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"It's KISS, Baby!": Bid On Band Member-Branded Minis To Benefit UNICEF (Now Until June 8!)

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On: Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 2:15PM | By: Andrew W Davis

"It's KISS, Baby!": Bid On Band Member-Branded Minis To Benefit UNICEF (Now Until June 8!)

It is said that if Gene Simmons could find a way to put the KISS logo on oxygen and sell it to us at a markup, he would. Despite the fact that his band’s fan base is relatively small (and aging), KISS nonetheless boasts more “branded” items (from “adult” toys to the kid-friendly kind) than almost any other band.

Ordinarily such licensing is aimed at benefitting Mr. Simmons and his band mates, but every so often the KISS (marketing) Army’s efforts are marshaled to the benefit of an important cause.

This go-round of goodwill-generation is not without irony; KISS has partnered with BMW/MINI to raise funds for UNICEF via the auctioning of four customized MINI Countryman via eBay, despite the fact that the charity is a children’s aid organization that assists a demographic sure to be absolutely terrified if they saw the fund-raising band in its full regalia.

“Helping others is a gift we can give ourselves, but here’s a four wheel bonus!” said KISS co-founder Paul Stanley. “The KISS MINI’s are the ultimate way to show your KISS Army colors while helping our friends in Japan who have been devastated by the recent earthquake and floods. We’re asking everyone to open their wallets to help UNICEF raise money for children who are still coping with the effects of these disasters.”

That “four wheel bonus” comes in the form of four custom-painted 2011 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4s, each wearing a different design “influenced by the iconic makeup and costume association of one KISS member, including co-founder and bassist Gene Simmons (“The Demon”), co-founder and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley (“Starchild”), lead guitarist Tommy Thayer (“Spaceman”), and drummer Eric Singer (“Catman”).”

Each KISS Countryman was “taken apart and components were painted individually to ensure proper coverage and a quality finish that will last” by “a team of three BMW Group employees, mostly after normal business hours and on weekends.”

In addition to the character-specific customized exteriors, each Mini’s mirror caps are signed by all four KISS band members, as is the certificate of authenticity that comes with each car.

“The KISS MINIs are the perfect Father’s Day gift for the man who has everything,” said KISS co-founder Gene Simmons, “But this ain’t your father’s car. It’s bigger, better and the very best for the man who has the rest. It’s KISS, baby. The custom-painted MINI Countryman would be the ultimate collector’s item for a KISS fan or curator of rock band memorabilia, and would be the perfect addition to a car collector’s garage; plus the new owner will have the satisfaction of knowing they’ve supported a great cause.”

According to the auctions’ descriptions, all four auctions end June 8 at 4 p.m. PST and “100% of the proceeds, less the cost of shipping up to $4,000 [item location is listed as "Sacramento, Calif."], will be remitted to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to raise money for children in Japan and emergency efforts around the world.”

You can find each car’s description “blurb” and links to additional photographs and the eBay auction listings below.

“The Demon” [Gene Simmons, co-founder and bassist]

“One touch of the gas pedal and you’ll know this is a force to be reckoned with: 181 horse power, four-doors, distinct markings, and go-kart handling, of course. Rumor has it this beast has otherworldly super strengths, but MINI can neither confirm nor deny this claim.”

Images page: http://media.kompolt.com/kiss/mini/slideshow2.html#id=ftp001&num=3

eBay page: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mini-Countryman-ALL4-S-KISS-Demon-MINI-Cooper-S-Countryman-ALL4-/150610704111?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item231118f6ef

“Starchild” [Paul Stanley, co-founder and rhythm guitarist]

“It’s a life-changing, custom-painted dream come true. Just imagine the star on your bonnet and the silver KISS logo glittering in the sun as you motor in style. According to KISS lore, The Starchild can control minds and hear distant conversations, but that’s yet to be confirmed.”

Images page: http://media.kompolt.com/kiss/mini/slideshow2.html#id=ftp002&num=1

eBay page: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mini-Countryman-ALL4-S-KISS-Starchild-MINI-Cooper-S-Countryman-ALL4-/150610751450?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item231119afda

“Spaceman” [Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist]

“This all-wheel-drive, four-door rocket ship is sure to garner some attention around town. The slick, custom paint job alone could drop some jaws. KISS enthusiasts are well aware of the Spaceman’s teleporting abilities and there have been reports of laser beams being shot from an undisclosed location on the vehicle, though these sightings cannot be confirmed.”

Images page: http://media.kompolt.com/kiss/mini/slideshow2.html#id=ftp003&num=1

eBay page: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mini-Countryman-ALL4-S-KISS-Spaceman-MINI-Cooper-S-Countryman-ALL4-/150610760617?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item231119d3a9

“Catman” [Eric Singer, drummer]

“Don’t let the green eyes mesmerize you for too long because there’s a lot to check out: the whiskers on the front bumper, the custom-designed runners, and KISS logos. Let’s not forget that this cat comes ready to pounce. The new, four-door MINI Countryman can take you places others can’t, thanks to its all-wheel-drive and remarkable agility.”

Images page: http://media.kompolt.com/kiss/mini/slideshow2.html#id=ftp004&num=1

eBay page: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mini-Countryman-ALL4-S-KISS-Catman-MINI-Cooper-S-Countryman-ALL4-/150610763323?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item231119de3b

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