Doki Doki by Japan Crate Review + Coupon – November 2016
Starting in September, each Doki Doki Crate will include 5-7 higher quality items as opposed to the old 8-10 item structure. This means they can send larger, more practical, and higher quality things compared to before. You can read about it here.
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: Use code MSADD3 to save $3 off your first box.
The Products: 8-10 licensed, authentic kawaii items plus a licensed/exclusive shirt
Ships to: Internationally with a few exceptions found here.
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Each month comes with a booklet filled with artwork and literature. November’s theme is Kawaii Cafe.
Baguette Au Petit Lapin – Value $10
This is one of the cutest plushes I’ve ever received. This Petit Lapin rests upon baguettes and it makes him look like a burger!
The plush is super soft from top to bottom.
Sailor Moon Sweet Mascot Re-Ment Blind Box – Value $9
Subscribers receive one of six designs. Each box comes with two charms: a pastry and a chocolate. You can wear both or one at a time.
The pastry I got looks like Sailor Moon’s Moon Scepter. The pink macaron in the center is so unique.
The chocolate has a pink Sailor Moon symbol in the center.
Chocolate Notebook – Value $3
This is a chocolate bar-shaped notepad with a matte, rubbery cover. The cover smells like candy too!
The pages are unlined, so I think I will use mine as a sketchbook.
Puchi Puchi Baguette Pouch – Value $6.99
“Puchi puchi” is the sound effect for something squishy, and this pouch is indeed squishy. It can be used as a decorative baguette plush or a pencil case.
It is so stuffed with padding it leaves little room for actual storage. A couple of pens or coins will work, but anything larger proves difficult to zip up.
Croissant Pen – Value $2
Not only is this pen packaged like a mini pastry, but it also looks just like a croissant!
I don’t mind that shape of the pen makes it awkward to grip. I’m here for the adorable factor, after all. It also has a small magnet on the back so that you can attach it to the fridge or any magnetic surface.
Monthly Hoppe-Chan Slice of Cake – Value $5
This is the monthly Hoppe-Chan item. I think this is the most elaborate piece yet!
Here we have Hoppe-Chan delicately placed on top of a slice of cake, surrounded by chocolate and gumdrops and cream icing. I’m extremely impressed with the quality of the piece, but I don’t think it will hold up to daily wear on a bag or a keychain. Instead, this might be suitable for putting on display.
Rilakkuma Sunglasses – Value $12
I think the star of the box is this pair of Rilakkuma sunglasses. For the uninitiated, Rilakkuma is a cartoon bear created by Japanese company San-X, and he gets put on a lot of cute merchandise. This one is a Doki Doki Crate exclusive!
I relate to his “meh” attitude on a very deep level.
Verdict: The total value is about $48. My favorite item has to be the Rilakkuma sunglasses. I think this box is definitely superior to last month’s box. Part of that is because I love the theme a lot more, and part of that is because the items feel more substantial. Everything also has more practical value to me. With the way things are going right now, I think Doki Doki Crates are a toss up month to month. However, I really enjoy the direction they’re going towards, and I hope they continue curating boxes as amazing as this one.
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