Friday, 13 December 2013

Box of Awesome! & Box of OMG!


MEGA Box of Awesome #6, MEGA Box of OMG #4, boxes for children































There are a lot of monthly boxes out there for adults, and they seem to be pretty successful. However, as people pay quite a bit for those boxes, they do expect them to be really good, or at least something they'd like, even though they know that they are buying a surprise box. There are always complains about these boxes as they didn't live up to certain people's expectation. But what if you don't have to pay for these boxes? Do you think people will have a more unbiased opinion about what's inside? After all, it's free.

There is no such box, you say? Well, there actually is, and 2 of them too! They are called the Box of Awesome! (BoA) and Box of OMG! (BoO). But they are for kids though. Are you jealous? Because I am!


BoA and BoO are basically free bi-monthly boxes of product samples and leaflets for kids to try out. Product samples vary from each box, but books and trading cards seems to appear more often in each bi-monthly box. Some random boxes from that month contain special samples, for example 20 boxes out of all the boxes available that month can contain perhaps a mobile phone case. There are also 5 golden boxes each month that contains something much more special and of higher value. The samples should interest children from 5 years old or above (to teenagers)

The boxes are generally free, but as there are a limited number of boxes (I'm not sure how many) every 2 months, they are randomly allocated to people who sign up with them. Kids who are allocated a box will receive an email announcing it. There are also other ways of guaranteeing the next box allocation by:

- filling in a survey that will be emailed to the child after entering a code that's included in the current box
- collect 150 points for a normal box, or 300 points for a MEGA box (which are bigger and better)
- pay £4.99 for every box (note that they are bi-monthly boxes) This will be a MEGA box
- attend one of their events where they will be giving out premium membership cards that guarantee at least one box

There is also a free Digital Box kids can just open through BoA or BoO's websites for a small collection of games, subscriptions, services etc, which are also limited in quantity.

BoA and BoO comes with a common free app called Super Awesome Club (on both iOS and Android) that can be connected to accounts children created. More about this later.


MEGA box of Awesome #6, box for children, monthly boxes
























MEGA box of OMG #4, box for children, monthly boxes








































We were sent the MEGA BoA #6 and MEGA BoO #4 to review.

Our MEGA BoA box  #6 contained:

A Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder - The Great Gold Robbery book
Micro Predasaurs Blind Pack (includes a mini dinosaur figure and a trading card)
Power Rangers Trading Cards
Zombie Zitty Trading Cards
Swooshi Sample Pack
Stabilo Boxx Mini Marker
BoA Sticker
BoA Awesome Points code
Leaflets

And our MEGA BoO box #4 contained:

Jacqueline Wilson Pet Journal (journal that comes with stickers)
The Zelfs Poster
The Zelfs Blind Pack (comes with a mini Zelf figure)
Moshi Monsters Trading Cards
2 Ruby Redfort Strawberry smelling Friendship Wrist Bands (one for the BFF!)
MiiOon Shoe Laces
Swooshi Sample Pack
BoO Sticker
Leaflets


Do note that these boxes comes with slightly more products than the normal boxes as they are paid for boxes (or 300 points boxes), however they are guaranteed boxes as well that subscribers will definitely get.


We were also sent a BoA and BoO Premium Membership cards to try out their service fully.


MEGA box of Awesome #6, box for children, monthly boxes

































MEGA box of Awesome #6, box for children, monthly boxes
























MEGA box of OMG #4, box for children, monthly boxes

MEGA box of OMG #4, box for children, monthly boxes

MEGA box of OMG #4, box for children, monthly boxes






























For £4.99 every 2 months that gives you surprise products worth more than that, I think it's quite good! I know my nephew who loves Power Rangers and reading would be happy with the BoA, while Abby likes Moshi Monsters and The Zelfs. She has asked her daddy to put MiiOon's shoe laces on her shoes already! And which kid doesn't like to play with gooey stuff like Skwooshi?! Thing is, it's a surprise box where you won't know what's inside until you open the box! If your child is into surprises, £4.99 every 2 months is fairly affordable and for special occasions they will also make a great surprise gift too! Just make sure you preorder your box before the next allocation date!

On the other hand, if children don't mind surprises, but rather not pay for it, they can always sign up and wait for a box to be allocated to them. There is no loss isn't it? And a random email popping in your mailbox saying that you've been allocated a box is almost like receiving an email that says "You've won!". You don't even have to fill in the survey or collect the points if you don't want to. Although of course, by doing the little bit of extra to guaranteeing the next box isn't that difficult either! I have filled in the surveys for both BoA and BoO and they are very straight forward and short, and only took me about 5 minutes for both! So now I've got 2 boxes to look forward to in 22 days!


There are so much more that comes with BoA and BoO too. Not only are the boxes exciting for the kids, you can play games online, join their community, Facebook and Twitter too. They have a very bubbly social media team that keeps the kids excited. And from what I've seen I think they are doing a fantastic job! No wonder they have over thousands of followers already!


Super Awesome Club App, MEGA Box of Awesome, MEGA Box of OMG

Super Awesome Club App, MEGA Box of Awesome, MEGA Box of OMG

Super Awesome Club App, MEGA Box of Awesome, MEGA Box of OMG


















Super Awesome Club App, MEGA Box of Awesome, MEGA Box of OMG


























Another clever thing they've done is the free app that goes with the online accounts, and they've managed to get it working for both iOS and Android too! The app counts down to the next box allocation day, so the kids can keep their eyes on it. Although I'm not sure how the claiming works, I'll have to wait for 22 days before I'll know!

Kids can also keep track on their Awesome Points if they are keen to collect (through playing games, participate in their community, filling surveys, introduce friends, etc). It's not difficult either, as we have 2 boxes, and the awesome points for BoA and BoO can be shared (shhhhhh!), we have already accumulated 120 points! Another 30 points (points normally comes in 10s or 20s each time) and we'll get another guaranteed box!

I would recommend keeping the account for BoA and BoO separate, even though you can access both from the same account, as each account can only have one premium membership card link to it. Just open an account for each kid (or they can do it themselves of course) so they won't need to fight over it!


Overall I think that it's a fantastic idea for children who loves surprises and trying new things out. It's also a great opportunity for them (and you) to discover their likes and dislikes, and they can even practise voicing out their opinions too, which in Abby's case, would certainly help her with her school book reviews.


Disclosure: We were sent a couple of boxes to review; all opinions are honest and our own