The Loot Crate August 2017 comes with the theme Kingdom with connections to Lord of the Rings, Zelda, Adventure Time, and more. It’s time to take a gander at Loot Crate’s Kingdom.
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The highlight of the Kingdom box is the t-shirt with its Zelda theme. The shirt is inspired by the 8-bit Zelda of yesteryear with a map from one of the levels of the NES version. The map is composed to create Link in large scale 8-bit form for a double layered t-shirt that is great to wear. Next up, is the figure which comes straight from Adventure Time. It’s the Ice King sitting on his throne with Gunter and friends. Adventure Time fans will love this figure, but there’s limited appeal beyond that fan base.
Lord of the Rings covers the next two items beginning with a color changing glass. There is lettering around the middle of the cup to depict the elven writing on the ring. It’s a quality glass for an LoTR fan with the color changing as a nice bonus. The crate also includes a mini poster from the Two Towers with Treebeard in the foreground with Pippin and Merry in his branches.
The Loot Crate August 2017 doesn’t have a true stand out item, and theme has a rather loose fitting making it one to skip.
The theme for the Loot Crate July 2017 is animation with connections to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rick & Morty, Futurama, and more. Loot Crate had an animation theme in the middle of 2016 with similar franchises represented. How does the 2017 edition rate?
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The Crate stand outs begin with the t-shirt of the month which is TMNT inspired. It’s a green shirt with the turtle van set in neon green at the bottom right. The real stand out is the turtle shell print that span the entire front of the shirt to make a great item to wear to show your TMNT fandom. The figure this month comes from Rick & Morty with Rick shown flipping the bird on both hands. It’s a great depiction of Rick that is a nice definer of the character. The pose comes from season 2 episode 6 in which Rick has a planet that powers his ships battery, and he has told the inhabitants that flipping off means, “peace among worlds”.
Also included in this month’s crate is a recipe collection inspired by Bob’s Burgers. There are 25 burger of the day recipes included, and the crate unfolds to hold a recipe. To round out the crate, there’s a two pack of soda can Koozies with Slurm branding straight out of Futurama.
The July 2017 Loot Crate delivers exceptionally well on the animation theme with some outstanding items to add to your collection.
Loot Crate June 2017 has gone with the theme, Alter Ego. You can expect items from Transformers, Spider Man, The Hulk, and more. Alter Ego can go many ways with so many heroes having one, but it’s time find out what specifically comes in this month’s crate.
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The big ticket item from this crate is the figure, and it ties into the upcoming release of Spider-Man Homecoming. The figure is from QFig, and depicts spider-man hanging upside down from a street light while shooting out a web. It’s a variant QFig that comes in a black & white color scheme, and looks absolutely outstanding on a shelf. The shirt for this month is a close second as it shows Optimus Prime transforming from big rig to his battle form. It’s a light blue shirt that shows five scenes to depict the transformation, and the art is styled after the classic series, rather than the current films.
Next up is a cereal bowl with Hulk’s hand imprinted on the outside. It would have been nice for Hulk’s fingers to have depth or for the bowl to be a larger scale. To round out the box, is a poster collection in postcard size tied to DC’s The New 52. There are some great prints included, but they’re printed front and back, so if you hang up one side, the other side is buried.
The June 2017 Loot Crate has hits and misses, but excels at the big ticket items for a worthwhile crate.
The Loot Crate May 2017 comes with a theme of Guardians mainly tied to Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, with additional ties to Destiny, Goonies, and more. Guardians can fit many different products, so lets see what exactly Loot Crate has for us in store for May 2017.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 hits theaters in May, and with the crate theme, you would expect a Guardians item to be a highlight. You wouldn’t be wrong with this month’s figure of Rocket and baby Groot. It’s a QFig depicting Rocket with double gas blazing, and baby Groot sitting on top of Rocket’s head. The figure is outstanding at depicting the film, and the connection between these two characters. The shirt for the month comes from the 80s classic The Goonies. It’s a red shirt with The Goonies tagline, “Never Say Die” in black lettering. If you’re a Goonies fan, you will love this shirt.
The next item is a smaller one, but still a goodie. It’s an adult coloring book with a Star Wars theme, and Loot Crate is also providing a pack of colored pencils. The pages in this book just begged to be colored with ornate artwork based on iconic characters. To round out the box is a three pack of Destiny themed patches. The patches represent Hunters, Titans, and Warlocks, respectively. This month’s crate itself unfolds into the Ghost ship from Destiny.
The Loot Crate May 2017 delivers a great collection of items that are well wroth adding to your collection.
The iPad Pro was a significant change for the iPad line when it was first unveiled at 12.9″ in November 2015. In March 2016, Apple updated the iPad Air 2 with the 9.7″ iPad Pro. For the most part, it’s a very similar device, but with an updated chipset. The 9.7″ iPad Pro also benefits with the ability to connect to the Apple Pencil and Apple keyboard. The new model offers a true tone display, as well as a four speaker audio system for an upgraded $599 price tag at the entry level. We recently came across a 9.7″ iPad Pro and Apple Pencil combo allowing us to go hands on with an unboxing iPad Pro video.
Opening the 9.7″ iPad Pro doesn’t reveal much different than the iPad Air 2 from the outset. The true tone display is tough to really notice at first glance, though the speaker enhancements are appreciated. The main distinguisher is support for the Apple Pencil. There are plenty of third party styluses for the iPad, but none work as smoothly as the Apple Pencil. You will definitely benefit if you like to draw, but even if you don’t, you will likely be enticed to do so. Another surprising boost is for writers, especially for jotting down notes, or brainstorming ideas. A number of apps support the Apple Pencil including a lot of note taking apps that just feel more natural as you write, rather than type. The Apple Pencil battery lasts and lasts with easy connectivity to the lightning port of the iPad. It feels great in the hand, and definitely enhances specific use cases for the iPad.
Enjoy our unboxing video below of the 9.7″ iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.
The 12.9″ iPad Pro originally launched in November of 2015. It’s not exactly new, but we came across one recently. That allows us to do an iPad Pro unboxing video, and go hands-on with Apple’s 12.9″ tablet. The 12.9″ iPad Pro is quite a site to behold, especially if you have become familiar with the 9.7″ iPad. The 12.9″ is extraordinary, as though Apple ripped off the screen part of the 13″ Macbook, and added a capacitive touch screen. The device is naturally longer and wider than the 9.7″ iPad Pro/iPad Air 2, and yet it’s only 0.27″ thick as compared to 0.24″. The 12.9″ model is also 1.57 lbs. compared to 0.96 lbs. of the 9.7″ model. The weight increase is surprisingly not noticeable as it’s distributed over a wider area to reduce density.
The 12.9″ iPad Pro doesn’t have many apps made for the larger canvas, and yet it still offers the benefit of immersive video viewing and game playing. Even though the interface isn’t different, it still is beneficial to feel like you have more room to maneuver in iMovie and Pixelmator. Multi-tasking and picture in picture are also great on the iPad Pro. It’s not a revolutionary device, but there are definite benefits to the bigger screen.
Enjoy our unboxing video below of the 12.9″ iPad Pro Space Grey 32GB model.
The Loot Crate March 2017 theme is Primal with connections to Overwatch, Logan, Jurassic World, and more. We’re here to unbox all that’s included to show off the $20/month geek/gamer box for the new month. Our Loot Crate unboxing:
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Loot Crate has started 2017 strong with great showings in January and February. Can they keep it going? The March 2017 edition includes four main items along with the usual flier and pin. The main item each month is a t-shirt, and this month’s shirt is all about Overwatch. It’s a grey shirt with a big banner of “Primal Rage” across the chest. Primal Rage is a special mode for Winston, the big ape, and the shirt captures it. The shirt is definitely made for Overwatch fans to nail that theme, but the shirt doesn’t have the widest outside appeal compared to the other franchises in this crate.
The next main item is the figurine, and March 2017 includes a Metals Die Cast figure of Logan. You will receive either Old Man Logan, standard Logan, or Adamantium Logan. Metals Die Cast aren’t exactly Funko Pops in terms of popularity, QFigs in terms of styling, or KidRobot in terms of quality. They often end up on clearance shelves at your local big box store, but they still have their own unique style. You can’t go wrong with Logan in March, and the top heavy design of Metal Die Cast really fits him.
Two smaller items round out the crate beginning with a Jurassic World inspired sign. It’s a warning sign for the electric fences, and it’s great piece to define any of the Jurassic movies. Then, there’s a Predator bottle opener. It’s not the biggest item, but it gets the job done in a fun and recognizable form.
Loot Crate stumbles a bit for March 2017 with odd choices across the board. Overwatch for the t-shirt seems like an odd match, and relegating Predator to a bottle opener is a let down. There are better figure choices than Metals Die Cast, and it all adds together to be a disappointing crate.
The Loot Crate February 2017 theme is Build with connections to Power Rangers, Lego Batman, Tetris, and more. We’re here to unbox all that’s included to show off the $20/month geek/gamer box for the new month. Our Loot Crate unboxing:
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Loot Crate is celebrating its five year anniversary, and they have grown considerably in that time. That means they need to find items that have large appeal, are trendy, and can be produced in tens of thousands to meet their demand. The February 2017 crate nails those aspects beginning with the one item that is included in every box. The t-shirt offers a Power Rangers theme with a blueprint depiction of the Megazord composition from the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. The shirt helps subscribers get excited for the new movie, and its simply a high quality design that greatly depicts the best part of the franchise. It’s similar to the Voltron assembly shirt from January 2015, and changes it up with a good blue color instead of another black shirt.
The next big ticket item comes from the Lego Batman Movie to tie directly to the February release of the film. The item is a food container formed from a larger scale Lego Batman head. Whether you put food in it or not, the item offers a great design to be shelf worthy. There’s a tight seal lid in which the bat ears portion comes off, and it just represents the Lego Batman movie so well.
Next up, is a Lego Dimensions figure & vehicle set, and you can get one of five different ones. There is Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Bad Cop, Unikitty, and Benny (the one we got). Lego Dimensions is pretty hot, and getting a fully playable figure as an inclusion is a neat idea. If you don’t have Lego Dimensions, it’s still a neat Lego minifigure. To round out the crate, is a Tetris magnet set allowing you to compose your own Tetris arrangement on your fridge, or any metal surface. There’s also a Megazord pin, and online secret code key.
The February 2017 Loot Crate delvers good value for the theme, and for what’s happening in February. A focused solid entry with a few really good items rather than more subpar items.
The iPhone 7 has hit store shelves, front porches, and people’s hands today. I picked up one of the iPhone 7’s in the form of the 32GB Matte Black version. We do all kinds of unboxing videos, and there’s nothing quite like a new Apple product. Now it’s time to go over what’s new, and try out some new apps and iOS changes. The matte black instantly stands out with such a dark rugged feel that is still clean and polished for an understated slickness.
The new home button offers three choices of differing degrees of taptic feedback to choose from. The iPhone 7 home button seems to be quicker, and more responsive than the previous button. I upgraded from the iPhone 6, so got to expereince 3D Touch for the first time, and it takes a bit to get used to on just how much force you need to apply versus a long press. Oz: Broken Kingdom was shown off during the iPhone 7 event, so I had to install it. I ran it head to head against an iPad Air 2, and it was tough to tell the difference in graphical fidelity. The lack of a headphone jack isn’t as important to me as I have used Bluetooth headphones with my iPhone 6 the entire time, but your mileage may vary. The included dongle from lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack is as you would expect, but the lightning EarPods can only work with iOS devices. The new surround sound speaker is tough to convey when being recorded, but it’s a noticeable improvement for music and games.
Enjoy our unboxing video below of the iPhone 7 32GB Matte Black.
The Loot Crate August 2016 theme is Anti-Hero with connections to Suicide Squad, Archer, Kill Bill, and more. We’re here to unbox all that’s included to show off the $20/month geek/gamer box for the new month. Our Loot Crate unboxing:
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Loot Crate has become quite popular, and with that comes added expectations. Not only that, but Loot Crate needs to find products that can be produced in the numbers to match their rise in popularity. Loot Crate has had ups and downs in 2016 as they try to deal with their increased presence in the monthly subscription space. The August 2016 edition of Loot Crate cuts down the number of items, and instead focuses on improved quality of those items. The first item is a pair of Kill Bill socks to give you a blood splattered rendition of The Bride’s yellow and black attire.
The next smaller item is a coin bank with a Hellboy theme. You can now drop coins into a ceramic version of Hellboy’s fist. Loot Crate likes to include one collectible figure each month, and they have include a few QFigs this year. This month’s figure is a QFig version of Harley Quinn based on her classic comic style, and included due to the release of Suicide Squad. The QFigs really stand out on a shelf with nice detail in a small package. Loot Crate also did a good job of planning this one out to predict that Harley Quinn would stand out in Suicide Squad. Not only that, but Loot Crate offers the classic version with people looking for more about the character.
Finally, there’s the t-shirt, and this one is all about Archer. It’s a grey shirt (not black!) that offers a 2016 election style. Sterling Archer is depicted as the president of The Danger Zone. The shirt has a catching design that nails the Archer style. All four items are appealing, and really fit with the theme. As an added bonus, all Loot Crates can be unfolded to show off an artistic representation of the theme. This one in particular is really neat as you can unfold the box into a Harley Quinn inspired mallet.
The August 2016 Loot Crate is one of the best of 2016 that delivers great value for the price.