Doki Doki by Japan Crate Review + Coupon – October 2017
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The Subscription Box: Doki Doki by Japan Crate
The Cost: $30 per month + free shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month prepaid subscriptions.
COUPON: Use code MSADD3 to save $3 off your first box.
The Products: 5-7 licensed, authentic kawaii items from companies like Sanrio, San-X, and Disney Tsum Tsum and others.
Ships to: Internationally with a few exceptions found here
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Each month, Doki Doki comes with an informative booklet that includes all you need to know about your items, a comic, a list of the prizes you can win, and social media highlights! This month’s theme is “Creepy Cuties” for Halloween.
Plush Cat Paw Gloves
If you didn’t have a costume ready this year, Doki Doki has you covered. These huge plush cat paw gloves burst out of the box as soon as I opened it!
Each paw is eight inches tall and made of black and pink acrylic fur. This reminds me of my black cat, Kitters (although his paw pads are black).
The booklet says you can wear these as winter gloves, but there is no way you could function with these on! I needed help even getting the second paw on my hand, so I can’t imagine driving or using a phone or anything you need to do while wearing actual gloves.
These are super fun and made me smile, but my only complaint is that they are pretty small. I have tiny hands but had trouble fitting into them, so anyone with normal to large sized hands would probably not be able to comfortably wear these even as a costume.
Plush Cat Ear Hair Clips
To match your paws, they’ve included ears as well!
I was expecting these to be on a headband or something, but these are two independent ears with little gold bells and pink bows.
The ears each have a clip so you can attach them to your hair anywhere you’d like.
Konichiwa, everyone! I’m a cat!
Rabbit Ragdoll Plush
This rabbit is out there! Made of patchwork-style fabric in varying prints and colors, this little dude has some denim parts and some parts that are mixed with thick silk-screened ink designs.
Hehehe- his little denim tail. He also has a ball chain between his ears so you can attach him to your bag as a charm.
His bow reads “Super Gram” and he has brown buttons that hold his arms on. I see how this falls in the “creepy cutie” theme since ragdolls are generally kinda creepy, but this bun bun is also a total cutie.
Disney Tsum TsumWinne The Pooh Socks
Ok- confession time. I’ve been seeing Disney Tsum Tsum stuff keep rolling in through subscription boxes but never understood what it was. Essentially, what I’ve found is that it’s a squatty “stackable” shape of Disney and Disney-owned characters. The Japanese word for “stack” is “Tsumu”, which is where the word came from since they were first designed specifically for the Japanese market. I know not everyone would agree, but I get a little bummed when I see Tsum Tsum stuff in Japanese boxes simply because I don’t equate Disney with Japan. I sub to Japanese boxes to receive things I can’t find or are harder to find here in the US, so it’s a bit lost on me even though I understand it’s popular in Japan. You know what I mean? Disney is too… familiar.
That being said, these socks are pretty darn adorable. I was happy to receive the Winne the Pooh versions since he was a favorite of mine as a kid and through my teens (although the forlorn Eeyore was my favorite character). After much confusion, I consulted with Anna who guessed that Woody from Toy Story is up top and either Chip or Dale is at the bottom here. I guess that is another Tsum Tsum thing to do? Not only stack characters but mix and match them from various shows and movies? So confusing.
The socks are a high quality and licensed Disney merchandise.
They are on the thin side and shorties though, so these will most likely stay in my drawer until Spring.
The Hoppe-Chan charm this month is Halloween-themed and has our girl decked out with a Jack-O-Lantern on her head!
I kinda love how huge the Jack-O-Lantern on her head is. Hahaha, it’s cracking me up. She also has a couple of blue and pink stars up there as well, and of course her rhinestone cheeks (which are pink).
Tomomi & Nuki Halloween Mug
This mug is an original Doki Doki Crate mug and has Tomomi and Nuki dressed in some purple and orange Halloween gear. It comes in a plain brown box to protect it in transit (phew!) and would be easily re-giftable.
This mug brings the holiday “spirit”, and they have also included a recipe in the booklet on how to make a pumpkin pie mug cake! Just mix all the ingredients into the mug and pop in the microwave for a single serving treat.
The back is blank to give you a break from the creepy cuties.
Verdict: The October Doki Doki was full of fun Halloween items! I’d be hard-pressed to find most of these online, so even though it makes it hard to determine retail value, I know I’m getting obscure stuff! I love that they sent items to assemble a last-minute costume even though it came so close to Halloween. I also was missing my Sanrio treat bags, which was a bummer. If I only count the six items (instead of seven) I received, I’m still only paying $5 per item which seems reasonable.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Sadly, no. Sign up today and receive the December box!
Coupon – Use coupon code MSA3 to save $3 off your first Japan Crate Premium, Doki Doki Crate, Umai Crate, or Kira Kira Crate!
Value Breakdown: At $30 for this box, you are paying approximately $4.29 per item (for the seven total items included in the box).
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