf wristband, this time around we get an exclusive shirt. It features a depiction of Link’s 8-bit sprite made up of map sprites from the original Zelda title. While I personally would have preferred a less 8-bit depiction of the greatest hero in gaming, I’m just glad to have an awesome exclusive Zelda item. It’s also a clever design, which makes it that much cooler. It does get a point off for being yet another black shirt, but given the green one from July, we can let them off with this one.

If you want to know more about my obsession with Hyrule and its greatest adventurer, check out my review of the latest and possibly greatest game in the series, Breath of the Wild.

 

Adventure Time Figure

This month’s figure (there’s usually at least 1) features the Ice King from Adventure Time, with a few penguins. I can’t speak to the character because I don’t watch the show, but the figure is very high quality. It’s made of a sort of soft plastic, and features (as far as I can tell) a good depiction of the character. It also features something of a scene rather than simply the single character, which is always a nice way to go. It definitely adds to the quality. For what it’s worth, I’m not sure how well this really fits the theme, but Loot Crate themes are always very loose. If you like the character, it’s a home run.

 

Lord of the Rings Print

I’m all for art prints; I liked the DC Comics ones we got a few months ago. But as I’m sure I’ve said before in these reviews, I’m not the biggest Lord of the Rings fan. That being the case, this otherwise impressive print is lost on me. I know enough to say that it features an Ent and probably the Eye of Sauron, but that’s about it. This kind of thing is about as subjective as it gets, so there isn’t much for me to say. But if you like this style of art, well, this one will do well for you. I have a feeling it was just meant to pad things out though, given the more expensive natures of the other items.

 

Lord of the Rings Glass

I said above that I’m not a big fan of Lord of the Rings, but I am a big fan of cool items. And I can certainly appreciate this glass. It’s made of actual glass, for one, with a translucent gold color and a tapered shape. Around the upper part is the script from the One Ring, making the glass a clear representation of the ring itself. The elven script is white at first, but when the glass is filled with something cold, it turns red. This is a far cry from the last kitchen item Loot Crate gave us, that’s for sure. The glass looks pretty cool even without the color change effect, and it’s definitely a high quality product, even if you aren’t a big fan of the source material.

 

Loot Crate Crest Pin

This time, the pin is again not tied to a particular property, nor to the digital content. The pins appear to be alternating each month between generic and branded. I do like this one a lot though. It’s basically a coat of arms, with crossing axes, a dragon head, and a Loot Crate logo. That last part will probably bother some, but I’m not too concerned about it. I definitely prefer this over a pin featuring a property I have no interest in, like we got last month.

 

Code for Gigantic    

 

Our digital content this month is once again a content code for a free-to-play game. In this case it’s for MOBA shooter Gigantic, a game about which I know nothing other than what I’ve already said. So unfortunately, this is another item about which I can’t say too much. I can at least say that it’s another case of the content being good for a very small subset of people.  But honestly that’s not much of a change, so I can’t complain too much. The digital stuff is always just sort of an extra.

 

Overall this month’s Loot Crate is pretty darn good, even if some of the items don’t appeal to me personally. The shirt is one of my favorites Loot Crate has ever done, being Zelda-based, and the glass is a high quality piece for the kitchen. I’m displaying the figure in my apartment despite not being an Adventure Time fan due to its awesome design, and I would happily wear the pin if I didn’t lose it. The only misses here for me are the print and the digital content, which are definitely the most minor parts of the crate. It’s just as well, because next month’s crate promises to be somewhat disastrous for me personally. With the theme of Robotic, it features three franchises that don’t interest me at all: Blade Runner, Aliens, and Star Trek. If that seems like it might be up your alley, though, click here to subscribe. Loot Crate costs around $20 per month with shipping, with other plans available.

 

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