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McDonald’s first adult Happy Meal toy is really ugly

In the latest example of how memes aren’t just dreams, McDonald’s announced that adults can reconnect with their inner child by opening a Happy Meal and discovering a toy of their own. Yes, Happy Meal Toys for adults will be around, at least for a limited time.

A McDonald’s promo page reveals that the new Happy Meal is a crossover with Cactus Plant Flea Market, a fashion streetwear company. Instead of getting the toys that McDonald’s distributes for the kids, adults who order a Cactus Plant Flea Market Meal Box will receive either stylized figures of the McDonald’s mascots Grimace, Hamburglar, or Birdie, or a CPFM original figure, Cactus Buddy. The promotion runs from October 3rd to October 30th.

This news comes from a cryptic Facebook post from McDonald’s, in which the fast-food giant said, “One day you ordered your last Happy Meal and you didn’t even know it.” I’m not sure if the McDonald’s social media person intended people to take this as some sort of threat, but the fact that they left their message in the process was ominous. As it turns out, McDonald’s wasn’t concerned with the fragility of the human body, but with the longevity of one’s inner child. Also foreboding, but suitable for marketing purposes I suppose.

Image: McDonald's / Cactus Flea Market / KotakuImage: McDonald’s / Cactus Flea Market / Kotaku

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Taken broadly, the campaign could actually do some good, by offering youngsters a little respite from the soul-crushing disappointment of grown adults buying their entire supply of children’s toys. Example at McDonald’s Pokemon Last month’s Happy Meal promotion should give customers one Pokemon Spinner toys, a cardboard Pikachu coin and a pack of four foil trading cards. Instead, many were given leftovers Space Jam 2 Toys after a bunch of scalpers bulk-buyed pocket monster cards at McDonald’s.

This wasn’t the first time scalpers have raised their collective heads during a kids’ Happy Meal drive. It’s safe to say that adults will only be competing with themselves for CPFM’s Happy Meal toys, because I doubt Zoomers even know who the OG McDonald’s mascots are outside of Sir Ronald McDonald. This is probably for the best, considering that if they ever discover McDonald’s unsettling 2015 rebranding, a Google search for the Hamburglar will almost certainly scare them for life. Yes, IRL Hamburglar is legit, and he’s going to hurt you if he gets the chance.

Let’s just hope we don’t get a repeat of people making the fool of themselves like they did during the October 3rd Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce debacle. Given how ugly these things are, visitors to the Clown Deli probably have nothing to worry about.

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