Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Loot Crate is to Geeky Goodness as Tinder is to Boom-Chicka-Wow-Wow

monkey padawansMy apologies for the nightmare-inducing title for this post, but I find myself penning this entry while administering a practice SAT to my young monkey padawans - at this very moment, it seems most appropriate.

As it so happens every year around this time, my family and I go into discount-savings mode, looking for ways to cut expenses as the wane, slim teaching days of summer quickly approach. Our early preparations ensure the trickle of my income during break is sufficient until September rolls around once again, and as such, I begin looking at my personal expenses as the place to cut heaviest.

nintendo cart loot crateMy collections have already become streamlined, and I budget myself perhaps $100 each month toward my fixes - but this year, I'd like to take some time out to reconsider and streamline even further. I'm placing myself on a strict $50 a month fix, and that includes everything - comics, retro video games and consoles, table top games, and original art.

No one said it was going to be easy, mind you, but I think I found a way to make it through these dry and desolate times.

I have found Loot Crate, and I have found it to be good.

Yes, I know - they've been around for a while, but it takes this retro guy some time to warm up to a new concept. Hell, I only had my first Bioshock run through last month...

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Founded in 2012, Loot Crate was one of the first mail-service blind boxes to truly catch fire in their niche market - Geekdom in all of its massive, sexy, cos-play, chase card, independent artist, mega-marketed-to glory. The first crate promised a comic-con in a box, and didn't disappoint with a Gentle Giant gift card, Smash cologne, Domo-Dino key chain, and other yummy geeky swag. By 2014, Loot Crate had 200,000 regular subscribers, and as of today's rambling, boasts over 400,000.

As of yesterday, count me as one of them. 

loot crate popLast months Loot Crate was what re-connected me with my off-season geekery. My local Granite-Con is months and months away, and this option allows me to stretch my hobby moolah while gaining real value. Of course, as with all collecting, value is what the community at large places on the items at hand... the general accepted conversion is for a $19.99 crate, pop-culture-o-philes get more than $45 in return. Solid.

Last month, Loot Crate sent subscribers the 'Dead' crate, with thematic selections from Deadpool and the Walking Dead. A t-shirt comes standard in every crate, and this months was the 'no-you're-not-an-x-man-no-matter-what-you-say' himself rappelling down at the suggestion of tacos... there was a McFarlane build-a-Walking Dead character, a Walking Dead soap on a rope ear necklace, an action mini'd Q-Fig Deadpool, and the pin (a zombified loot crate box).

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All for $19.99. Well, $16.99 since I had a promo code. And had I signed up sooner, it would have been mine...

Yes, the links have the discount code pre-filled in for you.

You are welcome. Sign up today.

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