REVIEW / Loot Crate (August 2015)


Over the past few months, Loot Crate has provided some truly terrible boxes. However, July’s “Heroes” crate represented a marked improvement, with some of their best items yet. I had high hopes for the August crate after that, and I’m happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Now, before we go into too much detail, here’s a brief explanation of Loot Crate for unfamiliar readers: Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box containing a mystery selection of geeky items based on the month’s theme. August’s theme was “Villains,” a theme they used last year as well.  Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s go through the items.  They actually mixed it up a bit this time; there are only four items, but all of them are significant.

Joker Figure

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July gave us a Loot Crate-exclusive Batman figure, so of course in August we get a Joker figure. I have nothing against the Joker, but it would have been nice to mix it up instead of giving us another Batman character. Still, it’s quite a nice item. It’s made of wood, and it has alternate heads to switch around. The shape of it seems like it would better fit for a big character like Bane, but I just imagine it being Joker after he gets “enhanced” at the end of Arkham Asylum. The figure is well painted, and the Joker version is exclusive to Loot Crate, so I can’t complain. It does at least make more sense for Joker than for the other characters they’ve used, Superman and Batman. I think Loot Crate subscribers actually got the best version of these figures.


Venom/Carnage Mug


Occasionally Loot Crate will have multiple versions of an item, and randomly select which one you get. In this case, subscribers got a molded mug based on a Spider-Man villain, either Venom (which I got) or Carnage. They’re in the shape of the character’s face, sculpted in three dimensions. It makes them some of the coolest mugs I’ve ever seen, but there is a slight problem: because of the molding and how it affects the inside, it would be hard to stir anything in these (or at least in the Venom one). I just use it to store pens and pencils, and for that it works perfectly; still, for most purposes it would work fine as an actual mug. The face sculpt for Venom is a little bit weird, with his eyes seeming way too long, but he has appeared in many different ways in the comics.


Breaking Bad Apron


This inclusion seemed strange to me; the group of people who enjoy super heroes and the group of people who enjoy Breaking Bad probably don’t intersect much. I think the same could be said for the people who enjoy super heroes and the people who wear aprons, but maybe that’s just me. Either way, it’s just an odd inclusion. Fortunately for me, I know someone who loves Breaking Bad and has been known to wear an apron: my mom. The apron itself is yellow, featuring the “Los Pollos Hermanos” logo from the show. It has a bunch of pockets, and it’s a high enough quality item. I just can’t imagine most Loot Crate subscribers would have much to do with it.


Hydra Pin


There’s still a small item included, but this time it’s actually something cool. Based on one that apparently appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger, the pin is solid metal and sculpted in great detail. It features two “spikes” on the back (I don’t wear enough pins to know what they’re actually called), so it won’t get lopsided. I appreciate this item as a Marvel fan and as someone who sort of collects pins, but I don’t see myself wearing it often. Regardless, it’s a cool collectible, and probably the best small item they’ve ever included. At least once, I’m going to make sure I have an opportunity to wear this, and see if anyone says anything. It looks like an actual official thing, and not even a movie prop.

Loot Crate tried something new for August, giving us fewer items of higher quality.  And all told, I think it’s a great idea. I’d rather get four significant items than two significant items and a bunch of things I don’t care about.  While July’s crate was a great example of the latter, it’s the exception.  I will admit that I don’t really get the inclusion of the apron, but ultimately, it’s a really nice item that I was able to give to someone who loved it.  I’ve already seen the contents of September’s crate, which I will review soon. The theme is “Summon” and it features items from Hearthstone, The Simpsons, Pokemon, and Supernatural, and it looks like it’s another one of their best.  If you’d like to subscribe to Loot Crate, just click here.  It’s $13.95 for one month, with other packages available.  Stay tuned both here and on their website for news of October’s theme.   


A big step forward


This month’s crate is again one of the best we’ve seen from them. These are four high quality items, and they’re all cool enough for me to want to keep them. The mug, while perhaps not the easiest to stir, is extremely cool and features a character that I love. The exclusive Joker figure is a better fit than the equivalent figures of other characters, and being made of wood makes it stand out. The pin, while small, is extremely high quality and looks like something out of a real organization. The only odd note is the apron, something I don’t think a lot of geeks would care about. Still, I had something to do with it too, so everything is accounted for. Not having any throw-away items is a great change that I hope will continue.