REVIEW: Go Lucky Neko
After lapping up some weird, brightly coloured, glowing ooze, this litter of cute kittens turned into nine different types of lucky. Go Lucky Neko.
Dreamland Toyworks has released the Go Lucky Neko blind-boxed series of cute vinyl kittens. Designed by the artist Delme, the line uses the iconic Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat, Fortune Cat, etc) as the basis for an assortment of unique characters.
Go Lucky Neko
Characters: Ichi, Tamashii, Stealth Cat, Robotsu, Shortbus, Zombie Kitten, El Diablo, Bean, and ???
Manufacturer: Dreamland Toyworks
Sculptor: Dave Bondi
Material: Rotocast Vinyl
Height: 3” tall
Points of Articulation: Two (arms)
This series is packaged in an above average blind-box format. The predominantly red square box has the short background blurb that we reprinted above as well as illustrations (and names) of the various characters you might pull. It also gives a blank template…in case you want to create your own Go Lucky Neko.
I’m a fan of Lucky Cats. Not real live cats, but Lucky Cats. Real cats shed…while Lucky Cats bring you…well…luck. There are plenty of crazed Maneki Neko collectors out there who love to amass porcelain, vinyl, plastic, etc. figures. As long as it’s in the shape of that cute little kitty with its’ paw up.
So how do Delme’s designs and Dreamland Toyworks’ Go Lucky Neko figures stand up? Let’s first look at the designs. There are plenty of strong characters here, but I’d have to say my favorite is Ishi. It’s one of the traditional Lucky Cat designs. I also am digging Shortbus, but I think it’s because it looks like a David Horvath character. One thing to take notice of is that the back of each figure also has a design on it.
The production is fairly decent on a figure of this size. Most of the paintwork on the face is pad printed, so it has a nice, tight look to it. Areas to watch out for are the arms. They don’t twist as easily as you probably would like, so you need to apply some pressure (push and turn).
Overall, it’s one of the stronger lineups of blind-boxed figures that I’ve seen. While I don’t like to spend anything over $7 or $8 on a blind box (I want to know what I’m getting at that point), I’d be able to make an exception to pick up a few of these.
You can pick one up at the following:
Dragatomi: $10.99 - blind box
Fugitive Toys: $10.99 - blind box or $14.99 - $34.99 - opened
Go Lucky Neko Grades:
Figure Quality: 8/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
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