Summer 2017 Pusheen Box unboxing!

Better late than never, right? I received my Summer 2017 Pusheen Box back on July 29th – delayed from its original expected delivery in mid-July because of a customs inspection, we were told. Anyway, here’s the box:

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Pusheen with star shades! Adorable. As before, it was shrink-wrapped in plastic during shipping to protect the box. The box also seems to be of a slightly glossier paper this time.

Here’s what was inside – vacation and hot-weather stuff!

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There was a bit of moisture/condensation inside my box, but luckily, it doesn’t seem like anything was damaged.

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Condensation inside the vinyl figure packaging. The ice pack also had some condensation in the packaging.

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(1) Pusheen lightweight backpack – Pusheen Box Exclusive – Starting with probably my favorite item in this box! Vacation Pusheen and ice cream print, with Pusheen on a skateboard front and center. I love that this lightweight backpack folds up compactly into its own front pocket and zips up into a roughly 6″ x 8″ handled pouch. Holds up to 20 pounds. 100% polyester, machine wash cold, line dry.

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Phone included in photo for scale. 🙂

 

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Folds up nicely. 🙂

(2) Pusheen luggage tag – Pusheen Box Exclusive – Not sure what kind of plastic it’s made of, but it’s textured, in that signature Pusheen aqua, and printed with Pusheen on the front. The print is kind of sticky-feeling, and the sewing isn’t terribly even, but hey, it’s a cute luggage tag.

(3) Pusheen passport holder – Pusheen Box Exclusive – Same aqua textured plastic as the luggage tag, with an embroidered patch of a hang-gliding Pusheen sewn to the front and “See ya” embroidered under that. Super cute, but again, the sewing isn’t terribly even, and the inside of mine is pretty crooked. It actually looks worse in person than in the below photo, probably because you can tell it’s not just perspective causing that funny bend in the right pocket. Ah, well. Doesn’t look bad from the front, and it’s still functional and cute.

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Fronts

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Back/inside. Not the best quality workmanship, but not entirely unexpected for this kind of subscription box.

(4) Pusheen earbuds – Maybe my second-favorite thing in this box. Aqua cable with pink connectors and buds, which have Pusheen’s front end on one side and her back end on the other. Too cute, and they work just fine. Also comes in a handy matching storage box! Too bad they don’t seem to have a built-in mic for phone use, else I might ditch my current vanilla earbuds for these.

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(5) Pusheen 4 popsicle mold set – Pusheen Box Exclusive – 4 popsicle molds shaped like Pusheen’s adorable noggin (the features are printed on the mold and won’t show up on the pop when removed), 4 popsicle sticks (in pink, yellow, mint, and blue), and a popsicle stand. BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

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(6) Pusheen 3 silly straw set – One clear with Pusheen and ice cream, one aqua with Pusheen and watermelon, and one pink with Pusheen sipping a drink.

(7) Pusheen ice pack – It’s one of those plastic gel ice packs, shaped like Pusheen with sunglasses! It was packaged in a cute clear box with a sun, birds, and clouds backdrop. Roughly palm-sized and probably too small to use in a lunch bag, but probably useful for cooling down in hot weather or icing injuries. Non-toxic gel, wash gently by hand.

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(8) Pusheen sleeveless tee – Pusheen Box Exclusive – Heather gray, 60% cotton and 40% polyester, and printed with various Pusheens, clouds, and hang-gliding Pusheen. This top fits me better than the other unisex-cut clothes I’ve gotten from the Pusheen Box, thankfully, though I have the usual issue of it being a bit snug in the hips (it’s about hip length on me). Everywhere else, it’s nice and roomy. It should make a good workout shirt!

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(9) Vacation Pusheen vinyl figure – Pusheen Box Exclusive – It’s Pusheen in sunglasses, at the beach under a palm with a beach ball! My two-year-old especially loves this figure and keeps gushing about “Pusheen on an island! With a ball!” I think it’s her favorite one yet.

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That’s all for this box! Very pleased that nothing was defective in this box, and the selection of items was pretty great. 🙂 Anyone else nab this box? What was your favorite item?

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Unboxing: Spring 2017 Pusheen Box!

I hit a few snags with the Spring 2017 Pusheen Box, but I finally received it about a week ago!

As always, it arrived shrink-wrapped in protective plastic, which kept the cute Bunny Pusheen cardboard box clean, perfect for future gift use:

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Look at the cute puffball bunny tail:

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And here it is, freshly opened:

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Here’s what was inside:

(1) Bunny Pusheen vinyl figure (Pusheen Box Exclusive) – super cute, and no problems with the paint/print job on this one. Too bad it didn’t arrive before Easter!

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(2) Pusheen Wireless Speaker – I assume this is a Pusheen Box Exclusive, too, though it doesn’t say so on the box. It’s a cute (but cheap), hard-plastic Bluetooth wireless speaker shaped like Pusheen, with a handy grab strap for toting her along. It comes with a short USB/micro-USB charging cable and no wall-socket adapter.

It works and is about the level of quality I’d expect for it being one of 10 items in a roughly $40 box, but unfortunately, that means it’s not a particularly well-designed speaker. A red light comes on to tell you when it’s being charged, but it never tells you it’s done charging. The speaker was easy enough to pair with a Bluetooth device, but the sound quality isn’t great (as expected for a small, cheap speaker), and a bright blue light flashes annoyingly the entire time it’s in use. I also discovered that the battery drains out really quickly when it’s not in use. (I’d charged it for maybe 8 hours before using it, played some music for a few minutes just to test it out, and turned it off. A couple days later, the battery was completely dead. Not great.)

That being said, it’s a very cute little speaker, reasonably sturdy, and very lightweight. I’ll probably give it to ‘Fiend Jr. to play with when she’s a little older. 🙂

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(3) Pusheen Selfie Stick (Pusheen Box Exclusive) – lightweight and compact with an aluminum telescoping arm, spring-loaded plastic phone mount decorated with a molded soft-plastic Pusheen peeking over the top, and a foam-wrapped grip with a camera button.

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Very cute. Sadly, it didn’t work at all with my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone (the camera button tried to zoom instead of taking a photo) and worked only inconsistently with my sister’s iPhone 6. I’ve never used a selfie stick before this, so I don’t know if that’s typical of selfie sticks, but I’ll try it again when I upgrade my phone later.

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(4) Pusheen Party Balloons (Pusheen Box Exclusive) – includes 12 latex balloons in gray, aqua, and pink, all printed with Pusheen’s face in puff paint. I gave these out as party favors at Fiend Jr.’s birthday party.

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(5) Party Pusheen t-shirt (Pusheen Box Exclusive) – these shirts come in unisex sizes only, so it’s a boxier cut. I typically wear women’s small or medium, and this shirt was sadly too big and wholly unflattering on me. I’ll probably save it for altering into a tank top or wearing as pajamas.

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(6) Pusheen Bento Lunch Box (Pusheen Box Exclusive) – I’d suggested this very item in one of Pusheen Box’s customer surveys a few months back and was so stoked to receive this! Sadly, mine arrived broken, and when I contacted customer support, they told me they were all out of replacements and could only offer me a $5 refund. Ugh, so much bad luck with this box.

But, I hate seeing things go to waste, so I’m planning to drill a hole in that little nubbin of plastic and replace that flimsy plastic with a better, metal hinge. I’ll fix it somehow. Take that, broken bento box!

Anyway, BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and microwave safe. Purportedly, anyway. 🙂

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(7) Pusheen Bottle Opener (Pusheen Box Exclusive) – metal, encased in a soft-plastic Pusheen shell, with a handy magnetic back. Nice touch.

(8) Pusheen Reusable Utensils (Pusheen Box Exclusive) – somewhat smaller than standard utensils, as you can see in comparison to the pen, and only about the same sturdiness as better disposable utensils, so I’d probably want to be careful with these. Wish they came with a case or pouch! Dishwasher safe.

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(9) Pusheen Photo Booth Props – various cute paper cutouts (macarons, a slice of cake, Bunny Pusheen ears, playing cards, etc.), plus a sheet of adhesive dots and sticks for assembling into photo-booth props. I can see these being great as wall decorations, too!

(10) Pusheen Pennant Banner – a string of six aqua, pink, yellow, and gray cardboard pennants printed with Pusheen’s face, sewn on a white ribbon for hanging.

I would’ve taken better photos of the contents of these two items, but I wanted to keep them protected in their original packaging as possible decorations for ‘Fiend Jr.’s birthday next year. 🙂

And, that’s it for the Spring 2017 box! The bento box was my favorite this time, and I’m sad it arrived broken, but hopefully I can make it functional again. I’m still enjoying the Pusheen Box, but I’ve received defective items on a several occasions now, so I might not renew after this year. I guess we’ll see how I feel at the end of the year.

Fall 2016 Pusheen Box unboxing!

A bit late on this one; I actually received this box well in advance of Halloween, so it was pretty timely, even if this post is not. 🙂

This quarter’s box was Bat Pusheen-themed!

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More views of the box:

Catching up a bit on the blog. Fall 2016 #PusheenBox #BatPusheen-themed packaging. So cute. ❤ #pusheen #pusheenthecat

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The innards were well packed, too:

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The description card for this box is a thinner, semi-matte finish instead of the heavy glossy cardstock of past cards, but that’s okay with me. There were nine items total:

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(1) The Bat Pusheen vinyl figure is a Pusheen Box exclusive and is pretty good quality, like the figures from the two past boxes I received.

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The print on this one is crisp and better than the print on Baker Pusheen and Mermaid Pusheen. No leaky bits or smudges on this one. I was hoping they used glow-in-the-dark plastic, but no. (Nuts!)

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The only issue I had with it is that the bottom’s a bit too rounded, so the figure doesn’t stand easily without sometimes significant fiddling. Overall a good quality figure, though, and ‘Fiend Jr., of course, loves her!

(2) The Pusheen The Cat Pumpkin Scented Air Freshener (1 pc) is another Pusheen Box exclusive and looks like a typical die-cut paperboard car air freshener with a hanging loop, featuring Pusheen popping out of a Jack-o’-lantern. It smells like artificial pumpkin pie scent and is pretty heavily scented, so everything in the box smelled like it. As of the time of this writing, it’s still going strong, and it’s been over two weeks since I received the box.

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(3) & (4) The Pusheen pen and Pusheen holographic notebook (Pusheen Box exclusive) are pretty adorable. The pen is retractable but doesn’t look refillable, sadly. The little rubbery plastic or silicone charm can be removed and used elsewhere, though. The notebook pages are mediocre ruled paper but should do the job if you’re not using an inky pen. No idea if the paper is acid free or anything like that. The print on the cover is a teensy bit blurry, but you’ll only notice if you look at it up close.

(5) The Pusheen Sticky Notes are another Pusheen Box exclusive. It doesn’t say how many sheets you get, but the pad is about 1.5 cm thick.

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(6) The three Pusheen Silicone Coasters (Pusheen Box exclusive) are a bit smaller than a typical coaster (mostly because of their irregular shapes) and may not be wide enough except for narrower-based cups and glasses, but man, are they cute. They’re embossed at the lines and have a bit of a raised edge for catching condensation. These were ‘Fiend Jr.’s favorite! She likes to play with them at mealtime, and they’re really easy to clean.

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FYI, the front of the purple coaster had some print transfer from the back one of the other coasters it’d been resting against, but it wasn’t too bad. It does make me a bit concerned about print transfer onto other surfaces, though.

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(7) The Pusheen Costume Set (Pusheen Box exclusive) is surprisingly decent quality and includes two ear clips (alligator style) and a clip-on striped tail in fuzzy velour. The size seems to work for both children and adults. 🙂

(8) The Pusheen printed pullover (Pusheen Box exclusive) is a medium-weight 60% cotton and 40% polyester in a heathered gray. The inside surface is looped like terry cloth. It’s probably a unisex cut, so compared to a typical woman’s top in approximately the same size, the shoulders are a bit broad and the sleeves a bit long, and the hip area is proportionately cut slim, which makes the top fit a bit awkwardly on me, but it’d be fine for lazy at-home wear.

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The print is pretty crisp and the new material feels a bit stiff, probably from the print. Hopefully it holds up and softens well in the wash! I would’ve loved this as a super loose, slouchy top, but I guess that wouldn’t be as wearable for guy subscribers. Might be slouchier for a girl with a straighter figure, too. 🙂

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(9) And, finally, my favorite item, the Pusheen Tea Cup & Saucer in an apples and pie theme! SO CUTE. The cup holds 6 oz., and the set is hand wash only and not microwave safe. Sadly, my saucer arrived with a defect, as you can see in the photo (the weird ink smear). I contacted the Pusheen Box customer support, and they said they’d ship me a replacement, which I’m currently waiting on.

All in all, another great box. I loved the Halloween theme!