Open Post: Hosted By McDonald’s Ugly Happy Meal Toys For Adults

October 1, 2022 / Posted by:

In a world where reboots of classic 80s and 90s films abound and Disney adults exist, it’s no surprise that McDonald’s is trying to get into that game. Nostalgia means money, baby! The fast-food giant announced the launch of its limited-time only Happy Meals for adults. It has everything that you recall from your childhood: the classic golden arched box, junk food that your slow metabolism can no longer fully process, and disturbing toys! Apparently being a grown-up means that every aspect of your life must include some form of horror, even the whimsical Happy Meal.

McDonald’s teamed up with fashion brand Cactus Plant Flea Market (nothing says childlike wonder like streetwear!) to create some limited-edition abominations that look like characters that were cut from Return to Oz for being too freaky. In September, McDonald’s appeared to tease the concept through a Facebook post reminding you that you’re sad now.

Cut to October, and the frightening CPFM promotion is now in full swing. via Kotaku:

In the latest example of not letting your memes be dreams, McDonald’s announced that adults can get back in touch with their inner child by opening up a Happy Meal and discovering a toy of their own. Yes, Happy Meal toys for adults are gonna be a thing, 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 whatever toy McDonald’s is doling out for the kiddos, adults who order a Cactus Plant Flea Market Meal Box will receive either stylized figures of McDonald’s mascots Grimace, the Hamburglar, or Birdie, or one of a CPFM original character, Cactus Buddy. The promotion will run October 3 through October 30.

They can say this is all for our inner children, but SURELY this is a Halloween stunt:

Grimace was already a cuddly purple nightmare (don’t even get me started on original Evil Grimace). Did they need to give him four eyes? And, of course, it looks like that trick Ronald managed to escape the unsettling eyeball treatment. If they want adults to feel like kids again, they should just bring back the Halloween-themed McNuggets and let them fight over those. We’re due another Teeny Beanie Baby-style craze.

Pic: McDonald’s

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