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Remco's McDonaldland Characters By Euphrates
Remember the McDonalds commercials from the early '70s that featured Mayor McCheese, Big Mac
and Ronald McDonald and their nemisis The Hamburglar and Captain Crook? Do you also remember
the colorful Saturday morning TV show H.R. Pufnstuf? Well, in 1971 the residents of Living
Island went to war with the inhabitants of McDonaldland when Sid and Marty Krofft felt like
the advertising characters were based on the life-sized pupperts from H.R. Pufnstuf. In 1983,
after a long and bitter battle, the courts ruled in the Krofft's favor and McDonalds had to
stop creating and airing their commercials.
In 1976, virtually in the center of this controversey, Remco released it's popular 6-inch McDonaldland figures. The seven dolls were fully poseable and included a lever on their backs that would cause their heads to bob up and down and side to side. They wore removable clothing and came with accessories like the Professor's wrench, Captain Crook's sword, Big Mac's whistle and badge, and the glasses and sash for Mayor McCheese.
Remco also made the McDonaldland playset, a perfect marraige for the figures. The playset featured many accessories including a windup train and Hamburglar paddy wagon, McDonalds resturaunt, Apple Pie tree, Golden Arches bridge, a backdrop and a vinyl mat. The set even came with Letterland stationery!
I really like imagining Sid and Marty getting their "Well, the best man won." letter from McDonalds on Letterland stationery. It would just be so McIronic.
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