Wednesday, 11 March 2015

'Loot Crate' February 2015 - Unboxing & Review

Hey there Elementareaders!

I'm a little late with this, but here's what I got in my February 'Play' Loot Crate!

What is Loot Crate?
Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service where you receive a box of awesome geek and gaming items. It is based in America but they ship to many countries including the UK. For someone in the UK the box costs $29.95 a month which usually works out at around £20 (it varies slightly depending on the current exchange rate). Shipping is included in this cost. The items you receive add up to $40+ retail value, and each box usually has some exclusive items that you can only get in a Loot Crate. By subscribing you are also entered into a draw each month for a chance to win the Mega Crate which usually has a $ value in the thousands. Each month's box has a theme. This month's theme was 'Play'. The crates are usually posted around the 20th of each month.

The goodies come in a sturdy black box with 'Loot Crate' on the top. Unfortunately due to the assortment of objects of different sizes in the crate there are always gaps and the objects rattle around. It would be nice if they padded it out a bit as I have had damaged items before, but luckily nothing was damaged in this one.

This crate was a little heavier that normal (you'll see why below!)

The first thing I saw was this Mini Munny figure. This is a little vinyl figure that is blank for you to design your own character. It comes with 3 wipe-off markers in blue, red and black.

This particular Munny is a Loot Crate Exclusive 4" figure with 3 markers. The standard ones that you can buy on their website are 7", come with 6 markers and cost $19.99.

Loot Crate are doing a a competition with this item with prizes including Loot Crate subscriptions, gift vouchers and more Munnys! I'm not very artistic, so I don't think I'll be entering though.

Next I saw this cute little HEXBUG.

.I got the 'Original HEXBUG: Echo' which retails at £10.99.

Here's a little description of what the bug does from their website: "HEXBUG feels its way around sensing objects in its path and avoiding them. And it can even hear! You can control where it scurries through a hand clap, loud noise or table slap. The robotic bug will travel forward until it hits an obstacle or hears a loud noise. It will then backup in a half circle and then move forward in a different direction. HEXBUG comes in five distinct shapes and colors."

Pretty cool!

Next was this Loot Crate Exclusive deck of SUPERFIGHT cards.

I've never played this games so wasn't all that excited about this item, but I'll be looking into it.

Next I saw this little black pouch with contained these Rock, Paper, Scissors dice. I can't really see the point of these to be honest but I guess some people will like them.

This was my favourite item in the whole crate... A BOOK! (this was why the crate was heavier)

'Ready Player One' by Ernest Cline is a futuristic novel about a game that becomes dangerous. Goodreads synopsis below!

"It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. 

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune -- and remarkable power -- to whoever can unlock them. 

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved -- that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. 

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. 

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt -- among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life -- and love -- in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. 

A world at stake. 
A quest for the ultimate prize. 
Are you ready?"

This book sounds really great and I'm looking forward to reading it!

Next was this Pac-Man poster. I'm not much of a gamer so this didn't really excite me, but I guess it's pretty cool.

The crate also contained a code to redeem a premium ship in the new Firefly Online game. As I said before, I'm not much of a gamer but I'm a huge Firefly fan so I'll be looking into this one!

You can find out more about the game HERE.

The final items in the box were the magazine containing information about all the items, pictures of looters with their items from previous crates, articles about gaming and info about the mega crate...

...and a badge with the theme 'Play' on it,

The box itself this month is a board game made exclusively for Loot Crate.

Overall I thought this months crate was pretty good. As always, some of the items I have no interest in but others were pretty cool. My favourite was definitely the book!

If you want to sign up to get your own Loot Crate you can do HERE

Let me know in the comments if you get Loot Crate, and what your favourite item this month was :)

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