Sunday, March 18, 2012


My wife knows me pretty well. She found this set of collectible erasers and gave them to me as part of my birthday present. Collectible erasers have been around for years in Japan, and they seem to be becoming popular around here now. Personally, I love them. In addition to the fact they're adorable, they're close enough in scale to fit in with six-inch figures. I've got some similar ones, but these might be the first that aren't imports.

These are interesting for a few reasons. First, they're labeled "puzzle erasers," but that's a stretch. The number of pieces is extremely limited, and there doesn't seem much point in disassembling them. In addition, I've got a few puzzle erasers, and these are the first I've seen with decals. I'm no expert, but I get the feeling that kind of defeats the point. Not that I care, mind you: as far as I'm concerned, decals as good as these make these more useful, not less.

All four are cool, but the clear standouts are the cereal box and milk. The milk cap pops off, in case you want to display it open. As far as I can figure, this is the only useful removable part, at least for my purposes.

My least favorite is the toast. In addition to being too big for six inch figures, it's got an image of grapes sculpted over the jam, presumably so you know what flavor it's supposed to be. Unfortunately, that kind of breaks the illusion.

The set's great overall, though. When you've been collecting action figures as long as I have, you're never lacking for guns, knives, and explosives, but unique and unexpected twelfth-scale accessories like a jug of milk are a godsend.

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