Burger King Universal Monster Figures

We’ve all gotten some great premiums in Happy Meals and other fast food kids’ dinners. Definitely in the running for the greatest premiums of all time, though, are the Burger King Universal Monster action figures.

Burger King was giving these gems away in 1997. They were 3.75 inches high (the proper height of an action figure, as we all know), had those Star Wars holes in the feet so they could be stood on those Star Wars pegs, had articulated heads and limbs, and came with little settings. The Wolf Man had a cellar he rose out of, Dracula a coffin, and Frankenstein’s Monster a lab table. I don’t know what set the Creature came with, but I doubt it was a lagoon.

These figures are really great, especially considering they were give-away toys, and you can still get them on Ebay, even unopened, fairly cheaply today.

Retroist Mr Do Podcast

Retroist Mr Do Podcast

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Universal Newsreels Available on YouTube

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Before we had the constant braying of 24 hours cable news, people got their “visual” news via newsreel. Universal Newsreels were released twice a week and ran in movie theaters from 1929 to 1967. For over thirty years, the only place you could find these artifacts was in the occasional film retrospective, but not anymore. Universal has released 100s of newsreels for your viewing pleasure.

It is pretty interesting to see what people will gravitate to when a collection of this magnitude is released. The video I posted above is the least popular video in the collection. The most popular title is, “Mussolini Executed!“. You can probably guess what that is about.

Watch Universal Newsreels via YouTube