School Supplies & Sea Turtles: Iwako Puzzle Erasers


Novelty erasers have always made me a little uncomfortable. Why would I want to take an adorable object in the form of a sweet creature and slowly erode it bit by bit to cover up my pencil-related mistakes? (You can imagine that I find the act of eating animal-shaped cookies quite challenging too.)

I spotted some whale shark erasers in a stationery store in Liverpool over the summer, and while I didn’t pick them up at the time (I was short on space and nearly out of pounds!), I’ve kept those erasers in my mind ever since. When I noticed a pack of sea life Iwako erasers on Amazon, though, I knew the time had come to add those whale sharks to my desktop aquarium! (And no, I don’t plan on ever using them for their intended purpose. They’re too cute!)


Here are the creatures held captive in the miniature sea of their packaging. My set included two whale sharks, a ray, a coral pair, and a couple of sea turtles.


The packaging is adorable! There are some obligatory clownfish near an anemone, of course, swimming near what might be some stylized raccoon butterflyfish and a palette surgeonfish.


The gang’s all here! (And the manta appears to have sneakily fallen over mid-photograph.)


Though all rays great and small rank among my favorite sea creatures, I have to admit that the turtles might be the best-designed little dudes in the set. I love their detailed shells and flippers.


Oh yeah, and in case you were wondering why these are called “puzzle” erasers–they come apart, apparently! I was a little worried about my ability to restore those teensy turtle eyes to their proper place…


…but it all worked out in the end.


Taking the erasers apart can lead to all sorts of fun swaps between the matched pairs. The whale sharks switched things up to create these variations on their usual color schemes. (I think the dark blue + baby pink combination looks quite nice!)


With the review session complete, the erasers then proceeded to enact some arcane underwater ritual. I can’t wait to set them free in the wide ocean that is my desk at work!

Have you ever collected novelty erasers? Which sea creature would you most like to see depicted in eraser form?

5 thoughts on “School Supplies & Sea Turtles: Iwako Puzzle Erasers

  1. thesnailmail December 12, 2016 / 10:20 am

    These are beautiful! The detail is amazing.
    I agree with you about using these as erasers.

    • Mailbox Mermaid December 14, 2016 / 9:28 am

      It just seems too cruel! I’ll stick to un-anthropomorphized, old-school Pink Pearls for all my erasing needs.

  2. Ari Baker December 12, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Those are the cutest puzzle erasers I’ve seen so far! I think I’d love a narwal, but those whale sharks are really adorable, too.

    • Mailbox Mermaid December 14, 2016 / 9:27 am

      I would totally buy (and love) a narwhal eraser!

  3. Idle Emma December 12, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    Ah, those are so, so, so cute!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s