After a few oh-so serious rants about politics and terrorism we’re back to talking about toys and junk that I get sent to me in the mail. That’s right, it’s Loot Crate time again. November’s theme was “COMBAT”, so without further ado let’s get this show on the road.CombatBox

First of all, I gotta say that this theme is generically broad at best. Basically every sci-fi movie, anime and video game features some kind of combat. So really, this is another month where the theme might as well just have been “STUFF”. And another gripe, once again there are multiple items from Blizzard. That’s twice in 3 months that Blizzard has stuffed multiple things into a Loot Crate.

Now, I understand that Loot Crate manages to keep their prices lower than the actual value of the stuff inside because it partners with people who are willing to cut them deals as part of their promotional campaigns but I’ll say it again, variety has to be a thing too. Anyhow, this wasn’t a bad crate all in all, but certainly not one of their best. Let’s go!CombatDiablo

Tiny Little Blizzard Fig

I love me some tiny vinyl figurines. If you’ve followed my ongoing unboxing blogs about Loot Crates you know that by now. Even though this little Diablo fellow is one of the more common guys according to the rarity chart on the back of the box I’m pretty happy with the pickup. Despite being an avid gamer Diablo is really the only Blizzard game I’ve ever played, and even then, only a little. I honestly didn’t recognize most of the dudes on the back of the box so I was jazzed to see Blizzard’s adorable version of Diablo come out of the package. Look at him, look at how keee-yoot the Lord of Darkness is.
Happiness: ♥ ♥ ♥CombaMagnets

Little Blizzard Magnet Thing

This is what I’m talking about. Not only is this a second item from Blizzard, it’s also the exact same style as the figurine. Much like the double-items from Hearthstone back in SUMMON this is basically just an expansion of the same item, under the banner of Little Badguys or whatever. Fortunately for me, I know a lot of people who play Blizzard games, so this one is earmarked for a gift for some lucky person over the holidays. I’m sure they’ll dig it. And I mean, who doesn’t like magnets?
Happiness: ♥ ♥CombatFallout

Vault Boy Bobblehead

Well, isn’t this a little dilemma? This is a Vault Boy bobble head. Duh. Vault Boy is the awesome little dude who has been around in all (I think) the Fallout games delightfully visually your various abilities. His happy little smile the stark contrast to the living hell of the post-apocalyptic wasteland you play in. And he bobbles. What’s not to love? Well, I already have one. I know that shouldn’t really impact the score of an item, just because already own a Vault Boy bobblehead, but it kind of does. What a strange world we live in where I now have two Vault Boy bobbleheads. If I didn’t own the Vault 101 version of this dude, this would definitely be 4-5 hearts.
Happiness: ♥ ♥ ♥CombatShredder

Shredder Sunglass/Helmet Thing

Ah, a classic Loot Crate “throwaway” item. Who exactly is this for? I mean, outside of an 8-year-old. Do 8 year olds even like Ninja Turtles anymore? A grown ass person has no business ever wearing these ever. Yes, they’re funny and cool and if I was a little kid I would be tripping out. You’d better believe I would be slapping these on and being as close to the Shredder as I could conceivably get and doing ninja chops all over the house. But I’m 32. I’m pretty lucky to know someone who will probably love these and have no issues wearing them in public. Re-gifting imminent!
Happiness: ♥ ♥CombatMockingJay

Mockingjay Pin

This is a nice pin. I’ve only seen the first Hunger Games movie and I’ve read none of the books. So I’m basically just judging this at face value which is as a little bird on a pin. Another prime candidate for re-gifting since I know some people who are much bigger Hunger Games fans than I am. This thing doesn’t look cheap and would actually probably blend in pretty well on a classy winter coat or something.
Happiness: ♥ ♥CombatStreetFighter

Street Fighter Comic Book

You know, Street Fighter was really the only thing that I was pretty sure would be an item. Either Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat. You know, actual fighting games. Where the core of the game is basically ONLY fighting. I always appreciate it when they give us comic books. No matter what I’ll probably read it. Or keep it in the bag and forget about it. One way or the other, you can never have too many comics. I bet you people fight in it. I bet you they engage in COMBAT. Hey now.
Happiness: ♥ ♥

So yeah, there was nothing expressly bad in this crate, but also nothing hyper appealing. This was definitely better than SUMMON, but was maybe made worse by the sharp drop off from the amazing crate that was TIME. I’m pretty lucky that I know a lot of people who will really enjoy some of this stuff, because most of it is certainly not going to be staying in my possession very long with the holidays and Keithmas right around the corner.

What’s does Loot Crate have in store for us in December? Well, the theme is GALAXY. As always I try to keep myself as spoiler free as possible but if I were a betting man I would say there happens to be a little movie coming out on December 17th that takes place in a galaxy far, far away that just might be the source of some sweet December Loot.

See you then.

Keith does all sorts of things here on 9to5.cc, he works with the other founders on 9to5 (illustrated), co-hosts our two podcasts: The 9to5 Entertainment System and Go Plug Yourself and blogs here as The Perspicacious Geek.

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