Loot Crate Unboxing and Review for 2015

It’s nearly the end of the year, but there’s still a nerdy subscription box to get out of the way! This is the Loot Crate for December 2015, for which the theme was “Galaxy”.

Galactic-themed “Ugly Holiday” shirt:
This is the second piece of “ugly Christmas” apparel that I’ve gotten in my subscription boxes this year, but unfortunately this one came a bit too late. You can’t even really blame me for waiting to open it, because the box didn’t actually arrive in my mail until the day before Christmas Eve. That would have given me 2-3 days to make use of the shirt even if I’d opened the box right away, so that’s a bit bothersome. That said, I do think the design is cute, so I’ll try my very hardest to remember that I’ve got it when next Christmas rolls around.
Approximate value: $15

“Halo 5” lunchbox:
There are certain items that – when they show up in my subscription boxes – make me wonder what the team in charge of the box was thinking. A tin lunch box? Really? It’s not that it’s a horrible item, and I’m sure some people certainly thought it was awesome, but a lunchbox is just one of those weird items that’s only going to appeal to a certain kind of person, and I’m not one of them. It’s effectively a storage container, so I’m sure I’ll find something to put in it, but it’s definitely not the kind of thing I look forward to finding in my subscription boxes.
Approximate value: this item is exclusive to the box, but based on similar items I’m guessing its value is about $15

“Halo 5 Req Pack” redeemable code:
My feelings are a bit mixed on this one. It’s a nice little addition to the box for someone who has Halo 5, but it’s a total bust if you neither have nor plan on ever having the game. I also just personally think that a download code for a game (even if it’s a smaller, cheaper game) is way cooler than a code for an add-on to a game. All that said, we will probably wind up picking up Halo 5 at some point, so this code isn’t likely to go to waste.
Approximate value: I’m not 100% certain that I’m looking at the right thing on the XBox Store, but I believe this item is worth $3

“Galaxy Quest” patch:
I’ve got nothing against Galaxy Quest (in fact, I rather enjoyed it), but I do feel like this is a junky filler item. The only time I tolerate patches is when they’re a special-collectible-in-every-box kind of thing, like what the Collector Corps and Smuggler’s Bounty boxes do, and even then I’m not the biggest fan. Patches just aren’t my thing, sorry. That said, this is supposed to be an authentic prop replica, like the patches on the uniforms in the movie, so there’s something to be said for that.
Approximate value: this is another exclusive item, so although I usually assign patches a base value of $5, I’ll bump it up to $10 for the exclusivity

BB-8 “Star Wars” socks:
Now here we go. I can definitely get behind these cute white-and-orange socks that feature the cute, round droid from The Force Awakens. Who couldn’t use socks, right? And I’m a huge Star Wars fan, so these are extra cool/lame. Love them!
Approximate value: $6

“Han Solo (Snow Gear” exclusive Funko Pop:
And here we have the item that really turns the tide. I was certain that there was supposed to be a vinyl figure in this box, but I wasn’t positive that it was going to be a Funko, so I was very happily surprised by this awesome exclusive. I love what they’ve done to make Han look nice and old, and the “snow gear” is a change from the usual get-up that we usually see Han in. I genuinely love this Pop, and I’m very excited to have it.
Approximate value: $20

Approximate value of box: $69
Approximate cost to me: $40

So, first things first, although some of my numbers might not be absolutely accurate (it’s always fun guessing the value of exclusive items), we can see that the value of this box is way up there with some of the highest I’ve ever gotten, and that’s always nice to see. Personally I feel that the number is a little inflated because a couple of these items are all but worthless to me, but it’s still nice to see that number be on the higher end.

The box itself definitely wasn’t the best Loot Crate I’ve ever gotten, but it was still pretty good. The lunch box and the patch aren’t my cup of tea, and the shirt is something that’s more or less worthless until next year, but the exclusive Pop and the BB-8 socks make up for those item, and the Halo 5 code will be used at some point. All in all, as I said in the video, I have to give it one-and-a-half thumbs up. I love the two Star Wars items enough to overlook the other stuff.

What did you guys think of this, the last Loot Crate for 2015? Was it a hit or a miss? What was your favorite item? Least favorite? If you’re a subscriber, did your box come in time to actually wear the shirt for the holidays? Please share!

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