Loot Crate Unboxing and Review for January 2015

We’re well into 2015 now, and it’s time for the first unboxings of the year to start rolling in! First up we have a Loot Crate with the theme “Rewind”. Be a doll and check out the video:

So there’s the first Loot Crate of the year, and my feelings are mixed about it. Let’s go to the breakdown:

“Voltron” Blueprint t-shirt: As I said in the video, this is by far my favorite item in the box. I’m not a fan of super “busy” shirts, but for some reason these blueprint ones appeal to me, and though I was never huge into Voltron as I kid, I cannot deny the pop culture relevance. Since this t-shirt is a Loot Crate exclusive, I’m assigning it my default t-shirt value of $15.
“8-Bit” sunglasses: I know I’ve seen these in a box before, but I’m not sure if it was a Loot Crate from before I started getting Loot Crate, or if it was a Nerd Block. Either way, these are cute, though I doubt I’ll wear them very often. Believe it or not, these glasses are worth about $8, mainly because they actually do have 100% UV protection.
“Asteroids” tie from Black Tie Geek: I have to say it’s interesting to see something very different like this in my Loot Crate, and it actually is a pretty snazzy tie. Unfortunately I don’t expect it to get worn any time soon, but it’s still a bit of a unique addition to the box. Also, apparently, this is Black Tie Geek’s first product, and their website isn’t completely set up yet, so I can’t find a value for this item, therefore I’m assigning it the average price of a similar tie, which is about $15.
“So Analog” Game Cartridge Figure: With a theme like “Rewind”, you had to expect some kind of super-retro game reference, and this is a funny way to do it. This little cartridge dude with his blaster gun is pretty humorous, I have to admit. There are a bunch of these little dudes, but on the website I can only find 7″ tall ones at a price of $35. Since the one I got in my box is about 3″ I’m going to estimate and say it’s a value of about $15, although I personally think that would be super over-priced for what it is.
Comic Note Book: I can definitely see this being a cute addition to the box for some people, and Loot Crate is also hosting a comic where you can win a year’s subscription by submitting your hand-drawn comic, but it’s not a big deal to me. If anything, I might scribble some notes in it, but I definitely won’t be using it to draw my own comic. These little notebooks go for $3 each.
“Star Wars” #001 Variant Cover comic: I’m a big Star Wars fan, so little things like this are amusing, even if I don’t open them, and I appreciate the fact that Loot Crate regularly gets variant cover comics for their boxes. As usual, since it is a variant cover, I’ll round the price of the comic up to about $5.

Total approximate value of box: $61
Total cost to me: $33

So this is something I’ve experienced before; the value of the box is technically there, but some of that value is meaningless to me. In particular I’m talking about the 8-bit glasses, the Asteroids tie, and the little cartridge dude. All three things are cute, but considering that I probably won’t get any use out of the tie it’s value doesn’t really mean anything, and I feel that the glasses and the cartridge dude are overpriced for what they are.

That said, I love the t-shirt, and comics are always cool, but those two things alone don’t make up the cost of the box so it’s a bit of a wash that way. So you can see where my mixed feelings are coming from…it doesn’t look like a half-bad box, but when considering my personal feelings about each item the value just doesn’t seem to work out. So for the first Loot Crate of 2015 I’ve kinda got one thumb up and one thumb down, and I’m hoping that next month’s box ups the ante a little.

What do you think of the Loot Crate box for January 2015? Do you receive Loot Crate and were you happy with this box? Please share!

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