Lootaku – April 2018: GIRLS OF ONE PIECE

Lootaku – April 2018: GIRLS OF ONE PIECE

Lootaku is a premium monthly subscription based service to fulfill everybody’s geeky addictions. Our box features full figure statues and Asia exclusives that you will not find in any other subscription box. We promise no filler or promotional items, and our values are always based on current cheapest prices on Amazon.

Prices and values on the Lootaku website are given US dollars. A one month subscription is $44.99 (three and six month subscriptions are cheaper). According to my currency converter today this is £32.65. UK Shipping is $17.66 (£12.82). Slightly pricey, but this is a premium box. Also it’s coming a long way.

1-month subscription total: £45.47

This month we have items featuring female characters from One Piece.

This is the first of two large figures, a Banpresto One Piece Flag Diamond Ship Nico Robin.

This new Flag Diamond Ship line features female characters wearing original pirate costumes.

This figure has some great detailing, plus a support piece for one of the feet, as it’s certainly not going to stand up by itself!

This is another new Banpresto figure line, a Girly Girls Reiju Vinsmoke.

This character, Vinsmoke Reiju, is a princess in the Germa Kingdom, and also a commander in its military arm.

However this Girly Girl line portrays various characters in ‘feminine poses’.

Well, feminine indeed.

This is a Displate Boa Hancock Metal Print Lootaku Exclusive.

It’s a metal plaque with  a magnetic mount on the back.

This size is exclusive to Lootaku and is not for sale on the Displate website. Each one is also numbered and signed.

Finally,  Sanji and Nami Bath Towel. This is more of a guest towel size, 100 x 50 cm, but it’s a pretty cute design and very soft.

The menu card, with descriptions and values.

I’ll start straight in, as I always do, at the contents value as I can discover. I use an online currency converter so they’re correct at time of writing. I can’t always take into account shipping costs of individual items, but I do my best to be fair.

I never take the values as gospel, simply because this is a box from Hong Kong and often their items are Asia-exclusive or at least extremely difficult to find in the UK. Also I find you can never reply on RRP for anything. That being said, I’ve not yet valued the contents of one of their boxes at less, or even equal to, the price of their subscription.

Often I can find things on Amazon, but some of the items in Lootaku boxes are nigh on impossible to source in the UK, so sometimes I have to guesstimate. I also don’t use eBay as reference, as I find prices are not reliable or realistic.

We saw at the top that the monthly subscription is £44.47.

Nico Robin Figure – £34.66 on Amazon.

Girly Girls Reiju Vinsmoke – £23.91 on Amazon, shipped from Japan.

Displate – this is small, and the website doesn’t sell these sizes. I’m going to say £12 as it’s quite small.

Towel – another one to estimate at £10, because I can’t find it for sale.

Well, once again the value is excellent, with just the two figures well over the price of the box.

I have to say, excellent quality aside, that I didn’t love the two figures. I’m not comfortable with their highly sexualized nature, and all my girl power instincts scream out at the notion of a strong female character (she’s a soldier!) in such a ridiculous pose. I’m also aware that female characters in anime are all about the long legs and big boobs, regardless of their actual abilities. So while they are great figures from the point of view of quality, the soft-porn style doesn’t do it for me.

The other two items are fun but in no way filler. The metal plate would look fun on the fridge, and the towel might be a cool thing to take to the beach!

Our score: 8.8/ 10

This month's Lootaku features excellent quality figures as always, focusing on women of One Piece. This box is definitely one for the boys!

  • Quality of products10
  • Originality7
  • Packaging and delivery10
  • Value for money10
  • Selection of products7

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