Loot Crate is known far and wide across the Internet for dispensing some pretty cool geeky and nerdy loot to its subscribers. I was one of the first handful of people to support Loot Crate – I have a small bamboo card with the number 25 imprinted on it. Although I was an original backer, I hadn’t had Loot Crate in a while. Writing for MOARGeek was a good reason to renew my subscription, so I decided to delve into this month’s box and see how far they’ve come.
This month’s theme is “Galactic.”
First up is the adorable, if not troublesome, Tribble. This fuzzy little guy is adored by Star Trek fans thanks to the beloved episode The Trouble with Tribbles. It comes encased in an exclusive Loot Crate packaging, adorned with warnings like “KEEP OUT OF REACH OF KLINGONS” and “PLEASE DO NOT FEED.”
Next we have a Star Wars retro arcade magnet that depicts the scene from The Empire Strikes Back in which the Millennium Falcon flies through an asteroid field to escape the Empire and an exogorth, a giant space slug. Pretty neat addition to your fridge.
Funko added two special action figures to this month’s Loot Crate. Everyone gets a small, vinyl, cartoony version of ship captain Mal, from Firefly. Also included is one of five Alien Re-Action Figures – I got the alien, though I can’t say that I’m totally impressed by the build quality. However, I can respect that it’s made in the vein of 1980s toys to keep in the spirit of the film franchise and the toys that would have been released at the time. Either way, these two figurines are pretty neat, and Mal will look cool standing next to my Android figurine.
If you like Han Solo, or even if you prefer him encased in carbonite (ya Empire-lover!), you’ll love this month’s poster. Loot Crate has included a 9×27″ poster of everyone’s favorite smuggler after his run-in with the Empire on Bespin. It’s a good quality poster, too, suitable for framing and hanging in your office or game room.
Now we get to arguably the best addition to this month’s Loot Crate, and it’s not even a physical object. Loot Crate teamed up with Dark Horse Comics to give every Looter a gift code for the digital editions of Halo: Escalation #1-3. Redeemable through the Dark Horse Comics app on your Android or iOS device, you’ve got just enough to get you hooked and keep you coming back for more of this new, ongoing series. I’ve read Issue #1, and the artwork is gorgeous. Easily my favorite addition to this month’s Loot Crate.
Other miscellaneous loot included Pop Rocks candy and a small selection of bank robbery money from Firefly. I would rather have something with a little bit more value, but Loot Crate has always loved sending Looters candy, and I can’t fault them for that! Besides, the digital Halo: Escalation comics more than made up for the price of the Loot Crate, a mere $13.37 per month.
Overall, this month’s Loot Crate was good, but not what I was expecting from the hype around the release of this box in tandem with the release of Loot Crate’s exclusive short, The Verse, a Firefly fan film. Eager Looters await next month’s box of goodies!
NOTE: This is an independent review. Loot Crate did not, in any way, sponsor or influence this review.