Happy New Year everyone! I’m back again with the first So Kawaii box of 2020, with the theme “Winter Celebrations”. This months’ box is filled with more useful, cute and official goods from Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura and Sanrio! So shall we get started?!
First off, a massive welcome back to all you regular ComicBuzz readers, it’s great to see you again!! To does of you that are new here, welcome! I hope you all had a wonderful and restful Christmas season and I am sure you are all back to the grind again with work, college and everyday life! So sit back and I hope you enjoy this little unboxing I have for you. To kick things off, I am reviewing once again a new So Kawaii box. I have been subscribed to this subscription service for close to a year now and I have been loving it! So Kawaii is a company based in Japan, home of practically everything kawaii (Japanese for cute). They create monthly boxes, jam packed with 100% licensed products from Hello Kitty, Pokémon, Sanrio and more. The items range from plushies to Gachapon, little figures, stationary, lifestyle, kitchenware and more. The staff at SoKawaii handpicks 6 to 8 cute & useful items exclusive in Japan, pack them up in this very decorative box and send it straight to your doorstep. You can also check out their Instagram for even more info and insights into what is currently appearing in Japanese arcades. As well as sneak peeks into what they could be including in next month’s box. https://www.instagram.com/sokawaii/
First off we have some very handy products for around the house. Beginning with our Little Twin Stars mist bottle from Sanrio. This was available in two designs, with the other being My Melody. Let me know in the comments below which version you got in your box! Now I am currently growing some dwarf daffodils on my sitting room windosill and they are doing so well – I haven’t killed them yet which is amazing!! So I am going to use my mist bottle to water my flowers. You can also of course use this to train your pets to not scratch the furniture, as a disinfectant bottle for cleaning, or even as a salon water mist bottle if you are great at cutting hair. You might even be able to put salad dressing in it if you want to liven up your veggies.
Now I am actually going to categorise this second product as a household item, as it’s a Suppi squishy mascot from Cardcaprtor Sakura. Now this is also available in two designs, with Kero Chan being the other one. Personally I am delighted to get Suppi, as I have never seen other Suppi merchandise over here before. You might be asking why I would say this is a household item, well everyone is bound to get stressed at times from life, work, school etc. So when you get home all worked up over the negative things going on in your day, just squeeze this toy as much as you want and it all just starts to melt away. It reforms really well after you vent out your frustrations, the only issue I have though is the smell. Mine had a very strong rubber odour which does tend to dissipate a little if you keep it out of the packaging.
The next product I pulled out from the box was this very useful Gudetama 2020 planner! This is just adorable, with plenty of unique and seasonal designs used throughout the book, it also comes in a protective sleeve and is just a bit bigger than pocket sized. This Gudetama planner is available in all boxes this month!
My second Gudetama item was this Winter Snowman Plush doll, a pretty big item that took up half the box. It sits well on my shelf, so it has good balance. Very soft and well padded, can be a great decoration or cuddly toy. I love the knitted hat on it, it is so well made and is great to see a different fabric being used to make the character stand out more. It is done in the same way you would generally build a snowman by adding old scarves and hats to it. I wish I had the same hat as Gudetama! This Snowman plush is available in 7 Sanrio characters, including Hello Kitty, My Melody and Pochacco.
Next we have some more stationary in the form of this very cute Pikachu Girly Collection Notebook. Although not stated on the flyer inside, it was announced on the So Kawaii Facebook page just before Christmas as a Bonus Item for all boxes. This Pikachu notebook is available in two designs, but left me a bit disappointed. Although the cover is adorable, the inside pages are just ruled with no page designs. I feel like this was a missed opportunity on The Pokémon Company’s part, as it makes the book just that little bit cheap and generic. On the plus side, you can never have too many notebooks really.
And next we have our third and last Sanrio item, in the form of this adorable Cinnamoroll mug! I am amazed it made it all the way over from Japan without a single crack! Now if you read Japanese then all well and good, but if you don’t make sure and read the description on the flyer as this gorgeous looking mug is hand wash only. Don’t risk it by putting it in a microwave or dishwasher, as you wouldn’t want this porcelain mug to shatter. It is very cute though and is sure to cheer you up weather you sip your tea from it or a hot toddy.
And lastly we have our Sailor Moon item with this gashapon figurine. With three designs available including Princess Serenity, Sailor Venus and Jupiter. I got the Sailor Venus one in my box, which looks well made and was very simple to assemble. I especially like the ball joint that was used to attach the head to the body, and the figure also has good balance on the stand. And there you have it folks, January’s box and the first of 2020. Keep reading to find out how you can order your box and join in on the fun.
Here is the price break down of the box each month and the savings you can get, weather you subscribe month to month, or for 3, 6 or even 12 months. The longer you subscribe, the cheaper the box is each month.
1 MONTH – $35.00/€31.77mo
3 MONTHS – $33.50/€30.40mo
6 MONTHS – $32.00/€29.04mo
12 MONTHS – $31.50/€28.59mo
Better yet, here is a 10% discount code that you can use on your first box!
Now if you liked everything you saw in this review of January’s crate, rest assured that the items are different every month. Each box has 6 to 8 items included and a few of them will be revealed online through the SoKawaii social media as the weeks go by. February’s box theme is “Love Is In The Air”, which will feature goods from Kirby, Sumikkogurashi and Sanrio, with a few of the products included already announced across their social media.
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This service also offers free shipping, but I do suggest spending that extra few coins to get the tracked shipping, so you can locate your parcel once dispatched. So that is Januarys’ box done and dusted, I will be back again next month to show you what February’s Valentines themed box has in store!