Cap’n Crunch Costume

As part of our moving process, over the past two weeks I’ve had to make several tough decisions on whether I was going to keep, or part with, certain items. Partly because it doesn’t fit and partly because Halloween is right around the corner, this is one of the things I decided to part with: my Cap’n Crunch costume.

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I ran across this item several years ago at a garage sale. The costume came in a trunk, and inside the trunk was a hand receipt from the company that made it. I contacted the company years ago and, after working my way through a few people, discovered that it was one of about 20 Cap’n Crunch costumes made for General Mills. Unfortunately the company didn’t have any more information for me than that.

Inside the costume there’s a battery pack belt, which I assume originally powered fans to keep the wearer cool. The costume is very heavy duty and I can see how someone wearing it, especially outside, might overheat quickly.

Unfortunately for me, the costume doesn’t fit. At 6′ tall, I had the twist my head just to get inside the thing. I’m guessing it was made for someone just a few inches shorter than myself. It was probably also made for someone who hasn’t enjoyed as many bowls of delicious Cap’n Crunch cereal over the years …

I’ve never had the costume on display, so for almost a decade the poor captain has been folded up in trunk in my garage. Hopefully the Cap’n’s new owner will put him to use and have him sailing the crunchy seas again.

Burger King … RIP?

It was announced over the weekend that Burger King (the restaurant) is retiring the most royal of mascots … “The King”.

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Burger King first opened its doors back in 1954, and although “The King” has gone through several redesigns throughout the years, he’s always been part of the company’s brand.

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Here’s a picture from TVAcres.com of a Burger King doll from the 1980s.

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Unfortunately Burger King’s “King” was never as strong of a character as Ronald McDonald or even a Fry Guy. As a result, the King made few television appearances from the 1950s all the way up through the 1990s.

(Eagle-eyed Retroist fans should have spotted Elizabeth Shue and Andrew McCarthy in that clip. If you did, good job!)

In the late 2000s, Burger King tried to revamp the King’s image by making him … creepier. In a series of television commercials, the King would randomly appear and deliver people food.

I’m pretty sure accepting a breakfast sandwich from a strange adult who you’ve just discovered was sleeping in your bed pretty much breaks every “Stranger Danger” rule I learned in grade school.

This newer, creepier King became so popular for a short period of time that three Xbox 360 games were released starring The King. Each game was $3.99. My favorite of the three was Sneak King, a game in which you, as the Burger King, had to sneak up on people and deliver them sandwiches. The first level had you, dressed as The Burger King, sneaking up on working loggers — guys actively using chainsaws and axes. This has “bad idea” written all over it.

Over the weekend, Burger King (the company) announced that in an effort to reinvent itself, it will be moving away from the mascot. Maybe The King will be Burger King’s response to McDonald’s McRib, and will only make yearly appearances.

If you really start missing The King, keep in mind that Halloween is right around the corner, and Burger King costumes, especially over the past few years, have been a big hit.

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Retroist Sonic the Hedgehog Podcast

Retroist Sonic the Hedgehog Podcast

Welcome to the Retroist Sonic the Hedgehog Podcast. Sega fans unite! On today’s show I talk about the world-famous Sega mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog. This blue blaze has been near and dear to my heart since I got my first Sega console many years ago. Sonic was not their first attempt at a mascot. So I start off talking about his predecessors. Then I move onto his creation, the games in which he has appeared and much much more.

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