Fans of Netflix’s hit show “Stranger Things” have not only embraced the sci-fi series’ ode to ’80s culture, they’ve resurrected a part of it.
After fans noticed the character Dustin wearing a hoodie in the series, created by Durham brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, they flooded the Science Museum of Minnesota with requests to purchase one of their own.
The purple hoodie features a skeletal dinosaur and the words “Brontosaurus, Thunder Lizard” above the museum’s name. The museum had not sold the hoodie since featuring it in its gift shop in the early 1980s.
A social media user tipped off the museum about the hoodie’s appearance in the second season, which premiered Oct. 27, and a deluge of phone calls and emails that followed prompted the museum to revive the item. Several versions of the “Thunder Lizard” design became available for purchase Tuesday morning in the museum’s gift shop and online store.
The demand for the apparel caused the store’s website to slow down and eventually crash within a few hours. But by midday Tuesday, the hype resulted in more than $400,000 in sales, according to Star Tribune. People as far away as Australia expressed interest in buying a piece of the show.
The online store features sweatshirts, hoodies and T-shirts of the “Thunder Lizard” design. Customers were told there was an unlimited online supply and to be patient while orders processed, according to Star Tribune.