Look what arrived on my doorstep this morning! It’s the Summer 2016 Pusheen Box!
I didn’t see any sneak peeks in my e-mail or on the website this time, so the contents were a complete mystery. The box arrived shrink-wrapped in plastic (which I still think is a nice touch) like the Spring 2016 box and was noticeably larger than the last box but also felt lighter. I was intrigued.
The items were cushioned nicely with wadded tissue paper, and everything arrived in good condition.
Like last time, the box came with a glossy card explaining the eight summer-themed items:
(1) The Mermaid Pusheen vinyl figure (Pusheen Box exclusive) is roughly 5″ long and about the same quality as Baker Pusheen from the Spring box. The print on her face, stripes, and scales is crisp and clear, but the rest of the print job is a bit sloppy, with some bleeding and smudges. Mine has a small bald patch on the star headpiece. Overall, though, it’s decent.
(2) The Mermaid Pusheen travel cup is a clear plastic, BPA-free, double-walled 16-oz. travel cup for cold liquids. (Hand wash, not microwave safe.) It has a transparent green screw-on plastic lid and transparent pink plastic straw with a stopper to keep it from sliding out completely. The Mermaid Pusheen design is crisply printed on a clear plastic insert sealed inside the airspace between the cup walls.
The insert is just a sheet wrapped around the cup and isn’t seamless like, say, some Tervis travel tumbler designs I’ve seen, but that’s okay by me. Tervis is overall higher quality, though.
Again, this cup isn’t the highest quality plastic travel cup I’ve seen, but it’s really not bad and very cute. It’s probably my favorite thing in this box, and I know ‘Fiend Jr. will love it! If I don’t end up taking this to the office as my cold beverage cup, it’ll probably become a travel milk cup for her.
(3) The Pusheen the cat ice cube tray (Pusheen Box Exclusive) is a six-well ice cube tray made of what feels like probably silicone (it’s soft and flexible), but the material isn’t specified on the packaging. Each well looks like it holds about an ounce. I’m thinking these would also make great molds for candy, frozen treats, soaps, or crayons!
(4) The Pusheen Heat Sealed Embroidery Patch can be heat transferred or sewn on, and it looks to be pretty good quality. Mine has a minor embroidery error about one third up from Pusheen’s feet, but it’s not that noticeable. It’s not as thick as some patches I own, but that could be a good thing. Saving this for ‘Fiend Jr.!
(4) These pale lilac Dance Party Pusheen sunglasses are super cute, with their chrome accents and colorful boomboxes, sunglasses-clad Pusheens, cassette tapes, and musical notes. The label says they have CE UV400 (100% UV) protection. Probably my second favorite thing in this box, only losing to the travel cup because I usually wear glasses and can’t rock these except when I use contacts. 😛
(5) I didn’t take a close-up of the Pusheen Compressed Beach Towel (Pusheen Box Exclusive) because it’s still in its little compressed pancake form, which ‘Fiend Jr. has in an iron grip. 🙂 When washed, it should expand into a 27.5″ x 55″ purple towel printed with a winking, lounging Pusheen. 100% cotton.
(6) The Pusheen weekend bag (Pusheen Box Exclusive) is a 100% polyester simple, lightweight duffle bag, about 18″ long. It’s made of fairly thin material and has no pockets other than the main zippered compartment, but the webbed handle seems reasonably sturdy, and it’s got a fun, 80s-esque Pusheen print. This will be great for transporting ‘Fiend Jr.’s toys to Grandma’s house! (Machine wash cold, gentle cycle, hang to dry, do not iron or bleach.)
(7) The Pusheen beach ball is petite (about 10″ diameter) and has ears and paws that inflate. So cute! ‘Fiend Jr. is scared of it, though.
(8) The Pusheen flip flops are your typical foam-sole flip flops with cute Dance Party Pusheen print. The quality isn’t especially great, though. They have a bit of a chalky feel, the print had already come off part of the left heel, and the straps are a bit loose in proportion to the sole. Usable but cheap.
‘Fiend Jr. and I enjoyed this box overall, especially its beachy, 80s theme (mermaids were all over the place after Disney’s The Little Mermaid came out in 1989!). All of the items are cute, though everything is made in China, and the quality of the items is cheap to middling, rather than excellent (like, say, San-X or Sanrio character goods).
I estimated the retail value of the contents at maybe around $74 ($8 for the figurine, $10 for the cup, $8 for the ice cube tray, $10 for the sunglasses, $1 for the patch, $10 for the bag, $2 for the beach ball, $5 for the flip flops, and $10 for the towel, based on prices of similar items), the box is still a reasonable value, if not necessarily up to the $100+ the website says each box is worth.
The Pusheen Box comes out once a season (four boxes a year) and is $43.95 per box (or $39.95 per box if you commit to a full year of four boxes), plus $6 domestic shipping in the US. It promises over $100 of licensed Pusheen goodies, many of them Pusheen Box exclusives, per box. The contents of the boxes are a surprise.