La Choy chow mein from 1965 to 1967.appeared in television commercials for
Though originally built as a full-bodied character to engage with actors in a supermarket setting, a live-hand version was used in later spots with Mert, a meek, bespectacled Muppet spokesman, as his foil.
The puppet was capable of emitting fire from its mouth, creating a unique effect in the commercial he appeared in.
This is one of Frank Oz's few full body performances with the Muppets. He hated full body suits so much he never optionally performed one again.
A rebuilt version of Delbert has been seen in recent exhibits such as Jim Henson: Puppeteer.
Delbert also makes a cameo in the ending of The Muppet Show Comic Book: Family Reunion, except being much larger than before and having a much more ferocious personality, being shown attacking a building.
NAME: Delbert, The LaChoy Dragon
BIO/STATS: Pitchman (pitchdragon) for LaChoy Chinese food in the 1960s
APPEARANCES: Multiple LaChoy commercials
SPECIAL TALENTS: Breathing fire
FAVORITE PERFORMANCE MOMENT: Running down a supermarket aisle, knocking down cans with his tail.
LIKES: Crispy, crunchy Chinese food
DISLIKES: Soggy noodles
FAMOUS FOR: Using his fire breath to cook Chinese food
ALWAYS SAYS/DOES: "LaChoy Chinese food stays crisp cause it's quick cooked in dragon fire. And remember...you heard it from the LaChoy Dragon!!!"