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dougram keshigomu

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It seems like with every Japanese toy line in the 70's and 80's, you had certain levels of toy, for those with different budgets.

At the high end , you had the DX sets: expensive, intricate, often fragile toys: meant more for the collector than the child

Then you had the ST toys:. these kept the same materials as the DX, but were smaller and had less gimmicks.

Below that you typically had plastic toys, known as PLA or PLA-Deluxe. These toys often were much more affordable, but still accurate renditions of characters from the shows. These were the mass -market toys, cheap things that collectors today often overlook.

Below that you had train station toys. These things were cheap, plastic (sometimes metal) impulse buys that were sold at train kiosks and festival booths. Impulse buys to keep the kids happy. But there are even levels below this.

At an even lower level were the novelty items. Paper goods, plastic weapon sets, necklaces and erasers. Things we now call Ephermera. < . / p>

An interesting thing about these Japanese toys - Because they were so character driven, often the main characters would be represented in each tier of toy That 0026 rsquo; s why you often see collections today with 17 different versions of the character .. on a shelf But as the price point increased, the likelihood of less popular characters being produced decreased

That 0026 rsquo; s where the erasers came in

Called Keshigomu <. / strong> (or Keshi) these rubber erasers were cheap and easy to produce. Their low cost enabled manufacturers to make Keshigomu of a wide range of characters from each show, not just the main ones. It is for this reason that sometimes the only representation of certain characters ends up being erasers It 0026 rsquo;. s worth noting that the term Keshigomu applies to all erasers, not just Japanese character toys

They were sold individually bagged, carded, stuffed in sacks, packaged with. Train Station toys, with stationary sets, and even in deluxe boxed sets. Most average under an inch tall, but there are in fact larger, DX-style eraser sets, some up to 6 inches tall. They were made by all kinds of manufacturers 0026 ndash;. Popy, Takatoku, Bandai, Ohsato, Orion, and more

Most of these eraser toys are unknown to casual US collectors, and the hardcore collectors often only get those related to series they collect In Japan. , they are more popular. There is even a Mandarake store that specializes in Keshigomu and other small toys. The major Keshigomu line US collectors would be familiar with is the MUSCLE toy line from the 80s.

History lesson over .

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This Dougram Keshigomu is a little more intricate than the average cheapo eraser toy. This one actually comes with several weapons. The backpack, arm gun , and shoulder gun are all removable.

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Made by Orion, he came packaged on a card, and likely hung from a peg, but undoubtedly this came packaged in other ways as well.

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Why is it pink Who knows Maybe that 0026 rsquo;?? s just what color rubber they had available that day. Maybe Dougram is comfortable with his own sexuality? The world may never know.

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Another cool thing about this Dougram eraser is that it 0026 rsquo ; s just about the same size as the 1/144 collection series Dougram It fits right in, sort of

There 0026 rsquo;.. s not a lot to say about the toy itself, but it 0026 rsquo; sa good opportunity for a history lesson about Japanese Character Keshigomu and it 0026 rsquo;. s place in the collecting world



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    This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 08 June, 2016.