Burger Chef King Kong Glasses

Burger Chef King Kong Glasses

King Kong is one of my favorite adventure stories. I love the original movie and Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake. I like the 1976 remake with Jeff Bridges but the one thing that bugs me about it is the removal of the fantasy elements. Other than King Kong and a giant snake there is nothing fantasy related about it. However, the retro coolness of some of the merchandising for the 1976 film is great, like these glasses offered by Burger Chef King Kong Glasses.

To this day it still baffles me that glasses like this aren’t still a fast food staple. When they do release them, they are usually pale shadows of these colorful gems. With the new Star Trek films, we had the promise of some new glasses, but even those did not live up to glassware we got in up through the 1980s.

The Burger Chef King Kong Glasses are sought after by collectors, but are not uncommon. If you are at a flea market or store selling retro stuff, you can expect to find them in decent shape between $10 and $25 per glass. Although, I have seen them go for as low as $5 in slightly lesser condition.

Watch the Burger Chef King Kong Glasses Commercial

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9 thoughts on “Burger Chef King Kong Glasses

  1. plcary says:

    Does anyone remember the song released by Dickie Goodman about Kong? You can listen to it at:

  2. plcary says:

    I liked that 76 remake but it has been a long time since my last viewing. I have 2 of the 4 King Kong glasses in the commercial. Was Burger Chef the same as Burger King? Like we have Hardee’s here, but they are Carl Juniors out west?

  3. RetroArt says:

    I was going to ask the same- is Burger Chef a “west-of-the-Rockies” Burger King?
    Same company association but different regional names?
    Because I remember getting a KK glass from my local Burger King back in the 70’s and I’m on the East Coast.

    Also- and why don’t they give out tie-in glasses anymore?
    I think for two reasons, first the far-fetched one, remember the lead paint issue with these glasses that came up when they first started giving away novelty glasses? The lead-based paint used for decorating was applied on the INSIDE of the glasses! Eventhough the problem has been fixed perhaps there’s still a bit of stigma attached? And the second reason, too expensive and inconvenient? The plastic, tie-in novelties are cheaper to manufacture and easier to distribute inside a Happy Meal box?

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