After our review of Wizard World’s Comic Con Box, several fans suggested that we take a look at Lootcrate, the competing fan-oriented merchandise delivery service. To compare the two, LA Fan Cultures Examiner ordered the August Lootcrate and opened it up recently to see how the senior subscription box service compares to Wizard World’s entry.
Lootcrate is cheaper than Comic Con Box, costing $13.95 plus a flat shipping rate of $6 where Comic Con Box is $29.99 plus a variable shipping rate depending on where you live (in our case, $9.99). Setting aside the shipping figure, you’re still saving $16.04 in base cost with Lootcrate – enough to buy a whole second Lootcrate.
The biggest reason for this is simple: Lootcrate is a smaller subscription box, probably about two-thirds of the size of Comic Con Box. While our Comic Con Box had ten items in it (see the list), our Lootcrate had five:
- Breaking Bad Los Pollos Hermanos Apron ($19.99-$25.99 on Amazon.com)
- Marvel Comics Carnage Molded Mug ($9.99 on Amazon.com)
- Captain America: The First Avenger HYDRA Pin ($13.94 on Amazon.com)
- DC Comics The Joker Wooden Figurine ($17.50 on eBay)
- Lootcrate ‘Villains 2’ Pin
Here’s where things get interesting. If you take the high estimate on the apron, Lootcrate provides $67.42 of merchandise to Comic Con Box’s $117.27. So mathematically, Comic Con Box is twice as expensive because it provides double the merchandise. Those five other items create a difference of $49.85 in Comic Con Box’s favor.
But it’s not all about the math. As we said in our Comic Con Box review, many of those extra items seemed to be odds and ends that might not appeal to the mainstream collector. By contrast, there’s not one single item in the Lootcrate that you probably won’t get a kick out of. The apron and the mug are things you can use everyday, while the pins and the figurine are worthwhile collectibles. Lootcrate might be smaller, but its contents more worthwhile.
It also has much faster shipping for a cheaper price. As mentioned earlier, we paid an extra $4 for shipping on the Comic Con Box, which took a week to arrive. By contrast, Lootcrate was in our hands three days after we got our shipping notification.
Comic Con Box does tantalize the consumer with the promise of possibly receiving autographed memorabilia from one of their Wizard World Comic Cons, which is a connection that Lootcrate does not have.
But otherwise, both companies are offering the same thing – non-convention specific, randomly assembled merchandise. On that note, a minor but readily appreciated plus for Lootcrate is that they throw in a pamphlet with specific descriptions of their contents, including manufacturers, so you know exactly what you have and where to get more.
So if you’re a geek looking for a monthly box to be delivered to your doorstep, which should you choose? We’re going to say it’s Lootcrate – it’s cheaper, faster to arrive, and their folks seem to have a better knack for merchandise. It lends new meaning to that phrase “big things coming in small packages.”
For more on Lootcrate, visit the company’s website.