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Mickey Mouse Transformer Visits a Plague Upon My Eyes

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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7 comments… add one
  • Nathan D November 13, 2008, 12:51 am

    I dunno, to me the Goofy/Jar-Jar mashup really just exposed the inanity of both. But, I always was more of a Bugs Bunny guy than a Mickey Mouse guy.

  • Jeff Sparkman November 13, 2008, 8:20 am

    Please tell me they aren’t calling it Optimouse Prime…

  • Jen November 13, 2008, 10:12 am

    Hah – judge all you want, snark-boy: I think it’s cute. Your whooshing sounds and evil glares will not deter me!

  • Great White Snark November 13, 2008, 10:15 am

    @Jen Cuteness and Transformers go together like ice cream and soy sauce. (That is, one “taste” of it and I scrunch up my face in disdain.)

  • eddy November 13, 2008, 12:33 pm

    @Jeff Sparkman: Nah, since it’s from Takara-Tomy, it’ll probably be something like Mickey Convoy.

  • Paul November 13, 2008, 12:38 pm

    Thanks for the link!

  • Yiao November 13, 2008, 2:14 pm

    Wow this one is cool, a big have-one

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