One of my dearest childhood Christmas memories is Rodney Reindeer. Rodney and his buddies (Ramona, Rhonda and Randy) were a creation of Hallmark back in the 1970s. I never knew the characters we so far back. Hallmark often does plush specials (“buy 3 cards get this exclusive Hallmark plush for half off” or whatever), but it is not through Hallmark that I remember Rodney — it is through Burger King, who offered Rodney & Co. for a number of years during the ’80s at an additional price whenever you bought a meal.
Of course, I had Rodney and my sister had Ramona. I’d love to get my hands on an original BK Rodney, but the idea of owning someone else’s 25 year old plush toy disgusts me. At least when I buy He-Man and G.I. Joes on eBay they’re plastic and haven’t absorbed all sorts of smells for over two decades!
If anyone is a fond of Rodney like myself, you’ll be happy to know he’s still around today. You can become a fan on Facebook, play some games at his official website and even hit up your local Hallmark store and buy him!
It was about two or three years ago I discovered Rodney was still around as I walked into the Hallmark store at the mall and saw a variety of Rodney plush toys. Big ones! Small ones! Some as big as your head!
In fact, I think I’ll go pick one up this week.