Something you should know about me: I'm a BIG Firefly fan. The kind of fan that has three copies of the film Serenity because I bought the DVD when it came out and then the Blu-Ray when it came out and then there was a new shiny version which promised even more bonus material and so I had to have that too, obviously. My husband cannot go wrong with anything Firefly for gifts and has often done just so- bringing me a Legendary: Firefly game from GenCon (which is sure to be reviewed here when I get a few people together to play it again, and the unfortunately timed print of the characters as kids (unfortunate because it followed up an engagement ring and though awesome, was not as awesome as getting engaged on Christmas day).
I'd known about Loot Crate for some time. The idea was brilliant- a gift to yourself every month or two with fun stuffs inside. I'd singed up to try it out and was rather uninspired by the couple crates I received. They were neat, and often had a cool thing or two that meshed very well with our tastes and interests, but often there was a whole lot of stuff that wasn't in our wheelhouse. Now, being nerds, the two of us have quite a lot of tchotchkes representing stuff we really love, we really don't have room for stuff we don't. So I went through the ridiculously tedious task of cancelling the crate (they don't make it easy so if you are unsure about giving it a go, I recommend getting a gift card and going about it that way as cancelling would then be as simple as there's no more money on the card). Some months later, I received an email-as i was wont to receive now and again about various new crates they were offering-and lo and behold there she was. The Firefly Cargo Crate. A bi-monthly surprise box of awesome. I signed up immediately, afraid they would sell out as it was advertised as being Limited Availability and I know how passionate Firefly fans are.
So for $43.19 every other month ($35.99 + Shipping and Handling) I get a lovely grey box delivered to my door by our mail lady every other month (they alternate payment and box shipment so you pay one month and the next month you get your box). I will admit to rushing to open the first box like a greedy five year old Christmas morning tearing into their presents. Pictures were an afterthought. A video never even entered my mind. I squealed in delight at my new teddy bear and was hooked. Yes, a teddy bear. Now, I'm also a bit of a pin junkie (I'm looking at you Disney World, thank you very much) so the fact that each month I get a shiny (literally in the Kaylee box) new pin for my collection adds to my enthusiasm for these boxes. The Kaylee Crate also came with cards to add to Firefly: The Game which, of course, I already own.
The Jayne Crate's most exciting addition, to me which is funny as I don't drink, was the really nifty flask. This was the first crate to come with a tee shirt and I do love these shirts. Now, I selected a men's XL for my shirt sizing so I could share with my husband (or if I really didn't care for it, could pass it on to my younger brother). The fit runs fairly true to size in comparison to the many other nerdy men's shirts I own because, let's face it, us girls have only recently been getting some cool nerdy shirts of our own to wear. The fabric is fantastic and soft and not so stupid thin that in a few washings is going to be rendered unwearable. The coin is also a nifty addition.
The Zoe Crate also came with a tee. Now, this one is a bit confusing to me as I don't really see the correlation between it and Zoe. It doesn't really look like her. It doesn't look like something she'd wear. It's neat, and I will wear it, it just doesn't scream 'Firefly' or 'Zoe' to me. Again the figures that come with these boxes are awesome, however, I have to admit to not opening any of the littler guys. So I don't really know what they look like or who I have so I don't know if they correlate to the box they come in or if they are just a little blind box. Either way, I'd be okay with that. Maybe someday I will stop hearing my Grandparents in my head saying 'it's worth more in the box' and I'll open the little buggers. This box took over my favorite item in a crate from Kaylee's Bear. This crate has a leather journal. This will probably be one of those 'but I can't write in in, it's too pretty' journals that I keep on my shelf and cringe when someone tells me to 'use one of those.' But I'm funny like that.
The Wash Crate was the largest one so far. I will admit, for a moment I got stupid excited that maybe I won the super special Big Damn Prize boxes, but I was only mildly disappointed that I didn't. The shirt in this crate is amazing. I wore it the next day. Now, the disappointment mentioned earlier? Dissipated upon pulling out the box of dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs. I am now the proud owner of replicas of the dinosaurs Wash has on the control panel. I can't wait to actually get a desk worthy of the display of these things, and you can bet your primary buffer panel that I will "curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal." I will also have a mighty sticker collection to sticker something with as each of these boxes comes with at least one decal. This box also had some cards to add to Firefly Fluxx, which I am ashamed to acknowledge I had no idea was even a thing. It will be acquired post haste, don't you worry.
Above I've included my referral link to Loot Crate, so if you're interested and would be so kind, I wouldn't mind saving $5 on my next crate! I love these things and i wholeheartedly recommend them. Every other month I get a present in the mail (yeah, yeah, I pay for it but that's kind of part of adulting isn't it?). Treat yo' self! I find it hard to believe any Firefly fans would be disappointed in these. I fully believe I am getting at the very least, my money back in goods received. I don't think they are lying when they estimate the retail value of these crates at $65+. Besides holding your stash of awesome goodies, the boxes also double as neat little backdrops for your stuff if you are so inclined to pull them apart. They also generally arrive with one of the stickers you'll get inside, plastered on the outside of the box. They are pretty sturdy and I have yet to have one arrive in less than acceptable condition which I find impressive as I've received some gorram beat up boxes before. All in all, give this a go. The only real disappointment I've had with these (despite the no Big Damn Prize) was being sad I didn't get a Jayne hat in the Jayne box. Alas, I'll figure out how to make one myself one of these days.
I do apologize for the quality of the videos, I never actually intended to post them online. I only took them to share with my husband who was at work and who I just couldn't wait for to open. Yeah, good wife, right? #Priorities #Heknewwhohemarried
So that's all for this week. I'll try to get some more reviews up shortly. Until then, keep on Gaming folks!!!