Review: Loot Crate’s August ‘Heroes’ Crate

by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck on September 2, 2014

in Nerd Culture

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that JJ Abrams is gonna knock Episode VII out of the park because LESS CGI, that getting a package in the mail is the best, and Life, Liberty, the pursuit of Happiness, etc etc. The point is: getting a package friggin’ rules.

If you subscribe to our podcast you may have heard me raving a few weeks ago about one of the perks I received for being a judge at The Geekie Awards. For our efforts each Geekie Awards judge got the July ‘Villains’ themed crate from Loot Crate – a service that delivers an incredible box of geek goodies to subscribers on a monthly basis.

Remember how fun your trips to the mailbox used to be? Most of the time you wouldn’t even get anything, but when something in that mailbox had your name on it it was cause to celebrate. Now, I’ve grown to expect bills, catalogs and advertisements. Boo.

Loot Crate subscribers have something fun to look forward to every month. Take a moment to check out what was included in Loot Crate’s August ‘Heroes’ themed crate, and my guess is you’ll be headed over to click ‘subscribe’ for at least a one month trial.

Coming home to this on my doorstep = instant day upgrade:

The big reveal:

A better look at the Loot Crate contents:

Let’s dive in. I consider the Loot Crate Exclusive Funko Pop! Marvel Glow in the Dark Groot the “main event”:

This guy is as perfect as you’d expect him to be. We’re all familiar with the spectacular quality and collectibility of Funko’s Pop! line, and Groot is an essential addition to any fan’s collection. This guy looks so great on the shelf next to my own small collection of Funko Pop! vinyls. In my mind, the Loot Crate is already an incredible value as this figure alone would sell for¬†minimum of $10, and you get the entire crate for $12-13/month plus shipping.

On to another remarkably cool item, this Kidrobot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ooze Action Glow in the Dark Series Leonardo figure:

In the foreground of the above picture you see some more great items, a Deadpool-themed magnet (Loot Crate seems big on Deadpool, and if you know me, you know this means instant and numerous bonus points). Also included was this cool Sonic The Hedgehog air freshener:

Next up is more great TMNT gear! Each crate was packed with one of four pairs of Ninja Turtle bandana-themed glasses, and these folks must know me because Don is my guy! Also included are these really cool Shwings, lighting bolts that attach to your shoes:

This brings me to a point I wanted to make sure to include here: if you have kids, Loot Crate is a great opportunity for sharing and bonding each month, as we had a great time opening the package together. Safe to say my 5 year old enjoyed this month’s crate (glasses and Shwings deployed!):

He may have snaked the glasses and Shwings but not before I snapped a quick pic. My best vintage 80s TMNT figure expression:

More loot! Each month’s crate comes with a really well-made booklet describing the items and diving a little further into each property represented in the crate. It’s a fun read for sure, and there are games to test your geek knowledge, as well as bonus digital codes!

What makes Loot Crate special and really appealing to collectors and pop culture fans is the exclusive deals they have with their content providers. Word is there are more exclusive Funko Pop! vinyl figures on their way in future crates, and no one wants to miss out on those.

September’s theme is ‘Galactic’ and you can do a one month subscription¬†for $13.37 if you’d prefer to try it out before committing to three or six months, although there is a significant savings if you think long-term. Here’s my take on that: You’ve come this far. It’s safe to say you’re not gonna stop being into nerdy and fantastic things anytime soon, so instead of re-upping every month for full price, pull the trigger today on 3 or 6 months of guaranteed monthly hauls. Then share the pictures of all the incredible stuff you get every month, and make sure to tag #lootcrate on social media as they’ve fostered an amazing community on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

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bmorin54 September 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Thanks to your mention of them on the recent podcast I’ve already checked them out and have started dropping subtle hints to my wife that she should buy it for me. By subtle hints I mean that I said, “Honey, you should totally buy me 6 months of Loot Crates. Here, I’ll send you a link to the website.”

HowardTheDeck September 5, 2014 at 5:06 pm

you will not be disappointed Brian! And having met your son he will dig it too, especially if he is into Star Wars and Sept’s crate is themed ‘Galactic’! Tell ’em USF sent ya!

Dex September 6, 2014 at 9:27 am

Glad you got to jump in on this one. The community went crazy when it was leaked that we were getting that Groot. You can’t even find a non-exclusive one in stores right now.

There’s a few other ‘knockoff’ subscription boxes. I think Nerd Block has one with Jr. appended to it that’s aimed at the younger crowd.

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