Doki Doki by Japan Crate Subscription Box Review- June 2016
Doki Doki is a new subscription box from Japan Crate for all things kawaii! Items range from plushies, collectible keychains, figures, apparel, miniatures, cooking utensils and more.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Doki Doki by Japan Crate
The Cost: $30 per month + free US shipping
COUPON: Save $3 off your first box with code MSA3!
The Products: 8-10 licensed, authentic kawaii items
Ships to: Internationally with a few exceptions found here.
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Each month comes with a fantastic booklet filled with images and artwork and information. This month’s theme is Harajuku Street Fashion! Expect unique and unusual styles.
Hoppe-Chan appears in every box and I especially adore this one! She’s soft and squishy and the sequined bow is a nice touch.
Take Omo Plush
Take and Omo are the new additions to the Japan Crate toy line! I am excited to see exclusive toys. Take and Omo are pups who want to be fashion icons of Harajuku. I think I received Take (TAH-keh). The button is a great fashion touch!
The white plush is Hoppe-Chan and the yellow plush is Take.
Eyeball Hair Bow
I’m really creeped out by this eyeball… especially the veins. This is not something I’d consider to be kawaii at all, but hey Japanese fashion is sometimes cute and sometimes bizarre.
This is a funky pink handkerchief with a zipper for a mouth. Again, it’s not something I would consider cute. I’ve also never carried a handkerchief in my life (I live a privileged life of highly accessible paper towels and tissues) and won’t do so in the foreseeable future.
Mayo Puri Zipper Pull and Sticker Sheet
Mayo Puri is a little bottle of Japanese mayonnaise with a face. It has a face!! Apparently this charm is a zipper pull but I’m sure you can also put it on bracelets and whatnot. I also love the accompanying sticker sheet.
This month’s Hoppe-Chan charm is adorned with a Decora-style bow. Hoppe-Chan looks like a tasty strawberry-flavored gumdrop.
Hatsune Miku Lanyard
Hatsune Miku is the most popular Vocaloid and this lanyard features her and the rest of the Vocaloid crew. There’s a Hatsune Miku sticker in the plastic cover too.
Subscribers received a variety of mix-and-match accessories like hair scrunchies and that zipper bracelet. I actually like the zipper bracelet– the zipper is functional and sturdy– and I can see some of my friends wearing this bold fashion statement. Overall, these would be appropriate for my little sister.
Snoopy Qee Blind Box
I wasn’t expecting a Snoopy to come out of Doki Doki Crate but here we are! I received a very strange fake grass-covered Snoopy. His arms and legs are moveable. He’s also scratchy. I like Snoopy but I’m not sure about this green scratchy grass variation.
Verdict: This month was just so-so. I think Doki Doki Crate did a great job with curation and bringing out unique aspects of Harajuku street fashion, but half of it didn’t mesh with my personal taste. I can’t see myself enjoying an eyeball hair bow, for example. However, the large ticket items– the two plushes– were adorable! That redeems the box somewhat for me. I counted 13 items total, so this month is equivalent to paying an average of $2.31 per item. Or, if you value the plushes at $10 each, it’s like paying for two plushes ($20) and getting the rest for $10.
I haven’t been estimating prices for each item since many are exclusive or hard to find in the US. However, let me know in the comments if you prefer I estimate retail values in the future!
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