Please Note: Photos are missing from this page. I explain why in this post.
During the 1970's, brothers Sid and Marty Krofft produced many TV shows that I adored during my childhood and still adore today. The shows were all produced in the United States, however I find it interesting that there is a Canadian link to the Kroffts. According to Hal Erickson, author of the biographical book Sid and Marty Krofft: A Critical Study of Saturday Morning Children's Television, 1969-1993, the Krofft family is originally from Greece, but had moved to Montreal around the 1920s. As such, Sid and Marty Krofft were both raised in Montreal. Wikipedia goes a step further and states that the brothers were born in Montreal, which would make them Canadian citizens. In the 1950s they moved to the US to tour their marionette shows, and the rest is history.
Sid and Marty Krofft photo found at: http://www.zimbio.com/Sid+Krofft
I've been a fan of Sid and Marty Krofft since childhood. Whenever H.R. Pufnstuf came on, my brother and sister and I would to run to the TV to watch. This was in the mid 1970's when the show had already been cancelled and was playing only in reruns. I would sit right in front of the TV to see all the goofy characters up close. In my house Pufnstuf, Witchiepoo and Jimmy had a huge presence. We also watched the Krofft Superstar Hour that featured the Bay City Rollers!
Here's a photo that I find captures the essence of the HR Pufnstuf TV show!
The site I found it at has a lengthy article about the program with many other photos:
"See you next week!"
Land of the Lost, produced in 1974 - 1976
When we were kids, my brother enjoyed Land of the Lost more than I did. That show freaked me out so I always left the room or turned the channel. I found the "drama" of being trapped in a world of dinosaurs was too frightening. When I was much older though, I became a huge fan of the program and am very happy to have the whole series on DVD. I especially like the slow moving Sleestak aliens!
The last season is perhaps the weirdest. I have mixed feelings about it as a lot of the episodes throw off the story continuity and logic presented in the first two seasons. Still, they are fun episodes to watch.
This is Will Marshall, played by actor Wesley Eure. Isn't he a cutey!
I must confess to having a bit of a crush on Wesley.
Here's Enik and Will Marshall
In 1976 Remco produced a complete series of dolls based on McDonalds characters. Shown above is the 7.5 inch Ronald McDonald doll missing his costume, and the 6 inch Hamburglar doll missing the large brim for his hat.
The dolls have a lever on the back to make the head turn side to side. Hamburglar's lever comes through the back of his cape.
A small rag doll of Ronald was made in the 1970s and was very popular. I don't know who the manufacturer was. This doll measures 3 and 7/8 inches. I've shown it next to the 7.5 inch Remco Ronald doll for size comparison. Several large sized rag dolls were also made of Ronald, and at least one of Hamburglar.
It hard to see against the white background, but this is a 1990's McDonaldland Children's bib that was given out free. It's made of the same type of "plastic bag" plastic used for the above hand puppets. The restaurants used to provide crib seats for infants, with the characters pictured on the table top section. So really the McDonaldland characters were being marketed to infants as well as children! This illustration shows one of the "Fry Guys", the green fuzzy thing wearing glasses. The dog next to Birdie is a newer character that I don't know much about. Many of the original McDonald land characters such as Big Mac and Mayor McCheese had been phased out by the 1990s.
Here are a few random McDonalds figures. The First item is a Ronald McDonald pen lid that originally had a red pen with it, made in 1980. There were three other figural pens in the set: Grimace, Hamburglar and Big Mac. The next item is a PVC Grimace figure made in 2000 that looks like it originally came with a straw. The next PVC figure is Birdie from 1990, which originally came with a small pink tricycle. The last PVC figure is Grimace wearing a ball cap. There's no date or copyright info on the figure, it's just marked "Made in China".
Here are two drinking cups from McDonalds restaurants. The plastic one on the left is from 1996 and the cardboard one on the right is from 2000. I kept them because they featured Grimace!
I rotated the cups to show the complete image on them (shown above and below)
This plastic Grimace mug doesn't have a date or any copyright info.
The only markings say "Made in China".
Mac Tonight is a newer character. I believe he first appeared sometime in the early 1990s to promote the restaurants being open late. This is a 2 inch square pin that staff wore. There's no date or copyright info on this item, the only markings say that it was made in Toronto.
This is a finger puppet of Ronald McDonald from 2003 that was sold as a fund raiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities. The doll is 6 inches tall with a plastic head, and came packaged in a small box shaped like a house. The arms of the doll are made to be controlled with your finger and thumb.
In 2008, Huckleberry Toys produced this series of 8 inch McDonaldland dolls, which is based on the Remco McDonaldland dolls but they are not identical reissues. Shown above, L to R, is Captain Crook, Ronald McDonald, Hamburglar, Grimace, and Mayor McCheese. The back of the box is the same for all five and is shown below. All of the characters are plastic dolls with removable cloth costumes with the exception of Grimace, which is a stuffed toy.
Here's a look at the set out of the box.
Here's a comparison of the Remco Ronald and the Huckleberry Ronald. When placed side by side it's easy to see how different they are. Of course, one of the key differences is that the Huckleberry dolls do not have the lever on the back to control the heads, which the Remco dolls have.
Here's a comparison of the Remco Hamburglar and the Huckleberry Hamburglar. It looks like Huckleberry reused the same head but painted the eyes and mask differently. Huckleberry also made the tie out of fabric and sewed it all around the edge onto the costume, while Remco has a loose tie made of vinyl that is only attached at the top near the neck.