Look at what we have here, it’s another Lootcrate unboxing. This time, I did absolutely no spying on Twitter or Instagram, so I didn’t have a scooby doo what was going to arrive in my box. I think I like it that way, everything was a surprise. I am always excited when subscriptions are due, but the theme of this box was ‘Secrets of the Wizarding World’, so my tingly spidey senses were even more on edge that usual! This time, the box inside looked like the Marauder’s Map, so when it is folded inside out and rebuilt, the box has the really cool pattern and lettering that appears when the map is first revealed. Clever considering the theme really!
This is a little late, I can almost hear you saying! And you’re absolutely correct. It wasn’t my fault either. This box arrived as close to Christmas as it could have without missing it, on December 23rd. It was the November crate technically, but around the time it would usually be sent, the normal delivery information email never arrived. Instead, a few days later, there was a generic email stating that the November shipment had been delayed. Now, I wouldn’t usually mind, I completely understand that this is a product that is dependant on their suppliers, but it was the complete lack of information and the fact they said we would receive information on December 1oth relating to traffic, and nothing had arrived by December 17th. Pestering on Twitter was completely unsuccessful (although they did answer), so when I received the information and then the box a couple of days later, I was simultaneously relieved, and disappointed.
Loot crate is a monthly subscription box full of exclusive collectables, apparel and gear delivered to your door. I am currently subscribed to receive the Wizarding World crate, a bi-monthly subscription that brings the magic of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts right to your doorstep. Let’s check out this month’s box:
Whomping Willow/Marauders T-Shirt
This t-shirt GLOWS IN THE DARK. I was going to try and reveal that at the end of the description but I got a bit excited. It’s a really cool arty shot of the whomping willow being illuminated in the moon. Hidden in the branches you can just make out a pattern that resembles something. When you have it in the dark, the patterns that you previously weren’t sure you could see magically glowed as the animal forms of the Marauders. I know, cool right?!
Grimmauld Place Shopping Bag
This is definitely my favourite item in the bag, and the one that I thought was the most clever. Grimmauld place in the book and films is a magical house that appears between 2 others on the street when a person is made privy to it’s whereabouts. So, when I saw a pouch with the road sign on, I thought it was going to open to be a wash bag or something. Nope, no sir, it actually folded out to be a full size shopping bag. I just think this is so clever, and so brilliant, and is also going to be useful in every day life.
The Blind Pig Coasters
It took me a moment to place where these were from, and when I noticed New York written on them, I realised that they were beer coasters/mats for the pub in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. These were so unexpected and so detailed, a properly good highlight.
Ariana Dumbledore Hidden Picture Frame
This gift is a two fold gift. The picture of Ariana Dumbledore (from the 8th film) is a 3D picture, that if you wanted to you could keep as a film picture, or you could remove to add your own image in the gilded frame. Then, behind there frame, there is a ‘secret’ compartment. It’s the size of the frame and a couple of inches thick, so it actually could be used to store some important, or personal things, or just a cool place to store little trinkets.
These magnets are really cool and super clever. There is a bit in The Chamber of Secrets where Riddle writes ‘TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE’ in flaming writing, and with a flick of his wrist changes it to read ‘I AM LORD VOLDEMORT’. The magnets are made from the individual letters so they can be reordered and moved on the fridge, which is pretty awesome.
Hufflepuff Cup Pin
Each Wizarding World Loot crate comes with an exclusive magical collector’s pin. Pin collecting is quite big business, so the company have decided to make a pin to go in each box, which is exciting. There is such a limited number that it makes each one extra special. The intricate details are so wonderful and the ring pin looks exactly like the cup horcrux from the film.
I really thought that this box embraced it’s theme so well, and that so many of the gifts were layered and had hidden elements, which was the whole name encompassed. I can’t wait for January to come now!
Look out for the next crate unboxing, January’s theme is Ties That Bind Us!