Loot Crate — August 2014 REVIEW
Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service. Each month you receive a box full of geek & gamer gear valued at over $40 (USD) for just about a 1/3rd of that price. Plans start at $13.37 per month + $6 S/H.
This month’s theme is Heroes! The one thing that is consistent with Loot Crate boxes is that you know there is going to be a theme and that all items, regardless of what they are, will center around that theme. It’s still random but cohesive. Let’s see who came to join the party this month…
Don’t they all look heroic? Let’s take a closer look at the stash, starting at the upper right hand corner of the picture above. The Heroes theme has been carried over to the box itself, similar to last month’s Villains-themed box.
The Shwings Shoe Lightening Bolts are rather cute. My husband’s initial reaction was, “Oh, these are yours.” Ha! But I think I’ll put these on my daughter’s Chucks. She is lightening fast these days on her feet. "Slow down" and "Walk, please" are not phrases she likes hearing nowadays.
Loved the retro Sonic the Hedgehog air freshener. That item defaulted to my hubby, who then retracted and said, “I should save these, shouldn’t I?” We’ll see how long he lasts before he finally rips through it and I see it hanging in his car.
TMNT swag is always welcome. I liked that the doll was Raphael but the glasses were Donatello. Changing it up a bit, I like it. The magnet is a cute add-on item. Not sure yet whether to display it in the office or kitchen.
There’s also some digital loot — 3 unique codes for games: Doctor Who: Legacy, Defense Grid: The Awakening, and an exclusive in-game helm – Mask of the Wyrm Slayer for Gauntlet.
Lastly, Funko POP GROOT! Need I say more? I do? Ok, well then, glow-in the dark! The glow-in-the-dark is what makes it a Loot Crate exclusive.
Another fun box from the folks at Loot Crate. I will say that it wasn’t as exciting a box as last month’s Villains (what does that say about me??), but good selection of items nonetheless. Also, no t-shirt! Whaa? I’ll be honest, I would’ve traded a few items in here for an awesome Heroes shirt. Oh well.
This is our third box from Loot Crate and it has slowly become a box that we look forward to every month. Hoping that future boxes will continue to be as much fun as the last few have been.
Sometimes a song just gets you, regardless of the singer or genre. Such is the case with "Shake It Off", the latest release by none other than Taylor Swift. Wha??
Now it shouldn’t be too surprising to hear that I’m not a Swift fan, but I was grooving along to this beat the minute I heard it on the radio. I even turned the volume up. Something about that chorus just makes you want to shake off whatever it is that’s causing a dark cloud over your head. It’s a fun song, plain and simple. And while I could have feigned interest, I will admit that this song has now become a guilty pleasure.
Shake it off into the weekend, folks. You’ve earned it.
Source: SoundCloud / vevo.com music
NatureBox: August 2014 REVIEW + CODE
NatureBox is a monthly subscription service. Every month, you receive 5 full-sized snack packages. You can choose your snacks or get a surprise box of their newest items. Subscriptions are available in 3-mo. ($17.95), 6-mo. ($16.95), 12-mo. ($15.95), or month-to-month ($19.95) plans. **discount code listed below**
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Because I hadn’t managed my pantry in awhile, the snacks that I received were technically a surprise. I truly didn’t know what I was going to get until I opened it. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Baked Sweet Potato Fries were included, as those are my daughter’s fave.
Toasted Cheddar Stix
More sesame-y, less cheddar-y. Nice texture, not overly sweet. I’d probably order it again.
Kung Pao Pretzels
Ooh wee! These pretzels pack a punch. One bite was enough for me to sample and I promptly declared this bag for my husband. Good pick if you or someone in the family enjoys spicy foods.
Whole Wheat Raspberry Figgy Bars
These bars are a family fave. They are hearty and packed with flavor. The only drawback is that you only get 5 bars. And using simple math, $20 / 5 bags = $4 / bag = $0.80 / bar. Not too shabby…
Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels
I love all these components separately. Sourdough, check. Cheddar, check. Pretzels, check. Together, however, made for a rather salty snack. Perhaps my taste buds have changed over the years (damn you, aging process!). Hasn’t stopped me from eating, though. Hurts so good, I guess…
Baked Sweet Potato Fries (not pictured)
As mentioned in the intro, this snack is a staple in every box. My daughter absolutely loves these and it’s a snack that I don’t feel guilty giving to her.
Overall a good box. Even though I curated the box using the pantry, you still never know how a new snack is going to turn out. Save for the sourdough pretzels, I was pleasantly surprised with this month’s snacks.
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Nerd Block: AUGUST 2014 REVIEW
Nerd Block is a monthly mystery package delivered right to your door filled with nerdy apparel, toys, and collectibles! Plans start as low as $13.99 for the Nerd Block, Jr. boxes and $19.99 for Nerd Block Classic and Horror Block.
This is our third Nerd Block box and from what I’ve learned thus far is that there are always a bunch of random items. Sure, a bunch of fun, nerdy things, but random nonetheless. Reactions range from “Sweet!!” to “Uh, sweet…?”
So right off the bat (ha!), I see the Funko Batman which makes me squee! on the inside, a t-shift (natch), and a figurine perhaps? Let’s take it all out!
As you may have guessed, the Funko Batman is a favorite of the box. It’s going in the collection, but I hope I can keep my hands off of it!
My husband saw the Doctor Who mags before I did and proclaimed, “These are yours.” Thank you, Sir, and right you are. These Doctors are mine. It was particularly timely as we had just watched “The Christmas Invasion”, episode 1 of David Tennant’s reign, the same night. I
was am beyond ecstatic.
The rest of the items were a bit of a crapshoot. The Garbage Pail Kids were a part of my generation, but I’m still not sure what I’d do with this mini figures. They’re still mini enough for me not to trust my two-year-old around them.
Next, I was never really a fan of Pokemon (sorry!), but the hubby seemed to like the shirt so I guess it’s a keeper.
Lastly, I have never heard of Bravest Warrior, but the key chain is going up in our collection and will get used eventually.
This box was A-OK for me. [FYI: A-OK is above “meh” and below “awesome”.] While still not as exciting as the June box, it’s enough to keep us subscribing for at least one more month. The Doctor Who mags won me over, the t-shirt for the hubs, Batman for both of us, and the GP Minikids (eventually) for my daughter. A little something for everyone…
The First and Last Lines of Each Doctor
This is quickly shaping up to be a Doctor Who week, it would seem.
On the heels of the premiere of the Twelfth Doctor, we did a quick marathon of Season 1 with Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor.
Eccleston’s last line in “Parting of the Ways” was perfect. I thought it fit not only for the Doctor, but for Eccleston himself.
Rose! Before I go, I just want to say you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And you know what? So was I!
Yes, you were, Christopher Eccleston. Yes, you were.
Then, when the Ninth regenerated to the Tenth, I was tickled by David Tennant’s debut line, “Hello. Okay… ooh, new teeth. That’s weird.”
It got me thinking of prior and future doctors’ first and last lines. Fans have wildly debated the best last line among the Doctors, with #3, #4, #8, and #9 leading the pack.
Decide for yourself which is your favorite below…