Akibento Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 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: Use code ANIME to save $3 off your first box!
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 “Clash.”
The info booklet features a visual list of products, plus other fun info, like a selfie contest to enter!
Akibento Monthly Pin – Value $1.00?
Every Akibento box comes with a little pin to suit the theme. It’s kind of fun collecting these pins every month. I’ve got a whole bunch of ’em in a dish on my desk now.
Sasuke Funko Pop Figurine – Value $9.99
There’s usually a Funko Pop toy in every Akibento box, and this month, the featured character is Sasuke! The super-serious, complex, dutiful Sasuke is one of my favorite Naruto characters.
Sasuke so rarely does anything but frown—it’s funny to see a version of him with such a cute, simple expression!
The paint job on this figurine could be a bit crisper, but that’s NBD. I’m too busy delighting over the little details of this toy.
Shonen Jump Vinyl Figures Mystery Minis Blindbox – Value $5.99
A blindbox toy inside a subscription box? It’s like a surprise within a surprise!
I got ol’ Straw Hat Luffy from One Piece! You can turn his head from side to side, and I think his arms move, too—er, at least, I could move one. The other was a little more stubborn, so I stopped trying to twist it (I don’t wanna hurt the guy). There’s a list of the other potential characters on the back of the box, too. He stands nice and sturdy on his own and is about 2.5 inches tall. Super cute.
Exclusive Akibento Clash T-Shirt – Value $20.99?
Every box comes with a shirt to match the theme. There’s usually some fun crossover action going on in the design, as evidenced by this image of Sasuke from Naruto (Sasuke’s like, the star of this box!) going head to head with Ichigo from Bleach. The crew-neck t-shirt has a nice weight to it and a basic unisex fit. I like getting tees like this, rather than “women’s” tees with cap sleeves and fitted silhouettes. I tend to wear my Akibento shirts as-is, or if I do want a more form-flattering fit, I’ll hop on YouTube and find a t-shirt D.I.Y. tutorial to help me doctor things up.
I couldn’t find this exact design on their site store, so I linked to a similar Akibento t-shirt to give you an idea of the value.
Exclusive Akibento Shuriken Magnet Bottle Opener – Value $3.00?
I feel like I always misplace my bottle openers. They should live in my kitchen drawer, but they wind up wherever I last used them—in my living room, in my tote bag if I brought one to a party, or who knows where else. I have a feeling this little guy is going to be easy to “put away” again, though, as it’s just way too much fun to stick this throwing star to my fridge!
Why? On the flat edge of the shuriken, where the fourth point would usually be, is a super-strong magnet (the shuriken itself is pretty darn hefty metal, so it needed a powerful magnet to make this design work). The gist is that when you stick this magnet against your fridge (or metal desk or bar cart, etc.), it looks like it has a throwing star lodged in it. So it makes a great bottle opener and a really great magnet for tacking things to your refrigerator. I can honestly say my grocery list has never looked cooler.
I couldn’t find this exclusive online, so I linked to something similar to demonstrate value.
Exclusive Akibento Anime Pixel Pop Up Sticker Sheet – Value $4.99?
I couldn’t find anything quite like this exclusive sheet of stickers online, so I linked to something similar! I love the 8-bit design aesthetic behind these slightly puffy stickers! They’re each no bigger than the tip of my finger, so they make a nice addition to planner or calendar pages. And I love the assortment of characters! (Especially Kakashi—a.k.a. my hands-down favorite character from Naruto!)
Exclusive Akibento Crafting Vegeto Sticker – Value $1.99?
Most boxes come with an item themed around a featured YouTube star. This month, it’s a sticker of Crafting Vegeto. The sticker has a smooth matte finish and is on the bigger side, which is cool. My thing is that not really knowing this YouTuber and not really being a huge follower of YouTube fan channels in general, I don’t really get much value out of this sticker. I’ll catch up with Crafting Vegeto’s videos, but right now, I’m not super inclined to stick this anywhere.
Verdict: I liked this month’s Akibento box a lot, probably because there was a lot of Naruto-inspired stuff inside (and Naruto rules!). The box is $23.95, but my calculations say there’s about $48.00 worth of value inside. Awesome! That makes the $6.00 US shipping worth it, too. (If you’re international, you might want to see what your shipping cost will be before deciding if this box is worth your while or not.) I will say that the majority of the value rests in the t-shirt and the figurines. If you’re not so hot on the idea of a custom, crossover-inspired shirt design, or if you’re already an avid Funko Pop collector, you might not be as wowed by the box as a whole.
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