This comfy looking upholstered chair, which bears the likeness of Hello Kitty, is currently displayed in the front window of the Hello Kitty / Sanrio Store in Times Square, on 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. If you look, not even that closely, you can see a reflection of the McDonalds just across the street.
“Just when you thought Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley could not sell out any further in their shameless worship of the Almighty Dollar, this comes along. Story from Ultimate Classic Rock Dot Com:
The hottest band in the world — Kiss — are teaming up with Hello Kitty for a new animated series on the Hub Network titled (what else?) Kiss Hello Kitty — and no, we did not just make that up.
The iconic rock group have never exactly been reticent about, shall we say, “expanding their markets” through licensing deals, and they first entered into the seemingly unlikely partnership with Hello Kitty in 2010. According to a press release, “This global collection of hugely desirable co-branded products connects Kiss and Hello Kitty followers all over the world with hundreds of licensed items across all categories, including apparel, toys, electronics, stationery, and back to school merchandise, among others.”
With the success of that venture, the band have extended the relationship with the announcement of the upcoming show, which will be produced in a joint venture between Kiss Catalogue Ltd. and Sanrio, the makers of Hello Kitty. The show will air on the Hub Network, the fastest-growing children’s cable network. Gene Simmons will serve as one of the show’s producers.
“The Hub Network is the perfect home for the TV show, ‘Kiss Hello Kitty,’” Simmons says. “We are incredibly excited about this opportunity and want to make all our millions of fans worldwide proud of a show they can watch with the whole family.”
Paul Stanley adds, “Knowing and viewing the Hub as I do daily with my three children, it is the perfect home for us to bring the ‘Kiss Hello Kitty’ juggernaut to yet another generation.”
Sanrio’s operating officer, Roberto Lanzi, acknowledges the show seems unlikely on the surface, calling it “for sure the most unexpected” Hello Kitty crossover. “The idea sounded crazy in the beginning,” he admits. “But Gene and Paul are not only rock icons, they are incredible creative minds who were soon able to see a future success.”
Kiss Hello Kitty is currently in the early stages of development. No air dates have yet been announced.”
If you’ve ever eaten a canned pasta product, say, Spaghettios – you know, when you were a kid – then you know that stuff tastes like ass. But kids will put just about anything in their mouths, and if it’s mushy pasta that looks like Hello Kitty, they probably don’t care how repulsive it is!
Thanks to Hello Kitty Hell for the Tip!
Here on the Rad Blog we are quite fond of discovering unusual and just plain fucked up plush toys, and this one is no exception: the Hello Kitty Sushi Plush! So twisted, and yet so adorable. Just look at that little Hello Kitty head attached to the tiny plush piece of fake sushi. I could squeal. This near crime against nature comes in three styles and, according to the packaging, can be purchased from Toys R Us stores for just $7.99. What a bargain!
Thanks to Hello Kitty Hell for the tip!