Monster Squad

Fright-Rags’ The Monster Squad Poster Isn’t Bogus!

When The Monster Squad was released back in 1987, it kind of flew under a lot of radars. Now I was lucky enough to catch it in movie theaters. For the whole week it seemed to be playing in my neck of the woods. Growing up a Monster Kid of course meant this was right up my alley. I ask you how anyone could in fact pass up the movie with a poster as epic as this?

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

However the disappointing box office didn’t in fact sink the film. As it seemed to find that audience it needed when it was released on VHS. While it may not have been the success the filmmakers were hoping for – like creating a sequel. It on the other hand has enjoyed a second life as a veritable cult movie.

Which is why in this case that those mad geniuses over at Fright-Rags are now offering a poster forThe Monster Squad. The artwork is by the talented Abrar Amjal, used in fact on their sold out T-Shirt series!

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Images courtesy of Abrar Ajmal and Fright-Rags.

As you are a visitor to The Retroist I am positive that you’ll see the need to obtain this for yourself. On the other hand this is the Season of giving, right? You can click the link up above to visit the official ordering page.

While you are waiting to order The Monster Squad poster…why not listen to Rock Until You Drop by Michael Sembello?

[Via] Buckaroo Banzai

Still hungry for more about The Monster Squad? You are in luck as The Retroist covered the movie in his 70th podcast!

In addition I would like to thank the always awesome IMP Awards for the theatrical poster in this post. Furthermore if you want to really see some amazing collectibles and info for the movie – take a quick hop over to Shawn Robare’s Branded in the 80s!


1980’s The Empire Strikes Back Underoos Commercial!

You might imagine that The Empire Strikes Back was kind of a big deal when it was released in 1980. You know what was also incredibly popular at that time? Fruit of the Loom’s Underoos of course!

It is rather a simple thing to see why those of us growing up in the 80s loved these. While the original idea for Underoos came about in 1977 thanks to Larry Weiss. The concept was sold to Fruit of the Loom – in fact they were the company Weiss hired to provide the shirts and underwear that characters would be printed on. Furthermore the company that was originally interested in the children’s line of clothing was Hanes.

Equally important are the popular properties that Fruit of the Loom went after for their Underoos. It is a rather astounding number of cartoons, toy lines, comic books, and films. The A-Team, Gremlins, Transformers, and Star Wars of course to name a few.

This 1980’s commercial only showcases four sets of Underoos. In addition to Boba Fett, Darth Vader, R2-D2, and C-3PO. They also offered Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing pilot outfit. Princess Leia in Hoth attire, and two different colored versions of Yoda.

Star Wars TV Archive

It bears mentioning that Underoos didn’t offer anything for 1977’s Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back marked the first offerings. Although they continued with Return of the Jedi as well as The Ewoks animated series in 1985.

What was the first set of Underoos that I received?

Why none other than DC Comics’ Scarlet Speedster. The Flash!

Now I hope you will forgive me but I have to leave The Retroist Vault. I have tickets to go see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I will let you know however if while standing in line I happen to spy any fellow Star Wars fans wearing some Underoos!

You’ll Look Killer In These Monster Cereal Shirts!

I might think more about Monster Cereal than most. I’m talking about Frankenberry, Count Chocula, and Boo Berry of course. Those that General Mills produces…in limited quantites this time of year. Which is the excuse I am sticking to when that old lady grabbed the last box of Boo Berry.

I hear she is expected to make a full recovery.

A Monster Cereal fans knows deep down they have to stock up for those long dry months. Which is why my 32 boxes of Boo Berry and Frankenberry are locked up in the cabinets – away from those that might be tempted to treat themselves to that sugary treasure.

So I hope you can imagine my delight when the other day I found out that Fright-Rags is releasing a new collection. The General Mills Monster Collection. They are unleashing it this October 21st at 10am EST!

How many Monster Cereal T-Shirt and Masks Combos you want?

Before we get into all of the stuff that Fright-Rags is releasing…you should check out the combo pre-order first! These will only be offered from 10/21 to 10/24. Each comes with a ventilated mask and FREE color changing spoon. They include an exclusive T-Shirt and are limited to only 650 units each. All three are designed by Christopher Franchi.

Do you like socks? How about Monster Ceral socks?

I think you will agree with me that this time of year it can get a little chilly. So when you sneak downstairs to enjoy some of that cereal why not wear your favorite icon? Frankenberry, Boo Berry, and Count Chocula socks will keep your toes happy and warm! Joe Guy Allard is the artist responsible for the designs on these socks!

General Mills Baseball Tees
For the athlete that wants their opponents to know they have great taste.


Monster Cereals
Last but certainly not least is this charming T-Shirt by Abrar Ajmal. Showing the three icons enjoying the bat-filled night and full moon.

If you would like more information on pricing and ordering – hop on over to Fright-Rags official site today!

Why not take a moment though and listen to Boo Berry, Frankenberry, and Count Chocula discussing going to the disco?

[via] The Monster Cereals

He-Man Has The Power On This T-Shirt…The Power Glove!

He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe is certainly no stranger to possessing relics and weapons of vast power and might. Since the Masters of the Universe toy line first hit the sheves back in 1981 – Mattel made sure that their valiant hero was outfitted with not only a strength-magnifying breastplate and harness but also one half of the Sword of Power – the Sword of Grayskull itself!
He-Man and the Power Sword
But perhaps He-Man has yet to obtain an item of such power in his many adventures presented so far whether in the Filmation animated series, games, or comic books over the past 35 years than the item he has claimed on this particular T-shirt. The Power Glove!

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I came across this T-Shirt by way of Shirtoid – a site that does it’s best to find the greatest in retro inspired shirts like the merging of the Masters of the Universe and Nintendo’s awesome Power Glove. From there when you find a T-Shirt you can’t live without you follow a link to the actual shop that is selling the clothing – “I Have The Power Glove” by the way was designed by Jason Yang and is offered on Shirtwoot!, although I would add that you do not have to have that design printed just on a shirt.

I suggest while you are looking over the collection of He-Man shirts over at Shirtoid you might want to listen to some fitting 8-Bit music, like Studio Megaane’s cover of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe theme!

And above all remember…

I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, I Wanna Be a Kids R Us Kid!

Oh you read that right. I didn’t say “Toys R Us,” I said “Kids.”

When I was a kid, until I was thirteen years old, I was built like a beanpole, all skinny arms and legs. Funny thing was, I was the height I am now (5’4″). Not tall by any means, but when you weigh 100 pounds soaking wet (unlike now), and you’re all arms and legs, then yes, you are skinny. Shopping for me until that age must have been the human struggle of all human struggles, and I credit my mom with being able to do it sanely.

Because I was somewhat tall by that age, it was only natural that I’d be wearing clothes made for a teenager, right?


I was thirteen and still shopping in the children’s section of clothing stores for my jeans. I wore Girls’ size 16 jeans, the last size before Juniors. And shopping in the kiddie section of a clothing store doesn’t exactly allow for one to feel like a teenager. By that age, I was able to buy some stuff from the Junior section (mostly shirts), but pants were courtesy of the children’s section.

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Until I was twelve years old (and thank goodness it didn’t go longer than this!), I was shopping at a store that now seems to be relegated to the clearance bin of nostalgia – Kids “R” Us. Kids “R” Us was a children’s retail arm of Toys “R” Us – it was colorful, friendly, and inviting, but it wasn’t Toys “R” Us. And it never helped that this store was in the same shopping center as Toys “R” Us – you’re convinced you are going to buy a new toy because you behaved, and boom, clothes shopping! I never liked clothes shopping then, and I think I’ve finally figured out why…Kids “R” Us is childhood’s version of Chinese Water Torture. The same could be said of kiddie clothes shopping on any level, but when you’re convinced you are way too old to shop in a store with “Kid” in the name, you’ll just blame this store.

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When I say the store was child friendly, it was child friendly. Looking back, they had cute clothes, but some of it felt a little young by the time I’d reached say, ten years old. Blame the whole skinny thing. But in hindsight, I’m glad there was a store like this. I see stores like Justice and the similar chains of clothing stores catering to the kids whos parents shopped at Kids “R” Us only two decades earlier, and I’m convinced things went just fine. No horrible missteps, life or fashion-wise.

After all, they did have some toys. And they also had a cool machine that lit up and played music at the push of a button.

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I seriously kept assuming it was a fortune teller until I watched commercials for the store.

Kids “R” Us opened in Paramus, New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York in 1983, and closed in 2003. For twenty years, it dressed kids like kids,and for that, I’m eternally grateful now, even if I wasn’t back then.

You know what else I’m grateful for?


Did you think anything less?

Sadly, You Tube isn’t exactly a treasure trove of commercials for Kids “R” Us, the way they are for Toys “R” Us. But what I did find was rooted in 1980s glory, with clothes I wore back then!

There’s this one, from the inaugural year of the retailer:

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And this one, from 1985:

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I kinda feel bad for these kids. They probably thought they were doing a commercial for Toys R Us.

Allison will always be a Toys “R” Us Kid at heart. Obviously, she survived the torture of childhood clothes shopping. If you like what you’ve seen here, check out the offerings on her blog, Allison’s Written Words. You can follow her blog on Facebook, and give her ?a shout out on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.

Old Kids R Us

This was the Kids “R” Us where she lives now. She can’t find a picture of the one she used to shop at. (Source)