Disclaimer: Every month, Loot Crate provides this product in exchange for a review and promotion. The theme for January's Loot Crate is Rewind and if you're a child of the 80s, this is your jam!
They didn't go crazy with the booklet cover this month, but that's ok. The simplicity of it is really nice with a game controller, cassette tape and some non-brand name building blocks on a style of carpet I'm betting a lot of you will remember lying on while reading comics or playing video games. The features this month include articles on Nintendo and Voltron.
There is some great geek gear this month including a mini-notebook for drawing your own comic book. The pages are broken into panels just like a comic, it's up to you t fill them in. It's also got punch-out stencils to help make comic book-y effects. Next is a pair of 8-bit sun glasses, which I really wish were clip-ons so I could wear them over my normal glasses. And there's a very Space Invader inspired skinny tie to help nerd up your wardrobe.
There's also plenty of Loot Crate exclusives this month too! Check out this Voltron shirt. At the risk of losing geek cred, I'll tell you I've never watched an entire episode of Voltron. Battle of the Planets, Grandizer, Gaiking, Spaceketeers, Starblazers I watched constantly but never got into Voltron. Weird, right?
From Squid Kid Ink comes this 10-Doh cartridge figure. Looters got one of six possible exclusive designs, including a shiny gold chase variant. These 3" tall guys are a good combo of retro gaming and pop culture parody. Other titles include take offs on Back to the Future, Doctor Who, and Firefly.
But my favorite exclusive is this Star Wars #1 variant cover! Having bought two different covers already, I wouldn't have thought I needed a third, but I'm very happy to get this one featuring one of my favorite characters! If you look closely, you can see the containers in front of Han are Loot Crates.
They really outdid themselves with the box interior this month. I seem to be saying that every month, but every month it's true! You have to open all the flaps and basically turn it inside out and it becomes a Loot Crate retro gaming console complete with 80s "stickers" plastered all over it. The final page of the booklet has a paper craft controller you can punch out.
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