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Unboxing the June Lootcrate

By June 21, 2014 Collectibles, Unboxing

Before FedEX even had time to update the shipping information the Lootcrates arrived with the morning mail. This time around, the receptionist at work insisted on watching as we ripped open our boxes at the front desk. She laughed and kept saying “You guys are too funny!” as we enthusiastically unpacked each item. All the while, the new security guard glared at both of us, silently passing judgment on how much we were grown ass men acting like middle-school nerds. None of that mattered, as this month’s them was TRANSFORM, which we hoped contained some robots in disguise.

Here’s the breakdown of this month’s epic items:

There’s an exclusive t-shirt designed by Nathan Davis & The Hundreds entitled “Marty McPrime”, sporting a Transformers/Back to the Future mashup. Love the design, but red’s certainly not my color.

I just knew there would be a Loyal Subjects Transformers blind box figure in this crate. I was thrilled to get Megatron while my co-worker Ryan got Starscream. Each of received an opposing Autobots or Decepticons vinyl sticker – which we quickly used to customized our 8TB external hard drives.

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Also in the box were Transformers Hexbugs, various MLG items (including a sweatband), and some super-sour Warheads candies. There was also this month’s collectible Lootcrate button and the mini-magazine, that was cusiously absent in last month’s package.

Verdict: 9/10

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Unboxing Adventure Time Mystery Minis

By May 21, 2014 Collectibles, Unboxing

I had known that there were soon-to-be released Adventure Time Funko Mystery Minis about to hit the shelves, yet I was completely unprepared when I stumbled across them at the comic shop. Gathered around a display box were a small group of collectors, speculating on figure assortment and trying to graph how the individual figures were packaged. I think that’s when someone said, “Hey, JL! Why don’t you buy a full case so we know how the figures are packaged?” It was in that moment that I had to make a hefty decision. I was most certainly going to buy some of the figures, and I wasn’t really in the mood for a lot of blind box hunting . And since I was guaranteed one of each figure, I went for it (my subscriber discount helped soften the blow to my wallet).

Honestly, the figures are just okay. I like the stylized, blocky style, but would have preferred something more cartoonish. I also feel like there’s less build quality than most Funko figures. They seem like cheap 3D printer knock-offs. However the tin containers they are packaged in are ridiculously awesome and make the whole purchase worthwhile.

Here’s the blind box layout! Every display box has one of each figure, spread out across the eight different tins. The tin boxes are randomly placed, but the figures fall into the same place on the grid.

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How do I know this? Both my display case, and the one at the comic shop matched up perfectly for character placement. You can get every figure you want by either buying a full box, or grabbing the tin from the right spot in the box – provided someone didn’t shuffle them all up.

Happy hunting!

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Unpacking the March Lootcrate

By March 20, 2014 Collectibles, Unboxing

It’s that time of the month: Lootcrate day! Despite waiting a whole month between boxes, at least some sting has been removed in getting the crates within a day of shipping – rather than watching folks post photos of their Lootcrates for a week on social media.

Speaking of which, here’s what’s in this month’s crate…

The theme is “Titan” which is significant due to the FPS juggernaut Titanfall dropping onto gaming servers this month. The biggest item in the box is no doubt, the exclusive Titanfall t-shirt. However my world was rocked this weekend by the inclusion of the Attack on Titan manga novel and sweatband. I’ve already watch a bunch of AoT episodes on Netflix this week, in what’s sure to be my latest addiction. There was also a magnet, Titanfall lanyard, and some St Patrick’s Day candies. I give this month’s crate a solid 8/10.

We shot an awesome unboxing video, which I’ll be posting here ASAP.

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Opening an entire case of Funko “Game of Thrones” Mystery Minis

By March 18, 2014 Collectibles, My Stuff, Unboxing

This just happened (last week). Being a Game of Thrones superfan isn’t easy, especially if you’re Ryan, who is compelled to acquire every Funko figure released. We each bought a few individual boxes, competing on video to get the better figure. It ended in a draw, so Ryan used his ‘nuclear option’ and threw down money for a whole case. I setup the cameras and recorded the whole thing.

It’s easy to daydream about buying a case of figures, romanticizing about getting a complete set and unboxing a bunch of valuable eBay collectibles. The reality is much more disappointing, once the thrill of tearing into the entire case fades away – which is right around number 23 or 24.

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Here’s a shot of the studio floor after the unboxing mayhem. In a previous entry I posted a behind the scenes photo of our studio unboxing setup. We might throw down on some more random boxes, otherwise our next video will be next week when we get our March Lootcrates!

MERCH! Get individual “Game of Thrones” Mystery Minis on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1iaPZaF

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Preparing to open and entire case of Funkos!

By March 10, 2014 Collectibles, Unboxing

Here’s my officemate, and fellow geek, Ryan as he readies himself for battle against an entire case of Funko Game of Thrones Mystery Minis. Multiple cameras will be rolling as he unboxes 24 figures, scouring Westeros for the elusive rare figures. Let’s just hope it went better than our recent Blind Box Battle.

I was hoping to work “Winter is coming…” somewhere into this narrative, but I’ll just end with “I’ll be posting the video in the next few days.”

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Blind Box Battle – Funko GoT Mystery Minis

By March 5, 2014 Collectibles, My Stuff, Unboxing

As you know, I’m a sucker for blind box figurines, especially when they’re in a fandom that I care about. So when I heard that Illusive Comics had the new Funko Game of Thrones Mystery Mini figures in stock, I grabbed my officemate (and GoT superfan) to sag a few boxes. We ended up challenging each other to a blind box battle, to see who could get the coolest and/or rarest figure.
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Cracking Open the February Lootcrate

By February 25, 2014 Collectibles, Unboxing

I had originally planned to produce a video when cracking open my first Lootcrate, alongside my geek officemate Ryan who also subscribed. However, we ended up being so busy that we had scarcely enough time to even open the boxes and snap the following iPhone pics!
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