The April 2015 Loot Crate box was marketed as a fantasy theme. The fantasy theme video was a touching story about people growing up playing a tabletop roleplaying game together and ultimately introducing one player’s daughter to the game so she could join them.
So what appeared in this month’s Loot Crate?
Nothing useful for tabletop gaming, that’s for sure. Not even really things particularly geeky or nerdy.
This month’s Loot Crate looked more like a pop culture blast from the past box than a box for “those that live and embrace the geek and gaming lifestyle.” There were the monthly button pin and t-shirt, two “Game of Thrones” items, capitalizing on the popularity of the HBO series and the games by Tell Tale Games, a “Princess Bride” item, a “Harry Potter” item, an inflatable toy and a bow tie.
Let’s take a detailed look.
Every month a Loot Crate pin is included in each box that lists what month the subscription was for and what the theme was. It’s a nice commemorative for the month’s Loot Crate. It’s a map with a tower standing in the middle, an X marking a spot beneath it and a dotted line path leading toward it. The border is orange and reads “Loot Crate” up top and “April 2015 – Fantasy” around the bottom.
Every box includes an exclusive t-shirt and this months was titled the “Dungeons and Dragons” t-shirt. It was a red t-shirt made of thin material (bra showing through the female t-shirt thin material) with a simplistic tribal patterned wyrm dragon crossing over its own body and breathing fire to form the D&D ampersand.
The simpler of the two “Game of Thrones” items is a magnet set with the Stark, Lannister, Targaryen and Baratheon family crests. While this is a nice little fridge reminder about how much you might love “Game of Thrones” it feels as if Loot Craters were a little short-ended on what they could have actually gotten. The whole “Game of Thrones” magnet set by Dark Horse is $9.99, but has three more house shields included.
And honestly, this “Game of Thrones” shield magnet set by Dark Horse looks much more unique for the same price.
The second item in the “Game of Thrones” set, and the real prize of the whole April crate, a 4 GB USB flash drive in the shape of the Stark family’s gray dire wolf crest. This item is an exclusive for Loot Crate so you won’t find it on regular retail, but already third parties are posting on Amazon for as low as $4.98.
“The Princess Bride” playing cards retail for $9.99. They’re a very cute card set with a gloss finish that makes the art illustrations pop and ensures the cards won’t take damage from normal use. These cards are a great prize for any fan of the cult-classic 1987 movie.
The “Harry Potter” 9 3/4 bag tag retails for $6.99. It’s not as cute as the faux leather bag tag that can be bought for a similar price from Hot Topic and it doesn’t look nearly as realistic as a bag tag, but it is a heavy PVC material that will likely survive extensive travel much better. This item’s certain to please any “Harry Potter” fan that likes traveling and wants to pretend they’re going somewhere a little more exciting than wherever they’re really going.
The inflatable crown is probably the most disappointing item in the April Loot Crate and is marked as an exclusive to Loot Crate Labs. Despite that, it looks exactly the same as these King/Queen for a Day inflatable crowns which retail for $6.07. This thing looks like something you might get out of a Burger King kid’s meal on your birthday. It might be fun to blow up and wear around for an hour but after that it’s likely to end up at the bottom of a child’s toy box or stuffed into the trash during spring cleaning.
And the final item in the April 2015 Loot Crate is another exclusive. And an absolutely ugly one at that. This red bow tie is decorated in golden 20-sided die and dragons. If you fancy awful bow ties you might like this, but for most people’s it’s probably going to be stuffed into the back of a sock drawer and never thought of again. That’s probably for the best.