Labyrinth shirt

Loot Crate continues to be one of the best buys on the market in the monthly collectibles grab bag space at less than $20 per month.  Across all boxes, whether it’s Nerd Block, Comic Con Box, or any other, the fantasy themed boxes only seem to come around once or so per year, but when they do it is easy to make the genre base happy.  And that was no less true this month with the Quest themed box from Loot Crate.

One of the most untapped franchises for fan merchandise is History Channel’s Vikings series.  We’ve talked about the comic books before here at borg.com, but have not stumbled across much for fans to buy.  So we were ecstatic to not only find a Vikings item in the crate but a cosplay-worthy 1:2 scale replica of Floki’s drinking horn complete with wearing strap.  Although you wouldn’t wear it if you’re after a full-sized large horn for your fantasy or historical costume, it will work fine for those who prefer carrying the smaller horns during Renaissance Faire season.  And it looks great.  Of course when you’re ready for the real thing, check out our friend’s shop, Wildman Drinking Horns, here.  Randy has the best real drinking horns around.

Vikings Floki Viking horn    Floki Vikings horn replica

With the passing of David Bowie and rejuvenated interest in the classic 1986 adventure film Labyrinth co-starring Jennifer Connelly, incorporating a clever labyrinthine box design and well-designed T-shirt was a good move for Loot Crate.  See the shirt design above and fold-out box below.

Labyrinth box

Harry Potter fans will appreciate the pair of printed theme socks featuring the seven horcruxes.  These seem to be sized to be worn more by women than guys, but it’s a nice addition and fits the fantasy theme.

Loot Crate April Quest 2016

Dungeons & Dragons fans will also be happy with two items in this month’s crate.  First, a metal D20 shield pin for those into wearing the occasional jacket pin to let their nerd flag fly.  Second, in the theme of franchise ice cube trays like Han Solo in Carbonite, the box includes a giant 20-sided playing die mold, usable for making an ice cube or candy/chocolate making.  Make up a bunch before next week’s D&D game night and you’ll be set.

The April Loot Crate also included an Uncharted 4 mini-poster (in a sturdy tube) and the monthly magazine.

If you’d like to try out Loot Crate, use this link to get $5 off your first monthly box.  As with all box services, the more friends you have to share with the more likely you will get the most value out of your subscriptions.

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

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