We’ve reviewed a lot of kawaii subscription boxes on SCK and I got the chance to check out a couple of boxes from Japan Crate including their new Doki Doki crate which is packed full of kawaii. It’s a bigger box than most of the other boxes we’ve reviewed and is even bright pink and covered in kawaii characters – your postman will be very intrigued!
The Doki Doki box contains 8-10 items and inside this one I found a Nya-Kuma plush, Totoro calendar, pouch and mini plush, Alpacasso coin purse, panda sleep mask, Hello Kitty blind box, Pikachu necklace and Henshin jelly candy kit.
The plushy items were super cute! Who can resist a tiny Alpacasso purse and a fluffy panda sleep mask? They’ll both be great for my Japan trip this year – I always advise an extra purse for your ¥100 coins so you can save them all for gashapon machines!
I was also impressed with the Rilakkuma-esque bear plush wearing cat pyjamas complete with bell. It’s a pretty big size and really soft with a sucker attached so you can also stick it on a car window. Look at the cute zip on the back too.
Totoro was one of my introductions to kawaii so I was happy to see lots of items. The Chibi Totoro plush is probably my favourite thing in the box – it’s so soft and fluffy with beans to keep it standing up. The calendar is really big and excellent quality – it pops up to sit on your desk and each month has one page with artwork and dates and another with boxes for each day. The zipper pouch is good quality too, made of webbed fabric and useful for lots of things.
The Hello Kitty blind box contained one of 5 figurines celebrating her 40th anniversary and she’s wearing a fun harlequin outfit in mine. The metal Pokemon necklace features Pikachu dressed up as Charizard and is really heavy – I’d actually prefer it as a keyring, but that’s easy to change. The Zelda gashapon figurine actually came with the candy box I’ll be reviewing later – oops! I’ve also saved the candy kit to make another time.
One thing I really liked about the Doki Doki crate is that it also includes a full colour booklet with details of each item (with cute illustrations!) along with English instructions for the candy kit and a comic. It’s so nice to get all this information without having to google things.
Overall this is a really good value box full of high quality popular character products with no filler items. Usually with subscription boxes there are a few things that aren’t to my taste but I love everything here.
The Doki Doki crate is a little more expensive than other kawaii boxes at $30 for a single box but there’s free shipping in the US and you can save more by buying a subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months. One lucky subscriber is chosen every month to receive a special Suteki crate which includes amazing things like a Nintendo DS and giant plushies.
Check out the Japan Crate site to order the February box, sign up for a subscription or just find out more. I also received a candy box and will be reviewing that soon – I’m still working my way through it all (it’s a hard life…).
PS. I’ll be parting with a few of these items to add to our giveaway prizes so make sure to nominate your favourites in the SCK Awards to be entered.
(Doki Doki crate was provided for review by Japan Crate but this is my honest review and the photos are my own)