It took a couple of years but I finally made the decision to sign up with Loot Crate at the end of April. I’d been toying with the idea for ages but had never taken the plunge; that was until Nathan stayed with us for a few days during our marathon stream for GameBlast17. When he arrived wearing an excellent Twin Peaks t-shirt and told me he’d received it as part of the service, it didn’t take much more persuasion to get me to place an order.
There can’t be many people out there who haven’t heard of it but just in case: Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box that contains ‘exclusive collectibles, apparel and gear delivered to your door’. The company partners with industry leaders in entertainment, gaming, sports and pop culture to deliver themed crates and with 14-million going to people in 35 territories across the globe, you can see how popular their service is.
There are a couple of reasons why it took me so long to sign up. My preference is for adventure and RPG video games, along with cheesy films from the 1980s, and so there was a concern I wouldn’t like a lot of the themes the crates focused on each month. On top of that I don’t really read comics or collect figurines, so there could potentially be a number of items I’d never get any use out of.
That’s why I decided to go for the Loot For Her option to ease myself in gently. This contains one apparel item or accessory just for women for around £14 per month, depending on the subscription option you go for. Unfortunately my first delivery was delayed due to ‘items arriving at the warehouse’ so I received it at the beginning of June instead of May – the delay itself didn’t bother me, but more coordinated communication throughout the period from Loot Crate themselves would have been good.
Later Levels (@LaterLevels) June 08, 2017
While the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 vest I received isn’t something I’d have chosen for myself, I will say that it’s pretty good in terms of quality. It’s not a top I’d wear day-to-day simply because I’m not a fan of the franchise but it works well as a running vest and didn’t shrink in the wash! To be honest, I’d have preferred the male version as it speaks to my inner 80s geek.
The latest crate was due to be something in connection with Bobs’ Burgers… but it looks as though this has been delayed too. I received an email on 22 June 2017 advising that my package had arrived in the UK 12 days prior but so far nothing has turned up. An email to Loot Crate last weekend resulted in an automated response telling me I should expect a reply within 24-hours; but three days later, I’m still sitting here with nothing. So far from my experience with the company, it seems as if their customer-support is lacking.
Hopefully the third instalment will be more to my taste in terms of franchise and be delivered on time, so I’ll see what arrives and then make a decision as to whether to carry on with my subscription. I kind of like the idea of upgrading to Loot Gaming but I’m not sure many of the themes would appeal to me; the ‘Suit Up’ and ‘Road Rage’ subjects from April and May respectively didn’t provide many items I’d use. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts if you’re currently subscribing to this yourself!
One thing I have gone for though is the limited edition crate featuring Stranger Things. This isn’t due to ship until the end of October 2017 to tie in with the release of season 2 of the series, and is quite expensive at just under £70 considering you don’t know what you’re going to get.
I guess that’s all part of the fun though. It’s like those lucky-dip bags you used to buy with your pocket money when you were a kid: you didn’t know what it was going to hold and there were always something you didn’t like, but the appeal was the mystery. I’ll let you guys know what arrives in the Stranger Things crate later this year.