« Last post by n64forever on July 14, 2014, 06:50:11 PM »
I saw these at Wal Mart yesterday. I don't eat at McDonald's anymore but saw the toys at the entrance where the McDonald's is, so I checked them out. They looked pretty nice for McDonald's toys and reminded me of those little cars they used to give away--the kind you'd slide back and forth to make go. The ones from my day (late 80s) had Ronald McDonald and his pals in one set, Mickey Mouse and his pals in the other.
Yes, I do remember the Super Mario Bros 3 Happy Meal. (I'm old). I still have my spring-loaded Mario. I don't remember the TV ad for it, but I did watch the one above and I feel the issue isn't with the kids racing, but with the Happy Meal Box character. I know he's new (there was an article in the news about him) and I feel he's a poor choice of mascot. Bringing back Ronald would have been easier, but I know there'd be an uproar over a clown trying to sell kids bad food.
The character himself makes little sense, especially the fact there are two of him in the same ad. I can see some semblance of playing MarioKart there, but only because I knew this was for MarioKart before watching the ad. Also, if there is a focus on GoGurt being part of the Happy Meal, it's not a good way to emphasize it. (Still, I'm glad they're offering it over those awful looking apple slices, which I'd wager get thrown away over half the time).
Not a good ad by any means. The Happy Meal guy needs canned, just like that annoying fraggle-like "I Am Hungry" dude they had for a short time in the 90s (I remember him being in the McDonald's calendars, not sure if he was on TV or not since I stopped watching kids shows once I hit double digits in age). They'd be better having Ronald and someone else (Hamburglar?) race against each other and throw bananas or something.