Category: The Crate Chronicles


Hey kids, what time is it? No, not Howdy Doody time, but something better:

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Yep, it’s Loot Crate time! For January 2016, they went with an Invasion theme, full of sci-fi and other assorted goodies.
They also seemed to change the shape of the crate again from last month, presumably to keep it in line with the non-shirt versions. It makes it more difficult to keep neat and even, but as long as they can stack, I’m not bothered.
Let’s open our space rock of a crate and see what’s inside…


 

The Fifth Element replica multi pass

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This is a replica of the ID card from The Fifth Element, complete with a fake ID for Milla Jovovich’s character Leeloo. (That seriously sounds like a name I’d hear in a comedy film like Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.)
I will shamefully admit The Fifth Element is another one of those movies I’ve never seen. Maybe it was because it was critically panned upon release, but also because most sci-fi doesn’t do much for me unless it involves time travel. Though this replica item is a nice treat for fans of the movie. I’ll throw this movie on the “to watch” pile…


Alien Facehugger plush

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Aww, how cute. It’s an Alien Facehugger plush. Alien is another one of those movies I’ve never seen in their entirety. I’m familiar with its legacy, from the movies, to that weird ’90s toy line with the screeching “ALIIIIIIENS” commercials, to the video games. I still need to finish Aliens vs. Predator.

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Another month, another Loot Crate comes my way. As I continue with what will possibly be my last blog post of 2015, I have come up with a tentative name for these sort of things: “The Crate Chronicles.” Since Loot Crate is probably one of the more popular things in terms of nerd culture, this is more of a personal archive for myself, since most of the stuff inside is already well known on the web.

So let’s tackle this month’s Loot Crate…

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I almost didn’t get this crate, I found it in the trash. My dad had accidentally put it in there, thinking it was just an ordinary package. Thankfully there was no signs of damage on the box, so I was able to recover it before it would’ve suffered an untimely demise.

Oddly, the box is in a different shape this month compared to last month’s, I wonder why…

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Oh, this little thing. An ammo box advertising the UNSC, the main military group of the Halo franchise. As part of the Galaxy tie-in for this month, there’s a bit of Halo 5 stuff in here. There’s also a code for some unlockable items in the game, but alas I’m still stuck in the Xbox 360 world so it’ll have to wait until I actually get an Xbox One and have some interest in the Halo franchise again. My experiences with Halo involve playing a leaked beta build of the PC port many a year ago, and co-oping through Halo 3 with a friend, which was interesting in itself, that’s all I’ll say here.

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The rest of the goodies are inside the box, and it’s a bit more galaxy-themed: A Funko Pop! figure of Han Solo from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a pair of socks featuring BB-8 from the same film, and a patch of the crew insignia from Galaxy Quest.

I’m not super big on the Funko Pop! Figures. I don’t have a lot of space in my house for collecting stuff like that. However is a nice little figure. While I like socks with designs, I don’t know If I’d be wearing these ones around.

I have a shameful confession to make: I’ve never really seen the Star Wars movies in their entirety. Well, except for one: The Phantom Menace. (It was part of an eighth grade field trip. I barely remember it.) While I am familiar with some of the tropes and quoted lines of the iconic series, I’ve never really seen the other movies outside of clips here and there. Hence why I wasn’t as excited for The Force Awakens compared to my friends.

I will likely rectify this problem soon. If anything, so I can at least feel like I’m not completely out of the loop. It’s one thing for the younger generation to not seen Star Wars, it’s another for a grown man like me to have never seen it!

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Because of course I have to do my best “triumphant pose”.

The last thing that came with this was a cool shirt by artist Drew Wise. I did my best (worst) triumphant pose with it on, because of course I would.

This is a pretty nice crate. While I may not be super-interested in all the things featured, it’s a nice Christmas gift. Thanks, Loot Crate. Can’t wait to see what you got in store for 2016.

Ever have that feeling where you wake up and find out something surprising? That happened to me a while back as I was combing through my scant emails while watching stuff.

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I won a free year of Loot Crate. I’ll admit, I was shocked. I rarely win things. I envied a friend of mine who usually stumbled upon getting free stuff all the time. I don’t even remember what contest I entered to win this, but hey, I’ll happily take free Loot Crate for a year.

For the unaware, Loot Crate is a simple subscription service where every month you get some geeky goodies based on a theme. It’s $13/month usually, though you can go for longer subscriptions that’ll save money in the long run. If you’re into fairly geeky stuff, this might be something worth looking into.

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So simple and mysterious… I wonder what’s inside…

The theme of this month’s was Combat, based on various ways to fight the world. As I only casually followed Loot Crate, I didn’t know their stuff was based on a theme every month. This is pretty neat, as it only hints at what’s in the box.

Now for the highlights:

Blizzard Entertainment “Cute but Deadly” blind bag!

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Ah yes, the wonders of mysterious toys in sealed bags that may or may not have something interesting in them. Blind bags are fascinating as hell to me, mostly in part due to Ashens’ videos on it. While I’m not a cheeky brit with a mangy old brown sofa, I am a bloody yank with a stained TV tray, so let’s go and check this out.

All of these are based on Blizzard franchises. I’ll admit I don’t follow much in terms of Blizzard games. I’ve dabbled in a demo of Diablo or StarCraft years ago, but I never really followed their stuff like StarCraft II, Hearthstone or World of Warcraft. But whatever, the mystery of the blind bag is intriguing. Let’s crack this sucker open.

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