I’ve made no secret of my disappointment with Loot Crate over the past several months. Compared to similar subscriptions like the many offerings Nerd Block provides, Loot Crate has seemed largely like filler in comparison. I won’t say that this month’s box completely breaks that mold. but it is definitely a more fun box than is typically sent. Here is my Loot Crate review for February 2015.
I’m not necessarily saying this is an overwhelming endorsement for this product, but they seemed to have gotten it right this month. Sure, none of the items found in the box are incredible, but they definitely pass as a fun way to pass a few hours. Our first three items are a Superfight card deck with dice by Skybound Games (I’m not familiar with the game), a Hexbug Ant (a cool little crawling bot with collision detection) and a Kidbot Munny figurine to design yourself. The Munny figure is particularly cool because it is similar to the POP! vinyl figurines typically found in Nerdblock boxes, except this one is blank and comes with markers to try out your own designs. Its a novel idea.
The next item was a book called “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. I’m not rushing to read this any time soon, but it is the first time I’ve gotten a novel-sized book out of a subscription box, which is merit in an of itself. I can always use reading material when I’m taking a shit or I’ve just been watching too much content on screens, so this will come in handy and seems like a nice value in such a low priced box. Plus, I’m a video game fanatic, so there should be something in here that grabs me. This particular box is also a game board for a game called “Crate Packing Simulator 2015. I won’t ever play it, but its a cool idea I guess.
Finally a PacMan poster. Its not great but if you’re 12 you can put it on your bedroom wall.
Loot Crate never stuns, but at least this month I really feel like I got my money’s worth. I’m always a couple weeks away from canceling my subscription to this service, but this one was cool enough to keep me hanging for another 4 weeks. The value adds up to around 75 bucks for this box, which isn’t bad for a 20 dollar box. The value is only defined by the subscriber, however, and it still leaves much to be desired.