Loot Crate Review – June 2013

by Rigg Hendricks

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Well we’re back again with another Loot Crate review! This will be our eighth Loot Crate review in a row and I have to start off by saying that while there’s been a couple of bumps in the Loot Crate road, overall I’m pretty impressed with the service.

For those of you who are new to the whole “subscription gift box” game, Loot Crate is the box for geeks and gamers. Loot Crate works pretty much like every other one of these services, you subscribe and then once a month you get a little package of joy delivered to your doorstep. The subscription is $13.37 (see what they did there?) but you also need to factor in an extra $6 shipping charge which takes you right up to about $20 a month. You can get a discount for subscribing for 3 or 6 months at a time which will knock the price per shipment down a bit. Loot Crate bills you around the 10th of the month every month and then ships your package out right on the 20th of the month. Shipping is first class USPS so it usually takes 3-5 days to show up at your address depending on how far away you are from Loot Crate headquarters.

Loot Crate does a great job of communicating with its subscribers and you’re always notified when they’ve shipped your crate so you can be on the lookout for it. Other benefits to being a Loot Crate subscriber include special sales, discounts on associated items and occasionally the ability to buy surplus crates from previous months or specific items from previous crates.

Each Loot Crate comes to you with six to eight items, specially curated for the geek and gamer crowd. There’s also a monthly “mega crate” giveaway. All subscribers are entered into a monthly drawing to win a special crate that’s usually valued around $250!

Loot Crate Review – June 2013 – What’s In The Box?

Loot Crate Review - June 2013

Loot Crate Review – June 2013

Loot Crate always chooses a theme every month and the items in the box will be tailored to that theme although sometimes it’s a bit of a stretch. The Loot Crate theme for June is MASHUP. This theme is about combining things to get awesome results and I think they did a pretty good job with that.

First off we got an awesome t-shirt, it’s Kool-Aid man, it’s Dead Pool, it’s DEADPOOLAID! Mashup accomplished! Next up and just in time for summer are some funky 8-bit sunglasses created by Loot Crate Labs. Digging deeper we find a Bic Stylus 2 in 1 pen by Bic Tech. Another mashup as this combines a pen with a stylus that you can use on your various touch input devices. The next three Loot Crate items are all stickers, there’s a Loot Crate Bot sticker, a set of Loot Crate themed wall stickers called “wall tangrams” and some “Help a Brother Out” stickers that feature Mario the plumber and Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Next item was different from what we’ve seen before but it was a cool idea & I hope we see some more stuff like this, it was a “Golden Ticket” for a discount to Stan Lee’s Comikaze. Last but definitely not least in this months Loot Crate are some Warheads candies.

Loot Crate Review – June 2013 – What I Liked

After a couple of months where I was less than thrilled with Loot Crate they really brought the house with this months crate. First off I only have two words for the DEADPOOLAID shirt – FREAKING AWESOME. They could have just sent me this shirt and I would have been completely satisfied. Getting other stuff with it was a bonus. I think the 8-bit glasses are pretty neat, these were featured in a previous Loot Crate but I was not a subscriber then so it was cool to get a pair. I liked the golden ticket, it’s a neat idea. There’s a minimum value to it if you decide to use it so you’re going to save at least a few bucks on your con passes and you have the chance to get a big discount or even a free pass. I liked this and would love to see them partner with Comic Con or PAX for more discounts and giveaways like this in the future. Lastly I thought the Bic Stylus/Pen was a novel idea that fit in with the MASHUP theme very nicely. I’m sure that will come in handy.

Loot Crate Review – June 2013 – What I Didn’t Like

If you’ve read any of my other Loot Crate reviews then you already know I’m not really a big fan of the candy and stickers part of Loot Crate because I think it’s just filler material for the most part. Your mileage may vary. I did think the 8-bit glasses were cool because I missed out on those the first time around but I can see some folks being unhappy with this item because it’s a repeat if you’ve been subscribing long enough.

Loot Crate Review – June 2013 – Final Thoughts

I really liked this months Loot Crate. It’s always a win for me when there’s a shirt (or an action figure) in the box. As mentioned above I liked the repeat item but I do think Loot Crate needs to be careful with that sort of thing in the future. I do believe based on my own experience that Loot Crate gets a lot of feedback from its community so I think it’s possible that they had a fair number of requests for the glasses as this was a very popular item the first time around. As always keep in mind that the theme for Loot Crate is different every month and can be a little subjective at times so you may enjoy it more some months than others. Next months Loot Crate is already announced as having the theme VARSITY so I’m already looking forward to seeing what it is!

One last thing, if you’re a new subscriber I’ve got a discount code that you can use to get 10 percent off until June 19th. The Loot Crate discount code is “VGHS” so plug that in when you sign up to get an extra few bucks off!

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