Typically when I think of Burger King collectibles the first thing that comes to mind are the company’s drinking glasses — specifically the Star Wars ones — so finding other BK-related collectibles in the wild is always a treat.
Last week I ran across not one but two plush versions of the King himself in an antique mall. Now, I have to admit something here: I have a bit of a hang up when it comes to buying used pillows and stuffed animals. There’s something about adding something to my collection that’s probably full of some other kid’s drool that I just can’t seem to get over.
The more cartoonish of the two Kings dates back to 1973; the one of the right is slightly newer, released in the late 70s I think. (If anyone knows for sure when these were released, please let me know.) Although the memory is cloudy I do think I may have owned the one on the left when I was a kid. If I did, I surely would have slept with my head on top of it in hopes of dreaming about hamburgers, and whomever owns it today owns a plush doll filled with my drool.
Tucked away on one of my many shelves are these six cereal-related plush dolls.
Known as the “General Mills Breakfast Plush Pals,” from left to right are: Wendell the Baker (Cinnamon Toast Crunch), Honey Nut Cheerios Bee, Sonny the Cuckoo Bird, Lucky the Leprechaun, Count Chocula, and Chip the Cookie Hound. Originally there were seven plushies released. While Trix may be for kids, Trix the Rabbit plush dolls make fine chew toys for dogs.
I believe these dolls were released during the height of the Beanie Baby craze, and General Mills weren’t the only company cashing in on them. At least one other company (Kellogg’s) had a set of plushies as well that included (at least) Dig ‘Em, Toucan Sam, Corny the Rooster, Tony the Tiger, and Snap, Crackle, and Pop.
In 1989 the good people at Galoob, obviously coming off sad movie watching weekend, went to their plush toy lab and came up with the saddest toy of the lat 1980s, Lost ‘n Founds. They very soft plush animals were just under a foot tall, they had sad reflective eyes and if you filled them up with the water from their bottle and gave them a squeeze, they cried tears.
When you see these sad sacks in person, they are adorable. As you can see in this photo by darkanjel2007.
Adorable right? Now, I never owned one, I already had a full home of plush friends. But I do remember the ad campaign, which was one of the best “guilt-centric” marketing campaigns ever made.
I am not sure that if I looked out my window and spotted a plush animal tapping at the glass that my first reaction would be sympathy. On a dark rainy night? I would probably go with outright terror.