It’s a widely-known rule of thumb within the four walls of my living room that adding zombies or monkeys to an entertainment property can practically guarantee success. Or perhaps you haven’t heard of the best-selling Marvel Zombies series (super heroes + zombies) or the hilarious trunk monkey (car ads + monkeys)?
No? For shame. (Did you hear that whooshing sound? That’s what it sounds like when I judge you.)
Obviously, as demonstrated by this Mickey Mouse Transformer fashioned after Optimus Prime, there are some mashups that have a more… deleterious effect. And for those of you taking a vacation from visiting dictionary.com to look up words like “deleterious,” I mean mixing Disney characters with a classic geek entertainment property like the Transformers books you a first class ticket to Doucheland. (Pronounced “doosh-lend”.)
As my friend Paul of Toy Bender pointed out when he discovered this Mouse-shaped atrocity, this is the same sort of lazy, ill-conceived product strategy that leads to tripe like Goofy as Jar Jar Binks.
Evil toy-producing masterminds Takara will also release a version of this horrifically-cheery monstrosity in an ashy-gray version to match the color of my incinerated, formerly-fond childhood memories.
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