Sunday, April 5, 2009

Hello Kitty Mini Fan, Designed to Look (and Be ) Cool

Source: Japanorama

Among the abundance of Hello Kitty branded products, a few stand on their own as demonstrations of creative design. The Hello Kitty Mini Fan is one such design triumph.

It's good to know Sanrio, creator and owner of the mega-successful Hello Kitty brand, isn't simply laying back, slapping an HK sticker on any old product, and collecting their licensing fee. Not that they NEVER do that, but with the Hello Kitty Mini Fan they at least appear to have made a conscious effort to bring something original and appealing to the table.

The fan cage has been shaped into the form of Hello Kitty's face - which in itself much have required significant investment in tooling for such a niche product.

Applying colored plastic eyes, nose and trademark red hair bow completes the classic HK look. It should be noted that there is NOTHING pink anywhere on the fan but the lack doesn't detract from the tried & tested Hello Kitty charm.

More design creativity comes into play down below, where a pair of cat feet support the fan and include a mechanism that allows you to change the angle of the fan as desired.

The Hello Kitty Mini Fan is a plug-in (100 volts) appliance, not battery powered which in this writer's opinion may be a mistake.

According to the official Sanrio press release, the fan weighs 270 grams (about 9.5 ounces), measures 6.5" wide x 4.5" tall x 6" in depth, and is sticker priced at 2,625 yen or around $26 - use your Hello Kitty credit card

That's SO CUTE! I could use one as summer is coming up and it will get very hot!

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