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  • Montgomery Ward 1985 Christmas Toy Catalog!

    It’s that time of year again, when I spend a fortune on old toy catalogs just to tear out the pages, all for your benefit. Let’s look at some of the highlights from Montgomery Ward’s 1985 Christmas catalog! I didn’t grow up near any Montgomery Ward stores, but their catalogs were b

  • McDonald’s 40th Anniversary Happy Meal!

    Y’all know the scoop by now. To celebrate the Happy Meal’s 40th anniversary, McDonald’s just released A TON of old school Happy Meal toys. I mean a legit ton. Check out their promo vid: People like me had been on McDonald’s case for years, wondering why they weren’t tapping i

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 46!

    We’re now stuck in a weird situation where Halloween feels like it’s already happened, but clearly hasn’t. Pretty much everyone I know did their big celebrating over the weekend, and now we’re kind of puttering toward the finish line. Hey, whatever. We’ve all done plenty these pa

  • New Universal Monsters Bend-Ems Figures!

    Well, here’s one of the biggest surprises of the 2019 Halloween season: Walgreens is now selling Universal Monsters Bend-Ems figures! Beautiful, aren’t they? The set includes Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, all wearing expressions that do litt

  • Shakin’ Mutants from the 1990s!

    If you’ve never heard of Shakin’ Mutants, I have good news and bad news. The good news is, you’re about to hear a whole lot about Shakin’ Mutants. The bad news is also that. Just look at those gorgeous mofos. They’re in ratty condition, but I’d still call ’em some of the

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 45!

    I haven’t published a new edition of Five Random Action Figures since last June, because the remaining bits of my collection are stuffed into storage bins so extremely buried that I’d have to tear this whole place apart to get at ‘em. Luckily, life threw me a bone: As part of our pre

  • 5 Awesome Vintage Cereal Box Prizes!

    A little over ten years ago, I started collecting old cereal prizes. It was the right time to do it. Even the most humdrum old prize is good for a few bucks these days, but nobody was really paying attention to ‘em back then. I’d win auctions for ten bucks and walk away with piles

  • Toys from the ’84 JCPenney Xmas Catalog!

    It’s basically Christmas even as I write this. The next few days are going to be dead online, but I was determined to get one last holiday-themed article on the site before Santa hightailed it back to the North Pole. Consider this my Christmas gift to you. It’s not wrapped, and that’

  • Toys from the ’87 JCPenney Xmas Catalog!

    My reviews of old toy catalogs are usually one-and-dones, but boy, I could write about this book forever: Behold, the 1987 JCPenney Christmas catalog. I was in my prime “toy years” when this baby hit mailboxes, and there is sooo much shit in these pages that I had, wanted or outright p

  • Toys from the ’88 JCPenney Xmas Catalog!

    Ah, the holiday season — my favorite excuse to blow money on old department store catalogs just so I can scan a few pics of action figures. It’s just what The Waitresses sang about. Let’s look at some highlights from the 1988 JCPenney Christmas catalog. I’ve reviewed other edit

  • Horror Toys from Old Cereal Boxes!

    I’ll be honest: I wrote the rest of this article first, and saved the intro for last. Then I forgot to write it. Now I’m five minutes away from my arbitrary publishing deadline, and I have no intro. Words. Aalsalslals. Aososdoso. There, now this looks like a paragraph. Below: Three cer

  • The 1993 Toys “R” Us Halloween Treat Box!

    It’s October of 1993. Mom drives you to Toys “R” Us to find a Halloween costume. Too old for Lamb Chop and too bashful for Aladdin, you settle on a cheap hockey mask and a pair of gnarly werewolf gloves. But here’s the best part: After Mom pays the bill, the cashier hands you a

  • The Creepiest GoBot of them all!

    Here’s an inordinate amount of words about a GoBots figure. I have my reasons! Meet Creepy, one of the evil Renegades. As far as insectoid robot monsters go, he’s aces. Ghoulish purple claws, toxic green paint, and a name that would make me love him even without those things. What make

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 44!

    To keep this edition of Five Random Action Figures on-brand for Cruel Summer, I will only feature figures that have some tangential tie to the season. Enjoy! Mike, The Sewer Surfer! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) This screwball Michelangelo was from a set of TMNT figures that gave our

  • Video: Talking Cryptkeeper “Beach Bum” Doll!

    Guys! I found the perfect subject for Cruel Summer’s first video: That thing. A Talking Cryptkeeper doll from 1993, where our pal is randomly dressed like a beach bum. Dude could be the mascot for Cruel Summer. Here’s everything you need to know about this sunny savage, in just under f

  • Super Mario Bros. 3 Happy Meal, from 1990!

    I’ve owned more Happy Meal sets than I can remember, but only a few transcended the novelty of “free toys.” Getting plastic baubles with my McNuggets was always welcome, but on certain occasions, those plastic baubles were my total reasons for being. The Super Mario Bros. 3 Happy Mea

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 43!

    It’s been over four months since the last edition of Five Random Action Figures. Which is disgusting. Let’s fix that. Silver Surfer Marvel Super Heroes (1990) Man, that first wave in Toy Biz’s Marvel Super Heroes line was just phenomenal. I’ve occasionally criticized Toy Biz’s le

  • 4 Frightening Facts about MOTU Slime!

    Simple as it was, SLIME was perhaps my favorite of all Masters of the Universe toys. The neon green pseudosnot taught me that toy slime wasn’t just what it literally was, but also whatever we imagined it to be. In Masters of the Universe lore, Hordak uses Slime to turn randos into zombie

  • The 1994 Toys “R” Us Big Toy Book!

    The arrival of a new holiday season means more ancient toy catalog reviews on Dino Drac. Yay! Shown above is the 1994 edition of Toys “R” Us’s Big Toy Book. By then, the Big Toy Book was far and away the most important holiday catalog out there, taking the top spot from the Sears Wis

  • My Pet Monster Doll in Movies and on TV!

    The original My Pet Monster doll was awesome in a once-in-a-lifetime way. He was just so big, so unique and so toothy! If you’re looking to buy back a piece of your childhood, that doll is one of the few ‘80s toys that really lives up to its legend. In fact, My Pet Monster was

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 42!

    Get set for a special Halloween edition of Five Random Action Figures! This time, we’ll be dealing exclusively with MONSTERS… like creatures with pumpkins for heads, and also creatures just named Pumpkinhead. Samhain Retro-Action Real Ghostbusters (2011) Samhain was one of the “b

  • 5 Legit ’80s Toys Spotted in Child’s Play!

    Remember the opening scene of 1988’s Child’s Play? Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon) chases serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) into a toy store. Nearing death, Ray uses a voodoo spell to transfer his soul into a doll, signaling the start of a cheeky slasher series that’

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 41!

    Welcome to the latest edition of Five Random Action Figures. I hope you appreciate the seasonally-appropriate setting in these photos. You owe me 10 ounces of sweat and 12 ounces of bug spray. King Sphinx Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) King Sphinx is an interesting cat. If you’re li

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 40!

    By the end of this article, I’ll have reviewed 200 action figures on Dino Drac. That’s a big deal, guys. It’s why I’m typing this with one hand and eating a whole Carvel cake with the other. Five Random Action Figures has been the site’s most dependable series, and for as long a

  • Making new action figures out of broken ones.

    A few weeks ago, I bought this: It’s a bag of assorted action figure accessories, plus a few broken figures. I found it at a toy & collectible shop that had a little bit of everything, from vintage Masters of the Universe figures to cartoon-themed lunch boxes. In stores like that, I