35 Coolest and Weirdest Retro Cereal Prizes From The ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s

Like many of you, I grew up in a time when cereal companies would put actual prizes in cereal boxes. I used to love buying cereal with prizes and I remember going home and digging through the box so that I could get my hands on it! It’s sad that kids these days will never know the awesomeness of that experience! Now they provide you with a code that you have to input on a web site just to enter to get the prize, and most of the time it’s not even guaranteed. I guess it's easier than some of the toys you had to mail in for back in the day! 

I was telling my kids about the prizes I used to get recently and it fascinated them. So I started searching online to see if I could find some of the things I remember getting from cereal boxes when I was growing up. It was a nostalgic explosion for me and I thought I had to share some of these things with you to help bring back those wonderful memories from a simpler time. 

There are so many cereal prizes out there, and you'll find 35 of them on this list. I know I may have missed some that you might remember, and if that's the case, let me know in the comments below! I also included some retro commercials for some of these cereals.


Darkwing Duck Fanny Pack

You gotta love the era of fanny packs! As a fan of Darkwing Duck, I wore this with pride.


Baking Powder Submarine

I remember spending a lot of time playing with this little baking soda submarine. I was fascinated by how it would sink and rise. 


Ghost Detector

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This was a fun collection of stickers and I had several of them plastered around my room. I've always been a fan of horror, so having a ghost detector as a kid was awesome! 


Glow-in-the-Dark Creeping Monster

Anything that had to do with monsters was cool! The fact that they glowed in the dark made them even better! Did you ever eat your breakfast in the dark?


StarBots

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These were the cheapest Transformers and GoBots ripoffs you could get! They were fun to play with, though!


Crazy Chain

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Can't say I ever had Rainbow Bright cereal, but I'm sure there are a lot of people out there with fond memories. 


Rainbow Brite cereal & toys Heather O'Rourke 1983 by Retrontario

Wyatt Earp Peacemaker

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When I was a kid, I loved playing with toy guns! I spent a lot of time with friends hunting each other down and having gun fights. We'll never see a gun on a cereal box ever again.


Glow-in-the-Dark Circus Acrobat

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These things were just wacky and weird and reminded me of Monty Python's Flying Circus.


Batman Periscope

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How could any kid live without the Batman periscope?! It was the perfect tool for spying on people.


Gumballs

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The perfect way to top off a bowl of cereal in the morning was by shoving a bunch of gumballs into your mouth before school. That was me.


Glow-in-the-Dark Monster Posters

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I've been a fan of the Universal Monsters since I was really young, and these glow in the dark posters would have been awesome to own! 


Nintendo Magic-Motion Card

I was such a huge Nintendo geek, I had my parents buy the Dinersaurs cereal as a kid just so I could collect them...but then I lost them. Link was the best, though.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mask

The only Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume you ever needed as a kid! I did enter to win the complete set of toys, but I never won. Bastards. 


Bigfoot Stickers

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Because every kid growing up wanted Bigfoot stickers! And like most cereal prizes, it also glowed in the dark.


Cap'n Crunch Bo'sun Whistle

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This was the perfect cereal prize for kids to annoy their parents and piss them off. These were made back in the day when parents spanked their kids a lot, so blowing this whistle excessively was just asking for a spanking. 


Mr. T Stickers

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Mr. T cereal was the greatest. THE GREATEST! The Mr T. stickers were just a cool bonus.


Cosmiclouder

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It shoots a white "Cosmic Cloud"! There's nothing safer than shooting a cloud at someone.


Batman Bank

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My uncle still has an unopened box of Batman cereal with the bank like the picture above in his cupboard. I don't think he plans on eating it.


Cap'n Crunch Crunchbot

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Kids loved robots, so why not make one to attack the “soggies” that attacked your cereal? 


MLB Temporary Tattoos

When I was a kid, I loved basball! That's something I grew out of over time when it just started to bore me. I sure did enjoy plastering these tattoos on my arms when I was growing up, though.


Honeycomb Watch

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I have no idea why, but I wore this watch with pride! Maybe because orange is my favorite color. 


Monster in My Pocket

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I was already collecting Monster in My Pocket figures, so getting them for free in a cereal box was fantastic!


Ghostbusters II Record

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This was such a strange and cool thing. It included details about entertaining to become an honorary Ghostbuster and win a trip to the Hollywood set and meet a Ghostbuster.


Frekkies

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Monsters were big with kids back in the day, weren't they? We need more monster cereal prizes these days.


Spooky Speedsters

Count Chocula, Boo Berry, and Frankenberry have always known how to party, and what kids didn't like toy cars?!


DC Superhero Iron-On

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I was more of a tattoo kind of kid growing up, but DC superhero iron-on patches were cool. They just never stayed on the clothes you ironed them on to. 


Monster Disguise Stickers

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Stickers that transform your face into a creepy-ass monster!? Hell yeah! Sure, they would only last so long, but I can see the fun in it.


Dollar Bill

I actually remember pulling a wrapped dollar bill out of a Cheerios box once. There's nothing better as a kid than pulling money out of a cereal box.


Color Changing Dinosaurs

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What's better than regular dinosaurs? Dinosaurs that changed color when you put them in cold water!


Disney Glass Pals

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As a huge fan of Disney cartoons, I thought these silly things were the coolest things. 


Nestle Quik Chocolate Milk

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I've been a lover of chocolate milk ever since I first tasted it. 


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bowl

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I don't know, eating a bowl of cereal with that insanely creepy Ninja Turtle face smiling back at you just seems uncomfortable. 


Addams Family Flashlight

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These were the perfect creepy flashlights to protect us from the creepy monsters that lurked in our dark rooms at night.

Win, Lose or Draw

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It's such a simple thing, but I spent so much time drawing pictures on this.


Nintendo Mario Maze

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This handheld game kept kids distracted playing it as their cereal got soggy. 


Dinosaur Spoon

I think I ended up played with my food with this dinosaur spoon rather than eating what I was supposed to.

Nicolas Winding Refn Pitched Warner Bros. a WONDER WOMAN Movie Starring Christina Hendricks

When Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy came out, I'd often see stories about other possible Batman movies that were pitched between Batman & Robin and Batman Begins that never quite took hold or were rejected for various reasons. As we approach the upcoming release of the solo Wonder Woman movie next year, I'm sure we'll start to see stories like that pop up too — especially since the character hasn't received her own live-action solo film in her 75 year history. Joss Whedon famously pitched Warner Bros. his take on a movie about the Amazonian princess, and now it's been confirmed that five years ago, around the time Drive came out, director Nicolas Winding Refn also officially spoke with the studio about an idea for a Wonder Woman movie.

At the time, it was unclear if Refn was just speculating or answering off the cuff about a movie he'd like to direct one day, but on the Happy Sad Confused podcast to promote his new movie The Neon Demon, the director spoke about his would-be version of the film:

At one point, [Warner Bros.] did come to me in a very early conversation. I was like, "I love Wonder Woman, but I would only do it with Christina Hendricks."

Apparently the WB people didn't take to that particular idea, and obviously five years later they finally got their act together and cast Gal Gadot in a Wonder Woman solo film directed by Patty Jenkins. As much as I like Hendricks and I'm curious about what Refn's vision for the character would have been, I think it's important that the first incarnation of a live-action solo Wonder Woman movie comes from a woman's perspective because the character has been such an inspiring figure and has meant so much to women over the years. Once we get two or three films in, sure — I can imagine a male director putting his spin on it. But right now, it just feels right to have a Wonder Woman movie being directed by a woman. I'd say the same thing applies to Batgirl, which Refn is (jokingly?) trying to get off the ground at WB now.

What do you think?

Miles Teller Looks Surprisingly Tough in Trailer For BLEED FOR THIS

Prior to seeing this, if you were to tell me someone was putting Miles Teller in a sports film where he portrays a boxer, I'd tell them they need to recast. Don't get me wrong — Teller is a great actor, but there's nothing about him I ever thought said "tough guy."

But after seeing him in the trailer for Bleed For This, I've changed my mind. He looks tough as nails!

The story follows the real life of boxer Vinny Pazienza and his fights for the middleweight title. After fracturing his neck in a car accident, Pazienza refused to fuse his neck and risked never walking again, because doing so meant he could never fight. His recovery, struggle, and comeback are all captured in this film, which looks like it'll be awesome! Judging from the trailer and Miles Teller, I think it will be. The film also features stars like Katey Sagal and Aaron Eckhart. Look out for it November 4!

Thanks to Sports Illustrated, who initially premiered the trailer.

Watch: GAME OF THRONES’ Battle of The Bastards VFX Reel Seamlessly Blends Pixels with Reality

People are going to be talking about the ninth episode of Game of Thrones' season six, "Battle of The Bastards," for a long time — and rightly so. It rivals (and in many cases, tops) some of the best battles we've seen in the movies, and it's a truly stunning achievement. We've already seen a video that concentrates on some of the practical aspects of how the showrunners and director Miguel Sapochnik were able to pull this off, but a new one has emerged (via Sploid) from Iloura that highlights the amazing work done by the show's VFX team as they blended those practical elements with digital enhancements and completely digital creations.

There are aspects in that episode I would have bet huge money on being practical, but this video reveals that a staggering amount of it was CG. The fact that you often can't see the seams makes it one of the most effective implementations of visual effects I can remember. Behold:

BLADE RUNNER 2 Casts CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Star Barkhad Abdi

Alcon Entertainment has announced that they've cast Barkhad Abdi in the highly-anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2. You'll remember Abdi for earning an Oscar nomination for his work in his first movie ever, Captain Phillips. He'll star alongside notorious grump Harrison Ford (who seems really stoked about this movie), Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, MacKenzie Davis, and Dave Bautista. Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) directs, Roger Deakins is the cinematographer, and the film hits theaters on October 6, 2017.

No word yet on the film's plot or who Abdi will be playing, but I have my fingers crossed he'll be some sort of spaceship captain.

Jon Snow’s Resurrection Was One of The Worst Aspects of GAME OF THRONES Season 6

They were the stabs felt 'round the world.

When the Night's Watch committed mutiny and murdered Lord Commander Jon Snow at the end of the fifth season of Game of Thrones, the show left viewers with a massive cliffhanger: was Jon, one of the main characters of the series, truly dead? I'd like to say fandom was divided on this issue, but it seemed (in my social and online circles) that 99% of people were convinced Jon being resurrected was inevitable. The show made sure to highlight Melisandre arriving at Castle Black right before the stabbing, and we'd already seen Beric Dondarrion resurrected earlier in the series through the power of the Lord of Light.

A popular theory (and my personal belief) about the decision to leave us on a cliffhanger was that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wanted George R.R. Martin to be able to have the honor of unveiling the truth about Jon's fate in his new novel, "The Winds of Winter." After all, the character was stabbed in a book that came out in 2011, leaving fans wondering for years about what would happen to him. Since Martin is notorious for taking a long time to write his dense novels, this would essentially be his last chance to bask in the glory of knowing that he'd beaten the show to some massive plot points. But sadly, Martin missed his deadline, and the book wasn't released between seasons as intended. The showrunners gave him his window, and he whiffed.

So after a tortuous off-season in which every cast member was asked a billion times about Jon's fate, set photos and videos became analyzed like the Zapruder film, and Kit Harington's every move was tracked and posted by rabid Twitter users, the showrunners brought Jon back to life at the end of the second episode of season six. Entertainment Weekly, HBO's mouthpiece of choice for all official Game of Thrones announcements (and set visits, interviews, and post-mortems) released a huge cover story, and that's where the trouble started for me. The network put forth the narrative that the character's resurrection was going to change him in a profound way, with the EW writer claiming "the Jon Snow who wakes up has changed dramatically." Here's the worst example:

EW: How does death change Jon Snow?
Harington: At first I was worried that he’ll wake up and he’s the same, back to normal — then there’s no point in that death. He needs to change. There’s a brilliant line when Melisandre asks: “What did you see?” And he says: “Nothing, there was nothing at all.” That cuts right to our deepest fear, that there’s nothing after death. And that’s the most important line in the whole season for me. Jon’s never been afraid of death, and that’s made him a strong and honorable person. He realizes something about his life now: He has to live it, because that’s all there is. He’s been over the line and there’s nothing there. And that changes him. It literally puts the fear of God into him. He doesn’t want to die ever again. But if he does, he doesn’t want to be brought back.

Benioff said something similar in that week's Inside The Episode video:

We were talking about the idea that you do lose something and you're forever changed. Not in a supernatural way — he's still Jon — but he's been dead. That is a haunting experience because if that's really what's beyond, and what's beyond is nothing, just the terror of knowing that...

For me, it seems obvious that Harington had a right to be worried. Jon came back, and while he was a little more shell-shocked than usual for a while, he pretty much seemed like the same character we knew from before. For the show to truly hammer home the idea that death and resurrection changed this character in a major way, we needed to see A) some actions that were wildly different than anything he'd done before so we could experience his internal change through his outward behavior, or B) spend more quiet time with Jon wrestling with what it all means. He barely even mentions his resurrection again until his brief talk with Melisandre before the Battle of The Bastards, and even then, it was more about what kind of god would bring him back only to kill him again than it was about why he was brought back in the first place.

I'm sure some people have stopped reading this and already jumped into the comments and written about how I shouldn't consider interviews with the actors or the showrunners to be part of the season's narrative, but even if you take away what Benioff, Weiss, and Harington said, one would still assume being brought back from the dead would change a character in a pretty major way. Even in a fantasy show like Game of Thrones, that's not something that happens every day, and plus, we saw how being brought back wore down Beric when he was resurrected time and again by Thoros of Myr.

I figured maybe they'd bring him back for some huge event, and the Battle of The Bastards certainly fit that description, but Jon even managed to screw that up, breaking his own rules and charging in to try to save Rickon and falling right into Ramsay's trap. He said himself in the finale that the only reason he survived that situation was because Sansa called in the Knights of the Vale, a decision he had nothing to do with. I could be convinced that there may not have been a battle at all without Jon being resurrected, but I feel like Sansa may have had enough clout in the North to eventually rally some troops and make it happen, even if she eventually may have had to use Littlefinger's men as her primary attacking force from the start instead of using them as a sneaky cavalry.

Sure, bringing Jon back will almost certainly have some huge implications down the road. With his parentage finally revealed and his new role as the King in the North, there's clearly more in store for Jon as this story progresses, but as for the way season six specifically approached and executed his resurrection and his (and other characters') reaction(s) to it, I hate to say that for the most part, they blew it. I didn't feel like the character was any different after he died than he was before Alliser Thorne, Ollie, and the rest of his scheming brothers plunged their knives into him.

James Cameron Says THE FORCE AWAKENS Lacked George Lucas’ “Innovative Visual Imagination”

During a recent interview, Avatar director James Cameron was asked what he thought of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it doesn't seem like he really cared for it. He doesn't come right out and say he didn't like the movie, but the way he talks around sharing his real feelings, you can tell he didn't like it.

"George Lucas is a friend of mine and he and I were having a good conversation the other day about it. I don’t want to say too much about the film cause I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams, and I want to see where they’re taking it next, to see what they’re doing with it."

He then dove into more of an explanation praising Lucas' Star Wars films and saying those had more innovative visual imagination than The Force Awakens.  

"I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before, and characters you had seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters."

As much as I loved The Force Awakens, I do see Cameron's point. At the same time, Abrams crafted a solid story with solid new characters to ease fans into these next few chapters in the saga. I have a feeling these next two episodes are going to take things in a very unexpected direction. Cameron concluded by saying:

"For me the jury’s still out. I want to see where they go with it.”

You can watch the interview below from JarJar Abrams. What do you think about Cameron's thoughts on The Force Awakens?

Trailer for the Animated Film TROLLS with Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake

DreamWorks Animation has released the first trailer for their upcoming feature film Trolls, which is based on a toy line that I remember being very popular in the 1980s. The Trolls toy line was something I was never into but if you were, maybe you'll you'll like what this trailer has to offer. I have no interest in watching this movie. My kids, on the other hand, can't wait. 

The film stars Anna Kendrick as the optimistic leader of the Trolls, Poppy, and Justin Timberlake plays Branch, who is the complete opposite of Poppy. They are joined by several other actors that include Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Russell Brand, Icona Pop, Ron Funches, and Kunal Nayaar. Together, the Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they've ever known. 

The film was directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, who both worked on Shrek Forever After. It will be released on November 4th, 2016.