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Purple Stuff Podcast: All About 1992!

1992 was an interesting year for me. I was still very much a kid, but the climate of junior high had a way of pressuring me away from “baby” stuff in favor of more “mature” arenas… like comic books, dumbass sneakers and TV shows about space aliens. No, it didn’t make any sense.

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Still, I think junior high is when you start working out who you actually are, so I have lots of super strong memories about ‘92. That works, since 1992 is the focus of the latest Purple Stuff Podcast!

This week, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit rattle off a dozen memories about 1992, covering some of that year’s biggest movies, geek fads and more. Everything from Batman Returns to Wayne’s World to Mortal Kombat to, uh, Great Bluedini Kool-Aid.

Our picks may differ from yours, but this is the stuff that meant the most to us.

Give us a listen by clicking the giant play button below!

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

As always, thank you tons for listening! This episode is going up later than usual, and we were both secretly pleased with how many folks gently complained about that. We took it as a compliment. 🙂

If the podcast puts you in the mood for more ’90s nostalgia, here are some Dino Drac articles that fit the bill!

Blockbuster Video Bonus Boxes! | 1990s Comic Book Ads!
1990s Halloween Cereals | The 1990 JCPenney Catalog!
1990s Fast Food Bags | Batman Tortilla Chips!

Enjoy the show!

This Fright Flicks poster is my everything.

One of Dino Drac’s very first articles was about Fright Flicks trading cards, released by Topps in 1989.

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Whereas most of Topps’s trading card sets dealt with only one property, Fright Flicks tackled tons of them. A huge pile of classic horror movies were represented, from A Nightmare on Elm Street to Fright Night to Pumpkinhead to Predator. (Even Ghostbusters was in there, because kids who were apprehensive about Freddy Krueger were still so ready for Slimer.)

These were “movie cards” in the traditional sense, where single frames from various films were immortalized in cardboard. Topps didn’t pull many punches in the ‘80s, so a fair amount of them featured truly frightening images with all sorts of gore and gross-outs. Neutralizing them were the goofy captions, which managed to give even the most upsetting scenes an air of comedy… and make them more digestible to kids who were only beginning to cut their teeth with spooky stuff!

Course, I’ve already written about this. It’s not why I’m here! Read More…

Six Snacks I Want Back, Volume 7!

Wow, has it really been nine months since the last installment of Six Snacks I Want Back? Time flies when you don’t feel like making giant GIFs, I guess.

Down below: Six more snacks from the ‘80s and ‘90s that I wouldn’t mind eating again. (Or, in two cases, for the first time. Watch enough internet strangers go bananas over old hot dogs, and eventually you’ll want them, too.)

Jolt Cola! (1980s)

I can’t remember the last time I saw the original Jolt Cola in stores. Rumors persist that it’s still available regionally, so if you have access to it, consider yourself blessed. I have such fond memories of sipping from those cans and bottles, and pretending that my cool-sounding novelty drink was as powerful as cocaine.

Jolt did boast twice the caffeine of most sodas, but kids ran with that ball to the point of farce, acting as if it caused uncontrollable fits of freneticism. Basically, we got to pull a Popeye without touching any spinach. Read More…

The Madballs eBay Dig!

Today’s objective: To find the best and weirdest Madballs collectibles currently on eBay.

For an added layer of difficulty, I’m disqualifying any of AmToy’s original Madballs from this list. I want this to be a deeper dig. The goal isn’t just to show you a bunch of cool crud, but a bunch of cool crud that you might not already know about!

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Madballs Lunch Box!
Asking Price: $12.99

Madballs scored several lunch boxes back in the ‘80s, but I’m most fond of this one, where a bunch of the monsters invade someone’s lunch and waste little time in turning it toxic. Imagine that as a TV Guide description, and tell me you wouldn’t watch that show.

Strange as it sounds, the grossness of Madballs was rarely presented in such on-the-nose fashion. Check out Swine Sucker in the back, drinking from the very glass of milk that he just finished souring! Read More…

Returning to the Best 99 Cent Store Ever!

We spent Sunday in Atlantic City, taking advantage of a free room offer from The Borgata. Sometimes you just crave a hotel bed, y’know?

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The cold, windy weather left the boardwalk pretty empty, but I wasn’t about to miss out on crane games and Atlantic City’s infamous souvenir shops.

Along the way, we found ourselves back inside The Best 99 Cent Store Ever, which many of you should remember from this 2014 article. More than two years later, I’m happy to report that the store still deserves that title. Read More…