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Tombow VIP Club Subscription Box Review – February 2018

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyMar 13, 2018 | 7 comments

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Tombow VIP Club is a monthly subscription box filled with art and stationery supplies.

tombox vip club unboxing for february 2018

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.)

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About Tombow VIP Club Art Supplies Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Tombow VIP Club

The Cost: $30.00 + free USPS ground shipping

The Products: "VIP" stands for "Very Inspirational Products"! Each Tombow VIP Club box includes a selection of favorite Tombow products, plus at least one exclusive item that's not yet available in the US or Canada!

Good to Know: All items are final sale! They don't accept returns or refunds on VIP Club items.

Ships to: the US and Canada

Tombow VIP Club February 2018 Box Review

birthday info card

product list for february 2018 tombow vip club box

Here's the info card for this month's box. This year, Tombow turns 105! Wow!

craft idea for tombow vip club box

more craft ideas from tombow vip club february 2018 box

I really like that Tombow includes a card of inspiring ideas for how to put the items in the box to use. It helps me feel that much more excited about whatever I get!

UPDATE: There are a lot of pricing structures going on in this post, so before we get into the items, I wanted to explain my pricing process:
– I checked the Tombow site itself for each item's retail value first. Most of the retail values I got are from there.
– If a product wasn’t on the Tombow site, I'd look for it elsewhere online, but made sure it was a listing associated with Tombow.
– On the info sheet, Tombow gives prices for each item. If the value listed on that sheet was different than the retail price I found online, I noted it, just for reference.

watercolor crayons in package

watercolor crayons back of package

washable crayon kit

set of rainbow colored washable crayons

washable crayons in wax paper wrapping

12-Piece Yo-i Crayons Set - Retail Value $19.00, Listed Value $12.99

How cute are these chubby crayons? I love their mascot as much as I love the rainbow of playful colors. Each one is about as wide as a Magic Marker. They're comfortable to hold as an adult, and I bet they'd be easy for little hands to manipulate as well. The crayons come wrapped in wax paper—if you wear down the tip, pinch the end to push more crayon out (rather than peeling back the paper).

watercolor crayon on paper

The coolest part about these crayons is that they're water soluble. That means they can work on any surface, including glass, metal, the floor, or a tabletop. They'll wash off with soap and water. Water solubility also means they can be used like watercolor paints. You can see above how it looked when I dipped a brush in water and dragged it along my crayon lines. Pretty neat!


black standard pencil

8900 Drawing Pencil - Listed Value $0.89, Buy 12 for $10.65 (Found here for $5.99)

This pencil is apparently Tombow's oldest product. It's just a pencil, but for me, a nice, smooth-writing, classic, #2-equivalent pencil. It's an HB grade with dark gray, crisp-writing graphite. The moss-green color of the exterior has a vintage quality to it that I really like. And truly, in a world of mechanical pencils and notes taken on phone screens, it just feels really good to write with an old-fashioned pencil!

pencil grips pack

back of pencil grips pack

4 spiral pencil grips

pencil grips on pencil

4 Pack of Ippo Pencil Grips - Retail Value $11.73, Listed Value $2.59

These little grips remind me of pasta noodles! They're easy to slip over pencils or pens of varying sizes (the shape lets them stretch to fit) to help make long drawing or note-taking sessions feel a little less rough on your hands. I'm the kind of person who holds onto pencils sooo tightly. A slightly cushy grip makes all the difference!

mono eraser

mono eraser in white

Mono B Jumbo White Eraser - Retail Value $4.59 (Found here for $2.99)

This is a really lovely eraser. I love that it's white—it's super clean, especially on white paper. It's plastic, too, so it doesn't grip (and rip) paper too much as it does its job. Plus, the 3"x 1.5" size is really comfortable and easy to hold.

three double tipped brush pens

lavender brush pen

double tipped lavender brush pen

peach brush pen

peach double tipped brush pen

blue brush pen

double tipped blue brush pen

Set of 3 Dual Brush Pens (in Colors 873, 623, and 373) - Listed Value $9.57 (Sold individually for $3.19 each)

Continuing with the water-soluble trend, these brush pens can actually be blended out like watercolors, or used by themselves for elegant lettering or illustration projects.

demo of double tipped brush pens

I love that each pen has a fine point and a brush point and that the brush end has a relatively sturdy felt-tip point—it's not loose or flimsy by any means. The colors are a lot of fun, too. They're perfect for spring!

recycled colored pencils

tin of recycled colored pencils

colored pencils made from recycled materials

tombow club colored pencils

12-Piece Recycled Colored Pencils - Retail Value $13.99 (Found here for $3.99)

Hooray for recycled products! I always like when products have an eco-friendly angle. These pencils also have the benefit of being really nice to work with! They're smooth and light to hold and have a nice amount of pigment that you can easily build on the page. The convenient carrying tin is nice, too.

glue pen

back of glue pen package

glue pen out of package

glue pen close up on tip

Mono Glue Pen - Retail Value $3.49

Wow. This is SUCH a good idea! This pen makes gluing small or delicate items super easy. It's precise and tidy, and the glue is sturdy. No squeezing needed!

The Verdict: I loved this month's box! The assortment had a great mix of professional-grade items and playful supplies that got me out of my head and into a childlike spirit of creativity. I liked the small theme of water-soluble products running through the box. I'm clumsy with paint and blending, so I like having the initial control of a crayon or marker (that lets me just blend, rather than have to paint and blend). I'm just an amateur, hobby artist, but I love this box. If you'd rather spend your money on supplies that you know you need or prefer, then this box might be too random for you. I'm more the type of person who loves wandering through the craft store, but gets overwhelmed by the number of choices and possibilities. So for me, this box captures that inspiring craft store feeling in a more approachable way (and with a little handholding, thanks to the craft ideas). It's $30.00, which is a little more than I might like to spend, but as a gift to myself and for the quality items I get, I feel like it's worth it.

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No. UPDATE: After posting this review, we found out that Tombow has shifted its VIP box program away from a monthly system to a one-off model. Boxes will be available every 2-3 months for one-time purchases, but there won't be any recurring charges nor too much regularity.

Value Breakdown: This box cost $30.00 plus free USPS ground shipping, but I estimate that I received $63.26 in value. That means that, proportionally, I paid the following for each item:

  • Crayons - $9.01
  • Drawing pencil - $0.42
  • Pencil grips - $5.56
  • Eraser - $2.18
  • 3 brush pens - $4.54
  • Colored pencils - $6.63
  • Glue pen - $1.66

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Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!

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I have subscribed to this box for two months and was really loving it. I was really disappointed when I received their email stating that they are no longer offering a monthly box and are only going to be offering occasional one-time purchase boxes. As a craft junkie I truly wish they would have continued the monthly box..hopefully their one-time purchase boxes will be just as good!!

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I found the price info listed in this post to be extremely confusing.

Listed value vs retail value (both when sold by by directly Tombow)? Some prices refer to a single item but then are compared to a price for multiple items, etc. Other times I can’t tell what is being compared.

For example, the pencil grips:
“4 Pack of Ippo Pencil Grips – Retail Value $11.73, Listed Value $2.59”. What is the $2.59 referring to — an individual grip or the 4 pack? And what is counted toward the box total? Listed price? Retail price? Regardless, I really don’t see how this Box adds up to >$60.

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Anna Reilly

Hi Beth!

Sorry for the confusion. I’ll explain here and also clarify in the review:

– I checked the Tombow site itself for each item first. Most of the retail values I got are from there.
– If a product wasn’t on the Tombow site, I was able to find it on Amazon, under the Tombow brand/store. I did notice that the retail prices there seemed to be on the higher side (such as in the pencil grips example I mentioned).
– On the info sheet, Tombow gives prices for each item. If the value listed on that sheet was different than the retail price I found online, I noted it, just for reference.

So, in short, “retail value” is the price for products I was able to find online, and listed value is what’s listed on the sheet.

Hope that helps!!! Apologies for any confusion!

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Anna Reilly

Oh, I almost forgot – to find the total estimated retail value, I used the retail prices, UNLESS there wasn’t a retail price for an individual item (like the drawing pencil, which I could only find for sale in packs online), in which case I used the listed value.

Again, I hope that’s helpful! This one had a lot of different pricing structures to deal with!!

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Their model has changed. It’s no longer a subscription that automatically charges and sends monthly boxes. Their email is below:

We recently asked for feedback regarding your experience with the Tombow VIP Club, and after reviewing everyone’s comments we’ve decided to make some changes to the program. As a VIP, we wanted you to know about the changes first!

No more recurring charges
The Tombow VIP Club will no longer be a monthly subscription; instead, it will be offered on our website with limited quantities available as a special promotion.
New boxes will be available every 2-3 months.

How to purchase
As a VIP, you have first access to purchasing the box. You will receive an email notification as soon as each box is available, at least two days before we announce the box on social media or in our main email list.
If you decide to purchase that month’s box, you will make a one-time purchase to receive that box. You can easily order multiple boxes if you want to give one as a gift.

What’s in the box?
We’ll be including new products that are not yet available for purchase along with other Tombow exclusive products.
And last, but certainly not least, we will be showing you everything included in the box before you purchase it! You’ll know exactly what you’re getting each time you purchase a box.

We’re putting the finishing touches on the next box, so keep an eye on your inbox because we’ll be emailing you soon to let you know when it’s available for purchase. Trust us, you won’t want to miss it!

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Anna Reilly

Oh no! That’s too bad. Thanks for sharing this info!!!

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All the links go to a 404 – Not Found page and I can’t find any info on the Tombow website. I’d love to sign up for this. Do you know why I can’t seem to?

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