Star Trek Mission Crate is a new bi-monthly subscription box by Loot Crate, including original and exclusive collectibles and gear from the Star Trek universe. Each crate contains 4-6 items valued at $65+, and you'll get to choose your Starfleet Division (Command, Ops/Engineering, Sciences, Medical).
This is the first box, which was delayed in shipment. More info about the delays (and how Loot Crate responded to subscribers) in the full review below.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
About Star Trek Mission Crate
The Box: Star Trek Mission Crate
The Cost: $39.99 + $5 S/H US
The Products: Each crate with include 4-6 exclusive items with $65+ value.
Good to know: Subscribers can choose their Starfleet Division: Command, Ops/Engineering, Sciences, or Medical
Star Trek Mission Crate Review: The Next Generation & The Borg
This is the very first Star Trek Mission Crate, which had been delayed after an original ship date of November 2017. (We received this box in March 2018!) As an apology to subscribers who intended to gift this box for the holidays, Loot Crate responded with some giveaways and other incentives, which included this bundle of past Star Trek items that had been featured in various Loot Crate lines:
We received our "apology box" just before Christmas. Since I'm not a regular Loot Crate subscriber, all of these items were actually new to me, so I did appreciate the gesture. The box included the following:
- Star Trek TNG Comic - Estimated Value $4-5? (From September 2017 Loot Crate)
- U.S.S Enterprise of crew socks - Estimated Value $8? (From June 2016 Level Up)
- Vulcan salute air freshener - Retail Value $2.99 (As seen in Loot Vault)
- Vulcan salute enamel pin - Retail Value $6.99 (Based on similar products in Loot Vault)
- U.S.S. Enterprise replica plaque sticker - Estimated Value $2?
The total value of this interim box was somewhere between $20-$25 based on our estimates; it's not much, but given that we expected the first crate to ship on 1/15 it seemed like a nice collection of stocking stuffers for folks who had bought the crate as a Christmas gift, with the promise that their actual present would arrive in just a few weeks. Unfortunately, as we now know, that ship date got bumped back another month and a half. Disappointing for any subscription box, but especially for a new line that lots of fans were excited about.
Now, to boldly go where no one has gone before... let's check out what's in the first full crate:
Mission 001 is titled WOLF 359, named for the location of the infamous battle between the Federation and the Borg in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The info card for the box outlines everything included: two collectible figures, a tee, a sticker, and a badge.
We also received a code for Star Trek Online. The game is free to play, but the included code will get you a "Federation Starter Pack" which includes a ship, gear, and an exclusive Loot Crate emote. Sadly the game is PC only, so I won't be able to check it out anytime soon– but if you've played, comment and let us know what you think!
"Resistance is Futile" Decal
This is a pretty big sticker, with the decal area being about 5.25" square.
You can't go wrong with this classic line, too; pretty much everyone recognizes this quote.
Borg Assimilation Tee - Estimated Value $15
I honestly don't collect a lot of tees these days, but I thought this one was pretty cool! The print is nice and big and just chock full of detail.
It's a soft cotton/poly blend shirt too (which is my personal preference). I'll definitely be wearing this to re-watch these classic TNG episodes soon.
Star Trek: Discovery Starfleet Division Badge - Retail Value $14.95
Confession time: I actually haven't had a chance to watch Discovery yet. Since the rest of the items in the box are firmly TNG oriented, on one hand this seemed a tad out of place, and it's not an exclusive item. On the other hand, it's nice to get something current!
The badge is about 2.5" x 1.5" and is perfect for cosplay. Dressing up like crew members is one of my easy go-to Halloween costumes, so I'll definitely get to use this later this year.
This is definitely nicer than my pinback badge. It has two pieces which hold together magnetically, on the inside and outside of your shirt. This thing is strong! There's no way it will budge unless you're trying to remove it.
The reverse has the manufacturer's branding. (QMx also produced the two figures in this box, but those aren't available online.)
I like the attention to detail too, with half of the badge being matte and the other half nice and polished.
U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D Mini Masters Figure - Estimated Value $15
(I couldn't find any Qmx Mini Masters vehicles for sale online except on eBay, so this is my best guess based on the size and detail vs the Mini Masters character figure below.)
Is there really a more classic ship in all of science fiction?
The ship measures about 4" x 3", so it's a nice handheld size. I'm always impressed at how many little details can go onto something so small in scale.
The base features the starship's name and number and a simple badge logo.
I really like the stand assembly for this: it's magnetic!
The magnet is hidden inside the ship so there's no visual evidence of the connection to the stand on the figure itself. And the bottom of the ship is fully decorated, too.
Plus, you can easily take it off and zoom it around anytime you feel so inclined.
Locutus of Borg Mini Master Figure - Estimated Value $24.95
(Value based on other Mini Master figures from Qmx)
This figure stands about 6" tall and I think they managed to capture Locutus/Jean-Luc's face perfectly; he was immediately recognizable to me. Seeing this character for the first time is a big moment in the Borg storyline, so I'm not surprised it was included with this box!
Once again, it's all about the detail. From the scruffy hairline to the flexible cybernetic cables, this one's got a lot going on even for the small size.
When I first watched this as a kid in 1990, I remember being really into the overall Borg character designs. This is bringing up a lot of those memories! It's been awhile since I've re-watched TNG and I think I'm due for a binge soon.
Sadly despite being packaged securely, the cybernetic-ly enhanced arm of Locutus on our figure arrived broken; you can see the lower piece in this photo is a little short (the broken piece was in the box). I haven't contacted customer service yet, but in general, it seems that Loot Crate will replace items damaged in transit.
After such a long wait, I had mixed feelings when the first Star Trek Mission Crate finally arrived. In an age where some cities can get same-day delivery for online purchases, a 3+ month delay in shipping is pretty much unforgivable and I know a lot of people were super disappointed by how this crate kicked things off. I do give some credit to Loot Crate for trying their best to make it right (I have definitely experienced worse and less proactive customer service when it comes to shipping delays).
Value-wise, I estimated about $70 total (above the advertised $65+ mark) for this box, which is regularly $39.99 + $5 shipping. I honestly expected less given all the delays, so I'm happy Loot Crate was able to deliver on this part of their promise. I did really enjoy exploring all the details on the included items this month, and it got me feeling nostalgic about The Next Generation and really looking forward to re-watching the Borg storyline.
The next crate is themed "The Way Of the Warrior" and looks to be dedicated to Worf, another classic character with origins in The Next Generation:
Stardate: 49011.4 - A Klingon fleet comes to Deep Space Nine and Lt. Commander Worf is brought in to learn their true motives. Look back at the start of the Federation-Klingon War with OFFICIAL collectibles and gear, including a Worf Mini Master figure!
The Mission ends 3/15/18 at 9pm PT
So far we haven't heard of any delays with the next box so it might be arriving in just a few weeks (fingers crossed!). But in general, it's good to note that Loot Crate has been having manufacturing delays across several of their lines– good to be aware of if you need to get a box on a specific timeline.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No; the next box is currently taking orders through 3/15/18 at 9 PM PT.
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What do you think of the inaugural box from Star Trek Mission Crate?