Moving away from the Nerd Block family of boxes for a moment, let’s take a look at November’s Loot Crate, for which the theme was “Combat”. Personally I thought that the theme for this box was a little bit of a stretch, but that doesn’t really affect my thoughts about the box itself. Let’s take a look at the unboxing:
“Fallout” Exclusive Vault Boy Bobblehead:
This is a cute idea for a collectible for several reasons, not the least of which is that you actually collect Vault Boy bobbleheads in the games as a way of powering up your character, so that’s pretty neat. It’s a nicely made little collectible too, and my husband is a big fan of the Fallout series (he’s playing Fallout 4 as I type this), so this is a cute thing to have for sure.
Approximate value: this is an exclusive item (the pose is what’s exclusive about it, if you’re wondering), so it’s hard to put a value on, but similar bobbleheads in different poses go for about $24.
“Ninja Turtles” Shredder mask/sunglasses:
I’m going to go right ahead and throw this out there right away: I’m getting a little sick of the sunglasses. I’ve gotten several pair from Loot Crate alone, and while some of them are cute many of them – like this particular set – are things that I would never even consider wearing in public. This set of glasses with Shredder’s mask attached, therefore, will be delegated immediately to my daughter’s dress-up box.
Approximate value: $13
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” pin:
Okay, I feel like a bit of a dummy for calling it a phoenix, but The Hunger Games is just not one of my things so it took me a moment to clue in. It’s definitely not a bad pin if you’re a fan of the series, but I just am not, and I’ve got so many freakin’ pins at this point…
Approximate value: $10
“Cute But Deadly” blind box and magnet set:
My daughter loves opening blind bags/boxes, so it should be amusing to see how she reacts to this, and we always need magnets to hold up all the stuff she brings home from school on the fridge, so there you go. Unfortunately the characters themselves aren’t really anything special to us. The series is made up of Blizzard’s video game characters, of which I only recognized a couple. My husband has played a few of the Diablo games, but other than that, I don’t really know who most of these are. I guess my daughter can add the figure to her little collection of random creatures who play with her Disney princess dolls. 😛
Approximate value: $10 for the blind box; magnets, maybe $5? I couldn’t find them anywhere online.
“Street Fighter” comic:
I really should get around to reading some of these comics. Street Fighter is way up there with some of the big games of my childhood, but my husband played it way more than me. I was always more of a Mortal Kombat kid. Either way though, this little comic is cute to have.
Approximate value: $5
“Loot Crate” collectible pin and “Gift of Loot” tags”
I don’t always include the little pin that comes in every Loot Crate, but I’ll throw it in here alongside the little book of tags that they gave us so that we can re-gift our loot as Christmas presents. That kind’ve gave me a chuckle, I have to admit. 😛
Approximate value: $2
Total approximate value of box: $69
Total approximate cost to me: $40
So right off the bat, the value of the box looks pretty good, but you have to keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of that value comes from one item: the Vault Boy bobblehead. That’s acceptable because it’s a pretty cool item, but then you look at the next biggest-value item and it’s those ridiculous Shredder glasses. Moving on, the Mockingjay pin is reasonable enough, and the blind box is what I’ve come to expect, but neither of those items is for me, so the value doesn’t really mean all that much.
In general, I felt that the box wasn’t a bad one, but it’s full of stuff that just isn’t really for me. The best item is definitely the Vault Boy bobblehead, and I’m pretty happy with him, but everything else is pretty “meh” because it’s all from fandoms that I’m not really a part of. So, I guess, nice try but no cigar from my point of view.
What did you guys think of the “Combat” Loot Crate box? What was your favorite item? Least favorite? What do you think of those ridiculous glasses? Please share!