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5 Awesome Etsy Items that Should Be Official

Protip: searching for "anime" on Etsy gets you lots of animal stuff, too. Yeesh.

So, leaving aside the issue of whether it's really “okay” for craft-y fans to make money off of handmade, small-scale creations based on trademarked characters and the like...Etsy is full of anime and manga related stuff. Not always trademark-infringing, of course, but some of it is.

Unfortunately, some of those items are just so cool. So I thought I'd share five items on Etsy that I think the trademark owners should consider making an official version of.


#5: Final Fantasy Coasters
The coolest thing about this item? Instead of buying the full set of six, you get to “pick your party” and select any four. The least-cool thing about it? The price tag. $10 a coaster? Really?

#4: Kingdom Hearts Heartless Hat
I'm usually loathe to feature Yet Another Otaku Fleece Cap, because as cute as some of them are, there's like a bajillion different ones now. But this Heartless one is absolutely adorable. Also expensive-- $50 –but you can tell that the sewing is being done very carefully so it looks professional.

#3: SOS-dan Earrings
I am a sucker for earrings, a sucker for Haruhi and the SOS-dan, and a complete moron for merchandise I can use in my daily life. You may detect this as a theme in my choices, actually. Anyway, these are adorable and nicely done. And at $8 it feels like a steal compared to the rest!

#2: Hollow Death Note
Where better to hide your shinigami's apple stash than in a hollowed-out Death Note? And it's an idiot-free Death Note, too-- no pages = no place to write down the names of people you want dead. Score!
#1: Naruto Rubber Duckies
I never thought I'd be the least bit tempted to buy any kind of Naruto merchandise in my life. But this is actually kind of awesome.


Feel free to share any links to awesome fan-made items in the comments!
Schwindelmagieron May 18, 2009 at 5:02 p.m.
Awww, that hat looks pretty neat. ^-^
giaon May 18, 2009 at 5:09 p.m.
Doesn't it? I don't think I could spend $50 on it, even if I was a hardcore Kingdom Hearts fan instead of a casual one, but it's VERY well-done. @_@
Schwindelmagieron May 18, 2009 at 10:04 p.m.
Kinda reminds me of that OMG hat I got from one of Gaiaonlines panels at a con. o:
Void_Wizardon May 19, 2009 at 10:01 a.m.
Nice finds! I'm fond of these bookmarks I found on the site and am tempted to buy them. link

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