Aug 14, 2019

Review: Re-release of NEW COKE for STRANGER THINGS 3

COKE IS IT!





Here it is folks, I finally got around to posting my review of the re-release of NEW Coke.  This is the second taste test and comparison I've performed on this product (the first was back in 1985).

So it all started when I saw this very retro 80s looking computer message on the Coke website.  My heart skipped a beat when I learned Coca-Cola was once again releasing NEW Coke!

I got online, ordered a couple collector's packs, and anxiously awaited for them to come in the mail.  Below is a picture of exactly what you get..  Coca-Cola Classic and Coke Zero limited edition Stranger Things 3 bottles, and two cans of NEW COKE.

I assembled the family for dinner on the night of the Stranger Things 3 premier, and we performed our very own taste test of Coca-Cola Classic vs. NEW COKE.





So what was the verdict?  The same as it was back in the day.  I liked it!  Just not nearly as much as Classic Coca-Cola, and definitely not as much as Lucas Sinclair loved it in Stranger Things.

The New Coke tasted more syrup-y and had considerably more carbonation that really takes its time to subside.  It had a wee bit of an aftertaste, but not bad at all.  Classic Coke has more of a caramel-y flavor, just the right amount of carbonation, and well.. that Classic taste.


The general consensus amongst my brood, was that it was good.. just not as good as the Coca-Cola Classic. It really is a solid cola in my opinion, if you like your soda really sweet.   It's actually a soda I would buy from time to time if Coca-Cola decided to re-release it on a long term basis.  I can especially foresee this soda making a great alcohol mixer.  Maybe I'll get a chance to experiment with it if Coca-Cola listens to the masses of NEW COKE fans that are begging for a re-release of the product.  Yup.. it kind shocked me too.

There was such a public backlash back in 1985 when NEW COKE was re-released. I still swear the whole product release was a conspiracy / strike of marketing GENIUS!  And I'm not the only one who believes that.

What are your thoughts?  Do you feel the same way about the original release?  Did you dig NEW COKE or hate it?  You can read about my thoughts on the original release and conspiracy theory here.




Star Wars themed Coca Cola Bottles from Galaxy's Edge



I'm a huge fan of Coca-Cola.  I'm also a lifelong Star Wars fanatic. Therefore, the cross promotion between Coca-Cola and Disney for the new Galaxy's Edge section of the Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park, produced the ultimate collectible for fans like myself.


My Coke, Diet Coke, & Sprite bottles from 'Batuu' at Galaxy's Edge in Florida.


These three guys are for my personal Coca-Cola / STAR WARS collection, so I will not be cracking them open, but I will definitely buy some for consumption on a future visit to Batuu very soon!  

Coca Cola has given me lots to be happy about this year.  First, a Stranger Things cross promotion, and now this.  What's next?  The folks in the creative and marketing departments at Coca-Cola are definitely doing a bang up job, and I can't wait to see what they come up with in the future.


Aug 13, 2019

The Flintstones coming to MeTV!!


59 years to the DAY.. the Flintstones will be making their network debut once again on September 30th 2019.. only this time around on MeTV!  I'm super excited about this development, as my whole family are huge Flintstones fans!  My bride and myself grew up on them, as did my own children, and it will be great to be able to stream them into our home without paying extra to do so.  Back-to-back episodes will air Monday-Friday at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT.  




MeTV (an acronym for Memorable Entertainment Television) is an American broadcast television network and marketed as "The Definitive Destination for Classic TV," the network airs a variety of classic television programs from the 1950s through the early 1990s.  Available on most cable networks, it's also available on free satellite TV and has a reach of about 91% of the population.

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Aug 11, 2019

3 bucket list goals attained at Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Florida.



So I got a sneak peek at Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios last week, and it was everything I imagined and more.  What's more.. three 1977 childhood bucket list goals were achieved within the first hour of my visit. Those being:

1.) Fly the Millenium Falcon
2.) Try Blue Milk
3.) Own a thermal detonator

Here's some Instagram posts showcasing these experiences..


The Millenium Falcon..
Seeing this old gal was truly a dream come true.  It's a movie accurate, true to scale bonafide replica of the Millenium Falcon.  I viewed the Falcon from top to bottom and the attention to detail was amazing.  Steam jetted out from exhaust ports, the engine sang (and stalled) with sounds you immediately recognize from the movies.  There was battle damage, blaster marks, grit & grime, and my God was it beautiful!






Blue Milk!
I remember watching STAR WARS in the theater with my Dad in 1977, and being in awe of the blue milk Luke Skywalker was drinking on screen.  Now.. some 42 years later, I finally got the chance to try some.  It was more like a slushy milkshake, but it tasted great.  Made from coconut and rice milk, it was sweet and mellow.  I may have to try the adult option with rum next time.




A thermal Detonator.. Kinda
I'm a lifelong Star Wars and Coca Cola fanatic.  Therefore for me, the cross promotion between Coke and Disney is one dreams are made of!  When pictures of these Coke bottles were first released to the media, someone somewhere broke the news that "robot Coke bottles" were being released.  Geez.  

Suddenly, all kinds of bloggers and instagramers ran with that description on social media and online.  Many true STAR WARS fanatics however (myself included) rolled our eyes and sneered at that description.  The general consensus among fans I talked with, was that someone probably thought the bottles looked like BB8, hence the 'robot' description.

The bottles to me, simply look like a hydration receptacle that belongs in that universe.  To many (myself also included) the bottles are reminiscent of a Thermal Detonator like the one Princess Leia activated in Return of the Jedi, and folks on social like myself are having a ball posting our pictures, thoughts, and puns about them online.







There is so much to see and so much to talk about in regards to Galaxy's Edge, I plan on posting more content about it very soon, so keep an eye out!





Aug 10, 2019

Taxidermy Wampa at Black Spire Outpost


via Instagram https://ift.tpt/2YDTExF


I SO need one of these for my study.

Jul 24, 2019

Stranger Things Limited Edition Dungeons & Dragons game


Good grief.. 'Stranger Things' fans like myself can rejoice over the massive amount of merchandise currently being offered.  That being said, this incredible item HAD to come home with me..



I may need to buy another one, as I don't want to open this.. but I feel the need to play it ASAP!
#collectorProblems


Jul 12, 2019

How to say Watermelon in Spanish. A lesson from Kermit the Frog.


Kermit the Caribbean 'Amphibian' explains how to say Watermelon in Spanish.. but something makes me feel like he's pulling my leg.