March 2016 Loot Crate Level Up Bag

Loot Crates, Mystery Boxes, Nerd Cubes, Assorted Junk Containers…whatever you may call them, they seem to be all the rage these days. You can’t watch any gaming or pop-culture related video without an ‘un-boxing’ video being suggested. While I’m all for getting a random monthly package in the mail, especially one with the promise of neat little things, I never felt compelled to spend the money on an unsure thing. Sure, if you like nearly every type of popular culture icon from gaming, comics, films, etc, then you’re sure to be pleased. I myself have somewhat picky tastes in such things, and rarely found myself wanting more then one item featured in said boxes.

Luckily, I was given the opportunity to review the recently launched ‘LVL UP Mystery Apparel‘ package from the same folks behind Loot Crate, and completely out of the blue yesterday, I received my very first mystery package.

This month’s theme was ‘The VS Collection‘. Does the thought of iconic video game showdowns and arch rivals rush through your mind? Well go ahead and delete that thought right now, because out of the six different items featured, only one was gaming related. That’s not to say the items enclosed weren’t ‘good’, but just not what I was expecting from something named ‘Level Up‘.

The first item that caught my eye was a small faux suede pouch with a decent weight to it. It seemed like a promising item. Would it be a rare pink diamond? An incredibly small pistol? I opened the pouch and was greeted with two silver, fairly sturdy and well-made necklaces featuring the logos of Superman and Batman. Both are styled in the fashion of the upcoming film and are fairly nice if you feel the need to show the world your love for caped vigilantes. Apparently these are ‘besties charms’. Shame I don’t still attend middle school as a young girl or I would be thrilled.

The second item I fished out of the bag was a small set of three hair bands featuring Superman, Superwoman, and the Batman logos. Again, if only I was still a lovely young lady. I could see these being useful, and they do seem well-made. Admittedly, I’m not qualified to judge elastic hair bands, but mainstream 80’s rock groups are another story.

Next up was the first of two featured pairs of socks. Ah socks, the incredibly practical gift that warms your heart and feet. This is where we finally reach our gaming-related item. The first pair were a extremely nicely done pair featuring vibrant and detailed portraits of everyone’s favorite plumber and turtle-dinosaur…thing, Mario and Bowser. While I’m not really into the Mario Brothers these days, they are possibly the best made pair of socks I’ve ever held. Really, I’m not joking here, they are fantastic. They look and feel like they are worth half the price of the subscription themselves.

The second pair of socks are “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.“ themed, apparently, featuring the Shield logo on one sock and what I assume is the evil people group ‘Hydra‘ logo. This pair is more of your basic quality sock, nothing special, but seems like they will do the job. Both pairs are insanely long, so I assume you wouldn’t wear these with shorts, unless you are in the mood to look like a doof.

Now to the ‘big’ items-the shirts, which are sure to be a subtle and stylish way to show your love for all things ‘geeky’.

First shirt we’re hit with is a basic, nearly solid grey shirt sporting split versions of the Iron Man and Captain America logos. Then written vertically down the front of the shirt, in a incredibly strange and disorienting font are the words ‘Iron Man’. But the arguably ‘neat’ twist is when viewed from the opposite angle the words become ‘Captain America’. I like what they are trying to do and I get it, but it just comes across as a strange mash of symbols. As with most things in this, and any other ‘crate’ for that matter, if you are a fan of these characters and series’, then you’d probably find the shirt to be nice.

The other shirt included is a strange one. A pure black shirt, nothing of particularity great quality, featuring a vectorized ship from the board game ‘Battleship‘ complete with four red pegs and text exclaiming ‘You sank my battleship!”. I suppose there are some hardcore Battleship fans out there; if you’re one of them, shoot me an email and I’ll hook you up.

Overall the LVL Up Mystery Apparel box…err…bag, has good quality items and is decently varied in terms of topic. Is it worth the money? That really depends on your tastes. If you are pretty open with your love of pop culture, you are sure to find something you’ll enjoy in the pack. If you’re a bit more particular, you may feel a tad disappointed. One complaint I do have to address is the lack of video game related goods. The name ‘Level Up‘ seems to paint a picture of gaming focus. However, I assume this is more geared towards leveling up your current Loot Crate subscription to include this extra package.


If you would like to give the LVL Up bag a try, head over to the website using our exclusive link and save five dollars on your first box! And keep an eye out next month for my next review (assuming they send me one, I honestly have no idea if I’ll ever get another).


Justin Ortiz

Introduced to video games when he was only five, after dying somewhere around four thousand times while playing Star Tropics, he never looked back. Some of his favorites range from titles like Shenmue and Metal Gear Solid 3 to Half-Life 2, Manhunt, and the Dark Souls series. Justin has a passion for vinyl records, and loves to collect video game memorabilia. If he had one wish, it would be to travel back to 1984 Miami.

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