The past couple of television seasons have been good for science fiction fans. Limitless,Minority Report, Colony, Humans, The Expanse, Dark Matter, 12 Monkeys, and The X-Files, to name a few, have been big hits with fans if not with the critics. More sci-fi series, like Westworld andHunters, are coming out in 2016. If history holds, don’t expect your favorite sci-fi series (think Firefly canceled before the first season finished) to return. Let’s not dwell on that and dwell on the sci-fi themed Loot Crate box.
I’ve been quite impressed with what Loot Crate packs into their boxes every month. The sci-fi Invasion themed box, with two oddities, is another hit.
Have you seen Alien? Remember when the facehugger secured itself to Kane’s gobber? The thing was nasty, slimy, and just plain evil looking. Well, this little guy is nothing like its movie counterpart. It’s a cute, plush, facehugger. It’s even smiling a big, happy smile. But when I stop to think about it maybe that smile means “I’m about to jump on your face.”. Personally, I wouldn’t add it to my collection, but I have a 5-year old niece who would love it.
Any science fiction fan knows if you want to catch a flight to the outer realms you’ll need a pass. Fortunately, Loot Crate has you covered. The Fifth Element multi-pass is pretty cool in the packaging. The design replicates what a multi pass may look like in reality. It’s another story out of the packaging. Inside the packaging, the pass looks pretty flimsy, but the construction is actually pretty strong for a plastic id holder.
You can take Leeloo’s multi-pass out and slide your pass in its place. An id card won’t stay in the slot by itself. Luckily, a plastic sleeve is included in the package to make your cards thicker. Unfortunately, the sleeve will only fit in the slot with the sleeve opening facing outwards. I haven’t put it to the test, and it does seem like your id card would stay in place, but why take the chance that your driver’s license falls out? By itself, the pass is a really cool item. I may hang it from my car’s rear view mirror.
Perhaps the oddest item in this box, or any other box, is the X-Files LED flashlight. Why a flashlight? To shine a light on a truth hidden in the shadows? Really, I don’t have a clue. But who couldn’t use a flashlight? I’m assuming it will be bright enough to see in the dark because it’s an LED. Loot Crate was kind enough to include AAA batteries in the box.
Last, but definitely not least, is the X-Files t-shirt. Although the title is not on the t-shirt, most fans will recognize the X-Files as soon as they see it. Everyone else will see a nice, graphic t-shirt. Overall, the art does a good job of capturing what the X-Files was about during its initial run.
The absolute weirdest item in the box- a rubber band. Yes, a rubber band. It doesn’t go to anything in the box. It doesn’t attach to anything in the box or the box itself. It’s just a rubber band.
Overall, it’s a fun box with some interesting items.