Lootaku Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2016
Lootaku is an international geek box that ships worldwide from Hong Kong! They promise 4-6 high-quality geek and gamer items – no filler or promo items of any kind.
Lootaku kindly sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Lootaku
The Cost: $49 + shipping ($17 shipping to the US)
COUPON: Save 5% off your first month with coupon code MSA5
The Products: 4-6 high-quality items that do not include filler or promotional items of any kind. They include full figure statues and small vinyl figures. Themes are anime and gamer focused, and ideal for your monthly geek and gamer fix.
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The box comes with this large info sheet showing all items in the box and the theme. They also list their value of items on the right-hand side. This month’s theme is “Weaponmasters”.
Ichigo POP – Value $10.99 on Amazon
The first item is a POP (YAAAS!) from the popular anime Bleach. Ichigo is the main character in the series! I don’t know much about the series, other than it’s super-popular having run for 366 episodes from 2004-2012.
Here’s a close up of the detail. That sword is awesome.
Banpresto One Piece 10.2″ Zoro Figure, The Roronoa Zoro – Value $34.99 ($19.80 on Amazon)
I was really excited to see a statue in this month’s box, that was my biggest draw to Lootaku. Again, I don’t know too much about this series since it’s Anime, but I do know that the statue is pretty cool and well detailed.
It came in pieces which you had to piece together in a certain order to properly fit pieces where they needed to go.
Here’s the final product – the statue is just under 11 inches tall, and has some great detail.
I love his swords at his side. Which were also the most difficult piece to put together in the proper order!
Here is another close up to show more detail.
Note From Lootaku if you’re planning on buying a statue for yourself:
Bandai’s line of figures especially Banpresto including SCultures, Master Stars Piece, and King of Artist has the highest amount of bootleg figures because they all ship out from Japan, and it’s really easy for factories in China to get a hold of them and replicate. Bandai does not sell direct to consumer, and products can only be bought through a wholesaler or a distributor.
To check whether the figure is genuine without opening the box, you can usually tell by a few things. There will be a Toei authenticity sticker (although even those can be replicated easily), and the figure should not slide around inside. Genuine figures are packed pretty tightly with a piece of cardboard around all the parts inside. The bootleg figures usually does not have this cardboard piece and the items inside should move around really easily when you shake it. If you were to open the box, genuine figures will always have the cardboard piece as I mentioned, and the pieces should be inside a heat sealed packaging bag sometimes with multiple parts. Bootleg figures will either be in a normal bag, or most of the time without a bag at all. The bootleg figure itself would usually be badly painted especially around small details like the eyes, and the figure usually does not fit together that well. Banpresto figures are known to be masterfully painted and detailed, and the difference should be easily noticeable.
Best of Anime Mystery Figure – Value $7.70 on Amazon
Naturally, a lot of the ‘Weaponmasters” items were from the Anime genre. This is a Funko mystery mini!
I got Mikasa from Attack on Titan. I have a couple friends who love Attack on Titan so this will be easy to gift.
TMNT Pocket POP – Value $6.75 on Amazon
Finally, something outside of Anime – and it’s TMNT, so that’s even better for me! You could have received 1 of the 4 turtles.
I got Donatello. Now I only need Leo to complete the Pocket POP set!
TMNT Micro-Series Karai #5 – Value $3.99
I love the new TMNT IDW run, and this is part of that – so it get an easy recommendation. I’m not quite sure why they’d choose to send issue #5 in the micro-series though! Start at TMNT #1 and you’ll be hooked!
Verdict: While this box delivered really cool items, it doesn’t do well in value when shipping to the United States. My values of all the items comes closer to $50 when purchased on Amazon, instead of the $77 value listed on the info sheet. I’m a statue collector, so naturally I’m drawn to a subscription that sends the from time to time, but the difference in listed value vs. prices online right now are too big of a gap at the moment.
What did you think of the March Lootaku?