Be on the lookout for Kiss Kondoms, a line of contraceptives with members KISS on the packaging, which will shortly be made available online and through record stores and specialty gift shops near you.KISS' latest business venture was made possible via a partnership with speciality condom retailer Condomania. Billed as "Rock 'N' Rubbers", the first in the series are bright red latex condoms labelled "Tongue Lubricated." With a retails price of $4.95, the box of three and the foil wrappers protecting the condoms are adorned with a head shot of bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons in full makeup, with his legendary tongue fully extended. Despite the racy name, Simmons told Reuters that he had not personally lubricated the condoms, "however some deserving young ladies will get a personal demonstration, lots of them come to think of it." The brainchild of Simmons, the Kiss Kondoms are meant to provide an alternative to the clinical looking condoms sold in drug stores. "Sex is always embarrassing for people, so when a guy whips out a KISS condom and there's Gene Simmons's tongue hanging out it lightens up the situation," he told Reuters. "With the estimated millions of devoted KISS followers this idea plays very well," said Condomania founder and President Adam Glickman. "The idea of merging Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and the KISS trademark and legend with a product that stands for fun and sex jibes." With expected sales of " hundreds of thousands of boxes," there are two more versions already in the works — a studded condom dubbed the "Studded Paul" and adorned with a photo of KISS guitarist Paul Stanley, and "Love Gun Protection," an extra-strength version with the entire band on the packaging.
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