Well, it's a bit late, but here's a look at the January 2014 Loot Crate. And here's the usual disclaimer that Loot Crate sends me this cool stuff in exchange for a review every month.
The theme for this month is Launch and there's plenty of out of this world swag to go along with that. This month's mag has a funny article called Super Cinema where they theorize how five sci-fi movies would have turned out had Superman been dropped into them. There's also an interview with Bobak Ferdowsi, you may know him as that NASA guy with the mohawk.
Speaking of which, you can see there's a NASA patch up there. You may think it's not very exciting, it's a patch. But it's one of those things that really excites the young geek in me that used to peer into the heavens with a telescope. Next to that is a Star Trek communicator sticker. You can peel it off and slap it on your favorite mono-color t-shirt. Just don't use a red one! Here's a close-up of the button at the bottom
What's it all about? Loot Crate became the first geek gear mail order service to go to space! It might not sound that impressive, but they did it all themselves. None of that fancy space craft stuff for the geeks at Loot Crate!
Next up is a mini Minecraft wall calendar. I admit, I'm one of the few people on the planet that has never delved into this game. I'm aware of it, I've seen what people have created there and have decided to stay away because it would probably suck up my free time. Beside the calendar is a wall sticker of a melty Rubik's Cube.
You don't want to Launch into space without this handy Star Wars Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide! This pocket size book is a lot of fun. I picked it up when it came out a few years ago. It's got tips for communicating and getting along with several species like Wookiees, Gungans, droids and Hutts. There's also a section in the book that goes behind the sounds of the movies. The extra icing on it is all the illustration is done by Sergio Aragones. If you've never read his Groo the Wanderer, you are depriving yourself of some great entertainment! Along with the guide is a pack of the now defunct pocket model game.
Look up in the sky! It's a bird...it's a plane...it's a...SuperDomo Funko Pop Vinyl Figure? For me, Domo is in the same realm as Hello Kitty. I know they're both big in Japan and I see them everywhere in pop culture stores, and that's it. The magazine showed a few different Man of Steel Funkos (is that the correct plural of Funko?) that were available. I think I would have preferred a Supes or Zod one or even the Domo in the Man of Steel outfit. Also, the paint app on this guy is sub-par. I have higher expectations from Funko than this.
If you're a fan of the cartoon Bravest Warriors, there's a good chance you'll want to sign up for February's Loot Crate as they're promising some related gear and a shirt! Or if you just want to get cool stuff like this in your mail every month, head over the top right column and follow the link to join.