When was your last visit to McDonald's? mine wasn't this year, thats for sure, but all that will be changing soon, and if you are either an XL Kid like me you'll probably be putting away a few more burgers than normal soon, and if you are a parent of a Mario fan, prepare for some harassment to eat out a little more for the coming weeks.
As I said in our last post the 19th of March 2014 is indeed the date that Super Mario will return to happy meals in the UK.But I was wrong in the sense that they are in no way Super Mario 3D World themed like I thought they'd be. Heres what Nintendo UK had to say about things:-
Nintendo UK has teamed up with McDonald’s to encourage children to get active with a Happy Meal promotion featuring some of its most famous characters. Launching in store on the 19th March, the toy inside every Happy Meal will be one of eight Super Mario-themed toys, fun activities on every box.
The toys will feature classic characters from the Mario series including Mario, Luigi, Toad, Donkey Kong and the classic Super Mushroom power-up. Four of the toys will be interactive including Mario’s Hovering Coin, Donkey Kong Barrel Projector, a Super Sound Mushroom and Mario’s Warp Pipe Embosser.
The Run, Jump and Power-Up with Super Mario promotion also aims to inspire children to get active using some of Super Mario’s moves. They will be encouraged to run, jump and complete active tasks set out by Mario and friends.
McDonald’s is also launching a Super Mario-themed advertisement to support the promotion which will be available from McDonald’s restaurants across the UK and run until 29th April.
Source: Nintendo UK PR.
There are eight different toys in total, pictures of them all below, and you can click for even bigger ones if needed.
1. Donkey Kong, holding a barrel that looks kind of like a webcam? I
seriously doubt that it is a webcam but still, they do like to make these toys
2. A Luigi figure in a bit of a generic pose
3. A Mario figure in a bit of a generic pose
4. Mario punching the air as he emerges from a green pipe
5. Mario leaning on a block with a coin
6. A Super Mushroom, inappropriately filenamed as "Mushroom Head" - Very alarming thing to find in a happy meal. This is probably the most appropriate, as after the eight happy meals its going to take us to get all these, we will definitely be larger after.
7. A Toad figure in a bit of a generic pose
8. A Yoshi figure in a bit of a generic pose
You may note there is no Princess Peach? I dont doubt that will disappoint a few people, as I'm pretty sure they had Princess Peach in European Happy meals (you know, the ones they got a long time before the UK got anything at all as usual!)
They are very generic Mario figures, and don't get me wrong, I'm still
excited for my eight happy meals but I really was kind of hoping for ... well,
some cats? personally I'm just of the opinion that its an attempt to get the
Mario series in its entirety back into the limelight with the public, rather
than just targeting a specific game, which is from a business sense probably the right thing to do.
What are your thoughts on the figures? would you like me have preferred them to be a little bit more themed ie Cat Power Ups, Bowser in his Car from SM3DWorld? or are you happy with what they've done?