I won't make any bones about it; I think Loot Crate and the services like it are stupid. If I'm going to blow my tiny earnings on "geek-themed" garbage I at least want to be able to select exactly what garbage I buy. That's why I have a wall of Metal Gear merchandise that I meticulously curate and not a semi-random assortment of POP Vinyls and fan-made t-shirts of [any pop culture icon] interacting with a TARDIS, but to each their own.
What I do love though is episodic content. I'm a sucker for it. I'm one of five people on the planet who played and loved Final Fantasy IV: The After Years and Final Fantasy Dimensions. Resident Evil Revelations 2 is already the subject of most of my dreams. Even substantial enough DLC a la Burial at Sea or the upcoming Mario Kart tracks are enough to get me going. Hyrule Warriors pulled me back in whole hog when an update included Cia as a playable character. I love an excuse to return to a game that I love. So what does this have to do with Loot Crate?
It would appear as though Nintendo and Loot Crate have teamed up for an amiibo subscription service of sorts. Details are slim but if it works at all like the vanilla Loot Crate service one can expect a monthly shipment of amiibos straight to their door. As the sort of person who was planning on picking up a fair share of amiibos anyway I can safely say that I'm interested.
Instead of blowing my load at the midnight Smash Bros release and picking up everything I can, I'm incredibly interested in a self-imposed trickle of content through my mailbox. Give me a month to level up a handful of characters, take a break from Smash for a little while, and then BAM! Open up that package and I'm guaranteed to hop back into the ring for a couple more days at least.
Don't even get me started on the effect that exclusive figures would have on me. As a recovering Transformers fan I'm no stranger to paying a butt-load for an alternate color-scheme especially if it means I get to stand the stupid little thing on my gamepad and teach it how to effectively use Spicy Curry.
I do have scruples. I'm not a fan of DLC for the sake of DLC and I'm definitely not a fan of capitalizing on the geek-culture mentality to sell a bunch of crap, but there's something here.
There's something that makes me excited to potentially open up a package and find something that brings me back to a game that I love. I'm excited to see Nintendo trying different approaches to delivering content to people and I think a figure subscription service is absolutely something that I could be into. We'll see.
I've signed up for notifications at http://www.lootcrate.com/amiibo. You could too if you want. I don't know. I'm not your mom.