Welcome back to Digital Debate Wednesdays! Every Wednesday, the staff of The Ace of Geeks will get our keyboards ready for a good, old fashioned nerd argument, and you get to hang out with us! Feel free to email us any ideas you might have for future debates, or let us know in the comments! Until then, here’s this weeks topic:
Well hey, kids! This week’s post is brought to you by Loot Crate, the subscription company that delivers you a box of geeky goodness every month. They’ve asked us – and anyone else who wants to join in – to come up with our own personal dream crate! Rather than just do it myself, I thought it’d be more fun if the whole staff took a crack at it. You can join in, too! Design your own crate in the comments, and remember, Loot Crate is watching!
If you want to design your own crate, I’m gonna help the process along by asking you (and our staff) to follow the typical Loot Crate format. That means you get:
1) A T-shirt. Pick any piece of art you’d want on a shirt
2) A small, toy-like item
3) A second, smaller item of wearable clothing, like a beanie
4) Three or four small items, like pins, stickers, and wallets.
Bonus points if you can tie it all into a theme like “Quest,” or “Dystopia,” which are both previous Loot Crate themes.
Mike Fatum: I think I’d call mine, “The Sword Logic.”
Toy: The He-man Sword of Power Letter Opener
Wearable Item: A hat designed to look like Link’s cap.
Pins: An assortment of pins of famous swords from fiction, including Luke’s lightsaber, The Sword of Omens, a Shardblade, and the Buster Sword.
Joe Hadsall: I’m thinkin’ office supplies. Seriously, if everyone else can go sportsball with casual Friday in the newsroom, with their weird college logos, then I want:
• A polo shirt with either Serenity or a Destiny icon of some sort.
• A Portal tape dispenser with the tape going into a blue portal and coming out an orange one.
• Themed picture frames (Uncharted 4 photo mode tribute?)
• Good geeky bookends (Maybe HoBooks? Hodor holding up a stack of books? Too soon?)
• Inspiring scenes from sci-fi shows made into motivational posters (A picture of Malcolm Reynolds saying “We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty” would help me plow through a night of breaking-news disaster)
• A healthy supply of Slusho or Slurm
Lauren Harrington: I’d love the Sailor Gir art I commissioned a couple years back to be on a shirt. The artist who did it does artist alley at a lot of CA cons, and i know him for his zombie Gir posters, which I own one copy of. A vintage Aperture Science logo trucker hat would be neat. I’d love a keychain Bluetooth Star Trek thing that makes noise and/or lights up when I gave a call/notification. And my pin/sticker list includes: Warehouse 13, Babylon AD, Firefly, and Steven Universe
Scott Woodbury: Loot Crate:
Woodburys Dream Crate
“I drink and I know things” Tee Shirt (Or a hoddie)
Rodney Mckay Action figure (Atlantis, Off site)
Star Wars Empire Logo Decal, Battlestar Galactica Patch, Star Trek TNG Communicator Pin (Future Imperfect 4 Bar Version), Farscape DRD Keychain
Ace of Geek Journalism (Shameless Plug)
A T-shirt. Tee Shirt with a Bard’s Lute and the Ace of Geeks logo saying “Will Bard for Con Money” (Hoodie would work too)
J. Jonah Jameson or Peter Parker Bobble head, Id even Suggest Clark Kent Bobble head
Press Hat (Fedora with a Press Card)
Iron on patch that says “WRITER” (ala Nathon Fillion in Castle), Battlestar Leather Bound Small notepad (Cut Corners), Multipass, “The Truth is out There” Key Chain.
Malkontent Blizzard: I’m stuck on “Don’t feed after midnight”
This picture for the shirt
A piranha plant hat
I can’t figure out the rest having just woken up
- Luke Farr: This idea begs for a Little Shop of Horrors item! Something with the Audrey II.
– a patch of the “Noncompliant” symbol from Bitch Planet
– a mini poster for Dumbledor’s Army
– a memorial coin for the Glorious Rebellion of Treacle Mine Road
Alexis George: The theme would be “Majestic.”
1. A Megan Lara shirt with some majestic af portrait of some wizard or magician or what have you. I don’t know what recent designs she’s done, but they all usually end up looking fly.
2. Buttstallion (Borderlands franchise) statue. Majesty incarnate.
3. Majestic ass gloves with a design that makes it look like some magic or something is forming in your palm, like a magic missile spell.
4. Whatever usual pins they have for the month, which seem geared towards their marketing partners at the time (ex: this months WoW pin), maybe some stickers geared to look like rainbows or magic spells. I just had a lot of coffee and all this sounds good right now.
- Jarys Maragopoulos: Would this shirt have a picture you might find airpbrushed on the side of a van?
- Alexis George: That could work too. Lara came to mind because she’s got those beautiful art nouveau portraits she does that makes fictional characters look like they’ve just finished performing a ballad while accompanying themselves with a graceful reenactment of Swan Lake.
- Mike Fatum: Ass gloves?
- Alexis George: There is no room on this caffeine train for correct punctuation.
- Speaking of, have they done an “Energy” crate? They can put in those Thinkgeek caffeine cubes. I don’t know what else could go in the crate, but I’m in it for the cubes. Also if Lootcrate reads this I’m in LA and if they want to utilize this veritable goldmine of moneymaking ideas my salary rate is flexible and I even kind of remember how to use Excel.
- Mike Fatum: Excel…that’s the thing with the numbers, right?
- Jarys Maragopoulos: I live a blessed life, because Melissa deals with the Excel. I’ll check Megan Lara out, thanks.
Alain Bloch: Quest of the Jedi..
1) Star Wars Jedi Academy inspired T-Shirt or something depicting a Jedi building their own lightsaber such as this:
2) Star Wars Jedi Holocron toy: https://www.walmart.com/ip/46699342
3) Force band bracelet: http://www.sphero.com/starwars/forceband
a) A crystal necklace with a glowing led:https://www.pinterest.com/pin/512777107544056455/,
b) A Star Wars Jedi Order patch: http://www.ebay.com/bhp/jedi-patch
c) A Star Wars Jedi Order pin: http://www.ebay.com/…/Disney-Collectable…/322250050975
d) Star Wars book
- Melissa Devlin: I am unable to think of anything original of my own and just second this.
- Jarys Maragopoulos: OH MY GAWDS that poster. Well, that image will BE poster when I find it.
Luke Farr: Something cheesy like: “Teamwork makes the Dream Work!” And it would be team inspired, but maybe not comic book teams since I think that’s been done a few times.
1. Stranger Things shirt, focusing on the group, maybe even a mashup with another group like Power Rangers?
2. Cheeseburger backpack coin purse (as in Steven Universe), not an existing item but seriously that would be great.
3. Stargate patch, there’s a lot to choose from, but maybe just straight up SG-1.
4. Team Rocket item, maybe a rubber keychain.
5. Star Trek item, perhaps something with the Starfleet logo, a pin or a tchotchke of some sort.
The metal pin that comes with the crate could be made to look like a pin about some sort of team, maybe motifs from the above franchises. Like a faux Starfleet pin.
JC Brown: I had a hard time with this. I went from “No ideas” to dozens. While some were better for their normal theme (Captains, Giant Robots, Disney Afternoon[!]), my truest dream Crate would be a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger crate:
1) I’m torn between a Juice Bar Staff shirt or the cover of Boom’s MMPR #5 as a shirt
2) 6” Megazord Pop Vinyl
3) An Alpha 5 Beanie that Lights Up or a Zordon Scarf
4) MMPR Morpher Belt Buckle, Lightning Bolt Patch, “My Other Car is a Megazord” bumper sticker, Chocolate Power Coins, Power Coin Key Chain
Tyler Dent Hayes: My Dream Crate: “Saturday Morning, 199X” — a crate of stuff from the cartoons I used to watch as a little Tyler.
1) A T-shirt: A shirt featuring the Darkwing Duck title logo
2) Toy: A replica of one of the Treasures of Rule from The Pirates of Dark Water
3) Wearable item: A Ninja Turtle mask
4) A Bionic Six logo pin, X-Men logo stickers (the silver logo from the Fox cartoon), a button with a group pic of the Terrible Thunder Lizards…yeah, no, I think I’m good now.