As if I am blogging about my third YumeTwins box already – it feels like I subscribed 5 minutes ago! Today’s topic of conversation is the November YumeTwins box. I’ll warn you in advance, I’ve got a lot to say!
YumeTwins November 2016
Unboxing, First Impressions and Review
“YumeTwins is a monthly care package of everything kawaii and cute from TokyoTreat. It centers around the “yume kawaii” culture which is a new kawaii movement recently emerged in Japan. Yume kawaii isn’t just the old school kawaii – it’s a mixture of cuteness, fairytales and, importantly, a touch of darkness (yami)!”
“Each YumeTwins box is a surprise of 8-10 items ranging from adorable plushies and squishies, collectible keychains and figures, stationary and accessories. All items are fully licenced merchandise from Japanese brands you LOVE!*
The theme of the November YumeTwins box was “breakfast”. I’ll be honest, I was tempted to “skip” this month as the theme didn’t sound that appealing to me. I kind of wish I had now… Let me show you what I mean.
Let’s begin shall we? The first item to discuss is the Sumikko Gurashi Sushi Rubber Keychain Charm. *stops to catch breath* I am told that even though sushi is not typically considered breakfast food, you can have it for breakfast at fish markets. Hmm. Ok. I am not sure why I would want a key ring of it though?
The next item to discuss is the Kawaii Mini Notepad. Again, I’m having difficulty seeing how this is related to breakfast. This feels like a standard item that you receive in subscription boxes, and not a special, “themed” item as such.
Next up, it’s the Enogumasan 2-Way Marker. Yes, marker pens are useful and handy to have around, but again – where is the connection to breakfast? *puzzled face*
Turning to the small pack of Sanrio Kirimichan Post Its, and I am told that Kirimichan is a sliced salmon character from Sanrio. I had no idea! Considering salmon and other fish are often eaten for breakfast in Japan, I can (kind of) see the relation to breakfast, but then again… post it notes?
Would it be a breakfast themed box without the appearance of Gudetama, the lazy egg from Sanrio? At least this item is related to breakfast! *sighs in relief* I am sure I can find a use for these stickers somehow.
Even though the Shinada Baby Nature Plushies are the biggest plushies YumeTwins have put in their boxes to date, its hard to get excited by it. When I first opened up my box, I had no idea what the plush is supposed to be. From what I am told by the magazine, I feel it may be a “baby baku” but again, where is the relation to breakfast? What even is a baku?
The Rilakkuma Tea Party Darjeeling Tea Bags are the “star” of this month’s box, with a dedicated page in this month’s booklet. I like tea, and I am sure these will come in handy one morning when I need an extra boost. However, I know there will be some subscribers who don’t like tea, and I think YumeTwins should have taken that into consideration.
An item that I was initially excited to see in this month’s box was the Re-Ment Sailor Moon Sweets Mascot. I’ve included a closer look below…
I’m quite disappointed in the quality of the item in my Re-Ment Sailor Moon Sweets Mascot. The painting on the key ring looks rushed, and overall the item looks shoddy in my opinion. I don’t think you would be able to tell that it is a Sailor Moon related item at first glance. Once AGAIN, I’m not too sure what the relation to breakfast is? Yes, I know that I sound like a broken record…
I don’t think it will come as a surprise to you that I am disappointed with my November YumeTwins box. *shakes head* When I heard the theme was “breakfast”, I was imagining receiving perhaps an item of homeware, such as a bowl, dish or a glass. It didn’t even enter my mind that I would receive a “baby baku” plushie and a few items of stationery. I can appreciate what YumeTwins were trying to do, but I think it wasn’t executed that well overall.
The theme of the December box is “Christmas” and I am really hoping for something spectacular as otherwise I may have to have a rethink about whether to continue on with a YumeTwins subscription. *serious face*
Yume Twins is a subscription box service brought to you by the TokyoTreat team. Every month, you will receive 8-10 licensed items, such as plushies, stationery and accessories from Japanese brands. Prices start at $29.99 per month including shipping, but keep an eye on YumeTwins’ social media as they often do discount codes or free gift offers that can sweeten the deal. There are also 3 month, 6 month and 12 month prepaid subscription deals if you can commit to a subscription that long. The boxes are shipped from Japan and take about two weeks to arrive. They ship worldwide, and as a customer in the UK I have not had any custom charges to pay so far. You can also “skip” a month if you do not like the theme of the upcoming box.
Would you subscribe to Yume Twins?