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
In 1978, Burger Chef was right with the nations zeitgeist, selling their burgers and fries with a side-order of Star Wars. They were among the first companies to do so and ran a commercials advertising the facts.
We were not frequenters of Burger Chef (they were hard to come by in our neck of the woods), but I swear I had one of these posters on my wall as a kid. Perhaps one of my parents picked it up for their Star Wars crazed kid.
My favorite is this one because of the kid with the Sand Speeder at the start. He is either lost in dream of far off Tantooine or more likely is really really bored. How dare you kid! Show some respect!
Friends, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of reading Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont’s humorous look back at “The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the ’70s & ’80s”. Their book is out now from Perigee Books so you should have no problem picking it up at major bookstores. You should make a point to do so, because if you are visiting this site you are absolutely the perfect demographic for this.
The book is alphabetical and while Gael and Brian may not spend more than just a paragraph on a toy, TV Show, restaurant, etc. they do supply a very humorous look at it all. Subject matter from Ants in the Pants to Zoom get covered in this 230 page tome of the past. I was laughing out loud more than once and they’ve done something kind of neat with supplying an X-Tinction Rating, then a Replaced By Rating, and finally a Fun Fact for each entry. I was impressed by not only some of the great memories they brought up but for giving me the heads up on some of the things that I missed. Like the Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces “Toy” or as Gael and Brian rightfully call it, “Part Billy Barty, part Lon Chaney Jr., and all creepy, Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces, has to be one of the single most terrifying toys ever created.”.
Another great example is that for the longest time I’ve been trying to remember the name of a line of Hamburger chains, one that was in my neck of the woods back in my youth and thanks to this book, on page 24…the mystery was solved. Burger Chef! Which by the way had the Fun Meal…which was later “adopted” by another Burger Empire.
So if you want to spend a day curled up in your favorite reading spot and have an immensely wonderful and humorous stroll down memory lane, you owe it to yourself to pick up Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?, because as you can see in the photo below, Gael and Brian are one of us!
It is a shame that Burger Chef is gone, because having a Werewolf as your burger thief is pretty brilliant. This commercial also introduces Burger Chefs proto-version of the Happy Meal, The Magic Meal. They were onto something.