Kirby Inspired Fashion Collection to be Released Online Via PLAYFUL KIRBY

05.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

PLAYFUL KIRBY is set to take its stock online starting from April 10, 2020 at 12:00 (JST).

 

What is ‘PLAYFUL KIRBY’?

It’s a special collaboration with Nintendo’s internationally beloved video game character Kirby where all merchandise is themed around being “playful.” To date, the collaboration has seen several pop-up shops including at Laforet Harajuku in Tokyo, which we previously covered, as well as HEP in Osaka.

 

Now, PLAYFUL KIRBY is heading online in Japan for a limited time: from April 10, 2020 at 12:00 until May 10, 2020 at 22:00.

 

Kirby’s Dream Land x Shogo Sekine

This fun and playful collection of Kirby merch is made in collaboration with popular Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine who is known for combining fashion items with words and messages in English.

 

Kirby’s Dream Land x Converse Stars

Both Kirby and popular apparel brand Converse Stars share the same symbol: a star. Both worlds have been fused in this special line-up.

Those who were unable to visit the Tokyo and Osaka pop-up shops now have a chance to get their hands on something from the collection online.

 

© Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.

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    Sacoche Pouches (2 Designs) – ¥2,300 Each

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    Blanket – ¥3,800

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  • Japanese confectionery series Tabemasu makes Kirby and the Warp Star!

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     Tabemasu is a Japanese confectionery series that features sweets designed to look like characters. A new Tabemasu series is about to be released called Tabemasu Asorto (Tabemasu assortment). The design for this series is based around Kirby, Kirby’s Dream Land and the Warp Star which Kirby rides in the game. This series will be released on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. Tabemasu has plans to release another round of the Tabemasu Asorto series later!

     

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    The name “Tabemasu” is a combination of the word “tabemasu” (eat) and “mascot”. As the name implies, the entire sweet is made from traditional Japanese ingredients, and so you can consume it all!

     

     

     

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