REVIEW / Loot Crate (December 2016)


It’s been a little while since we last dug into the premier geek subscription box, so let’s finally get back to the world of Loot Crate. For December, the theme was “Revolution,” and the teasers promised items from the Assassin’s Creed movie, the show “Mr. Robot,” and more. It didn’t seem like the most exciting theme at first, but let’s take a look at what was actually in the box.

Exclusive Pop! Figure: Aguilar


I was very excited when I heard there would be another exclusive Pop! Figure in this box, as I am a bit of a collector of these pop culture staples. I now have about 40 of them, which sounds like a lot, but compared to serious collectors it’s nothing. I was a bit worried, though, when I learned the figure would be a character from the Assassin’s Creed movie; I had already seen the bad reviews. But since I rather enjoyed the movie, I’m happy to add the crouching Assassin to my collection. The crouching pose is the exclusive element, and it’s nice to get another exclusive that isn’t a repaint.


Mr. Robot Shirt


I’ve already said my piece on the whole shirt thing, but it’s even worse when the shirt doesn’t interest me at all. I’ve never watched Mr. Robot, and it doesn’t seem like it really fits with Loot Crate’s audience. But the design is interesting, enough so that a friend of mine who has never even heard of the show wanted to take it off my hands. So that’s a plus, and a far cry from the awful Star Trek shirt we got a while back, which has been sitting in a box in my apartment since I got it. Beyond that, there isn’t a whole lot I can say.


Firefly Patch


For me, even iron on patches aren’t worth the trouble. But this is Firefly, so I imagine a lot of people will make it work. I can’t comment too much on the design, as I’m not a Firefly fan (blasphemy, I know), but apparently it’s based on something in-universe. That’s definitely a plus for me. I’ll likely give this piece to someone else, though.


“Figure Fantasy” Book


What we have here is basically a coffee table book full of photographs of super-detailed action figures in super-detailed scale environments, essentially meant to show the characters in their “off time.” It’s a neat concept, and the pictures are pretty cool, but I don’t think there’s really enough here to justify a hardcover book. It also doesn’t seem to have anything at all to do with the theme of Revolution, so its inclusion is altogether baffling. Still, it is a nice book, and one I might occasionally peruse.    


Assassin’s Creed Pin and Book Excerpt


The pin here is simple but effective. It’s a silver circle with a raised Assassin symbol on it, the one used for both the games and the movie. It’s not painted, but it’s textured and it looks really cool. If the Assassins wore a membership badge, it might look like this. The related digital content is unfortunately a bit lackluster; it’s an excerpt of the new Assassin’s Creed novel, “Heresy.” It’s another extra that you can likely get for free. But the pin does pretty much make up for it.

Any Loot Crate with an exclusive Funko Pop! Figure is going to get high marks from me, especially if it’s a cool character. And since I enjoyed the Assassin’s Creed movie, this one fits the bill. It and the pin are the only things that really interest me in this month’s box, I can see how the patch would excite others. The book and the digital loot, however, don’t really seem worth it.

Despite the fact that it presumably does not have an exclusive Pop! figure in it, I’m very excited for this month’s crate. The theme is “Origins,” and I love all four of the brands shown in the teaser: Marvel, DC, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and especially Nintendo. The teasers also advertise a “mini replica” and drinkware. I’ll be sure not to skip this month, so please come on back about a month from now for the review.


Live by the Creed


+ Exclusive Pop! figure
+ Cool pin
– Not very engaging book
– Mr. Robot probably not the best shirt theme