Tag: Advertising

The one and only king

The one and only king

Games & Toys
I might as well come clean - I am obsessed with The King. I love all the commercials; the creepier the better. And I just know I'm not the only one. But sadly, there has been a dearth of King-related merchandise. The Halloween mask was made in such limited quantities that it was long gone before I even found out about it. The video games released last year do me no good since I don't own an Xbox. So imagine my delight when I found out Burger King was selling Super Bowl XLI King bobbleheads! Sure, I had to buy a Kids Meal to get them but it was worth the momentary embarrassment. I mean, look at it! Alas, I was only able to secure this style and one other before they went away. I've seen the rest on eBay, but I cannot bring myself to pay nine bucks in shipping for what amounts to less tha...
Retrotisement – Triumph cigarettes

Retrotisement – Triumph cigarettes

Retrotisements
I say any time you can incorporate your company's name with an advertising slogan, that's a stroke of genius. So what exactly is the "UMPH!" in Triumph cigarettes? Carbon monoxide? Formaldehyde? Whatever it is, it's AWESOME! And let's give it up for our ciggy spokespeople, who are totally rocking the earth tones here. Tweed Jacket seems torn between the realizations that his nicotine-stained fingernails now match his pants, and the much cooler fact that he can totally flip people off with his strategically placed cigarette. Meanwhile, Pleated Skirt is poised to satisfy her craving by sinking her teeth right into Tweed Jacket's jugular, thus obtaining for herself some of that sweet, sweet Umph!
The Best $9.99 I’ve Ever Spent (Part 1)

The Best $9.99 I’ve Ever Spent (Part 1)

Advertising, Retrotisements
A few years ago I stumbled across a product I never thought I'd see -- a two-DVD set of nothing but old TV commercials. Now, to most people this probably sounds like the dumbest concept in the history of ever. But to me, finding this was better than finding 10 bucks behind the sofa. In a testament to my bizarre notion of what is entertaining, I think I've watched it at least 5 or 6 times already. I don't know if this could really qualify as nostalgia for me, since the bulk of these commercials originally aired years before I was born, so it's not as if I'm using these to return me to my childhood. The set is priced at $9.99 for a reason. The video quality of a lot of these commercials is marginal, which is understandable. A 30 or 40-year old Hamm's Beer commercial doesn't exactly warran...