One of our favourite stops at Hyper Japan was the ARTBOX shop which was jam packed with plush, stationery and homewares from all our favourite kawaii brands. They kindly gave us one of their new stationery lucky bags to review so let’s see if it’s something to add to your wish list.
The lucky bag itself is an adorable reusable drawstring backpack featuring the ARTBOX panda and comes filled with stationery, character goods or both. While the bag is made of a thin material, it’s fairly sturdy and should hold up to regular use.
Inside we found lots of cute stationery! There were six items – notebook, letter set, mini memo pad, pencil, pencil toppers and stickers – mostly by well-known brands (Sanrio, San-X, Kamio & Q-Lia). Let’s have a closer look.
Kamio Hokopita notebook
The biggest item is a large notebook featuring some cute dustball bears. The front and back cover have different illustrations and the inside is full colour too. It’s a Japanese school book so the layout is a bit restrictive but there are still plenty of things you could use it for. It would be perfect for practicing the Japanese alphabets.
Pence Cream letter set
Letter sets are great for keeping in touch with friends and this set features some cute ice cream penguins! You get 8 sheets of paper, 4 envelopes and a set of stickers so it should be good for a few letters. I really love the scalloped details on the envelopes and stickers, plus the minty pastel colour scheme.
Q-Lia Little Fairy Tale mini memo pad
There are more pastel colours in this sweet little mini memo pad. It’s got an Alice in Wonderland theme complete with Cheshire Cat and white rabbit. There are two page designs that are perfect for little notes and journalling.
San-X Rilakkuma pencil
Lucky bags are often just a way to get rid of cheap products no-one wants but the ARTBOX bags includes officially licensed items with popular characters like Rilakkuma! This pencil is really sparkly with a silver holographic background.
Sanrio My Melody pencil toppers
You can add an extra touch of kawaii to any pencil with these pencil toppers featuring My Melody. It would be nicer if they were all different designs but you could share with your friends.
Q-Lia Milky Shy Cat stickers
And finally, stickers! I’m starting to prefer sticker flake packs to sticker sheets as you get multiples of the same designs. That means you can put one of each in your sticker book, save a couple more and then swap the rest with friends. This set seems to have an Alice in Wonderland theme too, though with a focus on cats and mice.
Overall, this is a good value bag if you like stationery and surprises. All the items are high quality and officially licensed with mostly well-known brands and characters. I really love the bag too.
ARTBOX lucky bags start at £15 and you can choose from stationery, character goods or a mix of both. They’re currently only available from the ARTBOX shop in London as well as at cons and events around the UK. For more information on the lucky bags and upcoming events, follow ARTBOX on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
What do you think? Would you buy one?
(Lucky bag was provided by ARTBOX for review but all words and photographs are my own.)
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.