Today I've got a whopper of a set to share with you. Sorry I couldn't resist! :) It's the Little People McDonald's Restaurant #2552. Made from only 1991-1992 it was the chunky people follow-up to the classic little people version produced only in 1990.
I haven't featured many chunky sets on my blog because we haven't collected them. We have a small basket of chunky people, but not the actual sets. The chunky people were produced briefly in-between the original classic people and the more current larger molded little people and I've stayed pretty devoted to the classic little people.
The classic little people McDonald's set is hard to find and can be very expensive, the chunky version is a bit more accessable and affordable.
However, I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of McDonald's (in fact, funny story my youngest asked where the farm was when I first took her around age 3-4 b/c she thought it was the place from the song Old McDonald). Nevertheless, this set had so many fun features that I went ahead and got it for them to play with.
So far it hasn't increased their consumption of fries but the jury is still out. ;)
The set came with 4 chunky little people, a car, trash can, McDonald's sign and a red "fry cart". My pieces shown here are close but not a complete set. The vehicle would look the same except in a blue color. The four chunky people include Ronald McDonald, the Hamburgler, a black boy with blue shirt and a girl with brown hair, red freckles and a red body (I don't have her).
The fry cart is red with the McDonald's logo on each side. The fry cart is very similar to the cart in the original classic LP McDonald's except for the logo (not on the other cart) and this version did not include a fry insert like the classic set.
The brown trash can has a hole in the top and can be placed in different areas of the set (doesn't have one "home"). It is the same trash can as the earlier edition.
I have found a couple places for the yellow McDonald's sign to fit on the set. Up on the roof and down int the front as seen in my photos. The sign was the same in both editions of the set.
Now for the fun parts of the set! The McDonald's has a tan restaurant base and a pull out green playground. The playground includes a slide, shake shaker, gobbling burger slide and a merry-go-round. The playground base has stepping stones and grass patches molded into the plastic.
The gobbling cheeseburger lifts open and the chunky person is "eaten" by the burger and slides out the other side. The slide is a little path for the fry cart to ride down. And the shake shaker wobbles all over with a chunky person on top. Good times!
Around the back of the set is a driveway for the drive-thru window. But first the car has to stop at to tell their order. There are two wheel wells in the plastic to keep him from sliding back down the driveway. Note the stones and leaves molded into the plastic too. Love the details!
Next up the drive thru window. The two windows open when you pull a blue handle in the base (seen in the first photograph). The base has little wells for the car wheels to fit in while waiting for their order.
Inside the restaurant has a table with two seats, order counter, drive thru window, front doors and rear cooking area. The order counter includes a cash register and counter. The drive thru space spot moves forward when the windows open (by the blue pull on the outside). The cooking space is a yellow piece that turns around. There is a hamburger on one side and ice-cream treats on the other.
The front of the restaurant has steps leading inside and when you "step" on them the two white doors automatically open (where the Hamburgler is standing). There is space for parking as well as the familiar brown roof and red "brick" siding.
So there you go, a walk down memory lane. Hopefully this toy isn't making you crave french fries or hamburgers. :)
I have a Chunky Little People McDonald's set in my Etsy shop right now if you need one of your own.
For more Chunky People check out: