Monday, May 12, 2008

Where's the Iron Man stuff?

I don't want to sound like an alarmist, but some days when I go to my really dark, pessimistic place, I think that there just won't be an Iron Man Cereal this year. I know, I know, that's crazy talk. But each weekly trip to the grocery store leads to disappointment. With nary a can of Batman chili or Hulk taco shells to choose from it hardly seems like the summer movie season has started at all.

Maybe I'm just overeager. Looks like we'll just have to make due with Dollar Store bounty...such as it is:

A poor man's Pez, "KLIK" Candy Dispensers have existed for the last several years with character heads ranging from Super Mario to Popeye. They just can't seem to get out from under Pez's shadow or wash off the stink of "second best." They are meant to be loaded with "Smarties" candy that fling out of Iron Man's neck with throat-choking speed. I just can't seem to get excited about them.

I also can't seem to decide if teaming characters up for candy is good or bad. Sure you get more super hero bang for your buck but it reeks of desperation and half-assed-ness. That being said, hey you still get four things of gum for a dollar!

Ah, candy sticks...right after fruit snacks they are probably the most common licensed candy you'll find on the candy aisle. And that's right where I left them. It's still good to see the Hulk and Iron Man putting their differences aside for the sake of corporate shilling...the problem is that candy sticks taste just like regular sticks. You know, like a stick you find in your yard. Just not tasty enough to make it into my basket.

At this point the lack of Iron Man merchandise becomes a little more clear. Marvel Heroes Gummy Candies don't really cover any new ground but they do come with the expectation of a certain Shell Headed gummy shape. And if you agree, you're in for a bit of a disappointment. Tony only makes it on to the bag (you can barely see him above Storm and Cap).

The big three in this outing are Spidey, the Hulk and Wolverine. It looks like they made an effort to match up colors but I think they had a little extra green dye.

Green Spider-Man and Wolverine? Yellow-ish Hulk? Has the world gone topsy-turvy?

As you can see, so far the "pickens" are slim. Oh well, there's always next week's trip to the store.