My Melody is a white rabbit character created in 1976 by Sanrio and is Hello Kitty's best friend. When she was first introduced to the product line, she wore a red hood. She's usually pictured wearing a pink hood with a flower.
My Melody is one of the most popular Sanrio characters and is often shown with her other critter friends - a mouse named Flat, a squirrel named Risu, a sheep named My Sweet Piano (formerly Hitsuji), a bear named Kuma, a mole named Mogura, a fox named Kitsune, a bird named Tori, a hedgehog named Harinezumi, a yellow butterfly named Chocho, and an elephant named Zou. These are just a few of her friends!
My Melody has been featured on all the usual Sanrio products - pens and pencils, school supplies and stationery items, jewelry and trinket boxes, personal and grooming items, and more. The My Melody line is still in production and vintage My Melody items have become very collectible.
When collecting vintage My Melody items, it's important to note that Sanrio obtained the copyright for My Melody in 1976, so all items are marked with this copyright year. However, this doesn't mean the product itself was made in 1976. Some My Melody items sold as "vintage" have been made recently.