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  • Writer's pictureSophie Harkness

Blackpink: The Album – Version 1 Boxset Review

Hellooo! When Blackpink recently released their debut album, The Album, I managed to purchase a bundle of three boxset versions of the album, along with a signed album booklet, all for £30 plus postage! I thought I’d break the post down into each boxset I bought, with this one being all about the first version. The boxsets were advertised as including a CD, Hardcover Photobook, 6 Postcards, 2 Photo Cards, 1 Sticker, Credits Sheet, Mounted Photocard, Poster and 2 Group Photo Cards. I believe some of the photocards and postcards in the boxes are randomly selected so here’s what I received in mine!

Version 1 of The Album is encased in a matte black box with pink sides. The exterior of the box is a papery material, with the tracklisting printed into the paper on the back of the box. I love the design of the box itself and the magnetic closure on the front of the box. The first item in the box is the hardback photobook, featuring a 3D lenticular cover and a black fabric coating on the book. The photos included in this photobook have a black and white colour scheme running throughout, with other neutral colours also mixed in every now and again. I love the designs of the photobooks and how they are designed to not just be full page photos of the Blackpink band members.

Next in the box is a metallic silver wallet, featuring a variety of items! First is a black cardboard album credits sheet with silver writing printed on the inside and outside. Four glossy business card sized photocards are also included, with two featuring the whole band and the remaining two that I received featuring Lisa. The reverse of these photocards is printed with the album logo and the group photocards have a glossy back, whereas the reverse of the photocards of Lisa have a matte finish. The wallet I received also includes two postcard sized photocards of Jisoo and a sheet of four album stickers. Two of these stickers are printed with the album logo and the other two are printed with The Album’s crown logo, which has a beautiful holographic shimmer. Finally, the wallet also includes a mounted black and white photo of the band in a black frame.

Below the silver wallet is a folder poster of the band and I love that when it is folded, the front is branded. Underneath this is a metallic silver sleeve with an archway window, containing four hardback photocards, which feel substantial, rather than just a photograph. There is a hardback photocard for each band member and I love that they all have silver accents on the front. Finally, the bottom of the box contains a black copy of the CD.

I love the amount of consideration that has gone into every piece in the box and the detail on each of them. Everything is branded to match the album, such as the backs of the various photocards in the box. Overall, I am VERY happy with my purchase and can’t wait for the signed album booklet to arrive!

Thank you for reading and stay safe!



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