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‘Stranger Things’ fans crash museum website trying to buy Dustin’s dinosaur hoodie

More than 80,000 hoodies were sold in the first day.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Published Nov 8, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 11:47 am CDT

Stranger Things’ homage to the ’80s is fueling new waves of nostalgia, leading fans to crash a museum website in search of a novelty hoodie featured in the show.

In the season 2 premiere “MadMax,” Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) is seen wearing a purple hoodie from the Science Museum of Minnesota featuring a Brontosaurus with “Thunder Lizard” in quotes, and it’s a fitting outfit choice for Dustin.

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Screengrab via Stranger Things/Netflix

The hoodie itself isn’t from the ’80s, but the design itself is, according to the show’s costume designer. She said that she discovered the hoodie in the midst of looking for inspiration for the show.

“I really loved the Brontosaurus for Dustin, so we bought the original,” Kim Wilcox told Newsweek. “Then we made our own purple hoodie with this great dinosaur art in Gaten’s size.”

It didn’t take long for the Science Museum of Minnesota to notice the unintentional shoutout (which it wasn’t aware of prior to Stranger Things season 2 dropping on Netflix), and it quickly confirmed that it was looking to bring the design back.

Stranger Things fans: Check out what Dustin is wearing in season 2, episode 1! Yes, we want one too. Working on it! #StrangerThings2

Posted by Science Museum of Minnesota on Friday, October 27, 2017

The Thunder Lizard designs—which were available as hoodies and T-shirts for adults and kids as well as an adult sweatshirt—went live on the Science Museum of Minnesota’s website Tuesday, with prices ranging from $14.95 for a children’s T-shirt to $36.95 for an adult version of Dustin’s hoodie. The site lagged after fans flocked to it to get their hands on Dustin’s hoodie and those other designs, and soon it crashed after being unable to handle the increased interest.

The Science Museum of Minnesota (which is a nonprofit) sold more than 80,000 hoodies and made more than $400,000 on Thunder Lizard merchandise on Tuesday. While the museum is already sold out at its physical gift shop (more will become available late Wednesday and Thursday), fans can still purchase items online.

H/T Entertainment Weekly

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*First Published: Nov 8, 2017, 12:56 pm CST