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Jul 18, 2013
It's probably not such a common feature of childhood for today's generation, what with veganism and "health foods" and "balanced nutrition"; but back in my day parents took their kids to McDonald's and those kids got Happy Meals. I don't know what's in a Happy Meal these days...I think they make you eat apple slices? Anyway, Happy Meals were fun from the outside in: fun box, fun food, and a fun toy.

If you were fortunate to be of that McGeneration, which Happy Meal toys left you with the best memories?

I can recall a couple especially neat items.

First, McDonald's Astroniks. Astroniks were a toy invented by a German company but I think the Happy Meal promotion took over the line somewhat.

Look at these top-notch character designs. You can see how they'd get a kid's imagination going.

But naturally we have to talk about the McDonald's Changeables. Someone at McDonald's decided to cash in on the 80s popularity of the Transformers; and what a smart move that was. These were super-sturdy, colorful toys that were fun in either form. Who doesn't love play food, and who doesn't love toy robots?

Hopefully I didn't just steal the best ideas from everyone else. What do you remember digging out of your Happy Meal box?

The Hate

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Aug 13, 2020
Not happy meal but when burger king had those gold pokemon plaques, shit was cool. Tossed the burger kept the plaque, fuck fast food
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Alex Anderson

Jun 6, 2004
Cloud Luigi was a thorn in my side for a couple years. Well after the promotion was over I'd get a Cloud Luigi once in a while. Had to have had 15 or so. Only ever had one of the Springy Mario's.

I liked the really cheapo plastic Hot Wheels cars the most. They were slow but I had to have some jobber cars to fill out tournament brackets on my 2 lane raceway set.
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Sep 4, 2018
woah the burger transformers i totally forgot about those! so cool.

i got the Super Mario 3 happy meal set and that was pretty awesome. i didn't have an NES but i played the game with my friends. the box was really cool. they had a series of different worlds.

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Neo Member
Sep 26, 2020
I really liked the Sonic toys from back when Sonic 3 came out. I had a lot of fun with those. I also really liked the Fraggle Rock toys. I really remember liking McBuddies, too, but I don't recall exactly why.