Winter 2016 Pusheen Box unboxing!

My Winter 2016 Pusheen Box arrived last week!

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This box was gift-wrapped Pusheen and Cozy Pusheen-themed. So cute!

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Another nine adorable Pusheen items, with a description card.

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(1) Pusheen gloves (Pusheen Box Exclusive), the fingerless kind with mitten caps and 100% acrylic, and (2) a fleecy Pusheen-shaped scarf (Pusheen Box Exclusive), 100% polyester, are perfect for cold weather. The gloves are a bit on the small side. I usually wear size M women’s gloves (size 8), and these are pretty tight – as in the area where the thumb connects to the rest of the glove stretches so much that there’s a small visible hole at the junction. If you have larger hands than mine, you might not be comfortable wearing these!

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(3) The Pusheen String Light Set has eight lights and can be used indoor or outdoor at 120V AC 60Hz and requires 2 AA batteries. I haven’t tried these yet because their reliance on batteries kind of limits their usefulness to me. Might try to alter them later to plug in to power.

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(4) The Pusheen gift wrap and gift stickers (Pusheen Box Exclusive) with two sheets of wrap and four gift-tag stickers and (5) the metallic light-blue Pusheen Printed Tape have a present and cake theme that can be used for just about any occasion, not just the winter holidays. The print on these is crisp and very cute!

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(6) The Pusheen Holiday Stamp Set is my favorite item in this box. It includes eight rubber stamps with wood handles and a brown ink pad. Not all of the artwork has the same line thickness, probably because they aren’t of the same scale, and the stamps aren’t all glued very straight on the wood bases, but they’re decent stamps that make clear impressions. The included ink pad works well, too.

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(7) The Pusheen Tea Infuser (Pusheen Box Exclusive) is made of silicone, including the chain, and is dishwasher and food safe.

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(8) The Pusheen Stainless Steel Thermos (Pusheen Box Exclusive) is a dainty little thermos – only about six inches tall! It holds 280mL (a little less than 9.5 fluid ounces) and promises to keep beverages hot or cold for four hours and fit in standard cup holders. The outside of the body has a grippy rubbery texture – silicone? – and the head feels like normal smooth plastic. Hand wash only.

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The cap is a slightly different gray from the body, but it doesn’t really bother me. The print is crisp.

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And, finally, this month’s exclusive vinyl figure, (9) Cozy Pusheen Vinyl Figurine (Pusheen Box Exclusive), with the eponymous chubby kitty dressed in a hat, scarf, and booties. Here, I’ve placed her next to Baker Pusheen from the Spring 2016 Pusheen Box, so you can see them side by side. I think the paint job quality has improved with the last three figures I’ve received, since there’s no more bleeding paint on the newer ones. 🙂

So cute. ❤ #PusheenBox #pusheen #pusheenthecat #cozypusheen

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This box wraps up a year’s worth of Pusheen Boxes (four total, one per season), and I haven’t been disappointed! Definitely a fun and useful box for anyone who loves Pusheen, and if anything, the quality of the items has improved.

Speaking of which, I’d mentioned with my Fall 2016 Pusheen Box that I’d contacted customer service about the defective teacup and saucer that came in my box, and they were nice enough to send out a brand new one to me! It took a little while for the replacement to ship out, likely because it’s imported, but the new one is good, so I’m a happy customer. ❤ Plus, I now unexpectedly have a matching set, even if one has a smudged saucer.

Not sure if I’ll get another post in before Christmas (my nails are, in fact, naked right now – I’ve hardly even had time to pick up presents for family this year!) and not sure when I’ll get a chance to post next, so just in case, happy winter holidays and New Year!

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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!

Spring 2016 Pusheen Box unboxing!

My daughter loves Pusheen. I don’t know what it was – maybe it was the pink frosted donut that the plush Pusheen was holding in her paws, or maybe it’s just because Pusheen is so freaking cute – but the first time a four-month-old ‘Fiend Jr. saw that chubby gray cat at the bookstore, she flipped out. In a good way, that is. She couldn’t stop staring, growling, and stretching toward that plush the whole time we were at the store, so I bought it. I swear, Pusheen was one of the first words she learned to recognize. Since four months, anytime I say “Where’s Pusheen?,” she’ll swivel her little head in the direction of that plush.

Sometime later, I’m subscribed to the Pusheen box, and my Spring 2016 Pusheen Box shows up on my doorstep on a rainy Saturday morning. I’m surprised (and delighted) that they’ve thoughtfully shrink-wrapped the cute Pusheen-printed box in plastic to protect it from the dirt and wet, and the unwrapped box is pretty much pristine. Nice touch.

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This box is adorable. It’s even got a tail and paws!

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My box had a “1” sticker on one side. I don’t know if that means there were variations of this box. Everything inside is made in China, as you’d expect these days, but the quality is actually pretty good in this case.

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And, here it is, open.

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There’s a little card describing all the goodies inside: an apron, a set of three socks, a set of three pins, stickers, a portable umbrella, a mini planter, a cookie cutter, and a key cover!

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I unrolled the Let’s Bake Pusheen apron (Pusheen Box exclusive) first:

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85% polyester, 15% cotton, and printed with Baker Pusheen. Pretty decent quality, super cute, and works well for a petite woman. I’m not sure how it’d fit on a larger person, but there was definitely room for adjustment to a bigger size. I love the three large pockets in front. (‘Fiend Jr. went nuts for the big Pusheen print.)

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The Pusheen the cat 3 Piece Pin Set looks and feels pretty high quality and are smooth metal with crisp print and color. Pusheen eating has got to be the cutest thing ever. The Pusheen the Cat 3 Pack Socks matches the pins and feature a pair of Pusheen and pizza, a pair of Pusheen and chocolate-chip cookie, and Pusheen and donut. They’re 98% polyester, 2% Spandex.

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The Pusheen the cat portable umbrella (Pusheen Box exclusive) is a typical compact size and comes with a matching slipcover/pouch.

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The print quality is good. I haven’t tried the umbrella outside yet, but just from inspecting it, I’d guess that it’s an average-quality umbrella. It opens and closes smoothly enough, but the parts appear to be plastic and lightweight aluminum and probably won’t withstand a stiff wind. (I’ll probably update this post when I get a chance to test it out.)

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Anyway, it was nice receiving an umbrella on this rainy Saturday morning.

Next up, we have the Baker Pusheen vinyl figure (Pusheen Box exclusive), the advertised exclusive with this box:

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She’s bigger than I expected, about palm-sized. You can check the pen (which is 5.5 inches long) for reference.

The figure is pretty good, but not great quality. That is, if you collect figures like me, it’s maybe about the same as or a little better in quality than the typical Funko POP! figure (roughly $8 each), but nowhere near as good quality as, say, a Good Smile Nendoroid (in the ballpark of $50 each).

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The print on Pusheen herself was generally pretty good, but the chef hat white paint kind of pooled at the bottom. The dough and rolling pin both had some brown ink smeared on them. There was also a bit of white grease under the rolling pin that wasn’t a big deal and wiped off easily.

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Back view shows the messy chef hat paint job.

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Pusheen is removable from the base, though the rolling pin and dough are not. Pusheen’s underside is a bit rough, but I guess you wouldn’t normally see it, so it’s also not a big deal (though nicer figures have more finished bottoms, even if no one sees them). Still, overall pretty good.

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Also, I wonder if my figure was a demo or something. The box it arrived in was a bit crunched (as you can see from a couple photos back), and the inside of the box was strangely dirty. Ew.

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The Pusheen Mini Planter is a small ceramic cup (again, pen for scale) with a drain hole at the bottom. Some suggestions for this cute container are to use it for “a little plant” or “small items on your desk.” I’m thinking I might fill mine with candy.

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Close-up of the drainage hole at the bottom. There’s also a splotch of darker gray paint. I’m not sure what that’s about, but it doesn’t bother me a whole lot. It’s overall pretty nice – Pusheen’s feet aren’t glazed at the bottom, which is pretty typical for something like this, but the other edges are smoothly glazed, with no rough/jagged edges – though the uneven paint job suggests good, not amazing, quality.

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The key cover is made of some kind of plastic (doesn’t specify on the packaging), and it may not be an especially secure one, since the chain goes through its own loop at the top of the cover instead of through the hole in the key itself. It also looks like it may only fit relatively standard-sized/-shaped keys, as the cavity is squarish. Print/mold quality is pretty good, though.

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The Pusheen cookie cutter is some kind of hard plastic and stamps Pusheen’s lovable likeness onto your cookie dough when you press the plunger. Hand wash only, towel dry. The packaging doesn’t specify that it’s food safe, but I’m hoping that’s a given.

Finally, we have the Pusheen the cat Snack Sticker Set, 3 sheets of them! The stickers are generously sized, as you can see with the pen for scale.

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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, except for maybe one or two items that they leak to entice potential customers as the season goes on.

I rather enjoyed this box and am looking forward to sharing the contents with ‘Fiend Jr. someday!