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Aug01

Hello Kitty & friends debut in Sonic attire

2016 at 03:46 pm by admin | Comments Off

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At SEGA’s recent Project Sonic 2017, held to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th anniversary, Hello Kitty and friends made a surprise appearance in special Sonic costumes! Featured as a collaboration between SEGA, Sanrio, and toy company Toynami, the new collaboration was also featured at SDCC 2016, and include a series of 3-inch blind boxed figures and larger plushes of iconic Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty, Badtz-maru, My Melody, and Chococat! The set includes costumes of Sonic characters like Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and of course Sonic himself, both in his memorable blue colors as well as his golden Super Sonic form! While the Super Sonic Hello Kitty was an SDCC exclusive, all the other plushes and miniature collectibles will debut at retail this fall, so fans have plenty of time to get ready for this awesome collaboration release!

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Jul15

Pompompurin wins Sanrio Character Ranking 2016

2016 at 08:17 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The results are in! After tallying over 7,775,000 votes from all over the world, the winner of the 2016 iteration of the Sanrio Character Ranking contest is Pompompurin with 807,389 votes! This is the popular pup’s 2nd win in a row, after also taking the 1st place spot in 2015. In second place was Cinnamoroll with 730,207 votes, while My Melody took 3rd with 632,662 votes. Other popular character who ranked highly in the contest were Gudetama, Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, Yoshikitty, and others. Congratulations to Pompompurin for his second consecutive win, and good luck to all the other popular Sanrio characters in next year’s poll! you can check out the results of the contest, as well as the other characters at http://sanriocharacterranking.com/result

Jun17

Sanrio-themed dishes at Los Angeles restaurant

2016 at 08:14 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Sanrio fans in Los Angeles now have a fun restaurant stop to look forward to, as the Plan Check Kitchen and Bar has collaborated with Sanrio in order to bring popular characters Pompompurin and Chococat to their menu! Following their past collaboration with Sanrio’s Gudetama character, the restaurant held a launch party for these delicious new treats on June 10th, and features all their new designs in one large multi-course Sanrio meal. Starting off with a small dish of mac and cheese as an appetizer, the main dish arrives in the form of a Pompompurin-themed hamburger and vanilla cream soda combo, sporting the dog’s adorable visage on both. Once that’s done, dessert is served with the large Chococat cookie and ice cream!

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On top of this wide offering of Sanrio treats, customers who order the meal will receive a complementary hat featuring Pompompurin and Chococat, with a design exclusively available at the Plan Check Kitchen and Bar! The restaurant has even gone so far as to decorate their windows with adorable Sanrio decals to celebrate! The promotion will only be available for one month, and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to L.A. Love & Leashes, a non-profit animal adoption movement. So if you’re in the LA area, make sure to check out these awesome new foodstuffs for a good cause!

Jun06

Hello Kitty debuts in Super Mario Maker

2016 at 07:40 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker, which released back in September 2015, lets fans create their own Mario stages, and allows players to play as their favorite Nintendo characters along with a number of other collaborative releases. Now, with the latest update released by Nintendo, Sanrio characters have finally entered the fray; Hello Kitty and My Melody are now playable characters! Sanrio is no stranger to Nintendo or video games in general, with a number of Hello Kitty-themed video games being released over the past couple of decades. This exciting announcement, however, marks the first time that Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters are playable within a video game released by Nintendo themselves! These new adorable characters are available now worldwide, so players can unlock them for themselves to try out. Check out the video below to see these two cuddly characters in action!

Jan12

Mazinger Z & Hello Kitty collaboration

2016 at 06:34 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Sanrio and Toei have come together for the first time to release collaborative figures of their two most iconic franchises: Hello Kitty and Mazinger Z! The collaboration features a twin release of two brand-new figures in Bandai’s Chogokin die-cast figure line, taking the Chogokin Hello Kitty robot released last year and the Super Robot Chogokin release of Mazinger Z, with a twist; the figures have swapped design elements, making them look like the other!

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The Hello Kitty Chogokin features Mazinger-themed color scheme on top of the original release’s features, such as die-cast ratchet joints, rocket punch paws, opening cockpit, and alternate flight and swimming modes ,and even features a miniature Hello Kitty recolored to appear like Mazinger Z’s pilot, Kouji Kabuto. Meanwhile, the Mazinger Z SRC features a Hello Kitty paint job, and even goes so far as to replace the Mazinger’s signature chest plate with Hello Kitty’s bow, along with featuring Hello Kitty’s visage on its Jet Scrander belt attachment. Mazinger will also come with alternate hand-shaking parts, so the two figures can exchange a signature pose!

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In order to celebrate this occasion, the official Bandai YouTube channel has uploaded a unique cartoon celebrating the union, showing off the collaborative designs in an adorable animated short. The video even hints at further collaboration with other characters like My Melody and Getter Robo. Check out the video below!

May26

Sanrio unveils new animation studio

2015 at 03:54 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Sanrio, Inc., the multinational character merchandise company widely known for the creation of Hello Kitty and other adorable characters, has announced that a brand new American-based animation-focused branch of their company will begin operation in June! The new company, called Sanrio Pictures Entertainment, will focus on creating big budget Hello kitty films, works, anime, and other short features starring Hello Kitty and other popular Sanrio characters, like Badtz-maru, My Melody, Keroppi, Tuxedo Sam, and more. While Sanrio’s in-house animation studio has been creating shorts based on their characters for years, Sanrio Pictures Entertainment hopes to bring the highest quality to their works, and plans to work around a budget of $164 million per movie. The company is also considering working collaboratively with other characters from separate companies, and is even thinking about creating video games and film-related goods. With such extravagant plans set for Hello Kitty on the big screen, the future is looking exciting for Sanrio fans worldwide!

May12

Sanrio’s new DC Comics fashion line

2015 at 11:49 am by admin | Comments Off

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In their newest collaborative effort, Sanrio and Warner Bros. have released their newest line of Hello Kitty x DC Comics apparel! The line, which originally debuted globally this February with Batman and Superman-themed merchandise, released a new series of three DC comics watches. These watches join the previous ones with brand-new designs, this time featuring Hello Kitty dressed as super-heroines like Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman. On top of that, a new line of women’s nightwear was also released, featuring these new designs as well as the original Batman and Superman decorations. This collaboration between Sanrio and Warner Bros. shows no signs of slowing down either, as more DC-inspired watches are scheduled to release later this year.

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Jan12

EVA Air announces 2015 plans for Hello Kitty jets

2015 at 01:34 pm by admin | Comments Off

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With Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary taking place last year, Taiwanese airline EVA Air announced the return of their Hello Kitty-themed Boeing 777-300ER jet and service in October. Following positive reviews and overwhelming fan demand, EVA Air has announced that the Eva Air Hello Kitty jets will remain in service throughout 2015, and has since announced plans for a number of Hello Kitty planes worldwide starting this summer! One of the Boeing 777-300ER jets will begin its circulation between Singapore and EVA’s headquarters in Taipei on June 21st, while another plane will fly between the Taipei location and Houston, Texas starting on June 19th. Both of these planes will make several trips throughout the week, with permanent circulation beginning on July 1st for both routes, and will feature limited-edition Hello Kitty products, food, and other merchandise. While Hello Kitty’s momentous anniversary has come and gone, it looks like there are still lots of reasons for Hello Kitty fans to be excited for 2015!

Oct30

Hello Kitty Con opens to excited crowds

2014 at 03:21 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The moment awaited by Hello Kitty fans across the world has finally arrived: the first official Hello Kitty Con has opened its doors! Located at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles, California, the con has been widely anticipated since its announcement earlier this year, and anticipates over 25,000 visitors from all over the world during the weekend-long event! The Con opened its doors late Wednesday night to select VIP visitors, and has since opened its doors to all visitors. The Hello Kitty Con stands as a tribute to Hello Kitty, who is celebrating her 40th anniversary this year, and includes a number of exhibits, attractions, merchandise, and activities to help celebrate the occasion.

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Some attractions at the con include giant replicas of classic Hello Kitty merchandise, including her original 1974 vinyl coin purse, as well as miniature kitchens, teacups, and other photo op attractions around the show floor. There are also exhibits located within the Con which tailor to specific types of Hello Kitty merchandise from the past 40 years, ranging from fashion to food to collectibles. A variety of exclusive, limited edition collectibles are also available at the event, ranging from figures, apparel, jewelry, make-up, and more.

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The Con will also be host to Hello Kitty-themed entertainment as well as merchandise! Attendees can visit the an interactive arcade, where a number of Hello Kitty carnival games await, as well as photo booths and gift corners. The Con will also host a sneak peek at Sanrio’s latest Hello Kitty stage show, titled “Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival”, which will hit stages worldwide in 2015. A number of panels and talks will also be held throughout the show, including talks from Hello Kitty museum curator Dr. Christine Yano, as well as talks hosted by fans and other authorities on everything Hello Kitty. There will even be tattoo parlors stationed around the convention for dedicated adult fans to get inked up with some iconic Hello Kitty graphics!

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The Hello Kitty Con comes as the new Hello Kitty museum exhibit, “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty”, opened earlier this month in Los Angeles, and is part of a city-wide celebration of the character. Including restaurant promotions, hotel decorations, and more, Los Angeles is definitely the place to be for any die-hard Hello Kitty fan this weekend! But don’t fret if you can’t make it; the Hello Kitty Con is planned to travel across the nation and worldwide over the next three to five years, so keep your eyes open for more news!

Oct21

Hello Kitty museum opens in Los Angeles

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Hello Kitty has had a huge year so far, with a huge number of events, merchandise, and the upcoming Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles to celebrate the character’s 40th anniversary. In order to celebrate the history of the character alongside the upcoming Hello Kitty Con, the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles recently opened its doors to a brand-new exhibit for the iconic kitty character, titled “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty”! The exhibit, which opened on October 11th, is the first large-scale museum exhibition of its kind in the United States, and is dedicated to the history behind Hello Kitty as well as its merchandise and artwork.

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The exhibit features a number of classic Hello Kitty merchandise from the past decades, including the very first piece of Hello Kitty memorabilia ever created: a 1975 vinyl coin purse, emblazoned with the mascot’s face. Alongside items like stationery, apparel, and purses, Hello Kitty eventually exploded into a worldwide phenomenon, spawning video games, television shows, and collaborations with artists and big-name companies across the globe. The exhibit pays tribute to all aspects of Hello Kitty’s past, and features merchandise, paintings, sculpture, apparel, and more.

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The exhibit will remain open to visitors until April 26, 2015, and will be open alongside the upcoming Hello Kitty Con at the Museum of Contemporary Art, which opens from October 30th to November 2nd. Along with this, a variety of restaurants across the downtown Los Angeles area are currently participating in a “Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt” event, in which fans can visit and purchase Hello Kitty-themed meals and restaurant items, and receive exclusive Hello Kitty merchandise alongside the courses. With the upcoming Hello Kitty Con already nearly sold out, and expecting to draw over 25,000 visitors, Los Angeles will soon become the place to be for Hello Kitty fans across the nation!

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