Loot Crate vs. Nerd Block – September 2014
Loot Crate and Nerd Block are two very big subscription box companies. They both have a large fan base and they both consistently give out awesome product in their boxes. Loot Crate costs $13.37 a month plus shipping which comes out to be around $20 a month. Meanwhile, Nerd Block costs $20 a month but, since it ships from Canada, costs close to $30 after shipping. Regardless of which one you get, each box’s content always adds up to be more than what you initially paid for. Another perk is that you get to collect nerdy t-shirts. Loot Crate will have a few t-shirts throughout the year in their boxes, while Nerd Block has a shirt in every box (this could be the reason for the more expensive price).
Again, this month I got both of them to compare.
Loot Crate’s theme this month is Galactic. They had everything related to outer space (obviously). They’ve also started to putting a design on the inside of their boxes based on the theme. It first started with the Villains box and seems to have continued which is really nifty. I like having a sketch instead of an orange box. Anyway, on to what’s in the box…All these items fit the theme very well. The first thing you see in a container containing a little furry thing. I thought it was a wookie at first because of the coloring but then saw it was a tribble. 🙂 I have two full sized ones so this will be a nice addition. Next you get an action figure from the movie Alien; I got the actual Alien but there are other characters too. The vinyl figurine I got this time was Mal from Firefly…he’s so adorable. I also received a hefty sum of money…probably stolen by Mal. The designs are very beautiful. You also get a long poster of Han Solo encased in carbonite. The smaller items you get are the pin, the magnet, pop rocks, and a code for a digital Halo comic. Overall, not bad. Not the most stellar of boxes, but I liked it. Especially the tribble and Mal figure.
Retail Value: $40 – $46.00
Loot Crate Cost: $19.99
This month’s Nerd Block seems a little small….There were only six items and they weren’t big items. There’s no theme to Nerd Block but they have started getting exclusive items. The cool ting about Nerd Block is they are willing to change and start up themes. This might be to compete with Loot Crate. I don’t know but for now let’s focus on what’s in the box….The first thing you see is the t-shirt: Sounds of the Galaxy. It prominently features the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 that is listened to by Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy. Next came the Giant Microbes and I got an STD…crabs to be specific. It’s cute. I also get Sinestro from Scribblenauts. I also received a Papercraft set for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. To relive my stress for the day I got a foam stress ball that’s shaped like a brain. It’s not picture here but I also got a mini Mega Block figure. I received Venom. Not a big Nerd Block, but not entirely bad. I really enjoy the t-shirt and the Giant Microbe.
Retail Value: $50.00
Loot Crate Cost: $29.49
The Winner? Neither, they tie this month. They both had good products but nothing really outshines the other. I’m curious to see how Nerd Block is going to fare with themes. Maybe it’ll bring them on a more event ground…who knows.
However, don’t just take my word for it.
Try both out, see which one you like. You won’t be disappointed either way.