Saturday, November 27, 2010

Post-Thanksgiving Wrap Up Part 2

Well, this is awkward. I was hoping to end the Thanksgiving wrap up with a little more content. I went through the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade video twice and the Planter's Nut Mobile was M.I.A. Maybe the new Mr. Peanut is too much of a big shot to show up.

Or more likely, NBC just didn't show him for whatever reason. We may never know. But guess who did show up:

All of the sudden Ronald McDonald's Big Red Shoe Car is everywhere.

There was also talk of some kind of "Snoopy's Dog House" vehicle but all I saw was a standard float. I know I've made allowances for floats before but after such a dismal turnout I'm in no mood to be generous.

Or am I? Since there are no other product mobile pictures to be had this Thanksgiving, here's a picture of the giant, creepy Ronald McDonald balloon that followed the Shoe Car:

And lest you think I'm a junk food shill, here are some more balanced McDonalds blog entries I did in the past:

McMansions - Clobbergate - Unhappy Meal

Friday, November 26, 2010

Post-Thanksgiving Wrap Up Part 1

A shocking revelation occurred yesterday as I learned (between mouthfuls of turkeypotatoehampie) that Thanksgiving has room for more than one parade.

One Heimlich Maneuver later and I had my second shock as I learned that in addition to an appearance at the Macy's Parade, Ronald McDonald's Big Red Shoe Car also cruises the streets of Houston during the HEB Holiday Parade:

Photo Courtesy of KHOU

It must be really fast to be in both Texas and New York in the same day.

And yet a third shock occurred when when I learned of the existence of something called the Houston Chronicle Star Car which also made an appearance at the parade:

Image Copyright Serious Wheels

I'm assuming that this baby is meant to promote the Houston Chronicle and it looks like I have another new(?) product mobile to research.

I also need to go through my TIVOed Macy's Thanskgiving Day Parade to prepare for Part 2 of the Post-Thanksgiving Wrap Up. Tune in for that tomorrow.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hyundai Football Car

Apparently there are parts of the world where soccer isn't just a game for children. It's taken seriously enough to warrant a product mobile (or two).

These beauties were made by Hyundai to promote something called the "World Cup." Sounds cute.

Here's a video from the UK's Car Dealer Magazine about these sporty little numbers:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Old Friends Return For Thanksgiving

Mr. Peanut's new makeover isn't keeping him from his regular gigs. The Planter's Nutmobile will be making its regular appearance at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Planters� Nut Mobile

Our old pal Ronald McDonald and his regular entourage will also be making his yearly appearance at the beloved holiday event.

The Big Red Shoe Carl with Ronald McDonald, Birdie, the Early Bird, Grimace, and Hamburglar

They are listed, as usual, with other "Specialty Units" and again, as usual, they seem to be the only product mobiles in the parade...or are they? Another "unit," listed toward the bottom caught my eye:
Snoopy's Dog House, huh? I searched for information but couldn't find any. Assuming it's some kind of vehicle, I imagine it might look something like this:

Is it promoting something (like any good product mobile should)? Chex Mix? Met Life? I guess we'll just have to tune in to find out.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Finally, a Beermobile!

Because the people demanded it, we now live in world with a beer themed product mobile! (And yes, trailers count as product mobiles...according to me.)

So say hello to "Woody," ambassador of Deschutes Brewery and purveyor of refreshing libations. I feel happier just knowing it exists.

Woody's barrel exterior, giant taphandle, stereo system and disco ball show up wherever fun is need and is currently in the middle of the "In Search of Snow tour. I guess they're looking for snow or something.
Want to know if Woody is coming to a town near you? Here are its next few stops:

  • Boise State University Tailgate Party at the R Bar

    November 19
    Boise, ID
  • The Civil War! U of O Ducks vs. OSU Beavers Tailgate Party

    (Location to be determined)

    December 4
    Corvallis, OR
  • Cyclocross National Championships

    Deschutes Brewery (901 SW Simpson Ave.)

    December 10-13

    Bend, OR

If you are luck you might even get to see "Little Woody." (insert obvious double entendre here)
And you better hurry before a dinosaur drinks all the beer. Dinosaurs love beer!

For more info:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happy Halloweenie!

It's been kind of quiet here in Blogtown, U.S.A. so why don't we check in with the Wienermobile?

Halloween is still fresh in all our minds so let's all de-costume, kick back with a big pumpkin head full of candy and click the picture above to see how the Wienermobile celebrated the haunted holiday.