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Geek & Gamer Goodies: Unboxing the January 2014 Loot Crate

Loot Crate ships a box of goodies every month. What's inside January's?

I have a problem. I love surprises.

This might not sound like much of a problem, but just think of it. Mystery packs. Mystery packs everywhere.

And I simply can't resist.

Loot Crate is my newest find, a stumbled-upon ad that actually managed to catch my attention while scrolling through my Facebook feed. The premise of the site is to collect $40 worth of gamer and nerd goodies, stuff them all into a box, and ship them out to your doorstep - all for about 1/3 of the price at $20 or less (at least if you're in the United States).

In the United States, you have the choice between paying every 1 month for $13.37/mo + $6 shipping, every 3 months for $12.37/mo + $6 shipping, or every 6 months for $11.67/mo + $6 shipping. 

Those of us outside the United States in Canada, Australia, and the UK, can still get our hands on the Loot Crate for $29.95/mo shipped. 

It is still relatively new, they only began shipping their crates in July 2013.

EDIT: It isn't as new as I first thought, the previous crates page go back only as far as July 2013 but they have been shipping them for a lot longer than that. Thanks Lauren!

In this particular crate, what they have called the LAUNCH! crate (to launch you into the New Year), I found:

  • Superman POP! Vinyl - Funko
  • Star Wars Galactic Phrase Book - Randomhouse
  • Minecraft 2014 Calendar - Trends International
  • Star Wars Pocketmodel TCG - Wizkids
  • Melting Rubik's Cube - Walls360
  • Star Trek Communicator Badge - Walls360
  • NASA "Meatball" Emblem Patch - A-B Emblem

Toys! I love toys!

The question is, do you think it's worth it? 

For those of us outside of the US, the unboxing pleasure comes a great deal later than for those in the United States. In fact, the Loot Crate website released a summary of the January Loot Crate's contents before mine even reached the post office (and mine got to my mailbox before the expected February 2 arrival date). Rather ruins the surprise a little if you happen to misclick before you realize, doesn't it?

The price hike is also impressively steep once you pass the border. It's logical considering how much more it costs to ship, but does that make the presents worth while for us?

What do you think? Is it worth it for you?

If you're interested, Loot Crate is currently running a little promotion: use coupon code WARRIORS to get $3 off any subscription plan when you sign up.

Also if you're feeling kind, please consider using my referral link! http://mbsy.co/lootcrate/1582223 Otherwise, http://www.lootcrate.com will also get you where you want to go.

Published Jan. 30th 2014
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