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10 CLOVERFIELD LANE. (Warning: Spoilers!)

WARNING: This post contains HEAVY spoilers about 10 Cloverfield Lane. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, stop reading. Trust me, you should see it as cleanly as possible. (I’ll warn you again before the real spoilers start!)

10 Cloverfield Lane surpassed my expectations. I know that doesn’t sound like very strong praise, but remember this: I’ve spent practically every waking moment of the past two months obsessing over every detail of this film.

I’ve gone through every trailer and TV spot frame-by-frame. I’ve devoured the ARG. I’ve read the screenplay for The Cellar, which was later (heavily) rewritten into the script to 10 Cloverfield Lane. I even succumbed to spoiler reports. All that, and it still managed to surpass my expectations.

Hell, I’d say it even shattered them.

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Me and Jay saw it on Thursday night. When it was over, we just kind of sat there in stunned silence, overwhelmed to the point of immobility.

It’s no big surprise that he was so affected: Jay hadn’t followed the cryptic online marketing, let alone read the smallest of spoilers. For someone like me, who went in with complete knowledge about everything that was gonna happen, I thought for sure that I’d have to grade the film on a sliding scale. Uh, no. It was just that good.

This is as far as I can go without spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, stop reading here! Read More…

Dino Drac’s March Funpack is HERE!

If you dig what I do here on Dinosaur Dracula, the best way to make sure that I keep at it is by subscribing to Dino Drac’s monthly Funpacks. If you’re new to the game, you picked the right month. March’s Funpack is killer!

Be warned, though — there aren’t many to go around this month, so if you want in, don’t delay!

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Subscriptions are $25 a month (and that includes shipping), and for as long as you stay subscribed, you’ll continue to receive new boxes of fun junk, each and every month. You can cancel at any time without penalty. In trade for helping to keep the site afloat, you’ll get boxes of awesome stuff!

Skip to the bottom of this post for additional subscription details and notes on how to order. Or keep reading, to see what’s in store for the March 2016 Funpack!

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There are more than a dozen items in this month’s Funpack, featuring all sorts of vintage ’80s and ’90s goodies. It’s one of my favorites yet. Read on for the full scoop! Read More…

Ghostbusters Twinkies w/ Key Lime Slime Filling!

It is my honor and privilege to present you with the internet’s very first hands-on review of Hostess’s GHOSTBUSTERS TWINKIES.

Yes, my idea of a hot exclusive is screwy.

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Before anyone gets too excited, these aren’t in stores just yet, and may not be until much closer to the film’s late June debut. Tracking down junk food is kind of my passion, but for the layman, they’re not possible to eat just yet.

The internet went wild a few weeks ago, when a photo of the Twinkies leaked on Twitter. If you’re having a hard time imagining people going that crazy over Twinkies, I’ll point you to this photo on Dino Drac’s modest Facebook page, which resulted in roughly two bazillion shares.

Joining the soon-returning Hi-C Ecto Cooler and God knows what else, the Twinkies compel me to repeat a point made on yesterday’s Ghostbusters-stuffed Purple Stuff Podcast. The reboot has been an excruciatingly divisive subject, but the “haters” should take a step back and realize that no matter how they end up feeling about the film, it’s going to mean so much great stuff for the Ghostbusters universe.

(Stuff like Twinkies with “Key Lime Slime” filling.) Read More…

Purple Stuff: Ghostbusters Memories!

So how about that new Ghostbusters trailer?

I loved it, but even if you didn’t — even if you think the revamp is an atrocious blight on all things holy — here’s the thing: It’s going to mean sooo much great stuff for every Ghostbusters fan.

Ecto Cooler is returning. Ghostbusters Slime Twinkies are debuting. Scores of awesome toys are on their way. More importantly, the simple truth is that whenever a franchise gets rebooted, everything that came prior gets all new attention. New fans find the old stuff. Companies reinvest in the old stuff. No matter where you stand on the new film, trust me… it’s gonna be a net win.

Case in point: The reboot inspired Jay and I to revisit All Things Ghostbusters for a special edition of The Purple Stuff Podcast!

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This week, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit spend one full hour discussing our greatest Ghostbusters memories, covering everything from the ancient Kenner toys to the time my poor sister drank 15 year old Hi-C. Give us a listen by clicking the giant play button below!

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You can also download the new episode by right-clicking here.

Reminder: The Purple Stuff Podcast can also be found on iTunes, Stitcher and Podbean.

Thanks as always! In the comments, feel free to discuss some of your favorite Ghostbusters memories, whether they’re about the movies, the action figures, or the time McDonald’s gave out Stay Puft-themed pencil sharpeners. Read More…

Five Random Action Figures, Part 25!

In this edition of Five Random Action Figures:

Tramps! Terminators! Snails! Sectaurs!

Plus an Ewok.

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Sectaurs (1985)

Waaay back in the 2nd edition of Five Random Action Figures, I reintroduced you to General Spidrax, the lead villain in Coleco’s Sectaurs toy line, famous for its battery-operated giant insects that flapped their wings like portable fans. That was some sentence.

Prince Dargon was the lead hero. Though the Sectaurs line is mostly remembered for its beasts of burden and giant playset, the action figures were law-defyingly good. They were like He-Man figures mixed with G.I. Joe figures, better because they were bugs. Read More…