Kay, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, lets gibber jabber. Today I’m checking out the highly stylized and fun Cereal Killers cards from Wax Eye. A little background before I dig in? Per the Wax Eye website it is a newly formed LLC that is obsessed with pop culture and oddities. A company we can get behind? I think so!
They are housed in small, single serve cereal boxes that have two of the card designs (front and back) on each. I was delighted to find that they came in three packs, much like the cereal boxes. (Which commonly come in packs of 3, 6 or 8 ) They do have a nutrition label printed on the side which also made me giggle, but has the info for the gum inside.
Reading up, I find that there are 55 cards total in this first series. In the packages we ravaged, we had a total of 60 cards, with 34 of the 55 to collect. 34/55? Not too bad, I wonder how many of these I’m going to have to tear into to get the remaining 21 cards. This package also contained a black-light reactive sticker, a magnet and a temporary tattoo as special bonus prizes. (each box gets one special prize and a piece of eyeball bubble gum) Mmmm gooey eyeballs! I’ve also seen it written that you can get gold foil cards and that there are 250 hand drawn sketch cards just waiting to be discovered.
All good fun, but what I’m more interested in is the cards themselves. Whats the deal? These quirky bad boys are all dual themed. You get the initial joke of “Haha, Cereal Brand parodies!” and then KABOOM! you realize that all of these parodies are horror/disgustingly themed! My personal favorites are Halloweeties, Children of the Corn Flakes, and The Wheatful Dead. The Wheatful Dead features a young gentleman who has lost his arm, has a transplanted razor spoon instead, a fantastic chin, and looks stunningly like another handsome gentleman that makes me squeal. (I’m sure all resemblances to all persons living, dead, fictional and sucked into alternate realms is purely coincidental.)
The backs of the cards have games, funny little (fictional) stories, puzzles, mazes, and other such amusements that add to the grins and giggles. I consider them art, and am gauging my own personal emotional responses to them. I feel a strong sense of nostalgia for my beloved Garbage Pail Kids, but feel that they have created these in such a way that they are unique and stand alone. If you don’t know Garbage Pail Kids, or weren’t around to see the craze, you will see the independent value of these without the feelings and memories that come with.
Bravo Wax Eye, I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. (Series 2? Wholly unique other products? I will be watching!)