A while back on the Couch Podtatoes Podcast, Eri and I talked about collectibles. We came to the conclusion that neither of us are really collectors. I used to be, way back when — comic books and cards were my thing. I had phases of CD and DVD collecting. In more recent years I’ve accumulated some Walking Dead comics, a bunch of Green Bay Packers stuff, and some artwork from various sources. By far the largest collection I have amassed though, is video games. I have hundreds strew about, in physical and digital form (mostly digital).
After having a discussion on the show about the various subscription services that provide “geeky” collectibles, I thought I should take a closer look. The first thing I finally decided to spend some money on was a League of Legends vinyl figurine – Nautilus. Having been pleased with the little guy sitting on my desk for the past month or so, I decided that I should roll the dice and try one of the box deliveries. Loot Crate is a big name, but I’m mainly interested in gaming-oriented stuff, so I wanted to avoid other bits of pop culture I’d probably not be into as much. It just so happens that the company making Loot Crates just started up a Gaming service called, you guessed it: Loot Gaming. I became a “founder” by ordering the first box they ever shipped. Here’s what was in the box:
From left to right, Skyrim Socks, Super Mario T-Shirt, Halo Hooded Scarf, Founders Pin, Shadaloo Pin, Heroes of the Storm Mystery Figure.
So for $25, it’s a pretty decent value, considering the T-shirt alone would probably cost that much on some websites. I really do enjoy the T-shirt, in all of its 8-bit glory. I was a huge Skyrim fan, so I will definitely wear the socks, but I would have preferred a different Skyrim-themed item. The same goes for the Shadaloo pin. I love Street Fighter, so something other than a pin would have been awesome. I could give two shits about the HotS figurine, but I give even less shits about a ghost Kerrigan? At least that’s who I think it is. Why couldn’t I have gotten Diablo at least? The Legacy Founder’s pin is cool. The Master Chief scarf is the real turd in this crate. Not only am I not much of a Halo fan, but I live in California. Who in the fuck wears a scarf in a place that rarely gets cold? Let alone a scarf with a hood attached. Yuck.
The Good: Awesome T-shirt that was worth the price of the box alone. A couple other neat ideas, but ones that ultimately fall short.
The Bad: A scarf? Really? Also, HotS is a pile of garbage.
The Verdict: Overall, I’m happy with the T-shirt, enough to say that I don’t feel that I wasted my money. I have a couple of other T-shirts that I have been planning to buy, and they are $20 a piece, so the rest is just icing on the cake. Someone with different tastes than myself will probably be very happy with this box, and the ones to come. It’s a great idea, I’m just too picky to want to pay $25 a month to maybe get something I’m happy with. I’d rather spend a little more and personally pick what I spend my money on. A novel idea, but not worth a long term subscription in my book. All I can think of is that another month I wouldn’t even be happy with the T-shirt and it would feel like a complete waste of cash.
Have you ever tried one of these subscription plans? What did you think about it?
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I’ve never bought into the Loot Crate thing. It’s a neat idea, and the feeling of being surprised by cool things every month is tempting. But I already have enough clutter in my house to be paying for someone to send me more random clutter that I probably have no use for, even if it does have the chance to be something cool.
So, no, I wouldn’t pay for it myself. But for those who enjoy it, I understand why they do!
I honestly don’t have much in the way of knick-knacks or collectibles, so having some extra odds n ends wouldn’t hurt. However, having someone else with tastes that differ from mine picking out what it is that I get each month isn’t such a great idea. I was pleased with one of the items, the rest was pretty blah. So now I know, and I’ll just hand pick my own stuff in the future.
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My brother has loot crate for a while, but he gave away most of the stuff. There was some real neat things like the terminator chip key chain and skull, a few of the shirts are really cool, and some other knickknacks. But he stopped it since the stuff was getting less appealing each month.
I’m keeping everything except for the scarf. I have some friends that are Halo fans that might at least appreciate it. I bet there’s something cool in every box, but the problem I have is the fact that I might not like 50% or more of what is packed inside. That kind of kills it for me.
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