Loot Crate – January 2017 Review

Loot Crate is a monthly geek subscription box that often includes figurines, collectibles, and T-shirts.  It costs $13.95 + $6 shipping per month, with discounts for longer subscriptions.  Each month has a different theme.  Every month, it comes in a black box with the Loot Crate logo that can be turned inside out and folded into something related to the theme.  The size varies depending on what’s in the box.  Each month, they send out a survey asking subscribers to rate each item and provide suggestions for future boxes.  They also release digital content each month related to the theme, such as a mini-game, puzzle, or trivia.

Click here to get your first month $5 off!

This is a review of January’s Loot Crate.

Everything in this month’s Loot Crate.  This month’s theme is Origins.  This month’s crate includes items from Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesCaptain AmericaSuperman, and Mario.

Each month’s box can be turned into something related to the theme, usually by turning it inside out.  This one requires a little bit of extra work, but it turns into a Superman comic book holder.  I like that it turns into something you can actually use.

Each box includes a magazine that includes descriptions of all of the items, as well as interviews with the Loot Crate staff and other things.

Here’s the magazine opened to a random page.

This membership card doesn’t seem to be mentioned anywhere in the magazine.  I guess they just started sending them out.

Exclusive Captain America Golden Age Shield – As much as Caps is my hero, I don’t really find this very special.  It is well-made though.

Cleverly depicted as Steve Roger’s performance (and first battle) shield in Captain America: The First Avenger, this badge-like aegis was what the good Captain originally wielded in his comics debut way back in December 1940 (Captain America Comics #1, cover dated as March 1941).  This high-quality metal replica features scaled straps on the back and comes with a display stand.  Certificate of Authenticity included.

Exclusive Original “Jumpman” T-Shirt – Who doesn’t love Mario?  The original is always the best.  I like the vintage feel, and it reminds me of the old Mario games on yellow cartridges I played back in the day.

Before he was “Super”, he was known as “Jumpman.”  Shigeru Miyamoto created Donkey Knog and the character that would become Mario (and his first gal pal, Pauline) when he couldn’t acquire the license for Popeye.  We pay tribute to his barrel-jumping start with this EXCLUSIVE Loot Crate designed tee that will put a spring in your step.

Exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tiki Muglets – Yay I love TMNT!  And tikis!  This is a very tiny mug, but I think it’s super cute.  I’m surprised that it’s actually made of ceramic, rather than the plastic that their last tiki mug was made from.

Though they had a much grittier start in Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s Mirage Studios comic in May 1984, most people first met the Turtle brothers in the light-hearted 1987 animated series.  Running for just shy of 10 years (it ended in 1996!), its popularity spawned a host of cross-media adaptations including video games, live action movies and is currently on its third cartoon.  So raise a glass and toast TMNT with this ceramic mini-Tiki mug!  You have a chance to get 1 of the 4 Turtles in muglet form…or the rare Shredder variant!

This Month’s Pin – The digital content unlocked by this pin consists of 5 issues of the TMNT comic.

The iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sewer logo makes a spiffy pin and may inspire you to try some unconventional pizza topping combinations!

Exclusive Action Comics #1 Reprint – Although Christopher Reeve’s Superman was my favorite (despite the fact that I wasn’t born when the movie was released), it’s nice to have a copy of the comic where Superman first appeared.  It even includes a certificate of authenticity.  Fun fact: Gibbs (Mark Harmon) also played Superman, which I just found out while I was researching this comic.

Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster way back in 1933, the character we would come to know and love didn’t exactly catch on at first.  But they were on to something and, 5 years later, Superman made his debut at the company that would become DC Comics.  We salute this cultural icon with an authentic replica reprint of Action Comics #1.  Printed on the original newsprint stock with the original ads, this rarity includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

A random page of the comic book.

Overall, I think this is a fun curated Loot Crate.  My favorite items are the T-shirt and the TMNT mug.

If you’re interested in Loot Crate, click here to get your first box $5 off.

Purchased. Referral link. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.



I'm Symi. I just got my PhD degree in Biochem and I'm addicted to subscription boxes.
Favorite things: All kawaii stuff, Asian beauty, dresses, nail polish, jewelry, lifestyle items, glitter, heart-shaped things
Least favorite things: Boxes that lie about being completely customizable, completely made up ingredients in skincare products.
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