Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Licca-chan's Randoseru

Dear Readers,

Do you know what a Randoseru is?  It's a backpack that elementary school students use in Japan. The name Randoseru is from the Dutch word "Ransel" which means "backpack". If you are familiar with anime and mainstream Japanese culture, you will probably recognize the backpack. You can read more about the origin and history of the Randoseru HERE.

I first saw the iconic shape when I browsed the internet to buy Licca outfits.  I found the backpack sold  on Amazon HERE.  There are other vendors on Ebay too but the set was cheaper on Amazon so I went ahead and bought it.

The promotion picture looked so tempting!

Here is what it would look on a Licca doll.

After weeks of waiting for my package to arrive from Japan, I finally received it today!

The randoseru is simply awesome! It looks exactly like the life-size backpack with adjustable straps and a flap that you can lift up or attach down!  The bag is well-made, is easily bendable but it can somehow retain its shape.  The bag had a slight plastic scent when I opened the package but it has now dissipated and I don't smell it anymore.


Once you open the flap, you can see the name tag on the bag "Licca Kayama".  Kayama is Licca's last name.

The inside of the flap shows carvings of numbers, days of the week and other school symbols.

Here below is the content included in the package (the doll is not included) :
  • 1 red backpack
  • 1 empty pencil case 
  • 1 case with a cardboard picture of color pencils
  • 2 notebooks with blank pages
  • 1 pink lock

Everything fits inside the randoseru except the small case.  Well it could fit if you remove the pencil case.

Here is my Licca-chan trying out her new randoseru.  She is 11 years-old so she is still in elementary school.  This backpack is just what she needed!



For about $14 dollars (including shipping) this was a little expensive for the amount of goods included but the bag was so well-made that I think it was worth it after all.

And let's put things in perspective: a real life-size Licca Randoseru sells for about $329   O_O

... so I think I got mine for pretty cheap ;-)




20 comments:

  1. Congratulations to your Randoseru. It's gorgeous! And it looks really well made.

    Many greetings,
    Kyra

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    1. Thanks Kyra! Yes it is and I am impressed by the quality of the rubber!

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    1. I wished I had one for each of my doll!

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  3. Hello from Spain: I adore Licca. She is very cute. I really like the backpack. Keep in touch

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  4. Very cute, and a good deal too! :-) xo Jennifer

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    1. Definitely a good deal Jennifer! I can't believe the prices on the Licca accessories sometimes! So high!

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  5. In Denmark, there are many who use backpack. There will also be associated concept of rail pass. Years ago drew many young people out, with a backpack.
    Your backpack is so very pretty and implemented, lovely color.
    I love curry.
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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    1. Thanks for your comment Wyrna! I like the red color of the bag too!

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  6. Oh, that's amazing!!
    You've got a Licca, what a chance!
    I'm looking for a Wataru, I'm in love with this little guy ^^
    Hugs from France!

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    1. I would love to own a Wataru one day!

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  7. That is soooooo cute! Thanks for sharing -- I should think my Blythes could use it too since I put Licca bodies on most of them :)

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    1. I am sure your dolls will look so cute with that bag!

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  8. That bag looked so cute on your doll!! I think your pictures are great, I love the one where she is bending her head so that we can see the bag better! =)
    Hannah

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    1. The bag fits her perfectly. I am very happy to have bought it. It was surprisingly very soft and malleable too.

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  9. Very detailed set! Can you actually get the color pencils out?

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    1. Unfortunately no, it's only a cardboard picture of pencils, and not real pencils.

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