Potatoes, Secret Movies, and Elvis Blogs

A legendary potato

I’ve posted about the Mr. Potato Head Elvis Presley here a couple of times in the last week or so. Most recently, I had some fun with the idea and speculated about what some of the rejected marketing slogans for that dubious product might have been.

Other Elvis bloggers have also handled this hot potato. For instance, Phil over at ElvisBlog surmises that a 50s gold lamé suit incarnation of the big spud will follow the 70s white jumpsuit and ’68 special leather suit versions already in the works. If you’re going to insult Elvis fans, it’s only fair, of course, to insult fans of every Elvis decade. That way, no one feels left out.

In Phil’s post, you’ll see what amounts to a rogue’s gallery of mostly awful Elvis “collectibles” in the same vein as the potato. One that I apparently missed when it first arrived on the scene is “Plush Piggy Elvis” – which admittedly is even worse than the Potato Head. While the potato is official, I’m really hoping that piggy was an unauthorized product, though. Not even EPE would be that stupid, would they?

The secret Elvis On Tour movie

Well, I’m not going to let the potato get me down. Elvis On Tour‘s looming Blu-ray release is enough to satisfy me for 75th anniversary products. Last week, I also told you how Fandango, AMC, and others are advertising a theatrical showing of the film on July 29 at various theaters across the United States (billed as Elvis On Tour 75th Anniversary Celebration).

As far as I’ve seen, there’s still been nothing official posted from sponsors Warner Home VideoElvis Presley Enterprises, or Fathom Events. However, I can assure you that the tickets are very much on sale now – as I purchased mine from Fandango over the weekend.

I’m really looking forward to seeing Elvis On Tour in the theater. I just hope enough word gets out that I won’t be the only one there!

Seriously, seeing Elvis On Tour on the big screen will make the 75th anniversary a memorable one for me. I can’t think of a better way to remember Elvis than to see him live in concert in the closest way we can.

300 posts and counting

Speaking of milestones, Thomas is celebrating the 300th post over at his Elvis Today blog, so congratulations to him. Having read all 300 of them, I can safely say that Elvis Today sets itself apart from the rest of us by being a very personal and insightful blog of consistent high quality. When it comes to blogging, Thomas sets the ideal. I just wish he’d hurry up with the next 300 posts.

They’re not all bad

Besides Elvis On Tour, another upcoming, authorized Elvis product actually looks pretty terrific. I’ll have a post about that within the next few days.

Until next time, have fun everyone!

Exclusive: Rejected Marketing Slogans for Mr. Potato Head Elvis Presley

Yesterday, I told you about Elvis Presley Enterprise’s new Mr. Potato Head Elvis Presley. Today, I’ve already started to see the national media sniffing at this story. A couple of the newscasters on television cable news network CNN had a good laugh about it, including photos of the overweight spud bulging out of his jumpsuit. The media always prefers to makes jokes out of Elvis stories, but does Elvis Presley Enterprises really need to make it this easy for them?

Anyway, today, I have an exclusive list of rejected marketing slogans* for Mr. Potato Head Elvis Presley. Here they are:

  • Build Your Dreams On Suspicious Rinds
  • It’s Elvis In Spudway: Smooth, Fast, And No Lumps!
  • Keep Buyin’ Them Taters
  • 50,000,000 Elvis Spuds Can’t Be Wrong
  • Always On Your Rind
  • The Memphis Spud
  • Kids, When Your Potato Has Sideburns, You’d Better Run!
  • Your Lovin’ Teddy Spud!
  • Worse. Than. The. Duck.
  • Elvis: The Complete Mashers
  • Will Work As Food
  • It’s A Hunka’ Hunka’ Burnin’ Mush
  • Elvis Potato Head Today, Elvis’ Golden Fries Tomorrow
  • One For The Money
  • Gentle On Your Rind

By the way, the only way to make Elvis Presley Enterprises stop authorizing these kind of junk products is for Elvis fans to stop buying them. So, avoid the potato, and let your family and friends know that you don’t want it either. Why let them waste their money?

*not really

A Few Thoughts on Mr. Potato Head Elvis Presley (Conductor’s Reflections #3)

Come on Elvis Presley Enterprises, I know you can do so much better than this: Mr. Potato Head Elvis Presley Figures to Launch in August of 2010.

It’ll just be another way for people to ridicule Elvis. These may work and be fun for characters from fictional universes like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, but not as supposed collectibles of a deceased superstar. These kinds of products do not protect his legacy.

By the way, that is a horrible-looking Elvis impersonator in the promotional image. On the other hand, if you’d simply called it a Mr. Potato Head Elvis Impersonator figure, then I’d be fine with it. And, like all other impersonator-related news, I’d ignore it.

Who buys this stuff?