Burger Chef and Jeff - Drinking Glass

Retro Records: Burger Chef and Jeff Meet Cackleburger

Burger Chef and Jeff, does that name ring a bell? For those of us that grew up in the 70s of course it brings to mind the Funmeal. A boxed kids meal that provided puzzles and stories. Focusing on the adventures of Burger Chef and Jeff of course. The Funmeal also generally contained a toy or small collectible as well.
Burger Chef and Jeff - Funmeal Theatre

These were the mascots of the Burger Chef chain of fast food restaurants. Obviously. It bears pointing out that in addition to beating McDonald’s to the idea of the Happy Meal. Burger Chef was also quick to land the licensing for a little 1977 movie called Star Wars!
Burger Chef and Jeff - Star Wars

I will get to the subject of our Retro Records for this week in just a second. However I felt I should share a little more information about Burger Chef first. The restaurant got it’s start back in 1957, opening in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Burger Chef and Jeff - Fast Food

Thanks in no small part to focusing on smaller cities, for example my neck of the woods, they quickly expanded their reach. Furthermore in 1968 the chain was scooped up by General Mills which of course faciliated the expansion. By 1972 in fact they had 1,200 restaurants across the United States. It is important to realize that in that same year McDonald’s only had 400 more locations at the time.

I guess what I’m getting at is that it wasn’t a small operation. Now Burger Chef and Jeff were more than mascots, at least that was the case for me. I have mentioned before that growing up my Father and I didn’t have much. So generally once a month when I was taken to Burger Chef it was certainly a treat. One of those reasons I said they were more than mascots to myself is thanks in part to the TV commercials.

[Via] Eye 8h NBC

Burger Chef and Jeff - Mascots
I believe I have stated on more than one occasion that I was in fact a monster kid growing up. The kooky characters that Burger Chef and Jeff came into contact with like Wolfburger as well as Count Fangburger, the talking ape Burgerilla, and Cackleburger the Witch! I feel confident in saying these characters were certainly right up my alley!

You might want to listen to my first introduction to The Wolf Man in episode 53 of the Saturday Frights Podcast

Which indeed means I was very excited when Burger Chef was offering on of their 33 1/3 records. For this installment of Retro Records we are sharing Cackleburger Casts A Spell. I have hard a rather hard time tracking down the exact date but a few sources online point to 1976. You might also notice that the spelling on the record is different than the spelling for the character.
Burger Chef and Jeff - Cackelburger

Also of interest is that Burger Chef is voiced by the late and great Paul Winchell. Whose voice I think you might recognize from the massive animated series he was affiliated with. Paul provided the voice of Gargamel in the Smurfs, was Fleegle Beagle in The Banana Splits, as well as Dick Dastardly for many of the Hanna-Barbera shows.

So please join us on Retro Records as we listen to the adventures of Burger Chef and Jeff!

[Via] James Will

Diener Monster Collection

Due to the positive response I received after sharing my collection of Diener Space Creatures, I thought I’d round out the week with a related post — my collection of Diener Monsters.


Originally I had these guys sorted out by color just like my Diener Space Collection, but an errant shot with a Nerf gun leveled the lot of them and I haven’t had the time to re-sort them out by color again. You’ll just have to trust me … they’re all there. If you don’t believe me, I’ll show you the credit card statement. ;)

Take another look at this great piece of artwork, drawn by Sean Hartter:


Well, how do you think he did?


Like the other original Diener figures from the 80s, this set came with eight different characters to collect, with each one available in one of five different colors: yellow, orange, brown, green and blue. Also like other Diener figures, these figures have been released as hard plastic figures, softer rubber figures, and pencil erasers. In recent years, it appears some of these figures may have been re-released in updated, more modern colors.

Along with the eight figures I have pictured, I have a ninth figure that looks like a hawk/birdman. I’m not sure if he’s part of this collection or not. There’s at least one more McDonalds/Diener collection out there that I wouldn’t mind owning, one that consisted of mythological creatures: Medusa, Minotaurs, and Unicorns for example, and I wonder if the Hawkman isn’t a part of that collection.

And don’t forget; there was also a dinosaur collection, a wild animal collection, and even a collection of McDonald’s characters.

Perhaps it’s time for me to go do some more eBay “research” …

Batman Happy Meal Commercial

I like they McDonald’s commercials where the whole gang is just hanging out at Ronald’s house watching TV. As always it is nice to see Grimace. As for the Happy Meal, I actually have some of the figures on my desk. What can I say, I am a sucker for a cheeseburger and toy. This commercials makes me feel bad for the poor cops of Gotham, I never realized they had it so rough, trying to stay useful. Batman’s got to calm down and give them something to do.