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). At current exchange rates this is £34.25.
UK Shipping is $17.66 (£13.45). It’s a little on the pricey side, but this is a premium box and it’s coming a long way.
1-month subscription total: £47.70
Like last month’s box, October’s box also contains three large figures. These two boxes are a slight departure from their usual format, of one or two large figures plus other stuff.
Anyway, we’ll get to that later.
Here’s their shipping box. It’s rather splendid.
I don’t have a picture of what it looked like when opened, for some reason, but it was basically boxes. And here they are.
First, One Piece Banpresto ZOUKEI MONOGATARI Roronoa Zoro.
As always it comes in pieces to be assembled.
The Zoukei Monogatari series from Banpresto features characters in dynamic movement.
He fights with three swords, as seen in this superbly detailed figure.
The next figure is from Sword Art Online.
Again, self assembly.
This is an Ordinal Scale figure of Kirito from Sword Art Online Movie.
These two characters are incredibly popular in anime and manga fandom.
The final large figure in this box is from the Banpresto King of Artist series.
This is Sakata Gintoki from Gintama.
The King of Artist collection showcases exceptional sculpts with incredible attention to details and colouring.
Finally, a smaller item.
Also from Sword Art Online, this is a small replica of Kirito’s primary weapon, Elucidator.
It comes in three pieces: sword, scabbard, and stand.
It is not at all sharp, but the detailing is very nice.
The menu card. This contains details about each item, plus their values.
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 rely 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.
It’s a smaller card than usual, but again, there are fewer contents this month.
I’ll start straight in, as I always do, at the value according to prices I can find online. If I can’t find prices in GBP 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.
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 £47.70.
Roronoa Zoro figure: I found this for £26, but it had sold out.
Kirito figure: I found this on the same UK site for £32.
Sakata Gintoki figure: Again, £26.
Elucidator: Couldn’t find this anywhere. in a previous box I estimated the value of a smaller keychain sword at £5.40. However this one is bigger, isn’t a keychain, and comes with a stand, so I’ll say £8.
Well, this is certainly a high-value box! Having three premium figures definitely ensures you get more than enough bang for your buck.
The quality of the figures is fantastic; Lootaku really does provide only premium items. The only thing is that personally, an all-figure box doesn’t quite do it for me. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all superb, it’s just that I like a little more variety.
Of course, this is purely subjective. There’s a good chance there will be lots of people who will be drooling over these figures. But my geekdom likes to express itself a little more widely, and I really like things you can use, not just display.
I can’t say this is a bad box, because the quality and value are superb. It’s just not quite to my taste.
I noticed on the menu card that next month they will be returning to their usual format. Gotta say I’m happy about that, not because they don’t source awesome figures, but simply because I like things that are a little more creative in the geekdom.
A different version of this review was first published on allsubscriptionboxes.co.uk.