Was that a collective gasp? Probably.
I don't do it every day, and maybe only once a week.. sometimes every two weeks. It depends.
When I do go to McDonald's, I like to pick up whatever boy's toy they have for sale that week... (you should read my rant about that in my other blog HERE, You Know What I Hate?... a blog that has earned me a call or two from a bank to apologize for a misunderstanding).
Over the years, I have picked up some nice figurines and toys that actually work well, and oft times, things that suck. If they suck for me, I can only imagine how much they suck for the kid's, who would probably have a better time playing with the empty yogurt pack that comes with the Happy Meal.
I should note that I do not actually purchase a Happy Meal (kid's meal) for myself, because I would need four of those to satisfy my
Hey McDonald's - I am available as a part-time consultant to offer advice on the kid's toys you are considering utilizing in the Happy Meals! I will work for money, plus a complete set of the toys (boy's toys).
Anyhow... while I was in Japan back in 1990-1993, my city was not big enough to have a McDonald's, and the nearest one was in Utsunomiya - the capital of Tochigi-ken - about 40 minutes train ride away (plus a 25-minute bike ride to my local train station).
And, since I was single and trying to be an adult by drinking lots of booze and sleeping with as many women as possible - two things I seem to not be doing at present - I never thought to even see if Japan's McD's had a Happy Meal... and even to see if they had any cool toys with the meals.
Regardless... a few months back, I discovered that Japan does seem to have some neat toys availble: like the Ultraman Happy Meal toy collection.
Ultraman was/is probably one of the most popular television sci-fi shows ever in Japan - and I know more than a few Japanese adults who can sing the theme song to the spin-off show Ultraman 7 - arguably the the most popular of the many Ultraman shows.
Anyhow... in the fall of 2013, to promote the new Ultraman Ginga television show, Tsuburaya Productions (producers of the Ultraman series) got together with McDonald's of Japan to create some cool free giveaway toys with the meals - the Ultraman Ginga Happy Meal promotion.
Here's the plot to Ultraman Ginga, first:
All of the Ultras and kaiju (monsters) have been turned into toy figures known as “Spark Dolls” and have been scattered throughout the universe by a mysterious force.
Young Raidō Hikaru (surname first) returns to his hometown and visits the local shrine, but discovers it was destroyed by a meteor shower and moved to his old high school
It's there that he finds a device called the “Ginga Spark,”which allows him to become Ultraman Ginga, but also allows him to transform into any Ultra hero or monster who’s Spark Doll is exposed to the Ginga Spark.
Apparently, as the story unfold, Raidō Hikaru fights alongside his friends to collect and release the Spark Dolls, and uncover the evil entity behind it all.
McDonald's offered a total of four sets - a very reasonable number, I might add - none of this whole 10 or 16 toys to a set crap.
The Ultraman set included:
- Ultraman Ginga;
- the original 1966 Ultraman that was my favorite! I used to watch reruns as a kid!
- alien Baltan, and;
- alien Gomora (who was in the 1966 series!
|Ultraman Ginga McDonald's Japan Toy.|
|Ultraman (original 1966) McDonald's Japan Toy|
|Baltan McDonald's Japan Toy|
|Gomora McDonald's Japan Toy|
Each figure, measuring approximately 3-/2 inches to 4-inches tall, comes in a printed polybag.
In addition to these cool Ultraman toys, some Japanese McDonald’s restaurants offered a limited edition Ultraman Galaxy DVD. How fricking cool is that?
For reference, allow me to show you the Happy Meal toys that the McDonald's closest to me is offering. SpongeBob SquarePants... the same figures they have been giving away for over a year and a half now... thanks to the fact that McDonald's are franchises and the one near me is owned by someone who doesn't care about making kids happy - just about the bottom line. How fricking crappy is that?
Want to see a cool toy from McDonald's here in Toronto? Check out the photo of me wearing the set of Batman glasses, that admittedly makes me look like Catwoman, but meow, I can pull it off!
|Criminal scum should fear the night.|
McDonald's of Japan - you are awesome.