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Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy MASKS!

Guys, I have big news. Big news to me, at least. For the rest of you, I guess the weight of this news depends wholly on how much stock you put into the continued visibility of Frute Brute.

pngMonster Cereal fans know that the situation with this year’s Walmart-exclusive “mask boxes” was a bit messy. There were three distinct box styles released this year, including the previously-covered Target exclusives with those awesome cutout castle pieces. Walmart’s boxes were supposed to come with glow-in-the-dark masks.

And they did. Sort of.

Earlier this month, many of us came to the sudden realization that nobody had posted proof of these reported “mask boxes.” Further digging showed that they did indeed exist, but only in Canada.

Well, as it turned out, the masks were right under our noses for several weeks. As told to me by Dan from Cerealously, it wasn’t the actual Monster Cereals getting the mask treatment, but rather random, unrelated General Mills cereals.

A quick trip to Walmart confirmed this. Lo and behold, on the back of a family-sized box of Cocoa Puffs, there was the elusive Count Chocula mask. General Mills had delivered on their promise, and if they were guilty of anything, it was just being oblique.

But that’s not the big news…

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Okay, so you can find the Count Chocula mask on boxes of Cocoa Puffs. If you want to dress like Franken Berry, consult Reese’s Puffs. Boo Berry fans will need to plow through an enormous box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. All well and good.

But the big surprise was the return of FRUTE BRUTE and FRUITY YUMMY MUMMY, in mask form! What?! A FRUITY YUMMY MUMMY MASK ON THE BACK OF LUCKY CHARMS?!

In 2013, General Mills shocked the world by resurrecting both of the long-discontinued Monster Cereals. By 2014, they went “back in the vault,” with no guarantees made that we’d ever see them again.

I expected General Mills to downplay their significance, as there’s little money to be made from publicizing mascots for cereals that no longer exist. The first sign that they’d instead decided to embrace their full canon came by way of Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy’s hidden cameos on this year’s Monster Cereals Castle. That, admittedly, was just a minor nod to major fans, but these masks mean sooo much more. Read More…

The Purple Stuff Podcast: Episode 12!

Guys, I’m scared. There’s only one week left in the Halloween season! No matter how much I do, it never feels like enough. I keep waiting for the presidential mandate that moves Halloween to November 10th.

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Me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit are incredibly flattered that so many of you have come to count on The Purple Stuff Podcast as part of this year’s Halloween celebration. It’s been a fun ride! We still have next week’s episode to do, and then we have to make the fateful decision about whether or not to continue. (We probably will!)

Today’s episode is all about our Halloween & horror-related GUILTY PLEASURES. Stuff we love, even if we know it’s not necessarily good for us… or even just objectively good. Stream the episode by clicking the giant play button below!

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If you’d prefer to listen on the usual streaming player, click here. You can also download the MP3 directly at this link. As a reminder, we’re also on iTunes and Stitcher!

In the comments, feel free to discuss some of YOUR Halloweeniest guilty pleasures. Maybe it’s something you love despite its awfulness, or maybe it’s just something so random that you’re not willing to admit it to audiences that aren’t complete strangers. Have at it! Read More…

Vintage Vending #25: Gooey Grabbers!

It’s time for another edition of Vintage Vending, celebrating more of the crummy/perfect nonsense that we used to trade our quarters for. GET EXCITED. TRY TO.

Since this one is going up during the Halloween Countdown, everything featured below is SPOOKY. I’ll also double down and feature two old vending machine prize sets this time around. Pay me.

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First is the Gooey Grabber collection, likely from 1985 or 1986. Though I’ve featured similarly “slimy” toys on Vintage Vending before, the difference this time is in the presentation. It’s so evil!

The teaser card design reminds me of so many 1980s spook houses, but the real treat is that “mascot” hiding on the left. He’s clearly a Garbage Pail Kids ripoff! Read More…