Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog School Supplies Page 7
|School supplies fun & useful neat to collect. They didn't tend to be all that rare, or expensive, and you can use them to make Sonic projects at home too. They also offer such a wide range of different and interesting Sonic theme things. Japan in the present and in the past probably still has the most items in this catagory. While the things here may be more difficult to collect, they're usually high quality and interesting to see. Because a lot of them are small, you'll see lots of different characters too, not just Sonic.|
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|Here is a metal pen case by Sanrio (yes the Hello kitty company) It has a theme of Sonic in Space by the artist from the 'screen saver Sonic'. The top, inside AND bottom, are all decorated with Sonic imagry. The top has the space scene, the interior has it too, but split into 'photos' with little white borders, and the bottom has the Segasonic logo, with Sonic & Tails regular stock art of them just standing. Otherwise, the case is black with rounded corners. A good, sturdy and stylish case for school! Photo discovered by @JapanAnimePosters on Instagram|
|Here are some cute little pencil toppers. These figural toppers are 'little' chibi type Sonic & Tails. They're fully 3D, and the pencils' top goes in their feet. Each character is fairly smoothed/rounded by being short, so they're not too unweildy for use. The pencils themselves are also themed, orange for Tails & blue for Sonic, with their names & geometric designs. Photo discovered by @JapanAnimePosters on Instagram|
|Here are 2 different styles of retractable red pens. They're both from the period where the "Sonic Eyes Only" design was really popular. The top pen is mostly matte, with black itallic print for the "Segasonic"|
|word, and the 2nd pen has a soft rubber grip with shiny/semi-transparent red top. It has white Segasonic lettering & the "Eyes Only" graphic in the "X" shape. Quite a few items were made with eyes-only, sometimes just the eyes, and the rest, just the eyes in a thick "X", so these pens fit right in. Photo discovered by: @JapanAnimePosters on Instagram|
|A mint in the package post card!
This could be in a clear wrapper because it's actually a set of multiple post cards...or...someone could have just shrink-wrapped a single card. It's a Sonic Adventure 1 promoting item, with the logo 'watermarked' really big on the back along with the Dreamcast logo. The front has that 'circular walking' sort of odd Sonic popularized via SA1 promoting, the Life of Power quote (small) above his name. It's otherwise pretty plain.
|This is a pack of Tombo wooden pencils.
It's another item from their "Sonic vs Metal Sonic" themed period that happened somewhat after the time of Sonic CD. The box features the really nice fully shaded art of glowing punch Sonic & flying Metal Sonic. The pencils are all plain wood with a pearly white coating. Each one is the same. None have erasers built in. (That is common on Japanese pencils, for whatever reason--they seem to expect you to add your own cap eraser or use a separate block one) The pencils have little arts for Sonic, the logo, Tails & Knuckles. "HB" that you see there on the box top & pencil is a description for the type of lead. This set is in the SonicGear collection. Photo and owned by: @JapanAnimePosters on Instagram
|Here are some small bags with many pockets.
Are they camera bags? Whatever they're for, they're very subtle, though. Each has a small embroidered Sonic component going on. The top bag has 'arms crossed' Sonic in a sunburst type circle of dark blue. The bottom bag is a tad less subtle, with pointing modern Sonic and his name spelled out in 'funky' chunky block letters. The shoulder strap pad thing there also has a Sonic logo, but it's striped through with color making it a little harder to read. Depending the actual size of the bags, the top one's portait could maybe be the size of a coin. For subtle items, Japan is usually first in line on making them, and these certainly rank among the top 'slightly Sonic' designs. Discovered by @JapanAnimePosters on Instagram
|This is a "Joypolis Original Letter Set"
But, what exactly does that mean? It's made for Sonic Adventure 1, and came out right around the time of the game. It uses the 'circle strange walking Sonic' graphic pretty much everywhere: front cover, back cover as line art and inside too. It has the 'no regrets / go own way' quote written around the graphic, and, interestingly uses texture to add the word "Sonic" in black on the black background.
The 'set' appears to be a folder of some kind, with two compartments for stuff. Was it stationary and envelopes? Post cards? Did it have stickers or notes or something? Discovered by @JapanAnimePosters on Instagram
|Here are 3 uncommon bags!
These are part of the "Heroes Pack", a specific set of limited-edition bonus items for Sonic Heroes Japan release. There's a large dark blue tote bag with Sonic, smaller red bag with Kunckles & pencil pouch (cylender bag) with zip to that has Tails on it. Each character is a white sihlouette made from a CG pose.
What's the pose? The same one they use as CG art for the Heroes Pack 3 pin-button set. (On Japan Pins here at Gear). So, this merchandise matches. Because they were limited-quantity & only released with the game, this set of bags is quite uncommon. Photo & owned by: Jalen Castillo
|Here's a red 'breifcase style' canvas Sonic school bag. It's a bit of an old-fashion design (rather than the usual backpack) & is genuinely from the 1990s in Japan. It has a red thick carry handle for the top &|
|big Sonic art by Naoto Oshima on the front with some rings. The SegaSonic logo is down one edge, while "Welcome to the next level" slogan is in gray at the bottom. Notice that they added the score / rings / time display in green at the upper right corner. The back has adjustable straps. When you open it, you can see the squeeze clips that keep it shut & that it has a plaid pocket inerior. It also has a student ID holder, 3 dividers inside & a zip pocket.
The material is really sturdy & thick nylon canvas type stuff. The bag is thought to be from 1991. The inset has the small plush Sonic sitting near the bag and it is on top of the deluxe Mania bonus box, so you can tell how big it is. Photos & owned by: Sonic Miner
|Here's something that hasn't been seen in a while: A Calendar.
Japan used to be really big on Sonic calendars...and, they are a good idea because who doesn't want an excuse to look at Sonic every day? This is most likely a special promotional calendar that was available at Japan 7-11 stores. It might have been a "buy and get", or maybe even a win-able. It's one of those large single page types with all the months just small at the bottom.
The top has "2018 Calendar" (in English, for some reason) & the middle is divided between the hero side at the top, with Sonic & heroes, while the logo and a line splits it. The bottom has the villains which include Metal Sonic, Chaos 0, Zavok, Shadow, Eggman, and of course, Infinite. There doesn't seem to be anything 'Sonic' about the calendar part itself there at the bottom. However, even when it goes out of date, it becomes a decorative poster. Because it wasn't technically 'sold in stores', but is instead a promo, it is likely to be uncommon.