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Loot Crate Unboxing – November 2015

Well, as with all things on this blog, I’m a behind schedule.  As such, here’s is my post about the November Loot Crate!  The theme for this (last) month is (was) combat.  Ready? Fight!

November 2015 Loot Crate: Combat Photo by me
November 2015 Loot Crate: Combat
Photo by me

Let’s start from the top, shall we?  That seems a fitting place to begin, since the loot at the top is for the top of your body.  Pairing really well with last year’s TMNT sunglasses from the August 2014 Heroes crate, we have a pair of sunglasses done up like the Turtles’ arch nemesis: the Shredder.  The glasses are surprisingly comfortable for their overall size and are a great accessory to any leader of the Foot Clan needing to keep his eyes protected from the cursed day-star.

Up next, we have a couple pieces from Blizzard to tie into Blizzcon, which happened a few weeks ago.  Both items are tied to the ‘Cute but Deadly’ line of characters from Blizzard’s 3 main titles (Diablo, Warcraft, and Starcraft).  First, we have a sheet of magnets featuring villains from all three worlds.  This gives us a good smattering of bad guys to put on the fridge, dryer, front door, or robot companion (provided we want him/her to break into folk songs).  There is also a mystery vinyl figure with a few common characters to the magnets, but with a few different ones as well.  I ended up with Arthas, who clearly never saw The Dark Knight.  If this confuses you, watch the movie and pay attention to Harvey Dent’s dialogue.

I would like to preface this next item by saying that I do love Bethesda’s work on the Elder Scrolls games, but unfortunately, I have never had the pleasure of playing any of the Fallout games.  That said, I am greatly looking forward to picking up Fallout 4 in the (hopefully) near future.  I will finally understand how the Vault Boy ties in specifically with the game, beyond being the advertisement logo most associated with Fallout.  I will then have a much greater appreciation for the exquisitely-crafted bobble head that came with this crate.  Until then, it still makes a fine addition to my nerd swag decorating my living room.

My wife is the reason I have an appreciation for The Hunger Games trilogy.  She read the first book and brought me along to see the movie.  It’s a fantastic work of fiction, and cinema (to a slightly lesser degree).  Unfortunately, I was unable to see the last installment of the films, but the Mockingjay pin in this month’s crate still makes a fine addition to my pin-covered convention bag.  I have such an array of pins, that it’s getting to the point where I’m considering making a cosplay that’s armor made from those pins.

Lastly, we have an exclusive Street Fighter comic: Street Fighter: Hyper Looting.  It looks to be an interesting read.  It also joins the long list of comics that Loot Crate keeps bringing to Looters.  I look forward to reading it.  It seems to be about actual Loot Crate employees working with characters from Street Fighter to stop Shadaloo.  This should be interesting.

That mostly wraps up the crate for November.  Looters also received the usual theme button, as well as a few git tags for any loot that you may not enjoy yourself as much as a friend might.  As December moves in, and Christmas (or whatever gift-giving holiday you celebrate) draws near, consider loot you’re less fond of as a potential gift to a friend.  Enjoy your loot and have a happy holiday season!

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 – 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!

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!

Loot Crate Unboxing – May 2015

Hello all, and welcome to another Loot Crate Unboxing!  This month’s theme is Unite, and we have quite the plethora of united things.  Let’s dive right in, shall we?

May 2015 Loot Crate - Unite
May 2015 Loot Crate – Unite

First up this month, we have another cool t-shirt from Flophouse featuring a split of the Green and White Power Ranger.  The design on this shirt is very well done and does a good job showing the change of the Ranger’s color.  It’s nice to have a grey shirt, especially when a lot of the last year’s worth of shirts have been black (they can get hot in the summer).  This is a fine addition to the closet of Looters everywhere.

Next we have piece one of three tying into the release of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.  From the comic powerhouse themselves, Marvel contributes a great car decal featuring the movie title and figures of the team, including Vision.  I loved the movie and will look forward to tricking out my ride with this sweet decal.  Avengers… *inhale*

Gentlemen, I give you, more buttons!  I haven’t played but a couple times, but I recognize the popularity and team-mentality of Team Fortress 2.  So, it makes sense it would have something in this month’s crate.  We get a cool set of buttons from A Crowded Coop featuring the two teams and a couple iconic images from the game.  These will soon make their way to my Con bag.

This month we also see another exclusive comic book cover.  From BOOM! Studios, we have issue #1 of Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John.  Personally, I’m not all that familiar with this title.  The artwork looks very similar to Adventure Time, a show that has yet to capture my interest.  I will likely read the comic, as I try not to dismiss things based on connection to something I don’t like.  I remain skeptical at this point, but variant covers are always cool.

Then we come to Marvel item 2 in this month’s crate.  From ICUP, Inc., a sizable ice cube tray featuring Cap’s shield, Iron Man’s helmet, Hulk’s fist, and Thing’s face.  I’m a little surprised they included Thing in this, since Marvel Studios doesn’t own the movie rights.  However, the Fantastic Four are one of Marvel’s biggest teams of heroes, and the theme is unite.  I look forward to chilling my beverages this summer with these large ice cubes, regardless of my concerns for the Fantastic Four movie coming out in a couple months.

Most people are familiar, at least casually, with MAD Magazine.  It’s been a big part of pop culture for decades now.  This month’s crate features a special Loot Crate edition of the magazine, featuring a play on the teaser poster for the upcoming Aquaman movie.  I look forward to reading it, as it apparently “lampoon[s] Justice League, Avengers and The Hobbit.”

The third and final Marvel item this month is a pair of 48″ shoe laces from Esquire Footwear.  They showcase several of the most popular marvel characters.  In my crate, I got the gray scale version of the laces, but some Looters got the full color version.  I’m a little sad I didn’t get the color version, but I do have a reason to buy a pair of shoes that won’t ever to go work now.  (I still haven’t made use of the lightning bolts from last August)

Lastly, we have a puzzle.  That’s right, a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle, and it features another show I know very little about: Rick and Morty.  I have heard good things about this show from my brother and a few friends.  I look forward to getting into the show and putting this puzzle together so I can glue it and put it up on the wall.

Well, that does it for the May crate.  What was your favorite bit of swag from this month?  Let me know in the comments!  Enjoy your day, dear reader!

Loot Crate Unboxing – April 2015

Hello, readers!  Welcome to another Loot Crate Unboxing post!  The April box has some great stuff to fit into the theme: Fantasy.  Let’s dive in, shall we?

April Loot Crate - Theme: Fantasy.
April Loot Crate – Theme: Fantasy.

First up, we have another shirt in this month’s crate.  Loot Crate Labs teamed up with one of the biggest names in fantasy for the last 40 years: Wizards of the Coast!  This awesome Dungeons & Dragons shirt is a Looter Exclusive and officially licensed.  I can only hope it brings me luck when I cast my d20 at my next game.

Next up, we have a cool luggage tag from BIOWORLD.  The tag features the signature train platform number from which departs the bright red Hogwarts Express! This is a brilliant nod to the books and movies for Potter Heads who frequently travel.  It’s too bad that you can’t put this on your luggage as it’s bound for the legendary school for witches and wizards.

Our next item is perhaps the most novel of novelty items I have received from Loot Crate thus far.  The Loot Crate Labs scientists have brought us… an inflatable crown!  Huzzah!  Now I can be the King of the castle whenever I want!  Seriously though, I audibly chuckled when I pulled this from my crate.

Another tie! This time, though, it’s a bow tie. You know, because bow ties are cool. This pre-tied bow tie features dragons and d20s on a field of red.  A silk tie from Spotted & Tied, this is a great addition to every dapper geek’s or geek-ette’s wardrobe.

You want some playing cards? No problem.  You want specialty playing cards themed after a beloved love story of inconceivable intrigue, pirates, and rodents of unusual size?  As you wish.  Loot Crate teamed up with Albino Dragon this month to bring us a beautifully illustrated deck of The Princess Bride playing cards.  Just be sure to skip over the mushy stuff and play poker or war.

Rounding out this crate is a pair of items from everyone’s favorite “all the characters die” television show and book series: Game of Thrones.  First, we have a USB drive in the shape of House Stark’s dire wolf sigil.  A surprisingly intricate design from CustomUSB, this drive should be a good place to store the list of people you’re going to kill or keep your map to the Godswood north of the Wall.  Second, we have a set of house sigil magnets for Houses Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, and Targaryen, along with their words.  These, along with the show’s title magnet, are a fine addition to the other magnets from Loot Crate already adorning my fridge.

What was your favorite thing in this month’s crate?  Have you made use of the bow tie yet?  Let me know in the comments!  As always, thanks for stopping by!

Loot Crate Unboxing – March 2015

Greetings all! Welcome to another Loot Crate Unboxing!  For the month of March, we have a rather secretive bunch of stuff to fit the theme: Covert.

The March Loot Crate! - Photo by me
The March Loot Crate! – Photo by me

Starting things off this month, is another fine t-shirt from Loot Crate Labs.  I like that I, at least, have finally gotten a shirt that isn’t primarily black.  This is the fifth t-shirt I received in a Crate and the previous four have all been black.  I like that this shirt features a white suit James Bond.  It’s not often that the most infamous spy of the silver screen and paperback wears a white suit.  The shirt also features the classic ‘gun barrel’ look, with a disappointed 007.  It seems someone messed up his martini.

Next, we have the Field Agent Blink Time Wrist Watch from 50 Fifty Gifts.  The watch is covered by a protective silicon cover.  It keeps track of the time, but only displays it for a few seconds every time you push the button on the face.  It’s a great way to keep track of time without enemy spies being able to glance at your watch.

Who doesn’t love Mad Libs? No, seriously, if you don’t like Mad Libs, there may be something psychologically wrong with you.  They are a great party game!  So, to go along with this month’s theme, we have a book of Spy Mad Libs!  I mean, what spy doesn’t love being the life of the party and flaunting his or her job?  (Sterling Archer is the obvious exception to the preceding sarcastic question.)

As most people  now-a-days, I’m a fan of the so-called ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe.’  The continuity across the multiple films is quite commendable.  So, when Joss Whedon started Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I was stoked!  Now, I can finally get into one of Nick Fury’s secret bases!!  The S.H.I.E.L.D. lanyard from EFX Collectibles that comes with every Crate this month is a prop replica, complete with a Certificate of Authenticity!  Of course, your friends will have to get theirs on a case-by-case basis.

Loot Crate agents also get an exclusive Paracord Survival Bracelet.  Apparently, these things are quite the rage.  It’s made of military-grade parachute cord and can be unravelled in time of need.  You can then use it for various rope functions.  What I’m not sure about, is how to put it back together one you pull the cord.

We also have an exclusive variant cover of Issue #1 of a new comic based on a Canadian sci-fi show: Orphan Black.  I’ve never heard of the show, but the folks at Loot Crate recommend it.  I will, at the very least, read this issue of the comic from IDW Comics.  The story apparently follows a girl and her clones.  That has to be interesting, right?

Lastly, we have a couple of Special Agent Dossier notebooks from Field Notes.  The two books are strapped together with CONFIDENTIAL tape, but appear to be blank for whatever notes you might need to make whilst in training, or out on an op.  Honestly, I’m not sure how much use I will make of these, but they are a cool piece for the crate.

Bonus! Just like the ninja I assume comic to be about, the Loot Crate folks sneaked in a free download for the Valiant Comics Issue #1 of Ninjak.  I have to assume that this is full of awesome, as the description links this ninja to MI-6.  For those of you who have never seen a James Bond film, and therefore don’t appreciate the first item I described, MI-6 is British Intelligence.  Now I want to know why MI-6 has a ninja working for them.

What was your favorite part of this month’s crate?  I look forward to reading the comics and using the S.H.I.E.L.D. lanyard in an easy-to-put-together cosplay.

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 – 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 – 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.