I spent a few hours of one of my recent days off driving around town, bored out of my mind, and looking for some junk to spend my money on. I went to the usual places like Walmart, Target, etc., but then I remembered a hot tip I had gotten just a few days earlier regarding some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pillows at Dollar General.
I’m sure everyone knows what a Dollar General is. They are similar to stores such as Family Dollar and Big Lots. They sell a lot of off-the-wall and cheap merchandise. Some of it it is priced pretty low, but some things can be fairly pricey. In my experience, these stores are usually not located in the best parts of town and the stores themselves seem way too small for the amount of product they have crammed in there. The aisles are REALLY close together and stuff is usually packed to the ceiling on risers.
Dollar General is like a time-warp in the same way that K-Mart is. No matter where a Dollar General seems to spring up, whether it’s a brand new building or whether they took over a pre-existing one, these stores always seem stuck in the 1980s. From the store layout to the products themselves. There’s so many interesting products you didn’t know existed but you can basically buy everything that you truly need from a Dollar General, with the exception of produce and meat.
Obviously, something this awesome could not go without purchase. If it was based on the current Nickelodeon series, I would’ve given it a pass. Luckily there’s a lot of classic ’80s cartoon TMNT merch to be found and I’m wearing a t-shirt right now to prove it. By the way, I know people say the Nick show is good, but sorry, I know it wouldn’t capture the same vibe and spirit of the original cartoon for me, personally.
While hugging my TMNT pillow firmly, I decided to see what kind of cheap Halloween junk they had, and here’s what I found:
I’ve been wanting to pick up some fake spider webbing for awhile. I have a metal Hallmark Halloween tree table piece that I want to drape it over.
Again, needed them for the tree! This may be overkill for how small it is. Oh well!
I was expecting a really awful and cheap generic “fruit” flavor (artificial flavor is never specified) and, I guess, in a way that’s what it is but there’s a odd taste of your typical pink bubblegum to these “body parts”. To me, they tasted like bubblegum with the subtle hint of “fruit flavor” on the back-end. Surprisingly, I found them to be oddly satisfying.
The packaging is pretty cool. An eyeball rolling down the hill away from a blood splattered creepy house with some crime scene police tape thrown in for good measure.
MonstersMix popping candy
Oh, I absolutely loved these! The packages are so small I’m not sure if I would’ve been better off buying brand name Pop Rocks, but these were really good as far as popping candy goes. I didn’t even expect them to really pop, figuring they’d be sale, but they pop just as much as Pop Rocks do!
Flavors: Blood Red (cherry), Haunted Orange, Monster Sour Green (green apple) and Scary Berry (which actually tastes like grape to me). The artwork is pretty sloppy, but hey, at least they’re trying to be representative of Halloween by using Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster, and Igor-type of character and bats. Much better than the major candy companies simply throwing all of their “fun size” candy bars into one big bag with no change in packaging whatsoever.
Brain Dead Zombies
These weren’t in Dollar General’s seasonal section but in their regular toy aisle. I haven’t tried it yet but I’ll be sure to post the results when I do! There were a number of differently poses zombies, but they were all the same color of neon green.
Not related to Halloween, but while the world flips out over those soothing coloring books for adults with intricate designs and patterns, I like to stick with superheroes. I remember having so many awesome coloring books available in my day and jumbo really meant jumbo back then — that was a couple hundred pages! “Jumbo” today is like 60 pages. I didn’t expect to see licensed Marvel & DC books at Dollar General, but I certainly snatched them up once I did.