Loot Crate appeals to collectors who love their genres

Gamers are, by nature, collectors. We collect loot. We collect weapons. We collect stars. We collect kills.

Loot Crate has been feeding our collective collecting behavior by putting together boxes containing clothing, gadgets, art work and trinkets from various communities and franchises. From pop culture to pets, the crew provides a subscription service to the boxes, tailor made for the type of interest for the collector.

“By partnering with the largest movie studios, game companies, comic publishers and pop culture talent, we deliver the best and most exclusive merchandise and goods to fans around the world,” their website states. “Simply put, we’re a community of fans creating, curating, and delivering a box full of fun to, well, a community of fans.”

I had the opportunity to try out Loot Crate and see if they are as good as they say. Are the items they provide of good enough quality and interest to keep fans coming back?

The box arrived for my first order from the Loot Gaming division. Loot Gaming offers four to six items from the “biggest and best gaming universes.” The items are supposed to be licensed and exclusive collectibles and gear.

The black box contained no hint as to the treasure inside, merely a logo on the outside. If I wanted to discover the treasure, I would have to seek it within the package.

After carefully checking for traps (you can never be too careful with treasure chests), I opened the lid and immediately noticed a shirt and a couple of figurines. The inner lid was emblazed with the logo of a griffin and the words, Mythic Loot.

The shirt was a long-sleeved T-shirt with the Jackdaw crest from “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” on the front. Well-made and comfortable, it isn’t designed for someone with muscular arms, because the sleeves are snug on me (a non-muscular armed person). The Jackdaw was the name of the pirate ship of Edward Kenway, an assassin in the video game.

One of the figurines is Morrigan, a Witch of the Wilds in the “Dragon Age” franchise and companion for the Warden, the player controlled hero of the game. The figurine has Morrigan outfitted in her clothes from the “Dragon Age Origins Sacred Ashes” trailer and a blue electric blast ready to take down any dragon that crosses her path.

The other figurine is white wolf with a shield on his back. But this is not just any wolf. This is Chibiterasu, the wolf puppy and son of Amaterasu. He is also the main character in “Okamiden,” a game that uses calligraphy as a play mechanic as players defeat monsters and demons in the world of Nippon.

Getting mail is a rare treat, at least non-bill-related mail. So why not slice it open and spill its guts with the Void Sword from “Castlevania?” While the box didn’t contain the actual sword, it did contain a replica letter opener with a stylish tin depicting art from the game. Pretty sure this is what the Belmont family uses to open their correspondence.

Rounding out the box was a mythic coin pin of a griffin and the words “Faula Sunt Verum,” meaning the true story. There is also the Roman numeral 11 under a griffin’s paw and a date of November 2016, but there is no clear indication as to the significance of the date or the emblem.

All of the items were themed to December’s Mythic slogan, a celebration of those who fight ancient battles against creatures of legends. They are all very nice collector pieces and a shirt that I’ll wear often.

The Loot Gaming crate subscription is $24.95 per month, less than the cost of the shirt alone. Other crate subscription prices vary, but the value inside the crate is purported to be more than the monthly cost.

Is it worth it? For the value, yes. The downside is having to find new space in your closet or on your shelves for all the merchandise.

To check out all the different crates available, visit lootcrate.com.