Unboxed: A Kingdom in the August 2017 Loot Crate


The August 2017 Loot Crate has a couple of exciting objects this time, one very near perfect, one so close, and yet so far. The rest is fun and, as I have come to expect, well made.

The first thing that caught my eye on opening this was the box with the Lord of the Rings glass in it. I love lOTR with a deep and abiding love, so this automatically got me bouncing. It is a lovely glass, too, when first pulled out of the box–a pale golden yellow with the One Ring script just visible near the top. The problem comes with the “color change” part of the glass: When filled with ice water, the script changed not to a fiery orange or a deep, ominous red, but to a distinct, bright cherry red. This is not menacing, folks, this is a cheerful, bouncy script that might overwhelm you with cloying sweetness but will not tempt you to the dark side. So close, and yet so far away. Possibly it could be kept for serving small glasses of warm beer, British style. Or cherry Kool-Aid–your choice.

Lord of the Rings Glass

Good color, nice shape, and from the Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings Glass with cherry color change

Is this the color of Ultimate Evil?

Print of Treebeard taking the hobbits to IsengardThe next Lord of the Rings item, an 8×10 print of Treebeard heading toward Isengard with Pippin and Merry makes up for the issues of shade and color in the glass: Matt Ferguson knows what to detail and what to hint, and his Treebeard is a memorable figure, standing silhouetted against an ominously clouded sky while smoke and fire rise inside of the tower walls. This is definitely a picture worth displaying.

The collectible figure in this month’s box is from Adventure time: The Nice King sitting on his throne, holding Gunter and looking happy while three penguins stand guard. It is a plastic, molded figure, with plenty of detail.

King and Penguin

And finally, there is the T-shirt. This one goes back to 8-bit gaming with a tribute to Legend of Zelda. The image will be recognizable to almost any geek as a game image, and to many, it will be a conversation-starter–the Loot Crate T-shirts are good for this!
Zelda T-shirt

The LootPin this time is an original Loot Crate coat of arms–a wolf, crossed axes, and the recognizable LC logo. This one is a keeper for sure.

Loot Crate August 2017 Loot Pin

The whole Loot CrateSo, overall, the August 2017 Loot Crate is a solid entry with one outstanding item, one miss, and a pair of good things to share with friends.

You can find out how to order this crate and others at the Loot Crate website.

Oh, and you’re welcome:

FTC Disclosure:I received this crate in return for an honest review.


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