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:
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.