Wednesday, August 29, 2012

World's Finest Gummie Pops

With all this talk of Avengers and Spider-Man and various Marvel brouhaha, it's easy to forget about their Distinguished Competition.  Sure there was also a Batman movie this year but it was woefully underrepresented at the grocery store.  That Dark Knight themed Mountain Dew just didn't cut it for me.  Every morning I would toss a beleaguered look toward its location in the soda cooler at 7-Eleven as I got my coffee but its siren song fell on deaf (or possibly lazy) ears.

A happier tune was sung by these squishy feeling Batman and Superman Gummie God, they're squishy!  I thought they were marshmallow pops at first since apparently those are the types of things that exist but no, these are fruity, HFCS filled squishtastic wonders firmly planted on a stick (and, as we all know, everything tastes better on a stick).

They with Fun Fact Cards for you to read as you chew.  The ones I got weren't breaking new ground but you never know.  They say every comic book is someone's first comic so maybe more candy should lay the foundation of knowledge for these franchises and include helpful tidbits about Jimmy Olsen and Ace the Bat-Hound.

Temporary tattoos are also included making these pops a bona fide multimedia experience.  They're your standard Batman and Superman logos and I learned that they are difficult to applied to a wiggly one year old.

But how do they taste, you ask?  Horrible.  To be fair, I don't eat a lot of candy and I'm probably not the target audience but the one bite of each that I had was enough to convince me that they weren't marshmallows.  I got an artificially fruity type flavor and and artificial existence type of texture.  Kind of like calamari but a thousand times more disturbing.

So I bit both of their faces off and never looked back.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Human Rights Student Artwork Contest & Exhibit

The human rights student exhibit and contest at the Texas Visual Arts Association Gallery in Dallas, TX.  Student contest winners will have their art published in the upcoming "Upstanders Quest: True Stories of Survivors of Slavery: graphic novel.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Top Ten Avengers Movie Products

Summer is winding down and we're all still coming to terms with how awesome the Avengers movie was.  I still didn't get the Iron Man Cereal I've been craving for years but that pain was eased slightly by the abundance of Avengers merchandise that I never dreamed I'd be able to own...until now.

So let's have a look at some of the more interesting items that came about from the Marvel Cash Grab Avengers promotional machine:

10.  Avengers Assault Cycles - I went to the movie theater with the absolute expectation that there would be a scene where all of the Avengers rode their own custom motorcycles.  It was the only part of the film that disappointed me.

9.  Avengers Swim Goggles - Remember that scene where they all put on goggles...and know...went swimming...

8.  Avengers Bowling Set - "You got peanut butter in my chocolate!"  I think you know where I'm going with this.

7.  Various Avengers Soap/Shampoo/Shower Gel/etc. -  Now there's no part of you that can't be soaped up and scrubbed down...Avengers Style!

6.  Avengers Lip Balm Rings -  "Oh my your lips are moist and glistening!  What's your secret?"  "Why, just look at my fingers!"  Also, Avengers!

5.  Avengers Fruit Snacks - I usually devote an entire blog entry to super hero themed fruit snacks (as seen HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) but the ability and inclination to write eight paragraphs over and over again about what is essentially the same product is both fleeting and elusive.  Damn you, Muse!  I will find you again in time for Iron Man 3!!

4.  Avengers Wet Wipes - Never before has wiping been such an action packed thrill ride!

3.   Avengers Candy/Fan - Remember when you'd be eating candy and then get all sweaty and wouldn't know what to do with yourself?  Those days are over now.

2.  Avengers Lottery Tickets - I won a dollar from each of these beauties!  Who's the emotionally crippled man-child now!?!? 

1.  Avengers Cologne - The only item on this list that I didn't personally acquire.  (Mainly because I didn't want to spend $30.00 to smell like the Hulk.)  The Fab Four are represented in this box set, but not to worry, Loki, Nick Fury and Black Widow also have fragrances available on the official website (Hawkeye?  No, of course not.)

See you all on May 1, 2015!!