Hey /co/, my little brother was coming down for college break this past week, so I thought it'd be fun to get out the old Ronald McDonald VHS tapes and watch them together, along with my older brother. All 3 of us really enjoy the tapes for Nostaliga (and just sort of genuinely).
My older brother decided to jokingly look up how much a set of the 6 episodes goes for, and he could only find listings for "Complete 5 sets" (with emphasis on 5). He did some research, and apparently the 6th one is super rare.
The hell should we do with it? Is it honestly worth anything? I remember we bought it online because we saw the other 5. Apparently people online haven't even SEEN the physical VHS before, and we've watched it like 6 times.
General "Rarest thing you own" thread. Pictures are recommended, timestamps even better (I can timestamp a picture of the VHS if you all want)
Really? Is it archived?
And here is a picture of the back of it.
I find that hard to believe, but I did see someone on facebook offer $1000 for it like 10 years ago.
Trying to research the tape is really difficult, because it seems no one fucking owns it.
How would I even rip it to my computer? I suppose I'd have to buy some VHS to PC sort of thing.
Read over the thread. Seems to be mocking the idea more than anything else, but still. Thank you.
Here is the picture, I apologize for the mediocre quality, but my phone's camera sucks.
Really? I suppose some place like Good Will might have one.
Pretty funny that something I took for granted (and as you can see by the picture, didn't even rewind) is rare.
>Someone actually posts proof they own it
The story behind this is that the McDonalds tapes flopped, so the last one was never released. McDonalds had already put it into production, so they made it available on their website in hopes of selling off a few copies. There was no promotion at all and few people cared (plus this was back when using the internet to buy things wasn't as common as it is now), so very, very few actually ended up being sold. Hell, for a long time people doubted that it actually existed.
This really is something special, anon.
Thanks for the info, I didn't even know they flopped. I guess that makes sense though, I LITERALLY could not find someone who had seen the cartoons until I discovered 4chan in like 2005 or 2006, and even then it was just a few people.
Its sort of exciting, feels like I own something that might actually be sort of rare is really sweet.
Oh, I already had one. Thought I didn't take it.
But yeah, the cover reminds me of scared silly, but if I recall correctly they get in the car in that episode too. Good ol' talking car
Do you guys have any other requests? Any other pictures? (though I've practically taken everything I think I can) I obviously can't upload it yet or anything, but we'll see if I can do so in the near future.
I do wonder if anyone would want to buy it. I don't want to get my hopes up, but its fun to dream.
Brofist, OP. Congrats on owning it, and you better rip that shit.
Dude, look up the guy who runs Lost Media and tell him about this shit.
His name is Dycaite, and you need to tell him about this ASAP, he might even tell you how to rip it proper and shit, he's a total bro.
Also, that guy who was asking for this every single day for like two weeks is going to shit himself when he sees this.
Seems the thread is practically dead. I might start another later on this week, just to see drum up more discussion.
Its nice to know that this does seem a bit rare.
Or maybe the thread will pick back up
I actually read the entry on that site. Dycaite is his name? How can I get his email?
I have no idea, honestly. I'm pretty sure he had an e-mail posted to the wiki, but after he wanted to move the site to it's own hosting network, Wikia booted him, stole the site, and made the Dycaite that posts on there a robot.
Oddly specificly supervillain, if you ask me, but whatever.
ANYONE have his e-mail?
Maybe some sort of Lost E-mail Wiki?
Oh, well, its not obvious I don't browse /co/ (mainly I browse /v/, /vg/, and /tg/) so I'm not up to date on stuff.
But if you all tell me how to contact the guy I'll certainly do so.
I'll do this in a few minutes to offer even more proof.
If it really is lost, its neat that I found it or something. Well, by found I mean my older brother looked up to see how much the whole set was worth, and could not find a set of 6.
I'll post a message there soon then.
High five to you too, bro.
Yes, it really was lost. Whatever copies of it still existed were thought to be lost forever in the attics of people who didn't give a shit. People have been trying to track down a copy forever, if only for the sake of media preservation.
Here you all are, probably the most proof I can give other than uploading the whole movie, which I can't do.
Yes, I know
>Taking pictures of a CRT Television with your phone camera
I got the monster right here.
As I said, quality is horrible, but trying to take pictures of a CRT TV is really hard.
Yeah its Legitimate. I've owned the thing for fucking ever, I would have posted about it earlier if I knew it was rare.
Here is another of him. He wears a kilt for like 99% of the episode.
NO, OBAMA, PLEASE. I DIDN'T MEAN IT.
I don't know of a way to take pictures of my CRT TV without it looking like complete trash.
>NO, OBAMA, PLEASE. I DIDN'T MEAN IT
no seriously its even an inter agency joke about how one vhs tape has all the nuke master launch codes
but sure dont take my word for it but just dont complain nobody warned you
I know that feel, anon. Even if its just a Ronald McDonald cartoon, It feels cool.
Obama I am sure we can work something out.
>The plot involved Ronald and the gang travelling to Scotland, where they come across a scientist who is attempting to create a robotic replica of the Loch Ness Monster.
>robotic replica of the Loch Ness Monster.
this cliche is fucking everywhere
Oh, well thank you anon. I'll make fun of my own TV and phone too though, they're pretty ass. And not the good kind.
If you like Scottish Stereotypes, you'll love this episode.
Oh, and the pictures with the sheep are from a part where Grimace is stuck in a tree because baby sheep are scary. The others are from a dance and song number about the monster.
>Shippers, Faggots, and people discovering lost VHS tapes
This is why I come here.
Hopefully you can find a way to get a copy of this online someday, or a hundred spergs will kill themselves out of rage.
You've given them a glimpse of the promised land and their lives just can't compare.
Good job, /co/.
Now we find the Electric Piper, and all will be well.
Last picture I have because the others are incredibly unreadable.
Glad to be of service to /co/!
Well, if an a/v to USB recorder thing is as cheap as they say, I might be able to get it up online some day soon.
You should have seen that thread. Guy had like 30 old VHS tapes and just casually went "hey, anyone want me to upload anything?" People basically mauled him when they found out that he had about 20 episodes of Toon Heads on those tapes, along with a bunch of other shit that hadn't found their way to the internet before.
>Post pictures then burn the tape
That just seems incredibly cruel
but also funny. I wouldn't do it though, /co/ are generally pretty cool guys. Not to say I wouldn't sell it though
I think I remember seeing that, but I never recorded it. If only, am I right?
Fool!Ddon't you think I've looked there?
It's just a short clip, the same clip available on Vimeo of the Climb the Mountain song. The entire movie has been lost for ages.
It would really be something if I could sell the tape for that much. Would be sweet considering I'm poor as fuck.
I dunno man, people are offering lots of /co/funbux.
I almost feel like an asshole for having kept it all these years.
Only if you give me your shoes too.
Oh shit, obsession guy, is that you?
How have you been, buddy?
Sure, when the money is in my account I'll hand over the tape.
We have to meet in public though, so there is no foul play. We'll meet up in a nice restaurant, We both bring suitcases and we accidentally pick up the others when we go to leave.
Also, you have to pay for it. Don't get cheap on me, anon.
>800 Billion Euros
What is that, like 40 bucks?
OP, I have no problem with you selling the physical tape but please upload the video in full for the greater good
Also, my offer for the tape is a Big Mac Meal and a box of Flutie Flakes
Well, I'd certainly try and rip the VHS before I sell it, but if it actually went for any sort of real money I think it'd involve lawyers, and I'd have to see if I could upload it. However, I'll do my best to make sure that I can do it for you all to see.
Anon pls, my heart.
Like I said, if the VHS ever actually sold for any amount of real money, I'm sure we'd both have lawyers to make sure everythings cool.
If the person who paid me over 10 grand was like "Yeah, you can't upload it" its not like I can really get around that. I'm pretty fucking poor.
But this is all fantasy.
Well, its certainly the rarest.
The lawyer would be one of my good friends who wouldn't charge me, but yeah. If its just cash, probably don't need him (and not like I'd tell teh gubament)
Was it rare?
Oh, thats neat.
I'm interested in how many of these stupid Ronald McDonald tapes sold. Probably not very many. As I said earlier in the thread, I don't even know anyone IRL who has seen any of the VHS tapes before, or know they exist.
Don't fuck with me, bro.
Eagerly waiting. Loved this movie as a kid.
I guess that not many have these tapes but the reason why its valuable is that even in the age of the internet its one of those things that you still cant find, the moment you upload it, it loses 90% of its value
Because the advent of ROMs has made physical copies of rare games absolutely worthless, right guy?
Now if you excuse me, I'm gonna go buy a copy of Earthbound for ten times it's original worth.
Yup, only 5k made.
It leveled off at around $1.4k for a while, and now sits at the $700-$1,200 range.
Well, it's rare enough that I can't find an archived eBay listing.
Not OP, but I myself looked when he was talking about it. I can't find an entry on e-bay or amazon, and no proof of anyone ever actually having owned it. Op seems to be the literal first.
>Lego's face when they release this fucker as part of a common set
To be fair, I've seen plenty of people on here or in old forums post about how they had an old copy but sold it/lost it/it's rotting away in their parents' basement etc. Obviously some of them were just bullshitting, but now that it's apparent VHS copies actually do exist it's not that unreasonable that at least some of them could've been telling the truth.
Realistically, the only people who would buy this video are people who collect McDonald's merchandise, and they won't care if its online or not, because they'll be the only one with a VHS.
Still though, if OP was smart he would sell it before he uploads it. Obviously he needs to rip it first, then sell it, then upload it for maximum profit.
True, but if so few sold the chances of someone having one are extremely slim. I didn't mean OP is the only one to own it, I meant OP is the only one to actually provide legitimate proof.
Offer still stands OP but its up to you but I can guarantee you that there are some eccentric people who would raise it that high just because its not anywhere on youtube or any other internet site
think of it this way you have the only full original stolen copy of Food Fight
It will be worth $100,000 since no else has it but once its uploaded to youtube It will go for around $3000 to $4000
Rip it. Hold onto the Rip. List on eBay and advertise fucking everywhere for it online amongst McDonald's collectors. Sell and wait until it's in collector's hands. Upload it.
Is it a dick move? Definitely. Does it score you shit loads of money and gives something amazing to hundreds, maybe thousands of people who have been searching for this over the past 11 years? Yes.
The question is for how much though.
If I actually sold for that much I couldn't really go against the terms of the sale.
I dunno, its a lot to think about. Like I said, if you're serious give me an email and I'll be glad to talk to you.
I'd feel bad about that, but I mean, I also want to give the gift of it to /co/. I'd just have to see how it goes when I talk to people.
Congratulations OP you've got something cool!
>bit of lost media found
>OP seems nice but is being corrupted by offers of immense money to destroy/not upload the tape
Don't be tempted, OP.
Calling it right now, that guy offering the money is Obsession Guy, he's so obsessed he wants to have the tape all to himself. Don't let him jerk off over your childhood, OP, don't sell!
>I dunno, its a lot to think about.
Offer still stands but I'll give you a day to think/try ebay/talk with /co/, I'll make a thread tomorrow at this exact time and then we'll exchange details if you're still up to it
also dont think about pulling a dick move on us since we know youre the only recent one who has the vhs we can track down any upload/copy very well since i do shit like this for a living
If you list it on eBay, you have a few options. One is to list it for an obscenely high Buy It Now price and leave a Best Offer option - this gives you the option to either get the Buy It Now (and get paid as soon as that person buys it) or accept lower offers that are probably more reasonable. Or you could list it as an auction, putting the minimum price at whatever lowest amount you're willing to take - downside is it could very well sell for only the minimum price, upside is it could go far higher than whatever obscene Buy It Now price you might put it at.
I'm not stupid. I can't go "HEY GUYS, HERES THE TAPE, NOT GONNA UPLOAD IT" then the next day its on youtube. That'd be retarded, and I'd rather not get sued or worse.
Still not sure why you can't just give me an email now.
You might just be trolling though
But anon, I'm a poor fag. Thats why the money is so fucking tempting. I feel like this is the plot to some kind of made-for-tv movie, except the whole town won't band together.
Good ol' Soul Calibur
Yoshimitsu for life.
Good point, I'll have to consider all of my options, thanks bro.
Here is my suggestion OP,
You will still be able to fetch significant amounts of money for the physical copy of the tape even if you upload it.
How about in exchange for uploading it, we'll purchase the converter cord for you to be able to upload it.
I think that's a pretty fair tradeoff and serves the greater good
If you record yourself shoving the VHS up your ass and then destroying it (the tape) in any manner of your choosing, I will give you 1,000,000 USD contingent on your uploading the resulting video online for the world to see.
I hope we can discuss this further.
>OP is a poorfag who needs the money
>Is being offered a stupid amount for it by an evil man
>This is real life so its probably better for him to get money to improve his life than it is for some neckbeards to see it
God fucking dammit why can't life be like a cartoon?
>You will still be able to fetch significant amounts of money for the physical copy of the tape even if you upload it.
Start a kickstarter with a goal of however much the tape goes for. Never explicitly say that the kickstarter is for releasing the intellectual property of McDonald's, but rather, for starting your own stream site.
Once you reach your kickstarter goal, stream the video on repeat on the stream site for a few weeks.
Make tons of money from small ads on the site as everybody watches it and shows it to all of their friends.
Retailer exclusive 3D cover of Forever Evil #1 from last year's NYCC.
I worked at a store that had a small comic section and since my boss (who owned two others stores) was getting multiple, he offered it to me as a gift.
The store just shut down about two months ago. Still pretty bummed about it, especially since I'm out of a secondary source of income.
>You will still be able to fetch significant amounts of money for the physical copy of the tape even if you upload it.
>everybody talking about how much they'd buy the tape for
>OP is a poor as fuck ghetto fag
That's pretty cruel, seeing as we all know that nobody is going to make an actual offer and OP's going to be just as poor as he is now.
>sell it to that heartless monster and have money
>upload it and you'll have e-fame in an anonymous imageboard which the users have many times ridiculed you or your mother a number of times in the past
its not rocket science
>Still not sure why you can't just give me an email now.
Because im an anon at first and businessman second, I'll give you enough time to think about it and to let you hear /co/'s options
Or, best option:
>Make a digital copy
>Sell to the guy
>Hold on to digital copy for years
>Release it at some far point in the future, or for extra paranoia security:
>Have it uploaded onto the internet/whatever exists in the future as part of his last will
I can see from the original image posted that you are white or white-passing. Please do not sell the tape and allow it to potentially pass into the hands of the lesser races.
Thank you for your consideration, and remember-- white pride world wide!
The real reason he "can't" is because he won't. He's been fucking with you throughout this entire thread and making these posts about buying it just to upset people who want it ripped. Simple as that. If you want to sell it, look outside 4chan, and rip it anyway. Upload the rips after its sold if for whatever random reason the buyer demands that it remain unripped. He can't prove you did it, so even if there was a contract you'd be completely safe.
>He can't prove you did it, so even if there was a contract you'd be completely safe.
>Implying eccentric buyers wont kill you anyways
You should just sell the damn thing on E-bay OP but not before copying it
Yeah, I'm sure there are a ton of people who would love to get their hands on the copy. If this guy trying to buy it right now is legit he probably just wants it to himself so he can turn a quick buck.
Skip the middleman, sell it yourself, if the guy here is still interested he'll try and buy it from you when you do it publicly.
I am incredibly impressed.
I followed some of these threads for a while, and always saw people claiming to have it. Nice to see someone who actually owns it.
We'll see. I am not throwing away other possibilities, but it'd be foolish to just tell him to fuck off. Its why I want to speak to him in emails. I might decide to sell it to him, I might decide to sell it on e-bay. I might seek our collectors themselves to sell to. We'll see.
Whatever happens OP, give the money to Genndy Tartakovsky to make a Samurai Jack finale. Or Guillermo del Toro for a Hellboy 3.
or, you know, get out of the ghetto and make a nice life for yourself. whichever you prefer.
I hope you make it anon, good luck and don't let someone fuck you over. Be smart, see you on the other side.
Florida. The worst state.
You too bro. Who knows, maybe this dude is just trolling and I'll make another thread later/tomorrow/whatever with a few more pictures for funsies.
All I know is that every now and then the Farflung Forest song gets stuck in my fucking head, and then I'm all like "fucking Farflung Forest".
Also, the Fry Kids died. Like, seriously, the Fry Kids fucking died in that mansion when they fell into that trap. They were never rescued, and they never went and tried to find them after that Franklin kid was exposed.
Ronald McDonald killed the Fry Kids.
I actually remember that. I don't think you ever see the fry kids again EXCEPT in the 6th one. I think they're in the car with them or something.
Me too bro.
West Palm Beach. Don't let 'Palm Beach' fool you. Its a horrible, shitty place, especially where I live. Where're you?
>Incredibly, not even the VHS cover art of the legendary final volume has surfaced.
OP should upload half of it online and sell the tape. That way, we have part of it, OP gets out of his shitty neighborhood, and he can upload the final half a couple years from now.
I don't know about it; it'd still hold value to somebody who wants a complete collection.
It's not beyond the realm of possibility that this is one of only a handful of existing tapes; there weren't that many issued to begin with and some of those that were are probably no longer watchable if they haven't been disposed of altogether.
Plus ripping it insures that it just doesn't go into somebody's collection to disappear or be destroyed. It's not like that doesn't happen; there's apparently an existing copy of London After Midnight that is likely deteriorating away in some private collector's vault.
Not /co/, but I have a rare NES game called 'Mario's Cock and Balls Adventure'. I bought it from the flea market for $20, it has the regular Mario label but the actual game has Mario running around nude. That's the only real difference I noticed though.
Probably a long lost prototype.
>Make digital copy of VHS.
>Sell original copy for millions.
>live the good life, getting high, imagining you're really partying with Ronald and pals while blowing coke off of Grimace's body, upload the digital version to the net in the meantime.
Its just that when I saw food fight for the first time I felt like i had seen that movie before but entirely different Ive been trying to find an animated movie like thats foodfight to explain it but to no avail
Gist of it is that it was an attempt to be the next Toy Story, complete with tons of funding by food makers. Was meant to come out early 2000's. Hard drives containing data of much of the original movie was supposedly stolen. After distribution deals and tons of delays because the movie was pretty much crap, it got sold off and they basically rushed through to make it as relatively complete as possible. And then it got released in 2012.
Can't make stipulations on eBay unless you're submitting Best Offers. There it's just bid/buy and pay. And as long as the item is as described and the buyer gets what they paid for, the deal is done.
>Don't believe OP even with the photos
>See the pictures on his TV
Holy fucking shit
Kind of comic related, I have a version on 'The Crow: City of Angels' with a bunch of extra scenes. It was recorded from TV and it's on a crappy old VHS, but I made sure to keep it because the DVD version and home video version (yes I have bough CoA twice) doesn't have any of the scenes.
Along the same lines I have a VHS with Superman IV with a ton of extra scenes(also recorded from TV).
They're mostly retarded scenes, but it's the way I remember watching it as a kid, so it feels more 'complete' with the VHS scenes. To me anyway.
The scenes are mostly little minor things, not enough to justify uploading the entire movie for.
With the Crow I think the only real change I remember was the ending was different. But it was only like an extra 30 seconds or so.
Same thing with Superman IV, it's mostly little 15-20 seconds scenes, nothing worth getting excited over.
Oh, also related, I have a VHS copy of Goonies (also recorded from TV) that has a deleted scene where the kids get attacked by an Octopus. They beat it by putting a tape player in it's mouth. I got the actual VHS years later and that scene wasn't on it.
They should be, they're definitely not from any of the scenes animated after Williams lost control over the film. I paid ~£200 for the One-Eye chief, and Zigzag wasn't exactly cheap either. A former animator was selling some cels, and I decided to take advantage of the offer. Weirdly, the reels of footage were cheaper). You can see some of my footage in the Mk IV restoration of the film.
Don't rip it, OP.
Not unless you want to turn a thousand dollar tape into a $2 tape.
Sell it to some nutjob and let them do the dirty work. Just make sure you get your money out of it first.
Or the complete run of Copra singles (some with sketches), and Deathzone
Or the Empowered Deluxes
or the 10 volumes of Phoenix
It is hard to differentiate between rare and worth a bunch sometimes.
>this fucking thread
I remember renting or owning some of these tapes as a kid. I had all but forgotten about them, too.
I remember there was one where Ronald and his band of asshats went in a submarine or something and got caught in a whirlpool? The cartoons sucked so badly that I only ever watched them once or twice.