Something a bit different today; a Pokemon mystery box!
Pokeblock, formerly known as LME Gaming Mystery Pokemon Crate, is a Pokemon themed monthy mystery box by LME Gaming. It’s not a subscription box, per say, as you don’t subscribe; you simply buy one whenever you see one you like the look of.
This month they promised a kawaii theme, with an awesomely adorable promo picture featuring Sylveon. I’m a real sucker for anything labelled ‘kawaii’ so this month I jumped in.
I kind of wish I hadn’t.
Let’s have a look at what’s inside:
First up we have two Pokemon TCG boosters from the latest Japanese set Pokekyun. I was SO excited to see these, I was really hoping these were the ones they’d include when they mentioned Japanese boosters ^__^
I got a few of the cards I really wanted from the set too, which was a plus ^_^
Next up we have a ‘cute little mew plush’, a.k.a. a bootleg Pokedoll plush.
How can I tell it’s a fake? Well, overall low quality aside, it’s pretty simple. Check out the tag:
The top photo shows a genuine tag, the bottom the tag on this mew. The pink shading on the Pikachu and the lack of shadowing on the text are massive giveaways that this is 100% fake.
Plus, the tush tag says 2013. The red Pikachu tags were, by and large, only used 2006 and earlier. Mismatched tags are another obvious sign of a fake. Not to mention I am fairly certain the Mew Pokedoll was released in 2016, here is the product page for it on the official site.
The real killer though? Look at the back of the leaflet:
The picture they printed shows a legit Mew Pokedoll. Look at how obviously different the one we received in the box is. The eyes in particular are so wrong. The included (fake) plush looks so miserable! 😦
Showing a real plush and including a fake one is a big no no in my opinion.
I was (almost) willing to forgive the fake plush because Pokeblock doesn’t explicitly say everything is 100% officially licensed on the mystery box product page, but then I came across this on the LME Gaming website:
Always genuine products? No. Nope. Not at all. I’m sorry, but this is 100% NOT genuine. 😦
So, we have a low quality and obviously fake mew. That’s…well, that’s not kawaii at all is it. I hope those Pokekyun cards aren’t fake too.
Next up we have a Halder keyring featuring Shaymin, Celebi, Phione, Mew and Jirachi.
Now as far as I’m aware, Halder keyrings aren’t actually officially licensed Pokemon products. I mean, they don’t even have a website or anything. Google Halder keyrings and you’ll find nothing but auction site listings. These are the typical, cheap imported keyrings you’ll find at any good, bootleg-tastic anime/manga/gaming convention stall. By calling them ‘good’ I am, of course, being sarcastic.
It is at least a decent quality item, even if the colours are a bit off. It would survive being attached to a bag no problem, though with Halder keyrings the charms do tend to fall off eventually. I personally would have included a Sylveon/Eevee themed keyring to match the promotional art, but then again I probably wouldn’t have included a non official keyring at all honestly. Not sure what to make of this one!
Next we have an exclusive magnet. I can’t verify if it truly is exclusive nor do I have any idea if they designed this art themselves/sought permission from the artist, but I’d like to hope they were nice enough to do so.
The artwork is adorable, if slightly blurred at this sized down scale. This will be going on our fridge for sure ^_^
This is what the magnet came packaged in, a Yu-Gi-Oh card protector. Am I the only one who finds it funny that they used a Yu-Gi-Oh one instead of Pokemon one? Or even an unbranded one? 😉
Our last item is an adorable little bag of Pokemon Gummies. I’m sad this is the only Sylveon themed item in the box, as they did make assurances to people via social media that there would be a Sylveon item included and (naively) I assumed they meant something more than a picture on the front of a pack of candy. But still, these look awesome! 🙂
Overall…urg, really. I wasn’t necessarily expecting more from this mystery box (though there wasn’t all that much in it really), but I was expecting better quality…or at least to have more than one item I could be 100% sure isn’t fake (the gummies). I mean, I assume the cards aren’t fake given that LME Gaming sell plenty of cards and should be able to source legit ones, but I don’t buy Japanese boosters so I’m not going to know either way.
I don’t think I’ll be buying from these guys again nor would I recommend this mystery box service. I am not entirely happy to pay £15 (£16.95 with shipping, which was super fast incidentally) for a small box of mostly unofficial items. I’m not going to lie, I do feel ripped off.
Pokeblock, you were not kawaii enough for me 😦