Loot Crate: May 2016.

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I have been a subscriber to Loot Crate for close to two years, I believe. A friend had introduced me to the service and I thought it would be a fun way to spice up the two beauty boxes I was receiving every month at the time. While I have, for the most part, been pleased with the company and many of the items I’ve had delivered to me- I think my love affair with Loot Crate has finally started to wane. The most recent boxes I’ve received haven’t been awful by any means- but I just don’t find myself getting excited for their arrival the way I do with my POPSUGAR ‘Must Have’ Box, for example.

Not only that, but Loot Crate’s marketing and promotion has gone a bit off the rails. Since subscribing, I am bombarded on a daily basis with e-mails from the service advertising their upgrade option and the other themed boxes they have available (Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, etc.)– and even the monthly mini-magazine is filled with considerably less content and more advertisements lately- which has become a bit redundant and boring to me.

May’s box, with the theme “POWER” has the distinction of not only being one of my least-favorite boxes I’ve received to date- but also my last one with the service, as I unsubscribed shortly after it’s arrival at my door.

Let’s take a look inside:

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Up first were the usual items, the monthly collector’s pin and mini-magazine. Inside this month’s “POWER” edition were the usual item breakdowns and fan-submitted photos, a history of the different variations/versions of The Incredible Hulk, an interview with ‘Warcraft’ star Robert Kazinsky, a chocolate muffin mix inspired by Thanos, and a Q&A with Fatshark CEO Martin Wahlund among advertisements and a couple of games/puzzles.

I was admittedly not that enthusiastic about this month’s theme, so the mini-magazine didn’t quite hold my attention like past issues that were more centered around the themes of villains or horror stuff.

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I’ve received Q Figurines from QMx in the past- and they’ve always been really detailed and well-made. I know it’s hard to tell by the photo (100% my bad) but this Hulk figurine lives up to their high standards. It’s pretty cute- and although I’m a big Marvel fan- I think I’m going to be gifting this one to a friend of mine who is more into Bruce/The Hulk than I am (I’m more into Captain America, personally) since I know they’d appreciate it and find a nice home for it!

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The second Marvel item in this month’s crate (and the funniest) was this Infinity Gauntlet oven mitt by ICUP. Designed to withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees, I thought this item was pretty clever and unique- and definitely not something I would have respected.

Although I do my fair share of cooking and baking, I would hate to risk ruining this glove by accident- so I think I’ll keep it in my kitchen as a backup. Just in case.

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I don’t know a thing about Dragon Ball Z. Not a thing. For the longest time, I thought it was a spin-off of the Pokemon games (I’m still not entirely sure it’s not) but this dragon key chain thing from Surreal Entertainment– once the hard plastic chain part was removed- has since made a beloved toy for my dog to play fetch with. I think that means my dog is now officially a bigger Dragon Ball Z fan than I will ever be?

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Finally, the last item in May’s Loot Crate was their monthly t-shirt. Although I haven’t played ‘Warcraft’ in a very long time (those were dark days, my friends. Dark days.) I actually really like the length and the softness of this cotton tee- and the design on the front of it is subtle enough where I wouldn’t be mortified wearing it out in public (Loot Crate has had some hideous t-shirts in the past, for clarification.)

Overall, I wasn’t really overjoyed with May’s Loot Crate. While the shirt was nice and the oven mitt was a funny touch- nothing in the collection of items I received really jumped out at me or made me want to rave about the box at length.

I would say I’ve had a good run with Loot Crate- and I may re-subscribe in the future someday- but for now, I think we need a break from each other. Just until they re-find their groove and get back to focusing on quality- not quantity.

xx

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