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7-11 and another “Kwik-E” Update

Posted in 7-11, pop culture, Simpsons with tags , , on September 14, 2007 by Paxton

Kwik E Mart SignWell, the remodeled 7-Eleven/Kwik-E-Mart promotion is supposed to be over. There are still some holdouts here and there, and there’s still plenty of Simpsons products within the 7-Elevens themselves, but I think the remodels are coming down. I never got to go to one, but my in-laws and a good friend of mine went to remodeled 7-Elevens in Texas and Nevada for me then sent me pictures and a few other surprises.

What surprises you ask? Well, below you’ll find some of the treasures my mother-in-law sent to my doorstep after I asked her to check out the Dallas Kwik-E-Mart for me. You can click some of the images below to get a bigger version.

Simpsons StuffA big pile of the awesome, awesome stuff that my in-laws sent me from Texas. Cookies, books, comics, etc, etc. Lots of awesome here. Too much awesome, actually. I almost don’t deserve it……I take that back, yes I do.

Squishee CupOn the Simpsons, the Kwik-E-Mart sells their version of the Slushee called a Squishee. For the promotion, 7-11 rebranded their Slushee drinks, Squishee, and offered drinks in these cool collector cups.

Bart CookieBart Simpson cookie. I also got a cookie of Homer Simpson’s head. You can see it in the first picture up top.

DonutsHomer’s favorite food, donuts with pink frosting. I can see why he loves these things. They are like tiny baked circles of Heaven. Instead of the usual glazed donuts that Homer eats, these were actually cake donuts. I think they may have been better than the glazed. They were deeeeeeelicious….uuuuuuummmmmmmmm……………dooooooonuuuuuuuts.

The pictures from here down all come from my good friend Mitzi. She went on a West Coast trip recently and went to the remodeled 7-11 in Nevada. These are my favorite of the pics she sent me. Thanks Mitzi.

Donuts 2Here’s the display for all the pink frosting donuts. Tell me this does not cause your eyes to glaze over (pun intended) and your mouth to drool. Looks. So. Good. Click on this image to see the bigger version then check out to the left of the donut display. You can see a tiny blue and white box of Chocodiles. I didn’t know Hostess still made those. I want one!

SquisheeLike I said earlier, the Slurpee machines were re-branded with the Squishee name. They even added a new flavor, Blue Woo Hoo Vanilla. Nice name.

BuzzThe soda fountain was covered with ads for the Simpsons-only cola, Buzz. It wasn’t in the fountain, but 7-11 was offering cans of Buzz Cola in their coolers. My in-laws got me 2 cans of Buzz Cola. I tried it, and it was awful. Tasted like watered down, bitter RC Cola. Not cool. Although 7-11 did carry Buzz Cola, they did not carry the Simpsons-only beer, Duff Beer. How great would a can of Duff Beer be? Well, if it tasted anything like Buzz Cola, it wouldn’t be great. But, I’d keep the can. I see Duff Beer as the Simpsons equivalent of Miller High Life.

Comic Book GuyOne of my favorite characters on the Simpsons is Comic Book Guy. His snarky comments whenever he is on screen reminds me of a comic shop guy when I was in high school (yes, I collected comics). Some of his best quotes; “Your emotion is out of place here, son.”, “Worst episode EVER.”, “I must hurry back to my comic book store, where I dispense the insults rather than absorb them.” He’s endlessly entertaining and he’ll pop up randomly in episodes.

Stuff2More Simpsons product on sale. You can see the pink donuts on top, the Bart and Homer cookies below that. The Squishee cups are on the bottom (you can see different colors). You can’t see any boxes of Krusty-Os cereal that 7-11 was also selling. These were a hot item and most 7-11s ran out very quickly. Unfortunately the Krusty-Os were all sold out at the Dallas Kwik-E-Mart where my in-laws went, so I didn’t get a box. However, I read that it was pretty much just Fruit Loops. Having the box would be cool, though.

Front2A picture of the front of the Nevada remodeled 7-11. I love the idea of having life-size simpsons standees all over the place. Really puts you in that world.

Well, much thanks goes to my in-laws, Kathi and Dan, and my friend Mitzi for sending me the awesome pictures and cool Simpsons swag. I really wish I could have gone to the one in Orlando but a 2.5 hour trip one way is tough to justify for a trip to a 7-11. However, I’m going to Orlando in the next few weeks with my wife and friends for our annual trip to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. We shall see if the 7-11 remodels are still standing. There’s also a giant McDonald’s right off the interstate that I want to get a look at.

FYI…Mitzi is a really good photographer. She has great pics of her West Coast trip up at her Myspace page. Check them out.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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7-11 and The Simpsons: A “Kwik-E” Update

Posted in 7-11, movies, pop culture, Simpsons, TV shows with tags , , , on July 3, 2007 by Paxton

Movie LogoOn July 27 the long awaited (10 years in the making) Simpsons Movie will hit your local theaters. I haven’t watched the show in a few years but I am still pretty excited about seeing the movie. Some of the older shows are just classics. Anyway, this morning I was reading a few of my favorite pop culture blogs and I found out that, over this past weekend, ten 7-11 stores were converted into real, honest-to-goodness Kwik-E-Marts. Yes, if you live in one of the 10 designated cities you too can walk into a Kwik-E-Mart and buy Simpsons branded products while plastic standees of Simpsons characters stare at you….judging you. How cool is that?

Kwik-E-MartWhy only ten stores? Good question, but I think 7-11 is footing the bill for converting the stores for what looks to be the greatest movie promotion in the history of movie promotions. Not only are the 7-11s getting a facial, they are also going to sell products that are found in the Simpsons show. You’ll find the famous donuts with pink icing and sprinkles, cans of Buzz Cola, Raidoactive Man comics and boxes of Frosted Krusty-Os cereal. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of Simpsons goodness.

The closest store to me is in Orlando, FL. It’s about 2.5-3 hours away. I really have to search inside myself to decide if a 3 hour trip (one-way) is worth it to buy a box of Krusty-Os or a Squishee. It’s really close to a yes, though. It’s hard to fathom that I am about 3 hours away from bathing my naked body in blue Squishee and gorging myself sick on pink-icing donuts with sprinkles (do-o-o-o-o-o-o-nuts). It’s too much for my pop culture addicted brain.

Aha! I do notice that one of the 7-11s is in Dallas, TX. It might be more efficient to have my in-laws drive to it and grab me a few things. Dan & Kathi, you hear me? Do you mind? 🙂

Very, very cool. Here are some pictures I found of blogs who have already been to one of these (click the pics for links to those articles). Enjoy, and if one is near you, go check it out.

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In Memorium: Back to the Future The Ride

Posted in Back to the Future, movies, reviews, Universal Studios with tags , , , , on August 11, 2006 by Paxton


It makes me very sad that I have to write this article. I’ve heard rumors for a while, but it was officially announced that Universal Studios Orlando was going to “phase out” the 15 year old ride for something newer, presumably a Simpsons ride.

I have a long history with Back to the Future. I saw it at the theater in 1985 when it was released. I remember my dad checking me out of school to go see an earlier showing (it was still packed). Then when the original was released on VHS, I had my dad (god love him for it) show up at Blockbuster the day it was released to rent it (we copied it). I remember losing my f’n mind when, at the end of the movie on VHS, there appeared the words TO BE CONTINUED… which didn’t appear in the theatrical release. I then eagerly waited the four years it took to release Parts 2 and 3. I bought all the magazines and books I could find. Click here to see my review of the Back to the Future novels. I also had the Back to the Future official movie magazine but it fell apart I read it so much. So, in 1999, when I was assigned to a project in Tampa, FL, I was beside myself thinking that I would be an easy 1 hour drive from Universal Studios Orlando and Back to the Future The Ride. I made several trips to Orlando to visit Universal studios and have ridden The Ride many times since then. I even got to ride it at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Everytime it takes me back to the feeling of watching the movie when I was a kid.

Now it seems that the studio brass feel it’s time to retire the ride. I hate to say it, but I agree. The ride was pretty shabby the last time I rode it. I love going to the ride and seeing the props and enviroments and the atmosphere, but the ride mechanism and IMAX dome screening always makes me motion sick. I would love to see it updated, but with the DVDs released a few years ago and no new movies or TV shows on the horizon, the prospects for the property have pretty much played out. It’s sad to see it go and I’m glad I got to ride it just a few weeks ago as the ride looks to be phased out by October.

Here I am outside the main entrance to The Ride at Universal Studios in Orlando in 1999.

Here I am outside the ride with a Doc Brown impersonator. We are posing in front of an actual Delorean model used in the movie. This is also from 1999 in Orlando.

Fun Back to the Future links:

1. Here is the video footage of Back to the Future The Ride. It’s the video you’d see if you were sitting in the ride, not the video while waiting in line. Very cool.

2. Bloopers from the filming of Back to the Future.

3. Did you know that Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly? Roughly 30% of the movie was shot with Stoltz as the lead but the director thought he looked too old and played Marty too straight. Here are some pics of the legendary “Eric Stoltz” footage.

Take care BTTF The Ride, we knew ye well!!

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