Kidrobot’s new Hello Kitty vinyl designed by Candie Bolton has taken a bit of an unusual release path. The figure was revealed first in a special DesignerCon Bliss 9″ edition and then this Tuesday saw the release of the 20″ version. Now comes Friday’s (11.8) 9″ release with both the OG Nostalgic and Kidrobot Exclusive black and gold editions. The Nostalgic edition will be available through select retailers including myplasticheart, IamRetro and Rotofugi. Kidrobot.com will release both the OG and the Black and Gold exclusive at 9 AM PST.
As we’ve mentioned before, we’re impressed with Bolton’s design which brings a tangible humanity to the iconic Hello Kitty character. Her depiction is complex, exploring the anxiety of growing up, straddling childhood and adulthood. No, figure is not completely joyful, yet is not ‘sad’ per se. It is a design for the complex world of emotions that we live in.