Interest Rock Band KISS' Hello Kitty Crossover Toilet Paper Revealed
posted on 2012-07-19 04:05 AEST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Sanrio has revealed that its crossover with the American rock band KISS is branching out to selling collaborative toilet paper. Sanrio had revealed its first KISS crossover goods in February — a set of four Hello Kitty plushes modeled after the four KISS band members on the cover of their Dynasty album. The toilet paper collaborative items will use those same images and print them on the toilet paper itself.
Gene Simmons, the front man for KISS, revealed last June that he met with executives to discuss, in his words, "a KISS-Hello Kitty worldwide deal. Wow." Simmons plans to sell the Hello Kitty merchandise at the band's concert venues, and the band is considering developing the collaboration overseas as well.
As Sanrio's most recognizable character, Hello Kitty has already joined forces with the rock band X Japan to create "Visual-Kei Kitty." The artist duo Mad Barbarians (Unko-san) designed official Hello Kitty Zombie Friends for Kitan Club's mascot lineup last September. ASCII Media Works' Tokyo Kawaii Magazine has been selling T-shirts and rubber straps that combine Hello Kitty with Hatsune Miku and other virtual idol characters from Crypton Future Media.
Simmons himself played Jack ill Dark, the "Emperor" of rock, in the live-action film adaptation of Kiminori Wakasugi's Detroit Metal City comedy manga.
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