Here’s one of the lunchboxes I picked up last week while out and about, the McDonalds Cactus Canyon Lunchbox. I can’t wait to cram a McBLT in this thing and take it to work for lunch. Many classic lunchboxes told a story, and this one is no exception. On the front of the lunchbox you can see Ronald McDonald as “the Sheriff,” relaxing on the front porch as an excited Birdie is approaching him. I think every day Birdie is not turned into a 20 piece box of McNuggets, Birdie should be excited.
Around the edges of the lunchbox you can follow the story. On one side of the lunchbox Birdie leads Ronald and the gang to an empty safe. The other size shows the Hamburgler making his escape, and the top shows a Hamburgler wanted poster. On the back of the lunchbox we can see how the story of the McDonalds Cactus Canyon Lunchbox ends.
How this story end
As the Fry Guys stand guard and Mayor McCheese assumes his “stick-up” pose, it’s Grimace we see here saving the day using his lasso. Noticeably missing in this wild west setting are any guns. My favorite part of the back is Ronald himself, who instead of helping apprehend the Hamburgler, simply gestures towards the crook’s getaway stagecoach as if to say, “See what kind of McCrap I have to put up with in Cactus Canton?”
This was one of the best shelves I saw at the flea market last weekend.
That’s the Shoney’s Bear on the left. He’s plastic, hollow, and not that desirable. He was $6.
On the right is of course Grimace, Ronald McDonald’s oldest, purplest friend. This Grimace was a ceramic bank, priced at $25. I am not sure if this was actually a licensed item or not, but I really wanted him regardless.
The fellow in the middle is the old Pizza Hut mascot. I have not seen one of these in many years. At $35 this little guy was a bit steep for me (especially considering it didn’t come with a pizza), but was probably priced appropriately.
During business hours I am sure these three competitors would never be allowed to fraternize with one another, but after the doors have closed I am glad to see the three are allowed to share a shelf (and perhaps food-related stories) with one another.
I am not sure why the person who posted these said that they were creepy. I spotted them while trawling imgur and thought they were just incredible. I wish all McDonald’s shows this level of creativity when it came to their internal decor. This one is my favorite of the lot (ahhh Grimace), but over at Imgur their are several more.
You might not know this, but in his first commercial appearance, Grimace was actually evil. I think he was supposed to be like the Hamburgler of milkshakes. But somehow Ronald fixed him along the way and he became everyone’s tubby purple pal.