Durham 2500

Behold The Majesty Of The Durham 2500 Robot

A long time time ago, my dad taught banjo lessons to a British lady named Kay. She was an elderly lady who had a zest for new challenges. She was in her seventies when she was learning the instrument and she was incredibly nice. “Camptown Races” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” were in her repertoire and for a beginner, she caught on pretty well.

Kay was like an honorary grandmother to us. She was always at our family parties, at our house on the river, which were pretty raucous affairs. I think she was at my first communion party. They usually started with boating and ended with music led by my dad and joined by his brothers and Kay would join in on the banjo! Kay attended my birthday party at McDonald’s and she brought me a Durham 2500 Robot. He shuffle walks while swinging his arms, and his small cyclops eye flickers as does his large chest light.
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There’s three variations of this guy; all gray, all silver/chrome, and a combination of blue arms and legs, with red feet and head. That’s the one I have. There’s another variation with a Transformer like head on the robot body. This is referred to as Robot UFO.
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The robot has served as both hero and villain in the adventures with my action figures and such. Heck, he even drove our cats crazy! Blinking and whirring is better than catnip!

The Durham 2500 is a very well liked robot (in all of his versions) in the collecting community. Some prefer the all silver or gray versions and some prefer the red and blue guy. I dig the one I have. My robot has seen some better days. A couple of decades ago, a rubber snake I had, melted on him and a few other things, while being stored in our garage loft. His electronics no longer work, and his back panel is missing, but I have a strategy to fix that. If only I could teach him banjo.

The sound of the McDonald’s Big Mac

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I found myself watching a video of TV commercials from the 70’s recently and in amongst them was a McDonald’s Big Mac commercial. The Dancin’ advert from 1984 set a very happy vibe and it got me thinking about other McDonald’s songs I’ve heard over the years, in particularly, those for the Big Mac.

So, here is my top ten Big Mac ‘song’ commercials, ready for you to sing along to!

At number 10, you’ll keep comin’ back in this 1978 effort:

Number 9 continues the 70’s vibe with McDonald’s letting you know that they’ve got it all for you:

The Big Mac anthem finds itself at number 8. I suspect more people know this than the national anthem!

Back to the 70’s for number 7 – You deserve a break today!

The video that started this for me, at number 6, it’s Dancin’ starring Corey Haim from 1984:

At 5, and because I’m British, a very English take on the anthem:

1979 ups the cheese-factor at number 4 with the one and only Big Mac from the one and only place:

Number 3 gets a little higher pitched with Big Mac Comin’ from 1983:

We shoot for the moon at number 2 when we have a Mac Tonight in 1987:

And the prestigious Number One spot has to go to this 1986 Big Mac Attack rap:

Do you agree with my choices? Do you remember a Big Mac commercial that I didn’t include? Let me know in the comments!

Amazingly, I could easily have made this a top 20 as the home of the Golden Arches has made dozens of adverts for its 40-something old flagship sandwich. I think I could have done a top 10 just for the Mac Attack commercials!

As a bonus for those still reading, this short set of mock adverts from ad agency Translation is awesome!

Christmas Plate with Ronald McDonald

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I felt a little odd buying this Christmas-themed plate in the middle of March, but when life hands you awesome you take it when you find it. Especially when awesome costs 79 cents.

This wonderful plate was newer than I thought it was (released in 1997), but I still think it’s awesome. I’ve already eaten a few rounds of microwave chicken nuggets on it and I feel like I’m 10 years old again when I use it.

I don’t know if Ronald McDonald was ever allowed to travel with Santa on his Christmas Eve visits, but I do remember getting McDonald’s gift certificates in my stocking once so I believe it was possible.

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E.T. Posters – one with every McDonald’s Happy Meal

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I recently dug out my DVD of E.T., intending to have my 3-year-old watch it instead of the endless repeats of the Toy Story films. Sadly, he wasn’t that interested, he is perhaps too young, but it made me want to learn more about the film.

This probably means you’ll be seeing a lot more E.T. from me in the near future as the internet is full of many wonderful images of everyone’s favourite Extra-Terrestrial. The image above stuck out to me because of those Golden Arches in the bottom corner. A little digging and I found the site of the artist responsible – David Wiesner.

David has some lovely accounts of his E.T. adventures, including a post about his time working on a series of posters for McDonald’s. The image below is the display for all 4 of the posters available with your Happy Meal.

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All four E.T. posters can be seen in greater details from his site and a lot more too on his Portfolio page.