Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Hi. My name is Jim...

...and I'm a merchandising junkie.

I don't know what it is...I'm not a sucker for advertising. But slap that Bat Symbol on a pile of dirt, and I'm there. Not so much any more...you'll be amazed at how bringing a child into this world curtails the purchasing of unnecessary material goods. But, I'm still a sucker for tie-ins. Particularly if they're bat-related. You've already seen the cereal. Now here's my soup. And, to be honest, I was a little (just a little) bit disappointed when I found out my 3-year-old got to eat it.

I thought this was one of the coolest send-aways I've seen in a while (from Crispix, with two UPC symbols and $6.99). It's an R2-D2 dome that doubles as a cereal bowl. The mini lego AT-AT is in the foreground for comparison. The diameter of the bowl is nearly 9 inches. Now that's what I call a cereal bowl. You can't really see it, but when you push down on the bowl, a red light flashes in the base while it makes R2-D2 sounds. That's just plain cool.

And of course, I can't get enough at the store, so what did I carve in my pumpkin this year? I'm so ashamed...(ok, maybe I'm not).

Old School. No kit. No pattern.
Just a pencil and the knife from the silverware drawer.


  1. I know exactly how you feel, since my son was born my quest for all things of the bat persuasion has gone on a little hiatus. My wife still brings home some cool stuff from Wally World every now and then though, and thankfully I'm still able to pick up my comics. The Batcave was getting kind of full anyway.

  2. Comics. Sigh. It's been awhile. You need both money and time for those. How many Bat-titles are there now? 30 or 40?