The Hello Kitty figure erasers have become a sort of the search for the holy grail of Japanese erasers for us. Sanrio, the owner and maker of all things Hello Kitty has produced some of these erasers in the past. They were made by Iwako and we have pictures of a couple of them on the blog.
In the past couple of months we have seen glimmers of hope for these erasers. This past winter, we were able to order from Ty these Hello Kitty Japanese erasers pictured on the left. This photo was taken at the Ty booth at the New York Toy Fair in February. As of this writing, we have yet to see these Hello Kitty erasers from Ty. That sort of delayed delivery is not unusual for Ty, however.
In our rummaging at Toyfair, we also found another supplier that had similar Hello Kitty Japanese erasers. The company that makes them sells mostly to other toy companies and big box stores, not to itsy bitsy toy retailers like us. They were not all that helpful to us at Toyfair when we asked if we could buy from them directly, and if not, who in the toy industry we could buy from. Subsequent emails and phone calls have gone unanswered. So much for customer service.
One of our good customers, Priscilla, asked us about the Hello Kitty erasers and sent us a photo of the ones that she has acquired, which led to this blog posting explaining the status, or lack thereof the Hello Kitty erasers. When we receive the Hello Kitty erasers, from Ty or anywhere else, we will post here in the blog and on the Facebook page.