Two of the world's most recognisable animals combined today in what scientists are probably calling "disgusting".

This Hello Kitty and Sonic the Hedgehog plush toy — officially called the Sonic x Hello Kitty Super Jumbo Plushy — is heading to Japan this weekend to commemorate the reopening of SEGA's flagship Joypolis arcade. It's part of a new collaboration between Sanrio and SEGA that will spread worldwide next summer, so you're safe for now.

Hello Kitty confirmed as playable sidekick in the next Sonic game, then. As long as we can be Badtz-Maru we're happy.