Subscription boxes have taken the world by storm. It seems it’s easier to subscribe to a service rather than go searching for a particular item on your own. The trouble is, with so many boxes and themes out there, they can start to look similar. So how do you choose? Which is the right one for you? While I can’t tell you specifically which to choose, I thought I would provide some insight and let you see the comparisons! This month I’m going to compare the “Horror/Halloween” editions of Loot Crate and Nerd Block. Let the battle begin!Loot Crate and Nerd Block are both monthly subscription services that gear towards comic, gamer, anime/cartoon and movies. Loot Crate is priced at $13.95 a month and $6 shipping and handling, making the total $19.95 a month. Nerd Block is $19.99 a month and $9.95 for shipping and handling. Based on price, I expected Nerd Block to have a better presentation, sadly it just looked like every other box. LootCrate pulled out all the stops for first impressions, just look at what you see when you open the box! On price and presentation, Loot Crate wins this round!Each box put a toy in their October box. This isn’t unusual as both boxes do this normally. Loot Crate had a plush Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It’s a cute plush toy, but I didn’t realize who it was until I saw the tag. Nerd Block had a Ray Stantz (Ghostbusters) Vinimates vinyl figure. As a comparison, the figure is about as tall as a POP figure. For the collector in mind, I would say that the Ghostbuster figure is more appealing than the plush toy. To be honest my puppy, Khaleesi, might steal Leatherface for herself! For the toy round, Nerd Block wins based on collector value!I have to say I was excited about the next items. I have been a HUGE fan of Freddy Kruger and the Nightmare on Elm Street series (not the remake) since I saw it for the first time at the age of 5. I have also been a fan, not as big as Freddy, of the Alien series (Alien 3 wasn’t my favorite though). Loot Crate decided to get creative with chopsticks for their household item. Nightmare on Elm Street chopsticks utilizing the iconic glove of Mr. Kruger! Nerd Block went with unique design for a highly used pair of items, Alien Xenomorph Egg salt & pepper shakers. Both items are very detailed and any fan of the movies would enjoy them. While I thought Loot Crate would’ve won this round, sadly I don’t have a use for chopsticks, even awesome metal Freddy claw ones. The shakers are definitely a conversation piece and in my opinion a little more usable than the chopsticks. Take a bow Nerd Block, you win this round!The next set of items are honestly my least favorite out of both boxes. Loot Crate wanted to take us back to Crystal Lake, the home of Jason Voorhees. I think Loot Crate completely missed the mark with this pennant. I felt maybe a hockey mask would’ve been a better option. Two iconic movies with Freddy and Jason (not the movie haha) and all they came up with were chopsticks and a pennant. Nerd Block gave us a zombie ear coin purse. While I may not be eager to whip a zombie ear out of my purse, it is at least a useable item unlike the pennant. I feel Nerd Block could’ve done better with incorporating The Walking Dead. Even though it wasn’t a great win, Nerd Block you take the prize this round!I’m not going to lie to you, I squealed and danced when I saw the Recently Deceased book (eeeeeekkkk!). Ok back to business! Both boxes gave a book in their boxes and I think both books are great either way you choose! Loot Crate gave a nice hard cover book titled Legion of Regrettable Supervillains Book. This book features some of the strangest and weirdest villains in comics, a follow up to the summer release of The League of Regrettable Superheroes. Nerd Block gave a Handbook For The Recently Deceased journal replicating the famous book from Beetlejuice, without the incantations and drawings. Both books are equally good depending on who you ask. For me, I absolutely love the Beetlejuice journal, but I was also intrigued reading about some pretty unusual villains I have never heard of. Great job to both boxes on their selection, I call this round a tie!These next items were my second least favorite. They aren’t the worst but I just don’t have use for them. Loot Crate always gives an exclusive pin based on the current theme. If you follow my blog regularly, then you know the pin is the same as the Loot Pets charm, Michael Myers from the cult classic series Halloween. The cool thing about the Loot pins is each pin unlocks exclusive digital extras. October’s digital goodie was a copy of the Steam game, Superfight. Nerd block gave a really gorgeous print from Matthew Therrien’s Final Girls & Cinema Survivors series. I love the concept and the print is incredible, I was just hoping for the Nightmare on Elm Street or Alien print. Since the Loot Crate pin came with a digital goodie, I’ll have to give this round to Loot Crate!I saved the best for last! The shirts! So the shirts in both boxes are pretty iconic and really made me smile. Both shirts are of great quality and the designs are incredible! Loot Crate went the distance and spared no feelings with this design! Any Walking Dead fan would swoon over this tee featuring the new Big-Bad Negan and his darling Lucille! Nerd Block’s shirt is from The Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror. I grew up with The Simpsons and used to watch their Halloween specials religiously every year, sadly though I have stopped watching for quite some time now. I can’t choose a winner for this round as both shirts are phenomenal in their own way! Negan may not like it, but it’s a tie!
There you have it! There were a lot of hits and misses with both boxes. My favorites were the Beetlejuice journal and the Negan shirt. So who won the battle? It was close, but Nerd Block won October’s battle! I am still hesistant to pay almost $10 a month for anything, but hopefully the contents justify the shipping costs. Which box would you have chosen? Stay tuned for more upcoming Battle of the Boxes!
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