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Loot Crate August 2017 Unboxing Video: Kingdom Theme

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.

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Loot Crate June 2017 Unboxing Video: Alter Ego Theme

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.

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Loot Crate May 2017 Unboxing Video: Guardians Theme

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.

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Loot Crate March 2017 Unboxing Video: Primal Theme

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.

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Loot Crate Unboxing Video: February 2017 Build Theme

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.

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Loot Crate Unboxing Video: August 2016 Anti-Hero Theme

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.

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Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty Unboxing Video: July 2016 Jabba’s Palace Theme

Monthly mystery boxes with pop culture connections are becoming more and more prevalent. A number of them include Funko Pops as one of the included items, and Funko has leveraged that to make their own monthly subscription boxes. They have three monthly boxes with Marvel Collector Corps, Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty, and DC Legion of Collectors. Each box offers a bi-monthly subscription that retails for $25 plus $6.95 shipping. The Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty July 2016 theme is Jabba’s Palace, and here is all that’s included.

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Every Smuggler’s Bounty box includes various Funko lines, and not just Funko Pops, though the exclusive Pops are the highlight. The July 2016 Pop is R2-D2 bartender from Jabba’s sail barge. The R2 pop isn’t technically even from Jabba’s Palace, but it does deliver a really neat mold. There are a lot of details in the drink tray apparatus to accent the nature of R2 in Pop form. The disappointment isn’t in the R2 Pop, but rather than there is only one pop, rather than two. The Bounty Hunters, Cantina, and First Order boxes all featured two Pops, and were well worth the price. Also, the Jabba’s Palace theme makes you think of Han in Carbonite or Lando in Disguise, but neither were included.

Beyond the Pop, this month’s box included a C-3PO themed hat as part of the new Funko Pop Tops line. It seems the hat was included rather than the expected T-shirt further increasing the disappointment. For the main Jabba’s Palace item, it’s a Pop Home! Jabba mug that offers a neat design, but a rather awkward drinking cup. Finally, there’s a plush Boba Fett, which is another new line, this one Plush as compared to Funko’s existing Mopeez line. Each Funko box also features a pin and a patch with the ones in this box featuring Gamorrean Guard and Boushh, respectively.

The July 2016 Smuggler’s Bounty may be the worst from Funko yet because it fails on the promise of the theme, and offers an odd collection of items. Funko’s best boxes have featured two Pops and a T-shirt as shown by the Bounty Hunters, Cantina, and First Order themes. Jabba’s Palace offers a Cup and Plush in place of the second Pop and a hat instead of a T-shirt. The replacements in the formula of two pops and a shirt are substandard in comparison. Most people wear shirts rather than hats, and more people collect Pops than mugs and plushes, especially when signed up for a Funko product. It makes sense that Funko is experimenting with new lines, but the experimentation should be just one at a time in addition to two pops and a shirt, rather than three experimentations in one box.

Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty Jabba’s Palace is not worth the $32 price tag, and is a negative on Funko’s track record that will likely lower subscribers of the next box in September.

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Nerd Block Unboxing Video: July 2016 Squad Theme

The Nerd Block July 2016 theme is Squad with connections to Suicide Squad, Ghostbusters, 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 Nerd Block unboxing:

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Nerd Block and Loot Crate are the two biggest names in the geek/gamer monthly subscription space, and go head to head each month. For July 2016, Nerd Block includes five main items beginning with a Joker Plush based on Suicide Squad. It’s an exclusive, though the design and texture aren’t the best of plush figures out there. Continuing the Suicide Squad theme is an exclusive Harley Quinn Funko Pocket Pop. Pocket Pops are keychain versions of Funko Pops, and the exclusive is a black and white variant of Harley Quinn. The Pocket Pop is a stand out in this box.

The highlight is probably the t-shirt, which is all about Zuul from Ghostbusters with the tagline, “There Is Only Zuul”. It’s another black shirt in these mystery boxes, but it’s a nice design for fans of the original Ghostbusters. The shirt theme is extended thanks to the $10 Shirt Punch credit that is included in every Nerd Block. Shirtpunch.com has three daily $10 shirts that fit in with the same themes as Nerd Block. A couple smaller items are included in this month’s Nerd Block. The first is Attack on Titan blind bag, which gives you a mystery chance at a keychain/backpack hanger figurine. To round it out, there’s a Transformers Autobot pin, and it’s another exclusive.

Our unboxing video includes a few additional items as part of a Welcome Box, as this was our first time subscribing to Nerd Block. The items were simply added in to the main Nerd Block box beginning with a Titans figure two pack from Alien. The 2 pack includes blood splattered Alien alongside Ripley in Titan forms, and the 2 pack is a Nerd Block exclusive. Titan figures aren’t quite Funko Pops, but they have their own appealing design aesthetic that’s great to have. The next item is a Super Mario Bros. magnet set allowing you to make your own Mario levels on your fridge complete with bricks, pipes, goombas, and more. Finally, there’s a postcard booklet of Awkward Family photos, like a daughter kicking a soccer ball into her dad’s groin. There are 35 postcards included, and it’s a fun little bonus.

Nerd Block July 2016 delivers what you expect with these mystery boxes with a shirt, and a few collectible figurines. The choices definitely fit the theme, and are worth displaying/wearing. Nerd Block offers good value this month.

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Loot Crate Unboxing Video: July 2016 Futuristic Theme

The Loot Crate July 2016 theme is Futuristic with connections to Star Trek, Futurama, Rick and Morty, 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 had good months and bad months through the first half of 2016. The July 2016 box kicks off the second set of six monthly boxes for 2016 with a compelling theme of Futuristic. The items included definitely nail the theme beginning with a replica plaque of the USS Enterprise. It’s a sticker sheet that you can put on anything you like to give your item that feel of the flagship of the Federation from Star Trek. The Star Trek item is a bit of a let down though, as it could have been so much more. The next item is a Mega Man mystery box, though for LootCrate, it’s specifically the red variant of Mega Man. One small addition is the inclusion of a sealed comic of 4001 AD.

The highlight of the month is the Futurama item that delivers a Planet Express ship figurine by QMx. It’s a great representation that is definitely worth displaying, even if you’re only remotely interested in Futurama. The figure itself also includes a magnetic attachment to the base for a smooth connection. The final item is the monthly t-shirt, and this one is based on Rick and Morty. The shirt is a nice light blue that shows a diagram of Rick’s portal gun, and it looks like the entire shirt could be glow in the dark.

Loot Crate for July 2016 is a solid outing that offers a neat shirt and figurine, but the smaller items are a bit of a let down. It would have been neater to see a USS Enterprise figurine, and a Planet Express plaque.

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Super Geek Box Unboxing Video & Review: June 2016 Villains Theme

The Super Geek June 2016 theme is Villains with connections to Star Wars, Zelda, Mario, 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 Super Geek Box unboxing:

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This is our first time unboxing Super Geek Box, so we weren’t sure what to expect beyond 5-8 items tied to the theme. The June 2016 theme is villains, and the definite stand out is the t-shirt. It presents a mash-up of Zelda and Star Wars, entitled, “Welcome To The Dark Side”. Link is seen carrying a red lightsaber in the foreground with Darth Vader’s silhouette in the background combined with the Death Star and TIE fighters. This might be my favorite shirt that has come in any subscription box with great artwork, mash-up idea, and theme appeal.

Beyond the shirt, there are five additional small items, each with their own neat aspect. The Funko Mopeez could have been one of six with either Joker, Herley Quinn, or one of four colored Deadpools. We got the grey Deadpool plushie, that has a nice bean bag base to sit upright by itself. Then, there’s the TR8R draw string canvas bag that combines the FN-2187 blood streak stormtrooper helmet with Dry Bones from the Mario universe. Speaking of Mario, there’s also a Chomp Chomp keychain, and who doesn’t love Chomp Chomp. One other small item is a Harley Queen playing card styled sticker. Finally, there’s a canvas minimalistic wallet that folds in half, and comes with Meowth from Pokemon.

The June 2016 Super Geek Box delivers a great collection of items that definitely offers the stated value, and is well worth the $20 price tag.

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