over a year ago:
Well, Hello Kitty is appealing to (or trying to) to a wider market, and what ever sells, Sanrio will use. But I don't think she sold out per say- that's the equivalent of saying Barbe sold out. They're both icons of their companies and respective countries, and so with time, they must change. I'm not saying that I'm overly thrilled with some of the changes, but put it in perspective- Hello kitty came out in 1974 so obviously her design has changed since then- I'm not going to guess about your age, but from the pictures you posted, those seem to me to be 80's early 90's vintage (correct me if I'm wrong) so what you grew up with, isn't the original hello kitty either. In another 10 years, there'll be a whole new generation disparaging over the 'iconic' Hello kitty, which, in reality, is another adapted version for that time. Though I respect your argument, I don't fully agree with it. As a pop culture icon, I believe Hello Kitty's look and overall image should be allowed to change with the times whether we like it or not. That is what keeps her fresh for newer generations, and she doesn't die out.