Loot Anime Episode 1 BRAWL Crate Nov 2015
This was the very first Loot Anime crate and my brother and I (we share all these boxes) were pretty happy with it, personal thoughts on the overall crate and an estimated total value of the items can be found here after the review. ^^ I’ll be starting with a little intro to Loot Anime and it’s parent company Loot Crate first, but if you’d like to jump straight to the review please click here.
Series included in this crate: Naruto, Attack on Titan, The Seven Deadly Sins, + 1 blind box vinyl figure featuring a character from either Fairy Tail, Black Butler, Soul Eater, Attack on Titan, or Sword Art Online.
“A Monthly Crate of Anime & Manga Gear. Loot Anime is a monthly mystery bundle of figures, collectibles, manga, apparel, accessories and more from some of your favorite anime and manga series with a new theme every month! $60+ value in every crate!”
Loot Anime is by Loot Crate, a monthly geek + gamer crate subscription service. I’d previously been subscribed for a short bit to Loot Crate and it was nice, but not quite the right thing for my brother and I. We’re not as into general geeky pop culture so most of the items weren’t really for things we were super into, but when we heard they were starting an anime crate we jumped at it! (Well, okay to be completely honest our sister beat us to it and gifted it to us, so shout out to Sis~! You’re the best & thank you~~~!)
Price: For subscribers living in the US, Loot Anime costs $24.95 + $5 shipping for one month, with it getting slightly cheaper the more months you buy at a time with subscription options at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months. They do ship internationally to quite a few countries, for more info about ordering from outside the US please view the International section of their Help page. For $3 off use the code ANIMEFB (currently working as of Jan 23 when I started this as a draft, if it’s expired check their FaceBook page for a new one) and if you’re willing, please use my referral link when you sign up.
After the unfortunate focus of the last review (on Doki Doki Crate), I’d like to note that, to my knowledge, every item that has been in Loot Crate & Loot Anime have been authentic licensed merchandise. Loot Crate has had several one-off boxes in partnership with major companies; from Nintendo (3 Amiibo crates), BioWare (Mass Effect crate), Activision (Call of Duty crate), Disney & Lucasfilm (Star Wars crate), to GamesRadar+ (2 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive crates), and even an upcoming crate on the TV series Firefly. Not to mention the exclusive official items they’ve had in many Loot Crates. So rest assured, you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth with no worries of unofficial, fake, knockoff items.
On their ‘About page’ it’s noted that they “…emphasize phenomenal support and content, and include gear from some of the most respected entertainment and consumer product companies in the world.” and on the ‘How it Works’ page: “We partner with great brands to deliver an epic experience every month!”.
Now, onto the review on the actual Loot Anime BRAWL crate!
“For a long time, Looters have been asking for more anime items or even an anime-themed crate. We agreed. But anime is too big, there’s just so much great content out there and you can’t just put it into a single crate. So we created a whole new subscription called Loot Anime and we wanted to come out swinging! Literally, that’s why our first theme is BRAWL, celebrating epic fights and amazing warriors! We hope you like it! – Team Loot Crate”
While it may look like an ordinary and plain black box on the outside – with only the Loot Anime logo atop it to let you know what it is – upon opening it this box undergoes a magical girl level transformation! With a full custom design on the inside in the same theme of the box (+referencing the series included). I recommend unfolding it, flipping it inside out, and then folding it again so that the colorful design can be seen at all times. Though if you enjoy your crate being more like a ninja, leaving it in its original state works too.
Poster w/ Original Art by Finni Chang
As an artist, I adored this idea of having an awesome original piece of art included, and they did a great job with it. They had a wonderful artist choice in the talented Finni Chang, whose art I’ve stalked for quite a while (and you should too~!). If you’re interested in seeing more of Finni’s work you can find her on: twitter, tumblr, Facebook, deviantArt, and instagram.
They’ve made great double use of this poster with a listing of all the items included in the box – with photos and short descriptions – on the opposite side of it (all the quotes here in the review about the items are from it). It’s size is around 15.5″ x 27″, give or take a tiny bit as I only had a little 5″ ruler to measure with.
Pretty sure this is totally not meant to be included in any attempts to tally a total box value, but for the curious a poster from Finni Chang’s online shop is $20 (though of course if you were to put a value on this particular poster, it would likely be a tad lower for being folded up instead of nicely rolled, but stiiiiill~).
Exclusive Naruto Shippuden Akatsuki Tee by Ripple Junction
“The nine Tailed Beasts don’t stand a chance! Join the Akatsuki and take your place as one of the deadliest and most powerful ninja alive with this stylish tee!”
Although I am insanely behind on Naruto (I’m pretty sure I reached Shippudden in the anime, and I’d gotten to just past Sai’s appearance in the manga), it’s a series I’ve always quite liked. I’ve got 3 well-loved Naruto plushies (well 4 if you count Sasuke who has gone missing since moving back to America XD) living amongst my plush collection if that tells you anything. Thus, I recognized the Akatsuki imagery immediately.
I love the allover pattern on the shirt. My brother and I share Loot Anime so we decided on the shirt size being ‘unisex XL’ so it could fit on whoever most liked the shirt, thus I cannot give a great commentary on the fit. (On an unrelated note, being that this box is shared I may alternate between ‘we’ and ‘I’ randomly in this review. Please don’t think I’m weirdly referring to myself as multiple people! hehe~)
I’ve worn it at least 4 times since receiving it and it definitely works great with leggings or skinny jeans as a super comfy and stylish long top, alternately also works for a nice oversized shirt to sleep in. (I will at some point try to remember to edit this later with a photo of how it looks when worn.)
This is an exclusive item to Loot Anime so I cannot figure out an exact price. The closest I could find was this Akatsuki themed shirt also by Ripple Junction listed at $19.95, but clearly not quite the same quality (at least in my opinion). Something with an all over print is generally priced higher, and so I’d list this as closer to $25.
Mystery Mini Blind Box by Funko
“This mystery assortment features characters from Soul Eater, Sword Art Online, Attack on Titan, Black Butler and Fairy Tail! Which one will you get?”
This particular blind box item is by Funko, makers of the very popular Pop! vinyl figures, and is Series 1 of their Best of Anime Mystery Mini. It contains one random vinyl figure out of the 12 possible characters. Possible figures to get are: Natsu or Happy (Fairy Tail), Ciel or Sebastian (Black Butler), Soul or Maka (Soul Eater), Eren or Mikasa or a Titan (Attack on Titan), Kirito or Asuna or Heathcliff (Sword Art Online).
My box contained Ciel. Although we were kinda hoping for Natsu or Happy, I don’t mind him too much. He stands perfectly on his own, but I do note his cane is juuuust a bit too short to actually touch the ground (it isn’t very noticeable though). Height is just about 2.5″.
Working from my friend’s cosplay breakdown of this same outfit of Ciel’s and her write-up on his usual accessories, I have to say this is a pretty faithful recreation of him in mini form. They aren’t easy to spot because of his hair, but he does have the two blue stud earrings as well as both rings (even making sure to have the one on his thumb be silver and the one on his other hand gold). The handle to the cane is also properly smaller to the front and larger at back. The only things to note that aren’t exactly the same is the lack of visible white collar (honestly you wouldn’t be likely see it well anyhow as the shadow from his head would make it hard to notice), he’s only got three rows of buttons instead of four (considering he’s considerably shrunken down, I think that’s acceptable), & the heel of his shoe lacks the horizontal lines and are not quite the same shade (but that’s barely of note I think).
The only not exclusive item in the box. One blind box at retail price is listed as $7.99 on Amazon.
Exclusive Attack on Titan Glass Mug by Surreal Entertainment
“When facing Titans, it’s important to stay calm and alert. That’s why every member of the Scout Regiment always grabs a mug to drink their favorite coffee, tea, or secret potato-based beverage of choice!”
Admittedly, I’ve never actually watched Attack on Titan… ^^;;; So while I thought this looked great and I know for any AoT fan this was an awesome item (as well as a very good choice by Loot Anime, as AoT is most definitely a hugely popular series), I personally wasn’t super excited by it. Quality does look rather nice though.
Securely held in the packaging, with a layer of styrofoam above and below, indented with the mug’s shape so it stays put. It’s clear glass with a slight green tint, most notable at the base. With the series name on one side and iconic corps logo image on the other. Has enough of a weight to it I think and is a good size.
At minimum $14.99 (judging from other AoT mugs by the same company), though I personally feel it might be closer to $20 (considering it’s exclusive to the crate).
Exclusive Founders Phone Charm by Loot Anime Labs
“As our way of saying thanks for being one of our first subscribers, we’re giving you this exclusive Loot Anime founders phone charm!”
I love this. While not a big ticket item or something from any series, it’s a great touch. Plus it’s always nice to get recognized as being a part of something since it’s start. And, I just really enjoy charms/keychains.
We think it would be fair to value this at around $4.99 (feel free to suggest a different value in the comments if you think this is too low / high).
Exclusive Attack on Titan Bandages by Crowded Coop
“Let’s face it, defending the wall from titans can be a pretty perilous pursuit and a good set of bandages is a must! Plus these come with an exclusive collectible tin!”
Another Attack on Titan item, which for AoT fans is wonderful, but for me was more a this-looks-cool-but-I-don’t-care-much-for-it type item. Although, I’m sure my brother’s friend, who we intend to send the two AoT items to, probably thinks this is great. haha~ (If you’re a fan of it, do feel free to sell me on why I should give the series a try in comments though! ^w^)
The exclusive tin is nice and if I were an Attack on Titan fan I’d certainly display it somewhere. It comes sealed in plastic, and contains a total of 15 average sized bandages (5 of each design). Plenty of space to add in some more bandages or a mini-size ointment of some-kind for a tiny first-aid kid.
As these are exclusive, I don’t actually know what exactly to value these at, my best comparison is some other AoT bandages I found on Ami Ami; list price is 2,462 Yen (around $20 according to Google) with their discounted price on it as 1,840 Yen (around $15.50, once again according to Google). NOTE: As of just before posting this, I checked and have now seen this being sold on ebay for $7.99/$9.99/$11.99. So you decide what you think the value on this is~?
Exclusive Seven Deadly Sins Vol.1 by Kodansha Comics
“See the start of Princess Elizabeth’s journey to save her kingdom by hunting down the Seven Deadly Sins in this acclaimed manga by Nakaba Suzuki! This version features and exclusive cover just for Loot Anime subscribers!”
The Seven Deadly Sins is a manga by Nakaba Suzuki, published in English by Kodansha Comics. This particular version has a Loot Anime exclusive cover. This was a series that I’d vaguely heard of before, but never actually looked into it. As someone who enjoys trying new series and adores shounen this was a super fun addition. It’s rated T for ages 13+, and I feel that was an appropriate rating, but for anyone letting younger teens or children in general read this you may want to go over it first and see if you feel it’s alright for them. Below is the description about it that was on the back of the manga:
My brother and enjoyed it and will likely buy the next volume at some point. I’m definitely hoping for some more manga in future editions of Loot Anime.
Total items: 6 (+poster) | Estimated minimum overall box value: around $65.59*
( *Note: this is going off of the lowest noted price of each item [using the $7.99 price for the bandages] and not counting any value toward the poster. If I went off of my own estimated value for each item that didn’t have a retail price [and using the $9.99 price for the bandages], then it would total to $78.96 for box contents + $10 for poster = $88.96 overall total.)
Even if you gave all the items a minimum value of $9.99 it would already total at $59.99 (not including the poster) and be well more than the price paid for this subscription. Over half of the items definitely cost at least if not well more than that minimum, which means you’re most certainly getting more than the $24.95 (+$5 shipping) that you paid for. Most items were exclusives, which means there’s little chance of a double of something you already own. To me, the fact that several of the items are exclusive to Loot Anime also adds to their value. Additionally if you bought all the items individually on the internet, you’d likely have to add the additional cost of shipping, so taking that into account as well this is a great deal. Anime-zing you could say~? (…yes, terrible attempt at a pun, I know.)
Personally, I really love the concept of an anime focused monthly subscription box. And I like that Loot Anime has a theme for each month’s crate so if you’re unsure about a particular theme you could always cancel for that month or only purchase on months with themes you’re into.
My only negative to it (which honestly is something that goes for most any mystery subscription box) is that if you’re not super into any of the series chosen you’ll end up with an item you don’t want and needing to find a friend to give it to (or sell it to I suppose~? That works too). Like for this crate, there was 2 Attack on Titan items (possibly even 3 if you ended up with your Funko Mini being one of the three AoT characters) and being that my brother and I both aren’t into the series it felt a little disappointing. Obviously this is in no way Loot Anime’s fault though. They chose a very popular series and it was a great choice (I’m sure the majority loved those items), it just wasn’t my favorite. My only suggestion would be to keep it to 2 item per series max or even 1 item per series to have a good variety to it. Of course, while I say this, if the next box had multiple items from a series I loved, I’d be plenty happy to eat those words. XD
And for our final commercial break, 😛 I give you my last request to please use my referral link (http://looted.by/dsjsC) if you do decide to sign up. Thank you so much for reading this review and please don’t hesitate to leave a comment with your thoughts or suggestions below!
A review on the Episode 2 (December 2015) Loot Anime Box will be up before the week ends, please look out for it! ^^