Review: Loot Crate November 2016 – Magical

By ·December 19, 2016 8:00 am

It’s mid December, Christmas is less than a week away and as if by some Christmas miracle November’s Loot Crate has arrived. Let’s break into this crate and see what we’ve been sent this month. Fair warning to all there will be pictures of the contents of this Loot Crate below and if you don’t want to spoil opening yours I’d advise not reading any further.

Full disclosure: The following Loot Crate was provided to The Nerd Recites without cost in exchange for an honest review and as such all of the views and opinions of the author are their own. Being sent a review sample does not guarantee a written review or even a positive review, but should we enjoy the product we will give it due exposure.

November’s Loot Crate promised a “Magical” theme and that meant items from the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and Doctor Strange franchises amongst others. In general I’m not the biggest fan of magic themes and the like, I am however a big fan of hard sci-fi, robots, aliens and similar themes so I wasn’t entirely sure how much enjoyment I’d get from this month’s crate. Nevertheless let’s jump straight in and open this crate up.

The first and most obvious item in the Loot Crate was an Exclusive Doctor Strange Q-Fig. This figure stands around 3 inches tall and is based on Benedict Cumberbatch’s likeness from his recent portrayal of the Sorcerer Supreme in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. The Q-Fig is also attached to a base of which it cannot be removed from.

For me I’d have love a Funko Pop! or Kidrobot blind box as I’m really not a fan of the chibi look Q-Figs emulate with their figures. Yet on an objective whole this small figure is well made, it’s printing is aligned and vibrant and if Stephen Strange ( or Cumberbatch ) is your thing, it’s going to look great amongst your other collectibles.

This month’s t-shirt comes from the recent Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie featuring Eddie Redmayne. The t-shirt is a dull blue in colour and sports a recruitment slogan from the Magical Congress of the United States of America (M.A.C.U.S.A). Apparently they’re in need of some more Obliviators.

As is common with most of the t-shirts you’ll receive from monthly crates the material is quite thin, easily half the thickness of what I’d prefer to wear at this time of year.

Next we found a journal based on Game of Thrones’ Melisandre. Embellished with illustrations of the Red Woman herself and the following quote “The night is dark and full of terrors” split between the covers.

The journal has a faux leather look, red gilded pages and silver ink for the artwork. Notebooks really aren’t my thing and this will go straight into the “spares” draws. It is however nicely made and if you’re one for making notes this may prove of use to you.

I love Snake Plissken, I love Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China ain’t half bad either, as such this Loot Crate exclusive first-issue variant cover of BOOM’s Escape from New York / Big Trouble in Little China comic is a straight up winner. The cover art is on point and the comic is a splendid read.

No faults here, loving the comic, well done Loot Crate.

As always we’ve another pin with this month’s crate, and this time it’s in homage of the Elder Scrolls Online logo. For a simple two tone enamel pin, the ESO logo design really works, it’s crisp and looks near identical. In terms of quality it’s A+ and one I’ll be keeping. It’s pins like this one that make me genuinely happy that Loot Crate decided to ditch the crappy buttons we used to get.

Continuing with the Elder Scrolls Online theme, this Loot Crate also came with a redemption code to upgrade the base game of ESO to the Imperial Edition which grants players digital bonuses such as a mount, vanity pet and to play as a member of the Imperial race.

And finally this month’s box will transform into an accio box, accio being a summoning charm and this box being full of ingredients for those charms. Boom!

The Elder Scrolls Online pin and variant first-issue of BOOM’s Escape from New York / Big Trouble in Little China comic are the definite highlights from this crate for me and I’m certain my family and friends will get use out of the other items included in this crate.

Overall for just under £25 (which included shipping from the US to the UK) this crate provides its value if you’re a genuine fan of most of the items included. On a whole this Loot Crate was short on filler items in my book, at the very least everything in it can be used and none of it is just merchandise for the sake of merchandise.

Did you enjoy November’s Loot Crate? What did you think about the included items this month, did any of them stand out for you? Do let us know in the comments or reach out to us over on Twitter. Until next month hold tight and keep on looting!

Written by Michael James Ilett


Michael James is the nerd that recites! He founded this site with the intention of building a one stop entertainment site for all of the nerdy things he loves in life.

Michael can often be found building LEGO, playing Civilization V and World of Warcraft, watching Sci-Fi and continuing to wait for “The Winds of Winter” to be released.

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