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  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 41!

    Welcome to the latest edition of Five Random Action Figures. I hope you appreciate the seasonally-appropriate setting in these photos. You owe me 10 ounces of sweat and 12 ounces of bug spray. King Sphinx Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) King Sphinx is an interesting cat. If you’re li

  • Dino Drac’s July Funpack is here!

    Dino Drac’s July 2017 Funpack is a very special edition, and not just because it includes a rubber shark head. July’s box marks the three year anniversary of Dino Drac’s Funpacks — which means that you have effectively extended this site’s shelf life for three full years! (As

  • Opening a box of Gremlins Cereal from 1984!

    I know I’ve written about Gremlins Cereal several times before, but I swear, I have a really good reason to do it again. See, that isn’t any ordinary Gremlins Cereal box. No, that one is STILL SEALED. …or at least, it was until a few hours ago. As soon as I cracked that sucker op

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 19!

    Get set for another edition of Five Retro TV Commercials, because I know you’re dying to see Charlie Brown sell life insurance. You’re so ironic. Nickelodeon Sweepstakes Promo! (1986) Here we had Nickelodeon bragging about its many on-air giveaways. If you shipped out 6000 skateboards

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 18!

    In this edition of Five Retro TV Commercials, you’ll see everything from old pizza to old action figures to old cough drops. That’s my pitch. Pizza Hut’s “Great White” Pizza! (1993) I’m low-key obsessed with Pizza Hut’s discontinued specialty pies. By “low-key

  • The Purple Stuff’s Sharkstravaganza!

    I love sharks, you love sharks, everybody loves sharks. Let’s spend the whole day obsessing over sharks! The Purple Stuff Podcast has finally returned, thanks to the peeps who demanded it with pitchforked pleas. (And we appreciate that — you guys rule.) This week, me and Jay from T

  • Six Delicious Facts about Hawaiian Punch.

    Hey, how ‘bout a nice Hawaiian Punch? I love Hawaiian Punch. Everyone does. Anyone who claims otherwise is lying. As a kid, I adored those huge canisters of the powdered mix. As I recall, Hawaiian Punch’s mixes came sugared, so while trying to eat “raw” Kool-Aid would leave you puc

  • Zima is back for the summer of 2017!

    Zima is back, baby. From now through the end of summer, you can find six-packs of Zima — yes, honest-to-goodness original Zima — wherever bottles of happy juice are sold. The “clearmalt” beverage debuted in 1993 and was immediately popular, thanks to a look and taste that w

  • Dino Drac’s June 2017 Funpack!

    There’s no better way to beat the heat than a Dino Drac Funpack! Well, that’s not exactly true. I just have heat on the brain. It’s like 200 degrees out right now. I’m basically Surtur without the superpowers. In any event, Dino Drac’s June Funpack IS HERE, but it will only be av

  • Vicious Videocassette Boxes, Volume VII!

    I’ve been collecting VHS tapes in a pretty hardcore way as of late, spurred by my experiences at those still-running video stores. So far, it’s been a terrific hobby. It’s as cheap as I need it to be, and it’s an excuse to turn every yard sale and thrift shop into a hunting ground.

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 17!

    Here’s another edition of Five Retro TV Commercials, featuring everything from Bartman to steamed hams: McDonald’s Cheddar Melt! (1989) I have a sick fascination with discontinued McDonald’s foods, revering them more as I would extinct species of birds than old sandwiches. Three

  • Grocery Shopping in Old Newspapers!

    Today is Dino Drac’s 5th birthday. I wrote a bit about that on the site’s Facebook page, but here’s the tl;dr version: Thanks for reading! Below: Six mostly-forgotten junk foods from the ‘80s and ‘90s, as seen in old supermarket circulars. It’s exactly this sort of provocative

  • Humdrum Highlights from the Summer of ’92.

    Wanna read my diary? Shown above is my diary — sorry, JOURNAL — from the summer of 1992, when I was between the 7th and 8th grades. I was bored, weird and lonely, but also “purely me” in a way that seems almost alien now. I didn’t have a lot going on, and boy, it

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 16!

    I’ve been absent for a week, which is exactly how long it would take for someone to steal me and leave an android in my place. Food for thought. Below: The latest edition of Five Retro TV Commercials. These ads aired during DuckTales back in ‘88, so imagine them bookending quips from M

  • Dino Drac’s May 2017 Funpack is Here!

    Well, it’s debuting a bit later than I would’ve preferred, but I’m finally ready to unveil Dino Drac’s May Funpack! (AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY!) The short story, for those who don’t know: Dino Drac is a one man show that requires a great deal of time, money and effort.

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 40!

    By the end of this article, I’ll have reviewed 200 action figures on Dino Drac. That’s a big deal, guys. It’s why I’m typing this with one hand and eating a whole Carvel cake with the other. Five Random Action Figures has been the site’s most dependable series, and for as long a

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 15!

    Welcome to a special edition of Five Retro TV Commercials. Special to me, at least. Every commercial in this batch aired during The Death of the Incredible Hulk, an NBC television movie that premiered on February 18th, 1990. The Death of the Incredible Hulk got the plush Sunday Night at th

  • Making new action figures out of broken ones.

    A few weeks ago, I bought this: It’s a bag of assorted action figure accessories, plus a few broken figures. I found it at a toy & collectible shop that had a little bit of everything, from vintage Masters of the Universe figures to cartoon-themed lunch boxes. In stores like that, I

  • 1990s Ads from Fangoria Magazine!

    Whenever I find an old issue of Fangoria, I jump straight to the ads. I can read the Tom Savini interview later. First I need to see if anyone made a mask based on the demon doctor from Jacob’s Ladder. My priorities make sense to me. That isn’t to say that the content of the maga

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 14!

    I wasn’t planning to go back to this well so soon, but I found a *really great* Gremlins 2 commercial, and that shit just can’t wait. Every ad featured in this edition of Five Retro TV Commercials premiered in 1990. Most of ’em aired during the same blocks of weekday afternoon s