A while back on the Couch Podtatoes Podcast, Eri and I talked about collectibles. We came to the conclusion that neither of us are really collectors. I used to be, way back when — comic books and cards were my thing. I had phases of CD and DVD collecting. In more recent years I’ve accumulated some Walking Dead comics, a bunch of Green Bay Packers stuff, and some artwork from various sources. By far the largest collection I have amassed though, is video games. I have hundreds strew about, in physical and digital form (mostly digital).
After having a discussion on the show about the various subscription services that provide “geeky” collectibles, I thought I should take a closer look. The first thing I finally decided to spend some money on was a League of Legends vinyl figurine – Nautilus. Having been pleased with the little guy sitting on my desk for the past month or so, I decided that I should roll the dice and try one of the box deliveries. Loot Crate is a big name, but I’m mainly interested in gaming-oriented stuff, so I wanted to avoid other bits of pop culture I’d probably not be into as much. It just so happens that the company making Loot Crates just started up a Gaming service called, you guessed it: Loot Gaming. I became a “founder” by ordering the first box they ever shipped. Here’s what was in the box:
From left to right, Skyrim Socks, Super Mario T-Shirt, Halo Hooded Scarf, Founders Pin, Shadaloo Pin, Heroes of the Storm Mystery Figure.
So for $25, it’s a pretty decent value, considering the T-shirt alone would probably cost that much on some websites. I really do enjoy the T-shirt, in all of its 8-bit glory. I was a huge Skyrim fan, so I will definitely wear the socks, but I would have preferred a different Skyrim-themed item. The same goes for the Shadaloo pin. I love Street Fighter, so something other than a pin would have been awesome. I could give two shits about the HotS figurine, but I give even less shits about a ghost Kerrigan? At least that’s who I think it is. Why couldn’t I have gotten Diablo at least? The Legacy Founder’s pin is cool. The Master Chief scarf is the real turd in this crate. Not only am I not much of a Halo fan, but I live in California. Who in the fuck wears a scarf in a place that rarely gets cold? Let alone a scarf with a hood attached. Yuck.
The Good: Awesome T-shirt that was worth the price of the box alone. A couple other neat ideas, but ones that ultimately fall short.
The Bad: A scarf? Really? Also, HotS is a pile of garbage.
The Verdict: Overall, I’m happy with the T-shirt, enough to say that I don’t feel that I wasted my money. I have a couple of other T-shirts that I have been planning to buy, and they are $20 a piece, so the rest is just icing on the cake. Someone with different tastes than myself will probably be very happy with this box, and the ones to come. It’s a great idea, I’m just too picky to want to pay $25 a month to maybe get something I’m happy with. I’d rather spend a little more and personally pick what I spend my money on. A novel idea, but not worth a long term subscription in my book. All I can think of is that another month I wouldn’t even be happy with the T-shirt and it would feel like a complete waste of cash.
Have you ever tried one of these subscription plans? What did you think about it?