Atomic Loot’s loot box – ostensibly Singapore’s first – was released amid much fanfare last week: The release was in conjunction with the launch of Marvel Star Wars #1 at The Cathay on Jan 17. Obviously, we had to get our hands on one of the first-ever geek loot boxes in Singapore, which meant an early pre-order (well, three days before the actual day) for an unboxing!
We were there at launch to check out the festivities – the 501st were there, as was the Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game tournament held at The Cathay’s atrium. Atom Comics, the minds behind Atomic Loot, were also at their store for customers to pick up a loot box and for those who didn’t pre-order one. Sales for Star Wars #1 were brisk – they were sold out before the end of the day, and it’s been said that some of those who didn’t pre-order the loot box got another comic as a replacement.
UPDATE: As it turns out, Atom Comics has great service recovery too! A customer who did not get Star Wars #1 in her loot box (but instead got an older Dark Horse comic) left her details at the counter and slightly over a week later had it delivered to her free of charge! Here’s hoping Atom Comics can maintain such high service standards!
And now, here’s an unboxing video for what a pre-order version of the loot box looks like.
All in all, for S$25 it looks like it wasn’t such a bad deal. I got a lovely Darth Malgus figure, which fans of Star Wars: The Old Republic will be very familiar with, while that tiny black boxy thing – a tiny model of Han Solo in carbonite – was a nice touch. That said, others didn’t have such a cool figure (if a Star Wars nerd has to Google the character they got that isn’t a good thing) – and that Han Shot First sticker uses the “most inappropriate font in the world“.
Given the rate of chance it doesn’t appear there’s any definitive way to say a subscription is a “must get”. The estimated worth of the box will vary quite a lot from fan to fan. Still, if you’re the gambling sort who hopes to luck into something cool and doesn’t mind getting just enough, the Atomic Loot is still a pretty interesting experiment, and it is, after all, Singapore’s first. And if you’re a fan of Harley Quinn, you’re in luck – the next box will be themed on Dr Harleen Frances Quinzel.
Missed the event last Saturday? Check out some shots we took during the event and the minis tournament.
For more on the event, check out JustSaying.sg‘s video: