Having already collected numerous accolades for its plot lines, "Stranger Things" recently fetched praise from those with apparel on their brains, as actor Gaten Matarazzo's character, Dustin Henderson, donned the aforementioned hoodie this season, generating vast interest in the brontosaurus skeleton-bearing item that the museum sold when hosting a traveling exhibit at its old haunt. Yes, we want one too.
A social media follower tipped off the Science Museum to the sweatshirt's appearance in the hugely popular TV show on Friday, October 27, the day its second season was released.
Looks like the non-profit Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul is going to have a bit more cash for upcoming exhibits.
"Stranger Things" costume designer Kim Wilcox told Newsweek that she came across the vintage purple sweatshirt online.
"For us, we're just relishing this opportunity to be connected to the popular show, especially one that has characters that are interested in science", says Kim Ramsden, the public relations director at the Science Museum of Minnesota, according to CNBC. She purchased the sweatshirt and had a smaller size printed to fit Matarazzo.
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The Science Museum of Minnesota debuted the new stock of sweatshirts on Tuesday morning.which quickly led their site to crash.
If you're a fan of Stranger Things but not hoodies, the museum has you covered. But museum staffers underestimated demand: It wasn't long before the influx of web traffic crashed the website, leaving disappointed fans shut out. Limited quantities will also be available in the Science Museum's Explore Store beginning at 9:30 a.m.
But despite the all-out chaos - including a few snippy Facebook comments from eager prospective buyers - the Star Tribune reports the museum had sold a whopping $400,000 worth of merchandise by Tuesday afternoon.
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.