TY HELLO KITTY SHIPPING UPDATE. According to Ty, they will not ship the Iwako Hello Kitty eraser in 2012. We do not have a ship date.
We must admit that the Hello Kitty eraser aficionados is not a large group. But they are dedicated. The Holy Grail of Hello Kitty erasers are ones made by the Japanese eraser company Iwako a few years back. They were full figures rather than the flat two dimensional or monochromatic Hello Kitty erasers we show on sausalitoferry.com.
Last winter at the New York Toy Fair, Ty, the maker of Beanie Babies and other plush, showed samples of those figural Iwako Hello Kitty erasers that they said they would ship sometime this year. We have been told by our Ty rep that we should see them this month, November. Maybe.
In the meantime, we have received a set of figural Hello Kitty erasers from Sanrio, Korea. We have two versions of the four eraser set. The difference is the color of the shirt on the two Hello Kitty erasers. Not pictured is the pink and blue shirt version, but both are available at sausalitoferry.com. The My Melody and Purin erasers are the same in both sets.
The Hello Kitty erasers in this set are about 1 3/4 inches tall, which should be a bit smaller than the impending Iwako Ty Hello Kitty erasers.