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Loot Crate Unboxing – February 2015

Greetings all! Welcome to another unboxing post!  I have slipped into the next month again, but as you may be aware, things at work have been hectic and exhausting.  Along with that, I’m now a father!  Obviously that eats up a lot of my time, but now, on to business.  February’s theme: Play!

February's Theme: Play
February’s Theme: Play

The creative team at Loot Crate did another bang-up job this month!  In keeping with a running theme that last few months, the crate itself can be utilized as more than a simple box.  This month’s box and info magazine can be used to play a board game about packing Loot Crates.  That’s pretty meta.

Our first item is a DIY Munny from Kidrobot, complete with three dry erase markers.  I’m not all that great at art, so we will have to see how this goes.  Looters can enter a design contest with their Munny.  I may not enter, but here’s a link to see what the other Looters have made.

Next up, we have a book.  An honest-to-goodness, bound collection of words on pages.  The novel Ready Player One is by author Ernest Cline, and is apparently a New York Times bestseller.  While I look forward to reading it, and might even go see the movie, I will give you the synopsis found on the back cover verbatim:

“In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia know as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within the world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.”

I have seen a few videos of people playing the next item in the crate, and the game looks rather entertaining.  SUPERFIGHT, from SKYBOUND Games lets players create superheroes with strange powers and then vote on who would win in a fight.  I’ve looked through this Loot Crate exclusive deck, and it promises to be quite the game maker.

What game-themed crate would be complete without some form of dice?  The correct answer is, of course, none.  Loot Crate Labs made some special dice just for the occasion, and they stem from a well-known game that often decides how things will be: rock, paper, scissors.  Two colored dice, one for each player, each feature 8-bit looking hands meant to represent the three options of the game.

The next item is something that has been popular for quite some time.  Hexbugs have been around for a few years now, but I have never had the proclivity to get into them.  Well, here’s my chance!  Each crate had the possibility of getting one of six different choices, including two glow-in-the-dark options!  I’m fairly certain mine is one of the latter, as it is a neon, “look at me” kind of flashy color.

There’s a poster this month, too!  It’s a multilevel breakdown of an Atari cartridge.  After all, Atari started the home gaming craze.  The game cartridge featured on the poster is everyone’s favorite yellow eater: Pac-Man!  I think I’ll hang it up just above my computer desk, to remind me to snack when I game.

Lastly, we have an exclusive code for a game tied to Joss Whedon!  A premium ship unlock for the Firefly Online game.  While I’m not surprised this game exists, I hadn’t really heard of it prior to getting the crate.  I suppose that’s a fitting notion, since it is tied to Firefly.  I will have to check this game out and see if how much time it requires to be entertaining.  Maybe I can become the hero of Canton!

What was your favorite thing from the February crate?  Are you looking forward to this month’s loot?  I’m super excited about the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which starts back up in about an hour) exclusive item this month!

Loot Crate Unboxing – September 2014

Hello all!  I’m back, and it’s time for another Loot Crate unboxing!  I realize I’m a little behind the 8 ball, but this is really the soonest I had the time (and energy) to get back to the blog.  So, without further adieu, the September Loot Crate!  This month’s theme: Galactic.

The great stuff in my September 2014 Loot Crate!  Please ignore the cluttered computer desk in the background.
The great stuff in my September 2014 Loot Crate! Please ignore the cluttered computer desk in the background.

I’m going to start with the xenomorph and move in a clockwise-spiral through the picture.  So, the xenomorph.  One of the most terrifying alien species ever to grace the silver screen and haunt our nightmares.  This was actually one of the available figures available to Looters from ReAction Figures, so of course I ended up with the scariest one.  I’ll be honest.  I was actually afraid of the movie for a long time and would refuse to watch it.  I still need to watch it with all the lights on and caccooned securely in a blanket, but I do enjoy watching Alien from time to time.  I haven’t decided if I want to risk letting it out of the packaging…

Next, we have a Loot Crate exclusive Tribble from Qmx.  The packaging on this is lovely and quite amusing.  It includes warnings to “KEEP OUT OF REACH OF KLINGONS” and “DO NOT BLOCK VENTILATION GRILL”.  This little fuzzy guy is adorable, but I haven’t heard any squealing yet, so I’m probably going to leave him in there.  I’d rather not be eaten out of house and home.

Following the Tribble, we have a cool vinyl figure of Captain Tightpants himself! Malcolm Reynolds!  Another line from our friends at Funko, this box is usually a mystery sci-fi legend, and Captain Mal is usually holding his sidearm.  However, in the wonderful Loot Crate exclusive, he’s wielding his over-under double-barrel.  It’s a great Firefly treasure that any Brown Coat can appreciate (since we don’t get very many anymore).

We have a poster this month and it enshrines that fateful moment in Cloud City when Han and Leia kind of said ‘I love you’ for the first time.  It’s a fine piece of carbonite that will look good somewhere in my nerd den.  I just need a cargo hold to store him in…

Moving down to the Halo postcard, we have a digital download for a new run of Halo comics that follow the events of Halo 4 and the intrepid crew of the UNSC flagship Infinity.  It looks like it should be a good read, as many of the familiar faces of Halo 4’s Spartan Ops missions are seen.  There’s even a few of the old favorites.  I look forward to diving back into a world that’s been so prevalent in the lives of popular culture for the past decade and then some.

Then we come to another wonderful Firefly bit: money.  It seems that Looters have been gifted that which the fine crew of Serenity struggle so hard to find and keep.  Jayne Day would be long celebrated with this fat stack of cash.  On a personal note, I will probably add this to the Geek Supreme cosplay I have in mind, as well as my Jayne cosplay that will continue to develop.

Next we have something that every galactic traveler needs: cool snacks.  OK, so they’re just Pop Rocks.  That doesn’t diminish the fact that every Looter who ate bag after bag during their childhood isn’t filled with nostalgia.  And while it’s been proven that mixing them with soda won’t make your stomach explode, I can’t think of any soda that might go with apple flavored Pop Rocks.

Finally, we come to another fine mash up bit of swag.  For the third month in a row, Looters have been gifted a magnet.  If this keeps up, we’re likely to run out of space real fast.  This month’s magnet clearly looks like an early Star Wars arcade game crossed with the always classic Asteroids arcade.  The primary difference is, you’re a Star Destroyer looking for the Millennium Falcon in the Hoth asteroid field.

And that pretty much wraps it up for this month.  All in all, this was a pretty awesome crate.  It was also probably worth the most since I started my subscription.  I hope you all enjoyed your crates.  If you aren’t subscribed, I highly recommend it.

And to my regulars, I should have Weird Al Wednesdays back up and running this week.

Uber Geek Cosplay

One of the cosplay original ideas I have is to build an ‘uber geek’ that combines different aspects of multiple fandoms. To that end, I have amassed the following items:

1. Lightsaber – a ForceFX replica of Luke’s lightsaber from Return of the Jedi
2. Comm Badge – a magnet pin replica of a comm badge from Star Trek: The Next Generation
3. Sonic Screwdriver – a decent replica, with lights and sounds, of the Other Doctor’s sonic screwdriver from The Day of the Doctor
4. Wand – a replica of Harry Potter’s wand from the popular book and movie series
5. Colonial Military dog tags – replicas of Colonel Saul Tigh’s dog tags from Battlestar Galactica
5. Ultra Ball – a foam replica of an ultra ball from Pokemon.
6. Diamond Sword – a foam replica of from the popular Minecraft game
7. 4 Star Dragonball – an acrylic replica from one of the best anime shows of all time, Dragonball & Dragonball Z
8. Cap’s Shield – an aluminum replica of Captain America’s shield that I plan to modify slightly

Today, I purchased an addition to the costume: a Jayne hat, from the cult classic Firefly.  As you can see, I’m bridging quite the array of nerd cultures here. If you have any suggestions as to other items I could add to this, please let me know in the comments!

 

*I would like to say a few things about the links, and apologize for not having one for the Cap Shield.  For the most part, I got these items for about the same price as listed on the links.  Some of them even came from the exact link I’ve given above.  However, when I bought the Col Tigh dog tags, they were not nearly that expensive.