Loot Crate: April 2016.

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Next up on my list of monthly subscription services is my 2nd favorite of the bunch- Loot Crate! April’s collection of items, all based around the theme of ‘QUEST’, arrived at my door a few days after my GlossyBox turned up. With only my POPSUGAR ‘Must-Have’ box still somewhere in the mail, it gave me plenty of time to thoroughly review this one for the blog!

When I think of ‘QUEST’, the first thing that (unfortunately) comes to mind is staying up all hours of the night in my early twenties and playing ‘World of Warcraft’ with my friends as we tried to level our characters up while staying fueled on nothing but Gatorade and Domino’s Cheesy Bread. It was a dark time, indeed- but completing those quests was serious business.

I had sort of expected something WoW-related in this month’s crate- but sure enough- I was pretty surprised by what I received.

Let’s take a look inside!

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First up are the usual suspects in every month’s Loot Crate- the mini magazine and collector’s pin. This month’s edition included the standard breakdown of items included in the box and some featured fan photos- but April’s issue did not have any Q&As, interviews, or games/puzzles. Instead, the magazine was chock-full of advertisements for some of Loot Crate’s other subscription options, the beginning of a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ story that could be continued online- and a couple of random (non-alcoholic) drink recipes inspired by mystical quests throughout gaming history.

I have to say it, and not to be completely and unnecessarily picky- but the non-stops ads were a bit much. Coupled with the multiple daily e-mails I get from the company for their other services/offers- I’m starting to feel a little overwhelmed by it.

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The first (and my favorite) item in April’s Loot Crate was this ‘Labyrinth’ t-shirt from Ripple Junction. I’m loving the colors and how soft the fabric of this shirt feels- and of course you can never have enough David Bowie in your wardrobe. I thought this was a fitting and lovely tribute to a talented man, a classic movie, and the ‘QUEST’ theme for this month’s box.

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The ‘Labyrinth’ t-shirt wasn’t the only apparel item I received this month. Hyp Hosiery also threw in this pair of Harry Potter socks featuring a print of each of Voldemort’s Horcruxes on them. It’s funny, right before I opened this month’s crate- I was talking about how much I wanted to go to the new ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’- and if this isn’t a sign I should book that trip, I don’t know what is!

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Perhaps the most bizarre item I’ve ever received in a Loot Crate, ever- I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this plastic Vikings drinking horn from Chronicle Collectibles. Unique? Definitely. Practical? Not as much. As funny as it would be to roll up to my next house party with this in tow- I think I’m going to be giving this to a friend of mine who I know will enjoy it way more than I ever could.

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The same friend who will be getting the Vikings drink horn will also be gifted with this silicone 20-sided die shaped ice mold to add to whatever drinks they plan on using the cup for. Although the exterior of this mold doesn’t really reflect it- the photos inside the mini-mag show that the ice is supposed to come out pretty neat looking. Maybe I’ll try it out to see for myself!

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And finally, April’s Loot Crate included this ‘Uncharted 4′ mini-poster from Playstation that I’ll be gifting to a gamer friend of mine who is also a huge Nathan Drake fan- although I gotta’ say the quote on this one is pretty badass. I really like that and will probably use it as a personal mantra someday in the future!

All in all, while I really liked the shirt and the socks in this month’s crate- April’s box was a bit underwhelming to me. Β It wasn’t the worst assortment of items I’ve ever received since I first started subscribing to the service- but it definitely wasn’t the best, either. I’m not entirely sure the ‘QUEST’ theme was represented all that well here.

Yesterday, it was revealed that May’s theme would be ‘POWER’- so I’m curious to see what Loot Crate includes in the box to really implement that idea.

‘Til next time!

xx

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