Gobots was a line of transforming robot toys produced by Tonka from 1983 to 1987, similar to Transformers. In 1991, the Gobots range was acquired from Tonka Inc. by Hasbro. Click here to watch a clip from Gobots »
Mac Tonight was a mascot introduced by McDonald’s restaurants in 1986. He was intended to advertise McDonald’s late night hours to adults. He had a crescent moon for a head, wore a suit and sunglasses, and was depicted as being a jazzy lounge singer. The name was a play on words of the song “Mack the Knife”, made popular in America by Bobby Darin. The song that played over the advertisements, called “It’s Mac Tonight”, was also a variant on that song, but with McDonald’s-themed lyrics, such as those featured in the original 1986 commercial:
“When the stars come out to play, babe
A twinkling show, ooh — dinner! — out of sight
Yeah, the night time is golden light time — big dipper!
At McDonald’s (showtime), it’s Mac Tonight!”
Mac Tonight is the only character in the McDonald’s world to not appear in the McDonaldland advertisements. Click here to watch a commercial with Mac Tonight »
In 1993, NBA player Larry Johnson appeared on the sitcom Family Matters as his alter ego “Grandmama”, who became Steve Urkel’s teammate in a basketball tournament. Click here to watch Grandmama in a Converse commercial »
Dinosaucers is an animated television series created by DIC Entertainment in association with Ellipse Programmé that originally aired in syndication in the USA in 1987 by Coca-Cola Telecommunications. 65 total episodes were made and the show only lasted one season during the 1987-1988 television season. The cartoon was animated overseas in Japan by Madhouse.
There were originally plans to release a Dinosaucers toyline, and prototype figures were produced; however the line was scrapped after the show was cancelled. The toys included Stego, Bronto-Thunder, Allo, Bonehead, Plesio, Quackpot, Ankylo, and Genghis Rex. Click here to see those toys and watch the intro to the Dinosaucers cartoon »