Akibento Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2017
Akibento is a monthly subscription box for anime & manga enthusiasts. Aki is short for Akihabara, a district in Tokyo famous for their anime and manga goods. Akibento sends “authentic and original figures, collectibles, manga, apparel, accessories and more” with a guaranteed exclusive t-shirt and $60+ in value each month.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Akibento
The Cost: $23.95 + $6 U.S. shipping
COUPON: Save $3 off your first box with code ANIME
The Products: 6-8 items including an exclusive t-shirt
Ships to: U.S., Canada, and other countries found in the top right corner here.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This month’s theme is “Hero”.
Inside the info booklet, there’s a visual list of products, plus info about featured Akibento lovers and a selfie contest to enter!
Dragonball Scouter Toy – Value $14.99
A Dragonball toy! Sweet! I loved watching this show so much growing up, and I vividly remember this cool-looking accessory.
The Scouter comes in three pieces that snap into place easily.
I think this toy is sized for kids, rather than adults—my head is pretty small, and the non-adjustable band was stretching just a bit to fit. Because of that, it tends to slide down every few minutes. I know this because I wore this Scouter around my house like a goofball all night, haha! I mean, why not?
In the show, the red lens would display calculations of how powerful different characters were. In toy form, the lens is just a red lens. (Or maybe that’s because I didn’t bump into any Super Saiyans while I was wearing the Scouter…)
Because the pieces snap into place, they can also easily snap out of place. This isn’t the sturdiest toy in the world, but it was definitely fun for this Dragonball fan to get!
Hero Academy Static Sticker Set – Value $6.99
This sheet features seven stickers total—six heroes and one Akibento logo. These aren’t really “stickers” so much as window clings. They’re made of thick, velvety smooth plastic that sticks to glass via static. At first I thought they’d be fun to stick in the rear window of a car (kind of the anime version of those stick figure families people have), but it seems like only the blank back side of the decals stick to glass (so they’d have to face into the car, rather than smile at the person driving behind me). My only wish is that these characters were labeled—I don’t recognize them all, but I’d like to learn who they are!
Mystery Anime Keychain – Value $8.99
Which keychain you get this month is up to the Akibento powers that be. I got a soft plastic keychain featuring Shinra from Durarara!!
I love the cute representation of this nerdy doctor. This little geek is a favorite character of mine, so I feel like I lucked out with this mystery item!
The keychain is pretty flat, soft, and flexible. I’ve had keychains like this before, and I know they can pick up ink, dust, and such. I’ll have to make sure I keep Shinra’s crisp coat nice and clean. (I should be able to use a cleaning wipe on it to take care of any stains.)
Mystery One Piece Figurine – Value $9.99?
I couldn’t find this exact item online, so I linked to a similar figurine.
This blind box contains one of the One Piece characters in figurine form. Drumroll, please…
It’s the Heart Pirate, Trafalgar Law! I love the detail on this tiny (about 2″ tall) figurine, especially the patterns along the bottom of his coat. Holes in his heels fit over pegs on the translucent plastic stand, so that you can display him easily. He stands on his own, too, though!
JoJo Sticker – Value $1.99
This JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure sticker is meant to be a circle, but if you’re careful with how you peel the backing off, you could keep the gold border intact and make it a square. It’s a matte sticker—I kind of wish it was one of those shiny vinyl ones, but it’s still fun!
Akibento Exclusive Hero Eye Mask – Value $9.99
This month, Akibento subscribers all get an exclusive One Punch Man eye mask, but it’s a mystery as to whether it’s a Saitama design or a Genos design. I got Genos! Looks pretty fierce, huh?
“Does not give super hero powers.” Aw, man.
The mask is silky smooth and has a comfortable elastic band. I love using eye masks on planes or train trips. There’s no better way to block out the world and get some rest. And luckily enough, I have a trip coming up! This mask is going in the carry-on, folks.
Also, I look super intimidating when I’ve got these eyes on mine. Oh, you think you’re gonna wake me up? Look into my cyborg eyes, and say that again.
Akibento Hero Button – Value $1.00?
Each month, Akibento includes a little (about 1 inch) button featuring the theme. It’s a fun little collectible, especially after you start to accumulate these buttons over the months.
Akibento Exclusive Hero Shirt – Value $20.99
Every box comes with an exclusive t-shirt based on the theme. This month, the shirt features some of your favorite heroes in a silly situation. (Aw, poor little Saitama!)
I dig the design and that the t-shirt itself is 100% cotton. It’s comfy and breathable, though it doesn’t have a ton of stretch. Super soft, though.
Bonus Item: PeachMilky Tea Sticker – Value $1.99?
This little surprise is based on the YouTuber mentioned in the booklet. It’s a nice sticker and awfully cute, though it feels a little weird since I’m not a fan of this gal. But I like that they included something extra!
I couldn’t find this exact sticker on Akibento’s site, so I linked to a similar sticker.
Verdict: This Akibento box was one of my favorites so far. I like fun items like toys and trinkets, so the keychain, the figurine, and even the Scouter toy were especially fun for me to receive. There’s about $77.00 in this $23.95 box, which is huge. I’m used to anime merchandise costing around $20.00 a pop, so to get a whole box of items for that much is pretty sweet. Lots of the items are Akibento versions of characters (not official merchandise, but sort of fan-drawn stickers and so forth), but that’s been bothering me less and less each month.
What do you think of Akibento?