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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. 🙂

  • eBay Dig #13: A Nightmare on Elm Street!

    Time for another eBay dig! If you’re new to this series, it’s how I avoid spending money I don’t have on things I don’t need. Down below: Five of the best Nightmare on Elm Street collectibles recently seen on eBay. If you’re an Elm Street fan with a thick wallet, mazel tov. Go bu

  • Goodbye, Old Video Store.

    A little over a week ago, me and Jay visited what had been one of New Jersey’s last remaining movie rental shops. Located in the city of Brick, Bob’s Video Time was closing its doors after 27 years, finally conceding defeat to an increasingly digital market. And yeah, we did kinda go t

  • Purple Stuff tackles Friday the 13th!

    Today is Friday the 17th. That’s gross. Let’s pretend it’s Friday the 13th. The Purple Stuff Podcast is back with a 75 minute tribute to Friday the 13th! This week, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit run through a dozen memories of the franchise, covering everything from the

  • Dino Drac’s February 2017 Funpack!

    Hooray! I’m finally ready to debut Dino Drac’s February 2017 Funpack! Took me long enough. (AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY!) Obligatory spiel: I create and sell monthly Funpacks, stuffed with old and new nonsense. Without the profits from these boxes, I wouldn’t be able to run D

  • The Complete History of WCW’s Yeti.

    Let’s talk about the Yeti. Even if you’ve never watched wrestling, you might’ve heard of him. (Maybe from me, come to think of it!) The Yeti is widely considered to be one of pro-wrestling’s worst-ever characters, and through an objective lens, I can’t disagree. He was a seven fo

  • TMNT Crunchabungas!

    I am now the proud owner of a sealed bag of TMNT Crunchabungas. I’m not lying! Though the packages are dated 1990, research suggests that TMNT Pizza Crunchabungas didn’t hit stores until early ‘91. The snacks debuted at the very height of Turtlemania, when our green heroes were basic

  • My 1987 Birthday Party.

    Today is my birthday. I’m super old. 900, basically. But it wasn’t always this way. On February 6th, 1987, I had a birthday party. A bunch of boys from my second grade class came over to do what boys do. One of them gave me Optimus Prime socks. That’s me, at the party. Back then, ki

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 37!

    I normally only cover vintage toys on Five Random Action Figures, but this time, let’s try something different. Below are five figures that are still in stores, proving that new stuff can be just as awesome as old stuff, and less grimy to boot. Macho Michelangelo! Teenage Mutant Ninja Su

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 12!

    Let’s forget our troubles with grainy videos of cheesy ‘80s commercials. Here’s the latest edition of Five Retro TV Commercials, featuring everything from robots to Skeletor to space aliens. (Times were good!) He-Man & Quik Sweepstakes! (1980s) Back in ’84, Nestle teamed up

  • Before Ecto Cooler, there was Hi-C Citrus Cooler.

    As most of you know, Ecto Cooler has retired again, with the remaining stock from its summer run now being liquidated at dollar stores and discount shops. Stock up while it lasts! But here’s something that most of you don’t know: Ecto Cooler’s termination marks the end of a Hi-C fla

  • Purple Stuff Podcast: Snow Days!

    Coming to you live from Dino Drac HQ, it’s Matt with a fever. And a cup of coffee. Which for some reason makes the fever feel ten times worse. Why am I drinking this? Before I retire to the couch, lemme slide you the latest Purple Stuff Podcast. Been a while, hasn’t it? This we

  • 5 Spooky Unsolved Mysteries Segments!

    If you missed the news, Unsolved Mysteries is FINALLY available in its ORIGINAL form. The first season is now streaming on Amazon Prime, and it’s totally free if you’re a Prime member. As a huge fan of the series, I can’t overstate how big this is. Until now, seeing Unsolved Myster

  • Comic Book Ads, Volume 11!

    After picking up so many cheap books from that comic show, I’m now flush with vintage print ads. That’s all I’m really after when I buy comics, anyway. Don’t care what Thor is up to. Just want to see hero shots of SweeTarts. Below are five of the coolest ads I’ve found so far, c

  • Vintage Mountain Berry Punch Kool-Aid!

    I’m gonna drink really old Kool-Aid, but first I gotta preamble your ass. I enjoyed Kool-Aid all through childhood, of course, but I’ve been collecting Kool-Aid all through adulthood. The “collecting” part was spurred by the Kool-Aid FAQ, a late ‘90s web doc that opened my eyes t

  • The Friday the 13th eBay Dig!

    It’s Friday the 13th. Jason’s special day. Naturally, I will spend tonight watching movies that I’ve already seen a billion times. You should, too! To celebrate, I plugged “Friday the 13th” into eBay and spent way too many hours searching for the weirdest and most obscure Jason V

  • Dino Drac’s January 2017 Funpack!

    If you’ve got the post-holiday blues, I have the cure: A BOX OF AWESOME JUNK. ($25 / MONTH SUBSCRIPTION BOX. UNITED STATES ONLY.) Dino Drac’s January 2017 Funpack is here, and I’ll be straight with you… it’s an important one. This site is funded almost exclusively through Fun

  • 10 Old Comic Books & What They Mean To Me.

    Over the weekend, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit visited a little comic book show in Clifton, New Jersey. (We went to the same show last year, if you wanna see what little New Jersey comic shows actually look like.) We were both hunting the same thing: Cheap, unloved comic books. Several

  • Junk Food Ads from the 1990s!

    Let’s head back to the ‘90s to go grocery shopping. Assume we have a time machine and low aspirations. And that I’m the tallest. Below: Eight great junk foods from the 1990s, immortalized in old newspaper advertisements. Wise Crazy Calypso Chips! (1993) Augh, finally! I’ve been try

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 36!

    Welcome to the 36th edition of Five Random Action Figures, featuring alien brains and bounty hunters and Henry Silva. We’re gonna have a time. Boba Fett Star Wars (1979) Arguably the coolest figure in the entire Star Wars collection, Boba Fett looks like a stormtrooper mixed with a carn

  • More Horror Movie Newspaper Ads!

    I have a special sort of nostalgia for old horror movie newspaper ads. While I’m now a fan of scary movies, they terrified me as a kid, in that “do not touch” sort of way. Catching movie promos on television was a daily risk, but there was something even spookier about the newspaper