Continuing off of last month when I talked about my experience with the Villains 2 Lootcrate, this seems like a fun thing to comment on and so here I go. This month’s theme is “Summon” and judging by the promo art and the “completely freaking obvious to nerds” logic of my brain I had thought that Magic: the Gathering would be featured, and was happy because Magic is awesome. I was totally wrong.
|The colors of this promo art even align to the color wheel of Magic the Gathering. Black (really more dark purple here), Blue, White (more like amber here), Green, and Red|
|Maybe I am wrong to dislike Hearthstone just because I think of it as derivative... I don't think I am, but maybe.|
Here is the first batch of goodies. This is the typical collection of little stuff that is supposed to revolve around the theme. To start is the tiny hot wheels car (top left) from “Supernatural” a show I watched the 1st season of and really liked, but have not found the time to commit to further watching of the program, but since the show is mostly about BANISHING things, rather than SUMMONING things. Am I wrong?
Then there is two Hearthstone items, the stress ball with a spiral in the middle there, and the collectable coin at the center of that promo thing just to the left of the spiral. The collectable coin is kind of cool as is the stress ball, but since I do not play Hearthstone the utility of the free pack of cards is a little lost on me. This also sticks in my craw a bit because I consider Hearthstone one of the most egregious imitators of Magic the Gathering.
On the right is a card game, which essentially boils down to Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock, and is completely useless because it requires me to have a friend who also has a set… I have no such friend. And the “this defeats that” rules are obtuse.
I do intend to try out the mobile game on the lower left hand side, but since my phone wasn’t optimized for “Fallout Shelter” I do not hold out hope that this will even work.
This is my favorite item of the box, a Homer Simpson Buddha that holds prayer beads and a pretzel while sitting on a giant donut. It is a quirky little knick-knack that I think is cute and am currently keeping it on my folding-table-which-serves-as-a-desk. Whatever the hell this has to do with summoning?
Lastly is the big ticket item, the Pikachu hat. Even if I did not live in Florida, where it is far too hot to put this on, I am still a gigantic man who would look silly by any standard wearing this. I do however feel this is the perfect sort of item for a typical anime fan, I could see my friend Sam wearing this. More than likely I will just box this baby up and keep it on tap to use as a gift in the future to someone I think will really like it.
"A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything" -Wash, "Firefly"
Overall, I do think this box was a solid fine. The theme was a little unclear, my expectations did not line up with what they were doing, and the biggest treasure in the box was not really for me. I still enjoy Lootcrate and look forward to the next one.
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