Posts Tagged ‘sanrio’


Hello Kitty sends messages from space

2014 at 07:12 pm by admin | Comments Off


In another innovative celebration of Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, Sanrio has worked together with the Japanese government in order to get Hello Kitty into space! In a movement to promote Japan’s high-tech industry as well as a means to celebrate the iconic character’s landmark anniversary, a 1.5″ Hello Kitty figurine was placed aboard the miniature satellite Hodoyoshi-3 and launched into space.

While on-board the miniature satellite, Hello Kitty sports a digital message board, where fans can send in their own personalized messages to Sanrio, who will then display the message to a live camera feed. Sanrio is currently accepting messages up to 180 words long in both English and Japanese, allowing fans from all over the world to show off their messages with the adorable mascot.

While the first round of applications ended earlier today, asking for general salutations and greetings from space, a new question theme has been opened up and will remain open until September 8th. In this round, Sanrio is asking to fans to tell them what they would do if they went into space, so feel free to enter a message to the official campaign website here!


Hello Kitty signing and more at SDCC

2014 at 12:16 pm by admin | Comments Off


This year’s SDCC coming to a close on June 27th this past Sunday, showing off some of the most exciting news and featuring some amazing attractions and exhibits for visiting fans to take part in. Not one to slouch, especially on her 40th anniversary, Hello Kitty brought a number of unprecedented exclusive events to the convention, making it a weekend to remember for Sanrio fans everywhere!


The biggest headline for Hello Kitty this year was the exclusive signing event at Sanrio’s Booth #4539 on the show floor, where fans could come face-to-face with Yuko Yamaguchi, the original Hello Kitty creator and head designer at Sanrio! Flying in all the way from Tokyo, Yuko was on the show floor for the entire weekend, greeting fans, taking photos, and signing limited edition art posters available at the booth. This was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Hello Kitty fans to meet the creator in person!


Other popular Hello Kitty items at the event were Tamashii Nation’s display case of the recently released 40th Anniversary Hello Kitty Chogokin figure, as well as the brand new SDCC-exclusive Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary minifigures and trading cards by Upper Deck. These exclusives, along with a number of other Hello Kitty collectibles and props, were available throughout the show floor to help celebrate Hello Kitty’s landmark anniversary.


Now that SDCC has finally come to an end, we’ve got a huge amount of photos and coverage to show off, so stay tuned!


Hello Kitty celebrates anniversary at SDCC

2014 at 01:55 pm by admin | Comments Off


Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary is well underway this year, with a wide variety of events, exclusive releases, and even a new theme park in the United Kingdom. This weekend, Hello Kitty has brought the celebrations to this year’s San Diego Comic Con in a big way. A number of SDCC exclusives were released in commemoration of the event, and off-site activities and events were opened up alongside SDCC.

Within the convention center itself, Sanrio-themed exclusives will be available at several booths, and Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi will even be present throughout the event to sign autographs and greet fans! Some exclusives available at the event include Toynami’s Chun-Li themed Hello Kitty vinyl toy bank, Upper Deck’s SDCC-exclusive Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Mini-Figures and Trading Cards, and more. Tamashii-Nation’s Chogokin Hello Kitty robot figure, released this past June, has also made an appearance at the event, showing off its various alternate modes and articulation.


On top of that, VIZ Media has released an SDCC-exclusive early print of their upcoming “Hello Kitty, Hello 40″ tribute book at the event! This new book serves as a celebration of Hello Kitty as a character as well as a cultural icon, and features work done by comic artists, muralists, toy creators, authors, and fans from all over the world! This book, which is set to release in bookstores in October, is making an early debut at this year’s SDCC with an exclusive cover. Limited to only 250 copies, this book is a must-have for any Sanrio fan!


Sanrio has also opened up an offsite exhibit at the Interactive Zone in Petco Park, which is less than a mile from the San Diego Convention Center, where fans can meet Hello Kitty and take photo ops with the character. A number of events and activities will be available at the Interactive Zone as well, including free temporary tattoos and nail art from official Sanrio Tokyo artists. Hello Kitty still has a long way to go before her 40th anniversary is over, with more events like October’s Hello Kitty Con in the near future, so make sure to stay tuned for more news!


Toynami exclusives at SDCC 2014

2014 at 06:06 pm by admin | Comments Off

San Diego Comic-Con, one of the world’s largest conventions for toys, animation, movies, comics, and more, is getting ready to start up its annual exhibition at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24th, and toy companies from all over the world will be featuring exclusive merchandise only available at the 3-day long event. Toynami, an American-based toy company that has been creating specialty and licensed collectibles since 2000, has revealed three of their own exclusive toys for the event, and each one is worth keeping an eye out for!

The first of Toynami’s releases is one of their most anticipated; the exclusive Glorious Golden Talking Bender figure is back! Originally released as a Toynami SDCC exlcusive back in 2006, the gilded robot has returned to celebrate the final episode of the Futurama cartoon series this past September. Standing at 9″ tall, Bender comes with three sets of swappable face plates, emulating a number of Bender’s iconic faces and emotions, and even features an opening chest cavity. On top of that, Bender features over 12 phrases voiced by John DiMaggio, whom lent his voice to the robot in the cartoon series! This piece, which will retail at $40 at the event, is limited to 1000 pieces.

Next up is a collaboration with Sanrio and videogame company Capcom with the release of the Chun-Li Hello Kitty coin bank! With Hello Kitty celebrating her 40th anniversary this year, Toynami has paid homage to the character with this release, available exclusively at SDCC 2014. Standing at 8″ tall, this vinyl coin bank features the iconic kitten character, dressed as Street Fighter’s iconic character, Chun-Li, and features unique decals and sculpting in order to emulate her intricate costume. This coin bank will be released in a limited quantity of 1000, and will retail for $40 on the show floor.

Finally, Toynami has announced the release of a brand-new exclusive Skeleanimals design for this year’s SDCC: The “Cute-As-Hell” Diego! This limited-edition fan-favorite design will measure in at 10″ tall, and come in a brand new velvet-red design. Limited to 1000 pieces, this exclusive release will retail for $20 at the show.

With so many cool releases and exclusives announced for this year’s Comic-Con, make sure to stay tuned for news on releases, news, and more!


Sanrio announced first Hello Kitty Con

2014 at 01:00 pm by admin | Comments Off


Hello Kitty, one of the most iconic characters in the world, has been celebrating its 40th anniversary this year in a big way, showing off new merchandise, collaborations, and various events over the past few months. In order to continue celebrating the momentous occasion, Sanrio has announced the world’s first ever Hello Kitty Con! This new 4-day long convention event will open its doors at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary art in Downtown Los Angeles on October 30th, and promises to be a huge event for fans of Hello Kitty and all of her friends! Hello Kitty Con will offer a variety of interactive events for visitors, including Hello Kitty retrospectives, talks and panels, workshops, art events, games, parties, and meet-and-greets. Tickets are on sale now, and Hello Kitty fans across the world are jumping at the chance to visit this one-of-a-kind convention!

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UK’s first Hello Kitty attraction coming soon

2014 at 03:27 pm by admin | Comments Off


Sanrio is getting ready to debut the first Hello Kitty attraction in the United Kingdom with “Hello Kitty Secret Garden”! The attraction is scheduled to open at Drusillas Park in East Sussex this coming Sunday, May 18th, and will feature a variety of events to celebrate both the opening of the event as well as Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary!


These include attractions like a car ride and hopper ride, as well as offer meet-and-greet days with popular Hello Kitty and Sanrio characters. The attraction will remain a part of Drusillas Park, which also features a small zoo and other attractions for visitors, and hopes to attract new visitors to the park, young and old alike!


Rizzoli publishes Hello Kitty Collaborations Artbook

2014 at 11:11 am by admin | Comments Off


With Hello Kitty celebrating her 40th anniversary this year, Sanrio is collaborating with many companies to make it a memorable occasion, with a huge variety of events and merchandise. Book publisher Rizzoli has now released their own piece of memorabilia to honor the iconic character with the “Hello Kitty Collaborations” book! The first book on Hello Kitty’s brand collaborations celebrates Hello Kitty in her fabulously cute guises in fashion, streetwear, confectionery, cosmetics, toys, and more. Inspiring artists and designers over the past forty years, Hello Kitty has also collaborated with some of the most respected companies worldwide, and readers can find all of these cool works in this new coffee-table book.


Some of the collaborations featured in this book include fashion labels such as Liberty, Barbour, and Diesel, beauty brands including Crabtree & Evelyn and MAC, designer and sports brands such as A Bathing Ape, Undercover, Stussy, Super, Vans, and Reebok, as well as a variety of fellow characters and celebrities including Baby Milo, Elmo, Sonic the Hedgehog, the DC Comics superheroes, Lady Gaga, One Direction, X Japan, and KISS, to name a few.




Rizzoli began as Rizzoli Bookstore, opening on Fifth Avenue in New York in 1964, and has since become a national company, publishing high-quality illustrated books and opening new stores throughout the United States. Known for the quality of their coffee-table books, they have worked together with artists, illustrators, and photographers as well as big-name companies. Their published work covers a huge spectrum of topics, such as documenting art, historical assessments, children’s books, cookbooks and much more.

With this book, Sanrio and Rizzoli hope to show fans how far the Hello Kitty character has come over the decades, transforming from a cute character icon into one of the most recognized mascots in the world!


Sanrio’s Gudetama anime premieres!

2014 at 11:56 am by admin | Comments Off


Sanrio’s latest anime venture, featuring their new egg character Gudetama, begins airing today in Japan! Gudetama, described as an egg without motivation, will star in the new animated shorts, airing in 1-minute segments alongside family news program Asa Chan. The character was created in 2013, and has since become one of Sanrio’s most popular food-based characters.


Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary!

2014 at 01:07 pm by admin | Comments Off


Hello Kitty, Sanrio’s most popular mascot character, is turning 40 this year! Designed in 1974 by artist and character designer Yuko Shimizu, the Hello Kitty character was originally created as a cute character to adorn Sanrio merchandise. Making her debut in the United States in 1976, Hello Kitty boomed into a cultural icon, with a variety of merchandise, apparel, stationery, appliances, and even vehicles like cars and airplanes.


To help celebrate the character’s 40th anniversary, a variety of events and collaborations are being held in Hello Kitty’s name worldwide. These include an event booth in the recent Paris Fashion Week, apparel releases in collaboration with New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and even a compilation book titled “Hello Kitty Collaborations” that chronicles merchandise created with the character alongside 40 different brands. Other new collaborations include a theme song and Kitty-themed album cover by boy band SMAP, collaborative merchandise releases with The Simpsons, and even a new pink Mitsubishi Mirage dedicated to the kitty character.


Sanrio’s amusement park in Tama, Tokyo, known as Sanrio Puroland, is also holding special events and giveaways for this momentous occasion, including complimentary birthday cards, discount coupons for overseas travelers, and more. With all these cool events and more planned for the rest of the year, Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary is shaping up to be one of the biggest years for the mascot character ever!


Stationery sale on new items!

2013 at 02:09 pm by admin | Comments Off


For every three pens, mechanical pencils or erasers of any combination you purchase, we’ll give you one for free! We are also holding a similar sale on all of our back-to-school notebooks, folders, and pencil cases featuring adorable Characters! come down to our Rosedale Shopping Center location to check out our stationery, and take some home with you!

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