Saturday, July 21, 2018

Wishlist for the 2nd Hello Kitty Convention

It has finally happened! Wait for it...

No, not Momoberry being released from her caged chamber! Not even close, but hopefully, in the near near VERRRRY soon future (yes, me being very wishful & projecting my thoughts and hopes). What I am speaking about is that the year 2018 has reached the halfway mark. Isn't it almost time to hear about anything specific that has to do with the second Hello Kitty Con? Or even the projected 2019 Hello Kitty cartoon movie?

Soon, it will be the 5 years mark since the last Hello Kitty convention or event. I am praying that Sanrio will announce a date or something to confirm that a convention and/or a movie is being scheduled for next year. 

Hello? Dear Sanrio...
This Sanrio Collector is calling for a message of hope for the holy grail of the bestest ever Hello Kitty Convention. Calling for The Greatest Hello Kitty Convention in history to take place next year. The Holy Grail Era for Hello Kitty fans all around the world is waiting to hear about and rejoice. Hmm, I think you get what I am saying right? Did I go overboard with the description? If I did, sorry about that, but I am one excited and anxious kitty fan!!!

Why is that? It is because I need to plan when I should start saving for the convention as well as any needed travel expenses that I would need to save up. I have to know if the next Convention is going to take place here in the center-of-everything Los Angeles (yes, I'm going to brag about my city) or in the heart of Tokyo, Japan?

Which country is it going to be - that is the most important question for all Hello Kitty Collectors to this date.

It's just 5.5 more months until 2019. The more closer that it comes to 2019, the more that I imagine what it would be like and what I'd like to see take place in the Convention.

Here is my Wishlist:

  1. Please sell Hello Kitty balloons, from fancy to cute types of balloons. I've seen fancy balloons with character shape smaller balloons inside a main big balloon. 
  2. Please sell Hello Kitty face flower bouquets
  3. Please sell more vintage items in their Vintage Shoppe. 
  4. Please have a Retro Shoppe where Collectors can finally be able to own a very unique and modern Hello Kitty phone version from the vintage 1976. Or have a new phone model like the white 1976 to be available to purchase.
  5. Please provide an actual room of a Hello Kitty Cafe where there are waiters/waitresses to service cafe customers (instead of a cafe truck)
  6. Please bring back MOMOBERRY. To bring back Momoberry in this Convention would be so awesome for all us, Hello Kitty fans!
  7. Please have a vintage Momoberry Shoppe where there are past Momoberry plushes available again to purchase
  8. Did I mention how EXTREMELY excited we, Momoberry devotees, would be excited if Momoberry was brought back and especially, re-introduced in the next HK Con? New Momoberry designed plushes that would have Collectors jumping for joy.
  9. Please do a collaboration with another shoe designer company and sell it exclusively to this Convention
  10. Please have a Hello Kitty Chocolate Shoppe with so many variety of Hello Kitty shaped chocolates and candy
  11. Please have a HK Robot event in this Convention with their exclusive games
  12. Please have the HK Circus event with their own exclusive games

As much as I want it to be 2019 right now, I have to plan to save. Also, I need to not get over excited or I won't last til 2019. ;p

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pottery Barn Collaboration with Hello Kitty

This new collaboration has really surprised me, their harshest critic who loves their brand. The decor collection is a refreshing game changer.

Pottery Barn Teen x Hello Kitty
2018 Collection

Lately, I have been eyeing the competition, Disney, because they have seem to be coming out with better stylish Mickey and/or Minnie decor and clothing. Unless it's vintage, my Sanrio purchases have become less and less as most of Sanrio Japan's new releases are mainly cheap plastic desktop items. So, when I saw the collaboration release, I was actually amazed that the decor design was actually cool -- very cool, cool... if you know what I mean. 

This bedroom collection showcases that Hello Kitty can be stylish, too. It's what I have been saying for years that Hello Kitty has the potential to be cool for adults.

It's a great start for a cool Hello Kitty bedroom!

My Sanrio Rating:  ♥ 1/2 

Creativity of Incorporating the Character: 4 out of 5 stars
Overall Design: 3.8
Color Scheme: 5
Adult Coolness Factor: 4.5
Quality: 3.9

It really is all about the design. I always knew that someone can make Hello Kitty decor cool for adults and not be ashamed to show it off. With this collaboration, Hello Kitty has made an official entrance for the adult consumers to be able to own and decorate. This is a great start to all collaborations out there and can open new potential designs that can officially be called cool Hello Kitty.

Hello Kitty is usually seen as a character for kids only because all the decor that has been released never reached the cool factor at all. Compared to rival characters, Mickey has already reached the cool factor with Disney adult collectors because most of their decor doesn't make them cringe. Also, it may have to do with quality.

Without quality, you cannot have a great design.

I always believed that plastic makes the overall decor design have a cheap appearance compared to other materials used. I will always prefer ceramics, porcelain, stoneware, stones, fabrics, etc over plastic. If you don't believe me, set up a room full of mostly plastic decor. Then, compare it to a room from those professional decor magazines that don't rely on plastic for their design. But then again, their target base are adult consumers and not kids with no sense of maturity.

The reason that I cannot give this Collection a full 5 stars is because Pottery Barn designers did not reach full potential for Hello Kitty. This collection is refreshing and a game changer because no other decor company, including SANRIO, has officially made cool Hello Kitty decor.

If you design for a bedroom, then everyone knows the eye goes to the center of the room: the bed. The selected decor items are mainly accessorized around the bed. Subtle is great, but that doesn't mean that the bedcovers needs to be overlooked. I can't give a full 5 star rating if I am not 100% impressed.

I feel that the Hello Kitty bedcovers may be the hardest to achieve the cool factor for adults. Maybe with Hello Kitty, she will always have that childish image attached. Or maybe not. It's why I say Hello Kitty has big potential. After this Collection design, I am left desiring to push the envelope. Can you reach maximum creativity with Hello Kitty?

Time will tell. As for me, I will be buying most of this Collection. I have half of what I put on my Wishlist. I still need that bean bag. It's a MUST for this Hello Kitty Collector. Enjoy the collection like I will do in the future.