Loot Crate’s August 2016 subscription box has arrived, and we’re ready to set loose its maniac theme of Anti-Heroes, which includes the unholy alliance of Harley Quinn, Kill Bill, Hellboy, and Archer. But first, the Anti-Hero Loot Crate itself is worth taking a look at, as it is not only a shipping container but also an anti-hero prop.

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For many subscription boxes, the box is a throwaway item, but Loot Crate has always invested a sense of play in the interior box art, so that subscribers could rework it into a cool container for their shelves. To me, it’s an important part of the Loot Crate unboxing ritual, not unlike the impact that the Fold-In has on enjoying Mad Magazine, as both invite the purchaser to participate in the item’s unique experience. Additionally, sometimes the B side of the crate is a kind of cardboard craft, like Loot Anime’s Squadron box, which could be refolded into a hangar. This month, the core Loot Crate becomes a hammer patterned with psychotic whorls and slashes.

In addition to the crate itself and the Loot Pin—which is a remarkable item on its own–there are only four material items in this month’s crate, perhaps because of the two great digital goodies included, but the goods are all of excellent quality.

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First, let’s take a look at this exclusive Archer t-shirt from Ripple Junction, which suggests that Sterling Archer is the right candidate for Dangerzone President in 2016. This election year, nerd culture election-themed t-shirts seem to be more plentiful than ever, but Loot Crate subscribers got this year’s most exclusive election variant. Sterling Archer’s inscrutable demeanor, at the same time jocular and bellicose, reminds me of Uncle Sam’s, and like Howard the Duck, Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, and other famous fictional write-in candidates of the past, he’s the perfect choice for America’s unease with the current choice of candidates.  

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These exclusive Kill Bill socks from Loot Crate Labs are a great piece that fans of the movie should appreciate, as the color scheme mimics the most memorable prop costume of Tarantino’s movie, Beatrix’s jumpsuit.

The wearables this month are so awesome, and usually I prefer the nerd fashions in Loot Crates to the other items due to Loot Crate’s unique sense of style, but this month both of my favorite items were the other inclusions, as they were simply larger than life.

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My favorite item this month, the exclusive Harley Quinn Q-Fig from Quantum Mechanix, has a fantastic sculpt reminiscent of Mad Love and also a little of vintage Mad Magazine art. I’m a big fan of Palmiotti and Conner’s more independent, “girl living in the big city,” Harley, but just as I enjoy other incarnations of DC comics characters like the space-faring Batman of the 50s or the red Kryptonite Superman variations in the 1960s, I have an appreciation of sidekick Harley from Batman the Animated Series as well. Yes, she’s in the Joker’s dangerous orbit, but just look at her outrageous and fabulous design: wearing her original harlequin-styled costume, swinging a mallet, and walking a hyena. Also, Harley, as the Joker’s better half, knows the importance of a smile in making her first impression, while putting her cute and deadly spin on his more morbid grin, and her well-trained hyena mirrors her with its own deep, toothy, smirk. The combination is an attention getting parallel of smiles that will bring viewers back more than a few times to admire the statuette. Like Quantum Mechanix’s Planet Express from Futurama last month, this is epic shelf candy that will raise your spirits.

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Here’s my second favorite item this month, the Hellboy Coin Bank from Zak Designs and Dark Horse Comics. Hellboy’s iconic Right Hand of Doom is possibly the most instantly recognizable comic book movie prop outside of the DC and Marvel cinematic universes, and it’s a really sweet thing to have on your mantle collecting quarters.

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The World of Warcraft Loot Pin, depicting Sylvanas Windrunner, is the best of the cloisonne styled Loot Pins, having not only fantasy world lettering on the rim, but also stained-glass style line art. Paired with the Loot Pin is some digital Loot, World of Warcraft along with the following expansions: Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, and Warlords of Draenor.

And that’s not all! There’s also the “Anti-Hero” edition of Loot Crate Magazine, which includes not just a four page preview of Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1, but a code which you can use on www.readdcentertainment.com/redeem to get the full digital issue.  

All in all, the August 2016 Anti-Hero Loot Crate was an outstanding collection.  Next month’s theme hasn’t yet been revealed, but you can subscribe to future installments of Loot Crate through this embedded hyperlink.

Loot Crate sent the review copy.

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