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Offline MoldRush

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #2415 on: November 01, 2020, 04:59:40 PM »
This is where Wackys jumped the shark  :P
I wouldnít say that at all.  An odd product choice is just that, nothing more.  I could use the same argument to say that Wackys jumped the shark in 1967 with Fearstone, or the fake toothpaste Decay in the 11th.

Maybe youíre just kidding, not sure.  But Iíve always felt the last few series are just as strong as the earlier ones in terms of art quality and overall eye appeal.  The only negatives are the higher frequency of odd products and maybe the magazines which I know are comparatively unpopular.

Offline mikecho

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« Reply #2416 on: November 01, 2020, 05:25:46 PM »

I have to, respectfully, disagree with  the comment that the book was virtually unknown before the movie. The book JAWS was a really big deal before it was a movie. It was on The New York Times bestseller list for 44 weeks  and in it's first year of publication JAWS sold 5.5 million copies (that's more books than there are people in Finland). Most of my friends had read the book before the movie was announced.  I remember The Godfather being a similar scenario.
Yes, and the 15th Series would've also had The Clodfather if it hadn't been pulled.

According to lostwackys.com, it was pulled because of outrage from the Italian-Americans over Run Tony from the 2nd Series and also because of concern that kids weren't familiar with the book version of The Godfather. But, from what I've been told about Rusty's site from some of you, this should be taken with a whole mine of salt. Anyway, it's all there in the site's Lost Wackys section under Original Series Lost Wackys if anyone wants to look.
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Offline bigtomi

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« Reply #2417 on: November 04, 2020, 10:13:07 AM »
Maybe youíre just kidding, not sure.
Of course, he's making a pun. How could someone who loves Wackys not have a sense of humor? (Now, I'm kidding, just so you're sure!)

Offline Swiski

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« Reply #2418 on: November 04, 2020, 10:23:28 AM »
Gasp View-Monster and Gaf View-Master...



Offline MoldRush

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« Reply #2419 on: November 04, 2020, 10:47:52 AM »
Of course, he's making a pun. How could someone who loves Wackys not have a sense of humor? (Now, I'm kidding, just so you're sure!)
I thought he was kidding based on the emoji, but I have to admit the pun went right over my head.  I use that expression a lot myself (on TV shows mainly, for which it was created), so the coincidence didnít strike me as it should have.  Also, a cynic might say that about Gums and really mean it!

Offline MoldRush

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« Reply #2420 on: November 04, 2020, 10:57:08 AM »
Gasp View-Monster and Gaf View-Master...


A bizarre Wacky for sure but one I always liked, based on an affinity I had at the time for View Master.  Yet another childhood possession that disappeared without explanation.

Years ago I found a small piece of this title (part of the wheel of slides) stuck to something or other, which meant that I probably tried at some point to unpeel and preserve the sticker, though I have no recollection of it.  Must have been not long after 1975.  In some such attempts the sticker would fully unpeel, and in others it would shred into 100 little pieces, impossible to Ďrestore.í  Depended on the surface material it was stuck to.

Offline Swiski

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« Reply #2421 on: November 07, 2020, 07:42:17 AM »
Mare compared to More cigarettes



Offline MoldRush

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« Reply #2422 on: November 07, 2020, 06:25:06 PM »
Mare compared to More cigarettes



I would imagine this one ranks as only average among most collectors, but itís a personal favorite of mine from this series.  The tall slender box of the More brand makes for a unique look among the various cigarette parodies, and the little horses poking their heads out of the box is a nice touch.  A fairly simple concept but great eye appeal IMO.

Offline Swiski

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« Reply #2423 on: November 19, 2020, 05:26:01 AM »
Hamel and Camel cigarettes...



Offline MoldRush

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« Reply #2424 on: November 19, 2020, 01:15:21 PM »
This title never did much for me.  The camel is such an odd-looking animal that any parody that gets away from portraying the camel in a comical way is probably not going to work as well, and for me using a pig that isnít even cartoonishly funny-looking falls a bit flat.

Of course Iím somewhat biased by 1st Series Camals.  Some of those early titles are so iconic that any attempt at a second parody of the same product almost feels like sacrilege, though of course some that were done were worthy entries into the Wacky anthology.

 

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