McDonald’s The Real Ghostbusters Promotion

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During The Real Ghostbusters first full year in 1987 McDonald’s and Columbia Pictures came together with a theme, to sell your parents a cheeseburger (or McNugget) happy meal, and naturally include a The Real Ghostbusters toy.

The theme for the multiple Happy Meal boxes had to do with going back to school. Each meal box had fun and educational, (my 9 year old self wouldn’t have quite thought of them in that way) activities included on them.

The four theme related “places” are:

  • Headquarters
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Schoolhouse

Each The Real Ghostbusters meal box included one of the following toys. Really, The Real Ghostbusters stationary set.

  1. A Mr. Stay-Puft pencil sharpener.
  2. “Containment Chamber.” A clear pouch with a ghost design.
  3. The Real Ghostbusters pencil with Slimer/Fire House topper.
  4. A Mr. Stay-Puft note pad and “no ghost” logo eraser.
  5. A Mr. Stay-Puft note pad and The Real Ghostbusters 6″ ruler.

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Wimpy Ghostbusters II Meal Box

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Last year I wrote about fast food chain Wimpy and their Ghostbusters II commercial. (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, March 31, 2017) In the cross promotion Wimpy had a Ghostbusters II meal box.

On July 2, 2017 ghosthead, collector, and friend David Boozer who runs The Ghostbusters Vault left a comment about owning this very Wimpy meal box. Not to anyones surprise that knows me I replied about scans within a day. On my end, I was weeks from moving out of state.

Fast forward to April 2018 as I approached a milestone birthday. I messaged David (the good in social media) about Wimpy. With more effort than he even probably wanted, David scanned his Wimpy Ghostbusters II meal box and Ghost License.

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Thermos The Real Ghostbusters Lunch Box

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A rite of grade school passage. What plastic lunch box were you going to be defined by. What do you have in it for currency? For me above any ’80s cartoon franchise I liked, it was always going to be Ghostbusters.

Just a minor problem in 1985 through most of 1986.

I didn’t have a plastic Ghostbusters lunch box made by Thermos. Best to my recollection I didn’t know until years after the fact that their had been an official plastic red Ghostbusters lunch box with the “no ghost” logo on it. In the past I would search, it either didn’t include a Thermal or as expected, it lived a life.

What my family had was plenty of small, brown paper bags. Maybe those insulated zippered or velcro food thingies your parents could always seem to get. That (and age) is why I don’t remember having a lunch box to take to school. I was little, so it was okay.

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Ghostbusters Gift Bags

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At least six months ago as Halloween was approaching I was busy at times getting ready to go on vacation, between future day and a couple days before Halloween. I knew I wanted to write about (then) Halloween Ghostbusters gift bags. In somewhat of a backlog clean up I’ve thought Ghostbusters gifts bags don’t just have to be for Halloween parties and trick-or-treaters.

From the creative and professional Artsy-Fartsy Mama comes the Ghostbusters® Halloween BOO bag.

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Wimpy Ghostbusters II Commercial

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Wimpy, originally Wimpy Grills is an international fast food chain that surprisingly, (to me) was founded in Bloomington, Indiana by Edward Gold during 1934. Why the recent surprise to me? Growing up on the east coast of the United States I had never heard of Wimpy. The oldest fast food chain, (which is also not in all 50 United States) that I knew of is White Castle.

Wimpy, (yes named after the Popeye character) once had 25 restaurants in midwestern US cities. By 1977 there were only 7 locations. When Edward Gold passed on the following year, the remaining US locations closed there doors.

That would have been it and I wouldn’t be writing about them today. If it hadn’t been for some foresight. Mr. Edward Gold licensed to J. Lyons and Co. back in 1954 to open Wimpy restaurants in the United Kingdom. McDonalds and Burger King were infants.

In the 1960s Wimpy had expanded to other European countries and eventually other continents. Today Wimpy parent company, Famous Brands Limited has its headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa.

That’s why 11 years later as adults and kids were making Ghostbusters II memories at Hardee’s, (Ecto–Containment Blog Post, March 25, 2017) ghostheads in the United Kingdom (and hopefully abroad) also made Ghostbusters II memories at Wimpy locations.

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Hardee’s Ghostbusters II Commercial

 

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Three years ago, almost to the day I wrote about my Hardee’s Ghostbusters II Banner. (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, March 23, 2014) In my post I had shared a copy of Hardee’s Ghostbusters II commercial to my very basic YouTube channel. I eventually wanted to talk more about this Ghostbusters II fast food cross promotion.

Why now? Last weekend I sold a friend of mine the only Hardee’s Ghostbusters II Banner for sale that I knew of. I hadn’t been displaying this official piece of Ghostbusters II history. He probably will, maybe even at franchise events. That could be great for the “Official Ghostbusters II Headquarters” banner to have such a Ghostbusters purpose again.

I’m not sure why Hardee’s was chosen over other national United States fast food chains. I find it hard to believe there were more Hardee’s locations in the USA over McDonalds or Burger King. Perhaps it was financial or Hardee’s was closer to Columbia Pictures.

On a slight side note, McDonalds in Canada had at least Ghostbusters II tray liners/place mats.

As previously stated I was deprived of going to a fast food chain that celebrated Ghostbusters II. Other than what was my banner I can live vicarlously though Hardee’s blockbuster commercial.

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The Real Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary

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30 years ago today The Real Ghostbusters aired to the delight of ghostheads. Episode 1, the infamous Ghosts ‘ R Us is somewhat of a origin story and in 21 minutes explains why they’re The Real Ghostbusters!

For 7 seasons our animated Ghostbustin’ heroes went on adventures (along with originally that green guy) 6 days a week. The guys couldn’t do it alone. Janine not only ran the office, (equipment not standard at other offices) when the need arose was a Ghostbuster in her own right. With animated business mostly good on and off screen Louis would join the team to handle the fictional records. And continue practicing his Ghostbusters skills.

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