The DYR blog

The blog with general chat about all things from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s plus news about new features and developments on the website.

Friday, October 24, 2008

And the winners are...

Congratulations to the winners of last month's competitions:

A pair of tickets each to a cLuMsY TV theme night held in Bristol goes to J. Luscombe and M. Williams. We hope you enjoy yourselves! And a copy of the Neverending Story DVD will be winging its way to both K. Stone and M. Cooney - what better way to spend a dark winter night than watching this all-time fantasy classic.

Commiserations to those of you who weren't so lucky - but why not try your luck in our latest competitions to win a box of Monster Munch (see below) or win the brand-new Look-in! Annual (click here). Good luck! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Make a Monster discovery

I'd like to think that, just like me, you've spent the last few weeks treating your tastebuds to a dollop of 80s nostalgia, in the form of bag after bag of Monster Munch. Yes, they're back; yes, they're bigger and better for you than before; and yes, it's only polite to make up for lost time. But, if you can claw your way back from the haze of beef flavouring, it's time to give something back to those lovely people at Walkers.

The maker of Monster Munch has launched an appeal for fans of the corn-puff snack to locate the original costumes worn in its TV ads during the 70s and 80s, with the hope of relaunching the classic ads once more. Oh, yes!

The trio of furry, life-size monster costumes brought the three Monster Munch flavours - Roast Beef, Pickled Onion (my favourite) and Flamin Hot - to life. But Walkers admits these were "mislaid during a transitional period" when it took over the brand from Smiths Crisps. They've not been seen for 25 years now, but where have they gone?

To help in the search visit, where you can post your tip-offs and be in with the chance of bagging a £5000 reward. Imagine how many Monster Munch that would buy!

You'll be in good company, too. It may sound like a job for Justin Lee Collins, but there's a host of 80s children's TV legends, from Timmy Mallet of Wacaday fame to Geoffrey Hayes out of Rainbow, fronting the campaign. Just click on the video above to see Dave Benson Phillips from 90s children's show Get Your Own Back deliver an exclusive appeal for to take part in the hunt. Get rummaging and, if we find them, maybe Walkers will be kind enough to bring back Bitsa Pizza Crisps, too...

To keep your energy levels up during your search for the costumes, we have five boxes of Monster Munch (that's around 48 bags in each) to give away. Simply recommend DYR to your friends and family, and five lucky winners will each win a box to share among their work mates - and be the most popular person for, oh, at least a week! All participants will be entered into a free draw. The winners will be drawn 26th November 2008.