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Loot Crate Unboxing – October 2015

Hello, readers, and welcome to another Loot Crate Unboxing!  This October, we have a special theme tied to a very special day.  Since 10-21-15 is Back to the Future Day, the theme this month is – time.

Awesome time swag. - Photo by me.
Awesome time swag. – Photo by me.

More or less front and center, we have our first piece of loot.  From the ever-more-popular folks at Funko POP!, we have a Loot Crate exclusive of Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future.  This is, in particular from the first movie.  It’s the scene in which Marty is trying to get back to 1985 by using the lightning strike of the clock tower to power the DeLorean.  Doc doesn’t quite have everything hooked up, so he gets the shock of his life.  It’s a great scene from a great movie, and it’s excellently captured in this vinyl figure.

Speaking of excellent, we have a most excellent shirt this month featuring Bill S. Preston, Esquire, and Ted Theodore Logan of Wild Stallions.  The main characters from the iconic 80’s movie Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, these two get some help from the future to pass their high school history final report.  George Carlin shows up in a time traveling phone booth so the two can travel back to the past and pick up some of history’s greatest figures and bring them to modern (1989) San Dimas.  If you haven’t seen the movie, it is a most excellent choice and has recently been on Netflix.  Admittedly, I’m not sure if it’s still up, but if not, it’s worth it to just buy it.

Jumping back to the reason for the theme, we have a replica of a piece of technology that is close to practicality.  From Back to the Future: Part II, we have a 1:8 hoverboard.  It’s quite the display piece with it’s mirrored base to see the underside of the board.  There is also a certificate of authenticity included with each board.  Personally, I have the board on display in my living room with the Doc Brown vinyl figure standing atop it.

Next, we go back to that time traveling phone booth reference; well, sort of.  The T.A.R.D.I.S. is actually a police box, not a phone box.  We have a Sonic Spork, which is something that some versions of the Doctor might find ridiculous and others would find charming.  I’m not exactly the biggest fan of Matt Smith’s/Peter Capaldi’s sonic.  The design seems a bit clunky compared to Eccleston’s/Tennant’s or even the War Doctor’s sonics.  Nonetheless, I will eat my various foods with this implement and quite enjoy myself.

That’s all for this month.  Of course, we get the monthly button and it features the most important device to time travel ever invented in Hill Valley: the Flux Capacitor.  It will look great next to all my other Loot Crate buttons on my convention bag.  What was your favorite piece of loot this month?  How are you displaying your swag?  Are you looking forward to next month’s crate?  I just saw today that the theme is Battle, and it may feature something from Contra.  At any rate, it should be pretty cool.  See you all next time!

Edit – the November theme is Combat, not Battle.

Loot Crate Unboxing – October 2014

Hello there!  Welcome to my Loot Crate unboxing post!  Today, I’m looking at the October crate.  The theme: Fear.

Scary good stuff this month! Picture by me.

The ‘Death by Kitten’ t-shirt is a fun addition to this month’s crate.  It’s not overly fear-inducing, but it is comfortable.  The design is by Super 7 and features a bunch of cat pictures grouped together to form a skull.  I thought at first glance that it glowed in the dark.  Sadly, it does not.  It’s still a cool shirt, though.

A fun little bonus item this month is a piece of Toxic Waste sour candy.  You may notice that mine is not in the picture.  That’s because I already let my wife eat it.  She said it was very sour, which means she must have liked it. (She likes sour candy a lot.)

Up next, we have the Dead Rising 3 Sledgesaw Hammer pen from CAPCOM and Loot Crate Labs.  It’s a very well done little piece that’s lighter than it looks.  The saw section is removed from the end of the hammer to make use of the pen.  It should do a fine job of killing the zombies it draws (in the action I see in my head).

I will admit that I have never seen the astoundingly popular Sharknado movie.  It honestly sounds like a waste of my time to me.  But, I have thumbed through the book How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters from Random House Publishing in this month’s crate.  It is quite the amusing read.  From descriptions of the cataclysms, to the made-up ‘studies’ documenting how to deal with each event, the book is at times entertaining, but does lead to a lot of face-palming.

There’s another exclusive cover comic in this month’s crate: Issue #132 of The Walking Dead.  It features what appears to be a zombie woman, in a loot crate tank or sports bra.  Since I have not actually read any of the comics, nor seen any of season 4 of 5, I will probably hold off on reading this for a while.  However, I do look forward to reading it.

Sticking with The Walking Dead, there’s a cool postcard-sized piece of art with Daryl and Merle Dixon from SuperEmoFriends by JSalvador.  It depicts Daryl just after finding his brother as a walker, Evil Dead hand and all.  It has a fairly calm look about it, which is a far cry from the action- and suspense-packed show.  A very nice piece of art.

Speaking of biting, there are some pretty gnarly looking bites and slashes temporary tattoos from Loot Crate Labs in this crate.  I’m not sure when I’ll use them, as it’s been many moons since I wore temporary tattoos.  But I’m sure they’ll come in handy some day.

We also have another special unlock for the game Smite, from Super7.  I’ve never played this game, or even heard of it, but the download looks pretty cool.  It lets you unlock a character called Thanatos and a special Jack the Ripper skin for him.  He looks pretty awesome, not gonna lie.

That pretty much wraps up this treasure trove of death and scary.  I did get one other thing of a personal nature: my official Loot Crate Member card and ID#! Woo-hoo!  Let me know what you think of this month’s crate in the comments below.

Loot Crate Unboxing – July 2014

Greetings, friends, and welcome to a double first!  Not only is this my first Loot Crate unboxing post, but it’s my first unboxing ever!  I have been hearing about Loot Crate for some time now, and seen some of the very cool stuff they send out every month to their subscribers.  So, I decided it was about time I signed up.

For those who don’t know, Loot Crate is a subscription to a mailing service that sends you cool stuff once a month.  Each month has a different theme to the contents, which come from a variety of fandoms and showcase various big-name and small-name artists and companies.  For this month, the theme was Villains, and my first Crate does not disappoint.

July 2014 Loot Crate Swag!   Picture taken from my Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/JediRayNos)
July 2014 Loot Crate Swag! Picture taken from my Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/JediRayNos)

The Joki t-shirt is an original design by Zack Finfrock, an artist who also does the cover art for the Loot Crate magazine included in each box, and the pin inside this month’s box.  It’s a brilliant combination of Loki and the Joker, and perhaps the greatest incarnation of a chaotic evil character in all of comic history.

Keeping with the Joker theme, the two posters on either side of the shirt are from DC Comics & Trends International and feature some fantastic artwork of Joker and Harley in a style very much in the vein of the popular Arkham video games.

The comic fun continues with an exclusive cover of a new series following Rocket Raccoon.  I look forward to reading this issue and finally picking up a comic from the beginning.

I’m not normally a fan of socks with stuff on them, and especially don’t buy any such socks myself.  However, the Deadpool socks from the Crate look pretty nice and feel comfy, so they will likely see some wear.

The Darth Vader key chain by Lucas Film & Plasticolor is a very well done piece.  Again, I don’t normally add a bunch of key chains to my keys, but I’m sure I can find some place to proudly display this item.

That blue and white square in roughly the middle of the picture is a DVD containing a documentary about DC Comics villains.  The magazine says it’s narrated by Christopher Lee, who excels as playing villains himself.  This should be a fun thing to watch!

Last on the list is the Bowser ‘I Want You’ recruitment magnet.  It’s got some lovely artwork of everyone’s favorite royal Koopa.  It will make a lovely addition to my already nerd-magnet-covered refrigerator.

Do you subscribe to Loot Crate?  If so, tell me what your favorite item is from this month’s crate.  If not, and you have the means, I recommend signing up ASAP!