Sunday, March 25, 2007

Playing in the Sandbox: TMNT Happy Meal Premium

Two things in the world are guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again, or atleast they are for those of us here at VA. One being the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the other being Happy Meals. The mere mention of either is enough to take you back to the days when Toys R Us was still cool, you actually looked forward to birthday parties, and Optimus Prime died every god damn week.

So imagine the look on my face when I found out that the two would combine into some ultra-orgamic nostalgia thingy. Just picture that scene from every episode of Happy Days when Henry Winkler does something amazing, and there stands Richie Cunningham, in mouth agape Fonzie mark out mode. That was me.

So with that, I travelled to the local McDonald's and somehow managed the nerve to order a Mighty Kid's Meal, which is basically a Happy Meal with more food.

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Who could it be now? NAH NAH NAH NAAAAAH! To be honest, I was hoping for Raphael, who has always been my favorite, let's see who I got.

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It's Mikey! I'm going to be brutally honest, Michaelangelo was never my favorite turtle as a kid, due to the way he was kind of forced on us, but I kind of warmed up to him in later years. As you can see, Mike is pretty much what you can expect from a fast food premium. He has articulation at the shoulders and head, can turn at the waist, but that's pretty much it.

Look at that picture long enough, and you'll notice a pretty big oversight, no nunchucks. Yes, 60% of Mike's gimmick has been left out. It wouldn't have been a big deal, if I hadn't seen the insert that came with him:

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What the hell? Leo and Don get their respective kitana sword and bo staff, but Michaelangelo and Raphael get shafted out of both of their weapons? This kind of short range weapon bias dates back to the orginal TMNT game for the NES, where if you picked anyone other than Leonardo or Donatello, you were pretty much dog shit. Bad form, golden arches, bad form.

Also, based on the picture above, it would appear your odds of getting a decent toy are pretty much left up to fate. You either get an action figure, or a shitty squirt thingy. Since Mike had a big number '1' on his package, I'm assuming the action figure turtles will all come out first, followed by the squirters.

Added bonus on Mike though, if you were wise enough to pick up the Toddler Turtles pack from Playmates, they appear to fit together nicely:

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