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L.A. based Hello Kitty exhibit extends its run another month


Hello Hello Kitty! Hello dear friend
Mar 26
// Soul Tsukino
The Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles has announced that their popular museum exhibit, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, will be extended for another month, letting people enjoy...
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She's a Kitty, but not a kitty
Hello Kitty and Sanrio recently made headlines with the "revelation" that Kitty White (the eponymous Hello Kitty) was not, in fact, a cat. The news predictably evoked some pretty extreme reactions ("Hello Kitty is not a cat, ...

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Japan sends a Kitty into space


Specially made Hello Kitty hitches a ride on a satellite
Aug 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
There's a long tradition of space agencies around the world sending animals into space, for better or worse. But this might be a first. Reuters is reporting that a tiny, 4 cm tall Hello Kitty figure is riding along on the rec...

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Sanrio's newest character will be a salmon fillet


This is your friendly reminder to get enough omega-3
Jan 17
// Vanessa Cubillo
Aren’t you tired of the same types of characters? Bears, puppies, kitties…they’ve all been done! Sanrio obviously thought the same thing because their new character is going to be a salmon filet. It’...
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Licca-chan gets a Hello Kitty makeover in new doll series


You know there's a Hello Kitty fan out there with a room just like this
Dec 17
// Vanessa Cubillo
Hello Kitty continues her crusade to dominate the market with her face. Sanrio has especially been collaborating with many more companies to celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary. The latest Hello Kitty collaboratio...
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My Melody as Ultimate Madoka joins plushies released in 2012
In the summer of 2012 exclusive Japanese retailers carried a special line of products featuring My Melody and Kuromi crossed-over with Puella Magi Madoka Magica. At the time they promised there could be more if the serie...

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Hello Kitty+Simpsons come together for the first time


Sanrio announces the first collaboration between Hello Kitty and The Simpsons
Oct 15
// Vanessa Cubillo
The Simpsons and Hello Kitty have been around for quite some time now. Still, in all this time these two have never crossed paths. Well, now that's about to change! Yesterday, Sanrio announced that Hello Kitty and The Simps...
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SDCC 2013: Toynami


Street Fighter Sanrio, Skelanimals, Futurama and more
Jul 25
// Vanessa Cubillo
Toynami's booth at SDCC had merchandise from Sanrio, Skelanimals, Futurama, and more. Skelanimals had their usual lineup of plushes and figures that included the Day of the Dead line and their DC line. They had a lot of thei...
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SDCC Sanrio

SDCC 2013: Sanrio


Kitty-chan had a secret booth! I found it!
Jul 25
// Rio McCarthy
Hello Kitty had a presence all over SDCC this year, but the main focus here will be on Sanrio's booths themselves. A lot of you might have heard that they were having a pop-up shop in Petco Park outside of the convention. Thi...
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Toynami brings two new Sanrio Street Fighters to SDCC


You gotta love Badtz-Maru
Jul 16
// Vanessa Cubillo
The Sanrio Street Fighter cross-over has brought us Hello Kitty dressed up as many Street Fighter characters. Hello Kitty has been made into characters like Chun Li, M. Bison and Ryu. Now for SDCC, this Sanrio Street Fighter...
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Hello Kitty...Hello Kitty everywhere
Sanrio will be making their big debut at SDCC with an interactive Hello Kitty experience called Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland. This interactive experience will be open to the public at Petco Park and inspired by the s...

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Ride off into the sunset on a vacuum tube
Though not my favorite Hello Kitty to Issho! figure out there, Mikan certainly is very cute in her own right (previously seen in magazine scans). Kaitendoh has posted up their sample images, along with the information that sh...

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Blue Blur hits Sanrio: Incoming Sonic Hello Kitty plush!


Jul 11
// Rio McCarthy
This is the cutest thing I have seen in my life. I can't even.. I don't have the words for this. You don't understand. I have been a life-long fan of both Sonic the Hedgehog and Hello Kitty, and my brain can't handle the awes...
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Airou and My Melody mix it up in these festival goods


Jul 06
// Natalie Kipper
Monster Hunter's Airou and Sanrio's My Melody are both prone to a little cosplay now and again, so it should come as no big surprise when the inevitable time came for them to pair up and exchange costumes (fur?) with each oth...
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Go to Yogurtland, grab some froyo, get a Sanrio plushie


Jun 15
// Kristina Pino
Starting July 10 all through Labor Day weekend, if you happen to have a Yogurtland in town you might be lucky enough to have access to some Sanrio-themed goodies! It looks like the little spoons and cups will all be branded w...
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My Melody to make the contract with Kyubey this July


May 21
// Natalie Kipper
Yes, you read that right. Sanrio's adorable character My Melody (and Kuromi, too) will become a magical girl in the new merchandise line, "My Melody x Puella Magi Madoka Magica". This is not the first time a Sanrio character ...
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Mike 'NEMO' Mendez's Hello Gummi is too sweet


Apr 23
// Kristina Pino
NEMO sent over an image of this 9" custom Hello Kitty piece done Tiki style on Saturday for the Candy-Coated Custom Show, currently displaying cool art toys at New York thanks to The London Candy Company and Tenacio...
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Dodgers and Hello Kitty team up for bobble-headed glory


Mar 22
// Natalie Kipper
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Sanrio's Hello Kitty must go together like peanut butter and jelly (or was it Dodger Dogs and peanuts?) because, for a second year, Hello Kitty will help ring the anniversary of Dodger Stadium in L...

Tomopop Review: Kei's Kittyler Rio Part 2

Mar 10 // Rio McCarthy
Figure Name: Kei's Kittyler Rio Part 2Figure Maker: EikohRetail/List Price: ¥1,680Available at: HobbyLink Japan As always we'll start off with the box, which I am absolutely in love with. The front has a window so you can see Rio just hanging out inside, while the back and sides feature Kei's artwork of her. The sides show the artwork that inspired this figure we're reviewing today, while the back shows the artwork that inspired the first figure. All of it is absolutely gorgeous. She is by far my favorite of the With Kitty characters, and you can see her entire band here! On the left we can see Rio still stuck in her plastic home, while on the right we see the instructions that were included in the box. Nothing is really rocket science to get it into place. It's just a matter of placing on her hat, while carefully putting the guitar case in her hand. Speaking of, here are all the pieces that are included in the box. We've got Rio herself, her Hello Kitty hat, her Hello Kitty guitar case, and the base. The figure is very easy to get put on the base. You just wiggle the pegs into her shoe and she's good to go! So far there doesn't seem to be any leaning issues, or anything of the sort. She just stands there looking cute! The guitar case is easy to put on as well. There is a bit of a sculpting issue on her hand where there's some excess, but it really isn't a big distraction once you've got the guitar case in her hand. Her hat is just as adorable as can be! It comes equipped with a full-out Hello Kitty face, bow and ears, and just sits easily upon Rio's head. (This is beginning to start sounding like I'm talking in third person with my own personal love for Hello Kitty...) There is a small amount of paint overlap on the the nose, but it's far from noticeable when looking at the figure normally. As you can see there's a pretty major seam separating the front of the hair from the back of the hair. While it looks pretty noticeable when she's just standing like this, guess what! It's the perfect use for the hat! She looks pretty empty without having the hat on in the first place, so it's just all the more reason to have her wear it. Before we pop her hat on I wanted to give you a full view of her hair from the back so you can see all the individual strands. You can see some of the strands look a little odd, but for the most part I think it looks great, and has a bit of flow to it. See? Doesn't she just look cute as a button with her hat on? It's very easy to put on as well, just popping right onto her head. It also stays on quite well, and I never had any problems with it falling off or anything. She's adorned with Hello Kitty's red bows all over including one on the tail of her braid, one on her necklace and one on her jacket. I absolutely love the ruffles in both her shirt and skirt, which is separated by a navy blue belt with a gold buckle in the middle. I also adore how laid back she looks. She's just got one hand in her pocket, one carrying her guitar case, and just whistling to herself as she goes. I like it when companies decide to use different expressions on their figures from just a normal smile. Oh! There's another of Hello Kitty's bows! This time they're found on the top of her thigh-high socks. The faded colors on her skirt look nice as well, with the lighter colors toward the bottom of the ruffles, and the darker hidden underneath the other layers of the skirt. There's a small scuff of some sort in that place on the middle of the skirt, but it kind of just fits in as if it's part of the fading. Well look at that! We've found two more hidden bows, with the final place being upon her shoes. There's a little bit of a paint mishap on the toe of her shoes, but honestly it's so close to the base that it's not very distracting. I do love these shoes though! I totally want a pair. Oh and before I forget, that base is very reflective! It may just look like a plain black circle, but you can definitely see her reflecting back at you in it. I swear there's so much of this figure I just want to have in real life. I wish I played guitar now, because if I could have a cute guitar case like this? I'd be set. As you can see she's got her chocolate brown Hello Kitty guitar case and is ready to hit the road for her next gig. It does give the figure a bit of depth she wouldn't have otherwise, so be prepared for that when putting her on your shelf so she doesn't take out your other figures. Though it could be a great weapon for a toy battle royale! Of course it's a figure of a cute anime girl, so there's always got to be a panty shot. Granted you're going to have to go far out of your way to get a good shot of them. They're just plain white, and nothing fancy, so you're not missing out on much down there. Even though it's out of focus, we can get a glimpse of one of the more major paint problems on the figure... As you can see, the leg on the left has the red stripes going all over the place. Her right leg is near perfect though! I'm really not sure why there's such a difference between the two legs, but thankfully it's on the backside of her leg so it's not as visible when you have her displayed from the front. The bottom of the base might be boring, but since when isn't the copyright info the most boring part? Either way, there it is! Moving on! This figure actually is relatively good size, as she stands nearly 8 inches tall. Her pose and everything else works perfectly for the character, and I can say I'm definitely happy with it. It's worth the money by far, as she's very inexpensive at ¥1,680. I will admit she looks much better from the front and sides though than she does the back. Then again that's how most figures are, really. Here's the behind view, and while it doesn't look bad by any means, that just happens to be where the majority of the flaws in the figure are. I do like the extra bit of shine her hair has to it. I never did mention her eyes, but they look great as well. There's just something about a big set of red eyes that match her outfit and work perfectly. Well, as you can tell I absolutely adore the figure, and she's worth it to pick up if it's your type of girl. It's leaning more toward prize figure quality, but when she only costs about US$20, you're not going to get the quality of the figures that are nearer to US$100. You can still get your hands on her through HLJ now. She's a great figure for those who are fans of Hello Kitty, or just cute girls. I hope we get to see more of her bandmates eventually! [A huge thank you to HobbyLink Japan for providing us with this review sample!]
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Hello Kitty to Issho! has spawned all kinds of different products including figures, games, and numerous pieces of miscellaneous merchandise. Of course, out of all of the artists who participated in this project, I clearly fe...

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Latest Sanrio plushes are flat and fabulous


Mar 01
// Natalie Kipper
The latest style of Sanrio plushes featuring Kitty-chan and her friends was revealed on Sanrio's FaceBook page earlier this week. Made of a fleece-like fabric with a flat body, the line closely resembles Disney's Po...
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It's time for SEGA Prizes for February 2012


Feb 28
// Rio McCarthy
Woohoo! It's time to check out the SEGA Standard and Core prizes that could have been won in UFO Catcher games during February 2012. There's actually a couple I might try to find somehow or another! Besides the usual Hello Ki...
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Hello Kitty and FriendsWithYou collaborate to make wishes come true


Oct 20
// Natalie Kipper
The Miami-based artist collective FriendsWithYou has found a new friend in Sanrio's lovable feline, Hello Kitty, and from their partnership, an adorable new line of Sanrio items entitled Wish Come True was born...
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Mecha Hello Kitty freaks me out


Sep 12
// Pedro Cortes
I'm definitely not a big fan of Sanrio characters, but I do like custom work and unique takes on commonly seen designs. So when I saw Matt Anderson's Mecha Hello Kitty, I was simultaneously impressed and somewhat creeped out....
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Monster Hunter Airou x Hello Kitty plushes now available outside Japan


Sep 12
// Natalie Kipper
Many moons back, the Capcom-Unity blog  made a post about the wildest mashup since chocolate and peanut butter: Monster Hunter and Hello Kitty. Who would have thought that the dragon-slaying adventure game would len...
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24th Annual Prize Fair: Hello Kitty to Issho! Rio figure


May 26
// Rio McCarthy
Can I even begin to describe the amount of girly joy that came over me when I saw this come out of the photos for the 24th Annual Prize Fair? No! I cannot! I can however share that those fellow fans of the Hello Kitty to Issh...
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Together With Kitty series Minase Shizuku is up for pre-order


Mar 01
// Brigitte Coovert
A while back Sanrio commissioned a series of awesomely cute images from some pretty big names in illustration that came to be known as Together With Kitty. Those images were eventually used in a game called Hello Kitty to Iss...
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Re-ment Sanrio Hello Kitty Rotation Sushi Restaurant scheduled for April


Feb 28
// Brigitte Coovert
Coming this April Hello Kitty will once again lend her celebrated visage to a set of Re-Ment by the name of Hello Kitty Rotation Sushi Restaurant! It is as it sounds, rotation sushi restaurant themed miniatures with Hello Kit...
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Custom set of three one-of-a-kind Sanrio figures, cute but expensive


Feb 25
// Kristina Pino
These are adorable and I really wish there were a big print run of them, but unfortunately MAD created this cute set for a show and the MAD*L figures will probably stay that way (one-of-a-kind). The price tag on the set is US...

Tomopop Review: Re-Ment Hello Kitty Hinamatsuri Set

Feb 22 // Brigitte Coovert
Figure Name: Hello Kitty Hinamatsuri Girl's Day SetFigure Maker: Re-MentRetail Price: US$20Available at: NRFB Queen | Jbox The box is lovely; I don't normally keep Re-Ment boxes (or any packaging that doesn't double as storage), but I actually opened this box from the bottom and taped it shut again just because it's so darn pretty. It also shows you the proper set up for the platform with adorable illustrations of Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel as the Empress and Emperor off to the side. The back of the box is equally pretty; you can check it out in the gallery below. One unique thing about this set is that it comes with a platform that doubles as a storage box for the set. It's solid, gorgeous, and embellished with Hello Kitty and cherry blossoms in metallic gold. It also does a good job of staying shut, always a plus. Part of me expected a cheap, do-it-yourself cardboard platform, so seeing this pretty container come out of the box made me very happy. Here's how the set looks arranged in the adorable storage box; according to the back of the package this is how everything should be stored. As you can see, Dear Daniel is holding the Emperor's traditional ritual baton while Empress Hello Kitty is holding the traditional fan. This set is definitely a Hello Kitty twist on the Hinamatsuri tradition, but it's also very respectful of that tradition. All set up! The set comes with a screen that you have to cut out and fold yourself; I got too excited and cut it out and folded it (somewhat poorly) before I took the photos ... oops! The arrangement of the platform is a modern one, with the Emperor on the viewer's left. The two lamps on either side of the imperial couple have been given a Kitty twist and look like pieces of candy. The traditional vases with peach branches in the front have also been reinterpreted into a candy-like Kitty shape. Going in for a closer look, you can see how detailed the set is. Not including her crown, Hello Kitty is only 1" tall! Kitty has a little paint issue on her bow, as you can see, but I must confess that this is literally the first piece of Re-Ment I've bought that's had a noticeable paint flaw. Dear Daniel is equally cute and, as a character, he's really not used in many things, so I love seeing him. The Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel as Empress and Emperor theme has actually been done before and I'm never going to stop thinking that it's awesome. The whole set has a milky matte finish to it except for the glossy black vases and lamps, whose shine adds to the hard candy feel of the lanterns on top. Now, let's see how it looks with other figures! Pinky:St Kuromi seems to be in a total huff, possibly because she wasn't invited to be in the set. Grumpy! Traditionally, the Hinamatsuri set consists of up to seven platforms filled with various figures, so Re-Ment could have easily gone all-out and made a Sanrio-packed mega set from this theme. Part of me likes that they just made it the first platform to keep it affordable, but a larger part of me would have loved to see the Little Twin Stars as sake-bearers or Badtz-Maru behind a drum. Next year, maybe! Doll! Re-Ment traditionally makes 1:6 scale miniatures, in other words, miniatures that are the same scale as Groove dolls, like Jaka, my Paja Pullip. Let's see how she does with it. At first blush, the set might feel a bit large next to a Pullip, but when you consider that a full, seven-tier Hinamatsuri set can be as tall as a person in real life, the scale feels more appropriate. Adorable! I might be biased by my love of traditional Japanese objects and Hello Kitty so, in a way, this set feels like it was made for me. For those who don't love Hello Kitty I recommend checking out the traditional Hinamatsuri Re-Ment set, but either makes a really lovely addition to a doll house. Plus think of the cute photo shoot you can upload! I'll take any excuse I can to put Jaka in a kimono.
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Hinamatsuri or Girl's Day is celebrated on March 3rd in Japan and what better way to celebrate the so-called Doll Festival than with a traditional Hinamatsuri set for your dolls! It's so meta that I can't contain myself! R...


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