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Summon up some awesomeness with Loot Crate’s September box

We take a look at September’s SUMMON Loot Crate for KnowTechie’s first Random Drops.

This may be the first time that you’ve seen the Random Drops series, so let me give you a quick rundown. There are so many different subscription services out there on the internet that you can subscribe to, unfortunately if you ever search something like “Is Loot Crate worth it” or “Is Dollar Shave Club good” you usually end up looking at either the product’s website or blogs that simply say “yeah”.

I’ve made it my duty to try to get my hands on as many of these services and products as I can to try to show you what you get, and what I think of their products. Using the patented DropScore™, I’ll also rate the product in typical game-loot scoring. So let’s take a look at today’s treasures.

Every month, Loot Crate boasts a special theme for their $13.37 a month box of goodies. There have been super hero and super villain themes, cyber themes and even video game themes. This month’s theme was SUMMON and all the nifty items that came in the box were of course themed in one way or another around summoning.

This guy was originally a SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) exclusive that retailed for $50 at the show. Loot Crate got their hands on some extras and tossed them into their Loot Crates as an awesome little treat for everyone. Homer has a pretzel and beads that go in either hand and is just the type of quality that you can expect from any of Kidrobot’s figurines. If I was one to turn and try to flip the Loot Crate items I got, this guy would pay for a few months on his own. I’m just not 100% sure how he tied into the theme, but no complaints here!

I’ve never watched an episode of Supernatural in my life, but I’ve always heard great things about it. This Loot Crate exclusive die-cast car has a variant that will not be available on any other retail model. It features the original Kansas license plates that are featured in the car’s first cannon appearance in the episode “In the Beginning”. It’s a really nice die-cast car and while it may look a bit like a Hot Wheels toy, it has the quality of those that used to be sold in the 80’s. This actually seems like a neat collectors item, I’ll be sure to put some desk space aside for it.

I’ve tried time and again to get into Hearthstone and each time I do, I get frustrated and confused because everyone always has better cards and a better understanding of their decks than I do. However, Loot Crate is trying to even the odds by giving me a free pack of cards and a coin just like the one used at the start of each game. Ha ha! In all seriousness, this pack was given out at the 2014 Blizzcon and this is the first time it has been available since that time. If you are a fan of the game, I’m sure you’ll enjoy both the free pack of cards and a cool coin to go along with it.

Did I mention that Hearthstone was a frustrating game? It is, but it is also addicting too. Deal with your anger and frustration by squeezing the hell out of this foam Hearthstone and then throwing it at the wall as hard as you can. As a bonus, if you play against people you know, you can throw it at them too, it won’t leave a mark!

This month was a little light on content in the magazine. There was an article on the Supernatural Impala, which was cool because I knew nothing of it and a transcribed version of the Loot Cast podcast, which was more of a 2 page ad than anything else. Could have been better but could have also been way worse as well. They did away with the magazines once. At the end of the magazine, there is a rundown of all the Loot as well, which is a great reference point! The pin was neat too.

A fun little Rock, Paper, Scissors-style game with some really neat effects and games that work if you use the actual Loot Crate box in conjunction with the app itself. The games are simple tap-style games but are something totally different than anything I’ve seen in a Loot Crate before. There’s also a little fortune telling app on Loot Crate’s site as well that features these cards.

Goofy hats! I’m always a sucker for goofy hats and this awesome Pikachu one is no exception. Comfortable and stretchy enough to not only fit on my massive melon but also my kids’ I’m sure this will be stolen from me by one of them when the cooler days of the year come rolling by. The marquee item in this month’s Loot Crate, it’s a little geeky item that I have to say I actually adore.

Here’s this month’s Loot Crate DropScore™

Surprisingly good for an odd theme

As you see if the item listings, almost each item is worth the value of this month’s Loot Crate on its own. Nice. Next month’s theme is TIME and the featured art already has Bill and Ted, Doctor Who and tire tracks from the DeLorean. I’m already looking forward to what will come in that one!

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