Its time for some flashback Friday.
I’m sure most of you have sworn off McDonalds but if you’re like me and grew up corrupted by the pure ecstasy that was the trip to McDonald’s then maybe you can relate to this post.
But this post is not about the food.
I could go on and on about how genius combination of chicken McNuggets with sweet and sour sauce was, but instead, I’m gonna talk about the Happy Meal toy.
This toy was essential to the childhood McDonald’s experience.
So I’m gonna go over some of the most popular Happy Meal toys.
Teenie Beanie Babies
Beanie Babies were the new black in the 90s.
So McDonald’s came out with “Teenie Beanies” in 1997 and it became the best-selling Happy Meal. So much so that I read that McDonalds had a serious issue with food wasting, as many adults were purchasing the Happy Meals solely for Teenie Beanie purposes and throwing the food in the rubbish bin (I like using the word “rubbish”, makes me feel British and lovely).
McDonald’s had to actually sell them separately! Good lord we were stupid back then.This was like a big “fuck you” to Somalia.
You just don’t see good fried food children’s character action figures like you used to.
These days, have these healthified “Veggie Tales” but I was way happier with some smiling fried nuggets. Clearly, this was a time before parents had any access to relevant nutritional information.
The idea itself is kinda creepy, but this was surprisingly my favorite happy meal toy ever.
McDonald’s took note about appealing to collectors from the beanie baby bonanza.
These were even more retarded than the beanie babies because they had eyelashes.
These were terrible.Caution: object way smaller than they appear.
I bet the pitch meeting went like this,
“If they’re not going to get anything nutritious from us, we might as well throw in the towel and limit their candy consumption by offering un-fun tiny Halloween candy pails.”
We were far better off with a pillow case. I have no idea why, but my mom never threw mine away and it ended up being where I’d keep my crayons.
These were like Transformers gone greasy.
The fries could turn into a robot or, get this, a milkshake could also turn into a……..yep, you guessed it, a robot!
I guess super lame now that I think about it. Different variations started popping up like the Dino-Changers, Disney movie changers, etc. If only they made one that turned into an iPhone.
Fuck you, Mc Doanlds.
Fuck you for aiming Happy Meal toys to health-conscious adults.
Completely disregarding any demographic success the chain had ever had, they devised a brilliant strategy to put salads, water, and cheap, virtually non-functioning pedometers into Happy Meals. Aimed at people watching their weight. Irony was also included.Sigh…
Did you have a favorite/least favorite Happy Meal toy? Which toy would you like to see them make?