Loot crate day: Covert

Covert Loot Crate Goodies

It’s Loot Crate Day*! If you’re not aware of what Loot Crate is, it’s a monthly box of collectables, all geek or gaming themed, that arrives by post. I’ve been meaning to write about them for months but I never get round to it. Let me tell you this though, I love my monthly Loot Crate!

In the past I’ve had exclusive Pop Figures, comic books (like the first edition of the new Star Wars comic with an exclusive cover), sunglasses, t-shirts, and plenty more.

Each month’s box has a theme, and this month it is Covert. So, what did I get in the box?

  • James Bond T-Shirt. Poor James, we all know he prefers his Martini shaken.
  • Blink Time Stealth Watch. Worried about people telling the time from your watch without your permission? No, me neither but this watch is cool anyway; it’s just a black surface until you press it when the time lights up.
  • Spy Mad Libs. A spy-themed word game where you have to fill in the gaps in a story. You can play with others or on your own… you need to know your nouns from your adjectives, which I’ve always struggled with, but there’s a refresher in the book if you’re like me!
  • Paracord Survival Bracelet. OK, so imagine you’re hiking and find yourself needing a rope. Maybe you’ve injured yourself and need a tourniquet. Or maybe you just need to be able to loop it over a handy branch to lift your hiking buddy out of a sticky situation. Well, the Paracord is made out of military-grade parachute cord and can be upwrapped when needed to give you the rope you need. Or you can wear it, and it’ll look pretty good too.
  • Orphan Black variant comic book. The first edition of this sci-fi series about a girl and her clone doubles, with an exclusive Loot Crate variant cover.
  • Field Notes notebooks. Two lovely little notebooks for your ‘field notes’, one with graph paper one one lined.
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. security lanyard. Now this… this made me gasp with delight when I opened it. I absolutely love Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and this replica lanyard is just gorgeous. If you’ve seen the series, these are the lanyards Koenig gives out once he’s happy you are cleared to be in one of ‘his’ super secret bases. This is an official replica licensed by Marvel.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Security LanyardSo, all of this starting at $26 per month, plus shipping and handling. I think it’s definitely worth it and, as I’ve said, I love it when my Loot Crate arrives. There’s also a monthly Mega Crate that contains some really spectacular goodies like gadgets, consoles, televisions, etc., but I reckon the odds of winning that are so small I don’t pay it much attention – for me it’s the monthly collectables that I love. My children also love it when the box arrives, as they really enjoy going through it and seeing what there is.

If you want to know more, check out the Loot Crate* website for details, including the prices and countries the boxes can be shipped to.

* Affiliate links – if you sign up for Loot Crate through one of my links I will receive a reward. Just so you know :)

Pixels: so bad it could be good?

Pixels the movieI’ll be honest; when I watched the trailer for Pixels I had to check the date to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. Even now, I’m not sure whether it’s going to be absolutely brilliant, absolutely terrible, or that strange mix of the two where a movie can be so bad it’s actually good.

Anyway, here’s the idea: Aliens misinterpret humanity’s attempts to contact them… seeing our video games not as entertainment but as a declaration of war. The result? They come to earth to attack us with the very games we played!

It looks like they’re all ’80s classics, which really appeals to my nostalgic side, but will it actually be any good? I guess there’s only one way to find out :)

Have a look at the trailer below and then hit the comments. Will you be watching this? Is it just a terrible idea? It is the best thing you’ve ever seen? Let us know what you think.