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    The Mostly-Complete History of Ecto Cooler.

    Midway through Thanksgiving, the news broke: Coca-Cola has renewed its trademark for Ecto Cooler, signaling mass speculation that the ghoulish green beverage just might be returning as part of the Ghostbusters reboot push. This trademark renewal does not in of itself guarantee Ecto Cooler

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    He-Man at the 1985 Macy’s Parade!

    Did you know that He-Man and She-Ra appeared at the 1985 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? It’s true! And I’ll be showing you the proof! Just you wait! Masters of the Universe was on top of the world in 1985, so it made sense that it’d snag an appearance at the annual Macy’s Thank

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    Another Toys “R” Us Treat Box from the ’90s!

    Remember when Toys “R” Us gave out adorable cardboard boxes filled with free samples? You should, because this marks the fourth time I’ve written about them. If you’re new, this old newspaper ad should bring you up to speed: That particular ad promoted what I believe was Toys “R

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    ’80s Xmas Ads from Woman’s Day.

    As confessed last year, I grew up loving the Christmas editions of Woman’s Day, which were collected by my mother and left to die in the same little-used cabinet that otherwise housed obsolete phone books and broken AC adapters. I’ll admit that this wasn’t something I bragged about a

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    Dino Drac’s November Funpack is available now!

    Hey! It’s time to unleash Dino Drac’s latest Funpack! Get excited! Dino Drac’s November 2015 Funpack is available now! Each box has a little hint of the holidays and a whole load of nostalgia. New to the site? The Funpacks are what fund it. Every month, I mail out boxes of retro fun

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    Commercials from ESB’s 1987 TV Premiere!

    The Empire Strikes Back made its network television debut on November 22nd, 1987. Here are ten TV commercials that aired during that broadcast, covering everything from King Kuts to the USPS!

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    Mythological Creatures in Pro-Wrestling!

    Yes, believe it or not, pro-wrestling has had its own Yeti, Loch Ness Monster and Leprechaun! Here are six mythological creatures that somehow became wrestlers!

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    Toys from the 1983 Consumers Catalog!

    Get a load of the wonderful toys found in the 1983 Consumers Distributing catalog -- everything from Star Wars to Masters of the Universe to G.I. Joe!

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    1980s McDonald’s Halloween Pails!

    Finally, one of the best Halloween promotions of all time is memorialized on Dino Drac! The McDonald's Halloween Pails pretty much DEFINE Halloween for so many of us, and this article will hopefully explain why!

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    Dino Drac’s “Envelopes of Evil” For Sale!

    Hello! Since I want a raise but don’t have a boss to ask, it looks like I’ll have to grab the bull by the horns, or take the reigns, or whatever the saying is. I don’t know. Hey, look, I have Envelopes of Evil for sale! Note: This is a one time sale that is

  • TV Guide listings for Halloween, 1990!

    Remember when watching shows and movies mostly amounted to taking what we were given? We’ve come a long way from needing a TV Guide! …and yet, I strangely find myself missing that era, back before we had instant access to anything we wanted to see… not to mention an internet

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    Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 9!

    It’s time for the next batch of Classic Creepy Commercials! (If you read that in the voice of a game show announcer and hum happy music afterward, it becomes a stronger open.) Collected below are another five spooky TV commercials from the ‘80s and ‘90s, covering everything from to

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    Dino Drac’s September 2015 Funpack!

    (Available in the United States only!) Uh oh! Dino Drac’s September 2015 Funpack HAS ARRIVED, and in celebration of the Halloween Countdown, it’s stuffed with TERROR AND NIGHTMARES. If you’re new to the site, here’s the scoop: Every month, I mail a new Funpack out to all subscr

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    Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 8!

    I adore the Halloween Countdown for a thousand reasons, but here’s one of the big ones: I get to bring back my Classic Creepy Commercials feature. Yay! If you’re new to the site, know this: I love old TV commercials, but I especially love old HALLOWEEN commercials. Growing up in a ti

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    Yes, Slimer Toothpaste was a real thing.

    The lasting appeal of The Real Ghostbusters owes to many things. Sure, “people still really like Ghostbusters” is the easiest explanation, but it’s also one that robs the cartoon series of its due praise. That was a plainly fantastic show, with themes, jokes and pure imagination that

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    Dino Drac’s August 2015 Funpack!

    It’s here, it’s here! Dinosaur Dracula’s August 2015 Funpack is available now! The scoop, if you’re new: Every month, I mail out boxes of goodies — “Funpacks” — to everyone who subscribes. The cost is $25 per month — including shipping — and you’ll con

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    Dino Drac’s July Funpack is available now!

    ($25 / MONTH SUBSCRIPTION. AVAILABLE IN THE U.S. ONLY!) Dino Drac’s July 2015 Funpack is available now! This is the twelfth Funpack, which means I’ve been at this for a full year. (It also means that subscribers who’ve stuck with this from the start have also been at this for a full

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    In 1991, I turned our shed into a clubhouse.

    Last weekend, we attempted to help my mother tidy up her shed. It turned into quite the ordeal. It seemed as though nobody had been in the shed since my father died, and that was close to ten years ago. Only, that’s not entirely true: A closer inspection revealed that the shed had been

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    Eight Great Trading Cards.

    Today on Dino Drac: 1500 words about eight old trading cards. I’d like to say that I give people what they want, but nobody asked for this. The eight cards are from eight entirely different sets, spanning from the late ‘70s to the mid ‘90s. If you can stand a site like Dino Drac, the

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    Dino Drac’s June Funpack is available now!

    ($25 / MONTH SUBSCRIPTION. UNITED STATES ONLY!) Wheee! It’s finally time to launch Dino Drac’s June Funpack! You all know the deal by now, right? Probably, so I’ll keep it short: Every month, I mail out boxes of goodies. Selling these Funpacks is absolutely what enables

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    7 Giant, Ominous Statues from Movies & TV.

    I’m a sucker for giant, ominous statues. If Easter Island had 7-Elevens, I’d live there. Quickest way to make me a fan of your movie or TV show? Toss in a giant, ominous statue. I don’t care if the statue is pure scenery or critical to the plot. Just stick it in there! Here are

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    Someone’s amazing old sticker album.

    Last July, I introduced you to The Ultimate ‘80s Sticker Album, which originally belonged to a complete stranger. One who really, really liked stickers. Well, I’ve found a similar album, which once belonged to another stranger. It’s not as jampacked as the album from last s

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    This is the most ’80s thing ever.

    I found it, I found it. The most impossibly ‘80s thing of all impossibly ‘80s things. Ironically, for all I know, it might’ve come out in the ‘90s. This Sun Kids combo pack blends two things that perfectly bookend all of my other childhood memories: Cheap sunglasses with neon fram

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    Those books with the 12 stickers inside.

    Today we’re gonna get reacquainted with some very special books. If you’re at all familiar with these, you already love them. Published by Antioch in the ‘80s and ‘90s, they were commonly found at elementary school book fairs, and on those delightful Scholastic Book Club order fo

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    Dino Drac’s May Funpack is available now!

    ($25 MONTHLY, SHIPPED! AVAILABLE IN THE U.S. ONLY!) Dino Drac’s May 2015 Funpack is here! The quick-and-dirty version: Every month, I mail out a new Funpack. Subscriptions cost is $25 per month (that includes shipping), and you can cancel at any time. For as long as you remain subscrib