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Quakor vs. Mush Man: Behind the Scenes

Quakor vs. Mush Man: Behind the Scenes

As you might've expected, my last blog entry was one big joke.

Most of you immediately realized Quakor was a gag, and the few of you that did fall for it, I'm thrilled. Thrilled not only that you'd trust me, but also by the fact that my Photoshop skills fooled you into thinking you were looking at an actual toy.

Quakor isn't a custom (in the traditional sense). He's just a Photoshop job.

My original intention for the gag was to reveal Quaker Oats had sold an Oatmeal Monster toy at one time. That probably would've been believable. But as I searched for vintage Quaker Oats graphics and packaging, I stumbled upon an old Quaker mug. This when it dawned on me that I should be doing a figure along the lines of Wonderbread He-Man.

After collecting a few Quaker mug pics, I was able to take photos of a Prince Adam figure and just fake the new mug-head onto the real MOTU body. It kind of forced me to use odd angles and lighting and took some effort retouching, but I think it worked.

As far as the order forms and inserts go, that was just my trying to emulate old 8os mail-away forms and comic book ads.

I felt the need to include those just to "sell" the validity of Quakor and Mush Man that much more. I even put a false watermark on the Mush Man ad to throw you off. Heh.

It was a lot fun and worth the effort.

I hope you enjoyed it.


11 Responses

  1. Clambo says:

    Wonderful prank you weirdo.

  2. Ben says:

    Ha! Seemed too weird when I read it, but everything looked so legit. Nice prank.

  3. the pizza says:

    awesome. I fully believed it. I even checked out ebay for ‘em. I didn’t even question the weirdness. I mean, it’s Weirdo Freaking Toys.

  4. I was hoping you would show us how you did it. Great job!

  5. krakit says:

    Sweet molasses! Great work on Quakor ha ha ha!

  6. Justin says:

    Ha! I’m so glad I fooled you guys. If I can fool toy nerds, I can fool anyone ;-)

  7. PrfktTear says:

    HAHAHA!!! CHEERS! This was brilliant! =)

  8. Kirk D. says:

    Ha! you got me with this too. I had looked them up also, and finding nothing just made me think they were mega rare. The story just made sense, it reminded me of Chase the Chuck Wagon Atari Game or so many other poorly made marketing tie-ins. The repurposing really sold it. Well done!

  9. @Superrobots I see you found the Quakor blog entry. I hope you found the followup entry as well :D http://bit.ly/eyk2Nw

  10. MM says:

    You spent all that time to make a fake ad…You gotta get a life…WAY too much time on your hands…

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