Dinosaur Dracula!

Dino Drac’s July Funpack is here!

This month marks the FIFTH ANNIVERSARY of Dino Drac’s Funpacks, which sounds so impossible that I checked three times just to be sure. When I kicked off this endeavor way back in 2014, I never expected that I’d still be at it even a year later — let alone five!

Thank you so much for your support! The Funpacks have grown into something that eats up more of my time than most of you would likely suspect, but boy do I love curating these boxes and seeing all of your reactions!


The July 2019 Funpack is fittingly celebratory, with some true knockout items that I’m so excited to include. I should warn you: Supplies are pretty limited, and once these are gone, they’re gone for good. In addition, subscribing now is the only way to guarantee yourself a spot for the triple dose of Halloween Funpacks, which begin in August!

I think you know the score by now. Subscriptions are $25 a month (including shipping), and for as long as you remain subscribed, you’ll keep getting neat boxes of old-and-new collectibles every month. Scroll to the bottom for ordering info, or keep reading to learn about everything you’ll receive in this month’s Funpack!


Here’s a real “OMG” item. You’ll each receive the COMPLETE SET of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pies stickers, which were only available in specially marked pudding pie packages back in 1991!

My GOD. The pie itself is not included, of course, but you will get the complete sticker set neatly stuffed into a custom Dino Drac envelope. I’ve personally stuck each sticker into its own protective sleeve, to boot. This is a hardcore collectible for Ninja Turtles fans, and I’m as excited about these sets as I’ve been for any prior Funpack item.

You will get the five stickers shown above. They are unused, but some have a few scuffs, as are commonly found on these stickers. Though the Turtles are pictured with their weapons, the poses are ripped straight from the original pudding pie wrappers. (Note how Mikey looks like he’s chewing on something. That’s a pudding pie!)

Big thanks to my pal Mike for the huge assist on making this a possibility. (And yeah, this doubles as this month’s Dino Drac Specimen!) Read More…

Purple Stuff: Summer Q and A!

First off, thanks for the big response to the Purple Stuff Podcast’s SUMMER SATURDAYS event. Last week’s ep did sweet numbers by our standards, and we appreciate the encouragement to continue blathering into microphones in extremely hot rooms with the AC turned off.

This week’s episode is a SUMMER Q&A, featuring a bunch of summer-themed questions from Purple Stuff listeners. Me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit talk about everything from the best summer foods to the infamous Slip ‘n Slide. There’s also a section about Dick Tracy action figures, for some reason.

Click here to listen to this week’s show!

All of the questions came from our supporters on Patreon, where you can gain access to exclusive bonus shows every month. (We’re nearing 400 patrons on there, which is naturally blowing our minds. You guys rule.)

Up above is a playlist of TV commercials that tie in with the things we talk about on the new episode. If you wanna play along in the comments, answer these questions:

1) Long summer car rides as a kid. What did you do to pass the time?

2) What were your go-to TV shows during summer vacation?

3) Fave things to eat at a summertime cookout?

4) Spill the details on one of your best summer-related toy memories.

Thanks as always for your ears, and we hope you enjoy the show!

Purple Stuff Podcast: Summer Songs!

So if you didn’t hear the news, we’ll be releasing a new Purple Stuff Podcast every Saturday, all through July… starting today!

It’s our SUMMER SATURDAYS event, celebrating the (admittedly few) things we love about these stupid boiling hot months. Me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit wanted to try doing four shows in a month again, and we figured July was jusssst dead enough to make it work!

We also thought it’d be cool to give you something to look forward to this season, since summer sure doesn’t pack the same punch when you’re not gifted two full months with which to do absolutely nothing.

We’re kicking off SUMMER SATURDAYS with a look at 10 of our favorite summertime times, covering everything from Bananarama’s Cruel Summer to Tim Cappello’s I Still Believe. Let us give your playlist some juice!

Click here to listen to this week’s episode!

We’ll be back next Saturday with another episode. If four shows in one month still isn’t enough for ya, the Purple Stuff Podcast is also on Patreon, where you can gain access to an additional bonus episode each and every month. (Thanks so much for your support on there!)

Enjoy the show, and the summer! Read More…

Purple Stuff: The Upside Down Whopper!

Yesterday, Burger King unveiled the UPSIDE DOWN WHOPPER, a special tie-in with Stranger Things. There were a few catches, of course. It was only available on June 21st, and only at eleven locations throughout the country.

Fortunately, one of those locations was in Manhattan — so me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit made sure to clear our calendars.

Yep, it’s literally the same as a regular Whopper, just served upside down. A lot of people goofed on the gimmick, but c’mon, look at that awesome box!

Add in some limited edition pins and those custom BK crowns, and we are SO GLAD we braved rush hour traffic into Manhattan for this. These weirdo promos for Stranger Things 3 have been some of my all-time favorites. Thank God I got into the show in time to appreciate them.

We felt it was our duty to give you a full report in a special Purple Stuff Podcast minisode:

Click here to listen!

If your idea of a good time involves listening to strangers gush over upside-down cheeseburgers, hey, we’re happy to help.

Thanks for listening. As a reminder, the Purple Stuff Podcast is also on Patreon, where we drop exclusive bonus shows every month. (June’s is up now!)

Below are more photos from the event. (I can call it an “event,” right?) Read More…

Batman 1989 Merch!

Almost exactly thirty years ago, my parents took me to see Batman. When I call it a life-changing experience, it’s without a drip of hyperbole. The film permeated pop culture to the point where even a person who’d never seen the movie still felt like they were drowning in it.

I was an impressionable ten-year-old at the time — the perfect age to basically reshape my entire existence around Batman. At least until that point, it was the single coolest thing I’d ever been into. It was so safe to geek out about that movie, since literally everyone else was, too.

Naturally, I was way into the merchandise. So long as something featured Batman’s logo, I’d buy it. (Or mercilessly pester someone else until they bought it for me, as was typically the case.)

I was totally indiscriminate, but several pieces of Batman merch stood taller than the rest. Collected below are my five favorite items, hastily photographed during a short break between two thunderstorms.

Joker Poster!

Of all the many posters I owned as a kid, this was easily my favorite. I was obsessed with the Joker, and short of actual criminal activity, I sought to emulate him in every way possible. In effect, this was my version of other kids hanging up posters featuring their greatest sports heroes. I didn’t just enjoy the view; I aspired to be something more.

To be clear, I wasn’t drawn to the Joker because of the terrible things he did. It was the attitude, and the complete indifference toward conventionality. The ability to just be weird without concern. Admittedly, it was also the purple suits.

If I remember it right, I found this poster — commonly called the “seagull poster” — at Spencer Gifts. Spencer’s was Batman central in 1989, and given the chain’s reputation with kids at the time, that only boosted the film’s cool factor. Read More…