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Offline ToadallyDude

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Re: What is the most-parodied product among all Wackys?
« Reply #70 on: July 21, 2020, 05:05:54 PM »
I never really thought about the Petley thing much.  I guess in a way, it was a huge nail in the Wacky coffin.  Do we know if it delayed the release or size of the 16th series?  Weird to think that one tea company could have been what prevented us from getting a 17th through 20-something run.  Petley doesn't even taste that good.  Yah, maybe better than Hipton.  But it's all about "Pig Lips" for English tea.  I made it a point of having some when I was at that card show in London trying to track down Wackys.

Offline mikecho

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Re: What is the most-parodied product among all Wackys?
« Reply #71 on: July 22, 2020, 04:29:51 PM »
You are probably right.  By the time Topps won that lawsuit, Original Series Wackys were already on the decline.  I was really referring to the fact that with the modern era Wackys, as someone else mentioned, most products seem to be fair game.
You are absolutely right, sir! (as Ed McMahon would say)

In fact, I noticed long ago that, as far as both Wackys and their cookie and cracker products were concerned, Nabisco seems to gained both a sense of humor and a funny bone after all these years - and has still kept both of them.

The only kinda-sorta cease-and-desist orders from 2004 on that I've heard of were in ANS1 (2004) and ANS2 (2005). In both cases, M&M/Mars complained about some of their candy products being in both of them (which, btw, didn't last very long, as not only were the Wackys that were cease-and-desisted released anyway years later (they were 3 Racketeers and Twits, iirc), but a lot of those aforementioned candy products and several other candy products from the same company were - and still are - being parodied to this day (often repeatedly)).

Then there were at least two other ANS Wackys at the same time as that incident (they were Fright Castle and Slacker Jack, again, iirc) that had to have their original artwork slightly altered to appease their respective companies (and in both cases, it was only a few minor details that most people probably wouldn't have heard of or even noticed unless they knew about them in advance or someone mentioned them and then showed them to them). Topps, as far as I know, has had no more trouble with cease-and-desist orders after that (at least, I haven't heard of any - has anyone else out there?).



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Offline mikecho

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Re: What is the most-parodied product among all Wackys?
« Reply #72 on: July 28, 2020, 11:44:29 PM »
Time for another new page - this time, on some of the Monster Cereals.

*Franken Brainy (Old School 1 (2010))
*Flabben Belly (Postcards Series 7 (2011))
*Franken Bury (ANS8 (2011))
*Frank 'n Bratty (2015 Halloween Pack O' Fun)
*Al Franken Berry (Trumpocracy - The First 100 Days (print-on-demand) (2017))
*Flunkin' Berry (50th Anniversary Series (2017))

*Count Funkula (ANS2 (2005))
*Count Cluckula (Postcards Series 7 (2011))
*Count Chalkula (Old School 4 (2012))
*Count Croakula (2015 Halloween Pack O' Fun)

*Gloo Berry (Postcards Series 7 (2011))
*Honey Boo Boo Berry (ANS11 (2013))
*Goo Bury (Chrome (Cutting Room Floor) (2014))
*Fondue Berry (Old School 5 (2014))
*Boo Boo Beary (2015 Halloween Pack O' Fun)
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Offline mikecho

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Re: What is the most-parodied product among all Wackys?
« Reply #73 on: August 03, 2020, 05:58:58 PM »
You are probably right.  By the time Topps won that lawsuit, Original Series Wackys were already on the decline.  I was really referring to the fact that with the modern era Wackys, as someone else mentioned, most products seem to be fair game.
You are absolutely right again, sir! I guess, ever since they were brought back in 2004, most (if not all) big companies have figured out by now that having one or more of their various products making it into a Wacky Packages series is practically a badge of honor (dubious though it might be).

The only really big company that I think is the exception to the rule is Walt Disney Productions. There might be a major problem releasing the four Disney products from the lost 1992 series and Ironed Man from ANS8's Wacky Packages Go to the Movies subset as actual stickers because of this, and we all know what happened to the planned Star Wars Wacky Packages series, don't we, folks? However, if anyone can think of any other big companies where this may be a problem, though, please let me know.
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