Cereal Killers Series 2 by Wax Eye
Cereal Killers Series 2 trading cards
from Wax Eye, 2012
A couple of weeks ago, a package arrived on my porch. I didn’t even have to open it to know I was going to love what was inside…
That’s right! Cereal Killers Series 2 trading cards from Wax Eye! Before we rip in, let’s take note of the “disclaimer” that appears on the outside of each box of cards:
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look inside the brown box. Just like the previous release, Cereal Killers Series 2 comes packaged in collectible cereal boxes featuring different parodies on each side. The stickers are also available in individual packs and hobby boxes.
Each cereal box contains a package of 20 cards, an eyeball gumball, and two special inserts. You may recall there were some issues with collation in the inaugural release last year, resulting in a large number of doubles, leaving the collector short of a complete set. I am happy to report that those issues seem to have been resolved. Even though a full set is still not guaranteed, I came much closer to completion than I did with Series 1. After opening all three boxes, I was only one card short of the base set (missing #35 Candybran, if anyone happens to have an extra one). If you want to guarantee a complete set, purchasing a hobby box is the way to go.
There are some really fun cards in this collection. As a subset in the 55-card base set, cards 46-55 feature “Black & White Classic Cinema Cereal Cards.” Parodies of Nosferatu, Plan 9 From Outer Space, The Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits are all included here. Among the first 45 cards in the set, there are classic horror movies (The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby) and more recent flicks (Paranormal Activity, Scream) referenced. There are also cards that are simply parodies of cereals, all bloodied up for the gruesome effect.
My favorite three cards from the set are below. A modern movie that is certain to be a Halloween tradition for many years to come is Trick ‘r Treat (buy it), and artist Joe Simko captured the essence of the film with this simple design. Christine is one of my favorite horror movies from the 1980s (buy it), and I love what Simko did here, especially the designation that it comes in a “King Size Box.” Finally, from the black & white subset, the parody of The Creature From The Black Lagoon (buy it) hits the mark with a fantastically-drawn Creature.
The inserts include nine “Silver Spoon Foilcards” (“Fruit ‘n Flyber” pictured below) that are super shiny, non-bordered cards. Odds of pulling these cards are two per 3-pack.
Another insert is the “Sugar Glitter Chase Premiums.” There are eight total (“Twin Grain,” a parody of The Shining pictured below), with three per 3-pack odds. I pulled three Silver Spoons and three Sugar Glitters in my boxes. Other inserts you might find are Glow-in-the-Dark Fluorescent Stickers (1:4 3-Packs) and original, hand-drawn Sketch Cards (1:5 3-Packs).
Without a doubt, this has been my favorite new card release of the past decade. Combining my love for horror with my love for collecting cards is a sure-fire way to draw me in. The cards are standard 2.5×3.5 size, so they fit in your UltraPro 9-pocket pages for easy storage. If you love horror movies, or novelty/parody trading cards, Wax Eye’s Cereal Killers will hit the spot.