Back in 1987, as the Raisins hit the scene, Hardees offered four different figures to customers with an extra buck in their pockets -- Tiny Goodbite (the singer), Justin X. Grape (blue shoed dancer), Ben Indasun (orange shoed dancer), and Saxophone Player (the...uh....saxophone player). My family ate at Hardees every Sunday before church so I took full advantage of this prime opportunity to build my collection of some of the most recognizable mascots of the late 80's. While the names of these figures sound more like the names of Garbage Pail Kids than California Raisins, I wound up with all four of the original set.
The California Raisins were definite icons of the late 1980's -- maybe even the early 1990's. In addition to all of these figures from Hardee's, I had a California Raisins t-shirt and lost my mind any time a Raisins commercial came on TV. Believe it or not, Hardee's came out with yet another set of four figures in 2000. I'm not sure how this promotion went as I was well into my college years by then, but I would wager that after thirteen years since the original set, these didn't do much for cinnamon raisin biscuit sales.