I learned about a project from Loot Crate not long ago and was encouraged to participate. If you’re unfamiliar with Loot Crate, they’re a subscription crate service for geeks and pop culture fans. The idea behind the project is to create my own “Dream” crate, full of all the things I’d like to get in my Loot Crate. I was told to go as over the top as I’d like and I have 100% creative freedom, so you know what that means!
Ultimately I had to choose the theme, Fandom, and go with my top three loves: SuperWhoLock!
First of all you have to know about the LootCrate box design. It’s cool that the box also turns into something useful and fun to play with, especially for this geek. For SuperWhoLock it came easy to me; the Tardis mixed with 221B Baker Street’s front door, opening up to a big Devil’s Trap. Just unfold the box and put it at the door to your room to keep out the unwanted demons.
You have to know it’s all about the style. In each of the series, there’s that one item of clothing that is forever remembered and cherished. The coat. With Castiel from Supernatural The Trench is as cherished as Baby (’67 Impala). The Doctor from Doctor Who is known for anything from leather and tweed, the 6th Doctor’s coat of many colors, crushed velvet, a magicians coat, and a trench of his own. For Sherlock, of course, it’s his highly stylish Belstaff. Now, there’s plenty of the t-shirt/costume versions but you can’t pop the collar and swish the tail in that satisfying way. I think forming the coats into capes would be a better idea! Plenty of swishing with the added bonus of that super hero feeling.
I think a big part of what really draws people to these shows are that they can somehow relate to one of the characters. Each of them are broken in some way, but find a piece of themselves that make them stronger. For Dean from Supernatural the necklace fans lovingly dub the Samulet not only stands for John Winchester’s A+ parenting (sarcasm, for those that do not watch the show), but also for Dean losing his faith. The TARDIS is a big part of The Doctor’s life; fans going as far to making it head-cannon that she and the Doctor are mentally connected, the last two survivors of Gallifrey. There were numerous times when the Doctor almost lost his ship, and once when he found a blown up bit of her in a crack in space and time. Let’s forget about Sherlock for a bit (though he had his own addictions) and look at John. Fresh from the army, shot, PTSD, alcoholic sister, no job, and probably loathing himself because he actually misses the action.
You have to admit, no LootCrate is complete without some kind of gadget or spork or some plush. If we’re talking Supernatural, we’re talking hunters. If we’re talking hunters, no hunter can go around without their own EMF detector. That just wouldn’t be very smart! The more ‘homemade’ the EMF looks, the better. For Doctor Who it would be easy to just say Sonic Screw Driver and leave it at that, but really you can get those anywhere along with the vortex manipulator and a psychic paper is too easy to create yourself. Instead, I remembered the poor cyberman Handles from seasons ago. Yes, the robotic head that worked with the Doctor, complete with LED lights and sound effects, please. Everyone loved Handles! For Sherlock I have to work in his friend the skull. You have to admit, it would be a great bookend with a hidden compartment in the cranium. Or maybe motion sensors in the eyes.
The next item is out of frustration/love for the villains of the shows. Crowley is a big favorite from Supernatural, often ‘helping’ the boys out only to do something vile and return to his villain status. The Master has been The Doctor’s nemesis for ages, and of course Sherlock has Moriarty. I admit my want for the life-size cardboard cut-outs of a few of these at one point or another, but I also wish I could just punch them in the face sometimes! So why not? I remember having punching bop toys as a kid, where the inflatable toy would balance and bounce back. Add the looks of a few of our villains and a few special quotes from each.
I wouldn’t be a very good book blog if I didn’t include a book in my “Dream” crate! Supernatural has a few books out, including John Winchester’s journal, but I’m looking to more of a guide to monsters type of deal. All hunters need to know what they’re up against, so an encyclopedia of monsters and legends it is! And while I’m on monsters, how about a guide to those extra freaky Doctor Who monsters? For Sherlock it was easy to come up with adding something like his own “Art of Deduction”, a guide to thinking like Sherlock.
Then there’s the buttons! For Supernatural there’s the FBI badge button, maybe with a little Winchester-ification added. For Doctor Who I chose the 5th Doctor’s celery stalk, just because. There’s also the 6th Doctor’s cat buttons which might go over better with a wider audience. For Sherlock it’s the “I Believe in Sherlock” pin to support our favorite detective.
Finally let’s throw in a simple shirt to tie it all in. This is one of my favorite version of SuperWhoLock shirts. Sherlock is about to kill Dean who is singing his oldies, John as usual is restraining the detective, Sam is just DONE, while Cas and The Doctor seem to be having a deep conversation on the roof of a moving vehicle.
There’s also this simpler design that I still just love.
Now I know in order to get all this on the inside, the loot crate box would have to be bigger on the inside. So unfortunately it would be a pick and choose of one or the other in each category, and maybe the super special winner crate with everything.
So what do you think? Have your own idea for the perfect “Dream” LootCrate? Post your ideas in the comments!