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Loot Crate: Is It Worth It?

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You’ve probably seen the ads as your scrolling through you Facebook newsfeed trying to avoid rants by racist, elderly family members and poorly written, mellow-dramatic posts by girls you went to high school with. You may have even clicked on the link to see what it’s all about. LootCrate. So what is it exactly? Well, basically it’s a company that puts together these care package-like boxes of cool stuff that appeals to all types of nerdy/geeky people and ships them out monthly. Here’s who LootCrate is in their own words:

Loot Crate is the monthly gear and swag club for those that live and embrace the geek and gaming lifestyle. Loot Crate is a product discovery box, connecting our subscribers, known as Looters, with the best new and emerging companies producing gear, snacks, toys, hardware, art, and other goodies for the geek and gaming market. Each month, Loot Crate handpicks 6-8 new items to include in the box, which are kept secret until the boxes are delivered!

I was curious if it was worth the, roughly, $14 ($13.37 to be exact) + $6 for shipping to get whatever stuff they were offering. So, I took the leap. I bought one box. I figured, if it’s awesome then good for me, if it sucks, good for you cause I can warn you to not waste your money.

My Crate arrived on Saturday the 19th, a few days before I was expecting it. This was a good sign. They know to under-promise and over-deliver. I actually made a video of me and my kids unboxing our first LootCrate, but there were issues with uploading it so… here’s a picture of the Loot Crate box!

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The July theme for the Loot Crate swag was Villains, so the inside of the boxes were “vandalized” by the Joker.

 

With the help of my lovely and administrative wife, I researched each item I received to see what it was worth. I wanted to show you the things I received exactly how they arrived so you will not find any stock photos below. These pictures show the actual items I received. Below you’ll find the fruits of our laborious research and estimated pricing for each Loot Crate item.

 

King Koopa Refrigerator Magnet 

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My kids were really excited about this. They play Mario a lot so King Koopa (or Bowser, if you prefer) is pretty popular in our household.

I was actually unable to find this particular item anywhere on the internet. I wasn’t even able to find any other King Koopa magnets at all. I’m estimating it’s value at around $2.

 

Darth Vader Key Chain

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I work part-time at a comic shop (Comic Collector Live: The Store, the best comic shop ever!). I immediately put my shop key on this key chain.

$5.98 at Star Wars Darth Vader PVC Keychain

 

Joker – Bats Mini Poster (8×12.4)

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How cool is that?! Seriously! That is just a really intense looking depiction of Joker. This is going up in my comics closet.

The mini version doesn’t appear to be on sale anywhere online, but I did find a larger copy at ABPosters for $7.50. I estimate this smaller one a value of $3.

 

Harley Quinn – 

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I love Harley. This poster is so going up in my comic book closet with the the Joker one.

Just like the Joker poster above, there were no mini versions of this poster that I could locate but I did find a larger one on sale at eBay for $7. I estimate this mini poster at $3.

 

Deadpool Socks

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These didn’t fit me all that well so I gave to them to my 7-year-old. He loved them so much that he slept in them. Thank you Loot Crate.

I wasn’t able to find this specific pair of socks anywhere online, but I did locate a pair of Deadpool socks on HotTopic.com for $7.60.

 

DVD Documentary – “Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics”

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This documentary is really good and I highly recommend you track down a copy.

$9.99 at BestBuy.com

 

Rocket Raccoon #1, Loot Crate Exclusive Variant Cover

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I was SUPER pumped about this. They had announced that it would be a part of the crate prior to it’s arriving and I was really excited because I loved Rocket Raccoon #1 and collected all the other variants. Now I have the whole collection!

This item is a tad more difficult to assess a value to. On eBay, there are over 60 of them listed for sale and starting price rages from as low as $1 all the way up to $70. In the big picture, 60 copies of a book out there is not a whole lot, but it’s still too early to tell if a high demand for this variant is there or not. The first one sold went for $15, and that typically sets the precedent, so that’s what we’re gonna go with for the sake of this article.

 

“JOKI” T-Shirt

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This is my new favorite shirt, AND it actually looks really good on me. The fit is excellent. “Loot Crate: Just because you’re a nerd doesn’t mean you can’t be fashionable”.

Like many other items, this was not something I could find anywhere else online. Like the Rocket Raccoon variant comic though, there are some for sale on Ebay. Prices range from $2.99 to $22. We’ll go with an average value of about $10 here as well.

 

So with all that tallied up, we come to a grand total of $46.57. They do say there’s “$40+ Retail Value in every crate” and, by my calculations, that is absolutely accurate.

So to answer my initial question… Is Loot Crate worth it? I’m confident giving a firm and resounding, “YES”. Will I get another one? I think that I will. It’s definitely worth it. You get more than you pay for and it’s all pretty cool stuff. If you have a special nerd/geek in your life, and you’re not sure what to get them for their birthday or a gift-exchanging-holiday, I would recommend getting them a Loot Crate. Part of the appeal is the mystery of not knowing what you’ll get, and the excitement you’ll be giving them is worth more than the $20 you’ll spend.

(Just to clarify, I have NO AFFILIATION with Loot Crate. I bought the Crate with my own money and they did not compensate me in any way for providing a positive review of their product.)

If you’re interested in getting a Loot Crate (you won’t be disappointed, trust me), or if you just want to know more about it, you can go to their website, www.lootcrate.com.

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Stephen Andrew

Stephen has spent most of his life reading comics, watching horror movies, listening to death metal music, and speaking in the third person. His favorite comic book character is The Punisher, and he believes that the Punisher: War Zone movie is criminally underrated. His favorite film of all-time is National Lampoon's Vacation, and his favorite album is Pantera's "The Great Southern Trendkill".

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  • I got my first crate too. Mine had to travel down to Aust but was super fast. Looking firward to seeing what will come in the next one 🙂

  • I am ordering my first loot crate today and cant wait to check out the contents. One quick point though the “King Koppa Magnet” is Bowser I believe. Maybe thats why you had a hard time tracking it down on the internet. Other than that Great article and you reassured me that getting a lootcrate seems like the thing to do today!

  • My 13 year old daughter has been bugging my husband and I to order her a box from LootCrate for the past year. She even saved her own money up and then asked again if we would do it. I thought it was a scam at first until my husband decided to look it up. We went ahead and surprised her with a subscription, her 1st box is due to arrive next week. We will see if it’s worth it. She wanted the limited anime one, which ended up costing $30, not the $20 we first assumed. I really hope she enjoys the stuff in the box. I know just the excitement of her anticipation has already been worth the price to me. You know how exciting it is for a kid to get a package in the mail that’s just for them. I just hope she’s not disappointed.

    Thanks for the article. It made me feel a little better about what to expect from that company. I’ll try to come back and post another update once we’ve received our box and let you know if the stuff we got was worth the $30, or if she ended up being disappointed.

  • I’ve been subscribing for about a year. I’d say I loved eight of the boxes and was OK with the rest, which is pretty good. When my purse got stolen, one of the major bummers was that they got my Vader key chain. 🙁 One warning for the women: unless you have the body of a teenage girl, tell them you want a man size for your T-shirts. Skimpy!

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