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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. 🙂

  • 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

  • 11 Things I Loved About 2016.

    Everyone knows the gag by now. 2016 wasn’t a year, but a malevolent entity sent to spread misery and pain to all mankind. It was just a silly meme people used to ease tensions after another shitty thing happened, but it’s just as true that 2016 really was a bumpy road, full of awful ne

  • Preparing for Christmas!

    It’s Friday night. Only half the presents are wrapped, and only half the mushrooms are stuffed. As usual, I have a million things left to do before my family’s Christmas Eve party. Between now and then, I’ll be lucky if I get four hours sleep. I wouldn’t have it any other way. The

  • Highlights from the 1986 Sears Wish Book!

    I wanted to get one more catalog review done before Christmas, and I think we’re ending with a doozy. (And also a DaZoo, but that joke won’t become funny until you’re a thousand words in.) Behold, the 1986 Sears Wish Book! This was a big one, guys. Action figures as a concept were a

  • Return of the Ancient Holiday Appetizers!

    Time to break out the super old cookbooks again! As longtime readers know, I never let a holiday season slip by without trying out some old and iffy recipes. These are typically plucked from the pages of ‘60s and ‘70s cookbooks, back when chicken drumsticks looked like Flintstones food

  • Commercials from He-Man’s Xmas Special!

    He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special premiered in December of ‘85, and I was one of the presumed millions who watched it with their jaws to the floor. He-Man, in prime time?! That was huge! The special featured just about every character from both He-Man and She-Ra’s cartoons, eve

  • 2016’s Hottest Holiday Junk Food, Part 2!

    Christmas is a little over a week away. I’m horrified. Counting Halloween’s early burn, I’ve spent nearly five months using holiday nonsense to spackle every crack in my heart — “spackle every crack in my heart” of course being an unused lyric from the back pages of Whites

  • 12 Awesome Holiday Tunes!

    At the start of the holiday season, I always have grand plans dancing in my head. I imagine a December filled with yuletide adventures, where half of my waking moments will be spent among blinking lights, brisk winds and spiked punches. Eventually, the reality sets in: December may look pr

  • Dino Drac’s December 2016 Funpack!

    You’ve probably spent December buying junk for other people, but what about YOU? Don’t you deserve YOUR OWN JUNK? I think you do! And I can help. (LIMITED TIME! AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY!) FINALLY, Dino Drac’s December 2016 has arrived! I’m getting a late start this month

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 35!

    Welcome to a special holiday edition of Five Random Action Figures. For maximum effect, you gotta drink eggnog and wear footie pajamas while reading this. This time, I’m limiting myself only to figures that I personally got for Christmas back in the ‘80s. Two were already in my collec