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Yoshiki-Inspired Yoshikitty Dominates Global Sanrio Character Ranking!

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Yoshikitty Defeats Hello Kitty To Win #1 In France, Germany, And Brazil, #2 China, And #6 Worldwide

In 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking.

Here’s a bit of global news that will surely take your mind off the current troubling state the world, especially in you ar a fan of Japanese Rock Star Yoshiki and also Hello Kitty. The final results of the 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking (yes, it is a thing) were announced in early June and Yoshikitty has defeated Hello Kitty to win #1 Sanrio character in France, Germany, and Brazil, as well as, #2 in China. This is obviously a BFD. The Sanrio Character Ranking competition grows more intense every year, and the 2020 event allowed fans from all over the world to vote on a selection of Sanrio’s 80 most-popular characters. Yoshikitty’s massive international support brought the beloved character to #6 worldwide overall, placing in the Top 10 for the fifth straight year in a row. To view the full Sanrio Character Ranking voting results of the 80 characters, visit: This Link!

Based on Yoshiki, rock star, composer and the leader of heavy metal superstars  X JapanYoshikitty was created in 2009 by the original Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi as the first Hello Kitty character to be modeled after an actual living person.  Did your head just explode yet? Because mine did.

Yoshiki (who is a babe) commented, “Thanks to everyone who voted for Yoshikitty. I’m so happy to see the support from fans not just in Japan but also from around the world.” Yoshiki, who composed the official theme song for Hello Kitty, teased fans with the idea that “Maybe I’ll compose a theme song for Yoshikitty to say ‘thank you’ for all the support. Not only that, I would like to continue delivering wonderful music, so that I can give back to everyone as much as possible.”

Squee.

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Yoshiki and Yoshikitty, Having Some Fun.

Pink Thing of The Day: Andy Warhol Barbie with Pink Fur Stole

andy warhol barbie photo
Photo By Gail

In March of 2019, I attended a fun event-thing called the Barbie 60th Anniversary Pop-Up Experience, which was just insane. Imagine being wedged into a crowded labyrinth of bright lights, neon colors, and every type of Barbie-branded doll in the universe, including Gender-Nonconforming Barbie and Dad-Bod Ken. Now, add little kids with their parents, and millennial Instagram-whores, and you’re got an idea of the scenario that I consider myself lucky to have survived with my sanity intact. Still: super fun!

While I saw literally hundreds of Barbies that day, the one that I will surely never forget is this Pink Mink Stole-draped plastic goddess known as the Andy Warhol Barbie. Here’s why: this Barbie (the third doll produced in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation) is the definitive celebration of Warhol, drawing inspiration from the original Warhol Barbie portrait created by the artist in 1986. Barbie’s strapless gown features a sweetheart neckline and an overall print of the Warhol Barbie Portrait (you can see a few details of Barbie’s face on the dress if you look closely at the above photo). Beyond the fabulous Pink faux fur stole with blue lining, the doll’s accessories also include blue pumps accented with glitter inspired by Warhol’s technique of “diamond dust” crushed glass on canvas, earrings, necklace, ring and doll stand. Rad.

andy warhol barbie backdrop photo by gail worley

Sadly I could not capture details of the glittery shoes, as Andy Warhol Barbie was encased in a vitrine, to protect her from molestation.  The statement to the left of Barbie’s face in the above photo reads as follows:

Andy Warhol made his mark by creating images of American icons. Barbie was added to the list when Warhol painted her in 1986. The first Barbie portrait was reportedly inspired by Warhol’s muse, Billy Boy, a jewelry designer and member of new York downtown scene in the 1980s, who owned a vast collection of Barbie dolls.

barbie neon sign photo by gail worley

Pink Thing of The Day: Buff Monster’s Mister Melty Figure

Buff Monster Pink Mister Melty Photo By Gail Worley
Photo By Gail

Do you like Buff Monster? I sure do.  If you are familiar at all with this world-famous street artist’s extensive body of work, then you know that his key creation is Mr. Melty, which is an anthropomorphic ice cream cone. This Hot Pink version of Mister Melty was a limited edition that was selling in the Clutter Magazine booth at last years Five Points Festival for about $275, I think. That sounds like a big chunk of change, but consider that this piece is also a highly-collectible work of art, and, you know, it’s kind of a bargain. Plus: Pink.

Pink Thing of The Day: Abandoned Pink Minnie Mouse Toy Car

Abandoned Pink Minnie Mouse Toy Car By Gail Worley
All Photos By Gail

Oh, what fun it is to spot treasures in the trash. I can’t help but wonder what decided the sad fate of this very fun-looking pink toy car, whose official name is the Disney Minnie Mouse Hot Rod Coupe Ride-On Toy by Kid Trax. While this polka dot marvel does not look terribly Hot Rod-like to me, it sure is a sweet ride. Let’s check it out!

Disney Minnie Mouse Hot Rod Coupe By Gail Worley

This car features a Reclining Passenger Seat, and the dual side mirror appears to be in good working condition.

Disney Minnie Mouse Hot Rod Coupe By Gail Worley

Drive in luxurious comfort with the spacious Minnie Mouse-Shaped Driver’s side Headrest! Also note: Vanity License Plates!

Hello Kitty fans surely will appreciate the Bow detail on the windshield. Factory-fresh models sell for $267.00 (plus shipping) on sale now at Walmart!

Spotted On Avenue C Between 5th and 6th Streets, East Village, NYC.

Shark Attack Lounge Pillow!

Shark Lounge Pillow By Gail Worley
Photo By Gail

Ah, the cuteness. This super comfy smiling Shark Lounge Pillow was spotted at the recent NY Now Winter Market and we find it irresistible! A lounge pillow lets you effectively make a chair out of your bed, so you can read, watch TV, or mess around your electronic devices all day long! Made of soft, easy-care fleece with polyfiber fill, this pillow sells for $71.00 and is from I Scream products. You can purchase one for your shark-loving self on their website at This Link!

Pink Thing Of The Day: Minnie Mouse Pink Toy Phone

Minnie Mouse Pink Toy Phone
Photos By Gail

Isn’t it charming that certain toy manufacturers would design a Pink Toy Telephone that’s so retro, there’s 100% certainty that no child using this toy has ever actually seen (let alone used) a phone that looks like this. What a way to teach the history of telephone communications!

Manufactured by Just Play, here’s the lowdown on this vintage-inspired phone:

Minnie and Daisy (Duck, I assume) are always on call to help one and all with Minnie’s Happy Helpers Phone. This pink vintage-inspired phone looks just like the one Minnie Mouse uses in Disney Junior’s Minnie’s Happy Helpers! Featuring adorable Minnie phrases, realistic telephone sounds and fun light up effects, your little one will love recreating her favorite scenes from the show! Minnie’s Happy Helpers are here for you!

Sounds rad!

Minnie Mouse Pink Toy Phone

Spotted at Target (Price $14.99) on 14th Street and First Ave in the East Village, Manhattan. 

Pink Thing of The Day: Bowl of Pink Tennis Balls

Pink Tennis Balls
Photos By Gail

Well, New York City really has it all, oh yeah. And by “all,” I’m including a Pop Up, or in this case Pup Up Grooming Salon, sponsored by Klarna. The Pup-Up — which was open from October 31st to November 2nd — allowed dog owners and their dogs to get matching makeovers together. The space (located in the meatpacking district just wet of the Apple Store on West 14th Street) had custom made human and dog makeover stations for the matching duos as well as a myriad of little dog friendly touches: little pink carpet for the dogs, dog level VIP ropes and some decor, just for the dogs, hung at dog height. This bowl of Pink Tennis Balls was just outside the door, so that each dog cloud take home a souvenir. Celebrity dog groomer, Jess Rona (dubbed ‘the Oprah of dog groomers’) who is known for her signature musical slow-mo blowout videos and primping Katy Perry’s poodles, was on-site to offer her stylish services to dogs and owners alike.

Pink Balls and Bowl

Pink Thing Of The Day: Jigglypuff Game Prize

Jigglypuff Toy
Photos By Gail

How cute are these little guys? If you are familiar with the Pokemon species, then you know this round, pink creature is called a Jigglypuff. This past summer, Jigglypuff was available to win as a prize at various carnival games found at Coney Island’s Luna Park. This plush toy is about the size of basketball.

Jigglypuff Toy

Bacon Thing Of The Day: Mini Bacon Plush

Mini Bacon Plush
Photos By Gail

How long has it been since I featured a Bacon Thing of The Day on this site? The answer is: So very long. The wait is now over, however, as a I recently located an apprioriate Bacon Thing of The Day in the form of this teeny Plush Bacon Toy. Oh, the cuteness.

Mini Bacon Plush

Mini Bacon Plush is by Yummy World, and you can see by the tag that they make an entire line of cute mini-plush food item toys. Because someone had to.

Photographed at It’Sugar, Located at 1318 Surf Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

Pink Thing Of The Day: Giant Pink Banana Game Prize!

Pink Banana Carnival Prize
All Photos By Gail

Close to the end of every summer, I make my annual Friday evening pilgrimage to Coney Island to walk on the boardwalk, explore the rides and games at Luna Park, eat a hot dog, watch the freaks, and check out the amazing fireworks show!

Pink Banana Carnival Booth

After a short while spent observing the scene, you will start to notice folks lugging around various huge, oversized stuffed toys they’ve won playing the games. This year, the Giant Pink Banana was a popular prize for several of the games!

Pink Banana Carnival Booth

Look how cheerful he is! Pink Banana!

Pink Banana Carnival Prize