Fancy face shields a hit for Bangkok mum

Fancy face shields a hit for Bangkok mum

Cartoon, movie and folklore figures make virus protection fun ... and profitable

Maysa Talerd models a Star Wars stormtrooper face shield and shows other versions that draw on everything from cartoons to Khon. (Reuters Photo)
Maysa Talerd models a Star Wars stormtrooper face shield and shows other versions that draw on everything from cartoons to Khon. (Reuters Photo)

A single mother in Bangkok is doing brisk business with face shields featuring characters from cartoons, games and sci-fi movies, hoping to cash in and promote safety for children as the country emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.

From her small studio room, Maysa Talerd, 31, has been designing patterns and carefully pressing stickers of famous fictional superheroes and villains onto the face shields, aiming to blend safety and style and expand her new business.

“Normally, a face shield is transparent, so people might get bored. With these fun designs, they’ll encourage people to wear them,” she told Reuters.

“At least with the cartoon characters, kids will want to wear them and show off to their friends at school.”

Orders are pouring in for shields with the faces from Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers from Star Wars films to the Japanese superhero Mobile Suit Gundam and the heroes, villains and figures of Thai folklore.

Thailand is gradually easing restrictions in an effort to revive its economy, while keeping strict social distancing measures in place to prevent infections.

The country has recorded 58 deaths so far and 3,125 confirmed cases — the majority of whom have recovered — and has not reported a local transmission in 17 days.

A few months ago, Maysa said, she had no income but is on her way to being financially stable, receiving orders of 50-100 shields at a time, which she sells for 180 baht each.

“I think this might become the main income for me in the future because toy stores are contacting me to do wholesale,” she said.


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