Loot Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – Explore – December 2017
Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box for geeks and gamers. Each month they include themed collectibles and shirts – they’ve moved towards a mostly exclusive model – so you can’t get most of these items/variants anywhere else!
December’s theme was Explore.
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About Loot Crate
The Subscription Box: Loot Crate
The Cost: Price Increase: $15.99 plus $9 shipping a month
COUPON: Save 10% off any length subscription, or $3 off month-to-month with coupon code ADDICTION or SAVE3
- Over 4 FAN-tastic items delivered every month
- $45+ Retail value of collectible goods and gear
- Authentic, licensed and/or exclusive products
Ships to: 27 countries including US, Canada, Australia, and the UK!
December 2017 Loot Crate Review
The December Loot Crate featured items from 3 franchises and a mystery item from previous deliveries of Loot Anime, Marvel Gear + Goods, Loot Gaming, and more.
The first thing of note is that the box does not invert into anything special anymore – this used to be one of the special little extras that it felt they put a lot of time and thought into – this is just one of a few cuts from what we’re used to receiving.
The second shift – there’s no more booklet!
Instead, it’s a simple card with information. Instead, you’re offered a digital version of the magazine – for me, that’s not a like-for-like trade-off, it just feels like a cost-cutting maneuver.
Explore Pin – Value $5?
One thing that hasn’t changed is that you’ll get a pin to accompany the theme. This month’s pin is a rocket ship.
This month’s digital bonus loot is a 3-month subscription to Pandora Premium.
Destiny 2 Shirt – Value $15?
This month’s exclusive shirt features Destiny 2.
The design looks like a Wanderwing wing from the game – but, I’ve only played the original Destiny, so let me know if I’m off on this one.
ROBOTECH LED Light – Value $20? – Previously Seen in the December 2016 Loot Anime
This was my biggest gripe of the month. The spoilers hinted at a mystery franchise, what they didn’t say was that it’d be a past item from old loot crate lines – that’s a big deal for someone who has multiple subscriptions – and would have been a big reason to pause.
The card notes that you can receive a mystery item from previous Loot Gaming, Loot Anime, Marvel Gear + Goods, and more. Mine came from Loot Anime.
This lamp clips into place and allows for three color options:
The item itself is pretty neat. But, as someone who doesn’t closely follow any anime, it’s not something I’d seek out and hope for in the core crate.
Exclusive Star Wars Graphic Novel – Value $10-15?
This graphic novel is entirely exclusive to Loot Crate, as far as I can tell – it might be one of those exclusives that is just an early release, though.
It brings together past and present characters in a short story surrounding a downed Star Destroyer that Rey is scavenging. Star Wars comics definitely add a little bit of extra life to the Star Wars universe, so if you’re in need of more content – look for Star Wars comics and the animated series – they’re both great.
Guardians of the Galaxy Mini Calendar – Value $8
The final item is a 16-month calendar for 2018.
This is noted as a ‘Loot Crate Edition’ of the calendar, but I’m not entirely sure what separates it from the normal edition apart from the cover – it might be that the normal one isn’t a mini-edition? I’m not entirely sure.
Verdict: Loot Crate’s highlight item for me has been the little vinyl figures and statues, so to see that replaced with an old item (and possible duplicate item) AND a price increase is a major letdown. To top it off, the boxes were also late and did not arrive in time for most holidays. Loot Crate has just been dropping the ball with shipping lately, and for it to now be seeking its way into what goes in the box, well that’s a major concern for me – I was always ok with getting it late as long as the items were great. This month was a letdown.
To Wrap Up:
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Here’s hoping for a better 2018 for Loot Crate – what did you think of the December 2017 Loot Crate?