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Loot Crate Reveal – January 2016 – Invasion

Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box costing $19.95 (US) a month which delivers assorted geekery and fandom goodies to its subscribers. It comes with an optional add-on of Lvl Up; giving further accessories for a separate payment.

Each month Loot Crate comes with a different theme. With a new year, comes new loot and with great loot comes great responsibility! January’s theme is Invasion.

You can watch the video unboxing here or at the bottom of the post.

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And with mediocre loot comes a deep, deep sense of shame…

Click below to reveal what was in the crate!

Exclusive X-Files The Day Has Come T-Shirt

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X-files day has come t-shirt Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

X-files day has come t-shirt Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

This month’s T-shirt has a design by competition winner Francis Minoza, but I’m actually more a fan of the second place design (See below). Sorry Francis! But the gooey green just isn’t doing it for me, even though it’s more obviously ‘X-Files’ on first glance. Which do you other Looter’s prefer?

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Art by Raymond Escarpe; a man who can’t Escarpe his name being used for puns.

I’m a big fan of Scully and Mulder’s Escapades, though like a lot of people I never got around to seeing the end. Those kind of things happened in the days of spotty dial-up internet. I can’t bring to mind my fave episode of the X-Files, there were far too many, but I can tell you the most terrifying one. It’s the one with the bugs that can get you in the darkness, little green, glowy bugs; sound familiar? This T-shirt is giving me mega flashback vibes, but not in a good way.

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Mega Flashback vibes, in a good way.

It’s still an X-files t-shirt, which is a good item no matter which way you slice it. (Please don’t take this as an invitation to cut up your tee. You don’t always have to ‘do you’.) I just feel like I would have preferred a less messy design. But hey, I’m just one person. Maybe everyone else loved it?


Loot Rating: Three LORNAS out of five!

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EXCLUSIVE Alien Facehugger Plush

Alien facehugger plush Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Alien facehugger plush Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

This is actually a pretty cute, topical item. I feel like it’s almost a little too cute, so it’s time to heed Momma Lorna’s advice. When he scuttles up close to you and blinks those pretty little eyes at you. When you start to feel him move up your leg, don’t be fooled. Even if he bought dinner. You’re allowed to say no. Ok?

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No means no!

This thing came with a little yellow elastic for photo ops that almost no-one figured out until they read the magazine. It’s a nice piece of loot, but for me it’s an insta-sell as my cats will destroy that thing faster than you can say ‘mummy paid a lot of money for that you little s%$ts.’


Loot Rating: Four LORNAS out of five!

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Exclusive Space Invaders Vinyl Figure

 

Space Invader figure Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Space Invader figure Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Space Invader figure Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

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Cornelius was a little suspicious about this invader…

I actually really love this figure! Even though I’m fast running out of space on almost every shelf I own (except my trophy shelf…) I have an unnatural love for figurines.

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Yup, still plenty of room on the old Trophy shelf…

There are three different colors available for this little guy and despite somehow thinking I got the blue/pink, you can clearly see I got the green/blue variety. Which is the second best. Yellow just looks like a space invader whos power is dropping urine on your head.

….Which is actually a pretty terrifying though.


Loot Rating: Four LORNAS out of five –

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EXCLUSIVE The Fifth Element Prop Replica Multi Pass

 Fifth element multipass Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Fifth element multipass Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Fifth element multipass Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Fifth element multipass Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Fifth element multipass Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Fifth element multipass Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Ok, so I know this item isn’t going to be a hit with everyone. I mean technically it’s almost useless, but I am crazy in love with it. I am a huuuuuuuge Fifth Element fan and I particularly love Leeloo (who doesn’t?). Besides, this will help enormously in my ironically fat Leeloo cosplay that I dream of someday being brave enough to do.

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I was planning to wear a peach bodysuit…but kudos to this guy.

Loot rating: Five LORNAS out of five!

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Exclusive ‘Invasion’ Mini Art Prints

Invasion Art prints Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Invasion Art prints Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Invasion Art prints Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

For me, this is a huge win. I’m a big fan of art prints and it’s an item I don’t feel like we really get in Loot Crates. These have a nice firm card and will look great framed. While I’m not a huge fan of old movies, I know someone who is and these will make a wonderful gift. Throw on a dollar store frame and rock your geek chic to the max. (I was born in the 90’s ok.)


Loot rating: Five LORNAS out of five!

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Exclusive X-Files LED flashlight

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X-Files flashlight Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

My least fave item in the Invasion crate. I feel like this is a bit of a copout, especially as an exclusive item. It’s probably hard to get X-Files merchandise (although…I remember it being a huge thing in the nineties) and I already own two flashlights so I’m probably bias. However, this item just bores me. I have no sense of adventure either, so I’m not likely to be hunting down aliens with it.

I do like that they included the batteries…but that’s really my only positive on this one.


Loot rating: One LORNA out of five!

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As always, when receiving Loot Crate, subscribers are treated to some extra items. So here’s my ratings for this month’s box, badge and Loot Crate magazine:

Space Invaders themed box

Arcade box Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Arcade box Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Probably my favourite box so far. I feel like the color choices and style lend themselves perfectly to a vintage arcade machine feel. I still have the problem with the boxes in that I don’t really know what to do with them, but I at least felt a twinge of guilt throwing this one in the recycling bin and it made for a great photo background!


Box rating – Four LORNAS out of five –

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Other extras

Loot Crate Pin

Invasion pin Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Invasion pin Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Invasion pin Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Invasion pin Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

So last time you may remember me praising Loot Crate for making a button that I actually wanted to wear. Well since then they’ve revealed their new Loot Crate Pins program and I have to say:

Thumbs up Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Thumbs up Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna

Not only does the pin look absolutely smashing, you get an unlockable “DLC” with it. While I’m not a huge fan of the term “DLC” in an attempt to look “cool”

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We get it, Lootmom. *rolls eyes*

I do approve of getting stuff for free. This month’s offering is issue #1 of the Level 44 comic.

The 44 Loot Crate Invasion January Reveal Loquacious Lorna


Loot Crate Invasion Magazine

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   Hot on the heels of their Pin/Badge victory, it seems like Loot Crate has answered my screechy complaining bird call about their magazine as well.

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Fix it, already!

Not only is this month’s magazine better quality paper (something which apparently makes a difference to me), I actually read the whole thing. They have interesting interviews, a cute alien game and essentially just good content. Kudos.


Magazine and button Rating – Five LORNAS out of five

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This crate wasn’t my absolute favorite, but it was chock-a-bloc full of exclusive items. I really appreciated the spread of loot giving us quite a few items that were different from the norm. More than anything. I’d say this crate was ‘fun’ and though money value wise, I feel there’s room for improvement, I really enjoyed it overall.

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January Loot Crate Score – Four LORNAS out of five.

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Value for money – Four LORNAS out of five.

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Join me next month for another Loot Crate unboxing! As always, if you enjoyed this article, give it a share or a comment below.

Notable celebrity birthdays for next month include me, me and me. Turning 30 like a boss. Feel free to wish me a happy birthday on my social media or in the comments below. Or insult me. Just talk to me.

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Check out my unboxing video below if you prefer video:

All opinions are my own, always 100 percent honest. I received no compensation for this review and Loot Crate is something I pay for out of my own money. If you have any suggestions or comments for next month’s unboxing, please leave a comment below. To see more from me and watch me turn into dust as I had the big 3-0 mark, subscribe to me by email on the left sidebar or via Bloglovin’.

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Montreal based Scot who writes about tech, beauty, DIY, Plus size issues, fashion, video games, life, how to be frugal and many more.

  • Bella P

    I just found your blog and I love it so much! It’s just so quirky and fun!

    • Thanks so much, Bella! I try to bring a little bit of my personality here. Hoping to have time to write more articles soon as well 🙂

  • This is my absolute favourite Lootcrate crate so far – although I’m with you, that other X-Files tee is much better; the first one’s too “obvious”, while the second one’s a little less in-your-face ALIENS.

    BUT OMG THAT MULTIPASS.
    AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!

    Yup.

    Definitely my favourite so far.

    In conclusion?:

    • It was a pretty sweet crate, they might have clinched it if the X-files item had been better. I’m being judged by my Fallout 4 Bobblehead though…

      • WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOUR FALLBOUT 4 BOBBLEHEAD?

        NOTHING.

        • He’s just judgey. “Why don’t you play more Fallout, Lorna? Why didn’t you put on a bra today? ”
          What a monster.