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Loot Crate, Inc. is an American subscription box marketing and distribution company that is based in Pasadena, California, and was founded by Matthew Arevalo and Chris Davis in May 2012. It markets and distributes its entertainment products to thirty-five countries worldwide. [1]

Following a change of ownership, the company's name was changed to The Loot Company in October 2019. [2]

Star Trek releases

Prior to the inception of its Mission Crate line, the company released a number of Star Trek novelty items within its science fiction-themed subscription "crates", many of which were later included in the Bonus Crate detailed below.

Star Trek Mission Crate releases

Loot Crate Star Trek Mission Crate logo

In September 2017, the company announced that it was introducing a licensed bi-monthly Star Trek-themed subscription box product line, in partnership with toy and replica manufacturer Quantum Mechanix (QMx). The QMx products retailed by Loot Crate were also distributed by QMx's webshop and other sites.

Six crates were planned and a metal desktop replica of a starship was announced as a gift premium for customers who subscribed for the entire series. [3]

Persistent delays plagued the line and all crates arrived months behind schedule.

Star Trek Mission Crate packaging

In a January 2019 message to subscribers, the company apologized for the delay of the fourth crate and announced that the line would be discontinued after "all outstanding" crates were shipped to customers over the first half of the year. A statement asserted that the release status of the gift premium (metal USS Enterprise) would be clarified at a later time. [4]

Following the layoff of its warehouse staff in July 2019, the company and its subsidiaries filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on 11 August 2019, while it attempted to sell the company to Loot Crate Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Money Chest LLC that is majority-owned by NECA. [5]

After its successful acquisition in late 2019 and the company's change of name to The Loot Company, emails were again sent, asserting that the remaining three crates of the series would be shipping to subscribers soon.

A fourth and fifth Mission Crate began to reach customers in December 2019, and the sixth arrived during the following month. The last three crates did not contain any QMx products.

Bonus Crate – December 2017

Due to unforeseen production issues, the first crate was delayed and a small "Bonus Crate" (containing previously-released Loot Crate Star Trek novelty items) was sent to subscribers as a gift.

Mission 001: Wolf 359 – March 2018

The cardboard crate has the Galileo shuttlecraft's outer hull markings and interior printed on it.

Mission 002: Way of the Warrior – August 2018

Mission 003: Dark Frontier – January 2019

Mission 004: Enterprise – December 2019

Mission 005 – December 2019

  • Standard Edition model from Eaglemoss Collections' Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection
  • Alert Condition Red t-shirt
  • Black baseball cap with red Klingon Empire logo
  • Stainless steel thermos with Borg cube graphic and Borg Collective logo
  • Code for the Age of Discovery Starting Experiences Pack (prototype Walker-class ship, Klingon and Cybernetic bridge officers, Federation Security Armor), Elite Services Starter Pack, exclusive emote (DLC) for the Star Trek Online PC game

Mission 006 – January 2020

  • Standard Edition model from Eaglemoss Collections' Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection
  • Three-inch PVC figure from Titan Merchandise's (blind box) Titans "Make It So Collection" (TNG)
  • LCARS graphic t-shirt
  • Deck of playing cards with Starfleet and UFP logo graphics on the card backs

Gift premium

See also

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