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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.
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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!
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General Mills Baseball Tees
For the athlete that wants their opponents to know they have great taste.
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GENERAL MILLS MONSTER TRI-BLENDS
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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.
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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 - The Power Glove - Shirtoid.Com

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!

Image courtesy of Shirtoid.com

Image courtesy of Shirtoid.com


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…

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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?

No.

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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THE DREAM MACHINE!!!!!!!!

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?

Commercials.

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.

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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)

Fly High! - Mathiole - Threadless.Com

Threadless Is Flying High With The Rocketeer!

I’m pretty sure that if you are a frequent visitor to the Retroist you know by now how much the late great Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer means to me. I believe I have helped to contribute a large number of the 40+ posts on the site featuring that iconic character.

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Well having said all of that of being such a fan…somehow it escaped my attention that Threadless was holding a contest, asking artists to submit designs for new Rocketeer T-Shirts. The submission entry deadline has already passed but you can still help choose which designs make the grade by following any of the links provided in this post.

I’m sharing a few of my favorite designs. Starting with Frenchwookie’s “Rocketeer To The Rescue!”.

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Image courtesy of Threadless.Com

“Rocket’s Red Glare” by Ninjaink.

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Image courtesy of Threadless.Com

“Fly High” by mathiole.

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Image courtesy of Threadless.Com

“Test Flight” by DannE-B.

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Image courtesy of Threadless.Com

Now there are 73 other designs you can vote on right this second, so hop on over to Threadless and do your part to ensure that we fans can find new ways to show off our love of The Rocketeer!

The Black Hole - Vincent - TeePublic

TeePublic’s “Good Robot” T-Shirt – Featuring The Black Hole’s V.I.N.CENT!

Lieutenant Charles Pizer: V.I.N.CENT, were you programmed to bug me?
V.I.N.CENT: No, sir, to educate you.

The Walt Disney studios were most definitely attempting to try different types of stories back in 1979 when they released The Black Hole, sort of their answer to the popularity of Star Wars, at least they hoped it would find similar success. Surprisingly it did better than most might think, in that it did make a profit although not as much as the studio had hoped I’m sure. On a budget of twenty million dollars it earned over thirty-five million at the box office when all was said and done.

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For myself I caught The Black Hole at the Razorback theater, just another one of those films I hold dear that I saw at that fabled location. My Father took me to see it the weekend that it opened and I think it’s more than fair to say that we were possibly the only people there that were quite blown away by it. It doesn’t hurt the film that it features Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine, Joseph Bottoms and to top it off Maximilian Schell.

But the three characters that my Father and I were most impressed with weren’t even Human. No – our favorite characters included the silent yet menacing and murderous robot of Dr. Hans Reinhardt (Schell) named Maximilian oddly enough. It’s been noted that the script called the red-hued brute Maximilian before Schell was even cast!

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Then there was the damaged but still functioning Old B.O.B. (BiO-sanitation Battalion) who was voiced by Slim Pickens.
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Finally there was V.I.N.Cent (Vital Information Necessary CENTralized) who was voiced by the legendary Roddy McDowall and hands down my favorite character in the entire film.

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Thankfully at the time there were a solid handful of merchandise for The Black Hole, like the Mego line of action figures, a Disney Read-Along record and book, an Alan Dean Foster novelization of the film and more.

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But there was not to my knowledge any clothing made available, especially T-Shirts featuring the likes of V.I.N.Cent! Thankfully TeePublic has fixed that issue, courtesy of jswhittington3, with their offering entitled “Good Robot” which also acts as a parody of the production company logo of J.J. Abrams!

T-Shirt Images courtesy of TeePublic.Com

T-Shirt Images courtesy of TeePublic.Com

Hop on over to TeePublic and order your T-Shirt today, that way the next time you visit your favorite arcade you can show that local robotic bully you mean business.

Autobots Vehicles Shirts - 80sTees.Com

The Autobots Roll Out And Represent With This 80sTees T-Shirt

When it comes to the clothing options for us fans of the original Transformers toy line there is suprisingly a decent amount to choose from. That doesn’t mean though a T-Shirt doesn’t come along now and again that doesn’t stop and make us take notice.

Like with that 80Tees.Com offering you see up top showing off a very healthy dose of assembled Autobots like…

Images courtesy of 80sTees.Com

Images courtesy of 80sTees.Com


Air Raid, Springer, Swoop, Slingshot, Skydive, Powerglide, Cosmos, Fireflight, Silverbolt, and Blades at the top. Then we have Inferno, Ultra Magnus, Windcharger, Gears, and Warpath. Followed by Sludge, Bluestreak, Streetwise, and moving back to the left hand side of the shirt we have Huffer, Brawn, First Aid, Skids, and Grapple. Last but certainly not least at the bottom we have Jazz and Sunstreaker.

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The next crowd of heroic Autobots features Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Hound, Snarl, and back to the left hand side of the shirt we have Prowl, Perceptor, Arcee, Ironhide, Ratchet, Grimlock, Kup, Wheeljack, Cliffjumper, Wheelie, Seaspray, Blaster, Blurr, Hot Rod, Mirage, Trailbreaker and Sideswipe. Back again to the left hand side of the shirt and we have Groove, Slag, Hoist, Smokescreen, Hot Spot, Beachcomber, Tracks and then Red Alert.

Whew. At the moment you can hop on over to 80sTees.Com and pre-order this awesome T-shirt, at the time of writing this post there are 18 days remaining to do so and the shirt has been funded 330% percent.

“Wheeljack! Transform…and transform…and transform…”

Re-Animator Socks - Fright Rags

Do You Need These Re-Animator Socks From Fright-Rags? Of Course You Do!

Friends, if you are looking for those special socks for the horror fan in your life, something that might re-animate their wardrobe then I think Fright-Rags has just the thing you are attempting to dig up!

Now you too can keep those toes nice and warm…not to mention keeping the blood flowing with a pair of Re-Animator socks. What pair of feet wouldn’t look stylish with Herbert West’s signature reagent in a syringe?
Herbert West - ReAnimator

All images courtesy of Fright-Rags.Com

All images courtesy of Fright-Rags.Com


Fright-Rags has other options for those of you that keep the ways of the Autumn People in their hearts year-round with socks that proudly show off plastic vampire fangs, horror ‘stickers’, and even a favorite weapon of Sam’s from Trick ‘R Treat to punish those that don’t follow the rules…the deadly candy pumpkin lollipop!
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So hop on over to Fright-Rags Official Store and secure some of these frightening clothing options for your loved ones or yourself!

“Dr. Hill…do you want me to cancel those sock orders for you?”