I LOVE Pokemon, my regular readers will be very much aware of this and it’s something I have had a huge love and passion for for as long as I can remember… Or just since it was launched about 20 years ago. God I feel old saying that!
I also love subscription boxes, and PokéCrate have brought two of my loves together, by giving their subscribers a box every month full of Pokemon goodies.
I approached the company and asked if I could review a box for them, which they were happy to do, so today I will be reviewing their September PokéCrate*.
I was so excited to receive this box as I just couldn’t wait to see what goodies would await me when I opened it. It only took a 7-14 days for this to arrive from America, which I thought was reasonable. I’ve had it a week now, so I wanted to make sure I looked and tried everything that arrived in the box before reviewing.
The PokéCrate works in an easy 3 step process.
- You choose which size t-shirt you would like, ranging from (men’s sizing) small to 3XL.
- Although only 1 month plans are available to buy, 3 and and 6 month plans are coming soon to the store, exciting!
- Finally you get your PokéCrate which will have a tracking number for it when shipped, and if you live in America they say it’ll take a week, as I have previously said it took two for me due to being in the UK.
That’s all you have to do to gain access to this awesome and cute subscription box! Now onto what I actually received in my box.
The box is pretty cool to look at, blue with a Pokeball sticker on the front, which straightaway gives you an indication what it is. Upon opening I was indeed greeted by plenty of goodies, six to be exact.
The first thing I noticed in the box was this squishy Pokeball (which was wrapped in plastic but I took it off and threw it away) which is pretty good quality and a realistic shape of a “real” (if you class the anime as real…) Pokeball. It’s actually a key ring, but I don’t know what I’ll use it for personally. Will probably keep hold of it for future conventions and cosplay.
The second thing I noticed in this box was a deck case, something I’ve never bought in my life, and certainly something I probably won’t ever use. It’s dark blue with a silver dragon print on it. These are for Pokemon Trading Cards for the game with the same name. I used to play it when I was a kid, but I haven’t for years now. Although I am a huge nerd and have contemplated playing it again… We shall see.
Speaking of Pokemon Trading Card game, there was a pack of those in here, as well as an old school card from back in 2000, which was 15 years ago… Crazy huh? It’s from a collection that I used to collect, which has just made me feel super old! It comes in a little card protector which I think is really good. I’ll be keeping this card for sure.
The pack of cards I got are new and from the X-Y Furious Fists collection. I’m not familiar with it much, other than knowing it’s one of the newer expansions. This pack came with ten cards with one of them being a rare card, which is pretty awesome! These will go in my old Pokemon card tin alongside my old school cards from 15 years ago.
Probably my favourite item from this box is an awesome little pin badge, which is meant to be a gym badge from the original Game Boy games, Red, Blue and Yellow. This one is the first badge you picked up, the Boulder Badge. I will be sticking this to my backpack at some point in the future, as it’s just too cool not to use!
The final thing in this box I was super excited for because I thought it was a t-shirt and due to the cute design, I got giddy. However as I pulled it out of the box it revealed it wasn’t what I thought it was, and it was in fact a mouse mat… Something I’ve actually needed for ages, and who can complain when it has this adorable Vulpix on it? You can’t really can you? Plus it is really good quality too, so this was probably the most expensive piece in here.
So that is everything I received in my PokéCrate! What’s my overall view on the box itself?
Just to say, I am being honest here, and not in a nasty way either…
The crate is described as being. “Do you love Pokémon as much as we do? Subscribe today and start receiving stuff you cannot find anywhere else. We are working hard every day to bring you all Pokémon items, all the time! Don’t delay your PokéCrate awaits you.” which personally from being a huge Pokemon fan, is really inaccurate. Apart from maybe one item, there was nothing in here that I couldn’t find by looking on eBay, buying from a Japanese store, or even finding at Hyper Japan or a convention. So to be honest, this box whilst had some awesome items inside was disappointing at the same time. For $15.00 (roughly £9.71) it is a pretty reasonable price, but I guess I expected more for such a big claim as “start receiving stuff you cannot find anywhere else.” seeing as it is such a bold statement.
This being said PokéCrate do offer special subscription boxes, which I would like to look into purchasing in the future, as well as a really good store where they do sell some items you can’t find anywhere unless you order from Japan or have a friend there to buy/send you goodies.
I just want to thank the guys over at PokéCrate for sending me the latest box! It was lovely of them to do so, and I can’t thank them enough.
Are you interested in PokéCrate? Or just have some questions for the guys over there? Then you can get in contact with them through many platforms online, which I’ll link down below:
Until next time all, tale care and I hope you all had a great weekend!