In the past few months the term "Loot Crate" has been one I have seen here and there, mostly on Facebook, and eventually my curiosity got the better of me and I took the plunge.
But what does that mean exactly? What is Loot Crate and what does subscribing entail?
|August 2014's Loot Crate included an exclusive Groot Pop! Vinyl!|
I was wondering that myself when I decided to get in on the action. As the head of Games and Theory, the game shows track for All-Con each year I am always on the lookout for potential prizes large and small for our contestants. Beyond that I am an avid geek and love cool collectibles of every kind. These two factors were a big part of my decision, but certainly one of them is kind of unique to myself. However, the other deciding factor - cool collectibles - is certainly far less so.
I had heard about the product mix in Loot Crates having included such things as Pop! vinyl figurines and other such collectibles from Funko as well as t-shirts, fridge magnets, keychains and the like. I was also moderately aware that each month's box was themed, the most recent being October's "Fear" theme. As I write this article I am awaiting that particular crate, but I have already received my first crate, September's "Galactic", and I must say I am impressed, especially for the price. But why not see for yourself in the following JCU Video Selfie...
In the brief, Loot Crate offers fandom a fun collection of $40 worth of themed goodies on a monthly basis at a really good price overall. The Funko Reaction Alien figure alone would cost $10 at any retail outlet. Factor that into the subscription cost of $11.67 to $13.37 per month (depending on your subscription level) and it really turns out to be a bargain! Personally I went for the six month plan and look forward to sharing the contents of future crates with followers of the JCU as each month's selection arrives.
|T-shirt design from July's "Villains" Loot Crate|
|A little black box of amazing!|