Hungry Jack’s 20th Anniversary Couch Set

Year: 2009
Line: Hungry Jack’s Kids Meal toys
Set: 4 – Lisa, Marge, Homer, Bart/Maggie

The Simpsons Hungry Jack's couch toyThis four-piece snap-together couch set came in Hungry Jack’s in 2009, to celebrate The Simpsons 20th anniversary. One piece was available in Kids Meals each week for four weeks, and all together it looks pretty damn nice.

The Simpsons Hungry Jack's couch toy back

Since Hungry Jacks is the Australian equivalent of Burger King (the different name is due to a trademark issue back in the 1970s, apparently), this set might have been released in Burger Kings in other countries, but I can’t find any record of it.

The Simpsons Hungry Jack's couch toy LisaThe Simpsons Hungry Jack's couch toy MargeThe Simpsons Hungry Jack's couch toy HomerThe Simpsons Hungry Jack's couch toy Bart Maggie

 

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KFC Get Sporty Set

Line: KFC Kid’s Meals toys Get Sporty set
Year: 2003
Set: 5 – Bowlin’ Homer, Tennis Marge, Skateboard Bart, Ice Hockey Lisa, Mini Golf Maggie

Simpsons KFC Get SportyThe above photo might look really confusing, but the Get Sporty set, sold in KFC Kid’s Meals in England in 2003, is the best Simpsons kid’s meal toy set I’ve seen from a fast food joint. They’re more games than toys, and are quite well made.

Simpsons KFC Get Sporty Bowling HomerBowlin’ Homer comes with a Homer figure on wheels, and a pop-up bowling pin display. He’s one of those pull-back cars – aim him at the pins, pull back and release, and see how many you can knock over.

Simpsons KFC Get Sporty Tennis MargeTennis Marge comes with a Marge figure, an oversized tennis ball and a Homer “plaque” (as the package calls it). There’s a lever on Marge’s base that rotates her and snaps back on release, making her swing the racket to hit the ball to Homer. Being mounted on a round base, Homer will be spun around and have no effect on the ball’s momentum – a snide comment on his tennis skills, perhaps.

Simpsons KFC Get Sporty Skateboard BartSkateboard Bart comes with a Bart figure on a board, a launcher that looks like a fire hydrant with Krusty’s face on it, and two of the “plaques” (again, their word) featuring Chief Wiggum and Groundskeeper Willie (why not Principal Skinner?). Push down on the Krusty hydrant thingy and Bart will fly off, spinning Wiggum and Willie.

Simpsons KFC Get Sporty Ice Hockey LisaReprising her role as goalie from the Lisa On Ice episode, Ice Hockey Lisa comes with a Lisa figure, a goal net, a puck and an air pump. Lisa can be slid side to side with that purple stick, as she defends the goal from the puck, launched by pushing on the air pump.

Simpsons KFC Get Sporty Mini Golf MaggieMini Golf Maggie is one of those classic “pinball” toys: the lever on the left side there flicks the little ball inside, as players aim to land it in the highest scoring section of the Krusty image.

The Simpsons KFC Cups Set

Line: KFC/Pepsi cups
Year: 1993
Set: 4 – Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge (probably)

Simpsons KFC CupsThis set of plastic cups were sold at KFC stores in Canada only. They each have a close up of a character’s face, with a vaguely-character-related phrase on the back.

Apparently it’s a set of four, but I can’t find any images of them anywhere. My guess is the fourth cup would feature Marge and may or may not include Maggie – in these sorts of things Maggie is often relegated to featuring alongside another family member, rather than having her own item.

Simpsons KFC Cups 2

Burger King Camping Set

Line: Burger King kid’s meal toys
Year: 1989/1990
Set: 5 – Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie

These rubber figures were released in the kids meals at Burger King  in the USA in 1989, and at Hungry Jack’s in Australia in 1990, which makes them one of the first (if not the very first) Simpsons fast food sets.

They have a camping theme, after the first season episode, “The Call Of The Simpsons”, in which the family loses their RV, stranding them in the woods.

They originally came with cardboard “diarama” backgrounds. I’ve seen pictures of them, but I’ve never seen them for sale or on display anywhere. The figures are fairly common in my experience, but if you have or find any of the backgrounds, don’t let them go!

Unless you want to give them to me, that is…

The Simpsons KFC Sandcastle Set

Line: KFC Kids’ Meal toys
Year:1997
Set: 4 – Homer, Marge & Lisa, Bart, Maggie

The Simpsons KFC Sandcastle set 1The Simpsons KFC Sandcastle set 2

This sandcastle set continues the beach theme that fast food places put The Simpsons in for a while. It came in KFC Kids Meals in Australia in 1997 as four separate pieces: two big ones with Homer and Marge/Lisa form the base, a circular Bart piece sits on top and holds them together, and Maggie sits above that.

Simpsons KFC Sandcastle HomerSimpsons KFC Sandcastle Marge LisaSimpsons KFC Sandcastle BartSimpsons KFC Sandcastle Maggie

The Simpsons Burger King beach scene

Line: Beach scene – Burger King/Hungry Jack’s
Year: 2001
Set: 4 – Homer, Bart, Maggie, Lisa & Marge

Simpsons Burger King beach scene

The Simpsons beach scene set came with the kid’s meals in Australian Burger King and Hungry Jack’s stores in 2001. One piece was released a week, over four weeks, fitting together to create the whole scene. As far as I know, this set was only released in Australia.

Simpsons Burger King beach scene BartSimpsons Burger King beach scene MaggieSimpsons Burger King beach scene Lisa MargeSimpsons Burger King beach scene Homer

The Simpsons Winchell’s Donuts figurines

Line: Winchell’s Donut House (US)
Year: 1993
Set: 2 – Bart, Homer

Bart Simpson Winchells donut figureThese figurines were available in Winchell’s Donut House stores in the US in 1993, and originally came with a sheet of speech bubble stickers (as seen below). I found the Bart one in the Chapel Street Bazaar, in Melbourne, but haven’t been able to find the Homer one. (below photo from simpsonscollectors.com)Homer Simpson Winchells donut figure