Loot Crate September 2016–“Speed”

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The September 2016 Loot Crate, “Speed,” was one of the better crates this year. I tweeted about it as I opened it, but here’s a more detailed write-up.

Stark Racing ShirtFirst of all, there’s the Stark racing shirt. It’s not one for the ages, but it’s fun, with its blue racing stripes, swoosh, and number. Also, it’s black–a fairly common color, and one that is much nicer than the bland gray that is the usual alternative and much less likely to stain than the white variety. It’s made with a fairly thick T-shirt fabric, which bodes well for future wearing.

Stealth Batwing Key ChainThe exclusive Batwing Keychain is my favorite item this month; it’s got a lot of detail for something so small. I liked it so much that I promptly put it on my key ring. It is amazing to look at, and it makes keys satisfactorily easy to locate in a big, messy purse. It’s not entirely without its drawbacks, however–those marvelous fins have a tendency to catch on purse and pocket linings (thus the slight rubbing you can see in the image), and can poke the person who carelessly pockets them. They don’t seem to catch enough to tear anything, though, so this puts the problem into the realm of “minor annoyance” that is outweighed by “makes me smile.” Your mileage may vary.

Loot Crate 2016 Zero to 60 CarThen there is Eleanor, a die-cast “1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 featured in the Nicolas Cage classic” Gone in 60 Seconds. I’m quoting the catalog because I know nothing about this film (at this point, anyway). Folks on Twitter were helpful with this, with some enthusiasm–so there are definitely people out there who will be thrilled to have this nice little car.Me, I’m debating between finding one of those people and giving it to my little nephew, who has a lot of cars and will like this, but not as much as a true geek. Aaand, I think I’ve just convinced myself to hold out for someone who will love it as it should be loved.
Flash Hood OrnamentAnd there is a collectible Flash hood ornament, which made me laugh, partly because it’s so very suitable, but mostly because the box warns that it “should not be used on moving vehicles with sustained speeds of 75 miles or greater.” So–not on California freeways, then. Other crates may have Arrow, also nice, though less set for “speed,” and also not to be used on freeways.
Loot Crate 2016 Arrow & Flash Hood ornaments
And then there is my second-favorite item, another Loot Crate exclusive, the Battlestar Galactica Scar replica. It’s only second-favorite because, as far as I’m concerned, it’s from the wrong show. Yes, I prefer the old Galactica with all its lightbulb-headed villains. Even Muffit can’t keep me from liking it.

All that aside, the Scar replica is really an amazing piece, plenty of detail and ferocity and worth space on anyone’s shelf simply on the grounds of being a really cool ship.

p1320341The button this week will get you a free copy of Velocity from comixology, which is fun–new things to read are always, always welcome. Be sure to log in before the 31st if you want it, though.

The Loot Crate magazine is, as always, funny and sharp, with interviews, summaries, and a certain amount of snark.

All in all, this crate is a good reminder of why people like Loot Crate.

FTC Disclosure: I received the September 2016 Loot Crate in return for an honest review.

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