World of Nintendo 4″ Lakitu Figure Review
You are about to read something I have never written before: an overwhelmingly negative Nintendo figure review!
Jakks Pacific’s track record for producing Koopa figures is outstanding! Koopa Troopas/Paratroopas have a creative gimmick and a bunch of play options. Bowser Jr. is packed with all the articulation of an import figure! They remain my favorites of the line, so it’s easy to see why I had astronomical hopes for the newest of the Koopa Troop- Lakitu.
This figure is a massive disappointment. To start, the entire thing is hollow, giving the impression of a fast food toy. We could tell from the prototype pics that he wouldn’t have hinge elbows, just an unneeded swivel. They did away with the cut which was an improvement for the sculpt, but it’s only downhill from there. I could see wrist hinges in addition to the swivel, but had to heat them in hot water before they would give. Even the arms and hands are hollow, so a child will definitely break these out of the box left and right.
The glasses have a clear plastic lens instead of just being rims, which is a nice touch, but the clear is visible outside the black rims. You could probably fix this as simply as outlining it with black sharpie.
We also knew there was an unsightly seam around the cloud, and that has not improved. I would putty and paint over it if I decide the figure is worth saving.
The spiny egg accessory is ironically completely solid. But due to its heft, the flimsy arms can’t lift it all the way up. On top of that, it’s a shade too orange and on top of THAT, it’s the same size as the Figuarts one and thus not in scale. That’s the pickiest complaint of the review, but I thought it should be said.
The figure stands with the help of a clear plug with a flat bottom.
If there is one thing that Jakks got right, it’s the scale. Lakitu is Mario’s height, which makes sense as you can steal his cloud. I was frustrated that Bandai had made him a bit smaller. It would most certainly be my Lakitu of choice otherwise (and if I could add some articulation).
All being said, I hope some of my experiences are isolated, but a lot of the problems boil down to design unfortunately. I do hope your mileage varies! The first shipments of recent World of Nintendo figures always show with the tell-tale signs of being rushed: The Cat Mario wave had paint slop beyond anything I’ve ever seen, Skull Kid had the wrong box and felt like a ragdoll, and Blue Inkling Boy was playing for the Orange team. Maybe some of these issues will resolve themselves later.
And I do know you’ll get it anyway. Personally, reading a scathing review beforehand probably wouldn’t have dissuaded me either, but you can bet I won’t get multiples for repaints, or giving him cameras, fishing poles, etc. There was a lot of potential fun with this guy that just…probably won’t be happening. It will take a bit of tinkering to even get him to the level of Jakks’ weakest previous offerings.