Unboxing: Oyatsu Box Premium March 2016

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It’s that time of the month again! Well, actually this arrived a couple of days ago now I just haven’t had time to upload this.

I think by now it’s safe to say that my days of having a mid month box are over. I don’t pay extra for the express shipping, so it’s not a big deal. But it is sad to see the prediction I made back when they introduced express shipping, namely that once they introduced express shipping standard subscribers like me would receive a slower service as they send the standard boxes a few days later, appears to have come true.*

Slightly irritating, but then maybe I have no right to be irritated since I don’t pay extra. Or maybe I do have the right to be annoyed at this, since ultimately my service shouldn’t worsen just because other people can afford to pay extra; Oyatsu Box should only have offered a faster service if they could continue the same service to everyone else AND manage an express service on top of that, not add an express service at the expense of those who cannot pay more.

Anyway, minorly grumpy grumblings aside, let’s see what’s inside the March Oyatsu Box!

* Oyatsu Box have reassured me they do ship all boxes at the same time and that UK post has simply slowed down. Hopefully this means it will pick up again!

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Unboxing: Doki Doki Crate March 2016 (Bento Edition)

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Today I was introduced to the world of kawaii subscription boxes. This is Doki Doki Crate, a USA based subscription box (or as they put it, a kawaii care package) brought to you by Japan Crate. Each month you’ll recieve 8-10 kawaii items for $30 per month (plus $10-15 for international shipping, USA domestic shipping is free). You can find subscription plans and more information here.

Doki Doki have had some bad press recently regarding bootleg items in their first three boxes. They explained and apologised for this here, in a nutshell they were conned by suppliers who claimed to be selling them legit goods (and sent them legit samples) but actually ended up sending them bootlegs. Awful timing and the inability to verify whether their products were legit or not (because remember; not everyone can tell a fake Nendoroid by sight, conventions are living proof of this) meant Doki Doki were faced with a tough decision; cancel all the boxes, or send them with suspected bootlegs included. Sadly, many feel they made the wrong choice when they chose to send them anyway. I don’t know whether it would have been better to cancel the boxes or not, but the past is the past and this decision ultimately came back to bite them when customers became unhappy with the service.

Honestly, it’s understandable that they fell into this trap. It’s so easy to buy fakes without realizing when buying in bulk from overseas, especially when you’re a company starting a brand new venture and you’re looking to get as much value for money as possible. There was no malice in the inclusion of these items and Doki Doki Crate held their hands up and admitted they made a major mistake. They have made it clear that they do not support unlicensed goods. Their first three crates were a steep learning curve, but they’ve changed their suppliers and have guaranteed that they will never again send out an unlicensed product.

For those who were worried, I can confirm this crate is 100% bootleg free. I see no reason to believe Doki Doki will not stick to their word and continue to provide quality items. Please don’t let the prospect of bootleg products put you off this service, it would seem they’ve learned their lesson about ‘too good to be true’ deals and dodgy suppliers. As it stands they are officially working several brand including with Hoppe-Chan, Hatsune Miku, Neko Atsume, Pusheen, Re-ment, Rilakkuma and San-X. This service has SO much potential, I can’t wait to see where they go with all this!

(and no, they didn’t ask me or pay me to write any of that 🙂 ).

So with that out of the way let’s have a look at what was included in the March crate, which has a fun Bento theme ^_^

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Review: Fuku Fuku Tai Chocolate

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I have a real thing for Taiyaki. Those adorable little fish shaped snacks, often described as a cross between a waffle and a cake, with their amazing range of fillings…well, I’m just dying to try them! They look so delicious and utterly sweet in every way.

You can imagine how excited I was to find this Fuku Fuku Tai Chocolate, a delightful chocolate filled wafer that looks just like a Taiyaki! I can’t get the real thing, but at least I can have this adorable wafer look alike ^_^

We got this in our Jaunary TokyoTreat box, you can see what else we got here.

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Review: Hi-Chew Kumquat and Honey

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Hi-Chew are pretty much guaranteed to be good, so when this cool new Kumquat and Honey flavour arrived in our December Oyatsu Box I was pretty excited! I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to talk about them as they’re officially my favourite Hi-Chew (so far) ^_^

I’m fairly sure these are a limited edition so if you see some, grab them before they’re gone.

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