Mystery Box Swap with Te2 Production

One thing I love about YouTube is how it connects people from all over the world.  A while back, I approached Eric from Te2Production about doing a mystery box swap.  Essentially, we would each put together a box of mystery items for the other to open on their YouTube channel.

We both received our packages this week and can finally share them with you!!! I had a blast preparing Eric’s mystery box.  In it I packaged a mixture of items he had on his wishlist and totally unique items that I decided he needed in his collection.

Here are a few highlights from what Eric received from me.  Besides tossing in a few items I’ve been waiting to gift to the right people, I purchased a very affordable Pinkie Cooper (yes, our local Toys R Us still has this long gone doll line), printed a super cool Sailor Moon bookend on the 3D printer and purchased some of the new Disney Descendants dolls.  To see everything that made the trip from the US to France, check out his video.  (Eric said he’d release some subtitles in the coming weeks, but it’s completely watchable, even with the language barrier!)

Now, what did I receive from this epic exchange of dolls and toys?  Let me show you!

Swap with Te2ProductionBelieve it or not, I didn’t buy many of the Monster High Haunted dolls, even though I found them to be really neat. Inside my mystery package were two– Draculaura and Twyla! There was also another Monster High doll, this one from Freaky Fusion, Cleolei!

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This was a real surprise. Isn’t this Snow White cute? I adore her! She’ll fit in just fine with my Disney Animators Collection Mini Elsa. Swap with Te2Production I had on my wishlist something ‘french’. Anything french. This Eiffel Tower sign fits the bill completely. It’s totally tourist’y and I love it.

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One thing I learned when I studied in Florence a long, long time ago was that the children’s magazines overseas are way cooler than the ones in the US. Maybe it’s just my local stores, but I never see any stock of magazines with toys included. Above are two paper goods packaged in my mystery box. The first one is a Monster High magazine showcasing Lagoona. It comes with lip gloss! The second item is a Panini sticker guide for Frozen.

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Eric is a Sailor Moon fan, so I wasn’t surprised to find something Sailor Moon in my box. This is a cute phone fob. Currently, my phone is wearing a Digimon themed phone fob, but I’ll be switching to this Sailor Moon one soon! Swap with Te2Production

Here are some of the smaller items he sent. Little Miss must be bigger abroad than it is here. I’ve never seen any accessories, like pencils or notebooks, here in the States, just the books. Also pictured is a fantastic C3P0 magnet. (For those who don’t know, I collect C3P0 merchandise. See video below.) There was also a very cute dog eraser.

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Last, Eric took the time to draw this amazing picture of me! I love it! It was one of the best things in the box. Not pictured is one last thing– a Disney Store Paris reusable bag. Perfect for packing these items up while I take my time opening them!

I had a lot of fun participating in this swap. Big thanks to Eric from Te2 Production on YouTube. I hope you had as much fun as I did!

And now, for the readers, have you ever participated in a mystery swap with a friend or stranger? What was your favorite part of the process? If you’re a blogger who is interested in doing something similar with me, let me know.

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August 13, 2015. Tags: . Uncategorized.

4 Comments

  1. Beatrix replied:

    Did you set up parameters for how much you would spend and what each of you might like? I was surprised to see he sent you Monster High dolls since these can be so easily obtained in the States rather than things that are comparable French toys. I enjoyed flexing my French language muscles listening to his unboxing of your package. Nice selection you sent him! My favorite among the things he sent you…really the portrait he drew of you. I especially thought your sending him a Pinkie Cooper was a great idea. Thanks for introducing me to a Youtuber I hadn’t discovered.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      We each e-mailed eachother a wishlist of what we were looking for or might like to receive. Because Mattel releases 5,000 dolls at once (at least it feels like that!), I usually don’t have the cash to pick up one’s that I missed along the way, like the Haunted dolls. I am very happy I can cross those off my list of missing MH dolls. They were totally on my wishlist.

      We didn’t set a price limit, but Eric was pretty good about letting me know how many items he picked up. I think in future Toy Swaps, I will put more parameters on international swaps, because I learned that shipping a box over 4oz overseas costs an arm and a leg! I was pretty lucky with Eric’s swap because I had many of the items in a gift bag already, waiting for the right person to pass them along to and/or could make the items for free (like the 3d prints), so I didn’t end up paying that much for what was in the box.

      I think the easiest way to put a limit on future swaps will be to say include 3-4 ‘main’ items and a few extras. Of course, I guess that would change depending on the channel/blog I was swapping with. I think 3-4 large items is kind of nice, though.

      The picture is one of my favorite things, too. I’m going to frame it, maybe with the MH magazine. Thanks for reading!

  2. 39yearslame replied:

    What a fun idea! It seems like a great way to get to see things from other parts of the world, like those magazines. (Imagine doing an exchange like this with someone from Japan! The mind boggles at the possibilities…)

  3. Teresa B replied:

    Mystery box swap, such a great idea!!

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