It’s that time again, and though we’re nearing the end of the month I’m actually on time this go around! That’s worth a celebration right there, so why not check out my unboxing video for the Loot Crate of March 2015:
As you can see from the video I wasn’t terribly, terribly impressed with this month’s Loot Crate, though there were a couple of amusing things in the box. Let’s look at the breakdown:
“Super-Emo” James Bond t-shirt: A design by J Salvador, this is definitely my favorite item in the box. It’s something different to add to my nerdy t-shirt collection, and I think the little “This is Stirred” phrase is actually pretty cute and clever. I’m not sure where this number is coming from, but I’ve seen a couple of other people list this shirt at a value of $15, so that’s what I’m going with.
“Confidental” Field Notes 2-pack: Apparently these “Field Notes” actually come from a website that does tons of different designs for blank note books. This 2-pack is a Loot Crate “exclusive” set, valuing in at about $6. Though, as I said in my video, I always get a little annoyed to find things like stationary in my subscription boxes.
“Agents of Shield” Replica Lanyard: I’m not going to say that this isn’t neat, because it kinda is, but it’s not exactly the most impressive item I’ve ever gotten. I’ll probably end up hanging it up with my Marvel Funko’s somewhere. It’s an exclusive replica from the show, so it’s difficult to put a value on. I’d say the card and lanyard themselves are worth about $5, but I’ll bump it up to $10 since it comes with a certificate of authenticity from the show.
Mad Libs “Spy” Version: Okay, seriously Loot Crate? I’m sorry, but this item is just kinda stupid. It might be amusing for a kid, but it’s not “geeky” at all, so I feel like it has no place in a subscription box for geeks and gamers. Also, as I said, you can probably find books of these at the Dollar Store, and I hate it when cheap, easy-to-find stuff is in my subscription boxes. For shame. I wanted to give this item a value of $1, but I actually did find it for sale online so I guess I should be fair and list its retail price, which is about $4.
Field Agent Blink Time Wrist Watch: Okay, I’ll admit that this one is pretty neat. Unfortunately neither my husband or I usually wear a watch, so this will probably end up going to my daughter, but at least it is pretty amusing. These watches value in at about $8.
Paracord Survival Bracelet: This is apparently another exclusive made just for Loot Crate, and is also pretty neat in its own way. It definitely fits with the “Covert” theme. I might actually wear it, just because it’s kinda amusing, but I doubt it will ever “save my life” because my husband and I aren’t exactly adventurers. Weigh in, fellow Loot Crate geeks: how many of you regularly go trekking out in the wilderness? I’m genuinely curious. Similar bracelets go for about $6, which is actually kind of a deal if you are the outdoorsy adventurer type.
Orphan Black comic: There have been a lot of comics in Loot Crate lately, and while that isn’t exactly a bad thing I’m kinda getting a little tired of them. Maybe try something else for a change, Loot Crate? Anyway, I don’t really know anything about Orphan Black, so this isn’t a huge item for me, but you never know, I might enjoy it. These comics go for about $4.
Total approximate value of box: $53
Total cost to me: $39
So the box is pretty standard as far as Loot Crates have been, with the value of the box being in the $50’s, but as mentioned last month the cost of the box to me has gone up a bit because of the low Canadian dollar. This makes it a little bit more difficult to determine if the box is worth it or not. Also, I’m just not really feeling this particular box. I like the shirt, for sure, but everything else is very “Meh”. While a few things are neat (the paracord bracelet and the watch), they’re not the least bit “geeky” and don’t actually relate to any fandoms, which is what I’m looking for in these boxes. A few other things are complete junk, in my opinion (field notes and Mad Libs), and also don’t relate to any fandoms. When more items are not geek-related than are, that makes me sad, I’m just saying.
All in all, I can’t say that I was impressed with this particular box, and I’m really hoping that next months will step it up a bit.
Did you receive March’s Loot Crate? What did you think of it? What was your favorite item? Least favorite? Please share!
Also, a reminder that I am running a contest throughout the month of March. For each comment you post on my blog throughout the month, you will receive one entry toward a draw for a hard-copy of my zombie apocalypse novel, “Nowhere to Hide”! Please note that in order to accept the prize, I will need you to give me a mailing address where I can have the book sent. If the winner drawn did not intend to enter the contest and/or does not want the book, I will draw another name. Please also note that obvious spam/duplicate comments/etc. will not be counted toward an entry…play fair! And good luck! ❤