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REVIEW: Lunartik in a Cup of Tea Mini Series 2

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Background

Some folks might like to start out their day with a cup o' joe, but there are plenty of us that prefer a nice cuppa tea. Matt JOnes is obviously one of those people. He recently released his Lunartik in a Cup of Tea Mini Series 2. In addition to the pair of mini figure series, Matt has also released a pair of larger Lunartik in a Cup of Tea series.

The blind boxed Series 2 consists of 17 different designs. We received a pair of blind boxes and pulled the Camomile and Star Cup teas.

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The Facts



Lunartik in a Cup of Tea – Mini Series 2
Series: Mini Series 2
Manufacturer: Lunartik, LTD
Artist: Matt JOnes
Material: Plastic
Dimensions: 2.5” tall
Points of Articulation: 3 (shoulders and neck)
Designs: 17 total (Ani'Chai, Apple Bubble, Cherry Green Tea, Camomile, Emperor, High Tea, Jasmin, Licker, Majes'Tea, Midnight, Mono Earl, Organik, Plum Bubble, Shroom, Star Cup, Un-Plugged, and Wild Shroom)
Accessories: Tea Bag Booklet, Collector Card, Tea Token
Pricing: $9.95 - $11.50

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Packaging

The Lunartik in a Cup of Tea Mini Series 2 has changed up the packaging design from Series 1. And this change means making a good thing even better. Each blind boxed piece comes in a take-away cup, with a plastic lid that doubles as a display stand.

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Our Opinion

The Lunartik in a Cup of Tea Mini Series 1 picked up a pair of our 2010 toy awards for the best blind box series and the best packaging. So, what has Matt JOnes done to improve on Series 2?

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First off, the packaging has been improved upon. Now, instead of just a square box, the figure is stored in a small take-away paper tea cup with a plastic lid. That lid even has a little hole for drinking. The possible designs and ratios are all illustrated on exterior. And there is a Tea Bag Booklet (featuring illustrations of the designs and their ratios), a Tea Token, and a Collector Card that allows you to collect 19 Tea Tokens to redeem for a Super Rare Collectors Tea.

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The figure sculpting is the same as Series 1. The Lunartik features three points of articulation – at the shoulders and neck – although the shoulder articulation is fairly limited. Mini Series 2 includes 17 total designs - “12 Fresh Flavours”, “4 Special Brews”, and a “Super Rare Collectors Tea”.

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One difference you'll notice, if you collected Mini Series 1, is that this Lunartik in a Cup of Tea series features more printing on both the Lunartik character and the tea cup. Series 1 was more of your basic color palette, while Series 2 gives you some great designs. And these are primarily pad printed, so you have nice, tight paint lines.

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I like it when blind box series are kept under $10.00 a piece, and that's right around the price point here. With all of the great new designs, I think Series 2 is an improvement on the Lunartik in a Cup of Tea Mini Series 1...which still is one of my favorite mini figure series. Now if you don't mind...I'll be having a spot of tea...

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For wholesale inquiries, contact DKE Toys.

You can pick one up at the following:

Dragatomi: $10.00 each
Fugitive Toys: $9.95 each
Mindzai Creative Shop: $10.99 each
Tainted Visions: $9.95 each (open boxes for $10.95 each)
Lunartik.com: £6.99 each (around $11.50)

Lunartik in a Cup of Tea Series 2 Grades
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