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 Meal, from 1990, was definitely one of those occasions. Remember, Nintendo toys in general were scarce back then. Even when they did pop up, the results could be pretty offbeat.
(Given how white hot Nintendo was at the time, I’ve never understood why they didn’t make a bigger push for toy store merch.)
This Happy Meal was the perfect storm. Super Mario Bros. 3 had just come out, and it was all kids were talking about. Our interest in these toys wasn’t casual at all. We absolutely would’ve gobbled ‘em up even if they were sold as regular retail items without bonus cheeseburgers.
That the toys were so good by Happy Meal standards was almost immaterial. Ronald could’ve written “KOOPA” on plain brown bags, and so long as Nintendo stamped it, we woulda been there. In a sense, it’s surprising that they put so much effort into this set. (Not that I’m complaining!)
There were four toys in all, or five if you count the “Under 3” exclusive, which in this case was a stoic Raccoon Mario without any of those pesky choking hazards. The “core four” are shown above, each with a unique mold and action feature. Read More…
Dino Drac’s CRUEL SUMMER… has begun!
Consider this my attempt to rediscover the joys of summer, because I gotta tell ya, it’s been my least favorite season for years now. The heat! The traffic! Those bugs! We spend our youth thinking of summer as a two-month blessing to be our preferred selves, but as adults, it’s just a super muggy version of everyday life.
Course, it only seems that way when we let ourselves get cynical and garbagey. Even for us myrmecophobes who don’t have beach bods to show off, there’s everything from roller coasters to ice cream to the relaxing hum of ten-year-old air conditioners. We can make this shit work.
For the next month or so, I’ll be examining some of the finer points of the summer season, all while throwing in generous dashes of horror. (After all, for people like me, it’s practically Halloween!)
Expect a whole bunch of articles and videos to carry the event, starting with these:
To kick off Dino Drac’s Cruel Summer, I’m doing my first video review since Christmas. Go check out the amazing Talking Cryptkeeper doll from 1993, which is appropriately dressed like a beach bum.
…then hop on over to a new article, wherein I spend a thousand words gushing about the legendary Super Mario Bros. 3 Happy Meal. (Seriously, this was one of the biggest things McDonald’s ever pulled off!)
…and when you’re done with that, check out Dino Drac After Dark, which is back in action after a too-long hiatus. Random videos every day at midnight, along with a great comment section filled with friendly night owls.
Oh, and one more thing:
If you’re still on the fence about summertime, here are five things you can easily do to make the most of it… Read More…
Nothing screams “summertime” quite like ice cream. Except maybe the beach, or fireworks, or big gross slices of watermelon. Ice cream still gets my vote.
To kick off our summer season, The Purple Stuff Podcast’s newest episode is all about ice cream. (Well, ice cream and frozen treats in general, but that doesn’t sound as punchy.)
Me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit are naming SIXTEEN of our favorite treats in this unusually long episode, from Cookie Puss cakes to the incredible Choco Taco.
Since we’ve already covered some of the more obvious picks on prior shows, this one is full of deep cuts. (Ever hear of Jekyll & Hyde ice pops? Or Maglione’s Italian Ices?)
Enjoy the show! If you want some spoilers, the photos below represent some of the picks from my half: Read More…
Dino Drac’s Cruel Summer begins 6/9. (Nice.)
I’ll be back with regularly-scheduled stuff next week — but expect some biggies in June!
It’s here, it’s finally here! Dino Drac’s May Funpack is ready to give you a nostalgia rush and a sugar rush. It may also help you accessorize. Get a load of the goodies:
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There are over a dozen items in this one, running the gamut from hardcore retro collectibles to an adorable candy pizza. I envision y’all fiddling with the treasures on some otherwise terrible weeknight, because nothing chases the blues away faster than Bartman and Captain America.
Usual spiel: Funpack subscriptions are $25 a month (including shipping), and for as long as you remain subscribed, you’ll get a new package of old, cool junk every single month! You can cancel at any time without penalty, of course!
There wouldn’t be a Dino Drac without your subscriptions, so on top of getting a bunch of fun things, you’re also helping to keep the site going!
Scroll to the bottom for more info, or keep reading to see everything you’ll get in the May Funpack! Read More…