April 3, 2016 by Rob Hurlbut
Firefly Box By Loot Crate
I am a fan of the 2002 TV show, Firefly as well as the follow up movie, Serenity. They are pieces of science fiction art created by Joss Whedon, the guy that bought us everything good on TV and cinema for the last 15 years. When I say I’m a fan, I mean that in the sense that I’ve watched the show and the movie dozens of times. It’s not quite the same as when I was a kid and the original Star Wars came out where I had lots of toys and literature from that trilogy. With Firefly and Serenity it has all been about studying the characters, dialogue and costumes. Until now, I didn’t have any stuff from the franchise except what is stored between my ears. That all changed when, back in February I came across a company called Loot Crate. I think it was via Twitter that I found out about them and in particular, a brand new cargo crate they were about to produce; Firefly. I’d never done a subscription box service before but I wanted in on this one. Exclusive Firefly stuff mailed to me seemed like a perfect way to try something new to get something I want so, fast forward to about a week ago when my shiny new gear arrived. I was not disappointed. In the photo above you can see the first few items peeking out of the box.
More Firefly Loot
A cool, custom box with a sticker on the side that read, “EXPORTED FROM PERSEPHONE” contained some shiny stuff that any Firefly fan would smile at. A plush Kaylee bear in coveralls that matches Kaylee’s, a small Jayne figure, a Kaylee figure with a removable parasol that matches the one she had on Persephone when she met Shepherd Book and a lapel pin the says, “Everything’s shiny Cap’n!” were among the first things I pulled out. In the photo above, that pin of Serenity was sent to me a few weeks prior to the box’s arrival as a thank you from the Firefly Cargo Crate crew for being a founding member of this new crate. How nice of them eh? The parasol you see in that photo is one of five cocktail decorations. The correct title of them is, “Kaylee’s Shindig Parasols.”
Jayne Cobb From Firefly
Other things in the box that are not pictured here are a couple playing cards from the Firefly board game, two concept art sketches from 2002 detailing what the reaver ship and claw should look like as well as a booklet containing interviews with Jewel Staite and a Kaylee cosplayer named Maya Dinerstein. There was also an “Exported from Persephone” sticker like the one on the outside of the box.
Kaylee And Her Bear
It’s the little things that make a difference. For example, Kaylee’s trademark green coveralls have a patch of a teddy bear on the left leg. Well, the Kaylee Bear’s coveralls have a patch of Kaylee on the left leg. How cool is that? It is very easy to see that this crate was put together with the fans in mind. It’s not some random assortment of stuff you can just buy anywhere; this is stuff that any fan of the show would love to have and can’t get anywhere else. This box had an obvious Kaylee flavor to it so I will make the assumption now that future crates will have a slant towards other crew members as well.
What are my final thoughts? I’m happy with this purchase and I’m happy I decided to do something new by agreeing to buy something over a month in advance, basically sight unseen. I do recommend this crate to my fellow Firefly fans, it has my full endorsement. You can sign yourself up for future Firefly crates from Loot Crate by going to their website, www.lootcrate.com/subscription-crates/firefly. They will send you a new crate every two months. You have a few options in terms of how many crates you want to prepay for in order to save a bit of money. I signed up for the two month recurring plan for the price of $39.99 per crate which includes shipping. On their website they say that it’s Comic-Con in a box.That’s about all can say about this, it’s as shiny as they come. So, on that note, I’m going to hurry up and post this and then binge watch Firefly, again. Cheers!