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The Mostly-Complete Dino Drac Archives.

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Below are most of the blog archives. Certain categories may be excluded to keep things tidier. There’s even more junk on the Features Page, too!

April 2016 Update:  I’m currently (read: finally) working on the archives to make ’em a bit more navigable. You shouldn’t have much trouble now, but check back soon for prettier pages to jump between. 🙂

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    Stay Puft Marshmallow Twinkies!

    Even with its 80 trailers and 500 TV spots, excitement for the Ghostbusters reboot is being fueled as much by junk food. From Ecto Cooler to misshapen marshmallows to Key Lime Slime Twinkies, I can only hope that I have half as much fun watching the movie as I’ve had eating it. …an

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    More Ancient Cereal Boxes!

    While tidying up my office, I came across a stash of old cereal boxes, sandwiched between far less interesting things. Below are five of them. (This is what we in the biz call a utilitarian intro.) Spider-Man Cereal! (1995) At least partially inspired by the 1994 cartoon, Ralston’s Spide

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    Summer Memories from the ’80s and ’90s!

    Summer is here! Sure, it’s only my third favorite season, and sure, it comes in dead last if we’re only talking about the weather, but still… yay! It’s a season full of roller coasters and yard sales and cotton candy and tiki mugs, so no matter how humid, sticky and bug-filled the

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    Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 10!

    Welcome to the tenth edition of Five Retro TV Commercials. Since I’m just now noticing that milestone, I can’t say that I have anything special planned. Just more old commercials. Crest Toothpaste! (1980s) As crazy as this one is, every kid-targeted toothpaste commercial was just as bo

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    New Ghostbusters Slime Toys!

    I’m all-in on the new Ghostbusters toys, yo. It’s the first line in many years that’s compelled me to spend money recklessly. I’d never go so far to say that Mattel outdid Kenner’s Real Ghostbusters collection, but I think they’re paying it serious homage. On that note, I’ve

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    Dino Drac’s June 2016 Funpack!

    Running Dino Drac takes lots of time, money and blood sacrifices, so if you enjoy what I do here, the best way to keep it going is by subscribing to Dino Drac’s Funpacks. June’s looking like a good month to start! ($25 MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION BOX. UNITED STATES ONLY.) The quick-and-dirty:

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    Junk Food of the Gods, Part 5!

    It’s been four months since the last edition of Junk Food of the Gods, which means that I’ve missed the chance to immortalize so many limited edition snacks. I’m genuinely angry about this. I want to scream. All I can do is pick up where I left off. Down below: More junk food. Extra

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    Purple Stuff: All About 1990!

    1990 was a big year. A huge year! From Gremlins 2 to Dick Tracy, I’m not sure that any other year provided me with so many obsessions. Also, since I’d started junior high by the time 1990 ended, it was really my last chance to be a kid in the truest sense, free to wallow

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    Five Random Action Figures, Part 28!

    Dino Drac turned four this week. Can’t believe how fast the time went! I started the site thinking it would either be my second chance or my flat-noted swan song, and I’m proud to say that Dino Drac lasting for four years points to the former. Hope you’ll stick around for another fou

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    Purple Stuff: The Ecto Cooler Adventure.

    The holiday weekend was an unending fiasco. Memorial Day marked the official return of Hi-C Ecto Cooler, and even though I’d already scored a few press samples, I needed to experience it the real way. I needed the personal shopping experience. (Also, I just wanted more goddamned Ecto Coo

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    Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 9!

    Just like last time, everything in this edition of Five Retro TV Commercials comes from that tape full of 1991 Ninja Turtles cartoons. (I’ll be putting that cassette to rest after this article, by the way. There are other commercials on it, but nothing you can’t live without seeing aga

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    Purple Stuff: TV Theme Songs!

    I think I got two hours sleep last night, so apologies in advance if I mindlessly segue into a diatribe about how rabbits are really elephants. It was all to bring you this thing in a timely fashion: In this week’s Purple Stuff Podcast, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit discuss a dozen of

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    Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 8!

    Welcome to a special edition of Five Retro TV Commercials. Special to me, at least. A tape donated by my pal MZ was simply labeled “Turtles,” and I correctly guessed that it’d be stuffed with old TMNT episodes. What a freakin’ goldmine! Everything on the videocassette was recorded

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    A few hours ago, I heard a too-gentle knock on the front door. It was the FedEx guy, looking to make a delivery without any pesky conversation. That’s my kind of FedEx guy. Yes. It has arrived. ECTO COOLER. Last week, someone from Coca-Cola’s PR firm blessed me with the email to end al

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    2016 Flea Market Finds, Part 3!

    We arrived at the Englishtown flea market late on Saturday afternoon, so there was no time to waste. Over half of the sellers had already packed up, and of those who remained, many were clearly ready to throw in the towel. I found jussst enough to consider the trip a success, and got reacq

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    Jason Voorhees dances all over YouTube.

    It’s Friday the 13th. Please clap. To celebrate Jason’s big day, I’d like to introduce you to a… strange phenomenon. Some of you may have already noticed this, but most surely haven’t. I’ll cut to the chase: There are tons of YouTube videos starring people in Jason Voorhe

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    The new Ghostbusters toys are great.

    Well, I resisted for as long as I could. The new Ghostbusters toys have hit stores, and there’s literally not one of them that I don’t want. I’ll wait for the inevitable clearance sales for some, but it’s been a long time since one single toy line put out so much stuff that I HAD

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    Breakfast Cereals from the 1980s.

    Just when I thought that I’d mined nostalgia from every conceivable source, in swoops this: My buddy Paul generously donated his copy of Connections For Health, an academic textbook (or whatever) from 1986. Its 500 pages offer very little of note, but Paul noticed something awesome on

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    Things that are scarier than they should be.

    We’ve officially crossed the halfway point to Halloween! Course, since so many of us start celebrating in August, that’s even better than it sounds. In just a few short months, we’ll all lose ourselves in a sea of latex and candy and dead leaves. I can’t wait. R

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    Dino Drac’s May 2016 Funpack!

    The wait is over! The latest Dino Drac Funpack has arrived! (AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY!) Quick and dirty info: I sell monthly Funpacks. Without them, there’d be no Dino Drac. In trade for your support, you’ll get weird and awesome boxes stuffed with all sorts of retro nonsen