In what is most certainly going to seem an odd choice, today’s review isn’t a game. Instead I’ll be looking at a service gamers, and anyone into geek culture may find intriguing.
PROS: You’ll be surprised at how much you get in a tiny box.
CONS: Not everything you get may be of interest to you.
NICE TOUCH: The booklet with articles about the items you receive.
We have all heard about the mysterious Fruit Of The Month Club. The subscription that delivers quality fruit to one’s door every month. It’s been referenced in many shows, movies, comics, and other media for decades. The concept is that the recipient receives a different kind of fruit every month for the duration of the subscription. January may net a crate of bananas. February may be a delivery of apricots, while March might be grapes. Lootcrate uses the concept in a different way.
Lootcrate sends members a small cardboard box every month. But instead of fruit, the box is full of cool swag. Every month is different cool swag. For instance my first shipment contained a number of trinkets one would normally overspend on at a store. I got a Minecraft calendar, a Star Trek Starfleet Officer insignia sticker, a melting Rubik’s Cube sticker, A Star Wars trading card game package, and language translator guide. In addition to all of that was a NASA patch, and a POP! figure of Domo dressed as Superman.
The Lootcrate also comes with a booklet that has articles about the creation, and background of each of the items in the box for that specific month. They also randomly send off a bigger box to a relative handful of members with items that are a bit more sought after. In this regard it’s almost like a geek themed lottery. The difference being that even if you don’t score the larger box, you still get something fun, and tangible. They also go for some Easter Eggs. One example is typing in the Konami Code on the company’s site will take you to a YouTube video of a Lootcrate being launched into outer space.
I honestly hadn’t heard of or about Lootcrate until this past Christmas. My sister who never knows what to get me somehow found out about it, and bought me a three-month subscription. So far I’ve gotten the one box, but it does seem like you get more than $13 worth of swag for your $13, and change. Especially when you consider how much you will pay through most stores, or on a convention floor.
Now due to the randomness of each month’s swag bundle, not everything you get in the box may excite you. But it’s still a fun experience of seeing exactly what shows up. Plus there’s nothing stopping you from regifting anything you might not particularly care for. If I had any legitimate complaints at all it would be that the delivery of the first crate came much later than my sister was told it would. But that could have also been a rare miscommunication issue.
Members can also renew subscriptions at the end of the service if they want to keep getting swag every month. Or the company has options to buy one, three, or six month subscriptions at a time.
Overall, Lootcrate is certainly worth looking into if you’re in my sister’s holiday situation. When you have to buy for the geek who seemingly has everything, it’s a nice treat for them. It’s not every day one plans to go buy impulse purchase items like these. Even when one does, $13 nets you two of the several things you would have gotten in the Lootcrate.
In the end the service does succeed in doing what it sets out to do: become a Fruit Of The Month Club for geeks. If you’re looking for something different it might be worth checking out. Visit www.Lootcrate.com
Final Score: 8 out of 10.