The IAAK: I Wish I Was A Wizard Box (September’18 Edition)

*Disclaimer: All the pictures used here belong to me. Everything written over here is just my opinion. This post is not sponsored

 

Hey, folks!

I was going to post this the night before but I really didn’t want to delay uploading the review for the new category any longer. Yes, a new category! If you haven’t read it yet then, click here. It was super fun and funny to write and it has been a real pleasant experience. I’ve decided to put the new category on hold for this review because I don’t want to start the new year with a bad review. Regarding this box, I received it sometime around the last week of September and it has been sitting idle ever since. I’ve already used one of the products and I will go into the details of that in just a bit. Also, if you’re a huge fan of this particular subscription service then please read this at your own risk. This is my first time trying out anything from IAAK and let’s see how it went.

What is IAAK?

I Am A Kid is an initiative taken up by a group of people, who want to cater to an audience that seeks original and quality products. They have Funko Pops and Subscription Boxes that sometimes have exclusive items or limited edition products. While not much has been disclosed about themselves on their website, it is safe to say that they’re selling items on their website that they either buy in bulk or buy off to wholesalers and keep a small inventory to each stock depending on their demand from customers.

To visit their site, click here.

Personally?

I stumbled across IAAK while browsing on Instagram and saw a picture from a popular Booksatgramer (An Instagram account that is dedicated to books). The picture was well staged and it focused on a Funko Pop from IAAK. There has been little to no contact between IAAK and me, and that’s something I am mentioning here because I’m not sure about what their customers’ service is like. The group that works behind IAAK took a long break a while ago and came back with promises to step up their game. Bear in mind that, IAAK’s Instagram account is often dead with very few updates and this long break was supposed to turn things around. These promises brought along with them a new subscription box edition for the month, “I Wish I Was A Wizard”. This was all the way in August. I think the boxes were available until stocks lasted. They were meant to be shipped between the 7th-11th of September but my box wasn’t shipped until the 19th of September. That was still alright, delays with subscription boxes isn’t a new issue and it’s nothing to worry about unless it has been delayed by months. I received my box on the 25th of September and I have been meaning to do this review for a while now, mostly because of a certain product I received. Now that I’ve covered this much, let’s see what the scores are so far-

Arrival: 7/10

Social Media Activity: 2/10

Customer Service:?

Authenticity: 7/10

 

Let’s hurry and get into this.

The Newt Scamander Journal

Newt Scamander was an English wizard, who is the author of ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’. He is also the protagonist of the movie of the same name. The journal is bound in padded faux suede with a wrap-around faux suede cord fastener and the front is embossed with Newt Scamander’s monogram, while the back features the Fantastic Beasts logo. On the inside, it is filled with approximately 120 lined parchment colored pages and has decorative end-papers, a cream ribbon bookmark, and a pocket ideal for holding photographs.

If you’re interested in this product, click here.

Sadly, I haven’t gotten around watching Fantastic Beasts 1&2 because somehow, I just don’t find it that appealing. Yes, I’m sure the movie looks wonderful and yes, the books look great, too, but none of this has really piqued my interest. Either way, this journal is really good. I often look for journals and notebooks that are well illustrated or generally good looking and this hits the spot. There’s a decent number of pages on it and I really like it. I feel bad that I haven’t watched the movies or read the books yet because if this is a reference to an actual journal or book, then I wouldn’t know about it.

If you like this journal, click here. This link will take you to a site where you may purchase it from.

 

Product Ratings

Quality- 9/10

Defects- None

Value- 8/10

Relevance- 10/10

 

The Potion Recipe: Potion To Make Things Grow

This a recipe printed on a glossy paper with the look of parchment paper. It has the Hogswart Slytherin emblem on the top. At the bottom of this page, there’s a quote from the book, Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone. There’s nothing on the back.

Adding a potion recipe is a really nice touch to this box. I didn’t quite expect this and it’s not something I reckon I’ve received before in any other box. Though, I wish there was something on the back too, just to keep things interesting. The potions class is, of course, taught by prof. Snape, R.I.P Alan Rickman. Harry Potter will always feel incomplete without him and he was a remarkable actor. Anyway, this was a really good idea and I think, everyone who received this must’ve been delighted just like I was.

 

Product Ratings

Quality: 8/10

Defects: None

Value: 8/10

Relevance: 10/10

 

The Harry Potter and Niffler Sticker

Harry Potter is the main protagonist in the book/movie series Harry Potter. In this sticker, he’s with Hedwig, his owl. A Niffler was a burrowing creature that likes shiny objects and is also an exceptional treasure seeker. They’re from The Fantastic Beasts Series.

The Harry Potter sticker is a bit more Tim Burton-like in comparison to the Niffler and that really compliments the characters. In the HP sticker, you can see that Harry is walking through some dark area with Hedwig and he is using the spell ‘Lumos’ to light his way with the wand and to navigate through the dark. The Niffler is clinging onto a golden snitch, after reading its description, I’m assuming that since they like shiny objects, it’s really delighted to grab hold of something as shiny and pretty as the golden snitch. They both are really cute and well illustrated. I was actually a bit concerned about the HP sticker because it looked a little blurry the first time but that’s just part of the artwork.

 

Product Ratings

Quality: 8/10

Defects: None

Value: 8/10

Relevance: 8/10

 

The Harry Potter Quiz

The Hogwarts emblem is on the top left with the words Harry Potter at the top. There is no particular texture art to the paper. It has a total of 13 questions, 6 Across and 7 Down.

Another interesting but somehow, tad unnecessary, addition to the box. I’m sure there were people who liked this but I also can guarantee that there were people who did not appreciate this. Why? Because this piece of paper took up the spot for a different item that could’ve been far more interesting than this. I love Harry Potter but does that make me like this? Not really. A scarf or a Funko item would’ve been better.

 

Product Ratings

Quality: 7/10

Defects: None

Value: 4/10

Relevance: 6/10

 

The Harry Potter Funko Pen

It’s a black pen with Harry Potter written on it in yellow. At the end of the pen, there is a miniature Harry Potter Funko Pop. He is wearing his robe from Hogswart with a wand in his hand.

If you’re interested in purchasing this, click here.

Now, I was hoping that there would be a Funko product in this box, preferably a Funko Pop because I’ve seen them send some of them out before. While this isn’t exactly what I wanted, I’m glad that it’s what I got. It’s really cute and I never knew that there were such pens that have mini Funko Pops on them. How fun is that?! It’s so far my favorite product in this box.

 

Product Ratings

Quality: 8/10

Defects: None

Value: 9/10

Relevance: 10/10

 

The Harry Potter Word Search

It’s a word search print on glossy paper. The objective is simple, find the names listed on the side and at the bottom within the letters. All the names of the characters and creatures are from the Harry Potter universe.

Word Search has always been my favorite pass time and while I appreciate this, I don’t know whether everyone else did. Like I mentioned before, these ‘items’ take up the spot for a potentially better product. It’s not entirely useless but there’s not much that you can do with this. One can even call this a filler product.

 

Product Ratings

Quality: 7/10

Defects: None

Value: 5/10

Relevance: 6/10

 

The Application For Wand Permit

It has a blue envelope that contains a green form. In the form, there are various criteria’s that have to be met and questions answered or filled to qualify the requirements.

Now, I know I say that these paper items are useless but I like this one. It’s almost realistic. The print on the form isn’t the slightest bit blurry and it’s really impressive. This is definitely something you need if you want to be a Wizard or Witch. It is by far, the most relevant item in this box along with the potion recipe and perhaps, including the Newt Scamander journal as well. We have a permit, where’s the wand? Read on!

 

Product Ratings

Quality: 9/10

Defects: None

Value: 9/10

Relevance: 10/10

 

The Harry Potter Wand

It is a cheap plastic wand replica that doesn’t do what it’s supposed to. This is honest to God description.

Why anyone would buy this is beyond me but, sure, click here.

When I first read the email for the little sneak peek, I was super excited that a wand was going to be a part of the box. I mean, c’ mon. A wand? Are you kidding me? Of course, I want it! But then, IAAK dangled the dream and threw it away.

Let’s get into the details of this ‘wand’.

Here’s what the wand looks like up close. Sad, isn’t it?

Maybe if I take it out of the box, it will look better… right?

No, it looks just as bad as it did before.

Let me remind you that this box cost me ₹3k. This wand was also part of the sneak peek. They actually sent us a plastic wand that looks like some cheap sword or stick replica I can get from the Borivali Station for like ₹150.

That’s not all.

You need a specific kind of screwdriver to get this open. Unfortunately, not all of us have a handy dandy toolbox lying around. I can’t call this a bad product just because it looks like a complete rip-off.

I tried using the smallest screwdriver I could find, a scissor, a mini tweezer and a paper clip that I tried to tinker around with. Woe is me.

In the end, I decided that being creative and polite won’t help. So, I settled for brute force. I wedged the screwdriver in a crack and tried to pull the cap out. Since the plastic is so cheap and weak, it didn’t put up a fight and bent upwards.

Unfortunately, I can’t upload videos on here because it would require a different plan but I did upload videos to my story that showed me desperately trying to work the wand. The gentle swishes didn’t work and so, I transitioned to fast-paced swishes but that only managed a muffled noise, not the least bit magical.

Thumping it at the bottom of the wand did help and I could see the faint pink light and hear a distressed blare. But other than that, there was nothing more to it.

Now, I’ve previously mentioned in my Instagram story that I’m aware of the fact that the product is the manufacturer and company’s fault. What I do not get is, why would you add such a pathetic product to a box that you charged ₹3k? Why aren’t there any quality checks? Who approved of this? And why did they think this was a good idea? I’ve so many questions. It really annoys me that several people have received this disgraceful piece of wasteful plastic and it doesn’t even do what it’s supposed to. Why take such a long break and come back with empty promises? Is this a scam? Why isn’t anyone talking about this? Why are we okay with this?

Product Ratings

Quality: 0/10

Defects: Does not work.

Value: 0/10

Relevance: 0/10

Fantastic Beasts Badges

The badges feature designs of Newt’s magical briefcase, the symbol for a magical congress of the United States of America, Newt’s hidden beast and Queenie Goldstein’s iconic badge. There is a total of 5 badges.

If you’re interested in purchasing them, click here.

Usually, I’m not in favorq of badges from subscription boxes but I have to really complain about when it comes to these ones. The print is clear and not one bit blurry. They are the right size for your shirts or pouches. While I’m not the biggest badge fan, there are plenty of people out there who are and so, this really is a nice touch to the box. It has references from the books and movies that I’m not familiar with but that obviously doesn’t make a difference to the quality and the purpose.

 

Product Ratings

Quality: 8/10

Defects: None

Value: 8/10

Relevance: 8/10

 

Picture Changing Frame- Collectors Limited Edition

It’s a simple plastic frame with a picture changing print on the inside. Supposedly, it’s a collectors limited edition.

Just to clarify, I personally do not believe that this is a legitimate collector’s limited edition. There is little to no mention about this product and I have no idea which brand is responsible for the existence of this product. It looks too cheap to be a limited edition item. Is it a good product regardless? Sort of. I wouldn’t buy this unless it has been forced onto me, just like with this box. It’s a nice idea that replicates the frames from the movie but it has been poorly executed.

 

Product Ratings

Quality: 4/10

Defects: None

Value: 2/10

Relevance: 5/10

 

The O.W.L. Examination Form

The form has the look of parchment paper with the examination questions on them. It says that there are 13 questions but I can only spot 12. Towards the bottom, there’s a continuation sheet.

Much like the potion recipe and the wand permit, this is another thing that I can appreciate. Bits like these make boxes interesting and fun. It’s something you can collect like a trinket and add it to the Harry Potter pile.

 

Product Ratings

Quality: 8/10

Defects: None

Value: 9/10

Relevance: 8/10

 

My Verdict?

If you see the thumbnail or really read the review, you will notice that most of these products are either paper or useless. Other than the pen, journal, and badges, there isn’t anything over here that makes me feel like this box was worth the money. A cheap plastic wand and a (possibly) fake limited edition? Not to mention, the unnecessary filler products. It’s really sad how the Funko pen is the only product that I really like out of the lot. This was my first time purchasing a box from IAAK and I’m nothing but disappointed. I had really high expectations that have been trampled. This is not okay. Ripping people off their money with below average products that are stupidly hyped up for sneak peeks. This is very wrong. Currently, I think there is an ongoing booking slot open for the next box, after 2 months of silence from their end subscription box wise.

IAAK, if you’re reading this then let me tell you that I was actually a fan of yours. I always wanted to purchase Funko Pops and other boxes from you but after this experience, quite frankly, I’m scared. I’m not trying to defame you but I’m very disappointed. I don’t know if this was a one-time goof-up. Honestly, I don’t want to ever purchase another box but for the sake of reviews and to see improvement, I might consider giving IAAK boxes another shot the next time. Until then, do I recommend this box? I don’t. I rarely ever say that a product is so bad that you mustn’t even try it out but this was an unfortunate experience.

Well, that was quite something. I was supposed to reveal a new category but instead, I’m posting this today. I don’t want to start off New Years with a bad review. So, if you’re confused with the beginning of the blog post then, here’s why.

As always, reach out to me via Instagram or email me Iamnotchannel@gmail.com for any feedback or queries.

Until the next post,

Laters, folks!

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m a fan of Harry Potter and after i see all the item, the wand is pretty disappointing. But other item are alright.

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    1. Yeah, the wand was terrible! For some reason, I still have it with me. Also, the other things are alright but for the 3k I spent over the entire box, not really worth it

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      1. 3K? which country you’re from? omg it’s sound expensive

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      2. Haha yes, it was quite expensive. I’m from India and 3k converts to $43. So, for an exclusively HP themed box, and these items, it’s basically money down the drain 😦 btw, your blog looks amazing! love the pictures, and the cinnamoroll plushie.

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      3. wow really alot~ not worth the price. I’m from Malaysia by the way 🙂 and thanks! Really appreciate on the comment 🙂 i wanna write more besides book review so stay tune. Also i love the varieties of input in your blog.

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