As a kid I was a very big fan of C-3PO’s cereal. I gobbled up the stuff during its way too short run and I collected each mask and carefully cut each one out. I then proceeded to wreck them by wearing them around the house for days on end. I might not own the masks anymore, but I can remember the magic of these Star Wars Collectibles, thanks to some wonderful uploads by the prolific Jason Liebig. He has posted not one or two, but four of the six collectible masks on his Flickr page. If you go to the largest file size, you can even print them, cut them out and eat your favorite non-droid theme cereal as your favorite Star Wars character.
Can’t afford one of the swell vintage masks featured in yesterday’s costume post – especially not at eBay prices – perhaps you can scrounge up enough coin for a specially marked box of cereal.
Breakfast cereal companies have long incentivized consumers to purchase their products with prizes, such as a promotional toy inside the box or a fun goodie printed on the outside of the box itself. One such goodie is the decorative mask, assembly sometimes required.
As Kellogg’s tells us in their ads, enjoying holiday masks is easy, just cut ’em out–and put ’em on–for super Halloween fun! They’re colorful, comic, life-size–swell for parties, Beggars’ Night, or Trick-or-Treat. Ask Mom to get you several mask packages right away! Maybe one of these fabulous examples.
Neato Coolville provides this image offering a glimpse at a wide variety of cereal masks from Kellogg’s.
Grickly, gregg_koenig, and JasonLiebig offers these classic examples.
I had an awesome C3PO cutout mask as a kid, but it couldn’t hold a candle to this these amazing masks from the early 1950s. I love that Pirate and the Witch. Perfect retro Halloween. When I close my eyes and think of a witch and a pirate from the 1950s, they are exactly what I picture.
Of course this wouldn’t happen today, they wouldn’t make this awesome scary masks. All the masks would be based on cereal mascots, dressed as generic creeps and ghouls.