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Offline Swiski

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #2485 on: January 12, 2021, 06:25:24 AM »
Wrapping up the vintage series 15 - Bloodweiser compared to Budweiser. Does that bottle shape exist in reality for what was used in the parody?



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« Reply #2486 on: January 12, 2021, 10:57:44 AM »
Does that bottle shape exist in reality for what was used in the parody?
I think what you're showing is a hit on the real product used for the parody. What makes you think otherwise?

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« Reply #2487 on: January 12, 2021, 11:16:57 AM »
Wrapping up the vintage series 15 - Bloodweiser compared to Budweiser. Does that bottle shape exist in reality for what was used in the parody?



Thanks for the product picture - that is an awesome match!!  I have always loved this Wacky, great gag, neat vampire, the blood taglines fit in perfectly, and the vulture on the glass bottle is wonderful.

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« Reply #2488 on: January 12, 2021, 11:22:15 AM »
I think what you're showing is a hit on the real product used for the parody. What makes you think otherwise?

The parody bottle appears more rounded on top, like it's a larger sized bottle.

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« Reply #2489 on: January 12, 2021, 11:44:29 AM »
The parody bottle appears more rounded on top, like it's a larger sized bottle.

Perhaps that is artistic license to make it look more like an old fashioned glass blood bottle?

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« Reply #2490 on: January 12, 2021, 11:58:19 AM »
Perhaps that is artistic license to make it look more like an old fashioned glass blood bottle?

Ahhh...that makes sense!

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« Reply #2491 on: January 12, 2021, 01:45:15 PM »
Perhaps that is artistic license to make it look more like an old fashioned glass blood bottle?
Especially given the word "plasma" on the parody...

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« Reply #2492 on: January 12, 2021, 01:50:39 PM »
Especially given the word "plasma" on the parody...

And "1 Pint."  I always thought the bottle was misshapen to match a blood bottle, so I was thrilled to see today that there actually were short and stubby Bud bottles back then.

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« Reply #2493 on: January 12, 2021, 05:18:40 PM »
I always suspected that a quart or 32-oz bottle (same thing?) might have been used, and shortened/widened to optimize the card dimensions, like 6 Urp from the 9th and a handful of others.  Hadnít considered the old fashioned plasma bottle suggested here, that may well be the answer.

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« Reply #2494 on: January 12, 2021, 05:44:42 PM »
With the original series, artists made a concerted effort to design the art to fill out the sticker. You can see it on a lot of the early parodies. Some you don't really notice until you examine them. I think you have the right bottle!



Wrapping up the vintage series 15 - Bloodweiser compared to Budweiser. Does that bottle shape exist in reality for what was used in the parody?



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« Reply #2495 on: January 13, 2021, 08:05:59 PM »
A roommate of mine once had to memorize the Bud label for his fraternity initiation--this version is far less busy, even with the character added.

I think someone pointed out that vampires were the most common imaginary creatures depicted in the original run. (Spoiler alert: more to come.)

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« Reply #2496 on: January 14, 2021, 02:43:24 PM »
Here we go with the vintage 16th series! After this set, I'm taking a break.

Bleed's compared to Reed's candy




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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #2497 on: January 14, 2021, 02:47:54 PM »
Here we go with the final 16th series! After this I'm taking a break.

Bleed's compared to Reed's candy



Swiski, you have been doing a FANTASTINK job with all of these. Most fun thread going. Thank you for all your hard work!

Jim

(p.s.) REED'S can be found at Cracker Barrel

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« Reply #2498 on: January 14, 2021, 03:39:54 PM »
Swiski, you have been doing a FANTASTINK job with all of these. Most fun thread going. Thank you for all your hard work!

Jim

(p.s.) REED'S can be found at Cracker Barrel

Thank you! This is what excites me most about Wacky Packages - the artistry and design of it all. It's fun and challenging trying to locate images of the exact packaging to match over the years.

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« Reply #2499 on: January 14, 2021, 07:01:08 PM »
Swiski, you have been doing a FANTASTINK job with all of these. Most fun thread going. Thank you for all your hard work!

Jim

(p.s.) REED'S can be found at Cracker Barrel
I think Regal Crown can be found at Cracker Barrel, too.

Btw, is the real name for Regal Clown Cherry Bombs Regal Crown Cherry Sours or Regal Crown Sour Cherry?
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« Reply #2500 on: January 14, 2021, 07:16:30 PM »
This is a good example of the original artists playing with the packaging dimensions to fill out the sticker. I'm a fan of that because it makes the art bigger with there's less wasted space.


Here we go with the vintage 16th series! After this set, I'm taking a break.

Bleed's compared to Reed's candy



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« Reply #2501 on: January 14, 2021, 08:03:13 PM »
Agreed, and this is one of the more subtle examples - package didnít have to be shortened by much to optimize the card dimensions.  Conversely, in a title like Big Baddy, the distortion had to be severe, because those packs must have been only about 1/2Ē to 3/4Ē wide, but a foot or more long. 

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« Reply #2502 on: January 14, 2021, 10:28:19 PM »
The upside down copywrite tag was an oversight?

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« Reply #2503 on: January 15, 2021, 03:57:57 AM »
The upside down copywrite tag was an oversight?
I guess when viewed in portrait mode itís along the side rather than upside down.
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« Reply #2504 on: January 15, 2021, 04:05:32 AM »
I guess when viewed in portrait mode itís along the side rather than upside down.

Yes, but if you put the sticker in the page in the landscape orientation used for other titles, this one is different.

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« Reply #2505 on: January 16, 2021, 08:30:24 AM »
Fling 'Ems compared to Flip 'Ems...



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« Reply #2506 on: January 16, 2021, 09:22:03 AM »
Fling 'Ems compared to Flip 'Ems...



One of the very few WP actual products I have never seen before.
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« Reply #2507 on: January 16, 2021, 09:58:54 AM »
One of the very few WP actual products I have never seen before.
Ditto that - I think others have noted before that a real product image has proven elusive.  So kudos to Swiski for finding this image.  That being said, Iím sure I ate this type of pellet candy on numerous occasions in my misspent youth, it looks very familiar.  Probably a different product than this though.  There are a lot of novelty candy products, especially around holidays, where a toy topper or the container itself is the bigger draw, and the candy itself is just the cheapest crap imaginable.  Thats what these round BBs remind me of.

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« Reply #2508 on: January 16, 2021, 12:01:07 PM »
The upside down copywrite tag was an oversight?
Did all the Bleed's stickers have this, or did Topps discover the error and fix it?

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« Reply #2509 on: January 16, 2021, 01:35:43 PM »
Fling 'Ems compared to Flip 'Ems...



Finally someone found an image of these! I remember the purple and white ones very clearly.

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« Reply #2510 on: January 16, 2021, 03:25:52 PM »

Did all the Bleed's stickers have this, or did Topps discover the error and fix it?

I assume all stickers are Mike, or this collector community would know about it, and Greg would mention it on his site. For some reason this title reminds me of the phrase "If it bleeds, it leads".       

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« Reply #2511 on: January 17, 2021, 09:53:54 AM »
Scoot, along with 8th series Scorch, compared to Scope



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« Reply #2512 on: January 17, 2021, 02:49:51 PM »
Scoot, along with 8th series Scorch, compared to Scope



I was never sure why the characters are holding their noses on this one when the imminent threat is detonation. Perhaps Scoot is both explosive and  malodorous.
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« Reply #2513 on: January 19, 2021, 04:59:22 AM »
Not sure which Scope parody is better. I love the flames and Godzilla theme on Scorch, but the Scoot has the TNT joke that referenced the T25 wording on the label.

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« Reply #2514 on: January 19, 2021, 05:02:40 AM »
Earth Bum (along with Earth Barn from the 15th series) compared to Earth Born shampoo...



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« Reply #2515 on: January 19, 2021, 06:00:37 AM »
Earth Barn has a little more pizzazz I guess, as far as visuals are concerned, but Earth Bum looks more like a traditional OS Wacky and is a better product match.  Come to think of it, I donít know if Earth Born ever matched the Earth Barn graphics.

Interesting that the repeat parody on the same product occurred in consecutive series in this case.  Suggests the creators may have been struggling by this point to find good product candidates.

Also the Ďbumí theme is something you wouldnít see today.  Yubum coffee, Bumís Life magazine, thereís a handful of them.  Like Rotsa Root, too un-PC for todayís audience.

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« Reply #2516 on: January 21, 2021, 07:27:35 AM »
Ghoul Humor compared to Good Humor. Impossible locating an exact wrapper match.



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« Reply #2517 on: January 22, 2021, 05:04:00 PM »
I like this title, great skull-head character, but I agree that I donít think a GH wrapper ever looked like this.  It looks like a shiny red wax candle broken off at one end.  I get that thereís a blood theme, but very odd nonetheless.  Vintage packaging image is awesome.  I remember those 2-flavor swirled ice pops very well.  I think other companies made them similarly as well.  Some were twin pops you could break into two, and some were singles wrapped individually.

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« Reply #2518 on: January 23, 2021, 11:49:30 AM »
Children's Ram-A-Liar Truth Syrup compared to Children's Romilar Cough Syrup...



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« Reply #2519 on: January 24, 2021, 04:08:24 PM »
Donít think I ever looked this one up to see what the real product name is, or what it looks like.  Very cool that thereís a real kid to spoof, much like Slayskool.