While our annual "Two Months of Halloween" celebration doesn't officially begin until September 1st, I have some news that just can't wait another 25 days. We all know that last year was an absolute dream come true for Monster Cereal fanatics, what with General Mills finally bringing back Fruity Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute in addition to retro boxes from the 70s. While it unfortunately appears that we won't be seeing Mummy and Brute this year, there is some good news: I'm happy to unveil the complete set of retro Monster Cereal boxes for the 2014 Halloween season!
General Mills is bringing back the exclusive retro boxes to Target once again, and while they couldn't possibly top last year's news, they're still doing some great fan service here. For starters, these aren't the same mid-seventies retro box designs from last year; they went with the 1979-1980 versions instead, which showcase the monsters pouring milk on their respective cereals. In addition to the alternate retro designs, they've added vintage style cut-out masks to the back of your favorite Monster Cereal boxes. Granted, most collectors won't want to damage their boxes, so I suggest you pick up an extra set so you can cut out the masks and still have some pristine boxes to hold onto. I'm honestly surprised to see the exclusive retro boxes again this year, as I figured they were gonna be a one-time opportunity, so that combined with the fact that they didn't just release the same designs again puts a big smile on my mug, and I can't wait to get my hands on 'em.
Also, in case you haven't heard already, General Mills surprised everyone today by announcing they've teamed up with artists DC Comics to create a brand new set of boxes for the 2014 Halloween season, and guess who has an early look at the complete designs? Behold!
DC Comics artists Jim Lee, Dave Johnson, & Terry and Rachel Dodson have each created slick new box art for the Monster Cereals this season, and they also had Brent Schoonover draw some individual comic strips on the back of each box! While I'll always prefer the original retro boxes, as they tug at my nostalgic heartstrings, I'm digging the new designs and think this could be a start of a wonderful new trend. For too many years, we've seen cereal companies re-release the same box designs every season; so I'm really hoping we see a new set of artists from all walks of life working on modern box designs every year from here on out.
Now you all know I'm a huuuuge fan of Boo Berry cereal, but of the DC designs, I gotta go with the Frankenberry design by Dave Johnson as the pick of the litter. Aside from the wonderfully clunky mechanics embedded in his head, I love that he actually has strawberries painted onto his nails. It's the little details that matter most. That said, I enjoyed the comic strip on back of Boo Berry's box the most, as it had the best monster-themed jokes of the bunch.
It may not be grave-shattering as the 2013 announcements, but we have a great set of Monster Cereals for Halloween this year. I for one am thankful that we're now living in a time where we actually get multiple box designs to choose from and they're far easier to track down than they were about 15 years ago. There was a time when I was getting thousands of people to email General Mills just to convince them to make the Monster Cereals more available to the public. Nowadays, it's no problem having them haunt our Halloween breakfasts. Here's hoping General Mills will continue the trend of of new box designs in 2015... but even more importantly, I'm still holding onto the hope that they'll finally introduce a NEW monster to join their cereal family.
Come on, Big G! Make it happen in 2015!
Now it's your turn. What do you think of the 2014 Monster Cereal boxes and which is your favorite design? What do you think General Mills should create as a new cereal monster mascot? Drop a comment below and lemme know!
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