Just the other day one of my co-workers and friends at the Arkadia Retrocade sent me a text with the image you see above attached.
As you can tell from the headline on this post these are vintage 1980s Happy Meal trays from McDonald’s. They were produced by Simon Marketing Inc. for the fast food chain but beyond that I have found very little information on these beauties.
I’m thinking they must be from around 1985 at least as the Hamburglar has already had made the switch to the more kid friendly-version of the hamburger thief. Long after he was introduced as the Lone Jogger!
[Via] The Burger Nerd
Plus Captain Crook sadly was phased out around 1987 and this tray shows him in his original outfit although perhaps a little less sinister than his appearance in McDonaldland as a villain.
1985 was around the last time we saw the likes of his honor, Mayor McCheese as well as the stalwart Officer Big Mac.
Of course Grimace is always Grimace.
Now I would love to crow and say that my friend picked these up for me…but that isn’t the case…at least I know they are in a good home, the only one that wasn’t available when she picked these up was the Ronald McDonald tray. I think eBay can take care of that though!
What about you readers? Do you have any fond recollections of these Happy Meal trays?
I remember after watching the Black Hole in the theaters for the first time, my Father took me to McDonald’s so that I could run off a little excess energy at the indoor McDonaldland playground. While I was happily climbing around the insides of the Officer Big Mac Climb-In Jail Playground…
…I struck up a fleeting friendship with two brothers that were doing the same. While we all imagined we were inside of the Millennium Falcon instead of Officer Big Mac they informed me they were going to see the Black Hole after they were done playing. I told them how much I liked the movie and even at that age I resisted spoiling the film for them but I did warn them how scary the towering robot Maximilian was.
I never met the two brothers again but I certainly hoped they ended up liking the Black Hole as much as I did.
[Via] Xussia’s YouTube Channel
Take a look at this incredible alternate theatrical posters thanks to our friends over at IMP Awards!
The McDonaldland Playset Box
One of the things I enjoy most about swap meets and antiques fairs is the chance to run into some long-forgotten toy from my past. That happened to me today as I stumbled across this McDonaldland Playset. I never owned this toy – or any of the individual dolls/action figures. But, I remember begging my mother for them. Only later did it occur to me that my mother, a nutritionist by trade, may not have been the biggest fan of McDonalds toys. That said, we still managed to eat at McDonalds every so often – and I envisioned using this playset to recreate all the excitement of the restaurant.
Now that I’m older, I’m a bit puzzled by the inclusion of the train in McDonaldland. Perhaps the train was featured in some commercials? More likely it was just added to give the characters something to do aside from eat at McDonalds. The children on the box seem a bit perplexed as to how to play with this toy too. They seem content to just look upon its glory.
Thanks to Insane Pencil over at deviantART for snapping this photo of the former Mayor of McDonaldland as he begins his whirlwind tour of the world. Give his Honor a helping hand and make sure to visit and sign the petition as well as all the Facebook and Twitter options over at Bring Back the Mayor.com, because the return of the Mayor is going to need a heap of helping hands from good people like yourselves.