Monthly Archives: July 2015

Loot Crate Unboxing – July 2015

Hello readers, and welcome to another Loot Crate Unboxing!  This is the start of my second year subscribing to Loot Crate, and it starts off with their first sequel theme: Heroes 2.  Let’s see what we’ve got, shall we?

July 2015: Heroes 2
July 2015: Heroes 2

First up this month, a great mash up poster of Wonder Woman and the famous ‘We Can Do It’ poster from the World War II era.  The artwork is fantastic and a great style emulation of the old pin-up posters.  This will look great with my other Loot Crate posters above my computer desk.

Next, we have an awesome sweatband from Bioworld featuring a well-known symbol: The Tri-Force Eagle.  The stitching is very well done and looks to be very sturdy.  I imagine this would survive a lot of gym visits and washings… if I went to the gym.  Regardless, it’s quite comfortable.

Now we come to the first piece of loot tied to everyone’s favorite dark knight.  The Batman Multi-Tool Keychain is an item worthy of the utility belt itself.  The center is a bottle opener and each wing has a screwdriver head on it, with a Phillips on one and a flathead on the other.  I will be adding this to my keyring ASAP.

We have a hardcover book that is probably one of my favorite pieces of loot to date.  The League of Regrettable Superheroes is a most entertaining book.  It highlights some of the most ridiculous and crap-tastic superheroes of the Golden, Silver, and Modern Ages of comics.  You have to make an effort to read about some of these ‘superheroes’ at your earliest convenience.  You won’t be disappointed.

For our second piece of Dark Knight loot, we have a small statue from Quantum Mechanix of an Adam West-style Batman on a building gargoyle.  It’s a sizable statue, with very true-to-the-show colors.  This will make a great display piece in the nerd den (my living room).

We also have another game download for a game I’ve never heard of.  Brawlhalla, sounds like a game for the gods.  Just the name implies that it holds epic battles between various and sundry heroes (and possibly villains).  I will have to look into this game, that is likely popular, given it’s inclusion in this crate.

Lastly, we have a new air freshener for the car.  This time, a Star Trek theme, with Spock’s trademark hand gesture.  I find this tugs at my heart a little more, given Leonard Nimoy’s passing a few months back.  This is going in my car immediately, joining my MegaMan and Captain America, both of which have run out of scent at this point.

There we have it.  Another great box of stuff from the Loot Masters at Loot Crate.  What was your favorite piece of loot this month?  Mine was definitely the League of Regrettable Superheroes.  Tell me yours in the comments below!

Weird Al Wednesday – July 2015

Hey everyone!  My apologies for Weird Al Wednesday being pushed back a week.  I haven’t had much chance to get on my blog.  There are various reasons I haven’t been on, but I’d rather not bore you with excuses you don’t want to hear.  Let’s get into this month’s song, shall we?

Al’s parody of Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust, it is from his first, self-titled album.  It’s a great song about an over-crowded city bus with a bunch of weird people on it.  This is one of Al’s least complex songs, musically speaking, but the lyrics definitely follow his parody style.  Most of Al’s fan base love when he brings out the accordion.  It’s the instrument that really got him his start, so the accordion being the only actual melodic instrument in this song probably contributed to it’s popularity.

This is the first song Al had nationally broadcast on the Doctor Demento radio show back in the early 1980s.  Doctor Demento was the man who really helped launch Weird Al into the national spotlight, and the live broadcast of this song is what really did it.  This was also the first song Al ever performed live on national television.  Below is the clip of that performance.  I tried to find a version where the video and audio sync up better, but to no avail.  Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it anyway.

Again, my apologies for this post being delayed a week.  I expect to be back on schedule next month.  Until then, enjoy this song, and stay weird!

Loot Crate Unboxing – June 2015

Hello, readers!  Welcome to another Loot Crate unboxing!  Today, we look at June’s crate: Cyber.  This crate features cool robot and computer related things.  Let’s dive right in, shall we?

The June 2015 Loot Crate: Cyber
The June 2015 Loot Crate: Cyber

The first bit of exclusive loot this month, is a sheet of Nerd HQ stickers, from The Nerd Machine.  The Nerd Machine, and subsequently Nerd HQ, are the brainchildren of Zachary Levi.  Levi is an actor who is arguably best known for portraying the main character in TV’s Chuck.  Nerd HQ is put on by the Nerd Machine during San Diego Comic Con (coming up in about a week) and is an off-site location with a lot of tech and game options, and features panels and autograph signings with celebrities, all for a charity called Operation Smile.  It sounds like a lot of fun, and I really hope to be able to go some day.

Up next, we have another awesome t-shirt.  It features a mash up of Transformers and Tron, with Optimus Prime in the classic stance from the 1980s movie.  The leader of the Autobots even has the classic lighting, as though he’s on the Grid.  Overall, it’s a well-blended graphic and a very comfortable fabric to wear.

While I’m not as much of a PC gamer anymore, the size of the Borderlands gaming mouse pad is rather impressive.  The graphic of Zer0 is very well done and just gives me even more incentive to play the Borderlands games.  I know, I know, they’ve been out for a while now.  Give me a break.  I’ve pretty much always been behind the curve on the gaming front.

We also have two exclusive items related to the new Terminator: Genisys movie that is now out in theaters.  First of these, is a 1/2 scale T-800 endo skull replica.  This is the skull of the Arnold Schwarzenegger models.  It’s very intricate and pays a lot of attention to details.  All in all, a very cool piece.  The second, is a very heavy key chain modeled on the Terminator CPU brain chip.  Again, the attention to detail is impressive.  Given the weight of the chip though, I don’t think I’ll be adding it to my car keys any time soon.

One of the greatest sci-fi movies of the 1980s, Bladerunner introduced us to a future where Future Replicant Corporate makes various robots who nearly perfectly resemble anything from an owl, to a human being.  This month, we get a patch with the company’s logo so that we, too, can be “More Human than Human.”

Next, we have a very cool set of posters linked to one of the greatest space operas of the 21st century: Battlestar Galactica.  Just like on the shooting range of the oldest battlestar in the fleet, we can put up these two posters of the Cylon centurions and test our accuracy (admittedly, it’s recommended to use foam darts, and not actual bullets, unless you just really want to put bullet holes in the poster).  I had the pleasure of meeting the Admiral himself, Edward James Olmos, at Indy PopCon this past weekend and had him sign on of these cool posters.  He thought the posters were cool, and told me he’d never signed one before.  That makes mine the first!

Last, but not least, we have a zip up pencil pouch/gadget bag from good old Loot Crate Labs.  It’s blue (my favorite color) and features a very cool circuit board design.  Oh, did I mention it glows in the dark?  Well, it does.  Not to mention, the zipper pull has a carabiner on it, so you can clip it to things for easy carrying and quick access.

All in all, this was another fantastic haul from the folks at Loot Crate.  I’m excited to see what they do with July’s crate.  It’s going to be their first ever sequel: Heroes 2!  It will also mark one full year since I subscribed to the crates.  Well, I’ll see you next time for another unboxing!